Oct

05

Posted by : admin | On : October 5, 2017

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
WHITNEY–The Malakoff Tigers kept their undefeated record intact with a road victory over their district rival Whitney Wildcats Sept. 29.
With the game tied 7-7 early, the Tigers struck with a long passing play by quarterback Judd Miller.
Zee Bailey made the 52-yard reception to give the Panthers a 13-7 lead.
The Tigers then pounced on one of many mistakes made by the Wildcats’ offense. Sophomore defensive end R.J. Carr intercepted a pass and ran it back 44 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 19-7 lead.
The long passes from Miller continued as he connected with wide receiver Ethan Snow on a 46-yard touchdown pass on second down to push the Tigers’ lead to 25-7.
The Tigers converted late on a red zone opportunity as Kederrius Thomas picked up a five-yard receiving touchdown on third and goal to push the Tigers to a 39-7 win over the Wildcats.
The Tigers were impressive on third down against the Wildcats, finishing the night 5/10 on third down attempts.
Their defense forced four turnovers from the Wildcats, including one fumble and three interceptions.
The Tigers’ offense finished the contest with 209 passing yards and 138 rushing yards for a total of 347 yards.
The loss was the first of the year for the Wildcats, dropping them to 3-1 overall, and 0-1 as they begin district play.
This was the first district game as well for the Tigers, who pushed their district record to 1-0 and their overall record remains perfect at 4-0.
The Tigers will host the Groesbeck Goats (3-1) in their second district game of 2017 Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Sep

28

Posted by : admin | On : September 28, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
TYLER–The Malakoff Tigers escaped Tyler with a victory over the Tyler Grace Community Cougars Sept. 22 to remain undefeated in 2017.
After going down 7-0 early in the first quarter, the Tigers struck back quickly.
After the touchdown by the Cougars, Tigers’ senior wide receiver Adonia Dixon-Thomas returned the kickoff about 100 yards for a touchdown.
The Cougars would tack on another touchdown and head into the second quarter with a 13-6 lead.
After falling behind 20-6 early in the second quarter, the Tigers responded back on a great pass by senior quarterback Judd Miller. Senior running back Zee Bailey made the 33-yard reception for a touchdown and cut the Cougars’ lead to 20-13 at halftime.
Both teams traded blows in the second half, with the Tigers and Cougars scoring more in the third quarter than they did in the first half combined.
The Cougars put up 14 points in the third quarter, while the Tigers added another 20 points to their total.
This quarter included an impressive 70-yard rushing touchdown by the Tigers’ Miller on a third down and three. Sophomore wide receiver Andreas Garrett also had a 29-yd receiving touchdown in the third quarter for the Tigers.
The Cougars had 27 points in the second half. Meanwhile, the Tigers exploded for 36 points to take the 49-47 victory on the road.
Bailey led the way for the Tigers with 13 carries for 142 yards, including one receiving touchdown.
Miller also did well with 11 carries for 92 yards, 70 of which came on his rushing touchdown in the third quarter.
The win pushes the Tigers to 3-0 in the pre-district part of their schedule. The Cougars dropped to 1-3 on the season.
The Tigers head to Whitney Sept. 29 to face the undefeated Wildcats (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. This will be both teams’ first district matchup of the season.

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

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

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.

Aug

31

Posted by : admin | On : August 31, 2017

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By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff method of reloading the ranks continues for the 2017 Tigers football team, a state semifinalist last season.
Coach Jamie Driskell, entering his ninth season as Malakoff head coach tonight (Sept. 1), relies on a talent pipeline that in 2016 saw Malakoff’s seventh and eighth-grade, junior varsity and varsity teams go undefeated during the regular season.
The 2017 starting lineup was hardly settled when two-a-days started earlier this month, thanks to Malakoff’s depth. “We have enough kids that they’re going to have to compete for their spot and they’re going to have to bring it every day, and if they have a bad day or a bad week there’s going to be somebody right there on their heels to take their position,” Coach Driskell said.
Starters lost from last season include graduates Tyler Russell, QT Barker, Danyal Littleton, Payton Lowrie, Chase Busch, Larry Coker, C.J. Overton and Jack Patton. “We have some holes to fill but kids are stepping up and working hard,” Coach Driskell said.
Players expected to step into those major roles include Adonia Dixon-Thomas, Andreas Garrett, Jake Lee, Parker Busch, Ethan Snow, Lincoln Rogers, Kyler Dalrymple, Eric Littleton, Austin Prevost and Brendon McClintock, all of whom will fight for starting positions. “It’s going to be interesting to see how it all pans out,” said Coach Driskell.
The offense will be led again by senior quarterback Judd Miller, while middle-linebacker Parker Busch is expected to serve as the on-field defensive general as the starting middle linebacker. Malakoff has two new coaches this year: Trent Montgomery and Shannon Fink from Schulenberg ISD. Montgomery is eager to start his first year in coaching.

