Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 144, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 14, 1992 Page: 1 of 22
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Vol. 144, No. 15- 16 Pages
Thursday, May 14, 1992
Rusk, Texas 75785 25 eents
New rails are coining
to Rusk next year
Rusk will be served by another
railroad next year. It will be a nar-
row gauge line which will run from
the downtown area to the entrance
of the Texas State Railroad Park.
Bob Bucher of Houston, who owns
the Hempstead & Northern Rail-
road Company of Houston, an-
nounced that an agreement with
Southern Pacific to purchase track
and real estate from just west of the
Texas State Railroad Depotentrance
to the end of the track at U.S. 69 and
Loop 343, has been reached.
Bucher made the announcement
at the monthly meeting of the Rusk
First Baptist names
interim pastor, music
READY FOR THE RUN are these participants for the Rusk 10K Run for the Train
and the 2K Family Fun Run /Walk. From left are Walter Vermillion and David Long,
Co-Directors of the 10K Race; Rusk Police Chief Barry Campbell; Pam Todd,
Director for the 2K Family Fun/Run Walk; Sherrell Long, local runner; and Clifford
Harris, fire chief. -staffphoto
Rusk area citizens enjoy
TDCJ celebration events
Rusk area citizens set aside
Wednesday and Thursday last week
as days of celebration for the recent
approval of the new 1,000 bed ex-
tension to the Rusk Texas Depart-
ment of Criminal Justice Skyview
Unit. A celebration banquet was
held on Wednesday evening at the
Ruak Junior High School cafeteria
and groundbreaking festivities were
held Thursday morni ng at the prison
A public hearing has been sched-
uled for 1 p.m. Monday, May 18, for
the site design of the new facility.
The hearing will be held in the
Cherokee County Courtroom.
Attending the Wednesday and
Thursday functions were State
Representative Elton Bomer, State
Senator Bill Haley, representatives
from the office of Congressman
Charles Wilson, officials from both
the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice officials and Texas Depart-
ment of Mental Health-Mental
Retardation, Southwestern Electric
and General Telephone, as well as
citizens from throughout the county.
Activities got underway Wednes-
day evening with the Celebration
Banquet. Almost 300 persons
packed the school cafeteria. A like
number of area residents gathered
Thursday morning for groundbreak-
ing festivities at the prison site.
Rusk Industrial Foundation Presi-
dent Jim Perkins served as master
of ceremonies at the banquet and
County Judge Craig Caldwell for
the ground breaking event.
With the addition of the recent
approved construction sites, TDCJ
will have 81 prison facilities in
Texas. Currently the system is
operating on $2 billion and future
funding "won't be any less," said
State Senator Bill Haley.
Andy Collins, Texas Department
of Criminal Justice director of In-
stitutional Division, was principal
speaker for both events. Also, on the
program for the groundbreaking was
TDMHMR Commissioner Dennis
Collins related how the "shotgun
marriage" of the two state agencies
in Rusk has resulted in a wonderful
working relationship. Both Collins
and Jones were complimentary of
the working together of staff at both
the state institution in making it all
come together. Both reported dur-
ing the festivities that they had
thought the "shotgun marriage" of
the two agencies would have never
"This is the third occasion we have
been here to something like this,"
Collins said when he suggested that
"We ought to just make this an
History of the construction of the
new 1,000 bed facility at Rusk was
first suggested to Collins by Rep.
Bomer and supported by Haley in
the Senate. The two pushed legisla-
tion through that put the new $28.8
million Skyview addition in the
State ADDroDriations Bill.
•See TDCJ P. 16
Dr. William C. Everett has been
named interim pastor and Donald
Ray Hubbard, interim music direc-
tor ofthe Rusk First Baptist Church.
Hubbard is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Hubbard of Gallatin. He
is a Rusk High School graduate and
currently is a coach with the Cush-
ing Independent School District. He
will accompany the Rusk Youth
Choir on the summer choir trip.
Dr. Everett served as pastor of
the Fielder Road Baptist Church,
Arlington, for 21 years and now is
pastor-emeritus of that congrega-
Everett, 59, received a MA degree
in 1957 from East Texas Baptist
University; BD and MDiv degrees
from Southwestern Baptist Theo-
logical Seminary in 1963 and 1968;
and a DD from East Texas Baptist
University in 1977.
Under his ministry the Arlington
church grew from 500 members in
1965 to more than 6,000 at present.
In 1981, the church completed a
$4.5 million building program that
included a new sanctuary as well as
additional educational space and a
In October of 1986, the church
dedicated its new $5 million Chris-
*See First Baptist P. 16
Industrial Foundation board of di-
rectors last Wednesday at Barbara's
"It is our intention to remove the
rail east of Martin Luther King
Street to U.S. 69 and Loop 343 and
relay it as a third rail from Rusk to
the TSR entrance. This would allow
us to operate our narrow gauge
equipment while preserving the pos-
sibility of TSR trains entering Rusk
at a future date." Bucher stated in a
letter to Jim Perkins, Foundation
Bucher says that he plans to run
the same days as TSR, i.e. week-
ends in March, April, May, Septem-
ber and October; and five days per
week in June, July and August for
approximately 100 operating days.
