The Alto Herald and The Wells News 'N Views (Alto, Tex.), Vol. 85, No. 35, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 8, 1981 Page: 1 of 10

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Orady C. S±aflotary
Rt. 1, Box 16U
/.lto, Texas 759%5
The Alto Herald
Established 1896
The Wells News 7V Fieies
/4/fo, Texas 75925- January 8,1981
10 Pages
15c Per Issue
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Home of
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Court Delays Hiring Waste *Super ’
In a meeting marked by hot tem-
pers and angry shouts, Cherokee
County Commissioners Thursday
created four positions for workers at
the new solid waste landfill site.
Commissioners voted to advertise
the positions and to hire persons to
take the jobs at the court’s next
regular monthly meeting
Originally, commissioners had
wanted to hire a person to begin
working as a machine operator and
superintendent of solid waste Jan 2
but a motion late in the meeting by
newly appointed commissioner
Robert Under wood to postpone the
hiring was passed on a 2-2 tie vote
In opening the meeting, Com
missioner Terry 1‘erkins, who
presided over the court in the absence
of County Judge Orvan B Jones, said
that the county needed to take advan-
tage of the good weather for dirt work
at the landfill and to hire someone
right away as superintendent for the
He said that William Kennedy, for
mer commissioner from Prct. 1 who
was voted out of office in the May 7
primary, was interested in the
position and was qualified for the of-
But Underwood, who replaced Ken-
nedy on the county court, moved to
postpone the hiring of Kennedy or an>
person until he (Underwood) could
learn more about the position and
background information such as
salary, and duties
He also moved to postpone the
court’s action because the agenda for
the specially called meeting had
stated only "solid waste' and did not
mention personnel
"1 think more qualified people
would have applied for the job if the
agenda had noted that personnel for
the landfill site were to be con-
sidered," Underwood said
When discussing hiring former
commissioner Kennedy as the landfill
superintendent for the county,
Gallatin Mayor Chester Odom yelled
at the court that they were "just
pouring salt in the wound.”
Odom and other citizens from
Gallatin have been fighting the lan-
dfill since the county announced its m
tention to place the solid waste site
near that city
Richard K Snow, president of a
group of concerned citizens from
Gallatin, told the commissioners that
because Kennedy personally selected
the site for the landfill that proved his
lack of knowledge and qualification
for the job
Perkins replied that the court as a
whole was responsible for the selec-
tion of the site and not the former
commissioner alone "We all had to
pass on it," Perkins said
Commissioners called an executive
session to discuss personnel though no
mention of the possibility of an
executive session nor personnel was
on the agenda for the special meeting
as is required by law
After about an hour, the court called
Kennedy into their executive session
"to interview" him
When the court returned to session,
Underwood again asked his fellow
commissioners to postpone con-
sidering someone to fill the position of
superintendent of solid waste until the
court's next regular montly meeting
The motion was seconded by Com-
missioner Joe Henderson.
Voting against the motion were
Henderson, Perkins and com-
missioner Toby Sartain Henderson
said he seconded Underwood's motion
so that the motion would not die for
lack of a second and so that the motion
and vote would be a part of the record
Perkins then called for a motion to
create the position of superintendant
of solid waste and machine operator
and to hire "someone" to fill that
During and after the time Perkins
was calling for the motion, Gallatin
Mayor Odom stood up and began
shouting protests to the com
missioners. Perkins asked Odom to
sit back down and said that persons in
the audience would be allowed to ex-
press their view before a vote would
be taken.
However, the commissioners voted
to approve the position and to hire
someone to fill that position before
Odom was given a chance to speak
Commissioners also approved paying
the superintendent $1,333.33 a month
or $15,999.96 a year in salary over the
shouted protests of Odom. Snow and
others Commissioner Underwood
cast the only dissenting vote on both
of these motions.
According tc unofficial sources,
vandalism at the Gallatin landfill site
is being investigated this week. A
piece oi equipment valued at $1(H),(HX)
-a compactor-was reported!)
damaged by blasts from a gun,
breaking the vehicle's windows
Karlier vandalism reportedh in-
volved the shooting off of locks on the
landfill’s gates and theft of keys to the
When Odom asked Perkins why the
audience was not given a chance to
speak before the votes were taken,
Perkins said that the chance to ad-
dress the court would come before the
court voted to actually hire a jierson
to fill the position.
