Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 111, No. 69, Ed. 1 Sunday, August 29, 1993 Page: 1 of 30
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LIVINGSTON - Polk County
commissioners will meet at 9 a.m.
Tuesday for a workshop session on
the 1994 budget.
Although the county’s fiscal year
does not begin until Jan. 1, a
preliminary budget will be ap-
proved next month, with formal
adoption to come later.
Also during Tuesday’s special-
called meeting, commissioners will
set just compensation for the pur-
chase of property appraised in con-
nection with the Providence Water
Supply Corp. project, which is
being performed with Community
Development Block Grant funds.
set to take
D ALL ARDS VILLE - A special
meeting of the Big Sandy school
board has been called for 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the school ad-
The board will consider amend-
ments to the 1992-93 school
budget, and will discuss and take
action on the 1993-94 budget.
The board will also discuss the
1993-94 tax rate.
ONALASKA - Due to the stress
placed on the water production and
distribution system of the Onalaska
Water Supply, the management is
requesting that users restrict their
water usage to essential needs.
Customers are being urged not to
water yards or gardens nor wash
cars and driveways. The manage-
ment asks that those who feel they
must water a garden or yard to do
so on either Tuesday or Thursday.
The record-breaking dry month
has stressed the pumping equip-
ment to its limits and failures are
occurring. The water consumption
by the membership has tripled,
while, at the same time, production
has fallen to 50 percent of normal
quantities. Some areas have ex-
perienced no pressure or low pres-
sure on several occasions.
The management request volun-
tary water conservation by the
membership in the Onalaska area,
adding imposed rationing may be
required to prevent total collapse if
usage is not reduced.
It will take a good soaking rain
to cure the problem, according to
Goodrich superintendent warns:
ENTERPRISE PHOTO BY DAN EAKIN
SAN ANTONIO » Buddy
Rogers, a disabled Air Force
veteran from Livingston, has won
at the 13th National Veterans
Wheelchair Games (NVWG), held
earlier this month in San Antonio.
Rogers was among a field of 500
athletes from 37 states, Puerto Rico
and Great Britain who participated
in the largest wheelchair sports
event in the United States.
All athletes in the event are
military veterans who use wheel-
chairs due to spinal cord impair-
ment, certain neurological condi-
tions, orthopedic amputations or
Rogers, 51, is a paraplegic who
was injured in an automobile acci-
dent while serving in the U.S. Air
Force in Omaha, Neb., in 1962. His
'Officer of the Year'
goes to local warden
AUSTIN - Robert (Bob) Hall of
Livingston, a game warden in Deep
East Texas for the past 23 years,
has been selected to be the recipient
of the Shikar Safari International’s
Texas Outstanding Wildlife Officer
of the Year award.
Hall will be presented the award
at a meeting of the Texas Parks and
Wildlife commissioners in Austin
on Nov. 4.
Donnie Puckett of Lufkin, dis-
trict supervisor of Region 3, Dis-
trict 3, of the Texas Paries and
Wildlife’s Law Enforcement Divi-
sion, said, "This is a most pres-
tigious award, and we are very
proud that Bob was selected to
Puckett said there are over 500
game wardens in 35 districts in
Texas. Each district supervisor
nominates one of his game wardens
each year. This year. Hall was
Williford went on to state that
even to be nominated for the award
from a district is quite an honor in
Puckett noted that Shikar Safari
International is an international or-
ganization which honors an out-
standing wildlife law enforcement
officer from each state each year.
Larry Williford, Texas Parks and
Wildlife Commander, wrote a letter
to Hall stating, "This is a very pres-
tigious award and you should foci
ROBERT "BOB" HALL
. officer of the year nominee
accident occurred two weeks before
he turned 20.
Rogers won a bronze medal in
the shot-put competition. He said
he actually felt he did better in the
javelin throw, but that competition
was greater there.
