Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 149, No. 18, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 25, 1998 Page: 1 of 16
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Vol. 149, No. 18-16 Pages
Thursday, June 25, 1998
Rusk, Texas 75785
Man shot 30 minutes
after release from jail
Only 30 minutes after he was released
from the county jail, a Rusk man was
killed Monday afternoon at his home on
James Edward McDuff, 36, had spent
Sunday night in jail for family violence
assault and returned home to pick up
clothing when he was allegedly shot by his
wife, Kimberly Ann McDuff, 37.
Mrs. McDuff had gone to the hospital
the night before to receive treatment for
injuries received in the mishap, police
Police Chief Larry Robertson said Rusk
Police Department received a call at ap-
proximately 2:30 p.m. in reference to the
shooting at 1601 Daniels Street. Upon
arrival police found Mr. McDuff lying on
the living room floor.
"He came home and tried to enter the
house. His wife asked him not to come in
and when he did, she grabbed a 20 gauge
shotgun and shot him in the chest," Chief
Justice of the Peace Chris Davis con-
ducted the inquest and ordered the body
sent to Dallas for an autopsy.
James Edward McDuff
No charges have been filed and the case
will be sent to the Grand Jury for consid-
eration, the chief said.
and co -workers in
her in three w
. They called
A Rusk police car makes an unexpected trip to the body shop following an accident in Rusk on George St. Police
Officer Larry Pugh told City Manager Mike Murray he fell asleep while driving. Damage to the vehicle was placed
i Department called us.
':y out to check on her
s body. A shotgun was
beside her and
, bullet, the sheriff
sdo not know as yet
[," Sheriff Campbell said.
"We think she has been dead for
iks," he said.
of the Peace Chris Davis
the body sent to the South-
! Lab for tests.
5 Tuesday, results of
still pending, Sheriff
Alto opens free day care center
By Dee Daveness
Cherokeean/Hera l d
Summer is the time for fun in the sun
and time away from school. But what do
they do if they aren't old enough to stay
home alone and their parents have to
work during the day?
Parents in the Alto area have a new
alternative for day care, and the price is
right. Trinity Christian Center is offer-
ing free day care services.
A few years ago, Brother Gerald Hook
bought the building across from the post
office and turned it into the Trinity Chris-
tian Center. Weeks ago, the concept of
having a day care and youth center came
about. Now half of the building is dedi-
cated to t he church and the other half is a
kitchen, day care and game room.
The day center received many man hours
of remodeling and planning to accommo-
date a large group of children. Walls have
been placed to make extra rooms, and
cabinets and counters were built in the
front room to make a kitchen.
Brother Hook purchased the empty lot
directly behind the center with intentions
of turning^ into a volleyball and basket-
ball court for the kids to have some out-
Table games, donated by Mr. and Mrs.
Jimmy Houston, have deleted some of the
vacancy in the game room but more dona-
tions are welcome.
The Houstons donated a van to pick up
kids out of the town or without rides and
they donate food to provide kids with a
meal during each day.
Please see DAY CARE, page 8A
Community response termed 'positive'
for proposed apartment complex
■ 144-unit complex
would ease housing
shortage in Rusk
Community response for a new apart-
ment complex in Rusk looks very encour-
David Ansley and Fred Morgan of AS
Inc., apartment complex builders, were in
Rusk all day Wednesday to visit with
See Floor Plan
The two and their staff discussed the
proposed apartment complex with inter-
ested persons, who picked up literature
at a reception at Rusk State Hospital. Ed
Stumpf is the third partner in the AS Inc.
"We have been extremely pleased with
the response from the Rusk area people,"
Mr. Ansley said. The group has put up
earnest money on a local tract to construct
a 144-unit apartment complex.
The complex will include one bedroom,
two bedroom and three bedroom apart-
ments. Four different floor plans will be
offered. "We are asking people about their
preference concerning the number of bath-
rooms, whether they want a fireplace and
what other personalized features they
want in their individual apartments," Mr.
All apartments will have professionally
designed interiors with top of the line
appliances including frost free refrigera-
tors with ice makers.
There will be washer/dryer connections
in each apartment. Ceiling fans will be
installed in every bedroom and living ar-
eas. The apartments will include mini
blinds and fire detectors.
Each unit will feature dead bolt locks,
peep holes in the front doors and security
gates and fencing.
The swimming pool will have a heated
jacuzzi. There will be a club house, a
covered parking area, an exercise room,
Please see PROPOSED, page 8A
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Representatives from AS Inc. hosted a reception Thursday to acquaint local
persons with a proposed new apartment complex. Welcoming guests were Troy
Ansley, David Ansley, Melinda Ansley and Grrcie Dismukes. Fred Morgan, a
partner with David Ansley, is not pictured. Another partner, Ed Stumpf, was
unable to be in Rusk for the reception. Plans call for a 144-unit apartment
complex, which will feature a number of amenities, including a swimming pool
and heated jacuzzi. See floor plan on page 8A.
Loss of state
funding may cause
By Randall Birdsong
Special to the Cherokeean/Herald
Members of the Alto Independent School
District Board of Trustees were told dur-
ing their regular meeting June 22 that
reductions in personnel and a substantial
tax rate increase will be needed to offset
the loss of state funding expected for the
1998-99 school year. The state
comptroller's adjustment of the district's
appraised values and the decline in valu-
ation of oil and gas properties is expected
to leave the district with a $150,000-
$180,000 reduction in funding even with
the cuts and tax increases. "I want the
property owners in our district to be aware
of what we are up against and the need for
these actions," Superintendent Dr. J. Floyd
Worley said. "Any increase in taxes or
cuts in staff will be decided during the
budget preparation process," he said.
In other business board members heard
a presentation from Frank Hall and
Welsey Slay concerning the Workman's
Compensation Pool used by the district.
Mr. Hall and Mr. Slay represented Hibbs-
Hallmark's Claim Administrative ser-
vices. The presentation showed the board
how to save 50 percent in costs by agree-
ing to extend the existing agreement for
three years. Trustees gave their approval
to the measure.
Members approved the submission of
the "Goals 2000" grant application. The
grant request is for $99,000.
Don Parsons, board president, was nomi-
nated to serve as a member of the Texas
Association of School Boards board of di-
rectors. Final selection to the board will
be statewide at a later date.
Faye Nell Monzingo, administrative
assistant, reported on the AISD dropout
recovery program for the 1997-98 school
year. Of the 15 students enrolled in the
program, 14 graduated or completed the
requirements for a GED. A total of 145
credits were attempted and 145 credits
were earned. The average was 9.5 credits
High School Principal Randy Copeland,
Middle School Principal Carol Boyd and
Elementary School Principal Doug Dugat
gave the yearly discipline report for their
particular campuses. Principals Copeland
and Boyd attributed the completion of the
middle school, which removed the sev-
enth and eight graders from the high
school campus and the excellent tech-
niques and procedures used by their staffs
to the overall reduction in discipline inci-
dents for the year.
The district discipline committee will
meet in early July. Board members ap-
proved making a request to the City of
Alto to annex all AISD property. This will
allow city police officers proper jurisdic-
tion to answer calls on campus. Annex-
Please see ALTO ISD, page 8A
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