Cherokeean Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 159, No. 43, Ed. 1 Wednesday, December 17, 2008 Page: 1 of 40
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O Vol. 159 ■ No. 43 ■ 40 pgs.
Texas' Oldest Weekly Newspaper
December 17, 2008
Rusk, Texas ■ 50 cents
RUSK BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM
AKES STRONG FINISH IN TOURNAMENTIB
POLAR EXPRESS BRINGS 30,000 TOURISTS
893 students share hopes, dreams with 'the big guy'
From iPods to Hannah Montana
gear, apples to wolves, kids in
Cherokee County have made their
lists and hope that Santa places
their names on his "nice" list.
The Cherokeean Herald proud-
ly presents letters to Santa
C-laus from kids across Cherokee
A total of893 letters came from
the county, with 671 coming from
Rusk students, 200 from Alto, 19
from Wells and 3 from elsewhere
in the county.
In 2006, cell phones, PlaySta-
tion games and laptops were the
order of the day. One kid even
asked for "billions and billions of
muney and muney.''
Dear Santa -
Look inside for 893
sections B, C 8< D.
This year, kids want make sure that Rudolphs
iPods, four-wheelers and noseisshiningasbrightly
anything relating to High as possible so Santa can
School Musical 3. Sev-
eral students also want to See SANTA, pg. 6A
Fatal accident claims life
< A fatal
to Rusk State
life of an Alto
For the com-
see pg. 6A.
Rusk Intermediate School stu
dents learn the meaning of Christ-
mas by giving gifts to U.S. troops in
Iraq. See pg. 1C for more.
Newspaper will close
The Cherokeean Herald office,
located at 618 N. Main St. in Rusk,
will be closed on Wednesday, Dec.
24 and Thursday, Dec. 25.
News and advertising should be
submitted by Thursday, Dec. 18 at
3 p.m. for the Dec. 26 issue.
The newspaper will be printed
and distributed a day early on
"For oursubscribers who receive
their papera through the mail, we
are printing day early to give the
post office enough time to deliver
them before Christmas," said Marie
parade is Saturday
The annual Gallatin Christmas
parade sponsored by the City of
Gallatin and Gallatin Fire Depart-
ment will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Persons wishing to enter a float
in the parade may line up at noon
at the community center.
For additional information call
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Good Samaritan, HOPE Inc. help those who
have fallen on hard economic times
This holiday gift basket at
Rusk's Good Samaritan
may be a tattered cardboard
box, but Kay Epperson fills
it with food staples lovingly
given by the community.
[I I he fluctuating economy is
I taking a toll on everyone
I « even on organizations
■ who are trying to help
others, However, the desire to
help remains the same.
Two organizations: the
HOPE (Helping Others Pur-
sue Enrichment) Center in
Jacksonville and The Good
Samaritan in Rusk are cop-
ing with the recent economic
changes by doing what they've
The Good Samaritan contin-
ues to help others through the
generosity of its citizens.
"Everything has just been
absolutely phenomenal," said
Kay Epperson, director of The
Good Samaritan. "The people
of Rusk have always been
there for us when we needed
While some would worry
that Mrs. Epperson and her
organization weren't receiving
the same amount of donations
due to economicwoes, she says
that donations have remained
"We're getting a lot of dona-
See TAKING STOCK, pg. 6A
CITY OF RUSK
CITY OF ALTO
$450 water bill is more than mortgage
By Quinten Boyd
December 's meeting of the Alto
City -Council was a bit waterlogged
as the council examined several is-
sues involving city water outlets,
The meeting started with Alto
resident Doug Degaud, who asked
the council to examine the price of
water bills due to water leaks.
Mr. Degaud said his most recent
bill was over $450 and that he'd
received a bill larger than that
"We received a water bill that
was higher than our house note,"
Mr. Degaud said. "Until I moved
to Alto, I'd never paid even $100
for a water bill. We weren't aware
of any leaks.
"Being on a fixed income, we
are not the most affluent people:.
This is a burden for us, and I can't
imagine the problem it causes for
those who are poor.'
had an additional water valve with
no meter and had closed the valve
only to find it opened. The council
said that they would look into the
situation and find out where the
additional valve leads.
The council also heardfrom Allen
Ross andlvenAwtrey, Schaumburg
& Pollk, who spoke about the
Economically Distressed Areas
Program, which helps provide
water and sewer services to areas
established as economically dis-
According to Mr. Ross, the, city
could qualify for money to fund
improvements on their sewer hnes
and their wastewater treatment
"We have had worlds of trouble
with the wastewater treatment
plant,"' he said. "The city has
worked hke crazy to replace the
sewer lines and I know you've
worked hard to keep them intact
See CITY OF ALTO, pg. 6A
City wants to help Greg James
and others seeking economic
By Gloria Jennings
Several items on the agenda of the Thurs-
day evening meeting of the Rusk City Council
were approved to assist Greg James Country
Motors and others applying for economic
Bob Goldsberry, Rusk Economic Devclop-
ment Corporation executive director asked
the council to rescind a resolution adopted
by the councd Dec, 14, 1989, providing for
taxing of certain tangible personal property.
This action will allow for a fceeport exemp-
tion for goods and parts being held to ship
The city will be required to conduct a
pubhc hearing before declaring an area of
4.616 acres in the Zacheus Gibbs Survey as
a Reinvestment Zone 1 for tax abatement
The council approved a resolution amend-
ing the guidelines and criteria governing
property redevelopment and tax abatement
adopted by resolution on May 10, 2007.
See RUSK, pg. 6A
budget, status of
By Marie Whitehead
What a difference a year can make. De-
cember 2007 the Cherokee County Mental
Retardation Association met to close the
year with trepidation. At that point, the
largest customer of the facility, Wdsonart,
announceda possible reduction in their need
for the workshop's services.
Twelve months later, Wilsonart fared bet-
ter than expected.
The year had begun with negotiations
for the acquisition of the Anderson County
Sheltered Workshop. That transaction is
At the board's meeting Dec, 12 positive
reports reflected a successful year, said
President Jim Cromwell.
He noted the successful transition of the
Anderson County facility.
See WORKSHOP, pg. 6A
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