Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 99, No. 28, Ed. 1 Sunday, April 5, 1981 Page: 2 of 28
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I\ X UNDAY APRIL L tMl
Um John “Bubta" Martin won the grand attendance prize
Wednesday daring the Uona Club of Uvlngatuo’i regalar noou
meeting. Thoae who attended the must meeting! had the be*,
opportunity to win the grand prize, which waa a combination
television ael and AM-FM radio. The Uona divided Into two
groups this year - the marshalls and sheriffs - iu a. tendance
competition. It was announced the sheriffs won by a narrow
margin, meaning the marshalls have to rook and serve at the
dab’s upcoming fish fry.
ready for hearing
from page 1
ment by the district had been
the attorney representing
him in the aforesaid
• "Taking unauthorised
• "Tampering with
employment contract in an
attempt to Justify
• "Unauthorised payment
of utility bills with district
• “Carrying a pistol on
• "Posing as a peace of-
ficer in an attempt to Justify
carrying a pistol. hm
• “Institution of a major
change in curriculum
without board approval.
• “Causing a loss of control
of discipline in the schools.
• “Communication with
the press and public in such
a manner as to destroy Ids
ability to work effectively
with the board of trustees
and with the teaching staff.
• "Neglect of duties."
Besides the list of allega-
tions, die March 17 material
includes exhibit material us-
ed to buck them up. Included
in the exhibit material are
federal court records in-
dicating Easley had
previously been arrested on
a murder charge which led
to a federal lawsuit being fil-
ed against the Houston
Police Department and the
Harris County District At-
The murder charge
against Easley was filed in
August, 1960 and dismissed
by the district attorney 12
days later. No indictment
was ever issued and he was
never brought to trial on the
In 1971 Easley sued the
police and district attorneys
for damages totalling )2
million claiming the police
did not have probable cause
for the arrest. In 1973 a
federal Judge ruled against
him and dismissed the case.
» Also contained in the
March 17 documents are
federal court records which
indicate Easley had once fil-
ed a federal lawsuit against
a former employer, the Spr-
ing Independent School
District. That suit was
dismissed in 1974 due to the
lack of prosecution on the
part of Easley.
In addition, a letter from
an examiner of questioned
documents is included in the
material Easley's attorney
is asking to be disregarded.
That letter indicates that
portions of Easley’s contract
with the school district were
typed in at a different Ume
and by a different typewriter
than the rest of the contract.
Coach, director policies approved
Carey Cochran, Sr.
LIVINGSTON - Funeral
services for Livingston
businessman Carey Lister
Cochran Sr., 78, will be held
at 4 p.m. today (Sunday) in
the Central Baptist Church
in Livingston. The Rev. Bill
Kennedy will officiate.
Burial will be in Forest
Cochran, the manager of
J.W. Cochran and Co. in Liv-
ingston, died about 11 p.m.
Friday in Livingston
Memorial Hospital following
a lengthy illness.
He was bom Aug. 8,1902.
Survivors include lus wife,
Fay Cochran of Livingston;
a son, C.L. “Corky” Cochran
of Livingston; a daughter-in-
law, Beth Pinckard Cochran
of Livingston; a brotlier,
Ernest E. Cochran of Liv-
ingston; and two grand-
children, Carey Cochran III
and Christie Cochran, bath
Pallbearers will be
Richard Collins, Nowlin At-
chley, Jim Pelers, Allen
Peebles, James Windiiant,
James Bergman, Bobby
Smith and Jimmy Clark.
LIVINGSTON - Job description
policies for the athletic director, head
football coach and the head coach (any
sport), as introduced for consideration
March 19, were approved during Thurs-
day’s regular meeting of the Livingston
Independent School District Board of
Trustees. Action toward acceptance of
the policies was tabled at the previous
board meeting due to some clerical er-
The primary change m the policies is
the separation of duties of the athletic
director and head coach since the
resignation of Head Coach and Athletic
Director Bruce Bush last month. Under
the new plan E.F. Lewis, who also
serves as director of personnel ser-
vices, will serve as athletic director.
Former First Assistant Coach Dan Mit-
chell has been named Livingston High
School’s new head coach.
In related business, the school board
voted to extend all coaching contracts
in the district, based on recommenda-
tions from the campus principals.
Trustees also approved a request
from the Livingston Softball Associa-
tion for permission to use the athletic
field near Briar Bend for softball
games, as they have in the past.
