Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
ELKHART–The Malakoff Lady Tigers started quickly and never let up in their 60-17 dominating victory Jan. 6 over Elkhart at Elkhart High School gym.
The Lady Tigers improve to 13-7 overall and 3-1 in district play.
Malakoff started hot, racing out to a 17-2 lead after one quarter of play. The Lady Tigers, led by senior forward Jalie Dawson’s 18 points, kept up the defensive pressure in the second quarter.
The pressure createdturnovers by the Elkhart offens, which in turn led to easy fast break points, helping the Lady Tigers take a 37-9 lead into halftime. Malakoff led 46-12 after three quarters of play.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers wrapped up the dominating performance by outscoring Elkhart 14-5 in the frame, taking the 43-point win.
Malakoff senior Kamry Hurd had 14 points and five steals in the victory and junior Nakeya Kelley had 13 points, six rebounds and six steals in the game.
Dawson also had seven rebounds and five steals for the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Tigers will be in action at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 when they host Teague in a district battle.

Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF—Malakoff ISD had a big year and all of Malakoff is proud. The turnout for the rally held Jan. 7 at the Malakoff Community Center proved to all just how proud the community is.
What started out as a celebration for the Malakoff Tigers and their record-breaking year going all the way to the semi-finals, turned into a celebration for Malakoff ISD, its accomplishments and ultimately for all of Malakoff. There were many reasons for hometown pride.
MISD’s achievements include:
• Tool Elementary named a Blue Ribbon School, joining Malakoff Elementary in the honor.
• UIL – Malakoff Elementary won district, High School won second in Prose and sixth in Spelling at the State UIL meet.
• Band – First Division at Regional UIL, First Division at UIL marching contest, qualified for area placing 7 out of 22 bands.
• Theatre – won district and went to regionals in one-act play and performed another musical.
• Athletics – Cross-country went to regionals.
• Volleyball went to bi-district for the first time in seven years.
• Boys Basketball went to area, girls’ to regional semi-finals.
• Softball went to regional finals.
• Track won state I high jump.
• Golf went to bi-district.
• Tennis went to bi-district.
• Football – 13-0 year, first regional championship in Henderson County in eleven man football history.
During the three-hour event, Malakoff Mayor Delois Pagitt presented a proclamation to Malakoff Athletic Director Jamie Driskell.
The proclamation read “Presented by the City of Malakoff Governing Body honoring the Malakoff Independent School District, the 2016 Malakoff state semi-finalist football team and the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Tool Elementary School. Whereas the governing body of the City of Malakoff would like to recognize and commend the Malakoff Independent School District for its academic and athletic performance for 2016; the City of Malakoff is in strong support of the Malakoff School System and its history.
“Whereas; the dedication of hard work, sportsmanship, talent and exceptional efforts of all those persons contributing to the Malakoff Independent School Districts success to be commended; and whereas; Congratulations to the 2016 Malakoff football team ‘The Tigers,” for making history, and becoming the 2016 state semi-finalist; and coach Jamie Driskell and his staff, school administrators, teachers and parents and all supporting citizens of the City of Malakoff; and now therefore be it proclaimed by the Governing Body of the City of Malakoff that the Malakoff Independent School District, the 2016 state semi-finalist football team, and all the academic teams be honored for their successful year.
“Be it further proclaimed that the Governing Body of the City of Malakoff calls on all of our community to join the family and friends in the celebration and honoring of the accomplishments of the Malakoff Independent School District.
“Be it resolved, I have here set my hand, and caused the seal of the City of Malakoff to be affixed this seventh day of January, A.D. 2016.”

Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MEXIA–The Athens Lady Hornets started their District 18-4A matchup against Mexia on a great note. The Lady Hornets led 16-15 after one period of play, but struggled for points the rest of the way as Mexia beat the Lady Hornets 62-30 Jan 6 at Mexia High School gym.
Going into the second quarter, the Lady Hornets playing with Mexia point for point, but their shooting went ice cold in the quarter and Mexia took a 32-17 lead into halftime.
Mexia kept up the offensive pressure, scoring 14 points in the third quarter to lead 46-23 heading to the final frame. The Black Cats continued their offensive onslaught, scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter for the 62-30 final.
The Lady Hornets were led by Raveon Rodriguez with eight points, while Jennifer Bradford and Asha Chilton each chipped in five points. Jazzmine Johnson added four points, Tamya Hubbard tossed in three points, Taylor Stiles and Kara Smith each had two points and Hallie Williams scored one point for the Lady Hornets in the game.
The Lady Hornets are now 0-1 in district play, and will play at home at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 against Palestine.

