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By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–The Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in the former Soviet empire took place 30 years ago, Malakoff Rotarians learned May 3, leaving an eerie aftermath.
Rotary program chair Jeanie Seely said the nuclear reactor fire and explosion happened April 26, 1986. It is considered the worst in world history, with radiation spreading across a great deal of Eurasia. The facility was shoddily built, Seely said, and that, along with human error, contributed to the disaster.
The aftermath included placing a 36-ton concrete cover over the destroyed reactor, but that, too, is falling apart. Efforts are underway to replace it, funded by more than 30 nations. Thyroid cancer has been the main radiation-related cause of death.
The Chernobyl area is still off-limits, even though about 150 people moved back to the city within two years of the explosion. Dead trees and leaves that fell have not decayed in the three decades since the nuclear disaster. Animal life, instead of extinction, has instead adapted, Seely said.
Also during the Malakoff Rotary meeting, member Teri Caswell announced an AmeriCorps-affiliated program called “Food on the Move,” which will provide free meals to children ages 1-18 at Caney Creek Baptist Church in Log Cabin and Trinidad Methodist Church. CitySquare, North Texas’ largest AmeriCorps program, administers “Food on the Move.” The summer food program lasts from June 6 to Aug. 12 and will be held Mondays through Fridays. Times will be determined later this month. Call (903) 489-3500 or (903) 489-7500 for more information.
Rotary member Julie Armstrong told fellow Rotarians about a $5,000 grant for the Malakoff Education Foundation, which benefits the Malakoff school district, courtesy of Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative (TVEC).

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worked up/athens/jerry king

worked up/athens/jerry king

Special to The News
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Vice President of Instruction Dr. Jerry King was named President Pro Tem of the college May 2. The announcement came from board President Ray Raymond after a special called board meeting.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be selected by the TVCC Board of Trustees as the TVCC President Pro-Tem,” King said. “I appreciate the Board’s confidence and look forward to working with them to build on our strengths and improve our weaknesses. I am passionate about TVCC and excited about the opportunity to pursue excellence together.”
King has been with HCJC/TVCC since 1975, serving as a business/economics professor, Dean of Workforce Education, Associate Vice President of Workforce Education/Business Affairs and since 2008, Vice President of Instruction and Chief Instructional Officer.
He also served as Mayor of Athens from 1995-2005 and Board Vice-Chairman of Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative from 2008-2012, President of Athens Noon Kiwanis Club, Vice President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Henderson County United Way, President of East Texas Economic Development and East Texas Tech-Prep Consortium.
He has served on the boards of the Texas A&M – Commerce Alumni Association, East Texas Economic Development Board, and Workforce Solutions of East Texas, among many others. He has been recognized as Athens Citizen of the Year and received numerous service awards including one from his alma mater and the Henderson County Retired Teachers.
A native of Commerce, King is married to retired AISD and TVCC teacher Dosha King. They have a son, Clint, daughter-in-law Haley and grandson Cruz, who live in New Braunfels.
King holds a Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration in Business and Economics, and Doctor of Education in Community College Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

