Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 151, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 16, 2000 Page: 1 of 16
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Texas' Oldest, Continuously Published Weekly Newspaper - Established Feb. 27, 1850 as the Cherokee Sentinel
Vol. 151, No. 39 - 16 Pages
Thursday, November 16, 2000
Rusk, Texas 75785 25 cents
■ Judge Dixon's case will
be heard in San Antonio
A lawsuit charging that county
court-at-law Judge Le Rue Dixon is
$46,350 behind in child support pay-
ments has been transferred to a dis-
trict court in San Antonio. District
Judge Robert Montgomery, of the
100th District court in West, Texas,
signed the order of transfer Nov. 7,
Judge Dixon is also being investi-
gated for misconduct by the Commis-
sion on Judicial Conduct. This agency
is responsible for evaluating and in-
vestigating alleged claims of miscon-
duct by judges.
Although CJC cannot confirm or
deny they are investigating Judge
Dixon, they recently outlined what
steps are taken after they receive com-
"The government code prohibits us
from discussing whether or not a case
is under investigation," said Seana
Willing, senior commission council
Judge Dixon's record of nonpayment
of child support are a matter of public
record in the Cherokee County Dis-
trict Clerk's office.
Divorce papers show that Judge
Dixon is required to pay child support
for Le Rue Dixon IV for the rest of his
life because he is a "child in need."
The amount of child support was set
at $22&per month.
Judge Dixon disputes the court or-
der calling his son a "child in need."
He said his son is capable of taking
care of himself, and that he currently
Please see JUDGE, page 8A
Rusk may get sued over mobile home zoning
I Berryhill calls city's
Despite city council approval, problems
continue for Wendy Pope, who wants to
replace her burned home with a manufac-
tured one inside the city limits.
Her property is located on the corner of
Guinn Street and U.S. 84 in Rusk.
Bill Berryhill, an attorney who lives in
the Houston area and owns the old Guinn
home on Guinn St. just up the street from
Ms. Pope, is seeking to prevent a manu-
factured home of any kind to be located on
Mr. Berryhill is threatening the city
with "legal redress in the courts" if the
manufactured home is placed in his neigh-
Mr. Berryhill has employed Steve Guy.
former city attorney for Rusk, to repre-
sent his position. Guy, in a lengthy let-
ter to Mayor Emmett Whitehead, said
he has found a number of errors commit-
ted that makes it legally impossible to
go forward with granting Ms. Pope the
permit to locate (lie home on her prop-
"We demand immediate assurance
that no permit has been issued, that no
ordinance authorizing a permit has been
issued and that none will be issued,"
Guy stated in his letter.
Forrest Phifer, the current city attor-
ney, is representing Rusk in the matter.
"We met with our city attorney in an
executive session prior to taking action,
Please see BERRYHILL, page 4A
County buys patrol cars
H Council okays Pope
application for double-
wide home at Guinn Place
Members of the Rusk City Council ap-
proved an application for Wendy Pope to
place a double wide manufactured home
on property she owns on Guinn Place. M -.
Pope gained approval from the Planning
and Zoning Hoard last month, but no
action was t a ken on t he matter at t lie ()ct.
10 council meeting.
Ms. Pope appeared before the council
with her attorney, her parents, and a
neighbor. Opposing the zone change was
Bill Berryhill. who owned t he (luinn home
at the top of the hill and ('nlvin Jones, who
owns property across the street IVom Ms,
Gloria Jennings, District H. made tla-
motion to allow the location of tlx' home
on the property, which was seconded hy
Walter Session. District 2. Also voting lor
the matter were Thomas Parsons, Dis
trut I, and Mayor Kmmett Whitehead.
Voting against the matter were Jerry
Jordan. District I, and Charles Morton.
The council agreed to ;iu day morato
rium on specific use permit- I'oi place
ment ol'inohile/HUI) < 'ode Manufact ured
Homes in the city for .111 days with an
extension of HO addit ional days.
In another matter, t he council approved
a resolution authorizing an application
from Dogwood Trails NarcoticTask pun >
to the Texas Criminal Justice División
office of the Governor, Texas Nnivotie
Please see COUNCIL, pagu 8A
Cherokee County Commissioners, meet-
ing Monday morning, named members of
the county historical commission, pur-
chased new police cars and approved its
plans to participate in the Dogwood Trails
Narcotic Task Force.
