May

18

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
AUSTIN–Malakoff High School senior Tyler Russell went to the state meet determined to keep his state championship in the high jump, but came home with a bonus. Russell won two gold medals at the UIL State Track and Field Meet May 11-13 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
Eustace High School senior Chanda Westbrook came home with some hardware as well, winning a silver and bronze to close out her decorated career as a Eustace Lady Bulldog.
Russell defended his state high jump title, winning with a jump of six feet, 11 inches, a personal best. Poth’s Jake Lamberth won the silver with a jump of 6 feet, nine inches.
Russell added to his trophy case with a gold in the long jump, winning first with a distance of 23 feet, seven and a quarter inches. New Waverly’s Roman Pray finished second with a jump of 23 feet, three inches. In the past two track seasons, Russell has taken home three gold medals, two in the high jump and one in the long jump.
Westbrook started out the Friday morning session of the state meet by finishing second in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:12.71 to take the silver medal. Blanco’s Johanna Villareal won the gold medal with a time of 11:08. 59. Westbrook came back on Saturday to take third place and the bronze medal in the 1600-meter run. Westbrook finished with a time of 5:10.60. Little River Academy’s Jenna Brazeal finished second with a time of 5:09.54 and Villareal took another gold with a time of 5:09.03.
Malakoff Tiger Q.T. Barker was fourth in the 100-meter run, missing a medal by just .09 seconds. Barker ran a 10.90, trailing Crockett’s Demarcus Richardson’s 10.81. Danny Gray of Dallas Madison won gold in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.70.
Larry Coker finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 137 feet, 10 inches. Schulenburg’s Josh Brown won gold with a throw of 176 feet, six inches.
Trinidad Lady Trojan Erica Airheart finished fifth in the Class A triple jump with a distance of 34 feet, seven and a half inches. Ella Anttila of Jonesboro won gold and set a state meet record with a distance of 39 feet, one and a half inches.

May

18

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The News Staff Reports
RED OAK–One tough inning cost the Malakoff Lady Tigers in their 4-2 loss to Grandview in the regional quarterfinals May 12 in Red Oak.
The Lady Tigers gave up four runs in the fourth inning to the Lady Zebras, the only inning Grandview scored in, but it was enough to propel them to the next round.
The Lady Tigers came out swinging against the District 17-3A champion Lady Zebras, scoring two runs in the first inning to take a quick 2-0 lead. Chyann Jarrett was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on a bunt single by Claire Spivey. Abby Terzis doubled to left to drive both runners in for the lead.
The game stayed 2-0 until the bottom of the fourth inning. Brooke Prewitt reach on an error and scored on a single by Alexis Galvan to cut the Lady Tiger lead to 2-1. After an error brought in another run, Kami Flores singled to score Galvan to give Grandview the lead. A single by Emily Little scored the fourth run of the inning for the Lady Zebras.
The Lady Tigers threatened in the fifth inning, getting two runners on after a double and a walk, but Grandview pitcher Brooke Blackwell struck out the next two hitters to end the threat.
Spivey finished the game 3-3 with a run scored and a walk, Abby Terzis was 1-4 and drove in the two Lady Tiger runs, Jarrett scored the other run for the Malakoff. Chaney Tart pitched a complete game, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out four and walking one. Only two of the runs were earned.
The Lady Tigers end their season at area champions and regional quarterfinalists with a record of 24-8-1.

May

18

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Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Assistant Superintendent Sybil Norris for her outstanding work in applying for and acquiring grants for the school district.

Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry (right) presents a certificate of appreciation to Assistant Superintendent Sybil Norris for her outstanding work in applying for and acquiring grants for the school district.


