Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 145, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 25, 1993 Page: 1 of 16
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Vol. 145. No. 4 - 10 Pages
Thursday, February 25, 1993
Rusk, Texas 75785 25 cents
Auditions for "Sherlock's Last
Case" are scheduled for 7 p.m.
March 3 and 4 at the Rusk Cham-
ber of Commerce office, according
to Billie McVicker, director.
The Sherlock Holmes production
centers around life in Victorian
The show is planned for May 21,
22 and 23 at the Cherokee Civic
MEDIA EVENT-The public is
invited to attend a Media Event at
the Caddoan Mounds State His-
torical Site, Highway 21 West of
Alto, at 10 a.m. March 1. A partner-
ship between the Texas Parks and
Wildlife and Texas Rural Commu-
nities Foundation will breath new
life into the park, says Superinten-
dent, David Turner, who will talk
\ about the new partnership at the
:■■«" press conference.
Make It Happen Committee will
meet in the Rusk Chamber of Com-
merce office at 5:15 on Thursday,
Feb. 25. The committee will be work-
ing on the Fair on the Square which
is scheduled for May 29. All those
bob interested in the committee meet-
ing are welcome to attend.
RIDERS CLUB MEETING-
The Rusk Riders Club will meet at
6:30 p.m., March 1 at Southern
Cherokee Federal Credit Union. All
members are urged to attend.
BAND BOOSTER MEETING--
ABand Booster meeting will be held
at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 in the
Rusk High School band hall. The
Band Boosters are in need of more
volunteers. A twirling contest will
be held Sat. March 6.
IN CONCERT-Shannon Brooks
Cobb will present a Gospel Music
Concert at 6:30 p.m. March 7 at Alto
First Baptist Church. Shannon will
present music from her tape entitled,
"Sweet Spirit." The public is cor-
dially invited to attend according to
the church pastor, Jerry Carroll.
cal organizations interested in spon-
soring a food booth for the 7th an-
nual Rusk Fair on the Square can
contact the Rusk Chamber of Com-
merce for reservations. The fair is
slated for May 29 in downtown Rusk.
Food booth are $20 each.
AARP WILL MEET-The Ameri-
can Association of Retired Persons
will meet at 2 p.m. March 4 at the
First United Methodist Church fel-
lowship hall in observance N ational
Women's History Month. Lois Henry
and Mable Horn will give informa-
tion on two Texas women and Betty
Stovall will give information on
Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of
"Anne of Green Gables." Anne's story
parallel's the life of the author.
HERITAGE CLUB MEET-The
Cherokee County Heritage Club will
meet Monday March 2, in the Caf-
eteria at the East Texas Medical
Center Hospital. Ricky Richards of
Jacksonville will speak on his trea-
sures and relics of the Civil War.
All members are urged to attend
and visitors are invited. The time
for board members 6 p.m. and for
members, 6:30 p.m.
Downsize—not closure-seen for RSH
Dr. Stephen Shon, Deputy Com-
missioner of Mental Health, said
Friday morning that no decision
had been reached concerning the
future of MHMR hospitals. Cur-
rently no plans are being made to
close any facility, he said.
Dr. Shon and Dick Ladd, Com-
missioner of Health Services, were
in Rusk for a press conference and
an employee meeting at Rusk State
The press conference was held at
10 a.m. and then the two held a
conference with hospital personnel,
which began at 10:20.
TDMHMR Commissioner Dennis
Jones was unable to attend, as
planned, because of back pain.
Shon said they were in Rusk be-
cause Ladd had not seen the Rusk
facility and to answer rumors that a
decision had been made to close
Rusk State Hospital.
"The Department (MHMR)
doesn't have the authority to shut
down a facility. That decision rests
with the legislature," Shon said.
Currently, the legislature is work-
ing on the state's budget for the
next two years. If the State Senate
adopts the committee's recommen-
dation of a finance bill and the
House passes the Senate bill, no
hospital will be closed, Shon noted.
One of the options considered ear-
lier was the shutting down of one of
the state's eight MHMR facilities.