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05

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Malakoff area track champs

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The Malakoff Tigers track team wins the area championship, April 21 in West Rusk. Memebers of the team include (in no particular order) Tyler Russell, Q.T. Barker, Dylan Grim, Jake Woolverton, Xavier McCullar, Tyler Crawford and Payton Lowrey.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
WEST RUSK–The Malakoff tigers and Estace Bulldogs track teams competed at the District 17-18 3A area track and field meet April 21 at West Rusk High School.
In the varsity boys division, Malakoff finished as the area champion, while Eustace finished as the runner up.
In the varsity girls standings, Eustace finished in second place with Malakoff finishing in seventh place in the team standings.
The top four finishers advanced to the regional meet April 29-30 at Baylor University in Waco.
In the varsity boys division, Malakoff’s Q.T. Barker advanced to regionals with a second place finish in the 100-meters. Barker finished with a time of 11.23 seconds.
• 200-meters, Eustace Bulldog Tate Pace advanced with a third place finish in a time of 23.22.
• 400-meters, Eustace Bulldog Stone Wadsworth was fifth with a time of 52.16. Malakoff Tiger Xavier McCullar was sixth in a time of 52.96.
• 800-meters, Eustace Bulldog Zane Arambula was second with a time of 2:03.99. Eustace Bulldog Andrew Page was fifth with a time of 2:08.42. Eustace Bulldog Michael Wong was eighth with a time of 2:16.15.
• 1,600-meter run, Eustace Bulldog Ericsen Gudjohnsen was the area champion with a time of 4:44.71. Arambula was second in 4:45 and Daniel Purselley was sixth in a time of 5:01.
• 3,200-meter run, Eustace swept the top three positions as Gudjohnsen won with a time of 10:10.96. Brandon Richardson was second with a time of 10:28.38 and Daniel Purselley was third with a time of 10:28.91.
• 110-meter hurdles, Eustace Bulldog Colton Summerall was the area champion with a time of 15.62 seconds. Malakoff Tiger Jacob Woolverton advanced to area with a third place finish in a time of 15.79.
Eustace Bulldog Jude Bonner was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.22. AJ Dixon-Thomas was seventh with a time of 17.92.
• 300-meter hurdles, Malakoff’s Tyler Russell was second with a time of 43.50, while Summerall advanced with a fourth place finish in 43.94. Bonner finished fifth in a time of 44.19.
• 400-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Tyler Crawford, Dylan Grim, Woolverton and Barker finished first with a time of 42.85.
The Eustace team of Alejandro Sanchez, Clifton Johnson, Cory Strawn and Tate Pace finished in sixth.
• 800-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Grim, Russell, Woolverton and Barker finished first with a time of 1:30.54. The Eustace team of Strawn, Sanchez, Keenan Hargest and Pace was sixth.
• mile relay, the Bulldogs team of Johnson, Strawn, Wadsworth and Pace finished first in a time of 3:29.25. Malakoff’s Crawford, McCullar, Coker and Russell finished fourth in a time of 3:35.84.
• field events, Tyler Russell was the area champion in the high jump with a height of six feet, six inches. Woolverton was third with a height of six feet.
• pole vault, Eustace Bulldog Cody Duncan was fourth with a height of 11 feet, six inches. Malakoff’s Sha’Zarrior Bailey was sixth and Eustace Bulldog Charles Womble was eighth.
• long jump, Russell was the area champion with a leap of 21 feet, ¼ inches. Woolverton finished sixth with a leap of 19 feet, 2 ¾ inches.
• shot put, Danyal Littleton advanced to regionals with a third place finish and a throw of 42 feet, six ½ inches. Malakoff’s Payton Lowrey was fifth and Larry Coker was eighth.
• discus, Coker advanced with a throw of 135 feet, eight inches.
In the varsity girls division, Eustace swept the first two positions in the 1,600-meter run as Skye Burns was first with a time of 5:45.63. Molly McAtee was second with a time of 5:46.36.
• 3,200-meters, Eustace had the area champion in Chanda Westbrook with a time of 11:44.06. Burns finished fourth with a time of 12:38.47.
• 100-meter hurdles, Malakoff Lady Tiger Charlsey Stearman was fifth with a time of 17.57. Eustace Lady Bulldog Marshalla Padgett was seventh in a time of 17.65.
• 400-meters, Eustace Lady Bulldog Samantha Richardson was fourth with a time of 1:05.95.
• 300-meter hurdles, Padgett was second with a time of 49.64. Malakoff’s Mackenzie Crist was third in 49.76 and Stearman was seventh in 52.34. Eustace Lady Bulldog Reece Thorne was eighth.
• 400-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Keiundryia Walker, Candace Denis, Monica Oviedo and Dawson was fourth in a time of 51.13. Eustace finished in eighth place with a time of 53.24.
• 800-meter relay, the Malakoff team of Walker, Dawson, Denis and Oviedo was sixth. Eustace finished in seventh place.
• long jump, Denis advanced to regionals with a third place finish with a leap of 15 feet, 11 ½ inches.
She advanced in the triple jump with a distance of 33 feet, one ½ inches to finish in fourth place.Crist finished in eighth place in the triple jump.
• pole vault, Eustace Lady Bulldog Whitney Boerner won the area title with a height of 10 feet, six inches.
• shot put, senior Kiana Reed finished fifth with a throw of 35 feet, seven inches. Eustace Lady Bulldog Gabi Corder was seventh.
• high jump, Crist was sixth with a height of four feet, six inches. Eustace Lady Bulldog Erica Hoops was seventh with a height of four feet, six inches.
• discus, Eustace had two qualifiers with a second place finish by Miranda Fontenot at 96 feet, six inches and Corder in fourth at 91 feet, nine inches.