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD board members heard about stellar achievements from Agricultural Science Teacher Kenneth Hancock at the May 15 meeting.
Hancock, along with several of his students gave a compelling presentation highlighting their record year in achievements as well as the year-after-year growth of the program. Currently, they have 158 students in the FFA roster.
Hancock then submitted a list of needs of shop equipment badly in need of replacement, a list of eight items with five being highlighted as immediate needs. “Most of the equipment,” Hancock said, “was in use when you were students,” addressing the board.
All the items submitted included a low bid and a slightly better option. There was some discussion as to whether the better options would last longer and therefore make better sense. Questions also came up as to shipping costs. The top five need samounted to $49,523.50 and $69,377.50 if items six through eight were added in. After discussion of going with the better items in some cases, the total came to $82,877.
MISD Business Manager Kim Spencer pointed out that none of the bids had been run through her office and that there may be discounts not taken into consideration in the proposal. The board agreed to table the request and revisit it when more complete information was available. The target date is the next board meeting June 19. Superintendent Perry added “We would like this to be in place for next year’s class.”
The board took action on the proposal for covered batting cages, going with a 70’ by 70’ metal enclosure to be located between the softball and baseball fields so that both can take advantage of it. The enclosure will allow the students to practice in wet weather and when the fields are muddy. The board approved the bid submitted by Hayes and Company for $82,475.30. The proposal included an eight-foot high fence to keep out possible vandals.
In other business, the board:
• approved an Interlocal Agreement with Trinidad ISD and Murchison ISD for Special Education Services and
• awarded a Depository Contract to continue with First State Bank of Malakoff.

May

18

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By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Sheriff Botie Hillhouse reports a major drug arrest Tuesday.
During a routine traffic stop on Lake Arrowhead Drive near Payne Springs, sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Matthew Jistel discovered a stash underneath the passenger seat containing approximately 53 grams of suspect crystal meth.
Rebecca Brannon, 25 is charged with first-degree felony drug charge. Her backseat passenger, Christina Julian, 52, was also found to be in possession of suspected meth. She exited the car and appeared unstable according to a press release. Both women were taken to jail soon after the 2:45 a.m. traffic stop. Brannon is held on a $15,000 bond and Julian’s bond totals $8,500.
“These dealers can’t sneak around in the dark of night hoping to spread their poison,” Hillhouse stated. “Our deputies have been instructed to keep a keen eye out for anyone suspected of wrongdoing, no matter what time of day or night.”
The National Drug Intelligence Center states methamphetamine is a significant drug threat to Texas. High purity, low-cost methamphetamine is readily available, and the drug is widely abused, particularly in rural areas. Methamphetamine produced in Mexico is the predominant type available.
According to one online source, the price of meth in Texas is around $80 per gram, though smaller increments may cost more. At $80 to $100 per gram, the estimated value is between $4,240 and $5,300. The confiscated 53 grams equals a little less than two ounces, a sizeable amount in crystal meth.

May

11

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The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Athens has a new mayor. Monte Montgomery who gave up his council seat to run, unseats Jerry Don Vaught who has been mayor since 2012 when Randy Daniel resigned to become Justice of the Peace.
Former councilman Monte Montgomery garnered 736 votes to Vaught’s 490. Montgomery’s council seat had two contenders. Toni Clay won the seat over Chetan Patel, 632 to 529 ballots.
Athens ISD had three contenders for incumbent Steve McElhaney’s seat, who chose not to run for re-election. Of the three Eugene Buford was the top vote getter for Place 1 with 708 votes. Thomas Faulk garnered 423 votes and Bryan Barker got 288 votes. Alicea Elliott was unopposed for her Place 2 seat.
City of Star Harbor City Council canvassed the results of the election Monday. Voters agreed to join ESD No. 1 and council seats will be filled by incumbents Warren Claxton and Jackie Robinson; as well as challenger Ray Batten, who garnered more votes than incumbent Duane Smith. Smith had been acting as the mayor since Dr. Bingham resigned for health reasons two months ago. The council selected Warren Claxton as Mayor and is expected to appoint someone to fill his seat on the council next month.
In Eustace, Mayor Elisha Sanders lost her seat to Dustin Shelton, 94 to 52. There are 12 provisional votes still to be determined by the Henderson County Elections Office. The ballot board is set to convene May 15. Since Tim Howard opted not to run for re-election to the council, the top two vote getters incumbent Daniel Smith with 112 votes and new face Tim Meyer with 90 votes look to fill the council seats. Both Tim Meyer and Dustin Shelton also serve as volunteers on the Eustace Volunteer Fire Department. Meyer is one of the planners of the May 13 barbecue cookoff, raising funds for the fire station.

