Cherokeean Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 161, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Page: 1 of 16
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C Vol. 161 ■ No. 1 ■ 16pgs.
Texas' Oldest Weekly Newspaper
February 24, 2010
Rusk, Texas ■ 50 cents
1 more round: Eagles, Indians, Jackets, Hornets advance
to playoffs; Fightin' Maidens fall in 2nd round
See pg. 1B
2 arrested, charged with church arsons
See pg. 5A
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST 11
□ Dr. Michael Banks,
□ Chuck Hopson*, Republican
□ James Morris, Republican
□ Chris Davis*, Republican
□ Steve York, Republican
□ Steven Norton, Republican
□ Kevin Pierce*, Republican
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT l~
□ Tony Johnson, Republican
U Russell Ellis, Republican
U Sue Terry Schulze,
□ Janet Gates*, Republican
The Democratic and Republican
primaries will be held March 2. Early
voting is 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Feb.
26 at the following locations:
• ALTO: A. Frank Smith Methodist
Church, 103 Cooper St., (936)
• RUSK: Cherokee County
Courthouse basement, (903) 683-
•JACKSONVILLE: Senior Citizens
Center, 300 S. Bolton, (903) 586-
* denotes incumbent
Pd political adv. by the candidates above
If you are a political candidate seek-
ing office and would like to have
your name added to the Cherokeean
Herald's political calendar, stop by
ouroffice at 190 N. Main St. in Rusk
or call (903) 683-2257.
Ask for information about Classic
Hits Radio - 97.7 FM political cal-
endar as well as Channel 9, public
access on Rusk cable system.
program begins at Rusk
Aparent workshop will be held from
5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25,
at the Rusk High School auditorium
to discuss and view the "Choosing
the Best" curriculum. All Rusk ISD
parents are invited to attend.
The purpose of the abstinence
workshop is to provide parents and
guardians with updated information
about teen sexual behaviors, teen
pregnancy, STDs, including HIV/
Al DS. The workshop will also provide
relevant information to help parents
communicate with their teens about
the benefits of abstaining from sexual
The community-based abstinence
education program has been ob-
tained through a special program
grant at Texas College.
10% chance of rain
CLASSIC HITS RADIO
KWRW - FM and KTLU -AM
By Gloria Jennings
Cherokee County Commis-
sioners called a wet-dry elec-
tion in Jacksonville for May
8 at their Monday morning
Connie Quine,, election
clerk, said two petitions were
delivered to the tax office
Feb. 20 by representatives of
The first petition for the
legal sale of beer and wine
for off-premise consumption
contained 1,596 signatures
of which 1,203 were deter-
mined as signatures of vahd
registered voters. Only 1,010
signatures were heeded to call
The second petition asked
for an election to allow res-
See PETITIONS, pg. 6A
rates Rusk hosp ital
Joint Commission's unannounced visit produces high marks
By Terrie Gonzalez
An unannounced inspection
was conducted at Rusk State
Hospital (RSH) last week, and
the preliminary outcome indi-
cates another high rating for
the state mental hospital.
The Joint Commission no
longer compiles numerical
scores; instead, they issue
"findings" and recommenda-
tions for improvements.
RSH Superintendent Ted
Debbs was pleased with
the initial report, and said
that a psychiatrist on the
four-person inspection team
complimented the facility.
"He's a psychiatrist, retired
from the Air Force and has
surveyed hospitals for the
last 15-20 years all over the
nation. He said this is one of
the best psychiatric hospitals
he has seen."
Mr. Debbs was especially
See RSH, pg. 6A
PHOTO: QUINTEN BOYD
Super spellers dish up alphabet soup
in a battle of words at spelling bee
Presley Brown (left), aseventh-graderfrom
Jacksonville Middle School and Zoe Ruben
(right), asixth-graderfrom Rusk Junior High,
were the final two spellers in this year's
Cherokee County Spelling Bee. Miss Brown
won the event after Miss Ruben misspelled
"fallacy." Brown correctly spelled that word
and then spelled "infatuation"towinthe bee.
