Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 151, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 9, 2000 Page: 1 of 23
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Texas' Oldest, Continuously Published Weekly Newspaper - Established Feb. 27,1850 as the Cherokee Sentinel
Vol. 151, No. 3 - 22 Pages
Thursday, March 9, 2000
Rusk, Texas 75785
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Election set March 14
Democratic and Republican party primary elec-
tions are scheduled for 'Super Tuesday, March 14.
Early voting continues through Friday, March 10 at
the Cherokee County Courthouse and at the Senior
Citizen Center in Jacksonville.
Candidates on the Democratic ballot include:
Preference for the presidential nominee candidates
are Al Gore, Bill Bradley and Lyndon H. LaRouche
Candidates for U.S. Senator nomination are Don
Clark, Gene Kelly, Charles Gandy, H. Gerald Bintiff
and Bobby Wightman.
U.S. Representative Jim Turner is unopposed in
his bid for the party nomination.
Bill Vance is unopposed in his bid for the nomina-
tion for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals.
William R. Barr is unopposed for Judge, Court of
Criminal Appeals, Place 2.
David Fisher is unopposed for the party nomina-
tion for State Senator District 3.
Candidates for the party nomination for State
Representative, District 11 are JoAl Cannon Sheridan
and Chuck Hopson.
Candidates for the nomination for 2nd Judicial
District Judge are Jim Cromwell and Dwight L.
Elmer Beckworth is unopposed for District Attor-
Candidates for the nomination for County Attor-
sample ballots 5A
Alto High students
discuss voting rights 4B
ney are Craig D. Caldwell, Hogan Stripling and
Robert (Bob) McNatt.
Candidates for nomination for Sheriff are Mark
Green, Ricky Moore and James E. Campbell.
Linda Beard is unopposed in her bid for re-election
as County Tax Assessor-Collector.
Candidates for the nomination for County Com-
missioner, Precinct 1 are Bo Emerson, Shannon
Ezell, J.D. Spraggins, Bob Johnson, David Murray
and Kenneth Irwin.
Orval Grimes is unopposed for the Constable, Pre-
cinct 1 nomination.
Candidates for nomination for County Commis-
sioner Precinct 3 are Moody Glass Jr. and F.E.
Candidates for Constable, Precinct 2 are Jim Bice,
Andy Huddleston and James Green.
George Black and Harold Gray are candidates for
Please see ELECTION, page7A
The Texas State Railroad begins a new
season in this new millennium Saturday,
March 11 loading the train at the Rusk Depot.
"All aboard" is 11 a.m. Its departure and
return will be repeated Sunday, March 12.
March 17-18 the schedule will be the same,
except to reverse the point of departure,
leaving from Palestine.
Action concerning the calling of a bond election was
postponed at Monday night's meeting of the Rusk
ISD board of trustees. The district's bond counsel was
unable to attend so the matter was passed until a
See City, school candidate
filings, page 9A
In another matter, the board approved the 2000-
2001 school calendar. Classes will begin Aug. 14,
with teachers reporting on Aug. 7.
School holidays are scheduled for Labor Day on
Sept. 4; Columbus Day on Oct. 9; Thanksgiving
holidays, Nov. 22, 23 and 24; Christmas holidays,
Dec. 22-Jan. 5 with Jan. 5 being a teacher work day;
Feb. 15 and 16 with the 15 being a teacher work day;
March 12-16; April 12 and 13 (April 12 is a teacher
work day); teacher work day on May 25 and holiday
on May 26.
Retirement of Sue Ella Hatch, primary teacher and
Please see RISD, page 8A
The Rusk Police Department has been
awarded a law enforcement hiring grant
in the amount of $65,785 as part of the
U.S. Department of Justice's Community
Oriented Policing Services (COPS) pro-
gram, according to an announcement from
Congressman Jim Turner. With this ad-
ditional funding, the Police Department
will be able to hire an additional full-time
officer to protect the residents and com-
munities of Rusk.
"Our ultimate goal is to rid our commu-
nities ofcrime," said Congressman Turner,
who is a long-time supporter of commu-
nity policing. "We need to put our re-
sources where they can do the most good—
at the community level. That's where
crimes happen, and that's where crimes
can be stopped. Having more law enforce-
ment personnel in our communities and
providing them with the needed resources
to do their jobs means improved safety for
The officers hired with COPS grants are
used in community policing, a strategy
that uses partnerships between law en-
forcement officers and the people they
serve in the community to reduce crime.