Jan

12

Posted by : admin | On : January 12, 2017

By Rachel Williams
The News Correspondent
ATHENS–With a waiting list a year long for hangar space at the municipal airport, Athens City Council members are looking at ways to capture that lost revenue through a master plan to expand the airport’s capacity. However, the Federal Aviation Administration requires that all repairs be completed first.
The Athens Municipal Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located southeast of the central business district of Athens. Since the summer of 2016, city officials and the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) have coordinated efforts to conduct required maintenance on critical sections of the airport, such as the taxiway. Funding for maintenance projects comes from a variety of sources, including city, state and national designated for airport upkeep.
On Monday, a master plan was discussed for the airport. The major options in front of the master planners are expanding the airport itself or increasing the number of hangars available for lease. At current capacity, the airport can host at least 6,000 aircraft operations in a year. Expanding the airport will only increase activity, thus increasing revenue.
Increasing the number of hangars at the airport, will allow those on the current hangar waiting list the opportunity to store their aircraft. A hangar waiting list has been in place for more than a year. Hangar leases are renewed annually and two new lessees will be removed from the waiting list to use hangars left unleased at the close of fiscal year 2016. As part of the master planning process, analysis will be conducted to ensure that hangar leases are appropriate for the market. The master planners will consider all options in the development of the best case scenario for Athens Municipal Airport.
The city council is also seeking public input during a special meeting planned for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Partnership Center, 201 W. Corsicana St. in Athens to discuss capital improvements and changes to the water treatment plant. At a recent meeting, repairs to an existing water well were discussed. By shortening the well, adding a vacuum and two pressure reliefs, the water system will now have greater capacity. Additionally, the ground water drawn from this well will not require as much treatment as surface water does.
In other business, the city council:
• Approved the implementation of a Records Management Program.
• Resolved to apply to TEXSTAR, an investment service created by local governments for local governments, as a means of diversifying the city’s portfolio of investments.
• Approved a request from the Athens Economic Development Corporation regarding Minor Plat, Lot 6 Block 1 Industrial Park Addition, Unit III.

Jan

05

Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2017

Judge Dan Moore administers the oath of office to Scott McKee as the 392nd District Court Judge in Henderson County, Jan. 2.

Judge Dan Moore administers the oath of office to Scott McKee as the 392nd District Court Judge in Henderson County, Jan. 2.

Mark Hall is sworn in as Henderson County District Attorney.

Mark Hall is sworn in as Henderson County District Attorney.

Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders administers the oath of office to Precinct 1 Commissioner Ken Hayes Jan. 2. at the courthouse in Athens. He replaces Scotty Thomas, who retired from office serviing Malakoff, Cross Roads, Trinidad, and Tool.

Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders administers the oath of office to Precinct 1 Commissioner Ken Hayes Jan. 2. at the courthouse in Athens. He replaces Scotty Thomas, who retired from office serviing Malakoff, Cross Roads, Trinidad, and Tool.

Chuck McHam (left) takes the oath as Precinct 3 Commissioner from his friend and Brownsboro High School classmate Court-at-law Judge Scott Williams.

Chuck McHam (left) takes the oath as Precinct 3 Commissioner from his friend and Brownsboro High School classmate Court-at-law Judge Scott Williams.

Mitch Baker takes the oath of office as Preinct 2 Constable, serving with an office in Seven Points, on Jan. 2 in a ceremony held at the Henderson County Courthouse.

Mitch Baker takes the oath of office as Preinct 2 Constable, serving with an office in Seven Points, on Jan. 2 in a ceremony held at the Henderson County Courthouse.

