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Mrs. Dixon's Kindergarten
Many a young lad/lassie began their educational experience in Mrs. Dixon's kindergarted. The kindergarted was located in the old frame Presbyterian parsonage at the corner of the two alleys separating The Newton house from the First Presbyterian Church and the First Presbyterian Church from the Methodist Church.
Below is a picture of the kindergarten class of 1948-1949.
Click on the image to enlarge. If you can help name any of the members of the class please use the contact form found here.
TarSandsAction.org Reports Arrests
US Park Police are holding more than 50 people in jail for participating in a peaceful sit-in in front of the White House. The purpose of the sit-in is to request President Obamma to deny a permit for Keystone XXL pipeline which is to transmit tar sands from Alberta Canada to refineries in Texas. See information below regarding concerns.
East Texans Gather for Send Off for No Tar Sands Tour
A contingent of concerned East Texans in Bergfeld Park, Tyler Saturday, August 20th to back participants in the No Tar Sands Tour. The tour bus will travel from Tyler to DC. The route will follow the route of the proposed Keystone Tar Sands Pipeline.
Concerns Regarding Keystone Tar Sands PipelineThe Keystone Tar Sands pipe line has leaked toxic chemicals 11 times in under a year. The proposed Keystone Tar Sands pipe line which is to run through East Texas crosses over the Mount Enterprise Fault Zone giving access to the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer which serves as the only source of water to certain communities in East Texas.
The Sierra Club stats that the heavy metals found in the tar sands are linked to pre-natal brain damage and the polycyclic hydrocarbons released in refining contribute to air pollution.
Specifics regarding the thickness of the pipeline walls, heat and pressure needed
for tar sands transmission gives rise to further concerns. See Stoptarsands.org/facts.
Information regarding the SEIS (Supplemental Environmental Impact Study) is available at www.stoptarsands.org.
My feeling is let the Canadians build their own refineries and keep the polution at home.
PHMSA Issues Corrective Action Order
Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, (PHMSA) , issued an order Friday preventing Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. from restarting its massive Keystone oil pipeline after an investigation into two spills in less than a month found "serious" concerns about safety in pump stations along the 3,450-kilometre line. Read more.
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JISD Thinking about Renaming Joe Wright and East side
The Jacksonville Daily Progress reports reported that JISD appointed a committee to research the possibility of renaming Joe Wright Elementary School and East Side Elementary School in honor of the schools' new campuses.
New Feature: Links to Online Circulars
Don't take the paper? Missing out on specials? Check the online specials links for selected stores in J'ville.
Early Day and Current Theaters in Jacksonville
Alice Theater - located on Elberta St.(now known as Martin Luther King).
Capri - 108 E. Rusk Street, Found in 1966 City Directory
For those who would enjoy a stroll down memory lane, check out the facebook referenced above.
Currently there is an ongoing discussion regarding the first public water
supply in J'ville. The water supply was established in 1915 when M.
L. Earle was the mayor. Other councilmen included J. M.
Pressler, W. L. Dublin, M. P.Alexander, T. E. Gillespie, C. R. Nunally,
O. L. Alexander. At this point trail of ownership is incomplete.
Jacksonville High School
|Frank Wilson Adams
Mae Baker Shiflett
George Edward Bandeau
Vernon W. Bauguss
Major General John A. Ball III
Myrtle Bowman Lovell
Dorothy Bullard Feazell
|Faye Campbell Bounds
Janie Childs Lowry
Mary Colley Buchannan
Clarice Cox Lowery
Verda Davis Wallace
Charles H. Dobbins
Fred L. Ford
Major Lillian Alyne Gravis
Carmen Jenigan Linder
Elizabeth Kimmer Gengnagel
Marie Lane May
Margaret Mims Saunders
W. O. (Olin) Moore
Thomas Jones Musgrove
Elizabeth McCaleb Evans
Regina McClung Woodard
Doris McWilliams Haynie
Ruth Newburn Jennings
|Allie Murl Nunn Rountree
Catherine Pearson McNeely
Katie Lee Rankin Hoyt
Ruth Sanders Nash
Alene Slider Ledbetter
Louise Walker Cashion
Schaumberg and Polk has resumed sending out requests to go on property, take soil samples, etc for environmental studies for 69 relief route.
Ask for a staffer when operator answers.
According to the Jacksonville Daily Progress Sunday, March 26 , "The route was recently “slightly changed” to satisfy a land owner in the northern section of the route, Ross said. The alteration will be presented before the Jacksonville City Council for approval in the near future."
Wonder who has the pull to get relief route changed? Obviously not most of the home owners affected.
Note this map includes Cherokee County
Citizens Against Proposed 69 Relief Route presented over 100 opposition letters from the business community to the Jacksonville City Council and Mayor in their regular meeting, Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 6:00 p.m, Norman Acitivity Center.