Job description policies for elemen-
tary grade level chairmen and secon-
dary departmental chairmen were in-
troduced for board consideration. The
job descriptions, developed by the cam-
pus principals, are scheduled to be con-
sidered for adoption at the next regular
The school calendar for the 1961-82
school year was adopted by the board
as presented. The calendar calls for
classes to begin on Aug. 24. Excluding
holidays and teacher in-service days,
students will attend 175 days of classes,
ending on May 27.
Trustees will at 7 p.m. Tuesday night
for the purpose of canvassing the
returns of Saturday’s election and ap-
p^'nting board officers.
Freddie McDonald C-CISD facing Title I funding cut
LIVINGSTON - Services
for Freddie Eugene
McDonald, 37, of Livingston
were held April 1 in Hie Pace
Funeral Home with the Rev.
Ron Ramey officiating.
Burial was in Pine Grove
Mr. McDonald died March
28 In Tomball.
He was bom Jan. 17, 1944
in Tulsa, Okla., and moved
to Snyder with his parents al
a young age. He received his
education in the Snyder
Public School System.
During the past 14 years,
he had resided in Livingston
and had worked in-the oil
field construction and drill-
ing industry most of his adult
He attended the First
United Pentecostal Church
Survivors include his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
Moore of Livingston; two
sons, Freddy l^e Wayne
McDonald and Micliael Earl
McDonald, both of San Jose,
Calif.; one sister, Patricia
Ann Hankins of Clute; two
brothers, Jerry Wayne
McDonald of Livingston and
Tommy I^e McDonald of
Lufkin; and a number of
Pallbearers were Clay
Lawrence, Loy Moore,
Harold Isaac, Joe Clifton,
Frank Valdarez and W.L.
Alford "Bill" Reed
Alford “Bill” Reed, 73, were
held Saturday, March 21, at
Funeral Home Chapel with
Dr. W. I. Thomas officiating.
Graveside services were
held Sunday, March 22, in
Peebles Cemetery near Liv-
ingston with the Rev. Gary
R. Curry, pastor of Corrigan
First United Methodist
Bill Reed died March 19 in
a Tyler hospital after a sud-
den illness. He was bom
March 7, 1908, in Sulphur
Springs. He had been a resi-
dent of Tyler for 36 years. He
was a retiresd lineman for
Texas Power & Light Co. and
was a member of the Odd-
fellows I-odge and of the
Survivors include his wife,
Mrs. Eunice Bracewell Reed
of Tyler; one sister, Mrs.
Vada Wheeler of Sulphur
Springs; one nephew, Joe
Don Wheeler of Sulphur Spr-
ings; and three nieces, tors.
Juanita Wallace of Sulphur
Springs, Mrs. Patsy McKin-
ney of Tyler and Mrs. Mary
Ann Matthews of Beaumont.
CORRIGAN - Proposed cuts in
federal spending and a growing tax
base could force the Corrigan-Camden
school board to consider either reduc-
ing the teaching staff or seeking a tax
increase this year, Superintendent
Jasper Cockrell said Thursday night.
Cockrell, in a report to the board, said
the school has received “semi-official
notification” that the federal Title I
funds paid to the school will be cut by 12
“They haven’t thrashed this through
Congress yet, but the indication I get is
that they’re pretty sure that’s going to
be a minimum cut,” he said.
The Corrigan-Camden district receiv-
ed a $121,000 Title I allocation this year
for its remedial education programs
and Cockrell explained that the
preliminary entitlement figures he has
received indicate the amount will be cut
to $105,000 next year.
Cockrell explained that 85 percent of
the school’s Title I money goes into
teachers’ salaries. “If it’s cut by 12 per-
cent and at the same time the state
comes up with a 10 to 12 percent salary
increase, you’re talking about 24 per-
cent less salary money for Title I than
The superintendent added that while
proposed cuts to other federal pro-
grams such as bilingual education have
not been finalized, they will probably be
made along the same lines as the 12 per-
cent Title I cut.
At the same time that the federal
government is talking about cuts in its
spending, the state is talking about
teacher salary increases, which
Cockrell said could place a larger
burden on local taxpayers.
Cockrell told the board the legislature
is considering a 22 percent pay increase
for teachers to be spread over the next
two years -10 percent this year and 12
percent the next.
“We do get state funds for this but it
works its way back down to the local
fund assignment and we do have to pay
our share,” he said.
