Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 150, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 27, 1999 Page: 1 of 50
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Vol. 150, No. 14 -18 Pages Thursday, May 27, 1999 Rusk, Texas 75785
'Best Street Party in Texas' planned
Students from Rusk, Alto, Wells and
Jacksonville are featured in a 32-page
The annual Rusk Fair on the Square, termed "The
Best Street Party in Texas" is scheduled for 9 a.m.
until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 29, in downtown Rusk. A
street dance with Starkey & Johnson will follow at 8
Approximately 100 exhibitors will offer their wares
for sale during the event. The Fair is sponsored by the
Rusk Main Street Program and funds received from
the event will benefit the Main Street Program of
historic preservation and economic development of
the Rusk downtown area.
A Memorial Day ceremony at 9:30 a.m. will be at
the statue on the courthouse lawn.
Mayor Pro-tem Jerry Jordan will kick off the Fair
with words of welcome and Jeff Carroll will sing. The
opening ceremony will be followed by a parade. Boy
Scout Troop 405 will present the colors in the parade.
A group of Civil War re-enactors will march, tumbers
and twirlers will perform, antique cars, Cherokee
County Christian School and other groups and
seniors to graduate
exercises will honor 469
Approximately 469 Cherokee County residents are
candidates for graduation from the county's five high
Graduation ceremonies for 42 seniors are planned
for 8 p.m. Friday at Jacket Stadium. At Alto, Daniel
White is valedictorian; Kristi Jones, salutatorian
and Becky Pearman, third ranking senior Junior
High graduation at Alto is planned for 1 p.m. Thurs-
day in the high school gym.
Jacksonville's approximate 260 students will gradu-
ate at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Tomato Bowl. Carrie
Moler is valedictorian and Melissa Banks, salutato-
New Summerfield will graduate 15 students at 7
p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria. Leading the class
will be Camelia Hernandez as valedictorian and
Maribel Hernandez as salutatorian. Nicole Isom is
third ranking senior.
Rusk's 132 seniors will graduate at 8 p.m. Frday at
Eagle Stadium. The class will be lead by Hayley
Hassell, valedictorian; Christy Michaels, salutato-
rian; and Loury Duffy, third ranking senior.
The Wells High School graduation will be at 8 p.m.
Friday in the school auditorium. The speaker will be
Harlan Neal, art teacher at Wells High School. There
will be 20 graduating seniors and the valedictorian
and salutatorian will be announced at graduation.
A graduation souvenir tabloid is included in this
week's publication oftheCherokeean/Herald. Gradu-
ates, honor students and senior organizations are
organizations will be included.
Entertainment for the day will include the choir of
First Church on the Hill; Jessica Hill, a 14-year-old
country music singer from Rusk; For His Glory Band
from Eastside Baptist Church; Praise and Worship
Team from Grace Fellowship Church in Rusk; The
Napper Sisters from Dallas clogging and playing;
and Brooke Downs, teenage gospel singer.
In addition to arts and crafts, many other activities
will be available throughout the day. Again this year,
the Mobile Dairy Classroom, a traveling milking
parlor on wheels, will be a major attraction. The
program is provided through the Southwest Dairy
Museum and is sponsored by area dairymen.
A kids area with pony rides, a train ride, dunking
booth, duck pond and bean bag toss, toys, children's
games for chance,ring toss, dragon slide, ball palace
will keep the youngsters entertained. Food booths
are always one of the most popular attractions.
Food will include hot dogs, hamburgers, frito pies,
See schedule of activities,
photos on pages 4-5B
chicken spaghetti, nachos, funnel cakes, snow cones,
shrimp, cheese sticks, onion rings, cookies, barbecue
plates, desserts, Mexican food, roasted corn, turkey
legs, cotton candy, french fries, sausages on sticks,
lemonade, cold drinks and other treats.
The Street Dance, held on the square the night of
the Fair, will feature country western music by
Starkey & Johnson.
This band has been performing all around East
Texas for the last year with much success. The group
was organized by Ruskites, Gary Starkey and Bryan
Please see Fair on the Square, page 9A
Starkey & Johnson features from left Chad Riddle,
Michael Cunyus, Gary Starkey and Bryan
Alto Lady jackets Take State Championship Title
The Alto Ladyjackets "bring home
the gold" Saturday, as they defeat
Coahoma 5-3in the state softball
championship. See story and
related photos on page 9A.
