Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 146, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 15, 1994 Page: 2 of 24
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Page Two—CHEROKEÉAN/HERALD of Rusk, Texas—Thursday, September 15,1994
By Marie Whitehead
One of my sisters has the curiosity
from nine lives of one cat! She asked
recently, "Which do you like more,
the original column (Round Town)
or the more recent "Scene in Pass-
ing?" There was no hesitation in a
response. "Scene is fun to do. It just
flows by. The original column takes
a little more thought." And she
pushed. "But when do you have time
to talk to all these people, to get the
information you include?" The an-
swer to that is easy: "I see a lot of
people, I talk to a lot of people Our
business is information! And then
there's the mail bag...the wonderful
people who take time to drop a line."
And that's where we will begin
today. Genia Kelly, former Ruskite
and staff member, writes from
Sweeney, "I'm glad to know that
Mr. W is on the road to a full recov-
ery. We hope that he stays healthy.
I wanted to let you know that I enjoy
your column. . .the paper looks great.
Seems only yesterday 1 was proof-
reading and typesetting(and sweep-
ing the floor)! Hard to believe it has
been 22 years. Yikes! But we're only
getting better. I'll always remember
Marsha, Roseanne, Mary Ann,
Sam, Jerry Helm, Jerry Don,
Elaine. What a crew! (Those men-
tioned will remember her, too.) Her
years here were early 70s.
Bettye Roberts, d aughter of the
late Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Wallace,
writes from Houston to thank our
recent mention of her in this space.
She says, "YES! I would like to re-
turn to Rusk someday (voluntarily,
that is), HA!" As we say under pres-
sure in this building, you don't have
to be crazy to work here, but some-
times it helps."
And then there was the enjoyable
note from Grady Dupree and
spouse who are on the road, seeing
the USA and he writes: "We were
south of Tahoe, Nev. a couple of
months ago, stopped at Spooner
Lake and ran into William Ed Tosh
and wife, Linda. Small world!" Well,
yes, it is a very small world and
that's what helps to make life so
interesting! And I remember this,
Grady operated a building materi-
als/contractor firm in the same build-
ing occupied by the late Marvin
Roten. Then later, William Ed
Bob Phillips of Country Reporter
fame will bring three tour buses
through Rusk on Oct. 2. Phillips
and his group will leave Dallas on
Saturday, Oct. 1 for Longview,
where they will spend the night.
Then, they will board the buses
for Rusk and a dinner cateied by
Bodacious Barbecue. The meal will
be served in the Rusk High School
Following lunch they will ride the
Texas State Railroad to Palestine
and then will make the trek back to
Big D. ,.
Louise Morriss, Rusk Chamber of
Commerce secretary, said she was
contacted by Phillips' staff several
months ago concerning information
about Rusk and the surrounding
Oddly enough later in the month,
another Bob Phillips will britog an-
other tour group to Rusk. This Bob
Phillips, is president of Ripley's
Believe It or Not in Dallas. He will
bring a group of 20-25 travel man-
agers and operators at entry points
throughout the state.
(Bill) Tosh has a business there,
too, aftar Grady, if I'm ,not mis-
taken? So when they happen...to
meet...Spooner Lake, Nevada?
Here's another small world com-
ment. Susan Richey, our new Ex-
tension Agent, was at Tarleton Col-
lege recently, her alma mater, and
one of her friends said she knew a
nephew of Mike Crysup in Rusk.
The human family does connect,
doesn't it? Susan is planning a spe-
cial observanceof National 4-H Week
this year. First week in October. If
she can pull off all her plans, the
young people are going to have a
great time! More later!
Do you ever go to Tyler and NOT
see someone you know? From home?
We had a successful visit with the
surgeon for the Better Half Friday
(good report!) and enjoyed greeting
Lois Johnson, Pat Cook and Jerry
Jean Work. It was good to see that
all three were doing well!
Wanda Rawls, writer of "Wel-
come Newcomers" in this publica-
tion, says her husband's family gath-
ered Sept. 4 for a reunion. His sister,
Jo lives in their parent's old home
and she hosted a meal of barbecue,
topped off with homemade ice cream.
Present were her daughter, Arlene
and Keith Dickerson, Christin
and Charley, of Longview; daugh-
ter Lynn and Chuck Goldstein
and son Allen of Houston; her
brother Roland and wife Wanda
niece Sherry and Richard Hol-
comb with Missy and Chris Adams
and Courtney and Christa.
Newcomers recently welcomed to
Rusk by Wanda are Sgt. Mark
Davis who has been with t he Parks
and Wildlife Department for 28
years and his wife Ruby. Mark has
undergone quadruple heart by-pass
surgery and is reported to be in sat-
isfactory condition. Ruby is an LVN.