Jan

05

Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
ATHENS—A man with two prior offenses for driving under the influence of alcohol has been charged with a third drunk driving charge. This one in connection with the death of his passenger.
Raymond Don Crutcher, 34, of Athens was booked into the Henderson County Jail after his passenger in a Dec. 18 wreck died Christmas Day from her injuries. Crutcher now faces a charge of Intoxicated Manslaughter with a Motor Vehicle. He is being held on a $200,000 bond. Crutcher was arrested at a residence on Waverly Way Dec. 28.
The Athens Police Department reports the wreck happened in the 800 block of East Tyler Street shortly before 11 p.m. Dec. 18. Crutcher was driving a 2011-model Jeep when it left the highway and hit two power poles.
His passenger, 27-year-old Ruth Morales was injured and transferred for emergency medical care. Crutcher was charged with Intoxicated Assault with Motor Vehicle and Driving While Intoxicated. He was released the same day on bonds totaling $14,500. He remains incarcerated again with the new manslaughter charge.
His past criminal record begins at age 18 with a DUI in 2001 for which he paid a $500 fine. He repeated the offense in 2003 at age 19, and was convicted of a DWI the next year at age 20, for which he pleaded guilty and paid $1,216. All three offenses occurred in the month of June. Crutcher was born in October. The fourth drunk driving charge resulted in the death of his passenger.

Jan

05

Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2017

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
KAUFMAN–The Malakoff Lady Tigers won the Kaufman Holiday Tournament by beating the Wills Point Lady Tigers 65-17 in the championship game. Malakoff made it to the championship game by beating Paris 51-45 in the first round of the tournament and followed that up with a 53-45 win over Quinlan Ford.
Malakoff got going early against Wills Point, using pressure defense and a fast-break offense to overwhelm Wills Point. Malakoff led 12-0 after one quarter of play.
The Lady Tigers kept the pressure on and took at 35-6 lead into the halftime locker room. In the third quarter, Malakoff got the lead to 39 points at 55-16.
The Lady Tigers scored 10 more points in the fourth quarter while only giving up a single point to take the 48-point victory. Malakoff was led by 37 points from Jalie Dawson and nine from Nakeya Kelley. Dawson and Kelley were both named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances.
Malakoff got off to a 14-9 lead against Paris in the first quarter of the opening round game.
Paris kept it close in the second quarter as Malakoff took a 27-23 lead into halftime. The Lady Tigers extended the lead to seven after three quarters of play at 41-34.
The Lady Tigers were outscored 11-10 in the fourth quarter but still took a 10-point win. Kamry Hurd led the team in scoring against Paris with 21 points. Dawson added 16 points in the win.
In the second game of the day for the Lady Tigers, the first half was a low-scoring defensive struggle, as the Lady Tigers led Quinlan Ford 9-6 after one quarter of play and 17-11 at halftime.
Quinlan Ford came out in the second half and outscored the Lady Tigers 14-14 in the third quarter to cut the margin to 29-25. The Lady Tigers got going offensively in the fourth quarter, putting up 24 points in the final frame to hold on for a 53-45 victory and advance to the championship game.
The Lady Tigers were led in scoring by Dawson’s 23 points, followed by Hurd who had 12 points in the win.
The Lady Tigers improve to 12-7 overall and 2-1 in district play. The Lady Tigers will be in action Friday, Jan 6 when they host Elkhart. JV games will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity game.

Jan

05

Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2017

The News Staff Reports
TYLER–The Athens Hornets continued their hot streak by beating their rivals, the Brownsboro Bears in the championship game of the Wagstaff Holiday Tournament played Dec. 28-30 in Tyler. The Hornets made it to the championship by beating Chapel Hill in the opening round and beating Kilgore in the second round to advance.
The Hornets and Bears played a close first quarter as the Bears led 14-13 after one period of play. Athens ramped it up in the second quarter, however, and took a 35-30 lead into halftime. Athens extended its lead over the Bears to 52-44 heading into the final frame. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way, with the Hornets coming away with a 70-61 victory to take the Gold Bracket championship. Leading the way for the Hornets in the win was junior guard Miles Koehler, who poured in 29 points. Senior post Jabrile Richardson added 16 points, junior Chris Taylor tossed in 10 points and juniors Javiry Bowman and Gary Lyons each scored six points in the win.
The Hornets’ offense was ready to play in the first game of the tournament against Chapel Hill. Led by 30 points from Koehler, including six of ten from three- point range, the Hornets scored 94 points in route to a 94-71 thumping of the Tigers. Athens led by five points after one quarter and kept that five-point lead into halftime at 44-39. The Hornets continued its offensive onslaught, extending the lead to 66-55 heading to the final quarter of play.
Athens scored 22 points in each of the first three quarters, but topped that in the final frame, putting up 28 points in the final eight minutes and running away with the win. Guard Javiry Bowman scored 23 for the Hornets, followed by 18 from six-foot three-inch senior post Richardson. Lyons added eight points, Taylor tossed in seven, junior Xavious Fulton added four points and sophomores Rhe’Jhi Sherfield and Casey Wilson added two points each.
In the second game of the tournament, the Hornets led by four points after one quarter and led 41-34 at halftime against Kilgore. Both teams put up 18 points in the third quarter to keep the margin at seven points heading into the fourth quarter. Athens added to its lead and walked away with a 75-66 win. Lyons and Bowman each had 15 points in the victory. Richardson tossed in 12 points, Taylor added five points and Fulton had four points in the game.
In action from Jan 3, the Hornets overcame a shaky first half to beat the Mabank Panthers at Mabank High School gymnasium. The Hornets and Panthers were tied at 20 at halftime, as the Panthers slowed down the pace to keep Athens from getting fast break opportunities. The Hornets made adjustments at halftime and picked up the pace of the game, as well as picking up its defensive pressure. The Hornets outscored the Panthers 21-14 in the third quarter to take the seven-point lead into the final quarter. The Hornets kept the pressure on defensively, forcing Mabank into eight turnovers in the second half. The lead grew to 50-37 with just under five minutes remaining in the game. Athens stretched the lead to 54-39 with 3:50 remaining, its largest lead of the game. Lyons led the Hornets with 17 points. Bowman finished with 14 points, Koehler tossed in 10 points, Taylor had nine points, Richardson added eight points and Fulton contributed one point in the win.
The Hornets improve to 16-2 on the season. The Hornets will travel to Canton to play the Eagles at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 10 in their final game before district play starts.