New members named to the Cherokee
County Historical Commission are Evelyn
Ezell, Ken Hannah, Faye Martin, Martha
Neely and Joe Teague. Reappointed are
Ann Chandler, Inez Conley, James
Cromwell, Chris Davis, Terry Guinn,
Ogrettn Huttash, Bernard Mayfield.
Suzann McCarty, Elizabeth McCutcheon,
Jane Purtle, Nona Roberts, John Ross,
Grady C. Singletary, Katheryne Stamps
and Judge J.W. Summers.
A bid from Bill McRae Ford in Jackson-
ville for the purchase of three Ford police
cars at a price of $20,626 each was ap-
proved. Also approved for purchase was a
Jeep Cherokee Sport from Pearmnn Mo-
tor Company Inc. of Alto in the amount of
A total of $ 10,000 has been budgeted for
the Dogwood Trails Narcotics Task Force.
The commissioners court authorized an
application for a grant to the Texas Crimi-
nal Justice Division to allow Cherokee
County to participate in the task force.
In another matter the court authorized
longevity pay to be included in the amount
of overtime paid county employees,
A hunger lease transfer from Kenneth
Durrett to Jerry Avers and Richard East
Commissioner voted to inform United
Provider Services that the county will not
pay for UU 486 or similar type drugs used
to induce abort ions.
Bids received for the purchase of certain
items from the county were approved.
They included the saleof a 1984 Chevrolet
t ruck to ((liver's Repair Shop for $505 in
Please see COMMISSIONERS, page 8A
J.D. Kraut, an employee of American Canopy of Qladeyvater, pulls on one
ilongs that lift the 4,800-pound canopy at the Intersection of
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Main Street Times 3
Rusk named National Main Street City for third year
It's official. Rusk is a National Main Street city
for the third year in a row.
Main Street Manager, Martha Neely and Main
Street Volunteer Suzann McCarty attended the
Texas Downtown Association Annual Conference
in McKinney, Texas. At the awards ceremony lun-
cheon, Rusk received the coveted honor.
Main Street cities are evaluated on ten different
criteria to determine their eligibility for National
status. Some of the criteria include efforts in his-
toric preservation, community support, reporting
of statics to the Austin office, manager ability,
board meeting efficiency, annual work' plan, and
manager and board member training.
At the TDA Conference attendees visited Denton,
one of the most successful downtowns in Texas.
The first stop was the renovated Campus Theater
where the discussion focused on fundralsing tips
and the history and economic impact of their reno-
vation project. While there Friends of Denton Main
Street entertained with a short variety show.
They also visited the Longhorn Art Gallery to learn
how the owners worked to make new infill con-
struction fit a historic setting. A tour of second
story loft apartments showed how second story
living had become a reality in Denton with 37
apartments around the square.
An architectural tour of the McKinney square
was included in the many interesting and informa-
tive sessions attended by the 200 plus representa-
tives in attendance.
Suiann McCarty and Martha Neely attend the
Texas Downtown Aasoclatlon meeting In
McKinney, whom Rusk waf named a National
Main Street City.
Rusk school board adopts
stricter attendance policies
Members of the Rusk School
Board have approved a head lice
policy and absentee, tardy and
early release guidelines for the
primary and elementary schools.
The board meeting Monday
evening considered a 14 item
Concerning the head lice or Pe-
diculosis problem the board estab-
lished a policy that states:
No pupil shall be received or
allowed to continue in the Rusk
ISD who is infested with head lice
or the lice eggB (nits). It shall be
the responsibility of the school
nurse, teachers and administra-
tion to endeavor to protect other
students from infested students.
Periodic screening of students
will be conducted to detect the
presence of head lice. Students in
the classroom of an infested indi-
vidual will be inspected to deter-
mine whether others are also af-
fected. Close associates of initial
cases as well as siblings should he
inspected. Anyone found to be in-
tested with head lice will be ex-
cluded from school until appropri-
ate treatment is received.
Students may return to school
immediately after the initial treat-
ment. Upon return to school, the
student will he rechecked and. if
treatment was satisfactory, and
no lice or nits present. he/she will
he readmitted to class
Students who are sent home
from school with head lice shall
receive the necessary treatment
and return toschool wit bin a mini
mum of two days of the date sent
home. Days or parts of days absent
from the classroom beyond lhi>
number will he considered unex
cused and the district attendance
policy will be followed.