Rogers has competed in wheel-
chair competition for the past six
years. He has won several bronze
and silver medals through the
years, and his goal is to win at least
one gold medal before he stops
"The athletic competition is fun,"
he said, "but the social participation
is every bit as rewarding as the ath-
letics. Each year, I get to sec a lot
of friends that I have known for
Rogers, who drives his own
vehicle and is quite independent,
said he hopes that his participation
in athletics and his active lifestyle
will serve as encouragement to
others, many younger than he is,
who arc paraplegics.
Rogers, who also plays basket-
ball and other sports, competed in
the Masters Division for over age
40. In the shot-put competition, he
was required to hurl the shot
without lifting from his wheelchair.
To have done so would have dis-
Next year, he plans to compete
in Kansas City, Mo.
The national wheelchair com-
petitions are sponsored by the
Department of Veterans Affairs and
the Paralyzed Veterans of America
(of which Rogers is a member).
LIVINGSTON - There will be a
joint community meeting for
citizens in Precincts 1 and 4 at 7
p.m. this Tuesday at the Segno
Volunteer Fire Department.
Precinct 1 Commissioner B£.
"Slim" Speights, Precinct 4 Com-
missioner Dick Hubert and County
Judge John Thompson will be on
hand to hear citizens' concerns and
If bond vote fails, GISD
may lose its accreditation
GOODRICH - If the Sept. II $2
million bond election fails, the
Goodrich school district stands in
danger of losing its accreditation,
Dr. Ed Burleson, superintendent,
told a sparse crowd at a town hall
meeting at the Goodrich High
School auditorium Thursday night.
"I don’t mean to use scare tac-
tics," he said, "but the truth is that
there is no way a TEA team would
approve of some of our buildings
the way they are now."
As Dr. Burleson predicted, his
claims were supported by Dr. Ed-
ward L. Cline, monitor for the
Texas Education Agency’s Divi-
sion of Accreditation, and Ted Es-
"When it comes to accreditation,
facilities are very important,".
The $2 million in bonds are
being sought by the administration
and school board for general school
improvements, including a new
gymnasium, a new cafeteria com-
plex and a new building which
would house eight new elemental^
classrooms. The present cafeteria
would be converted into an all-
weather physical education facility
for elementary students.
Burleson, a former coach, said
the present gymnasium floor has at
least 28 "dead spots" on which a
basketball will not bounce proper-
He also said much of the wood
underneath the gymnasium is rot-
ten, and that the roof has been
patched so many times that it is not
feasible to continue patching it. He
also said the gym is too small to
hold the crowds and that the walls
are too close to the playing floor it-
self for the safety of the athletes.
"Not only is the gym not fit for
athletics, but it is not fit for physi-
cal education programs either,” he
Concerning the present cafeteria,
he said it is too small, students have
to wait in line outside in the
weather before being seated, and
that students in the lower elemen-
tary grades have to be served so
early (beginning at 10:45) that they
are very hungry again by the lime
school is out.
Of the need for more classroom
space at the elementary level, Bur-
leson said the school is alrcady-
short of space not to mention the
shortage expected to come with
He said state requirements con-
cerning square-footage of class-
room space and the 22:1 student-
teacher ratio make it absolutely
necessary for the school to have
Burleson said Cline is expected
to be "disengaged" as TEA monitor
for Goodrich on Dec. 31 of this
He said he expects that after that
a Texas School Improvement In-
itiative (TSII) team will come to to
Goodrich to evaluate the schools.
"There is no way a TSII team
will come in here and accept what
we have now," he said.
Architect Ted Estep said, "Not of
what is being proposed is gold
plated. We arc only proposing to
meet basic needs."
He added, "We are trying to get
everything we possibly can for the
money we can afford to spend.”