The couple moved here from Pampa.
ter of Judy and Jamie Magruder,
is slated to have surgery next week
at Texas Children's Hospital in
Houston. There is a hole in her
heart which doctors will repair. The
youngster will be two years old in
November. And, she has an older
sister, JayAnna, now a big Kinder-
garten student! Grandmom JoAnn
Jackson will provide assistance to
JayAnna while parents are with
Jordan. Surgery is thought to be
set for next Tuesday. Certainly, the
many friends of this family will keep
them close in thought, prayer.
Spending several days inRusk re-
cently was Travis Sessions of Dal-
las. He visited his Mom, Lithana
Sessions, and other friends and rela-
tives while here.
Mrs. Larry (Connie) Gonzalez
is home from the hospital after treat-
ment for a heart attack. She is the
mother of Robert Gonzalez and
therefore, we share three wonderful
Grand Kids! Best wishes for her con-
Here is a very small, yet big, rea-
son why many people like to live in
these parts. Oleta Byers came by
the office last Friday looking for
Mary Ann Patterson. It's been a
year or so since she was here with
us, but that's all right. She is still
like one of "the children." Oleta
wanted to give back to her a dollar
that Mary Ann loaned her recently,
at the grocery store! Now, is that
honesty personified, or what?
• Garage Sales
• Miscellaneous r'or Sale
• Help Wanted
• Real Estate
.of a Wondering Fellow
By Park Watson
KWRW-CD 97.7 Guest Columnist
Now that the Labor Day is over
you may look forward to the political
"out fighting" to begin. Of course we
all think we know what goes on in
Washington. The solons are itchy to
get home and start campaigning for
another term so they will, no doubt,
pull some stupid stuff in their hurry
to make new and improved promises
to the voters in their districts...after
the session is over.
All that leads to the "settling" pro-
cess in Washington. For those of you
who do not know...the settling pro-
cess is a process that lets both sides
of the aisle "settle" all the
differences...take back all the name
calling. . .paste on the end of session
smile and look for any media reps
that may be still around. And if any
cameras are near by all the ones
interviewed will insist that the ses-
sion was, after all, a reasonable suc-
cess. At least they all got out alive.
Locally I'd like to see the two can-
lidates for County Judge to cam-
lign on what they want to do and
>t on what the other fellow said or
d. They are both personable
lit It-men. each has a good back-
ground in their field. . .each have had
a measure of success in their deal-
ings with their fellow man...and, for
once, neither of them are "politi-
cians." Pick one and vote.
Just remember this: Rusk State
Hospital is a major force in Chero-
kee County. Let's nurture its
growth...not stupidly stunt its
growth. There are so many aspects
to the control of the hospital we do
not need any amateur thinking to
mess it up.
I wonder why it is that we, as a
nation, feel that we have to stick our
noses into the business of the whole
world? Why do we feel we have to
march into a neighbors back yard
and try to straighten out their think-
ing about how they should be gov-
erned? The fact is ou r track record in
that sort of thing is not too good. But
here we go, the all powerful Ameri-
cans, sending men all over the place
to try to hash out problems in which
we should have no interest.
I know why! Economic develop-
ment. Or to put it bluntly, money.
But if you're going to do it...do it
like the man says: Never tell a man
you are going to hit him in the nose.
Hit him first and apologize later.
MHMR Board O.K.s
creation of Anderson,
THE TOURISM COMMITTEE of the Rusk Chamber of
Commerce hosted a FAM group tour of the area Sunday.
The visitors were sponsored by Howard Rosser of East
Texas Tourism. Greeting guests were Mark Price of
Texas State Railroad, Chamber secretary Louise
Morriss, Main Street Coordinator Mike Murray, Tourism
Chairman Suzann McCarty, Martha Neely, Stephanie
Caveness and Chamber President Mary Buchanan.
-photo by Greg Neely
The creation of a community
health and mental retardation cen-
ter for Anderson and Cherokee coun-
ties was approved Friday by the
Texas Department of Mental Health
and Mental Retardation Board. The
board met in Austin to end the ap-
proximately two years of discussion
with local leaders in the two coun-
ties about the transfer of commu-
nity services. Currently these ser-
vices are provided through Rusk
State Hospital and Lufkin State
School, local board member Jim
Brown told member of the Chero-
kee County Commissioners Court
Start-up funds total $50,000.
Brown said the MHMR Center on
US Highway 69 North of Jackson-
ville and another in Anderson
County will officially begin opera-
tions on Sept. 2,1995. The center is
currently operating as a site for
community service programs
through Rusk State Hospital.
