Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 149, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 9, 1998 Page: 1 of 38
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Vol. 149, No. 20 - 30 Pages
Thursday, July 9, 1998
Rusk, Texas 75785
The body of Jerry Glenn Bradley
Sr., 53, of Jacksonville was recovered
at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday
morning in the Neches River. Game
Wardens Paul Gluck of Rusk and Mike
Pike of Palestine started dragging for
the body approximately 15 minutes
His body was recovered near where
he allegedly drove his car into the
Neches River off County Road 3514
west of Cuney, just inside Cherokee
Mr. Bradley had attended an all-
day party at a campsite on private
property near the county line. Wit-
nesses said he had been at the river-
side campsite several times during
The last time he got in his car at
approximately 9 p.m. and drove
straight into the river. Witness told
us he never touched the brakes. His
friend jumped into the river and never
found Mr. Bradley. The car was pulled
out at 11:30 p.m. and divers searched
for the body until after midnight but
couldn't find it," Sheriff James
Campbell said. "It is believed that
alcohol was involved in the incident,"
the sheriff added.
Justice of the Peace Polly Kite, Pre-
cinct 3, ordered an autopsy.
Sheriff Campbell reported that a
man was thrown from an inner tube
and re-broke a hip Saturday at Lake
Striker in the Rusk County portion of
the lake. Details on the accidents were
Highway crew resurfaces U.S. 69
By Shonda McKinney
Drivers can expect to see Highway 69
under construction for at least the next
two weeks. "This will be possible only if
the weather and the availability of sup-
plies hold out, otherwise it could take
longer," said Henry Kesinger, assistant
maintenance supervisor for the Texas De-
partment of Public Transportation.
Highway construction in Rusk stretches
approximately from L & L Ford & Mer-
cury to Gregg James Country Motors,
about three and one-half miles. The top
two inches of pavement is being removed
only from the outside lanes to eliminate
the rutting that occurs more frequently in
To save taxpayers money, the materials
removed are reused on driveways, drop
offs and low shoulders.
Upon completion of the outside north
bound lane, the highway crew will begin
work on the outside south bound lane. As
soon as the highway is reconstructed, the
entire highway from Rusk to Alto will
have received a new sealcoat.
Estimated cost for removing and replac-
ing the asphalt is placed at $200,000.
The price of the sealcoat is still pending
and will likely be let out for bids.
Mr. Kesinger asks drivers to slow down,
pay close attention and help make the
highway crews' hot jobs a little easier and
a lot safer.
Rusk High School Principal Dean Evans
is expected to submit his resignation to
the Rusk ISD board Monday evening
effective June 30.
Mr. Evans has
accepted a position
of the Gary ISD.
The Rusk school
board will meet at
5:15 p.m. Monday
for the regular July
Mr. Evans has a
total of 15 years'
service with RISD,
beginning in 1981 ""
and continuing through the present.
Gary is located in East Texas near Lake
Belly dancing is an Americanized form of the Arabic word, Beledi, which
predates 3,500 B.C. The Dream Harem are professional dancers who are
from Tyler. Melonye Grant, one of the Dream Harem, performed her dance
for the residents of Birmingham Health Care Center. They were hired for
entertainment by activities coordinator Tammie Chometa. Oopah!
Daly named Rusk's
new city manager
The Rusk City Council has approved
the employment of Mary Daly as City
Manager. The council's selec-
tion of Mrs. Daly came follow-
ing an executive session Tues-
day night. She will assume
her new duties on July 27.
Mrs. Daly currently is em-
ployed as business manager
at the Cherokee County Health
Unit. She is a graduate of Dal-
las Baptist University School
of Business and Free Enter-
prise with a Bachelor of Busi-
ness Administration degree
and the University of Texas at
Tyler Graduate School with a
Master of Business Adminis-
"We are pleased with our selection,"
said Mayor Emmett Whitehead. "Mrs.
Daly will do us a fine job and we look
forward to working with her," he said.
Previous employment includes East Please see CITY MANAGER, page 10
Rural 'dry hydrants'
may save property,
lower insurance rates
Texas Medical Center Rusk, East Texas
Employment and Training Inc., Frito-Lay
Inc. and North Lake Col-
lege in Irving.
"My time at Frito-Lay
were good years," she said.
During the time she was
employed there she earned
her bachelor's degree with
a major in entrepreneur-
ship. Through this degree
plan she learned about
owning your job and run-
ning the business as your
Frito-Lay's policy was to
promote the individual.
"They taught us the indi-
vidual was the resource
most valued by the company. Through
this experience I learned a lot of self
esteem," she said.
Charles L. Page of College Station, for-
merly Alto Fire Chief and Morris Luker of
Alto were named chairman and vice- chair-
man of the Texas State Dry Hydrant Com-
mittee on May 6.
