Sep

21

Posted by : admin | On : September 21, 2017

Malakoff Elementary School Principal Ronny Snow (back row,sixth from right) stands with representatives from Dr. E. R. Richter Elementary School and members of the National Guard who helped unload the trailer full of needed supplies Sept. 6.

Malakoff Elementary School Principal Ronny Snow (back row,sixth from right) stands with representatives from Dr. E. R. Richter Elementary School and members of the National Guard who helped unload the trailer full of needed supplies Sept. 6.


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Elementary School Principal Ronny Snow drove the band trailer filled with cleaning supplies and needed items nearly 200 miles to Dr. E. R. Richter Elementary School in Dayton. He explained this as part of his principal’s report at the school board meeting Monday.
In an effort to provide immediate relief to fellow Texans suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, Snow set out to help the school whose families were hard hit by the storm’s flooding. The community had more than 50 inches of rain during the event and although the school itself was not flooded, many area families lost everything to the flood waters.
Snow found all this out on a Google Doc circulated by Assistant Superintendent Sybil Norris. Snow adopted Richter on the “Principals Helping Principals” document and turned to his school community for help in meeting the needs. Snow told trustees, “We put the call out on Thursday and people dropped things off on Friday, Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday after school, we loaded up and headed southeast.” The Parent Teacher Organization helped with 200 brand new shirts in needed sizes, purple which is the school color at Richter.
The trailer, filled with basic cleaning supplies, clothes with the tags still on them – sized and boxed, shoes, water, Gatorade, non-perishable food, backpacks with school supplies in them and much more, was unloaded at the site with help from the National Guard. Snow said he was proud of his community and proud to be a Texan.
But that is not all. Superintendent Randy Perry announced during his report that the school district adopted Dickinson ISD, a larger district than Malakoff, but still a one high school town, Perry said. Dickinson is located on the coast between Kemah and Texas City. Perry told the group, “They have enough clothes and stuff. What they really need is money and gift cards so people can get what they need.” The middle school has already held a dance which raised $1,000 for the effort.
In other business, trustees:
• heard that Mickey Smith has earned the designation of Certified Texas School Business Official
• reviewed ACT scores which are significantly improved, over 20 percent better than state average. Principal Brumit said his goal is to have 50 percent of his seniors pass the ACT.
• heard the high school plans to hold a FAFSA night Oct. 16 for parents of seniors to assist them in applying for financial aid for their students
• agreed to continue to retain Walsh Gallegos Legal Services for the district
• heard quarterly and annual financial investment reports
• nominated Phil Tucker to Place 4 for the Resolution Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors
• heard enrollment is 1390 with 311 transfers, 89 of which are new transfers.

Sep

21

Posted by : admin | On : September 21, 2017

Clevern “Joe” Moser, of Trinidad passed away Sept. 15, 2017 at Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff.
Joe was born June 5, 1945 in Malakoff to Charlie Joseph Moser and Ethel Annie Young.
He is preceded in death by his parents Charlie Moser and Ethel Young, sister Lourla Ann Bell, brother Lawrence Moser and nephew Sammy Ray Batchler.
He is survived by his sister Charlene Neighbors and many nieces, nephews, and loved ones.
Joe had a passion for the Trinidad Trojans and for many years he was the manager of the football team. It was seldom to miss Joe at a game.
He was always the first fan to show up and was one of the last to leave as he cheered them on, win or lose, with that great big smile of his.
He loved riding his bike around town, and on Sunday mornings you would find him toting his Bible under his arm on his way to Calvary Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Sept. 18, 2017 at Calvary Baptist Church in Trinidad with Bro. Jim Farmer officiating. Arrangements were handled by Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.