Estep also said the Goodrich
schools must comply with model
building codes as required by the
See GISD pg.2A
Public hearing set for Monday
WHEELCHAIR ATHLETE - Buddy Rogers of Livingston,
who has been in a wheelchair since being injured in an
automobile accident over 30 years ago while serving in the
U.S. Air* Force, performed in several events at the 13th na-
tional Veterans Wheelchair Games in San Antonio earlier this
month. While he won a bronze medal in the shot put competi-
tion, he considered his javelin throw to be his best effort, but
stiffer competition kept him from winning a medal. He has
won several bronze and silver medals during the last six years
and hopes to win a gold medal before he stops competing.
Shot put, javelin
spirits fly high
USD budget rises
LIVINGSTON - After weeks of
whittling, squeezing and generally
trying to make up for a nearly $1
million loss of state funds, the
Livingston Independent School
District Board of Trustees will take
its proposed 1993-94 budget to the
public Monday night.
A public hearing on a prelimi-
nary budget of $14,045 million will
be held at 7 p.m. in the Commis-
sioners’ Courtroom, third floor of
the county courthouse. The board’s
former meeting room, on the junior
high campus, has been converted to
Ah now nrono&cd. the budttct is
up 9.5 percent from last year.
The increase can be attributed to
additional staff, state-mandated
teacher salary increases, a hike in
health insurance costs and the pur-
chase of seven new buses, accord-
ing to Dr. Barry Tacker, the dis-
trict’s assistant superintendent for
There are 125 more students in
the LISD this year, with the in-
creased enrollment boosting the
number of teachers and adding to
the cost of operations in general, he
Along with the increased costs
has come a $977,000 cut in state
funding, which has sent the district
on a search for additional ways to
Citing a few of the cost-cutting
ideas recently implemented, Tacker
said the district will save an es-
timated $45,000 by contracting-out
its general maintenance work and
the bus shuttle system started last
year is saving approximately
"We’re generally trying to im-
prove the way we operate," Tacker
Central Education Districts
Last year the local tax rate was
48.84 cents, which was added to a
90.39-cent CED rate. When the
legislature abolished the CEDs it
failed to amend the portion of the
Truth in Taxation law which calls
for school districts to advertise the
The district is seeking competi- actual rate of tax increase proposed,
tivc bids on supplies and materials In other words, even if the LISD
which it formerly purchased out- kept its overall tax rate unchanged,
right. Seeking bids has resulted in it would have to advertise that the
discounts ranging from 24-80 per- rate is going up some 200 percent,
cent from some vendors, according since the CED tax no longer exists,
to the assistant superintendent. He LISD’s total effective tax rate -
estimated the district is saving ap- the amount which would generate
proximately $25,000 by bidding in- the same local money as last year -
structional supplies. is $1.65.
LISD has also become more ag
gressive in making sure that stu-
dents who live outside the district
but attend school here are charged
Although a tax rate will be dis-
cussed at Monday’s meeting, it will
be September before a rate is
The tax rate will likely rise, but
district officials are tp^ng to keep
the increase to a minimum, Tacker
"We would have to go up 23 Vi
cents just to make up for the loss of
state funds," he explained. "If we
only go up 10 cents, we’ve done a
Muddying the tax rate picture
this year is the abolishment of the
Abolishment of the CEDs also
means the $5,000 homestead ex-
emption no longer applies. That
will shift more of the tax burden to
residential property owners, while
non-residential properly owners
will get off a little lighter, Tacker
Following a public hearing on
the budget, trustees will consider
approval of the budget, approval of
insurance for 1993-94 and bids for
the purchase of a cooler/freezer, ac-
tion on which was table at the
board’s regular meeting.
The board will go into executive
session to discuss personnel matters
and to consider purchase of proper-
PRISON WALLS - A pre-fabricatcd con-
crete wall is moved into place as work con-
tinues on expansion of the Polk County Jail.
When comnlete. sometime in March, the en-
larged jail will house a total of 118 inmates.
Sheriff Billy Ray Nelson reported Friday
that there were 70 inmates in the present jail,
which was designed to house 48 prisoners.
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