Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 149, No. 50, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 4, 1999 Page: 1 of 18
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Texas' Oldest, Continuously Published Weekly Newspaper - Established Feb. 27, 1850 as the Cherokee Sentinel
Vol. 149, No. 50-18 Pages
Thursday, February 4, 1999
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Rusk, Texas 75785
I Legislator will
State Rep. Todd Staples of Palestine
(District 11) has been named as a member
of the House Committee on Appropria-
tions and vice-chairman of the Committee
on Corrections. House Speaker Pete Laney
made committee assignments Thursday.
Rep. Staples responded, "I am grateful
for the opportunity
which Speaker Laney
has given me. The ap-
propriations process is
the most critical in
state government. I
look forward to mak-
ing public schools our
number one priority,
focusing our attention
on the needs of our
and state employees
while yielding signifi-
cant taxpayer relief.
While Texas is blessed with a healthy
economy, we must not forget to plan for
future needs. This is a pivotal time for
Texas and we must use resources wisely.
"Texans answered the call to get tough
on crime, and it has paid off. Crime has
gone down, while penalties have gone up.
The result, however, is putting more em-
phasis and responsibility in the hands of
our correction facilities. Our correction
institutions in Texas must be firm, fair
and prepared for the demands which lie
"I welcome the challenge the appropria-
tions process brings and it is an honor to
have direct input into our state's correc-
tions system. The leadership of Gov.
George Bush, Lt. Gov. Rick Perry and
Speaker Laney points towards a bright
future for all of Texas."
The Appropriations Committee, chaired
by Rep. Rob Junell (D-San Angelo) has
jurisdiction over all bills and resolutions
dealing with all funds appropriated. There
are 27 members. The Committee on Cor-
rections, chaired by Rep. Pat Haggerty
(R-El Paso) has jurisdiction over incar-
ceration, rehabilitation and commitment
of those in the adult and youth correction
system. There are nine members.
David Middleton, Vice President, is the
new Branch Manager of the Fredonia
State Bank Alto Branch. Mr. Middleton
has been involved in all phases of banking
during his 25 year career.
He received his Bachelor of Business
Administration degree from Sam Hous-
ton State University and is coming to
Fredonia State Bank
from Tyler Bank and
ity, character and ex-
perience fit well with
our philosophy of
banking and customer
satisfaction. In addi-
tion to his banking
skills David's history
of active involvement
in community affairs
will make him a valu-
able addition to our banking staff and the
Alto community," said Bank President
Mr. Middleton and his wife, Holly, have
been married for 31 years and have four
children. Mr. Middleton, a native Texan,
enjoys camping, golf and football officiat-
"I'm anxious to get settled into the Alto
Branch of Fredonia State Bank. It is the
type of situation to which I have wanted to
return. I look forward to being the
customer's banker, meeting all banking
needs, rather then being specialized. I
also look forward to working on any loan
needs the community may have," said Mr.
Fredonia State Bank operates full ser-
vice banking facilities in Nacogdoches,
Garrison and Alto. At year end, the bank
had approximately $235 million in depos-
ita and $150 million in loans. Fredonia
State Bank has more than 125 employees
in East Texas.
Vintage streep lamps planned in Rusk
Approximately 65 persons attended
a Main Street information meeting
Wednesday evening at the Rusk First
United Methodist Church. The meet-
ing was called to introduce local citi-
zens to plans for sidewalk renovation
and new street lights for the downtown
Nita May, Mount Pleasant Main
Street Manager and a delegation of
business persons from her city, joined
representatives of Texas Department
of Criminal Justice (TDC J), Southwest-
ern Electric Service Co. (SESCO),
Wisenbaker, Fix and Associates and a
street light manufacturing firm in pre-
senting the program at the meeting.
Also attending the meeting were rep-
resentatives of Gary Traylor and Asso-
ciates of Tyler, the grant consultant for
the project; Mayor Emmett Whitehead,
members of the City Council, Main
Street members, Rusk merchants and
oth^r interested persons.
Rusk City Manager Mary Daly and
Main Street Manager Martha Neely
served as hostesses for the meeting
and introduced those who spoke.
The representatives from Mount
Pleasant reported on activities in their
town during the time the sidewalks were'
under construction. Work began on th0
sidewalk project in June of 1997 and was
completed in May of 1998. The Mount
Pleasant project was very similar to tha
one planned for Rusk. L-
"We can't say that we had wonderful
days during this time, but the days wer^
certainly not the worst days we have had,"
one business owner said.