There are no plans to shut down a
facility at this time, he said.
"We were looking at a facility,
where there are other available jobs,
infrastructure of that facility is old
and what the cost would mean in
"If the Senate finance bill comes
out of the committee, we won't have
to lose 631 beds. It looks like it will
be about half that number of beds
and we won't have to shut down any
facility. We will be able to absorb
the loss by closing beds across the
state. There are no plans to close
Rusk. We don't have that authority.
The state has eight state hospi-
A reception to honor Robert C.
Arizpe, acting superintendent for
Rusk State Hospital, has been
planned for 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb.
26 at the Rehabilitation Therapies
Building at the hospital.
He began his employment with
Rusk State Hospital in January
1973 as a professional trainee affili-
ated with the Texas A&M Depart-
ment of Psychology. Since that time,
he has held numerous positions in-
cluding staff psychologist and unit
director on various treatment units.
He served as the Director of the
Skyview Maximum Security Unit
from 1986 to April 1988. He was
assistant superintendent from July
1990 until his appointment Oct. 2,
1992 to his current position of act-
Mr. Arizpe was born in San Anto-
nio. He graduated from Texas A&M
University with bachelors and mas-
ters degrees in psychology. He has
been named superintendent of the
San Antonio State Hospital.
Emmett Whitehead questioned
Shon concerning a statement that
either he or Commissioner Jones
had made that Rusk was Number 1
on the hit list.
"Why would Rusk be Number 1?
Rusk is the best in the state. Rusk
was the first to receive JCAH certi-
fication, first to meet court stan*
dards and is the only state hospital
in East Texas. The facility serves
28 counties. Why was it considered
Shon said every hospital is to be
downsized. It would be most effec-
tive for the citizens of the state to
close a facility if 631 beds are lost.
"Unfortunately this facility is the
oldest of the state hospitals in
Texas. You have high quality ser-
vices here, but so do other facilities.
They have received awards also.
This area is not the only area that
has raised concerns," Shon said.
He noted that the buildings at the
Rusk hospital are older than those
at other facilities. Also, Dr. Shon
said, Rusk State Hospital is next
door to the only growing depart-
ment in the state-TDCJ. He made
reference to the fact that the new
1,000 bed unit would provide addi-
tional employment for the area.
"In answering Whitehead's clo-
sure questiton, Shon said "...given
these factors and the fact the
Governor's Task Force recom-
mended that the first facility should
be Rusk. If things hold up in the
budget work, we won't have to shut
down... hopefully we won't have to
do that to any facility."
"At this point there are lots of
speculations and rumors going
around. We will have to consider all
options as the situation changes,"
Whitehead noted that Dr. Parish
had spent about two and a half
hours at Rusk State Hospital. She
had spent an hour and half at the
hotel for lunch and half hour at a
"How in all fairness could she
recommend that you consider clos-
ing a facility? ," he asked.
Shon said that every time you go
to a state hospital, that hospital
claims to be the best. "I can't speak
for the Governor's Task Force and
the issue of closure is going to de-
pend on what occurs in the legisla-
tive budget. The Senate's bill will
Marie Whitehead questioned the
deputy commissioner concerning his
opinion of large hospitals. "Do you
believe large institutions are im-
portant to the people of Texas?"
Shon said the trend in the last
decade is care in the community.
"We did not recommend closure of
any hospital, but support
downsizing in state institutions.
This makes sense and will save the
facility. It is better for patient care
if you have a smaller facility. We
have stated that over and over again
Shon was asked if a cap was put
on beds what happens when a judge
sends a patient in and the quota is
Shon answered that when this
happens, the community center will
have to decide which patient is sent
back into the community.
Texas is 48th in the nation in the
care of its mentally ill. Only Idaho
and South Dakota rank lower, he
Shon said he and Commissioner
Jones would rather Bee eight small
Grant sought to fund
Cherokee County will make ap-
plication for a Criminal Justice
Grant to finance courthouse secu-
rity. Members of the Commission-
ers Court passed a resolution Mon-
day morning authorizing the grant
Forms were completed and mailed
in connection with the grant last
week and the resolution authoris-
ing the application was forwarded
The $98,286 grant will include
$88,921 in state fimds, matched
with $9,365 local cash ftinds.