May

11

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The News Staff Reports
GATESVILLE–The Athens Hornets used stellar pitching to sweep Gatesville in their best-of-three bi-district playoff series.
After a scoreless first two innings in game one, Athens jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
Luis Valdez walked to start the inning and moved to second on a groundout by Emanuel Hernandez. After Valdez stole third, Jacob Ickes was hit by a pitch and Valdez scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Noah Sikes. A Casey Pitchford single and a Kobe Kale walk loaded the bases. Sikes scored on a wild pitch for the 2-0 lead. Gatesville got a run back in the top of the fourth on a double, a walk and an error. That would be the only run Gatesville would score in the series.
The Hornets went up 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth on two walks and two groundouts.
The Hornets added to their lead, going up 7-1 in the sixth inning. Valdez led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a Hernandez single. Pinch runner Grant Echols moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ickes. Trent Harris, running for Hernandez, scored on an error and Sikes scored after Kale stole second and third.
Hernandez went the distance on the mound, giving up just the one unearned run on two hits while striking out six and walking only one batter. Cameron Woodard was 1-2 with a run scored and an RBI, and added two walks. Valdez walked three times, drove in a run and scored a run, Hernandez finished 1-2 with two walks, Pitchford was 1-3 and Kale was 1-2 with two walks. Ickes, Sikes and Pitchford had the other runs batted in. The Hornets had only four hits, but drew 12 walks in the game.
In game two, Cameron Woodard threw a complete-game shutout, giving up six hits and one walk while striking out four and Valdez was 2-4 with an RBI to lead the Hornets to the sweep. Woodard, Peyton Brewer, Ickes, Kale and Preston Benton added one hit each for the Hornets.
The Hornets scored once in the first on an error, allowing Echols to score. Athens went up 2-0 in the third inning on an RBI single by Valdez.
Athens added two more runs in the fifth on a Hernandez sacrifice fly and an error to lead 4-0.
Benton scored on a passed ball for the Hornets’ final run of the game.

May

11

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The News Staff Reports
WAXAHACHIE–The Malakoff Lady Tigers continued their winning ways, beating Whitney 5-2 and 11-4 to complete the sweep of the Wildcats and advance to the regional quarterfinals.
The Lady Tigers will face District 17-3A champion Grandview at 7:30 pm. tonight, May 12 in Red Oak. The series will be one game, so the winner will move on to play in the regional semifinals next week.
In the first game of the series, Chyann Jarrett was 2-4 with two runs scored and Chaney Tart finished 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored, as well as driving in a run. Abby Terzis, Cheyanne Robertson and Hannah Terzis each had a hit in the game, with Hannah Terzis adding an RBI. Joey White scored the other run for the Lady Tigers.
Malakoff wasted no time getting on the board in the first inning. Jarrett singled to short to start the inning and advanced on an error by the shortstop. Tart drove home Jarrett with a single to left to give the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Whitney answered in their half of the inning, plating two runs on a walk, a sacrifice bunt, a single and a triple that drove home both runs.
The Lady Tigers tied it in the third when White walked, went to second on a groundout and scored on Abby Terzis’ double.
Malakoff struck for another run in the fifth. Tart doubled, moved to third on a couple of sacrifices and scored on a Hannah Terzis single to left.
The Lady Tigers added two insurance runs in the seventh. Jarrett singled, Tart walked and two runs scored on two errors by Whitney. Tart threw a complete game, giving up two runs on three hits, walked three and struck out eight for the win.
In game two, the Lady Tigers’ Jarrett and Claire Spivey each went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs to help Malakoff in the sweep. Robertson and White both finished 2-3 with a run scored, Jaci Spiva was 1-3 and scored two runs, and Tart and Abby Terzis both finished 1-3 with a run and an RBI each. Jewell Jones drove in a run in the game as well.
Malakoff trailed 1-0 heading to the bottom of the second, but scored twice to take the lead. Robertson singled to begin the inning. After two were out, Spiva walked and White singled to load the bases. Jarrett singled to center to drive in two runs.
The Lady Tigers added three more runs in the fourth. Spiva doubled, White singled and Spivey doubled to drive in two runs. Spivey scored on a single by Tart for a 5-1 lead.
Malakoff broke the game open in the sixth. Jarrett doubled and Tart walked to put two runners on. Abby Terzis singled to drive in Jarrett. Tart scored on an error by the third baseman and Terzis scored the eighth run of the game on a fielder’s choice by Jones. Whitney scored three times in the seventh on a single, a double and a home run, but could get no closer.
Tart pitched another complete game for the win, giving up four runs on 10 hits, walking three and striking out three batters.