Sep

21

Posted by : admin | On : September 21, 2017

IMG_2208 Athens FB #8 Xavius Fulton CMYK

Special to The News
RED OAK–The Athens Hornets were looking to play a homecoming spoiler Friday in their first road test of the year against a Class 5A opponent.
In the end, Red Oak (2-1) beat Athens, 28-20, to improve to 2-1 with their second straight victory. Red Oak defeated Arlington Heights in overtime last week.
“I was real thrilled with the way we fought,” Athens coach Paul Essary said. “Red Oak is a good Class 5A football team. They won one in overtime against Arlington Heights, which is picked to win their district. We almost took them to overtime, but it was just one play here and there. I am really excited about our future. I really believe our future is bright.”
The contest was Red Oak’s homecoming game at Billy Goodloe Stadium.
Athens returns to action Friday as they travel to Waco Robinson to face the Rockets. The contest is homecoming for the Rockets with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
“I am excited because I know Robinson will have a big crowd,” Athens coach Paul Essary said. “We like to play and coach in front of a big crowd. They better be ready because we are going to be better next week. I don’t know anything about them and have not seen them on film. I am just worried about the Athens Hornets right now.”
Essary said the coaches and players will watch the film early this week, and get ready for another homecoming showdown.
“You have to regroup and we will watch film, and see what we did good and exciting and things that we have to correct,” Essary said. “We got some things corrected last week that we did better on tonight. We will keep going and I am excited for the future.”
Last year, the Hawks doubled up the Hornets with a 42-21 victory at Bruce Field.
In the first half, Red Oak scored three touchdowns with the first coming at 6:13 in the first quarter. Carson Forbes found Hunter Smith with a 23-yard reception. Nicholas Alvarado tacked on the extra point afterward.
C.J. Palmer then scored his first of two rushing touchdowns with a five-yard run with 6:55 remaining in the second quarter.
Athens then countered with a 54-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Xavius Fulton with 3:50 remaining. Dakota Anderson picked up the PAT to reduce the deficit to 14-7.
Palmer then countered with a 23-yard touchdown run with 2:51 left in the half. Palmer had 133 yards rushing on 11 carries in the first half.
Palmer finished the night with 218 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns.
“I knew he would be a good tough runner inside,” the coach said. “We have one guy on the defensive side that weighs over 200 pounds, and he probably weighs 225 pounds. He is a strong kid and they were having to throw bodies in there. Hats off to him because he kept running hard tonight.”
In the second half, Athens led off the scoring with a 10-yard run by Fulton with 7:13 remaining in the third quarter to make the score 21-14.
Red Oak answered with Palmer’s third touchdown of the game on a three-yard run with 3:35 remaining to give them a 28-14 lead.
Fulton finished the night 8 of 23 passing for 173 yards. He rushed for 97 yards on 21 carries.
“We got the passing game going tonight,” Essary said. “We got to running the football inside. I am excited for what we are going to be when we hit district. We have one more game to get better to get ready for district. If we continue to make strides on each side of the ball, we will be in good shape. It will be a good fun fight in district.”
Rhejhi Sherfield had three reception for 84 yards, while freshman Nathan Sims had one receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown.
The Hornets look to get back on track as they hit the road against Waco Robinson (1-2) Sept. 22.
This is the last regular season game for the Hornets before district play begins on Sept. 29 against the Mabank Panthers on homecoming night at Bruce Field.

Sep

21

Posted by : admin | On : September 21, 2017

ETMC Hospital Athens

Special to The News
TYLER–East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (ETMC) has selected Ardent Health Services (Ardent) and The University of Texas System (UT System), which includes The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UT Health Northeast), to form a new health system to benefit East Texas, officials announced Sept. 13. Ardent will assume majority ownership and day-to-day operations of the new system. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
The partnership will invest $150 million for improvements over five years and provide other resources to support the operation of this newly created health system.
Governance will be shared through a newly formed board of directors, which will include local physicians. Proceeds from the transaction will be used to create a local foundation to further the health and wellness of East Texans. The transaction is expected to close following the completion of due diligence and required regulatory approvals.
Based in Tyler, ETMC includes 502-bed East Texas Medical Center Tyler and a network of nine hospitals and 39 clinics, including regional hospitals located in Athens, Carthage, Henderson, Jacksonville, Pittsburg and Quitman. Additionally, in Tyler, two other inpatient facilities, the ETMC Rehabilitation Hospital and the ETMC Specialty Hospital, are included in the new health system.
Other assets include the Olympic Plaza Tower, 13 regional rehabilitation facilities, physician clinics, two freestanding emergency centers, regional home health services covering 41 counties, a behavioral health center and a comprehensive 7-trauma center care network, including a Level 1.
In February 2017, ETMC leadership began the search for a strategic partner to assist the organization in continuing its mission of improving the health and quality of life for East Texans.
“After a deliberate and thoughtful process, our Board of Directors is pleased to select Ardent Health Services and the University of Texas System as the right partners for ETMC to take up our mission of care,” said President and CEO of ETMC Elmer G. Ellis. “This acquisition will allow ETMC to grow and thrive in the East Texas region, with new partners who can best provide the necessary clinical expertise, operational proficiency, employee development and financial resources to deliver the best care possible for our patients.”
Once the board approves, the UT System will contribute its Tyler-based UT Health Northeast hospital and 12 physician clinic operations to the new 10-hospital system. The newly created health system will expand medical education, research and community health. It will be an affiliate of the world-renowned University of Texas System, one of the largest academic and health systems in the country.” This combination will bring unique synergies to the East Texas health-care landscape,” UT System Board of Regents member Kevin Eltife stated. “The great benefit of these three organizations coming together will be that East Texans will enjoy the best of all possible worlds. A great national healthcare system will be integrated with a regional powerhouse in healthcare delivery and a leader in health education and research.”
“We are delighted to partner with UT Health Northeast and the dedicated physicians, nurses and employees of ETMC,” President and CEO of Ardent Health Services David T. Vandewater said. “At Ardent, we strongly believe in the value of partnerships that bring out the best in each organization. We each share a focus on service and a commitment to providing quality care to the communities we serve. Together, we will continue the great legacy of ETMC.”