May

05

Posted by : admin | On : May 5, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets finished their District Championship winning season in dominating fashion by beating the Kaufman Lions 8-0 on Senior Night, May 2.
This was the final home game for Jeremy Bateman, Landon Bynum, Paden Quade, Alex Fernandez, Brandon Boyd, Jacob Knight and Josh Sims.
In the first inning, Cameron Woodard, Bynum and Quade loaded the bases. Fernandez was walked and Woodard scored for a 1-0 Hornet lead.
Athens loaded the bases in the second inning again and Bynum walked to bring in Peyton Brewer for a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, Quade knocked in Bateman with a single to put Athens up 3-0.
Neither team had any success scoring in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Athens had two outs but they were still able to score two more runs to go up 5-0.
First, Boyd hit a single to knock in Bynum after an error by the Kaufman shortstop. An error on the thrown allowed Quade to score too.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Woodard singled to drive in Brewer and make the score 6-0. Later in the inning, Bynum knocked in Bateman to make it 7-0.
Woodard scored the final run of the game for Athens to make the final score 8-0. The brilliant pitching by Athens kept Kaufman in check the entire game and the Lions could not do very much on offense.
Athens was led at the plate by Bateman, who went 2-for-3. Bynum was 2-for-2 with two RBI and Woodard and Quade had one hit each.
Athens coach Dallas Robertson said that he was happy to get a victory for the seniors and that it was a big momentum builder heading to the playoffs.
Robertson called the seniors a “special group” and said that he was proud of all they accomplished in their time at Athens. He was also pleased with how they represented the school and community.
With the victory, Athens finishes up the season 19-6 with an 11-1 mark in district. They were District Champions this season. They open the playoffs with a one-game series against Van.
Kaufman finishes the season with a 12-13 record with a 7-5 mark in district. They will enter the playoffs as a two seed, having finished second in district. Their playoff game has not been set.

Apr

28

Posted by : admin | On : April 28, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College confirms college President Glendon Forgey was suspended with pay Monday, April 25.
Board President Ray Raymond said the board has been presented with confilicting governmental documents by Forgey without acceptable explanation.
The school board is elected by the citizens of the college district to oversee the college and its administrators and act in the best interest of TVCC students and staff.
Raymond said the board takes their responsibilities very seriously and has determined the concerns regarding the president’s conduct should be fully investigated in order to properly fulfill its duties to the public.
An investigation into his contract is pending.

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Apr

28

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Rick Hirsch-extension agent

Rick Hirsch, 1965-2016, Texas A&M Extension Agent

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
HENDERSON COUNTY–A beautiful spring day for Henderson County, Sunday was the day County Extension Agent Rick Hirsch died at his residence. All who heard of the longtime extension agent’s death expressed shock and grief. Hircsh, 51, is well-known in East Texas and elsewhere as he dispensed advice and information via a newspaper column, radio show and agricultural clinics, tours and seminars in his 28-year career.
A funeral service is to be held at 10 a.m. Thursday (today) at the First Baptist Church in Athens. located at 1055 S. Carroll Street.
Most recently, he organized a pasture tour, including a location on the shores of Cedar Creek Lake in late March. He served Henderson County from 1992 as its Extension Office Agent on behalf of AgriLife of Texas A & M University.
He is well-known for his support of youth agricultural projects (FFA & 4-H) and its students. The Athens FFA has opened a gofundme page to raise funds for his family. In its first seven hours, nearly $2,000 had been raised. The goal is to raise $25,000.
Terrie Echols writes: “So sorry for your loss. Rick was a great teacher, I learned a lot from taking his class. May God bless and comfort his family and friends.”
The Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens is overseeing the funeral arrangements. Members of the community are invited to share their stories, photos and remembrances of Rick to comfort the family on its website.
Rick Hirsch is survived by his wife, Bronte, a teacher in the Athens ISD, and three children.
Lorri and Harold Hawkins of Brownsboro state of Hirsch: “He was always there to help the community and especially the young people of Henderson County. Rick will be greatly missed.”
The Henderson County Master Gardeners extend their condolences, adding: “Rick was a respected and wise leader. We will miss his guidance and counsel.”
Chad Coburn, who judged many bovine exhibits with Rick writes: “I’ve had the privilege to judge cattle shows with Rick and serve with him on the Animal Industries Committee. I was shocked to hear the news.”
Gregg County Extension Agent Randy Reeves describes Hirsch as a great mentor. “We will all miss Rick. He was a great mentor to all of us and will be sorrowfully missed. Extension will never be the same with a great friend and co-worker called home.”
Co-worker Jo Petty Smith writes: “From the time I was a kid on the end of a show halter, to the time I was able to call him a co-worker, mentor and more importantly, a friend, I will cherish those memories and the laughs that he was surrounded by. I felt it a great honor to work with him and know him. Extension lost one of its finest agents.”
Among the many accolades and recognitions Hirsch garnered through his successful career, is the County Agent of the Year award bestowed by the Texas & Southwestern Cattlemen’s Association in 2012.
Athens ISD agricultural teacher Jeff Jones summed up best what many recognize on this sad occasion: “Mr. Rick Hirsch was a great friend and an outstanding person. Rick was an iconic figure in Henderson County, a truly good man and someone who helped thousands and thousands of people in our community and across the state of Texas.”