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29

Posted by : admin | On : December 29, 2016

John Weldon (Johnny) Hughes, 60, of Malakoff, has been called home to reside in eternity with his Lord and Savior.
He grew up attending First Baptist Church of Malakoff. He was born to Don and Hilda Jo Hughes May 24, 1956. He attended Malakoff schools where he participated and excelled in sports and academics.
Johnny grew up spending lots of time with his grandfather Grady Johnson in Mankin, where he found the love of fishing and hunting.
On May 31, 1975, he married his high school and forever sweetheart, Meg Green. They have enjoyed a full life together raising two sons, hunting, fishing, and enjoying sports, music and family, not in this order.
Johnny’s family was his greatest achievement and he would be the first to make that claim. He had a tremendous amount of pride in his marriage, in his sons Robert and Richard, and his daughter-in-law Christy, but his pride was immeasurable when he spoke of Mackenzie, Bailey and Makayla. His precious granddaughters had him wrapped tightly around their fingers and filled his heart with joy.
“Doodle Ray” was also a second basemen for a slow pitch softball team called the Cedar Creek All Stars where he and a close knit group of men traveled to tournaments and played many games over a ten-year period of time, where more times than not, they were victorious.
He traveled many years to Colorado with his buddies where he loved to elk hunt.
Johnny retired this year from Luminant Generation Company after 42 years of faithful service.
Johnny knew and trusted his Lord. He was a man of many actions and deeds of kindness and love.
He was preceded in death by his mother Hilda Hughes and his nephew Ashtyn Hughes.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Meg Hughes, son and daughter Robert and Christy Hughes, his son Richard Hughes, three granddaughters Mackenzie, Bailey and Makayla Hughes, parents Don Hughes and Charleen, brothers Wesley Hughes, Danny Hughes and Quinn, Billy Hughes and Shannon, sisters Lisa Garrison and Jerry, Donna Calvert and Scott, Cindy Garrison and Ray, Dana Tunnell and Jeff, father-in-law James Green and Ruth, brothers-in-law Preston Green and Sheri, Mike Green and Barbara and sister-in-law Charlsey Holler and Jeff. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. And John Boy is loved by all.
A memorial service was held Dec. 29, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Malakoff with Bro. Tommy Hayes officiating.