May

11

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The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–A night of swimming in Coleman Park in Athens went tragic May 4 when a 19-year old drowned while swimming to an island in the pond.
A water rescue team from the Longview fire department retrieved the dead body of James Riley Wallace, of Athens, from the water. His mother and family was brought to the scene a short time later to grieve the loss of their loved one.
According to Athens police chief Buddy Hill, the group of teens, two male and two female, were fishing at the pond in Coleman Park on the north west side when Wallace decided to swim to the large island in the lake. Wallace only made it about halfway before the cold water made the swim difficult and he went under.
According to reports the other male attempted to swim out to Wallace but quickly experienced exhaustion and had to return to shore.
The Athens Fire Department and Athens Police Department immediately responded to the 9-1-1 call at about 8 p.m. and begun searching for the teen while swimming and manning the AFD rescue boat until the water rescue team arrived from Longview at 11:20, and located Wallace’s body 12:53 a.m. Friday morning. Water temperature was measured at 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
A helicopter from East Texas Medical Center flew over the water to spot the teen as water rescue attempts were made.
Foul play is not expected, but Justice of the Peace Milton Adams sent the body off for an autopsy to American Forensics in Mesquite.
The pond was created from an old clay pit and has long had a pier on the south side for fishing. The pier was recently damaged by a fire and closed off. Swimming is not permitted in the pond.

May

04

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers advanced to the area round of the UIL state softball playoffs after sweeping Blooming Grove April 27 and 29. The Lady Tigers won game one 10-2 on Thursday and came back on Saturday to shut out Blooming Grove 4-0.
In game one, the Lady Tigers pounded out 13 hits, including nine in the fifth and sixth innings, when they blew open a 3-2 game with seven runs to take a 10-2 lead. Chaney Tart was 2-4 with three runs scored and four runs batted in, including a home run. Joey White was 3-4 with three runs scored and Chyann Jarrett finished the game 2-4 with two runs scored. Abby Terzis was 1-1 with a run scored and two RBIs., Cheyanne Robertson was 1-4 with a run and an RBI, Hanna Terzis finished the game 2-4 with a run batted in and Jaci Spiva was 1-3 with an RBI. Jewell Jones also had a hit for the Lady Tigers.
Tart got the win for the Lady Tigers, pitching all seven innings and giving up only two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out 10 Blooming Grove hitters.
In game two Saturday at Blooming Grove, Tart pitched a complete-game shutout to wrap up the series for the Lady Tigers. Tart gave up only four hits, walked two and struck out 10 in the victory. Claire Spivey was 2-4 with a run scored, Tart was 1-3 and drove in a run, Hannah Terzis finished with three hits in four at-bats with a run batted in and Abby Terzis was 1-4 with a run scored.
The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first on a double by Spivey and an RBI single from Tart. The score stayed 1-0 until the sixth, when Malakoff added another run on a double by Hannah Terzis a walk from Jones and a single by E. White to make it 2-0. The Lady Tigers got two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Abby Terzis singled with two outs, moved to second on a catcher’s interference, putting Robertson at first and a double by Hannah Terzis. An RBI single by Spiva made it 4-0.
The Lady Tigers are now 22-7 on the season and will play Whitney in the area round of the playoffs. Game one will be at 7 pm. Friday, May 5, in Waxahachie. Game two will be at noon Saturday in Waxahachie. Game three, if necessary, will be played 30 minutes after the conclusion of game two.

