Dec

21

Posted by : admin | On : December 21, 2017

Malakoff Police chief-Floyd Thomas

By Pearl Cantrell
The NewsStaff Writer
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Police Chief Floyd Thomas believes he has solved the case of a recent robbery of the Dollar General Store. The same suspect was caught in Corsicana committing a “strong arm robbery” at a Valero mini-mart on W. Seventh Avenue.
Through following leads, networking with area residents and hearing of the same type of robbery two weeks later, Chief Thomas had strong suspicions and gained access to question the suspect.
“Once I told him what I knew, he was ready to confess,” Thomas told The News. Tommy Wayne Baston, 32 of Fairfield, is being held at the Navarro County Jail, with an additional charge of robbing the Dollar General Store in Malakoff, Thomas said. His bond has been set at $300,000 for two of three robberies, Thomas added.
On Nov. 2 an aggravated robbery took place just at closing time, Thomas reported. Officers responded quickly. There were two employees and one customer in the store at the time. The offender was dressed all in black from head to toe, in mask, hoodie, gloves. “There was no possible way to identify the suspect from security video,” Thomas said. The offender instructed one employee to lay down on the floor while the other employee was forced to open the safe and a cash drawer was handed over to the suspect, Thomas said.
Two weeks later, two similar incidents occurred one after the other in Corsicana. “It was the same M-O,” Thomas said. “I had a hunch that it was probably our guy.”
In this instance, Thomas said the suspect was followed from the last scene by an employee who had been sitting in a car in a darkened corner and saw the suspect leave the mart and followed him, then called police, who were still at the first mini-mart crime scene.
Thomas followed up on his hunch by talking to the arresting officers in Corsicana. A lengthy report said officer uncovered wads of money in different locations inside the suspect’s vehicle, all of which seemed to add up to less than $2,500. Thomas also re-interviewed the victims in the Dollar General Store robbery and collected a few more pieces of information.
Through his contacts in the surrounding communities, he had also learned that a property owner in Goodlow recently found a cash drawer in the middle of his pasture and Thomas was able to trace it back to Dollar General.
“When I interviewed the suspect (Nov. 28), I was getting nowhere until I told him I had the tray and where I got it from, then he confessed it all,” Thomas said.
To Thomas’ knowledge the suspect had no arrest record nor been in trouble with the law, before. “He told me he hadn’t ever done anything like this and that he was under a great deal of financial stress.”

Nov

29

Posted by : admin | On : November 29, 2017

Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry (right) and Board President Rick Vieregge present a certificate of appreciation to Acme Brick.

Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry (right) and Board President Rick Vieregge present a certificate of appreciation to Acme Brick.


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry honored Acme Brick Nov. 16 as being one of the community partners for the school district. Acme Brick supplied the brick for the dugout walls in the baseball field. “They’re always ready to help this district and this community. Since I have been in the district 12 years now, and six years as superintendent, anytime we have had a need, Acme Brick has been there,” Perry said.
Board trustees also agreed to replace scoreboards in the high school gym. The smaller scoreboard of the two, on the west side of the gym has had intermittent issues with its lighting, frequently going out during games.
Technicians called on to fix the problem have been unable to ascertain the cause since they can’t reproduce the failure. Superintendent Perry noted that these units are 28 years old and parts are becoming obsolete. After much discussion of options, the board voted to replace both boards with wireless units costing $14,835 for both scoreboards.
In other business, board trustees:
• passed a resolution approving the sale of the district’s interest in the Henderson County Shared Services building which allows for a commercial real estate firm to aid with the sale and sets a minimum bid at $350,000,
• agreed to pledge all 702 of the district’s votes behind Phil Tucker for Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors – Place 4,
• heard campus principal’s reports, highlighting activities for the upcoming holidays and
• heard district enrollment sits at 1,380.

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff City Council reacted positively to the first reading of a request from the Malakoff ISD School Board to annex property at the high school into the city.
Mayor pro-tem Tim Trimble explained the request was made to include the new high school for police protection. The property consists of two parcels each more than 40 acres in the Peter Tumlinson Survey.
Council members also adopted resolutions authorizing the application for two Community Development Block Grants through the General Land Office. If granted, the 1 percent match grants would replace and upgrade two sewer pipes going to the wastewater treatment plant. The second application pertains to a drainage improvement project on the east side of the community center.
Kenneth Coignet from Public Management, said the grants would total $986,000 and $936,000, or nearly a million dollars, each. “The General Land Office has made $17M available for projects connected to FEMA 2015 storm events. There’s no guarantee, but we can try.” The applications will be completed and sent out on Nov. 30, he said following the unanimous approval.
After a lengthy executive session, the council authorized city attorney Hank Skelton to issue a letter to Star Harbor attorney Kelly Myers stating the City of Malakoff does not wish to alter the Dec. 16, 2016 contract it offered to the City of Star Harbor.
The council took no action in open session regarding a public information request, but rather just consulted with its attorney on the matter in closed session.

