Feb

24

Posted by : admin | On : February 24, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan

A new standardized test is still a month away for Texas public schools, but high school students may have caught their biggest break last week.

Friday, Feb. 17, Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott gave school districts the option of delaying the so-called “15 percent rule” one year.

The rule requires the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course tests to count as 15 percent of a student’s final grade.

A statement released by the Texas Education Agency said Scott made the move “after receiving input

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Feb

17

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : February 17, 2012

The Star Harbor City Council accepted the resignation of Councilman Bert Weaver during its regular meeting Monday.

Weaver cited personal reasons for the move.

Former mayor Duane Smith was tapped to fill Weaver’s seat. Smith will finish Weaver’s term, which ends in May 2013.

Feb

17

Posted by : admin | On : February 17, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan

A San Antonio atheist recently became the newest participant in Henderson County’s apparently-not-confined-to-Christmas nativity scene controversy.

Patrick Greene this week emailed a letter to all members of Commissioners’ Court threatening a lawsuit if the nativity scene is not moved to private property. In an email interview with The Malakoff News, Greene said, “… If they do not respond to my email by … Monday, February 20, 2012, I will assume that they have no intention of responding at all. In which case I will begin filling out the necessary forms, and file the lawsuit on the day they put up the nativity display.”

When asked his reasons for becoming involved, Greene said “to show that Christianity does not rule

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Feb

09

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : February 9, 2012

Dear Editor,

My name is Patrick Greene. I live with my wife of 33 years Karen. We live in San Antonio. Mr. Richard Riehn wrote a letter to the editor on Dec. 20th last year, defending the Nativity scene and how Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers

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Feb

03

Posted by : admin | On : February 3, 2012

A verbal altercation earlier this month with an employee has caused some problems for Pct. 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin.

According to county officials, the employee reported the altercation, which allegedly involved the use of foul language on both sides. However, the employee found one phrase by Geeslin particularly offensive.

Tuesday, Geeslin denied using the particular phrase.

(READ MORE IN THIS WEEK’S PRINT EDITION OF THE MALAKOFF NEWS, ON STANDS NOW.)

Jan

26

Posted by : admin | On : January 26, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan

Enrollment at Trinity Valley Community College this semester is down compared to last spring, according to figures released by the college.

Combined enrollment across all campuses is down 5.5 percent – or a little more than 500 students – from Spring 2011 with the total number of students dipping below 9,000.

“This is in general following the pattern statewide,” said TVCC President Glendon Forgey. “After experiencing tremendous growth in the past few years, community colleges around Texas are beginning to see enrollments level out or decline.”

Forgey said the improving economy

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Jan

24

Posted by : admin | On : January 24, 2012

 

 

January is School Board Recognition Month. This month, students on each of the Malakoff ISD campuses spent time honoring school board members. Pictured above is the current board, including: seated from left, Belinda Brownlow, board secretary; Gary Woolverton, board president; Dr. Pat Smith, board vice-president; back row from left, Jason Dalrymple; Daymon Sims; Superintendent Randy Perry; Rick Vieregge; and, Todd LaRue.


 

 

Jan

13

Posted by : admin | On : January 13, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan

If you are waiting for your voter registration card, you are going to have to wait a little longer; redistricting in Texas has really become a headache.

Voting districts for the Texas Legislature and the state’s Congressional delegation are in limbo with two sets of maps drawn, one by state lawmakers and one by a group of federal judges in San Antonio,

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Jan

06

Posted by : admin | On : January 6, 2012

From Staff Reports

January 2012 is School Board Recognition Month, a time when districts across the state show their appreciation for the pivotal role elected boards play in their local communities.

“Our school board members devote thousands of hours of their time to the success of the students of MISD. They all make many personal sacrifices tending to school board business. The members of this school

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Dec

19

Posted by : admin | On : December 19, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The question of whether or not a Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) banner will be included in the annual Henderson County Christmas display may have been pushed back to next year, but that hasn’t stopped the rhetoric.

Friday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott weighed in on the issue, promising “my support if the FFRF follows through on its threat to pursue legal action against Henderson County.”

Abbott’s declaration came in a letter to Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders.

The FFRF answered back Monday in a letter to Abbott signed by foundation co-presidents and husband and wife, Dan Taylor and Annie Laurie Gaylor.

“The imprimatur of the county of Henderson, and now the imprimatur of the Texas Attorney General’s Office, are being used to endorse Christianity,” the letter reads.

By now, the story is well known and

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