Traveling Days End:
Smokey Doesn’t Mind
Smokey Wilson has come
to the end of his road and
you know, he doesn’t really
miss the traveling
When asked why he
chose to settle down east of
Rusk after roving for 18
and one-half years across
the United States in a
covered wagon, Smokey
answered simply and
decisively, "Well, I don’t
knew cf any place pret
Wilson used to tour
around the country as part
of an educational and
historical pioneer exhibit.
His part in the exhibit
showed the pioneering days
when the western lands
were being settled through
the help of covered wagons.
"I don’t guess I really
miss the road," he an-
swered when asked. "1
don't really miss traveling.
I guess I’ve had enough of
it in my lifetime to satisfy
"I believe 1 can safely
say that I have traveled
more iiuics auu lived mure
days, months, and years in
a covered wagon than any
other person still alive
today,” the ex-traveller
Wilson's wagon, in which
he and his family lived and
traveled for many years,
was pulled by a double
yoke of oxen.
Now, one of those oxen
can be seen hanging on the
living room wall of the log
house he and his wife,
Virginia, have built
"That ox had been so
good and so iaithful for so
many years that I just
cuuluii'i see not having
some reminder of him,"
But, for Virginia, that
stuffed head is sometimes
sad to see and think about,
im WAGON—Snekey Wilson, right, and friend Jack Ptrtle show off a freight
wagon aaed daring Civil War days. The wagon, which featured a Lynch pin style of
hah aad 'wheel locking, hauled freight to stockades on the western frontier and
never once failed to arrive though K was attacked hy Indians several times, Wilson
mUL -photo by kay sudduth
remembering all the years
spent traveling with the
The tour, produced by
the Roger Producing Co. of
Kansas, would travel from
city to city presenting
program*. Most of the
productions were spoil
sored by banks and were
presented to the public for
"We would come to a
town and I would go to one
uf the hanks or financial in-
stitutions and invite them
to sponsor a show. If they
agreed, we would set up the
exhibit in the parking lot or
somewhere around town
and the people would come
and see our show for free,”
Wilson said
At other times, the tour
would have engagements
made for opening new
buildings, welcoming in
some celebrity or visitor-
of-state or other important
ceremonies and engage-
The shows would have
anywhere from 2 to 300
people watching he said
The tour could be ready to
put on a show with just 15
minutes notice.
Part of Smokey’s show
included a Remington
pistol with three authen-
ticated notches cut into the
barrel, a cedar water
barrel tied onto the wagon,
coffee being ground in an
old coffee mill, and the
cooking tent and sleeping
"prairie schooner" set up
As their son grew up,
Smokey and Virginia
taught him to be a part of
the show with lariat, or
lasso, expertise.
"In 18 and one-half years
of traveling and putting on
shows. I never had one bad
or unpleasant experience
with any exhibitor, sponsor,
or any of the public," the
showman says, "And, I
was never once late in over
400 shows," he goes on to
boast a little.
•See SMOKEY. p. 7
Underwood again moved that the
court table hiring someone to fill the
position of superintendent until the
position and salary could be adver-
tised and persons interviewed.
During the discussion of the motion,
citizen's group president Snow asked
the commissioners how many persons
had been interviewed for the job to
which Perkins said none.
When the vote on Underwood's
motion was taken. Sartain and Un-
derwood voted to delay hiring
someone while Henderson and
Perkins voted against A motion for-
tabling always carries in the case of a
tie, Perkins said, so the motion
Then, commissioners voted to
create positions for a full-time
machine operator and for two part
time gate keepers
Commissioners also appointed
Perkins responsible for acquiring an
overhead tank for diesel fuel for the
machines at the site Snow suggested
to Perkins that he make the tank por
table like the other equipment at the
site because it (the tank) was not
going to stay there very long.
Henderson moved that the com-
missioners remove the $1 minimum
fee from the fee schedule for in-
dividuals to encourage persons in the
county to use the landfill site rather
than dump garbage on the roadsides.
Underwood seconded the motion
and voted for it along with Henderson.
Perkins and Sartain voted against the
motion which failed because of the tie.