The Texas State Dry Hydrant Commit-
tee was organized to educate and promote
the Dry Fire Hydrant Program in Texas.
A Dry Fire Hydrant is a device created to
draft water from ponds, lakes and stream
used for extinguishing fires. Hydrants
are used in rural areas to make water
more accessible to volunteer fire depart-
ments, reducing response time, as well as.
allowing a tanker to refill 75 percent faster
than using clean processed drinking wa-
ter from rural water systems. Dry Hy-
drants save energy by using unprocessed
drinking water and less travel miles mak-
ing water available closer to the fire scene.
The Texas State Dry Hydrant Commit-
tee was authorized by the Texas Resource
Conservation and Development Inc. in
1993. This committee chaired by French
Bennett worked with the Texas Depart-
ment of Insurance to convince the com-
missioner to change the old rating for fire
departments form key rate to Insurance
Service Officer (ISO).
In April 1997 Commissioner Elton
Bomer approved up to a 10 percent reduc-
tion of fire insurance in rural Texas to
those customers that have a D.H. within
1,000 feet of their residence. ISO was
adopted in Texas in the fall of 1996. Dry
Hydrants in Texas were originally funded
Please see DRY HYDRANTS, pg. 10
El Camino Real
may get4 national
The National Park Service is
seeking approval of a proposal to
have the El Camino Real de Los
Tejas designated a national his-
toric trail. The road, which travels
from the Mexican border into
Louisiana, including the route
from Nacogdoches to San Anto-
nio, is also known as Texas High-
way 21, The Kings Highway and
the Old San Antonio Road.
A 123-page study released in
April proposes spending up to
$375,000 per year if the Camino
Real and Old San Antonio Road
are designated as separate trails
(each being about the same length),
little or no land acquisition is
Even before the pre-historical
trail became a road, Spanish ex-
plorers, soldiers and traders
trudged across present-day Texas.
In the early 1800s, at approxi-
mately the time Stephen F. Austin
obtained permission to populate
his land grant colony, settlers from
the United States traveled along
many of the same routes.
Historical markers dot the 550
mile corridor, but historians say
they do not create a true replica of
"National historic trails gener-
ally provide opportunities to visit
or retrace qualifying trail routes
or historic sites on lands that are
made available through voluntary
agreement negotiated with inter-
ested landowners, or through op-
portunities afforded on existing
public lands," said National Parks
Service Superintendent David
Gaines of the Long Distance Trails
Office in Santa Fe, N.M.
The city of Alto is termed as
being a crossroad on the trail. Alto
Mayor Sandy Wallace said, "It
would be a wonderful opportunity
for our city. This area is full of
history and the designation would
mean a lot to Alto and to all of
Cherokee County, especially in
terms of business and tourism."
Please see EL CAMINO, pg. 10
$1.5 million airport construction nears
halfway mark, lags behind schedule
By Dee Caveness
The Cherokee County Airport
is 70 days into construction, and
W.T. Byler Construction of Hous-
ton is working to finish in the
150 calendar days allowed.
The airport received a $1.5 mil-
lion grant from the Texas De-
partment of Transportation to
renovate runways and taxiways.
"Ten years ago, 80 percent of
the planes here were private
planes," said Ray Davis, Chero-
kee County Airport Coordinator,
"now about 80 percent are corpo-
rate planes." Even if the run-
ways had not been cracking, they
would have eventually needed to
be updated to accommodate the
The southeast turnaround,
which connects the runway with
the taxiway, has been extended
by 50 feet, allowing awaiting
planes a safe distance from land-
ing planes. All four existing taxi-
ways are being repaired.
Huge machinery grinds up the
old asphalt and tills it in with the
dirt remaining under the old run-
way . Large tanker trucks pour
lime slurry, a wet-mix lime pow-
der, in with the ground up asphalt
and dirt mix. The slurry makes
the dirt and ground asphalt bond
together to create a cement-like
base. Heavy Rollers pack the mix-
ture down to ensure a solid foun-
Tank trucks spray water on the
top of the mixture and five inches
of lime rock is laid down and
packed. The lime rock will soak up
the water and bond this layer with
the bottom layer. This process íb
under way at this time.
The last step will be to lay new
asphalt down on top of the other
"We are a little behind, but hope-
fully the runway will be opera-
tional by the beginning of August,"
said Mr. Davis.
The runway is built to hold
30,000 pounds per wheel and the
mtyority of planes have five wheels.
"Hie airfield has 12 existing hang-
Dump trucks spread a five inch
over the groundwork covering
ers and plans are under way to
make room for six more hangers
for the growing number of planes
that are to be using the airfield.
One 70 x 70 foot hanger is under
construction and a 30 x 40 foot
thick layer of limestone rock
a 5,000 ft. runway and four
hanger is planned to start any
Most of the planes are flying
out of other airports for now, and
most of those planes are flying
out of Tyler.
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