Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 145, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 25, 1993 Page: 4 of 16
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Page Four—CHEROKEE AN/HERALD of Rusk, Texas—Thursday, February 25,1993
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By Angelique Wilson,
Some young, aspiring scientists
are busy working on their projects
for the Second Annual Alto ISD Sci-
The Science Fair includes second-
ary students who have a science
class in grades seventh through
twelfth. The students will have their
prqjects out for display in the gym.
The projects will be judged earlier
The program was introduced last
year by Superintendent Leland
Edge. The science fair was started
to get students interested in science
and to develop higher learning skills,
such as problem solving, research,
independent thinking, and gather-
ing and organizing information in a
concise logical manner.
"We did this to get parents in-
volved in their children's learning
and to teach the kids better learning
habits," science teacher Debi
Gullette said. Teachers Brenda
Lindsey, Susie Jones and Gullette
coordinate the fair.
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STUDENTS REPRESENTING ALTO at the Cherokee
County Spelling Bee are: back row, elementary
winner Seth Hale, son of Leslie and Carl Hale;
elementary alternate Brent Hedger, son of Joan
and John Hedger; front row, junior high winner
Shakedra James, daughter of Rena Hackney and
alternate Demekia Hackett, daughter of Doris
-photo by Elisa Tarrant
Students advance in Spelling Bee
By Jeanne Bennett,
The winners of two recent Alto
Spelling Bees will go to an all-county
competition on Feb. 24 in Jackson-
Elementary winner was fifth
grader Seth Hale, and junior high
winner was seventh grader
Shakedra Latrice James. Second
place in elementary went to sixth
grader Brent Hedger; the second
place junior high winder was eighth
grader Demekia Hackett. Third
place in elementary went to fifth
grader Matthew Jones.
Although only the first place win-
ners will go to the county bee, sec-
ond place winners are alternates.
The winners of the Jacksonville bee
will go to the state contest in Dallas,
and those winners will go to the
national event in Washington, D.C.
The Alto bee, in its second year,
was started by Superintendent
Leland Edge. Elementary sponsor
Joyce Rogers said that students this
year did better than last year. This
is due in part to daily practices and
the study booklets provided by the
Dallas Morning News.
Other participants in the Elemen-
tary bee were fifth graders Chandra
Baugh, Angie Bobbitt, John
Fondren, James Guldjord, Laresa
King, Shenequia Mickey and
Rebecca Reina and sixth graders
Quincey Hamilton and Rebecca
The junior high competition only
had two participants, making the
competition tougher, junior high
sponsor Jennifer Dearman said.
AH A round Alto and More
by Betty Hardin
Those of you who enjoyed hearing
Shannon perform at the fund rais-
ing dance for Mystie Isaacks last
Fall will want to mark March 7
down on your calendar. This multi-
talented young lady, Shannon
Brooks Cobb, daughter of Linda and
Billy Brooks and wife of John Cobb,
will be singing in concert at 6:30
p.m. at Alto First Baptist Church.
This past weekend Shannon sang at
the Cold Springs Methodist Church
and previous to that, at the Old
Palestine Baptist Church.
Shannon is much in demand since
she left her hometown of Alto. She
recently was called to Nashville
where she met Mark Warner, pub-
lisher of "Cash Box" magazine. He
gave her some good tips about her
career, whether it would follow into
Country Western music or into Gos-
pel. So far, Shannon has chosen the
Gospel route and sings favorite Gos-
pel songs in her many public perfor-
mances. She and her husband, John
live in Pasadena where Shannon
(which is her stage name) works for
Texas Farm Bureau. For those of
you who may not know, John is the
brother of Altonion, Suzette Kessel.
Shannon cut a tape of her Gospel
music recently in Oklahoma City
and hopes to have it available by the
concert on March 7.
I eiyoyed talking to Michelle
Smith the other day and she told me
all about her 29th birthday festivi-
ties. Her whole family eiyoyed a
birthday dinner at Rusk Pizza Hut
and followed that up with cake and
ice cream at the Smith's home in
Alto. Getting together to wish this
very special young lady birthday
wishes were her mom and dad, Nita
and Travis, her brother and wife,
Britt and Leslie, her sister and fam-
ily, Mandy and Terry Black and
their baby, Haley Michelle, named
after, guess who? Also joining them
were Michelle's aunt and uncle,
Linda and Billy Brooks. And a good
time was had by all!
About a month ago, Steve Lofton,
Alto High School Class of'87, made
a donation of trophies to the Alto
Lady Jacket during their final bas-
ketball tournament. 1 would have
liked to have been there to take a
picture of Steve, who plays football
for the Phoenix (formerly St. Louis)
Cardinals. Steve signed autographs
for the many admiring fans that
day. While he is still in Alto, I may
yet get to do a story and photo of one
of Alto's own, who has gone into
mqor league football. Stay tuned.