Sep

21

Posted by : admin | On : September 21, 2017

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
COOLIDGE–The Trinidad Trojans lost their first game of the season by a final score of 54-6 against the No. 12-ranked Coolidge Yellowjackets Sept. 15 on the road.
The game was called after the third quarter under the mercy rule, which Trinidad inflicted on Gustine in their first game this season.
Senior Trojans quarterback Colby Snider was 4/15 for 33 yards passing with three interceptions.
Talon Sims led the way offensively for the Trojans with 13 carries for 46 yards.
Meanwhile Johnny Ayala had four carries for 24 yards and the only touchdown for the Trojans. He also had two receptions for 20 yards.
The Trojans offense struggled against the Yellowjackets, putting up only 101 total yards of offense.
The Trojans are now 2-1 on the season as they face off against Fruitvale at home Sept. 22.

Sep

14

Posted by : admin | On : September 14, 2017

Jeff Weinstein (right) holds a proclamation making Sept. 23, 2017 "Unlce Fletch Festival Day" in the city of Athens. Mayor Monte Montgomery (left) read the proclamation and the council approved execution of an agreement with TxDOT for closure of State Right-of-Way for the festival.

Jeff Weinstein (right) holds a proclamation making Sept. 23, 2017 “Unlce Fletch Festival Day” in the city of Athens. Mayor Monte Montgomery (left) read the proclamation and the council approved execution of an agreement with TxDOT for closure of State Right-of-Way for the festival.


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Disannexation of property around Lake Athens came before the city council once again at their Sept. 11 meeting. Landowner Tom Potthoff spoke briefly, thanking the council members and Fire Chief McQueary for consideration relating to the disannexation of his property, which the council voted in favor of initiating Aug. 14 in a 4-1 vote, with Councilwoman Toni Clay opposing the move. The first reading of the Ordinance took place at the meeting. The second reading is scheduled for September.
City Managing Director of Planning Barbara Holley presented a report to the council regarding the possible impact of disannexing property within the city limits, pointing out that the affected area could be as much as 106 acres total with some additional amount of the spillway acreage.
“Due to the changes in the legislation regarding annexation, it is less likely. Currently, our growth boundary is at 80 percent.” Holley also described a situation where a property owner on the outskirts of the city could possibly enjoy city services without paying city taxes.
“From a planning perspective, I don’t think disannexing is a good idea because we have a significantly contracted growth boundary at this point,” Holley said. She also informed the council that when disannexing property, there is a mandatory refund of all taxes paid on a property from the time it was annexed to the time it is disannexed. For the Potthoff property, the amount is around $400.
Mayor Monte Montgomery questioned the fiscal impact of not only the taxes, but the work it would take city staff to process requests if they begin coming in succession. Councilwoman Clay reiterated her opposition to disannexation, “For me it is not about tax revenue now. Our job is to have a vision for the future. I feel that 40, 50 or 100 years from now, we will have made the wrong decision by de-annexing this property, especially when it is so much more difficult to annex in the future.”
Mayor Montgomery said, “It will always be my stand that we should never go after tax money without providing services. If we annex property, water and sewer should be right behind it.”
The council then considered the request of James and Carolyn Ray to disannex 0.260 acres (F.M. Trimble, A-766). Stan Taylor spoke to the council in favor of granting the request as it will affect how the Ray’s build their new home. The proposed porch and firepit will be in the section of land currently within the city. The portion of the lot is 100 feet by 71 to 90 feet.
After discussion, the motion failed 3-2.
In other business, council members:
• Mayor Monte Montgomery read a proclamation making Sept. 23 “Uncle Fletch Festival Day.”
• Approved selection of Gallagher Construction Company, L for construction management services (Construction Manager as Advisor) for the Cain Center Project.