Aug

17

Posted by : admin | On : August 17, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
News Staff Writer
ROCKWALL–The Malakoff Tigers varsity cheerleaders recently attended NCA camp in Rockwall where they walked away with many awards and honors.
Among them were the Herkie Team Award, Small Varsity Top Team Performance, the Excellence in Stunting Award, three Superior Ribbons, the Spirit Stick Award and a bid to the NCA National Competition.
The Tigers also had nine cheerleaders and their mascot nominated for All-American. The Tigers’ Paton Willbanks was the only Malakoff cheerleader to make the All-American team and she also won the Best Toe Touch award at the camp.
The NCA All-American Cheerleader Award is the highest award received from the camp. After being nominated for the award, the cheerleader must try out to make the squad.

Aug

17

Posted by : admin | On : August 17, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers football team are trying to take past successes, and use those to further their team in 2017.
Malakoff has had some success over the last couple of seasons, including a 14-1 overall record in 2016, while also going 7-0 in district play.
The Tigers come into this season ranked 103rd in the state.
Their offense was very potent last season scoring 44.7 points per game, while holding opponents to just 15.7 points. That brings the Tigers point differential to nearly 30 points per game.
The Tigers will look to build off their success from last season and try to hurdle it this year under head coach Jamie Driskell.
The Tigers current overall record against teams on their 2017 schedule is 58-49-0.
Malakoff hosts “Meet the Tigers” on Friday, Aug. 18 as well their “Soap scrimmage” night against Kerens. Admission into the game is a box or bottle of laundry soap or bars of bath soap for the Tigers athletic department.
The scrimmage against Kerens on Aug. 18 starts at 6 p.m. at Malakoff High School.
The Tigers then have one more scrimmage at Sunnyvale on Aug. 24 before their 2017 season gets underway on the road against Bullard on Sept. 1.

Aug

10

Posted by : admin | On : August 10, 2017

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–This weekend’s tax-free back-to-school shopping frenzy focuses parents’ minds on the beginning of a brand-new school year. The first day of school comes earlier for some than others.
Athens High School (AHS) seniors will begin school Monday, Aug. 14 and will be the only students in attendance until the other classes arrive Aug. 16. Buses will run their normal routes beginning Aug. 14 and dress code applies.
AHS Fish Camp will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at the high school.
Students will begin in the gym and attend sessions to learn all about AHS. Parents are welcome but not required and schedules will be given at the end of the camp. Online registration is required.
Athens Elementary schools will hold Meet the Teacher night Aug. 14 for all three campuses, South Athens Elementary, Central Athens Elementary and Bel Air Elementary. A come-and-go event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will allow flexibility for parents and students to meet teachers and visit the campus.
Athens Middle School students will have online access to their schedules on Aug. 12.
Malakoff ISD begins classes Aug. 28. Malakoff High School will hold Fish Camp from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 for incoming freshmen who will receive their schedules at the end of the camp.
Malakoff High School seniors may pick up their schedule from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, juniors from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 and sophomores from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 23. Parents are requested to accompany their students when picking up schedules.
Meet the Teacher for Malakoff Elementary School is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. Students may bring their school supplies. Tool Elementary School sets Meet the Teacher for Thursday, Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m.
Other local school beginnings and important dates follow
Trinidad ISD
Meet the Teacher is set for Thursday, Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students pre-k through fifth grade may bring their school supplies with them.
Grades sixth-12th may pick up their class schedules and complete enrollment forms. High school students who plan to drive to and from school should bring proof of insurance and copy of their driver’s license with them.
Athens Christian Preparatory Academy
Classes begin Aug 16. Junior High orientation scheduled for Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Orientation for freshmen and sophomores is scheduled for Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m., for Juniors Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. and for seniors Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m.
Cross Roads ISD
Classes begin Aug. 24 with Meet the Teacher scheduled for Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. for Elementary and Junior High students.