He explained that every two years the
state calculates what each school
district’s tax base is and then deter-
mines what percentage of the school’s
budget must be paid through local
“The higher our tax values, the more
our we must pay through local sources.
In other words, the more you’re able to
pay locally, the less money you get
from the state. The mere fact that we
have the tax base counts whether we
are taxing it or not.
“This means that to continue to
operate on our present level, the more
we have to collect in local taxes,”
The superintendent told the board the
situation is difficult for most people to
understand because when they see a
new gas well in production, they think
the taxes will give the school more
money than it can spend.
“If we don’t raise the tax rates, we
lose money,” he said. “Everytime they
bring in one of those gas wells, we lose
state money and must rely more on
All this is coming at the same time
the district is being required to pay
11.46 percent of the Polk County Tax
Appraisal District Budget.
The current budget proposal from the
appraisal firm being considered to per-
form a county-wide reappraisal of pro-
perty values indicates that it will cost
$830^497 over a 41-month period. The
school’s share of this would be about
Cockrell, who serves as the school’s
representative on the tax appraisal
board, said that while the tax district
has decided to go with an outside ap-
praisal firm, the actual signing of a con-
tract was postponed due to the
“concern about what the legislature
will do” with the law governing the
Senate Bill 621, which was passed in
1979, created the county-wide tax ap-
praisal districts throughout Texas and
required a complete reappraisal of pro-
perty. The current legislature has pro-
posed a number of changes to the
system and Cockrell said the tax board
decided to “wait and see” what new
laws will be passed.
In other action, the board voted to
financed $10,000 for the purchase of a
new school bus. The total cost of the bus
The school board will meet again at 7
p.m. Monday to canvass Saturday’s
Tally not yet official
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“Gerald” Haynes was declared the
winner with 123 votes - nearly 100 votes
more than his nearest competitor.
The incumbents were unchallenged
in the Leggett school board election.
Trustees Felder Dubois, Thurman Har-
rell and William Bergman each receiv-
ed 25 votes.
It was much the same story in the
Livingston City Council election where
unchallenged incumbents Bob Cook,
Allen Peebles and Putt Watson receiv-
ed 316,325 and 313 votes, respectively.
It was a close race for the three at-
large positions on the Onalaska City
Council with Milton Francism (69
votes), Charles A. Hardy, Jr. (64 votes)
and M.L. Vincent (67 votes), emerging
as the winners. Only one incumbent,
Joyce Files, was seeking re-election to
the council. Slic was defeated after
receiving 53 votes.
There were three candidates listed on
(lie ballot to fill an equal number of
positions on the Goodrich City Council.
Incumbents Joe Krislek (84 votes) and
Nita Gokey (68 votes), will return to the
council. Newly-elected is Clay Flowers,
who received 78 votes.
Voters in Goodrich were also asked to
select a city marshall Saturday. In that
race R.J. Bowen won the position over
opponent Jerry Easley by a 76 to 46-vote
The incumbents won hands-down in
the Corrigan City Council race. Return-
ing to office will be Juanita James (98
votes), Jasper Cockrell (129 votes) and
John Vernon Cobb (105 votes). The
other challengers, Edward Doyle
Chandler, Ray Laimbright and William
E. “Bill” Hardy were defeated with 40,
45 and 13 votes respectively.
The results of Saturday’s ejection will
not become official until canvassed by
each of the school boards and city coun-
Security questions answered at van April 10
A traveling office van will
be available April 10 to all
persons seeking information
on Social Security,
Medicare, pensions, com-
pensations, education and
The van will be parked all
day Friday April 10 at the
D.A.V. hall I mile north of
Goodrich on U.S. 59 from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m.
The free sendee is spon-
sored by the Disabled
American Veterans and the
highly professional personell
is compensated by the Na-
tional D.A.V. and is nt
financed by taxes.
Thirty two sucli vans are
on a rotating basis nation
wide to D.A.V. Chapters and
arc staffed with 2 National
Service Officers. One does
not have to be a D.A.V.
member to obtain the free
assistance to all questions
concerning your benefits.
Local Chapter Com-
mander Robert G. Carr says
no one will have to stand in
line as chairs and rest rooms
are available iasidc at the
At 1 PM and 3 PM ONLY
CHILPEN $1.00 ADULTS $2.00
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White, Barbara. Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 99, No. 28, Ed. 1 Sunday, April 5, 1981, newspaper, April 5, 1981; Livingston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth781229/m1/2/: accessed December 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Livingston Municipal Library.