Sep

14

Posted by : admin | On : September 14, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF—Property owners in Malakoff will be paying a higher ad valorem tax in 2018. The Malakoff City Council adopted a tax rate of 55 cents per $100 property value. That’s an increase of 6 cents from the previous year. The council also adopted its 2017-18 fiscal budget with a proposed total revenue of $2,039,200, up from the 2016-17 budget of $1,709,700. The new budget estimates expenditures totaling $1,994,100, with a balance of $39,100 at year’s end.
The written ordinance given to The News states, “the taxes levied under this ordinance shall be due Oct. 1, 2017, and if not paid on or before Feb. 1, 2018 shall immediately become delinquent.”
Prominent in the new budget is $60,000 set aside for the fire department, which is being relaunched. Allocations for Police, Court and Street departments are about the same as last year’s budget, however there is a $63,000 increase in Administration. The increase is found in salaries and health insurance and in the Misc. line item that went up from $11,500 to $30,000.
The City of Malakoff plans to suspend wastewater service to the City of Star Harbor on Oct. 15, if the city does not pay the arrears in its billing. The Malakoff City Council approved a letter to be sent by its lawyer to Star Harbor during its Monday meeting, following an executive session.
Star Harbor has contended the new rates don’t apply because it did not enter into a service agreement with Malakoff and that its attempts to discuss a new service agreement with Malakoff have gone unheeded. In the meantime, Star Harbor opened an escrow account where the rate hike money has been accumulating and now totals $116,293.49.
The new rates went into effect, according to the City of Malakoff, on Jan. 1 and “it is now time to pay up, or else. Put that on the front page,” City Administrator Ann Barker told The News.
Council members also amended its building permit fee schedule to reflect more accurately the cost of mandated inspections on all new installations, which the city does through a third party. These include such things as swimming pools, fences, alarm systems, electrical/mechanical and red tag inspections. The minimums for such inspections is increasing from $25 to $100.
Though that may be bad news, the good news is starting mid-October those doing business with the city may pay online. The council agreed to contract with Heartland Payment Systems for three years for the service, which will appear on the city’s website by a red rectangle, which reads: Pay Your Bill Now. Those using the convenience will incur a 4 percent fee. City fees may also by paid by phone toll free, mailed or walked in.
In other business, council members:
• approved a monetary gift for the city’s 33 employees at the end of the year. No amount was specified.
• amended the Personnel Policy to add a furlough day for Tuesday, July 3, 1918.
• accepted a new contract with Tarrant Regional Water District for the purchase of raw water.

Sep

07

Posted by : admin | On : September 7, 2017

By Bodey Cooper
News Staff Writer
BULLARD–The Malakoff Tigers defeated the Bullard Panthers in a close matchup, 48-34 on the road.
The Tigers battled the Panthers in a non-conference game Sept. 1.
The Tigers came out hungry, taking a 33-7 lead with four minutes to go in the second quarter. The Panthers struck back with a touchdown of their own with under a minute to go in the half, leaving them trailing the Tigers 33-14 going into the third quarter.
With seven minutes remaining, the Tigers struck first in the third quarter, taking a commanding 40-14 lead.
The Panthers battled their way back to with a couple of touchdowns, and trailed just 40-27 with 11 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
The Panthers scored against the Tigers defense once again with five minutes to go, and closed the gap to 40-34.
The Tigers maintained possession and put the game away with their final touchdown with one minute remaining in the game to win 48-34.
Despite outscoring the Tigers 20-15 in the second half, the Panthers were unable to close the big hole they fell into early on in the game.
The Panthers move to 1-0 on the season. They take on Rusk in their first home game on Sept. 8 before their bye week Sept. 15.