Apr

28

Posted by : admin | On : April 28, 2016

1st brady williams age 6 and under

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Brady Williams (right), who won first place in the six and under division poses with his catch after recieving his award during the Kid Fishing event at Purtis Creek State Park, April 23.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
PURTIS CREEK–More than 60 fish were caught and just under 400 kids were angler education certified and received their very own rod and reel provided by the Friends of Purtis Creek at the annual “Kid Fish” event, held April 23 at Purtis Creek State Park in Eustace.
Three different age groups competed in the event and the top three from each age group recieved medals.
In the six and under category, the first place winner was Brady Williams. Cate Coker won second place and Colt Pope won third.
In the seven through 12 division, the first place winner was Wyatt Standridge. Jasmine Grover won second place and Gracie Standridge was third.
In the 13 through 16 division Mark Walters took home first place. Seth Johnson won second and Hunter Mercer was third.
Robert Mercer Jr. set a lake record for the Junior Angler Channel Catfish. His catch was 15.25” long and .096 pounds.
“Our event was a huge success,” Purtis Creek State Park Superintendent Mendy Davis said. “I would like to thank board members Carei and Bobby Bobbitt for volunteering and supporting the event. I would also like to thank our other sponsors and partners for helping to make this possible.”
Sponsors for the event included Friends of Purtis Creek, Cabela’s, Kiddie Kampus of Eustace, Brookshire’s, Nestle Waters, Trinity Valley Electric Coop, Dr. Pepper, Texas Forrest Service, Communication Division Hunter Education, Communication Division Angler Education, TPWD Game Wardens, TPWD State Park Police Officers, Regional Natural and Cultural Resource Specialists and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Director and Volunteers.

Apr

28

Posted by : admin | On : April 28, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–The Athens Hornets continued to dominate district play, knocking off the Mabank Panthers 13-3 on a run rule in their April 22 game.
The Hornets were the “visiting” team in their own stadium. The game was originally planned to be played in Mabank but heavy rain caused unplayable field conditions for the game.
Athens scored early on in the first inning when Jeremy Bateman led the game off with a double. Paden Quade got on base next and Brandon Boyd hit a two-run RBI to score Bateman and Quade. Alex Fernandez later scored on a error to make it 3-0.
Athens made it 4-0 in the second inning when Landon Bynum knocked in Peyton Brewer on a sacrifice fly.
Mabank responded in the third inning and cut into the Athens lead. Dalton Penix got on base and scored when Trey Neighbors hit a double to bat him in and make the score 4-1.
Later in the inning, a single by Corey Flores scored Ty Winklevoss and a third strick that was dropped scored Dylan Truelove to make the game 4-3 in Athen’s favor.
Athens put the game away in the fifth inning when they scored nine runs off Neighbors and relief pitcher Kobey Roberts. Athens scored first when Fernandez knocked in Bynum with a single to make it 5-3.
Later in the inning, Boyd knocked in Quade with a double and Luis Valdez scored on a walk to make it 7-3. Brewer then hit a two-run RBI single to score Fernandez and Boyd. Bateman singled to score Valdez and Brewer made it 10-3 when he scored on an overthrow.
Bateman, Bynum and Fernandez all scored again in the inning for the 13-3 final score. The win makes Athens 10-1 in district play.

