Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 150, No. 17, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 17, 1999 Page: 3 of 14
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CHEROKEEAN/HERALD of Rusk, Texas—Thursday, June 17,1999—Page 3
Letters To the Editor
Wonderful Day Concludes with Compassionate Act
Last Thursday, June 3, my husband and I were in
your city through an invitation from your City of
Rusk Chamber of Commerce to ride the train, eat
dinner and watch "The Bridge." After the train ride
and dinner when we returned to our vehicle we
noticed that we were leaking antifreeze. After check-
ing, my husband found out that he had a leaking
radiator hose. We went directly to a gas station to add
water and investigate further.
My husband is the constable of Precinct 2 here in
Marion County and he got on his police radio and
called for assistance through your City Police De-
. partment. Immediately they responded. After drop-
ping me off to see the beginning of the play, he
proceeded to the police department where a gentle-
man fixed my husband's vehicle and only charged for
When he returned to the theatre to meet with me I
was so relieved to hear that our vehicle was road
ready once again, as we were two hours from home.
How refreshing in this day and time to find such
wonderful people to come to your aid in your desper-
ate time of need.
We had a wonderful evening in your city and will
spread the word about the hospitality of your city.
Please print this in your weekly paper so that your
citizens will know that everyone is doing their part in
making their visitors feel welcome in Rusk, Texas.
Marion County Chamber of Commerce
Constable Precinct 2
Memorial Day Omission
On Monday evening, May 31 (Memorial Day), a
very impressive ceremony was held in Jackson-
ville at the War Memorial.
U.S. Senator Phil Gramm gave an excellent
keynote address, and local and county citizens
added heart-felt homage to Cherokee County's
To this date, not one word of coverage of the
event has appeared in the Jacksonville Daily
Progress. This is unbelievable and unforgivable,
Fortunately, the Cherokeean/Herald from Rusk
had appreciation enough to print a very nice re-
port of the ceremony.
POWs Don't Deserve
I was amazed, enraged and appalled with the
rewarding of Purple Hearts to the three men in the
Ugoslavian war. This is a desecration of the medal
and an insult to the men who earned one.
Those three shed not a drop of blood and I suspect,
most likely, they deserve reprimanding. I had friends
in WWII that paid the supreme price for that medal.
We are shocked at the mass murders in Littleton,
yet our Congress allows him to do the same thing
(Illegally) a hundred times over in other countries.
What is the president going to do next to shame our
country? I am ashamed to show my face beyond our
borders. I reckon we have some 600 or so days to find
Major, USMC Retired
Ministerial appointments announced
for area United Methodist churches
conference held in
Houston May 31
Ministerial appointments for
area United Methodist churches
were made at the annual confer-
ence in Houston May 31-June 4,
Appointments made in the Pal-
estine District include Charles L.
Nunnally, Adams Chapel-Bethel;
Randy Fitzgerald, A. Frank Smith
at Alto and Mount Zion; Paul
Bonner at Antioch; Jack Shoultz,
Brushy Creek-Mount Vernon;
Roland Alsobrook, Cold Spring-
Atoy; Dan Middleton, Cove
Springs-Mount Selman; Russell
Watkins, Dialville; Thomas A.
Kennedy, James R. Hawkins and
Barbara Huggins, Jacksonville
First; Enid Shepard, Jacksonville,
St. John's-Pierces Chapel; Judy
Pruitt, Reklaw-Sacul; C.V. (Noy)
Pruitt, Rusk, First-Lynches
Chapel; Everett McCollum, Trin-
ity, First; John A. Dawson, admin-
istrator at Lakeview Methodist
Center;. Clifford Lee, president at
Lon Morris College (LMC); Virgil
M. Matthews, part-time LMC in- J
structor; Jimmie A. Reese, LMC
instructor; Russell Watkins, LMC
Other appointments of special
area interest include Gloria Guinn
Jennings, Laws Chapel-Shiloh in
the Texarkana District; Mack
Endsley, First Anahuac; Roger L.
Shuemate, United Methodist
Temple at Port Arthur; C.
Chappell Temple, Alvin, First;
Paul Stalnaker, Houston, Christ;
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George Atkinson, director Perkins
School of Theology South; Mervin
Dawson, Union Ridge-Perryville;
Lloyd (Bud) Bonner, Bethlehem in
the Nacogdoches District; Merle
M. (Matt) Idom Jr., Texarkana
Williams Memorial; Gary
Fitzgerald, Chandler; Danny
Carter, Tyler, Asbury.
Welcome to East Texas
Kent Holcomb takes good-natured ribbing
for chasing a police car in the line of duty
Kent has taken a lot of ribbing from his co-
workers in the sheriffs department about an inci-
dent when he found himself in pursuit of another
"It was not so amusing at the time. But I found
myself, at one time, in a police
car chasing another police car.
The fugitive had stolen a gun
and a police car in Ford County.
When he crossed over into my
county, I started after him and
became involved in a shoot-out.
His tires were shot out, but he
led me for a merry chase, re-
turning my bullets for several
miles before he gave up," Kent
Kent and Jessie Holcomb are
newcomers to the Sardis community, southwest of
Rusk. They were residents of Vernon prior to
coming to Rusk about three months ago. They
want to rent a place in town later this summer.
After attending Vernon Regional College, Kent
started to fulfill his dream of becoming a police
officer. He has worked with the sheriffs depart-
ment for nine years. He is presently employed as
an investigator for the Rusk Sheriffs Department.
Jessie received her bachelors degree in radiology
from Midwestern University in Wichita Falls. She
was previously employed as x-ray technician in
Vernon. She plans to work parttime a little later,
when the children are older.
She is also a Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant.
She said, "I have a team of 10 members, and I am
working towards earning a new car. We'll be going
to seminar in Dallas in July. I'm really excited
about my Mary Kay career. It's a great company -
so motivating and uplifting," she said.
"The most wonderful part of our lives is our
children. Joshua is four and Kelsie is almost two,"
said Jesxsie. j
Both their parents live in Vernon. Her mom and
stepfather have visited a couple of times. And a
couple of their friends from Vernon have visited
them since moving to Rusk. They also keep in
touch with family and friends by e-mail.
"There's a swimming pool in our back yard.
That's where we spend most weekends - swim-
ming and cooking out with friends. Kent is a great
cook, and I love to cook and bake. We also spend a
lot of time fishing at the lake. And we have a big
garden. We love the outdoors," Jessie said. "Kent
also loves to fish, hunt and play golf."
"We had visited Rusk a number of times with
friends Keith and Jennifer Radcliff who live in
Jessie Holcomb with her children, Joshua
(left) and Kelsie. They spend most afternoons
swimming and cooking their meals outside
on a grill.
Rusk. The Radcliffs had previously lived in
Vernon. They encouraged us to come to Rusk,"
"We're looking forward to a trip to Galveston to
celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary," she said.
They attend First United Methodist Church in
Rusk. 'The fellowship there is great. They've
made us feel so welcome," she said.
"We love the trees and all the beauty of East
Texas. And everyone is so friendly. We're truly
glad we came to Rusk," said Jessie.
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Whitehead, Marie. Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 150, No. 17, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 17, 1999, newspaper, June 17, 1999; Rusk, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth152429/m1/3/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Singletary Memorial Library.