May

04

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By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
CANTON–According to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth Tuesday, a total of seven tornadoes formed Saturday, April 29. Four of them were rated EF-0 (65-85 mph) appearing with brief tracks near Grand Saline at 4:15 p.m., near Canton at 5:10 p.m., near Cumby from 5:30-5:50 p.m. and southwest of Canton leaving a brief track around 7:13 p.m. The EF- 4 (166-200 mph) that left a long track from Eustace moving into Van Zandt County west of Canton left a mile-wide swath of damage between 5:29 and 6:09 p.m.
An EF-2 tornado tracked east of the EF-4 from Eustace into Van Zandt County west of Canton between 5:41 and 6:04 p.m.
However, an EF-3 (136-165 mph) tornado stayed on the ground for 51 miles tracking from Van Zandt County through Canton and into Rains County and lasted from 6:08 p.m. to 7:28 p.m., the result of which were four deaths including a welder from Corsicana Russell “Rusty Barlow, 51, who was crushed under a race car lift when the tornado hit. He was at his step-daughter’s wedding.The other victims were identified Monday as Kenneth Hughes, 57, of Van Zandt County who was at home with his wife on VZCR 2434 when the tornado hit, his wife was injured, Lucretia Sykes, 49, of Fort Worth and James Clayton Young, 39, of Alba who was traveling on State Highway 64 just outside of Canton when the tornado hit, dragging his car off 200 yards.
Three hospitals in Tyler, Athens and Cedar Creek Lake treated 56 people with six remaining hospitalized Tuesday and one in critical condition.
At least one of these tornadoes, probably the EF-3, caused a pile up of around 30 cars on the I-20 near Canton, perhaps the same one that left a mile-wide swath of destruction on Old Bethel Road, VZCR 230, north of Phalba. The historic Bethel Cemetery suffered its gate and fencing twisted, and it was reported a wedding was also being conducted at a residence in the path of the tornado.
Utility poles were struck as were transformers, turning the lights off in about 14,000 homes. Oncor contractors and other companies were seen throughout the weekend repairing downed power lines and poles. Linemen worked tirelessly and most of Canton had electricity by 8 a.m. May 1. However, homes in the Phalba area and on Old Bethel Road were still using portable generators to get power on Tuesday.
The intersection at State Highways 243 and 19 was deserted, an intersection that once saw thousands of motorists a day, especially during First Monday. Canton Mayor Lou Ann Everett was televised Sunday asking visitors to refrain from coming to Trade Days, as the city fights to recover from the devastation.
On Monday and Tuesday, tree trimming crews were out in force and the buzz of chain saws could be heard throughout the affected areas.
On Monday, the Office of the Governor released a statement that Gov. Abbott had declared a State of Disaster in three Texas Counties: Henderson, Van Zandt and Rains. “The recent severe weather across our state has had a devastating impact on the people of East Texas,” Abbott said. “Texans by their very nature are resilient, and I am confident we will remain steadfast in our response to this disaster. I ask that everyone keep those impacted in your prayers as we come together to rebuild in the aftermath of these storms.
Unhappily the weather forecast for Wednesday was more severe weather.