Sandra Lenard and Jan Evans,
principals at the priman and el
ementary schools explained that
they are experiencing attendance
problems because of tlie head lice
situation. Students are sent home
and then are not returned after
the treatment is done. < >t hers stu
dents come hack without proper
They encourage parent s picking
their child up and treating the
problem and then returning the
student to school. A child can mi>>
just a small portion <.l one da> if
parents get t he shampoo and t reat
the problem and then return the
student to school.
"It is important that student
return as soon as possihl' Super
intendent loin Murray -aid. "\\<
have a t ruancy officer and < xi < -
sive unexcused absences will be
dealt with." Mr Murray contin
The law states thai it am par
ent/guardian of a child n ■< | u i ed to
attend school fails to have thai
child in school, the school alien-
dance officer shall warn tlie p.'1
cnt in writing that ¡\ttendain is
If, after the warning, t he p; "¡it
guardian withcriminal negl e11,•<
fails to require t he child to lilelHi
school as required b\ law and I a
child has unexcused voluntary
absence?. Ibr the amount o| tinii
specified under Sect ion ">1 I l.i(li)(L!>.
Family Code, the pareni commit-
Texas Famil.V Code Sec
ñl .011(b)(2) slates t hat the amount
of time specified above i -1 he u nex
cused voluntan alisen* e ot a child
on 11) or more days or |>ai i s of d iy-
w it hill a six-month period OI t hive
or more days or part sot da\ with in
a lour week period from liool
Please see RISD pacie 8A
Rusk Thanksgiving service set Sunday
On Sunday evening, Nov. 19vat
6:00 p.m. the churches and pas-
tors of The Rusk Ministerial Alli-
ance will host their annual Com-
munity Thanksgiving Service at 6
p.m.Sunday, Nov. 19. This year
the service will be held at the First
United Methodist Church in Rusk.
The Rev. Donny Timmons, pastor
of the Shady Grove Church of Ood
in Christ, will bring the evening
message. A reception will follow
nfterwards in the fellowship hall.
An offering will be taken to assist
the Rusk Ministerial Alliance with
The Rusk Ministerial Alliance is
a fellowship of pastors and
churches who hsve united together
in the Rusk sres. Pastors meet
twice a month at the Rusk State
Hospital Chaplain's office. On
the first Monday of each month at
11 a.m. they hold their monthly
business meeting while on the
third Monday of each month they
hold a ministers prayer meeting
at 11 a.m.
The current president, Pastor
Keith Hassell of Grace Fellow-
ship. says that he ha discovered
that many do not know much
about the Rusk Ministerial Alli-
ance. Recently he ha had the
opportunity to share with the Ki-
wanis Club, Rotary Club, and the
FUMC Methodist Women's
Prayer Meeting. "We are thank-
ful for what the l/ rd is doing,"
says Rev. Hassell.
In 1987 the Rusk Ministerial
Alliance formed a charter to de-
fine the purpose of its fellowship.
The eight points of this charter
are: To provide a means of fellow-
ship for area ministers, to provide
a cooperative base for the collec-
tion and distribution of benevo-
lence. to provide a base of coopera-
tion for ministers to address social
issues, to arrange and enable co-
operative ecumenical worship ser-
vices, to provide a base of commu-
nication for church programs and
resources, to provide a base of co-
operation among area churches for
evangelistic crusades and activi-
ties, to provide opportunities for
community service, and to pro-
mote church involvement among
area youth through awarding Min-
isterial Alliance Scholarships.
In 1989 the Rusk Ministerial
Alliance worked to form the Good
Samaritan that assists with free
food and clothing for those with
qualified need, The Good Saman
tan is located on 203 W. 2nd St reet
in Rusk and is open Monday.
Wednesday and Friday mornings
from 9:00 11:30 a.m.
The current officers of the Alb
linceare Rev, Keith Hassell, Presi
dent; Rev. Nov Pruitt. Vice-Presi-
dent; Rev. Donny Timmons, secre-
tary; Rev. Cliff Horton, Treasurer;
•Rev, Cooper St inson, Reporter;and
Rev. Cliff Horton. Good Saman
See THANKSGIVING, page 8A
Paators check out the program for the Nov. 19 community
Thanksgiving service al First United Methodist Church. From left
are the Rev. Keith Hasssll. the Rsv. Noy Pruitt, the Rev Floyd
Simpson snd the Rev. Clifford Horton.
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