Last week I attended the second
meeting of the newly organised Alto
Volunteer Fire Department on the
occasion of a donation from the
Exxon Corporation. It was impres-
sive to see all those new and former
volunteers that night and the ranks
continue to swell. Next week's issue
of the Cherokeean/Herald will fea-
ture the photo I took that evening.
Congratulations to these folks who
are really pulling together in this.
I read something recently that
kind of says it all, in light of what
our new President is wanting to do
for America. This, from the Reader's
"It's every American's duty to sup-
port his government, but not neces-
sarily in the style to which it haB
become accustomed," Thomas
Clifford. True, true, true.
The following students were re-
cently named to the Alto Elemen-
tary Honor Roll with an average
grade of 85 or above:
Fourth grade; Jaleea Jackson,
Emily Barron, Bryce Penn, Jaynee
Hedger, Zachery Moore and Colt
Fifth grade; Rebecca Reina.
Sixth grade; Brent Hedger,
Rebecca Pearman, Kris Mettlen and
The members of the Distinguished
Honor Roll with 90 or above were:
Fourth grade; Jessica Hooper,
Anna Mason and Angela Rangel.
Fifth grade; Natalie Schneider,
Chandra Baugh, Angela Bobbitt and
Sixth grade; Kristina Jones and
is Association member
Brandon Orsack of Alto is a new
junior member of the American
Angus Association, accordingtoDick
Spader, executive vice-president of
the national organization with
headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo.
Junior members of the associa-
tion are eligible to register cattle in
the American Angus Association
and take part in Association spon-
sored shows and other national and
The American Angus Association
is the largest beef registry associa-
tion in the world with more than
24,000 active adult and junior mem-
BAR. AND MRS. JERRY SULSER of Alto announce the
upcoming marriage of their daughter, Christina
Danelle, to Matthew Robert Guldjord, son of Marga-
ret Reed, Alto, and Gary Guldjord, San Diego, Cali-
fornia. Miss Sulser is the granddaughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Hubert Goodman of Ponta and Bill Turner of
Tyler and the great-granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Archie Goodman of Alto. The ceremony will take
place at S p.m. March 6 at First Baptist Church in
Alt . Family and friends are invited to attend.
Alto ISD sets public
school week activities
By Tyease Davis
Many activities will be going on
at Alto ISD in conjunction with
Texas Public Schools Week.
A vocational barbecue dinner will
be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday,
March 4. The open house will be
from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., and parents
may have conferences with their
"We invite and encourage all to
coirie out and eiyoy the festivities,"
High School Principal Carol Boyd
During the open house, a science
and book fair will also be held. All
students in science classes are eli-
gible to enter the science fair. Stu-
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Amber Michelle Kelley
Dwayne and Tracey Kelley wish
to announce the birth of their daugh-
ter, Amber Michelle, born January
29,1993 at Memorial Medical Cen-
ter in Lufkin. She weighed six pounds
and 10 ounces, and measured 19
Grandparents include Pat and Jim
Bice of Alto, Nelda and Larry Cox of
Lufkin and Steve Kelley of Lufkin.
Great-grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. J. W. Bice of Alto and Louise
Ray of Arlington, Maxine Davis of
Etoile and Oma Kelley of Lufkin.
Amber has an older sister,
Brittany Kay Reneau
Johanna and Chris Reneau of
Rusk announce the arrival of a
daughter, Brittany Kay, on Wednes-
day, Feb. 17 at Trinity Valley Medi-
cal Center, Palestine.
The new arrival weighed six
pounds and two ounces.
Grandparents are the Rev.
Charles and Rita Nunnally, Elaine
and David Reagan and Larry and
Candace Reneau, all of Jackson-
ville; and Sara and Charles Henry
Jones of Rusk.
Great-grandparents are Lena
Yarbrough of Dialville and M. D.
Nunnally of Jacksonville.
Amanda Janel Gilchrest
Lori and Allen Gilchrest announce
the arrival of their daughter,
Amanda Janel, at 7:39 a.m. Feb. 9.
She weighed eight pounds and six
Grandparents are Sue and Allen
Gilchrest of Rusk and Hans
TorgerBon of Mexia and Janel
Torgerson of Minnesota.
Ysabella Loisa S amarrón
Jeremías Ira Samarron announces
the arrival of a baby sister, Ysabella
Loisa at 1:05 p.m. on Feb. 15, at the
University of Texas Childrens Hos-
pital in Lubbock. She weighed in at
eight pounds and six ounces and
was 20 inches long. Her parents are
Mr. and Mrs. Julio (Michelle
Moseley) Samarron of Earth.
Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Santiago Sammarron, of Earth, Ms.
Lois Moseley of Rusk, Morris and
Mary Mosely of the Bulah Commu-
nity. Great-grandmothers Mrs. Ozell
Walker and Mrs. Annie Mae Moseley
both of Rusk.
Alexandria Marie Thompson
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Thompson
of Maydelle announce the arrival of
their daughter Alexandria Marie.
She was born on January 8 at 3:47
p.m. weighing 61bs 13 oz.
Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Johnny Thompson and Mr. and Mrs.
Hugh Byrd of Maydelle. Great-
Grandparents are Marie Durrett and
Beryl Byrd of Maydelle, Victoria
Tompson of Rusk and Mr. and Mrs.
Know Bowman of Diboll.
The United States is the
world's leading leather producer.
Ruskite is named
to SWTSU dean's list
Stacey D. McCann of Rusk was
among the 1,741 students whose
1992 fall semester grades earned
them places on the dean's list at
Southwest Texas State University.
To qualify for the academic hon-
ors listing, an undergraduate stu-
dent must have earned a grade point
average of at least 3.5 during the
semester while taking at least 12
hours of course work.
ALTO CHAMBER MEETING-
The Board of Directors of the Alto
Area Chamber of Commerce will
meet at 5:30 p.m. March 2 in the
board room of Continental State
Bank. All directors are urged to be
By Lester F. Hunter...
...a practicing accounting and tax apedaMtt with 23 yeart
experience In corporate, partnership, IndMdual and fiduciary ra-
turn*. Ha located In the Ballard Real Estala Building in Alto,
Taxaa and can be reached at (409)8584500 during normal bud-
It is very difficult to write TAX
TIDBITS without focusing on the
issues fscing Americans today. Presi-
dent Clinton is msking an appeal for
our support in his "Save the Nation
Plan." Should we give it to him?
Each of us must decide for ourselves.
Part of his plan has merit and he
said all of the right words. What he
didn't say is what bothers me. The
hidden taxes will hit hard in the
guise of price increases and infla-
tion. Businesses will pass on tax
increases to you and me.
"Contributions" to the deficit and
"investments" for the future is a shal-
low sales pitch and can be readily
translated "taxing and spending". I
will speak out against any tax any
Government Authority attempts to
burden taxpayers with. The reason -
Until Government deals with itself-
I am not willing to contribute.
What did CM, IBM and Sears do
in order to survive? They cut the fat.
What would you do if your outgo
was larger than your income. You
would cut the fat. What does our
Government do? They tax to make
up the deficit.
I see no reason why Government
cannot function as well as "Prime
Time" in uncovering massive fraud.
Eliminating fraud and fat Govern-
ment contracts alone would prob-
ably pay for the National Debt. Re-
vamping Social Security, welfare
and the medical system would re-
store trust in Government.
I believe President Clinton is sin-
cere and wants to do the right thing.
I don't believe a "tax and spend''
policy is the right thing. Let Govern-
ment "earn" the respect of the people.
r DOVER'S PLANT FARM -|
Hwy. 69 South. Alto, TX
Opening Saturday, Feb. 28
Fruit & Nut Trees, Shrubs,
Rose Bushes, Hanging Baskets
& Bedding Plants
J. GARy O'DONNEII, M.D.
the opening of his practice
East Texas DÍAqNOSTÍc CIiníc
_oF CrapeIancI —
102 Main Street, Grapeland 75844
dents in K-12 will be able to pur-
chase books, posters, bookmarks and
stickers in the Alto ISD Library.
Children may buy those items dur-
ing their scheduled library time or
during the open house.
"We hope parents will support
the book fair by coming and ¿low-
ing their kids to buy books," Dianne
West, Alto School librarian, said,
"because the proceeds will go di-
rectly to the library for the purchase
of more books."
WAYS TO SEE
A LOWER ELECTRIC
While we have some
excellent hints here for
saving money on your
heating, it's only a part
of your bills. To see
savings throughout your
home, call Seseo for a
Home Energy Audit.
Keeping your home too
warm increases your
, q operating costs. Seseo
suggests 68 degrees.
Close draperies at night to Keep
heat inside. Open them during the
days to let warmth in.
Proper insulation can cut
your heating costs by as
Q much as 30 percent.
Keep fireplace damper closed
when not in use ... so heat
won't escape up the chimney.
Check weatherstripping around i
doors and windows to hold the
heat in. Also, feel wall outlets for
cool air intrusion.
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