The ftmds will be broken down to
include $61,560 for four security
guards; $17,996.76 in fringe
beneftis; $9,365 in CJ and federal
ftinds matched by $9,365 local ftinds
hospitals than four large state psy-
"The same thing will be happen-
ing to state hospitals in Texas that
is happening all over the United
States. We will see an integration
between the hospitals and the com-
munities. Patients will stay in the
state facilities for a few months
and then move back to the commu-
nities for care. The community
centers will have to be on top of
their patient care and each center
will be assigned a certain number
of state hospital beds.
"A different type of relationship
will be created between state hos-
pitals and the community centers.
This will bring better care for the
patients. People will be able to move
across from community services to
state hospitals and back again and
not face barriers.
"The state still has a lot of miss-
ing components. We need more cri-
sis service, more case management,
to connect people to services in hous-
ing alternatives and employment
opportunities and alternatives in
priority areas. If the state is going
to take out state hospitals, money
will be needed for community ser-
Ladd moved to Texas about nine
montht ago from Oregon. "It's good
to be here and see regular size
trees. I eryoyed the tour of this
facility. It is well kept and I was
At the end of the meeting, Shon
presented a Certificate of Appre-
ciation to Acting Superintendent
Bob Arizpe, who is going to San
Antonio as superintendent.
MHMR DEPUTY COMMISSIONER Stephen Shon is surrounded by reporters
following Friday morning press conference at Rusk State Hospital. Here, Emmett
Whitehead questions the deputy commissioner concerning statements he had
made earlier concerning possible closing of Rusk State Hospital. At left, is Rusk
State Hospital Acting Superintendent Bob Arizpe. -staff photo
'Bye Bye Birdie' opens Thursday
at Cherokee Civic Theatre
Cherokee Civic Theatre young
people will present "Bye Bye Birdie"
this weekend at the Cherokee The-
atre in downtown Rusk. Jill Swink
is director; Marcelette Broussard is
assistant to the director; and Gloria
Dotson is music director; Todd Bur-
ton, assistant to the music director
and accompanist; Jennifer Gibson,
percussion; and Wayne Walker, gui-
Curtain time will be 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday and
2 p.m. Sunday.
The cast includes Kelly Idom as
Rose Alvarez; Tiffany Clark as Helen;
Molly White, Nancy; Susan Trimble,
Alice; Jill Balch, Margie Ann; Amy
White, Penelope; Brittney Nichols,
Deborah Sue; Bess Goldfarb, Suzie;
Mandy Snoke, Linda; Julie Jones,
Carol; Elizabeth Sorrell, Martha
Chase Trimble, Harold; Josh
Crouch, Karl; Steven Phillips,
Harvey; Jeff Chancellor, Henry;
KristoferVick, Arthur; Scot Crispin,
Freddie; Seth Thornhill, Peyton.
Natalie Moore, Ursula Merkle;
Carla Rogers, Kim MacAfee; Jan
Lewis, Mrs. MacAfee.
Darrell Banfield, Mr. MacAfee;
Betsy Bowen, Sad Girl; Kristi Jones,
Another Sad Girl; Donna Nichols,
Mae Peterson; Frances Green, Re-
porter; John McLarty, Conrad
Cheerleaders are Suzanne
Watson, Joy White and Wendy
David Durr is cast as the Mayor;
Kathryn Bowen, the Mayor's Wife;
Brandon Orsack, Hugo Peabody;
Shane Phillips, Randolph MacAfee;
Beth Dyess, Mrs. Merkle.
Betsy Tullis, Mary Buchanan,
Elaine McDonald and Jane Trimble,
Phyllis Drake, Gloria Rasputin;
Rick Vick, Charles F. Maude; Nelson
Trimble, Ed Sullivan; Robert
Adamson of Nacogdoches, formerly
of Jacksonville, as Albert Peterson,
agent for Birdie.