COPS grants provide funding for 75 per:
cent of the total salary and benefits of
Please see RUSK, page 8A
Cherokee County Livestock Show Queen Candidates
Vying for the Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show Queen's crown are in front from left, Alicia Johnson, sponsored
by Alto FFA; Shannon Sherwood, sponsored by Rusk FFA; Margo Kahla, sponsored by Alto 4-H; Kayla Phillips, Wells
4-H; and Jessica Dison, Lookout 4-H. In back are, Nina Clements, Jacksonville FFA; Rachel Ferry, Atoy 4-H; Laura
Davis, Footbridge 4-H; Julie Parker, Konos 4-H; Brandie Bender, Troup FFA; and Kim King, Oakland 4-H. Kelly Stuart,
New Summerfield FFA and Krystal Olivia Roberts, Trailblazers 4-H are not pictured. The queen will be crowned at 2
p.m. March 17, during the annual stock show at the Show Barn in Jacksonville.
By Kelly Thaylor
Special to the Cherokee*n/Heralo
The 2000 Cherokee County Junior
Livestock Show will be March 16-18,
at the Stock Show and Exposition
Showbarn on Loop 456 in Jackson-
ville. Anyone interested in supporting
the youth of our county is invited to
join us for an extraordinary and excit-
ing three days of fun.
This year's show will feature a vari-
ety of animals and projects shown by
remarkable young leaders from Chero-
kee County. Over 400 combined Ani-
mals and projects have been entered
and will compete for the top honors. All
entries will be divided into nine differ-
ent sections that will include: Shop
Built Projects, Horticulture, Beef,
Swine, Dairy, Horses, Poultry, Goats
and Rabbits. Each day will prove to be
exciting for all as these outstanding
members of FFA Chapters and 4-H
Clubs showcase their talents and valu-
able skills they have learned in the
Please see LIVESTOCK, page 8A
Jim Perkins of
of the Texas
at a reception
In her honor
Rusk welcomes new
A Welcome to Rusk reception
honored new Rusk State Hos-
pital Superintendent Diane
Faucher Friday afternoon at
the Citisens let Bank. Hosting
the event were the City ofRusk,
Rusk Chamber of Commerce
and Rusk Industrial Founda-
Ms. Faucher assumed the su-
perintendence of MHMR
Rusk's facility on March 1. She
came here after serving four
years as superintendent of the
Austin State Hospital. She has
22 years of experience in work-
ing with people who have men-
tal illness and their families.
The new superintendent ex-
pressed her appreciation for the
Please see RSH, page BA
Groundbreaking held for Family Center
were held for the new Skyview-
Hodge Units' Family Center at 3:30
p.m. Monday, March 6.
The formal program of dedica-
tion and beginning culminates a
project of several years' work.
Project sponsor is the Dogwood
Trails Baptist Area organization
with Mrs. Everett C. (Kay) Martin
serving as the local guiding light
A large crowd gathered at the
site which is adjacent to the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice
facilities. The land is a part of the
former Slover's Mill, Box & Crate
After remarks by Mrs. Martin to
explain the project's early begin-
ning, she shared with those present
the intended services to be pro-
vided through the new structure.
"The center will be open for visi-
tation between inmates and fam-
ily Saturdays and Sundays, 8-4
p.m. We will offer it for activities of
the TDCJ staff weekdays, Mon-
day-Friday," said Mrs. Martin.
Construction is expected to be-
gin in the near future, following a
visit by TDCJ officials next week.
"We hope to have as many sup-
porters as possible with us for their
visit Wednesday, March 15," states
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Dignitaries participate in Family Center groundbreaking
Among those present to turn the
earth with shovels were these:
Warden Jesse Wicks; Chaplain Bob
Huddleston; Mayor Emmett
Whitehead; City Manager Mary
Daly; Joe Terrell, Austin Bank;
Rick Waldrup, Austin Bank.
Charles Hassell. Citizens 1st Bank,
Mary Walley. Southern Cherokee
Federal Credit Union: Mike Smith,
director of missions, Jackonville,
and Sheriff .lames Campbell.
In addition many others who
Mrs. Martin credited with being
strong team members, included
Bruce Mitchell, Juan Morena,
Larry Sinclair, Ixiretta So re n son,
Billie Ruth .linkins, Steve
Hudson. I<eslie Parker. Steve and
Paula Helm, Jerry and Alma
Walles, Terry Downs, Bill
Traweek, Bob Wick. Beth
Sheridan. Barbara Whiteman,
Delores Bongard, John and H< len
Lilly, Charniece Jasper. Bobby and
Hazel Tosh, Michelle and Dennis
Slaton, M. C («oolshee and Klmo
Dr John LaNom- pastor of First
Baptist Church Kusk. offered the
prayer of lediration
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