Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 21, 2013

BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL: New lakeside homes, the importance of water, ‘spooktacular’ bull riding and the Rusk zombie extravaganza … all in this week’s Business Confidential

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

CHEROKEE COUNTY — You might have noticed the Lake Jacksonville subdivision story on the front page of Wednesady's Jacksonville Daily Progress. I originally had intended to make it a business page story only, but became conflicted about that idea upon reflection.

I felt putting it on the front cover would be robbing this page of appropriate content. But not putting it on Page One would be basically doing the same thing. Therefore, I decided to compromise and wok in tandem – that aforementioned Wednesday front page story and this top mention in “Business Confidential.”

So here goes: There's a new subdivision in development in the Lakeshore Drive area near Lake Jacksonville, courtesy of area developer Steve Berry, his brother Kirk Berry, and sister Sheron Stewart.

The property used to belong to the Stripling family.

Jacksonville City Building Official Jody Watson has said the property is a drive away from Jacksonville's soccer fields toward the lake. There is a "Y" in the road there, and drivers can either turn toward the concession or keep driving down Lakeshore. Before you get to the lake, it's the property on the right, running from Lakeshore all the way to Byrd.

There's naught but timber visible there right now, but one should expect fairly excellent homes to spring up in the near future.

Steve Berry said there are 25 available lots now and enough land left to build 100 more. The lots will be on the market in roughly a month or so.

 Berry estimated it would cost $29,500 per lot and for folks who want their houses built by the same people they get the land from, such effort will cost roughly  $150,000 in the starting out range.



Officials: A 'yes' vote for Prop. 6 is a 'pro-water' vote



Basically, water is money in Texas. Plentiful water is good for business and drought is a deal-breaker – a money-killer. One thirsty mess, really.

That's why both State Rep. Travis Clardy, R-Nacogdoches and members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association are very vocally urging voters to get out and approve Proposition 6 in the upcoming, Nov. 5 Constitutional Election. (Early voting begins Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1.)

This is an issue that affects everyone, not just ranchers and landowners, officials say..

If  approved, Proposition 6 would create the State Water Implementation Fund, otherwise known SWIFT. It would allow the appropriation of $2 billion from the Economic Stabilization Fund.

The Texas Water Development Board would be directed on how to make use of this fund.

These funds will help finance priority water projects, including rural water projects, to ensure Texas has adequate water resources for the future.

 Implementation of SWIFT might not be completed until March 2015, according to reports.

 Remember that historic drought awhile back? The effects are still being felt in Texas. Water supplies are still diminishing even as the population continues to increase.

If you can't do the math, then think "thirsty" times infinity.

Early voters, incidentally, can get more information by visiting http://www.watertexas.com/ or http://votetexas.gov/voting/where.



Time to get 'spooktacular' with the bulls!



This is no BULL!

Coming up is the Jacksonville Auto Glass and Rolling Dyess Bucking Bulls Spooktacular Championship Bull Riding Fourth Annual 40 Head Bull Ride.

This milestone event takes place Nov. 2 at Jacksonville Rodeo Arena.

Proceeds benefit local agricultural based programs and operations. Anyone with questions can probably find answers at https://www.facebook.com/Spook-tacularBullBash. Calls about this can also be placed to (903) 721-0678.



Rusk zombies getting ready to feast on locals



Don't forget! The Rusk Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the cross country run titled "Running From Zombies"  Oct. 19.

This monstrous version of "Flag Football"  provides runners with a flag belt and a red flag attached to their waist. The recruited zombies will focus on stopping runners from crossing the finish lines with their red flags still attached.

Red flags are worth money. So  zombies or runners are advised to save all available flags.

This event is expected to raise money for the Rusk Senior Finale. It will take place in and around the chamber's newest event, "The Hollow Festival."

After the conclusion of registration at 4 p.m. Oct. 19, the participants will be taken to a secret location and set to run on a specially-marked trail.

As they run along this trail, runners will have to avoid all zombies while maintaining their flags.

The run concludes at the Rusk Civic Center. There will be awards and the "Free Hollow Dance" will begin.

To find out more about how to participate, call 1-800-933-2381 or visit the Rusk Chamber website www.RuskChamber.com.