Vandalism Hits Wells
A $500 reward is being offered by
the First State Bank, Wells, for in-
formation leading to the arrest and
conviction of the person or persons in-
volved in the breaking of a window at
the bank late Sunday night
Bank President Jack Stone said that
a panel window next to the side door
was broken when bank employees
arrived at work Monday morning
Wells has had a series of thefts and
vandalism during the past few weeks.
School Superintendent John Fuller
reported that during the Christmas
holidays, 150 to 200 gallons of gasoline
was stolen when the lock on the pump
at the high school ag shop was broken
He also said that two new benches
purchased by the PTA and bolted
down in the front lawn of the high
school, ten"' been taken
City cu.innimen met Monday night
to discuss the hiring of a new-
policeman for the city. Mayor C.W.
Williams indicated that the council
was having difficulty finding someone
who met the guidelines set up by
CETA, the Comprehensive Training
and Employment Act Part of the
salary for a policeman is paid under
the government program
Stone stated that. ‘ the town is
growing and the county officers need
additional help in enforcing the law.”
Several businessmen in Wells have
expressed fear that their stores may
be broken into unless something is
done toward additional law enfor-
cement in the town
:sm>, :>
BIG BOYS FOR BIG BUCKS-This group of Alto residents have pledged ISO each to see who will lose the most
percentage amount of his weight by March 31. The winner will receive all the money and will than donate half the
prize to the MtoQuaterback Club. From left are Will James, weighing in at 253 pounds, Charles Dean Davis, 239*2
pounds. Carlton Jones. 278 pounds and Bill Scott. 293 pounds. Weighing in the group is Karl Hicks of Hicks Feed
Mill. Anyone interested in participating is welcome and should contact one of these men. -phot > b\ kay sudduth
Alto Gets ‘Clean Opinion*
The City of Alto was given a "clean
opinion" by their accountants during
the meeting Monday night of the city
The newly formed Community Ad-
visory Council for Rusk Memorial
Hospital will hold its first meeting
Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the hospital’s con
ference room
The advisory council, has been for-
med to give the people of Cherokee "a
voice in the operation of their local
hospital," according to administrator
Ken Worley.
“For the past several years, it has
become apparent that the county
residents have felt they have had little
voice in the operation of the local
facility .’’ Worley said "The hospital’s
main function is to provide medical
needs to those within the county ”
Those persons who have accepted
positions on the council include Joe
Terrell, Wynona Long, Ike Daniels,
Marie Whitehead and Charles Nixon
of Rusk, James Grammer and Ken-
neth Collins of Alto, Don Copeland of
The councilmen also reviewed and
approved a revised 1980-81 budget
which includes general revenue
sharing funds
Oakland, and Mavis Parrott of
"These individuals will serve from
one to three years in these positions,"
Worley said "They will review the
policies and services offered by the
local hospital and will make reeom
mendations to the governing board of
the hospital of any changes they deem
Anyone in Cherokee County in-
terested in attending any of the
meetings is very welcome to come
Worley said.
"The council members will get an
in-depth view of the hospital’s
operation with the opportunity of
directing its future,” the ad-
ministrator said. "They wiil evaluate
suggestions from the county regar-
ding the services of the hospital in
relation to the county’s anticipated
needs ”
In the audit report, Lynn Montes,
C P A., of Axley and Rode of Lufkin
noted several items
He noted that the natural gas fund
has increased in net worth from one
year to the next and that “last year
was a good year as far as the natural
gas system is concerned ."
Montes also noted that the system
only loses 5.6 percent natural gas
throughout the whole system when the
total number of gallons purchased is
compared to the total number of
gallons paid for by consumers. The
low percentage of loss for Alto is very
good, he said
He commended city secretary Mary
V. Williams and her staff for the good
management and planning of the
city’s finances. He also commended
Coy McAnally and James Peterson
for their good work in maintaining the
sewerage, water and natural gas
"You all have had good planning,"
Montes said, “You haven’t had to
issue any more bonds since you built
the natural gas system and you have
good amounts of money in the con-
tingency funds ”
He noted that the city had a good
record on bond requirements and has
a good "earning" record that would
allow the city to sell bonds at interest
rates that would be attractive to the
RMH Advisory
Council To Meet

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