"Mount Pleasant really felt the crunch
after Wal-Mart opened one of its first
stores in Texas there. For several years;
Mount Pleasant tried, but it just didn't
happen. Things fell through before they
got started. Then we learned that we all
have to work together," a member of the
Mount Pleasant group said.
Merchants were encouraged not to pur?
chase merchandise that has to be paid for
in 30 days during the midst of the con-
struction in front of a store.
"When it is over, you will be so glad you
did it. The town will look healthy and
vacant buildings will begin to fill up. We
now have 15 gift shops and they are all
busy," members of the group said.
Please see STREET LIGHTS, pg. 9A
County's census workers begin 'people search'
Bureau launches address book canvassing
For Census 2000, Uncle Sam is updat-
ing his address book of nearly 120 million
addresses. The Census Bureau needs to
hire 30,000 people nationwide to get this
monumental job done, and more than a
thousand of these jobs are right here in
Texas - now the second most populous
state in the U.S. ,
Imagine if you had to send an important
announcement - like a wedding invitation
- to every one of your relatives and friends.
Clearly, one of the first things you'd have
to do is check and update your list of
addresses. Well, the U.S. Census Bureau
is facing the same sort of challenge as it
gets ready for the national census, sched-
uled for April 1, 2000.
"It's extremely important to have a com-
plete and accurate address list," explains
Frank Newton of the Census Bureau's
Dallas Regional Office, "because for Cen-
sus 2000 we will be mailing or hand-
delivering a census questionnaire to ev-
ery residence in the country. Accurate
addresses will save us a lot of time and
money in our effort to count everybody. "
Inaccurate addresses would mean that
people who should be counted by the cen-
sus would be missed. It would also in-
crease the cost of the census to taxpayers
by increasing the amount wasted on post-
age for undeliverabte questionnaires.
The Census Bureau's term for this ma-
jor project is "Address Listing and Block
Canvassing." Address listing, which is
the first phase, focuses on rural areas that
do not have standard "city-style" mailing
addresses. In Texas, Address Listing be-
gan last July in the 26 counties that make
up the Texas Panhandle. Now it is focused
in the eastern, western, northern, and
southern rural counties and along the
Gulf Coast Crescent.
In January, the Block Canvassing phase
of the project began, as the address updat-
Please see CENSUS, pg. 9A
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The City of Rusk Is an 1
official reporting station
for the National Weather
Service. The chart
comparee rainfall totals
over the last five yeare
during the month of
U.S. Census Workers Debbie Jennings, Linda Graham and Dorothy Graham go
over census information before stopping at a Rusk home. They, and other
workers, finished with most of the preliminary census work in Cherokee County.
The regular census count is scheduled for this month. Most area residents will
receive forms in the mail, which are to be returned to the census bureau. Those
who do not will receive a visit from a census worker.
Winter storm dumps 6.4
inches of rain on county
According to Rusk Utilities Director
Bryan Johnson, last week's winter storm
dumped 6.4 inches of rain on Rusk and the
surrounding areas. Thursday and Friday's
heavy rainfall resulted in the largest
amount of rain received in January in the
last four years (see adjacent chart).
The effects ofthe heavy rains were closed
and damaged roads across Cherokee
County. "FM 1911 north of Wells, which
loops back to Alto, was closed due to the
Angelina River covering the road," said
TxDot Transportation Maintenance Su-
pervisor Mike Reagan.
Mr. Reagan also reported damage to the
shoulders of FM 23, FM 1857 and minor
pavement damage on FM 1247. "We have
already begun working on these problems
and will have the shoulders and pave-
ment damage repaired very shortly," he
Commissioner, Precinct 2, Kevin Pierce
reported that the community of Weeping
Mary received a large amount of rain.
"The end of the road in Weeping Mary is
still closed. The culvert washed down the
creek about 15 feet," he said. "We will be
resetting the old culvert, adding another
Please see RAINFALL, pg. 9A
■ Scene in Passing pg. 2A
■ El Camino Real pg. 2A
■ Civic Theatre plans
■ Deaths 4A
■ Workshop for college-
■ Welcome to Rusk 6A
■ Farm Bureau Week 8A
■ Rusk State Hospital
Safety Awards 1B
■ Round ball round-up
■ Historical commission
elects officers 4B
■ 100-day celebration 4B
■ School menus 4B
■ Classifieds 5-6B
■ Walk Across Texas 7B
■ Rusk UIL 7B
Black History Month
Youngsters at Rusk Primary School discuss ths school's nsw library book, "1001 Things Evsryone Should Know;
About Africen-Amerlcan Heritage." From left are Lalney Upshaw, Damarlo Richards, Chance Stewart, Brooklyn^
Mclntyre and Reginald Oixon. •
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