Cherokeean Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 161, No. 36, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Page: 1 of 28
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O Vol. 161 ■ No. 36 ■ 28 pgs.
Texas' Oldest Weekly Newspaper
October 27, 2010
Rusk, Texas ■ 50 cents
^ ; % Friday is last chance to
vote early in election
STATE SENATE DIST. 2
□ Robert Nichols*,
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DIST U
□ Chuck Hopson*,
□ Chris Davis*, Republican
□ Robert Haberle, write-in
COMMISSIONER, PCT ~
□ Byron Underwood*,
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT. 2
□ Tony Johnson,
□ Teresa Phifer*, Democrat
Paid political adv. by
the candidates above
The General Election will be held
Nov 2. Early voting is 8 a.m. - 5
p.m., Monday- Friday, through Oct.
29. For complete information on
candidates on the ballot and polling
locations, see story at right.
* denotes incumbent
Thomas draws big
crowds to Rusk
Thomas the Tank Engine
leaves the Rusk Depot of the
Texas State Railroad after enter-
taining 9,133 visitors representing
18 states and several countries.
This weekend, the event brought
in 4,416 visitors for the special
30-minute train runs.
The Texas State Railroad's
next event will bea Haunted Corn
Maze Oct. 28-31 from 7-11 p.m.
The train will depart from
Maydelle to the six-acre corn
maze, where visitors are dared
to make it out of the haunted
For more information, contact
TSR at (888) 987-2461 or visit
70th anniversary of
Tomato Bowl Nov. 5
Jacksonville ISD and the Jack-
sonville Chamber of Commerce
will host a reception celebrating
the Tomato Bowl's 70th anniver-
say on Friday, Nov. 5 in the west
parking lot of the Norman Activity
Center, 526 E. Commerce Street,
from 5-7 p.m.
The reception will be held in
conjunction with the Jacksonville
Rotary Club's annual pancake
supperandjustbefore the Indians'
final home game of 2010 against
the John Tyler Lions.
For more information, email
Grace Traylor at gtraylor@jisd.
org or Cathy Smith at cathy@
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Early voting for Tuesday's
election will conclude at 5 p.m.
Friday. Already, 2,910persons
ance. An additional 189 of tlie
555 mail ballots sent out have
been returned and 22 of the 59
been received at the county
The personal appearance
votes cast include 701 in Rusk:
480 in Alto and 1,729 in Jack-
A total of 889 personal ap-
pearance ballots; 25 military
ballots and 11 civilian mail
ballots were cast in a separate
election in Jacksonville for a
$49.86 million school bond. By
comparison, 16,382 persons
cast ballots in the 2008 presi-
Voting beganMonday morn-
ing, Oct. 18 at the Cherokee
County Courthouse, Jackson-
ville Senior Citizens Building
andthe A. Frank Smith United
Methodist Churchin Alto. Vot-
ing is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through
The county judge's race
will be the only county-wide
contested race in the election.
Incumbent Judge ChrisDavis,
a Republican, is being chal-
lenged by Democrat Marlene
See ELECTION, pg. 3A
Downtown trick or
treating is Friday
Rusk merchants have band-
ed together to make sure the
community's children have
a safe and happy Halloween
holiday this weekend. Al-
though Halloween is Sunday,
Rusk downtown activities are
pliinned for Friday.
Downtown trick or treating
is scheduled to begin at 4
p.m. and continue until 5:45
p.111. Friday, All area ghosls.
goblins, pirates, princesses.
Super Heros and other char-
acters regardless of age are
invited. Planners said, "We
may have folks ranging in
age frompré-one-year-olds to
those up to 99-years-of-age.
But all are welcomed.''
The event is an old Main
Street project that was begun
approximately eight years
ago and has continued be-
cause of its popularity.
Volunteers will be stationed
at each in-
traffic is dis-
Candy will be distributed
at various stores and offices.
See TRICK OR TREAT, pg. 8A
see Sec. D
for 4 color
GAME 8: Jacksonville 24, Hallsville 23
Lakeeya Taylor is
crowned 2011 queen
Jacksonville High School
Senior Lakeeya Taylor is
crowned the 2011 homecom-
ing queen during half-time
ceremonies last Friday. Her
escort is Taylor Sanson.
Catching a break
Jacksonville's Jonathan Ses-
sion makes a cut in the open
field during last Friday's game
against Hallsville. The Indians
defeated the Bobcats, 24-23.
PGS 2-3B MORE HOMECOMING
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An already simmering rivalry among
candidates running for Cherokee County
Judge exploded into full view of the elec-
torate with a formal complaint filed with
the Texas Ethics Commission.
Democratic candidate Marlene Jowell
filed the, complaint against incumbent
Republican Chris Davis alleging that the
recent sticky notes placed on the frontpage
of the Oct, 17 edition of the Jacksonville
Daily Progress and the Oct. 20 edition of
the Cherokeean Herald, asking voters to
reelect Mr. Davis, did not have the requisite
"political adv. paid by" disclaimer.
However, phone calls to the Texas Ethics
Commission regar ding this issue ha s raised
more questions than answers.
According to the Texas Ethics Commis-
sion website:, state: law requires that "a
disclosure statement must include the
• the words "political advertising" or a
See ETHICS COMPLAINT, pg. 8A
'Easy' to find
A magical Halloween light show is "easy" to find
in Rusk on Easy Street. Rusk Police Lt. Stephen
Hughes used his home computerto synchronize
lights, music and animation for a one-of-a-kind
Halloween experience broadcast on a low power
FM signal. See pg. 8A for more.
American Heritage Railways,
Inc. sells 49% of ownership to
Remodel Auction, Inc.
By Quinten Boyd
The Texas State Railroad is about to go
The railroad's parent company, Ameri-
can Heritage Railways, Inc., announced an
agreement last week with Remodel Auction,
Inc. in which Remodel Auction acquires 49
percent of ownership interesis in American
Heritage's two railroads — the TSR and the
Great Smokey Mountain Railroad, based in
Br y son City, N.C.. The deal involves cash and
stock assets totahng $24.5 million.
Remodel Auction, based in Charlotte,
N,C,, also acquired a 100 percent stake in
S.B. Partners, a holder of 120 developed
lots in Savannah, (¡a. Under that portion of
the deal, Remodel Auction will enter a lot
purchase agreement with D.R, Horton home
Under the new deal, American Heritage will
See TSR, pg. 8A
County unemployment rate drops
from 9-2% to 8.7%
By Quinten Boyd
The 2010 Census gave andthe 2010 Census
took away, but with the fall of 2010 comes a
fall in the state unemployment rate;
After a slight rise to 8.3 in August due to
the loss of Census-based jobs, the Texas un-
employment rate declined in September to 8.1
percent, the lowest for the state in 2010. The
rate is far below the national unemployment
rate of 9.6 percent.
"Texas continued to display strong job
growth across many industries in September,"
said Texas Workforce Commission (TWO)
See UNEMPLOYMENT, pg. 8A
East Texas Unemployment
County Labor Pool Employed Unemployed Rate
Anderson 21,235 19,289 1,946 9.2
Angelina 39,422 36,341 3,081 7.8
-source Texas Workforce Commission
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Whitehead, Marie. Cherokeean Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 161, No. 36, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 27, 2010, newspaper, October 27, 2010; Rusk, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth152962/m1/1/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Singletary Memorial Library.