Apr

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Posted by : admin | On : April 21, 2016

Cross Roads, Malakoff and Trinidad ISDs vote in November

Special to The News
TEXAS–Early voting begins Monday, April 25 and continues through May 3, for city councils, school board trustees and water boards.
City of Malakoff candidates for three positions include Kevin Killman, Robert C. Cole, incumbants Vincent Bailey, Jr. and Jerrily Tarver, Pat Isaacson, Rickey Baker, Bubba Matthews. Voting takes place at Malakoff City Hall located at 109 Melton St.
Athens Muncipal Water Authority (AMWA) candidates for three seats include incumbents Donald A.Foster, Stephen R. Sparkman and David Thomas, and Milburn Chaney and Frank Lunceford. Voters may cast their ballots for AMWA candidates at the Henderson County Elections Administration at 201 E. Larkin in Athens.
Cross Roads and Malakoff ISDs will hold elections in November.
The City of Trinidad and Trinidad ISD will conduct November elections also.
Election Day is Saturday, May 7.
Athens ISD’s election has been cancelled due to candidtates running unopposed.

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21

Posted by : admin | On : April 21, 2016

malakoff 4-18-16

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Malakoff ISD school board members learned April 18 about STEMscopes, a digital science curriculum used by Malakoff ISD K-5 students, during the district’s monthly meeting. Pictured following the presentation are (from left) fifth-grade science teacher Leighanne Austin, students Reid Snow, Rayona Runnels, Emma Blaser, Madison Brumit and Derek Johnson.

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD trustees were warned April 18 about a looming budget shortfall of more than $600,000 that could lead to higher taxes and a magnifying glass turned on personnel expenses, which make up about 80 percent of the school’s budget.
That scenario was presented to trustees during the school board’s monthly meeting by MISD Superintendent Randy Perry, and hinges on loss of state funding called ASATR (Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction), which came about following Texas Legislature promises to ease property taxes through an increase in the homestead exemption.
However, ASATR funding expires in September 2017. In May 2015, the Texas Legislature voted 78-52 against a one-year ASATR extension, and legislators next meet in the months preceding the additional funding’s expiration. The school district fiscal year ends in the summer, so upcoming budget talks will focus on cushioning the blow, with “no sacred cows,” Perry said, who also pointed out that most expenses are on personnel. Malakoff ISD had to cut $900,000 from its budget in 2011, Perry added.
Christy Rome, executive director of the Texas School Coalition, a school-district advocacy group in Austin, gave board members a presentation on the subject, and said state lawmakers are already clamoring to provide more property-tax relief in that 2017 legislative session. She urged board members to take a “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” attitude about the possible funding reductions.
School districts and the State of Texas are currently embroiled in a lawsuit over school funding, which includes the model of taking money from “property rich” schools and transferring those funds to districts with inferior tax bases.
Known as “recapture,” Malakoff ISD will next year give back $1.5 million of its own tax collections to be redistributed by the state government, Perry said. In essence, Rome said, the State of Texas is taking away funding meant to lower property taxes, but is forcing some district to in fact, raise taxes.
Local schools, which are capped by state law on how high their tax rate can go without an election, believe that limit is a form of setting a property tax, and therefore violates the state constitution, which outlaws a property tax to fund state government.
Malakoff ISD, which Perry said had the lowest tax rate in the area, is five cents under the state limit for its maintenance and operations (M&O) tax rate, proposed rates above which require local blessing at the ballot box.
Malakoff ISD is not alone in the East Texas area among property-rich districts that face ASATR reductions. While Malakoff ISD got about $670,000 in ASATR funding for its 2015-16 budget, Groesbeck ISD received more than $4 million, Leon ISD got $3.7 million, and Fairfield ISD budgeted $1.2 million. Mildred ISD got nearly a half-million dollars in FY 2015-16, while LaPoynor ISD got about $325,000 and Cayuga ISD, another $200,000.
Also during the MISD monthly meeting, board members accepted the resignation of trustee Billy Sparks, who has taken an out-of-state job. Trustees also approved hiring Reilly Landscaping to handle the area around the new sports fieldhouse at the high school, which tentatively has its ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Monday, May 23 at 6 p.m.