Stan Palmer, Dennie Miles,
Nelson Trimble, Jeff Chancelor,
Seth Thornhill and David Durr as
Caldwell seeks state comptroller's
county performance review study
The equipment will include walk
through metal weapon detectors,
hand held weapon detectors and
hand held two-way radios.
The application states that the
Cherokee County Sheriffs Depart-
ment and jail are located in a sepa-
rate building about a mile from the
Four courts are located on three
separate floors of the courthouse
and pose a problem for security.
There are currently no metal detec-
tors posted anywhere in the build-
Cherokee County is a rural, low
social-economic area. There are no
ftinds available to provide these ser-
vices. The target population will be
the public of Cherokee County who
enter the courthouse.
Cherokee County Judge Craig
Caldwell reported Monday morn-
ing to members of the Commission-
ers Court that he wants to ask the
State Comptroller's office to do a
performance review for the county.
Caldwell said he had contacted
State Comptroller John Sharp's
office and had found out that repre-
sentatives of that office will do such
reviews when invited by counties.
Bob Mattison of that office and his
staff will visit a county and perform
a financial management study con-
cerning state regulations and sta-
A similar study is planned for
Bastrop County after the Legisla-
ture finishes in May. Caldwell said
he had contacted a Judge Fritz of
Bastrop County and was told that
the county is moving in its prepara-
tion for this visit.
The review will not cost the county
Commissioner Bob Gregg asked if
he had contacted any of the county
officials to see if they wanted such a
study. "You are the first to hear,"
Caldwell said. He noted that most
of the study would be done in the
county auditor's office.
Commissioner F. E. Hassell sug-
gested that the county wait until
after the Bastrop study is completed
before making any plans for a simi-
"We are paying $17,000 for an
annual outside audit, why would
we want to stir this again? I think
this is a duplication," Gregg said.
County Auditor Frank Madden
said the study would not take the
place of an audit.
Plans are to let the department
heads talk about the matter and a
decision will be reached at a later
In other matters, commissioners
called a special election for the elec-
tion of a U.S. Senator to fill a posi-
tion formerly held by Treasurer
Secretary Lloyd Bentsen. Bob
Krueger was appointed to fill the
position until the May 1 election.
County Attorney Bob McN att was
instructed to write the condemna-
tion orders stating that the price of
the land for re-opening a former
county road be set at whatever the
Cherokee County Appraisal District
has set land value of the property.
Rusk Mayor Mike Crysup dis-
cussed downtown parking with
members of the court. Ciysup re-
ported he has talked with several
business persons and they agree
that parking is not a problem ex-
cept when court is in session.
"Several months ago, the council
passed an ordinance for two hour
parking around the square, but this
hasn't been enforced," Crysup said.
He noted that there has been some
discussion concerning parking be-
hind the craft mall and the prop-
erty across the street. The mayor
said the city is open for suggestions
concerning the parking problem.
Joe Ray Ocker and Frances
Henley of the Cherokee County
Wildlife Committee met with the
court to ask for representation at
the county wildlife meeting on
March 1. Texas Parks and Wildlife
will ask for one buck bag limit with
two doe tags when permitted.
Commissioners discussed plans
for attendance March 1 for the 10
a.m. media event at the Caddoan
Mounds State Historical Park. Bids
for road materials and office sup-
plies were opened and accepted at
A J. Vincent discussed solid waste
regulations affecting the county at
the meeting. He said every house
generates 4,Q00 gallons of slug or
about a pound of dry waste per day.
Currently there is a move to come
up with a way to convert the sewer-
age sluge into something that can
be used to grow plants, he noted.
However, the current problem is
that beginning Oct. 1, the landfills
will not be able to accept any liquid
waste water. Currently grease traps
waste is dumped at the Laidlaw
Septic tank waste is being dumped
in two private landfills. On Oct. 1,
this will become illegal and there
will be no place to dump these waste
waters, he said. "People have li-
censes to transport the waste, but
there is no place to dump it," he
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