An executive director and busi-
ness manager will be hired prior to
the change-over. The 112 positions
from the community services divi-
sions of the state hospital and the
state school will be transferred even-
tually from state employment to the
community center. No staff reduc-
tions are planned at either of the
state facilities as the result of the
"Wp have seen this facility de-
FAM TOUR GROUP participants pause for a brief program at the Cherokee Civic Theatre
Sunday afternoon. The group came to Rusk for lunch, catered by Bodacious Barbecue, at
Rusk High School cafeteria and a ride on the Texas State Railroad. They were treated by the
Rusk Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee to the information session and program.
Rusk was one of 44 sponsoring cities for two East Texas Tourism Association tours.
TAAS-TEAMS exit tests set
Persons who have met all other
graduation requirements but have
not previously met minimum ex-
pectations on all sections of the
TAAS or TEAMS tests may retake
the necessary section(s) at Rusk
High School according to the follow-
TAAS: Writing-Tuesday, Oct. 18;
Reading-Wednesday, Oct. 19; and
Math--Thursday, Oct. 20.
TEAMS: English Language Art.s-
day, Oct. 20.
Individuals who are no long en-
rolled in a Texas public school and
who wish to register to retake the
exit level TAAS test, and all indi-
viduals who wish to take the
TEAMS test, may pick up a regis-
tration packet at any at any high
school campus or education service
The test registration form must
be completed and returned in the
pre-addressed envelope and must
be received in Iowa City, Iowa, no
later than 5 p.m. Sept., 27.
Persons who plan to take advan-
tage of this testing opportunity
must be at t he high school at 8 a.m.
Neither the Texas Education
Agency, National Computer Sys-
tems nor Rusk ISD will be respon-
sible for registration forms that are
delayed or lost in the mail. Ques-
tions concerning the fall exit level
test should be directed to the Texas
Education Agency, Division of Stu-
dent Assessment, 512/463-9536 or
Joy Jones, Rusk ISD 903/683-5401.
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Pipes proudly
announce the birth of their new
grandson, Cameron Steven Pipes,
son of Steven and Annette Pipes of
Dallas. He was born on August 26 at
Medical City Hospital in Dallas. They
have two other grandsons, Blake
and Brandon Pipes of Crockett, sons
of Jerry and Dina Pipes.
clared dead twice and finally it was
resurrected and passed last Fri-
day," Brown said.
'This is advantageous because
first it is locally controlled and sec-
ond we can find funding sources not
available to the other two facilities.
Based on the MHMR Board's ap-
proval the Legislative Budget board
of the agency's intent to start a
community MHMR center.
Negotiations will continue with
the center's board of trustees, which
is chaired by Leo Trammell. Other
trustees include David Daniel, vice-
chairman; Sharon Davis, secretary;
Dr. Annie Edwards, Jim Brown,
Ms. Charlie M. Esco, Judge Chris
KoUtad and Cathy Newman. Trust-
ees are appointed by the commis-
sioners court in the two counties
and the Jacksonville city council.
The executive director is expected
to be hired in early 1995 and the
business manager shortly thereaf-
ter. Transfer of staff and service is
expected in late 1995 and early 1996.
An estimated 1,766 individuals
with a mental illness and 369 indi-
viduals with mental retardation
eligible for MHMR services reside
in the two counties. Currently the
state hospital and the state school
have service delivery sites in Jack-
sonville, Palestine and Rusk.
Anderson County has an esti-
mated population of 48,566 and
Cherokee County, 41,828.
The next out-of-school TAAS and
TEAMS tests will be given at Alto
High School on the following dates:
TAAS Writing - Tuesday, Oct. 18;
TAAS Reading -- Wednesday, Oct.
19; TAAS Math Thursday, Oct. 20;
TEAMS L.A. - Wednesday, Oct. 19;
TEAMS Math -- Thursday, Oct. 20.
Registration forms may be picked
up from Marcia Hassell at Alto High
School. The completed registration
form must be received in Iowa City,
Iowa by Sept. 27.
Area. Briefs .
The Rusk Band Boosters will spon-
sor a chicken-spaghetti dinner prior
to the Sept. 23 Eagle-Vandal game.
Dinner will be served from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. at the Rusk High School
cafeteria. Tickets are $3.50 for
adults and $2 for students.
The Rusk Riders Club will hold a
Jackpot Playday at 7 p.m. Sept. 17
at the Rider's Club Arena.
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A free blood pressure and blood
sugar screening is scheduled for 9 to
11 a.m..Sept.. 21 at the Alto Senior
Center in the Lions Club Building.
The screening is sponsored by Alto
Care Center. Anyone who would like
to eat lunch at the Senior Center
should make reservations by calling
Tammy Carraway at 858-4332, be-
fore 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19. "Meals on
Wheels extends a thank you to Alto
Care Center for providing this ser-
vice," said Ms. Carraway.
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