Nov

22

Posted by : admin | On : November 22, 2017

Malakoff playoff FB #8 CMYK

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
CROCKETT–The Malakoff Tigers headed to Monte Jack Driskell Stadium in Crockett Nov. 17 to face the Rockdale Tigers in a Bi-District playoff matchup.
The two teams faced each other last year in the third round of the UIL playoffs in Waco.
The Tigers came into last year’s playoffs on a tear after going an undefeated 7-0 in district play. Malakoff ended the season at 14-1.
Malakoff won the previous matchup in 2016 by a score of 27-14.
Malakoff would go on to face Yoakum, but lost 28-24, coming just one win shy of heading to AT&T Stadium to play for the State championship.
Malakoff came into the contest at 9-1 on the season, with Rockdale coming in at 8-3 overall.
Malakoff hoped to have a little magic from last season to help them prepare for their first-round contest on Friday.
Malakoff struck first on Friday night with a 13-yard touchdown reception by Ethan Snow from the arm of quarterback Judd Miller to take a 7-0 lead just over one minute into the contest.
Rockdale responded just three minutes later with a 5-yard rushing touchdown by Torry Locklin to tie the game 7-7.
Just before the end of the first quarter, Jaquaylnn Crawford picked up a 49-yard rushing touchdown for Rockdale to take a 14-7 lead before the second quarter.
Rockdale scored just nine seconds into the second quarter on a 45-yard pass to push their lead to 20-7 after a missed extra point.
Malakoff running back Zee Bailey responded with a four-yard run with 6:58 left to cut the lead to 20-14.
With 4:10 remaining, Locklin tacked on his second touchdown of the game for Rockdale on a 24-yard run. Rockdale would complete the two-point conversion to take a 28-14 lead.
Bailey was able to close the gap with a two-yard touchdown with 49 seconds remaining to cut the Rockdale lead to 28-20.
Rockdale would add a field goal to take a 31-20 lead into halftime.
Defense was the name of the game in the third quarter as Rockdale was the only team to score on a one-yard touchdown pass to boost their lead to 38-20 heading into the final quarter.
Miller took the ball into his own hands and picked up a 26-yard rushing touchdown for Malakoff to cut the deficit to 38-26 with 10:01 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Miller picked up another touchdown on a two-yard rush with 4:42 remaining to cut the Rockdale lead to 38-33.
Rockdale put the nail in the coffin with a late touchdown to seal the 46-33 victory over Malakoff.
Rockdale moves on to the Area round of the playoffs to face Woodville Friday, Nov. 24.
Malakoff won 54 games combined over the last five seasons.
Things turned around after Jamie Driskell arrived, carrying the team to an 8-3 record in 2009 after going 0-10 in 2008.
The Malakoff Tigers season comes to an end as they finish up 2017 at 9-2 overall under Coach Driskell.

Nov

08

Posted by : admin | On : November 8, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
TEAGUE–The Malakoff Tigers lost their first game of the 2017 season on Nov. 3 against a very tough Teague Lions squad.
The Lions had more than a few long drives set up by either great passes or great blocking.
The Tigers struggled on the offensive side with three interceptions from quarterback Judd Miller.
In the end, the Lions came out on top of the Tigers 35-14 as Malakoff’s impressive winning streak came to an end.
The Tigers came into the game at 8-0 this season, and on a 20-game winning streak dating back to 2015.
The Lions offense exploded for 380 rushing yards and finished the night with 517 total yards of offense.
The Tigers finished with 326 total yards of offense against Teague.
The Tigers struggled to convert on third down against the Lions, going 3/11 on Friday night.
The loss drops the Tigers record to 8-1 overall with a 5-1 district record.
They are currently tied with both Teague and West for first place heading into the final week of the regular season.
The Tigers come home and honor their seniors in their final regular season game Nov. 10. They face off against the Elkhart Elks (3-6, 1-5 district) as they prepare for the upcoming postseason.
The Tigers went five rounds deep into the playoffs in 2016, coming just one win shy of a trip to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the 3A State Championship game.
The Tigers defeated Troy, Kirbyville, Rockdale and Cameron Yoe before falling in a close contest, 28-24 to Yoakum. Yoakum lost to Mineola in the championship game.

