Cherokeean Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 159, No. 13, Ed. 1 Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Page: 1 of 24
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O Vol. 159 ■ No. 13 ■ 24 pgs.
Texas' Oldest Weekly Newspaper
Rusk, Texas ■ 50 cents
FAIR ON THE SQUARE
The annual Fair on the Square weekend
begins Thursday with the Sonic Drive-in's
sock hop on U.S. Highway 69 and North
Main. The "Blast from the Past" sock hop
is planned for 4-9 p.m. There will be poodle
skirts, saddle shoes and Jitterbugging.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Spiderman
and Cinderella will be on the square to en-
tertain local youngsters. Special prizes will
be awarded to the first 10 youngsterswho
attend. Planned are an arcade with free
rides sponsored by local businesses. There
will be a ferris wheel, bounce house and
The day will begin at 10 a.m. with balloons.
Activities will continue until 4p.m.
The ferris wheel rides
will be sponsored by Aus-
tin Bank; bounce house
by Southern Cherokee
Federal Credit Union;
water shde by Cherokee
County Teachers Credit
Union; train display by
Texas State Railroad: and
small train rides by Harry's
Children will visit with Spiderman and
Cinderella from 11 a.m. until noon at
Blazer's Party Creations, 129 Hender son St.
for Spiderman and the old ETMC building
for Cinderella. There will be a helicopter
landing by Mother Frances Hospital.
"AnEvening with Elvis,'' spon sored by Re-
lay for life will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday
at the old Baskins Building in downtown
Rusk. This celebration is for those who love
Elvis and those who hate cancer.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the
door. The VIP ticket is $12.50. All proceeds
go to the American Cancer Society. Tickets
are available at Chapman Pharmacy or
from Amy at Greg James Chevy Country
See BLAST, pg. 6A
ENERGY STAR SALES TAX HOLIDAY
No sales tax this weekend
on energy-efficient products
Holiday coincides with
mail-out of federal
economic stimulus checks
By Leland Acker
Texas consumers have an opportu-
nity this weekend to save money on
appliances that will result in energy
savings, as the 2008 Energy Star sales
tax holiday will last throughout the
entire Memorial Day weekend. En-
ergy Star appliances are appliances
See ENERGY STAR, pg. 6A
Sales Tax holiday for
Air conditioners priced
less than $6,000, ceiling
less than $2,000 and
washing machines, but
not clothes dryers.
JEDCO, ETMC, TJC and Trinity
Mother Frances team up to open
Jacksonville nursing school
By Leland Acker
Faced with a dire need for nurses, a seem-
ingly impossible deadline and a vision for
solving the nursing shortage in Jacksonville,
the East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) , Trin-
ity Mother Frances Health Systems, Tyler
Junior College (TJC) and the Jacksonville
Economic Development Corporation teamed
up to open a TJC Nursing School which will
be housed at ETMC Jacksonville.
"Jacksonville is blessed to have two great
healthcare facihties who are willing to work
together for this nursing program,'' saidDar-
rel Prcin during a press conference Friday
to announce the opening of the new nursing
school. "The timing was critical, either we
had to do it now or wait until 2010.''
Mr. Prcin said the project of starting the
nursing school took four weeks.
"ETMC decided to use part of their facility,
approximately 4,500 square feet. We talked
with Dr. Mike Metke (TJC president) and
fashioned the idea of getting this going,"
Mr. Prcin said. "We pul our heads together.
It got done in four or five weeks "
"This was an easy decision to make," said
Jack Endres, administrator for ETMC Jack-
sonville. "There is a long si a ruling crisis and
we have the abihty to bring back a nursing
school to Jacksonville. It s a tremendous ben-
efit to the community and the hospital."
See NURSING SCHOOL, pg. 5B
MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE
Newspaper mil close
The Cherokeean Herald office,
located at 618 N. Main St. in Rusk,
will be closed on Monday, May 26,
in observance of Memorial Day.
News and advertising should
be submitted by Friday, May 23,
at 3 p.m.
debuts next week
The Cherokeean Herald will
publish a 32-page salute to Chero-
kee County graduates in the May
30% chance of rain
KWRW - FM and KTLU - AM
Sleeping amongst cannibals'
Vietnam sniper spent 4 years as lone wolf trying
to disrupt Viet Cong supply routes near Cambodia
By Frank Bowden
Didn't you feel a little uncomfort-
able sleeping amongst cannibals?
That was the question posed to
Sgt. Michael Spaulding.
Spaulding joined the Navy
after high school in 1962, for a three-
year hitch. His first tour to Vietnam was
aboard a salvage ship. This was a rather
large vessel with a shallow draft, perfect
for pushing barges and supplies up the
With his Navy tour of duty nearing an
end, the sailor had a yearning to join "spe-
cial forces.'' He enlisted in the Army, met
the strenuous qualifications for this elite
group at. Fort Bragg, N.C. andwasalmost
immediately shipped to Vietnam.
Spaulding had a confrontational at-
titude, not well-suited for the discipline
and regimen of an ordinary outfit. But he
followed orders and went to great lengths
to complete missions.
This "lone wolf' demeanor made him the
perfect candidate for his next assignment:
sniper in the Central Highlands near Ho
Chi Minh Trail, the main supply line for
the Viet Cong, the North Vietnamese
Indigenous tribes in the mountains near
the Cambodian Border were named Mon-
tagards (Mountain People) by the French.
Degars was their historical name, but the
U.S. soldiers adapted the French name
and nicknamed them Yards.
Having been trained by a Burmese
coastal watcher from the second world
See SNIPER, pg. 6A
>• A U.S. soldier instructs Vietnam-
ese in the use of American fire arms.
This photo was taken by a U.S.
Military or Department of Defense
employee during official duties for
the U.S. federal government.
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PHOTOS: LELAND ACKER
Mitchell, Tyler named top AHS athletes
Alto Head Football Coach/
Athletic Director Keith
Gardner presents Tarlan-
dus Mitchell the boys Best
Ail-Around Athlete Award.
LaQuendal Tyler won
the girls Best Ail-Around
Athlete Award, but was
not present to receive it.
See pgs. 10-11B for more
Undoing Mistakes 3A
View from the Top 3A cherokee County
El Camino Real 3A are rebounding
Obituaries 4A,5A with retail sales.
Rusk ISD 6A owner credits
The Oldest Church ...10A the high price
_ . ., of gasoline for
Fair on the Square....12A • .. .
^ causing local
All Sports Banquet.. 1-3B people to dine
Sports 4B out ciose tc
home instead of
Alto ISD 5B driving to Tyler.
Team Rusk 5B For a complete
Livestock Show. 9B f ^hot of the
Alto Sports 10-11B see pg. 2A.
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Whitehead, Marie. Cherokeean Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 159, No. 13, Ed. 1 Wednesday, May 21, 2008, newspaper, May 21, 2008; Rusk, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth152835/m1/1/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Singletary Memorial Library.