Miss Brown will represent Cherokee County
in the Dallas Morning News Regional Bee
March 20. Each of the county's five schools
entered five contestants for a total of 25.
"None of the words were really that hard,"
Miss Brown said.
LON MORRIS COLLEGE
Katie Snyder will lead new ag program
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By Gloria Jennings
"An agriculture program willbegin
this fall at Lon Morris College ," said
Dr. Miles McCall. president.
This is another new program being
0 curriculum at the
East Texas junior
Last year, the
and cross country
to its curriculum.
Plans are to add
a culinary school,
dance, women's volleyball and other
The culinary school is under the
direction of Breezy Lake of Jack-
sonville, who has been hired as a
recruiter for the program. The hos-
pitality administration program'will
focus on the areas of event planning,
restaurant management and hotel
"Currently Ms. Lake is working at
the school in another are a but she ha s
a master s degree in hotel-restaurant
management from Stephen F. Austin
State University," Dr. McCall said.
Lon Morris will work with various
college sand univer sitie s in a s sisting
its students to complete their four-
year degree plan.
The culinary school will join other
Lon Morris departments to offer
special programs including mystery
dinners and other fine arts enter-
The LMC agriculture ijrogr am will
begin this fall and will be under the
direction of Katie Snyder, coordina-
tor of agricultural sciences.
"Katie is from Jacksonville and
will be an excellent addition to the
college," Dr. McCall said.
The program will include classes
such asintroductory animal sciences,
horticulture, agronomy, principles
of food science and the agricultural
industry. Other classes willbe added
"It will take two years to offer all
fieshman and sophomore classes,"
Dr. McCall said.
Ms. Snyder's immediate goal is
to travel across Texas visiting high
schools to recruit students. She will
also attend the Texas FFAStateCon-
vention to recruit students. She will
attend the Vocational Agriculture
See LON MORRIS, pg. 6A
U.S. Supreme Court
refuses to hear appeal for
Dallas' proposed lake
By Quinten Boyd
The e-mail was sent out at 11:37 a.m. and
started with only four words that signaled
the end of a long fight that took place in three
"We have a refuge!"
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday
that they would not hear the case against
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
brought by the City of Dallas and the Texas
Water Development Board over the Neches
River National Wildlife Refuge.
The initial lawsuit, filed by TWDB and
the City of Dallas in January 2007 sought
to block creation of the refuge in order to
build Lake Fastrill, a reservoir that the city
predicts may be needed in 50 years. The U. S.
District Court - Northern District of Texas
decided in favor of the refuge in June 2008.
The city filed writs of certiorari with the
U.S. Supreme Court in June 2009, seeking
to appeal a decision from March 12, 2009
which upheld the 2008 decision.
Allpartiesinvolvedknew that the writs did
See FASTRILL, pg. 6A
Primary elections will be held
Tuesday, March 2
By Gloria Jennings
Early voting ends Friday for the March 2
Early voting will be conducted from 8 a.m.-5
p.m. atthe Cherokee County courthouse base-
ment, the A. Frank Smith United Methodist
Churchin Alto andthe Senior Citizens Building
in Jacksonville. The primary elections will be
held from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2.
Locally, the Repubhcan ballots includes
races for state representative district 11, Dr.
Michael Banks, incumbent Chuck Hopson
and Allan Cain; county judge, James Morris
and incumbent Chris Davis; district clerk in-
cumbent Janet Grates and Sue Terry Schulze:
county commissioner Precinct 2, Steve York,
incumbent Kevin Pierce and Steven Norton;
justice of the peace, precinct 2, Tony Johnson
and Russell Ellis; Justice ofthe Peace Precinct
3, Phillip Grimes and Al Chavira; and county
chairman incumbent Josie D. Schoolcraft and
See ELECTION , pg. 6A
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