Nov

02

Posted by : admin | On : November 2, 2017

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–On Thursday, Texas R-Congressman Jeb Hensarling announced he will not be seeking re-election.
“Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned,” Hensarling stated. “Throughout this time, my family has graciously sacrificed for my service. As the parents of two teenagers, Melissa and I know there are only a few years left before they leave and make their own way in life. I want to be there for those years. Since my term as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee comes to an end next year, the time seems right for my departure.”
He said that during the remaining 14 months of his term, he will continue the fight for individual liberty, free enterprise and limited constitutional government.
He expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the support he’s received and for “the trust you have placed in me to advance the principles we share.”
Also this week, in the state house Republican Speaker of the House Joe Straus announced he was not seeking re-election for the 2019 session, stopping one term short of setting a possible record as Speaker.
As late as last month (September), Straus was saying he would seek a record sixth term as speaker and that he wouldn’t be running for the House if that weren’t true.
In his statement, San Antonio Republican Straus acknowledged his decision was “unexpected.”
“It’s been decades since someone has left the Speaker’s office on his own terms,” Straus said. “But we have accomplished what I hoped the House would accomplish when I first entered this office, and I am increasingly eager to contribute to our state in new and different ways.”
“I believe that in a representative democracy, those who serve in public office should do so for a time, not for a lifetime. And so I want you to know that my family and I have decided that I will not run for re-election next year,” Straus said in a campaign email.
Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, called Straus’ decision a “political earthquake” and said dynamics at the Legislature will definitely shift without Straus at the helm of the House. The speaker was a relatively quiet leader for his first four terms in the job. He found his voice in 2017, pushing against social conservatives whose agenda – led by what became known as the “bathroom bill” – threatened his own desire to push economic development, infrastructure and other more or less bipartisan ideas.
State house Speaker Straus’ announcement set into motion speculation about the future of Straus’ top lieutenants. One of his closest allies, Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, who is chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, said in a statement first reported by Quorum Report that he “will pursue other opportunities to serve our great state.”
Arch-conservative members who have opposed Straus face off against more centrist Republicans. Within hours of Straus’ announcement, one of his top lieutenants, Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, announced that he had filed to run for the speaker’s post. State Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, had previously announced his candidacy, and others are expected to jump in.
Tea Party leaders and their allies have blamed Straus for killing controversial measures backed by the far right, most notably a bill that would have regulated which bathrooms transgender Texans could use.
Speaking with reporters after the announcement inside his office, Straus said he finally took the advice he always gives members: After any session, go home and talk to your constituents and family, and then make a decision about whether to run again.
“A confident leader knows it’s time to give it back,” Straus said.
No longer serving as speaker would allow a “greater opportunity to express my own views and priorities,” Straus said, adding that he would “continue to work for a Republican Party that tries to bring Texans together instead of pulling us apart.”
“Our party should be dynamic and forward-thinking, and it should appeal to our diverse population with an optimistic vision that embraces the future,” Straus said in the campaign email. “I plan to be a voice for Texans who want a more constructive and unifying approach to our challenges, from the White House on down.”

Nov

02

Posted by : admin | On : November 2, 2017

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers continued their impressive winning streak, defeating the West Trojans at home Oct. 27.
The Tigers struck first just four minutes into the first quarter on a touchdown pass to take a quick 7-0 lead.
The Trojans answered just four minutes later with a three-yard rushing touchdown to tie the game 7-7.
Malakoff turned over possession on downs after a missed field goal with two minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
The Tigers would come back after a punt by the Trojans, adding a touchdown with less than a minute remaining to take a 15-7 lead into the second quarter after a successful two-point conversion.
The Trojans came right back with a 77-yard rushing touchdown with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter to cut the Tigers lead to 15-14.
An interception thrown by the Tigers gave the Trojans possession on their own 10-yard line.
They took over six minutes off the clock on their offensive drive, finishing it with a 15-yard rushing touchdown with around a minute to go in the first half to take a 21-15 lead.
The Tigers would not go quietly into halftime as they started on their own 25-yard line after the Trojans kickoff.
The Tigers drove the ball downfield 75 yards in less than a minute, finishing off the drive with a rushing touchdown to take a 22-21 lead into halftime.
The Tigers opened the third quarter with a field goal just under three minutes in to push their lead to 25-21.
The Tigers would hold the Trojans off the board in the third quarter as they headed towards the final 12 minutes of the contest.
The Tigers added another rushing touchdown under two minutes in to take a 32-21 lead over the Trojans.
The Trojans finally pushed their way into Tigers’ territory, culminating in a nine-yard rushing touchdown with just over three minutes to go, cutting the lead to 32-27 after a failed two-point conversion.
The Tigers recovered the onside kick from the Trojans and took possession at the 50-yard line.
The Tigers tacked on their last touchdown of the night, followed by a two-point conversion to take the 40-27 victory over the Trojans.
The win is the 20th straight regular season win for the Tigers, with Malakoff winning 38 of their last 40 regular season games overall. The victory pushes their perfect record to 8-0 overall this season and 5-0 in district play.
With the defeat of the Trojans, the Tigers sit all alone in first place in 3A-1 Region III District 9. West and Teague are now tied for second place with 4-1 records.
The Tigers will travel to Teague to take on the second-place Lions (6-2, 4-1 district) Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers then return home for parent night Nov. 10 and finish up the regular season against the Elkhart Elks before preparing for the playoffs.