Both Tolly Wildcat and Lois Bolton addressed the council. Ms. Bolton's speech to the council included the following:
First I would like to mention the dark cloud that is still over all the
real estate in the path of this proposed route for Hwy 69. This cloud causes a
loss for the county and the city tax base as well as a decrease in value for
the landowner. The opposition is not just from people that will be affected by
this Route if you will review the petition there is signatures with address
from Rusk, Maydelle, Troup, New Summerfield, Alto as well as in the city of
Jacksonville and outside the city. At this time I would like to present to the
Mayor and the Council 102 business letters signed by business women and
business men most of the business are on N Jackson and S Jackson St. This
makes a total of 283 letters signed by citizens and business people. In
addition to these letters we have collected an additional 28 signatures on the
petition for a total of 626 names on the petition
Environmental Map now available for viewing at Jacksonville City Hall.
With Cherokee County residents reeling from potential loss of property due to
US 69 Relief Route, they are now being hit with with increased property tax
bills. One resident on Toll Smith Rd whose property is in
jeopardy reported an 85 percent increase.
These homeowners and landowners are stuck. They can not sell their land under cloud eminent domain.
Deadline for filing property tax protest is June 20.2005.
About 75 Cherokee County residents voiced opposition to 69 Relief Route at the
Jacksonville City Council meeting, Tuesday, March 8th.
Speakers voicing concern included:
Eric Penn of the Richards Law Firm, representing Bacon Auto Country; John Hauk of Olde Towne Antiques; Don Wood, resident of Rolling Hills Edition; Lois Bolton; Edie Brahear; Elaine McDonald; and Mark Ford of Charlotte's Web.
Eric Penn asked that the City Council to withdraw approval of the Relief Route until more info regarding economic impact on businesses and alternatives such as continuing the existing loop were perused.
Lois Bolton presented the Council with 170 letters protesting the Relief Route and a petition with more than 400 signatures.
Edie Brashear asked the Council to publish a full page map of the preferred relief route, meet with citizens of Cherokee County to answer specific questions regarding the route, and expand study done by Schaumberg and Polk, Inc. to include options other than this one option. View complete list of questions.
Information regarding Citizens against the proposed 69 relief route may contact
Edie Brashear – 903-586-2064
Lois Bolton - 903-586-8931
Concerned Citizens felt like second class citizens as they were diverted to special conference room to meet with Alan Ross of Schaumberg and Polk rather than having the city council members answer the questions given to the City Council at the March 8, 2005 council meeting. This format did not afford the citizens time to read the responses and hear from those from whom they sought input.
My read is council members want to distance themselves as far as possible from
the issue. Apparently they do not want the buck to stop with them.
Who wants to run for city council? SS
If opposed to the relief route and corridor plan
If you have not signed a petition against the Relief Route or want more information call 903-586-2064 or 903-586-8931.
You can sign the petition at these businesses.
Guinn Plant Farm - HWY 69
South of Jacksonville, 8-5 Mon.-Sat.
Causey Portable Building - HWY 79 West of J'ville, 8-5 Mon.-Fri.
Women's Crisis Center Thrift Store - 700 E. Cherokee, 9-5 Mon.- Fri.
Olde Towne Antiques - 111 N. Bolton, 10-6 Thurs.-Sat., 1-6 Sun.
Lady Jane's Antique Mall - 202 E. Woodrow, 10-5 Tue.-Sat, 1-5 Sun.
Smith Auto Salvage - S. Bolton, 8-5 Mon.-Thurs., 8-12(noon) Sat.
Jacksonville Tool & Die - 1044 E. Loop 456, 8-5 Mon.-Fri.
Study Done by Schaumberg and Polk, Inc.
111 N. Spring Ave.
Tyler, Texas 75702
Project Contact: Allen Ross, P. E.
E-mail Allen Ross
It will hurt downtown Jacksonville and existing businesses.
Due to the limited access plan, existing fast food, gas stations etc can not move to Relief Route and establish viable businesses.
It will divide peoples property in some cases making it difficult to go from property East to the Relief Root and that to West of Route.
It may not work to relieve traffic congestion. What citizens want is a loop which provides access to business to be developed along it. The limited access/toll road scenario may not significantly relieve traffic (localites will not want to use if it is a toll road) and will be inconvenient to use due to limited access.
It will cost an arm and a leg to build.
It will decrease the Cherokee County tax base.
It will deprive people of their land and housing.
It will result in a double expense and double loss of land. Even if relief route is built there is still a need for and desire for a loop. Why go to the double expense and double loss of land to build both a relief route and a loop when a loop would serve for traffic abatement and allow for commercial development?
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