A small station with portable toi-
lets will be located on U.S. Highway
84 across from the TSR depot en-
trance and at the old depot grounds
"We plan to operate two or three
car diesel powered trains to Rusk
and back in about 45 minutes as
•See Railroad P. 16
Judge Caldwell says
he expects tax hike
Kids on Wheels set for
Fair On The Square
Cherokee County Judge Craig
Caldwell told members of the
County Commissioners Court Mon-
day morning that he expects to see
a need for a tax increase at budget
time. Caldwell said the county is
doi ng better with its Indigent Health
Care, but Workers Compensation
insurance is not balancing out.
County employees are asking for a
cost of living salary increase and
other costs are increasing.
Commissioners made plans to
seek a way to purchase a building
owned by Citizens 1st Bank at Alto
for use as a county building. Cost of
the building is $25,000.
County Judge CraigCaldwell said
that in order to participate in a
Certificate of Obligation program,
some additional $10,000 would be
needed for handling of the bond
work. Caldwell said the cost would
be about the same for $250,000. He
Terms to expire on Aug. 31,1993
are Forrest Phifer of Rusk; Barbara
Hugghins, Tim Taylor and Jo Vick-
land of Jacksonville; and Anthony
Easley of Alto.
J.W. Chism with the Texas Engi-
neering Extension met with mem-
bers ofthe court to explain services
offered by his agency. Most services
are free through his program with
the Rural Technical Assistant Pro-
gram in Texas for counties and cit-
ies of population less than 50,000.
Funding from the program comes
from a portion of gasoline tax.
David Wicks of the Texas Depart-
ment of Transportation presented
his report on recommendations for
bridge renovation and new signs
needed on county roads.
The need for quarters for the
Precinct 3 Justice of Peace office in
Jacksonville was discussed but no
suggested that maybe the county
combine all money owed on build-
ing leases and put this cost into the
CO application. Currently the
county pays $199,217 to carry its
leases. Total owed on these leases is
$841,187, he noted.
Caldwell said he expects Com-
missioners voted Monday morning
to allow jurors to donate their fees
for service to the Cherokee County
Child and Family Service Board.
The program is strictly voluntary.
Funds donated will go toward
county paid foster care, medical
expenses not covered by Medicaid,
clothing expenses, personal care
expenses, allowance, birthday gifts
and Christmas gifts for some 20
children who are in the conserva-
torship of the Texas Department of
Bill Avera, board president, pre-
sented a list of board members, who
tenure is being renewed. Terms to
expire on Aug. 31,190ft, are Geneva
Miller of Rusk; Pam Ulover,
Jacksonville; John Marshall, New
Summerfleld: MarjorU Avera,
and another will he
Dr. William C. Everett
By... WAYNE PIANTA,
County Extension Agent-
This year's Fair On The Square is
scheduled for Saturday, May 23 in
Rusk, and as a featured event early
in the day there will be a parade
aptly named Kids on Wheels.
Kids of all ages can participate on
wheels of any kind, ranging from
skateboards and bicycles, to stroll-
ers, tricycles and even wheelchairs.
Last year's parade had over 60 par-
tid pants including wheels like scoot-
ers, wagons and go-carts.
To enter the parade, all you need
to do is show up Saturday morning
by 9 a.m. at the southeast corner of
the square inRusk, near the former
Antique Mall, with your wheels
decorated around the "railroad
theme" of the event, and get ready
to parade around the Square. Par-
ticipants will all receive ribbons for
participation in the event, with spe-
cial ribbons awarded for best deco-
rated wheels in three age catego-
Remember, there is no entry fee,
it will be fun, and you get to parade
around the Square to celebrate Fair
on the Square. So break out your
wheels, decorate them in the rail-
road theme, and join us for the Fair
on the Square Kids on Wheels Pa-
rade set for 9 a.m. Saturday, May
23 in Rusk.
Alto's new mayor takes reigns
Newly appointed Alto Mayor
James Grammer, after opening the
meeting with prayer, led the City
Council through a long list of agenda
items and thirty minutes of execu-
tive session during which it was de-
cided to put out bids for a new police
car. They also set salary, benefits
duties and authority of new Alto
Police Chief, Jerry Jones. Council
voted to extend to the new mayor, all
benefits, duties and authority
granted to an elected mayor.
Grammer's term will be up for regu-
lar election May, 1993.
Council also discussed, during
executive session, the "appeal" of
removal judgement filed by former
Mayor Garwin Baugh in Cherokee
County District Court. City Attor-
ney Eldrige Moak, will file a re-
sponse to the "appeal" in Cause No.
Concerning the certified agendas
of closed (executive meetings) coun-
cil voted to continue tape recording
the proceedings. They had the op-
tion of eliminating the taping and
having just a certified agenda and
notes of the closed meetings.
During regular session council
members, all of whom were present,
with the exception of Vema Lee
Arnold andH.C. "Si" Williams, who
suffered a heart attack the previ-
ous weekend, approved a
Resolutions and Proclamation des-
ignating May 10-16 as Texas Emer-
gency Medical Services Week.
Grammer praised Juanita and
Bobby Germany, for their dedica-
tion to their work as Alto's
Emergancy Ambulance staff.
Also approved was the council's
support of the development of the
Alto Elderly Complex in Alto. Tabled
was a discussion of the Drug Task
Force, until the June meeting.
Unanimous approval was given
to a motion to have a partial audit, of
the city's books. This would include
the police funds (accounts) for the
months October 1991-February
Council members at the meeting
included Dixie Dolcater, Terry Black
and Howard Tyer. About 30 per-
sons attended the regular council
meeting, none of whom signed to
speak during the session.
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