Oct

26

Posted by : admin | On : October 26, 2017

By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
LOG CABIN–Citizens turned out in appreciable numbers to support their volunteer fire department at the Oct. 19 meeting of the Log Cabin City Council. The City of Log Cabin held an emergency meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 to address concerns about the fire department. At that meeting, the council agreed to use the Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department to answer calls within the city instead of their own Log Cabin Volunteer Fire Department. The Log Cabin Fire Department was not present at that meeting because they were not informed of it. Citizens took to social media to air their concerns.
With the VFD on the agenda as item 10, the citizens turned out to be heard on the matter. According to Fire Chief Cory Abbe, as of that meeting the department had 14 volunteers and nine of them were present.
The crowd grew agitated as the council dealt with agenda items, one-by-one in order. When it came to item 10, the VFD, Abbe addressed the council, asking for a meeting to present his case to keep the Log Cabin VFD responding to the city. He assured the council and mayor he would answer their concerns, one of which was adequate staffing. Mayor Lawrence Nolan and the council agreed to meet with them. As of press time Wednesday, no meeting time had been announced.
Public comments were passionate, but respectful. Lynette Busby addressed the council, praising the Log Cabin first responders for being there for her when her husband collapsed. She said, “They were there within minutes and took over CPR until the ambulance arrived. Our police chief was there and they didn’t leave me until my family arrived. There is no telling how long I would have been alone if our first responders weren’t there. They are wonderful.”
That sentiment was echoed by the other citizens who spoke. Another citizen warned the council, “if you persist, know that we are losing something that is very valuable.”
In other business, council members
• approved sale of city owned property in section 14,
• agreed to purchase golf cart from the police department for $3,800 for use by the water department,
• resolved to file for a grant with the East Texas Council of Governments for a solid waste program grant to fund a part-time litter abatement officer and help fund city-wide cleanups and
• heard reports from various city departments.

Oct

12

Posted by : admin | On : October 12, 2017

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By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers kept their winning streak going Oct. 6 as they defeated the Groesbeck Goats on homecoming night.
The Tigers came into the game on a four-game winning streak, including winning their first district contest against Whitney Sept. 29.
The Tigers dominated the first two quarters, taking a 21-0 lead into halftime.
They tacked on that same amount in just 12 minutes in the third quarter, bringing a 42-0 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers were outscored 14-7 by the Goats in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers won their homecoming game by a resounding score of 49-14.
They held the Goats to 290 total yards of offense while tying for most points in a game this season. The only other time the team has scored 49 points was in a win over Tyler Grace Sept. 22.
The loss drops the Goats to 3-2 overall with a 1-1 district record.
The Tigers remain perfect this season at 5-0, including a 2-0 record in district play.
They sit tied atop the 3A-1 Region III District 9 standings with West as the only teams to start district 2-0. The Tigers are the only team with an overall perfect record, with West and Whitney sitting at 4-1.
The Tigers head off on the road as they face the Eustace Bulldogs (3-2, 0-2 district) Friday, Oct. 13.

Oct

12

Posted by : admin | On : October 12, 2017

Bryce Cook (left) and Tyler Spillman

Bryce Cook (left) and Tyler Spillman

By Bodey Cooper
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College football team is mourning the deaths of two Cardinal players who were killed in a head-on crash Monday morning.
Freshmen Tyler Spillman and Bruce Cook were heading back to Athens early Monday morning when they collided head-on with an 18-wheeler.
According to the Department of Public Safety, the wreck happened on FM 488 around 3:45 a.m. north of the Fairfield area. They had been in the Houston area and left around midnight. They both had a team meeting at 9 a.m. Monday morning, followed by practice at 10:45 a.m., according to their coach, Brad Smiley. Players were allowed to go home that weekend since they had an open date on the schedule, he added.
Spillman and Cook were traveling northbound on FM 488 in Freestone County, approximately one-and-a-half miles north of FM 416, when their vehicle crossed the center median and into the path of a southbound 18-wheeler tanker truck which burst into flames upon being struck head-on, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to Navarro County Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Spillman and Cook were pronounced dead at the scene.
For the year, Spillman had five tackles and 1.5 sacks as a defensive lineman. Cook had five tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass broken up.
Both young men were from Spring. Spillman graduated from Klein Collins High School and Cook graduated from Westfield High School.
TVCC released a statement on their Facebook page remembering both players and what they meant to the team as well as the campus.
“We are saddened by the news that Cardinal football players Bryce Cook and Tyler Spillman have passed away. Their leadership on our football team and overall presence on our campus will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s and Tyler’s families, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”