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29

Posted by : admin | On : December 29, 2016

By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
Highlighted by Malakoff’s historic run through the playoffs, the Henderson County area was witness to many great accomplishments by the students at four area schools throughout 2016. Take a look and enjoy the look at the successes of the year.
CROSS COUNTRY
Malakoff girls and boys cross country teams both advanced to the regional meet after both teams finished second at the district meet in Elkhart.
Athens advanced to the regional meet after finishing third in district. Lady Hornet Aracelly Castillo became a regional qualifier, finishing 15th to advance.
VOLLEYBALL
The Athens Lady Hornets finished the regular season in fourth place and qualified for the playoffs. The Lady Hornets lost in the first round to a very powerful Lorena team who went to the regional finals.
The Trinidad Lady Trojans were crowned district champions, but the Lady Trojans wanted more. They got it by advancing to the regional finals before being ousted by Leverett’s Chapel. What a great run by a team that finished with no district wins just a couple years ago. The future is bright for the Lady Trojans.
FOOTBALL
The Malakoff Tigers made history this year. The Tigers became the first team in the Henderson County area to advance past the third round of the playoffs. The Tigers in fact made it to within one game of playing in the state championship game. After beating Troy 47-16 in the bi-district round, the Tigers traveled to Nacogdoches to battle Kirbyville in the area round. The Tigers dismantled the running game of Kirbyville, running away with a 49-6 win. Malakoff’s regional semifinal game against Rockdale was much closer, but the Tigers eventually took care of business in a 27-14 win, advancing to the regional final against Cameron-Yoe, who had beaten them the year before to knock them out of the playoffs. The Tigers and Yoemen battled for 48 minutes, but it wasn’t enough, as regulation ended with a tie. The Tigers got a 30-yard field goal from Evarardo Garcia to beat the Yoemen to advance to the state semifinals. Malakoff’s season would end at Darryl K. Royal Memorial Stadium with a 28-24 loss to Yoakum, but history had been made. The Tigers finished the regular season 10-0. Advanced to the state semifinals, and finished the season 14-1. Get ready for more of the same from the Tigers next year!
SOCCER
The Athens Lady Hornets brought excitement to their soccer fans by advancing to the regional semifinals. The Lady Hornets were ousted by eventual state qualifier Kilgore.
BASKETBALL
The Trinidad Trojans advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The Trojans fell to state power Campbell 64-29.
The Malakoff Lady Tigers advanced to the playoffs after finishing the regular season as undefeated district champions. The Lady Tigers won the bi-district championship, but were ousted in the area round.
Malakoff boys were also bi-district champions. After beating Jefferson 88-85 to win bi-district, the Tigers were downed by Teague in the area round, ending their season.
Cross Roads advanced to the third round of the playoffs. The Bobcats started their playoff run with a 101-97 win against Lovelady. The Bobcats followed up that win by beating Crawford 59-50 to advance to the third round, where they were downed 73-69 by district rival Kerens.
POWERLIFTING
Three Athens powerlifters advanced to the state powerlifting meet. Josh West, Logan Fuller and Chad Walker advanced, with Walker setting an area record for the bench press. Walker benched 460 pounds to set the area record.
TRACK
Malakoff’s Tyler Russell won the state championship in the high jump with a jump of six feet 10 inches. Russell also finished sixth in the long jump.
The Malakoff boys track team wins the area meet to advance to regionals.
Six Trinidad track athletes advanced to the regional meet. Erica Airheart advanced by finishing second in the long jump and triple jump and being on the fourth-place finishing 400-meter relay team. Tori Moody placed fourth in the triple jump to advance. Robin Polk and Jaylon Womack were part of the 400-meter relay team. Polk also finished third in the shot put to advance. Heather Monroe was the area champion in the shot put. Sean Davies finished as the area champion in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the triple jump to advance in both events.
BASEBALL
Athens won the district championship with an 8-0 win over Kaufman. The Hornets beat Van 6-1 in a one-game playoff to advance to the area round. Athens then beat Paris two games to one to advance to the next round. Athens started the series with a 4-0 shutout. Paris rebounded to win 2-1 in game two. Athens won game three 4-2. The Hornets’ season came to an end in the regional quarterfinals as they were downed two games to one by Paris North Lamar.
SOFTBALL
The Malakoff Lady Tigers finish the softball regular season as undefeated district champions. The Lady Tigers advanced all the way to the regional finals before falling to eventual state champion West in a three- game series. Each game was decided by one-run. The Lady Tigers have a bright future ahead of them in 2017.
SIGNINGS
Athens had four athletes sign national letters of intent to go play sports at the next level. Travon Fuller signed with Texas A&M to play football. Logan Fuller signed to play at Tyler Junior College on a football scholarship. Josh West signed to play football at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Ana Rodriguez signed with University of the Incarnate Word to play soccer.
Malakoff athlete Kiana Reed signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Temple College.
Athens’ Tyler Harris signed a letter of intent to attend Hill College and be a part of their rodeo team.
What a great year for Henderson County sports. We look forward to watching what will happen in 2017.