Sep

07

Posted by : admin | On : September 7, 2017

IMG_2216 Jerquindon Taylor CMYK

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets opened up the newly renovated Bruce Field era with a 6-0 victory over Mexia Friday in the season opener.
Athens (1-0) held Mexia out of the end zone with no time remaining as sophomore Rowdy Godwin tackled Mexia quarterback Travion Carter at the Hornets five-yard line.
“The defense made the tackle on that last play. Everybody had to do their job, and I think it was a great effort on all of their parts,” Athens coach Paul Essary said. “They had no timeouts, and we knew that. I almost burned one, but I knew that would give them a chance. We believed in the game plan, and they came through.”
This was just the second time the Hornets have won the season opener in the nine-year coaching career of Paul Essary at Athens.
“I don’t remember the last time we had a shutout,” Essary said. “For some reason, we have been snake bit. The only other time we won the first game here was in 2013, and that group was a pretty good ball club. This is a major milestone, and I am proud of these guys.”
The Hornets lone touchdown of the game came with 2:44 remaining as sophomore Jerquindon Taylor scored from six-yards out. The Hornets went for two, but failed on the conversion.The drive capped off a 12-play, 69 yard drive
Taylor finished the night with 17 carries for 67 yards and one TD.
In the first half, the Hornets offense put up 149 yards, compared to 19 for the Blackcats.
Essary credited the defense with solid play throughout the contest.
“The defense was flying around and playing hard. Mexia has some great athletes over there,” Essary said. “They can run, and it scared me to death. I am proud of the players and coaches, who had a great game plan.”
Mexia’s best drive prior to the final drive had them at the Hornets 27 yard line. The Blackcats went for it on fourth down and nine, but freshman Nathan Sims sacked Carter to end the drive.
Essary said following a 2-8 season last year, this was a big win for the Hornets to open up the season.
“This is the first win coming out of the House of Champions,” Essary said. “Our field house in my mind, and the team’s mind is built because of championships that were won before them. We call it the house that champions built. They wanted to win it not only for themselves, but for the guys who came before them and won those championships.”
Senior quarterback Xavius Fulton finished the night 6 of 14, passing for 89 yards and one interception. He rushed for 43 yards on 15 carries.
Junior JaQuaylon Bowman had two receptions for 37 yards, while Jordan Mayhall had two catches for 25 yards.
Mexia was held to 198 yards of offense as Carter was 9 of 21 passing for 104 yards. His top target was senior Davion Carter with seven receptions for 98 yards. Jadarian Smith had 14 carries for 84 yards for the Blackcats.
“A win is a win. Our motto is ‘Together We Can,’ and it took everything we could do,” Essary said. “We had to do a good job on special teams and offense with keeping the clock running when we needed to. The defense did a great job of competing and making big plays and finishing it out. They wanted to win it for the community and the ones who got it built. This was also the first win on this field.”
Athens returns to action Sept. 8 at Bruce Field against the Fairfield Eagles.

Sep

07

Posted by : admin | On : September 7, 2017

By Denise York
The News Staff Reporter
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Board of Trustees met at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 with a public hearing on the proposed tax rate. With no public attendance at the hearing, when the board convened into its regular meeting, Trustees set the tax rate for the 2017-18 school year at $1.20 per $100 valuation. $1.04 of the rate is set for maintenance and operation with $0.16 for interest and sinking. Trustees also approved the budget with expenditures of $17,701,417 and revenues at $17,761,155.
Superintendent Randy Perry set forth his goals for the new school year, many of which were centered on improving STAAR results and challenging the students academically. The district will also move toward Google classrooms with all students and teacher beginning a new collaboration using Google Apps and Docs.
Perry also focused on attendance rate over 96 percent for the 2017-18 school year. The attendance rate fell at the end of the last school year to 95.9 percent. The district will also increase the number of students at Malakoff High School that would be identified college-ready by the TEA and work with local businesses to create more opportunities for internships to better prepare the students for the transition after high school.
Perry also stressed improving the mentor program for new teachers and promoting a safe and orderly environment where students can learn to their greatest potential.