All Sports Banquet
Alto athletes will be honored with a
banquet Thursday night. See
related news brief, page 8A.
For the Trophy Case
Rheagan Penn (left), the only senior
on the Alto Ladyjackets softball
team, accepts the UIL trophy for
the state championship. Her
grandparents, Genelle and James
Richards of Rusk share the
-photos by Ricky Richards
Alto Ladyjacket Rheagan Penn (center) positions herself to catch a foul ball in Austin Friday in the state
semi-final game against Shiner. The Jackets were victorious, with a final score of 3-0. They earned
bragging rights to the state championship for 2A schools Saturday in a contest against Coahoma, 5-3.
Splash Pay Count Down!
B Lion's Club Pool
begins 45th year
The countdown has begun, and Rusk's
much anticipated "splash day" is this
Rusk Lion's Club member Ike Daniel
said the Lion's Club Swimming Pool will
open May 29, the day after most schools
dismiss for summer vacation.
Rusk seniors, however, will have the
first dip on Grad Night May 28 with a
An estimated 150 swimmers per day
will likely enjoy the 375,000 gallons of
water, which is the largest swimming
pool in the county.
Eight lifeguards will oversee the safety
of swimmers for the pool's summer opera-
tion, which will total approximately 500
Mr. Daniel said that it takes "between
two and two and a half days" to fill the pool
using two-inch hoses "so the neighbors
won't be deprived of water,"
Cody Daniel (left) and hit brother,
8eth, check out the bottom of the
Llon'e Club ewlmmlng pool before
water la added.
Seth Daniel (left) and his brother Cody mark the progress with Impatience as the
water level rises at the Lion's Club pool. Seth checka his watch to see how many
hours It has been since the water jets were turned on. The two boye are the
children of Steve and Terrl Daniel of Ruak, and the grandchildren of Ike and
Keeping proper water chemistry
during the pool's operation is an im-
portant responsibility for Mr. Daniel.
He estimates that he will use 50 bar-
rels of chlorine and 40 barrels of acid
to maintain the Olympic-size pool over
the course of the summer.
The pool will be open 1 p.m. to 8
p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
on Wednesday; and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. on
After a decade as Lion's Club Pool
Chairman, Mr. Daniel said he hopes
to retire after this season. "Ten years,
The Lion's Club Swimming Pool was
built in 1955 at a cost of approxi
mately $20,000. According to
Cherokeean/Herald newspaper ar-
chives, the pledge drive to raise money
began on Feb. 9,1955. The group met
their goal by March 10 that same
year, and a newspaper headline read
"The Pool Is In The Bag."
The pool was designed by Ralph
Johnston, Sr., who worked at the high-
way department as an engineer. Al-
though Mr. Johnston is deceased, his
son, Ralph Johnston, «Jr., lives in Rusk
and owns a business.
In operation for 45 years, the pool
has entertained approximately
500,000 swimmers. If the pool were
constructed today, Lions Club mem-
bers estimate that it would cost more
than $750,000 to construct.
Don Pledger recently recalled the
opening in August 1955. "All the kids
of Lion's Club members played in the
pool as it filled up," said the Rusk
Please see LIONS CLUB, page 9A
Sharron Dishongh is retiring in May
1999 from a ninel een year career of public
service with the State of Texas. She
began her career at ,
Rusk State Hospital
in 1980 and is culmi-
nating it after six
years at the Texas De-
partment of Criminal
in Rusk. More than
career has been spent
After five years with
Rusk State Hospital,
Ms. Dishongh at-
tained the position of Administrator of
Psychiatric Services for the Texas De-
partment of Corrections in Huntsville in
1985, where she remained for approxi-
mately six years.
In 1991 she was assigned to the George
Beto Unit in Tennessee Colony as the
Director of the Mentally Retarded Of-
fender Program (MRO Program) where
she learned about life as it really was on a
TDC unit. This unit life included riding
horseback with the unit field officers, ex-
periencing exposure to chemical agents
(tear gas), assisting in chases of escaping
inmates and the daily routine of assisting
employees and offenders in surviving and
coping with life in a correctional institu:
Ms. Dishongh was promoted to Senior
Warden of the Skyview Unit in Septem-
ber 1993 and assumed the additional re-
sponsibility for the management of the
Hodge Unit in March 1994.
Please see WARDEN, page 9A
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