Nov

03

Posted by : admin | On : November 3, 2016

Log Cabin Fire Rescue douse smoldering remains of a seven structure fire on Merrick Street in Cherokee Landing, Monday.

Log Cabin Fire Rescue douse smoldering remains of a seven structure fire on Merrick Street in Cherokee Landing, Monday.

The News Staff Reports
LOG CABIN–Ten fire departments were called out to fight a spreading fire to several structures in the lakeside neighborhood of Cherokee Landing in Log Cabin around 5 p.m. Monday. When Payne Springs Fire Chief Randy Harley arrived, a flash in the second structure caused him to ask dispatch to “tone out everybody,” according to reports from the scene.
The original call directed Payne Springs and Eustace Fire departments to respond to 14497 Merrick.
A mechanical issue caused the Log Cabin engine to fail just before the second structure experienced an explosion. Firefighters on the scene had to fall back until tankers and other departments could pressure up and roll out hoses.
Flames from the first two structures soon ignited neighboring ones and the fire quickly spread, leaving structures in heaps of ash and metal material.
No one was in residences at the time of the fire. At least one firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, but no loss of life was reported. By 6:30 p.m. the fire was brought under control and stopped in its spread in a wooded area.
Other fire departments also responding to the dispatch included: Caney City, Gun Barrel City, Mabank, Trinidad, Tool, Malakoff and Southside.
Henderson County Fire Marshal Shane Renberg was unavailable to report his preliminary findings on the cause of the fire by press time Tuesday.

Oct

20

Posted by : admin | On : October 20, 2016

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By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers football team rocked and rolled on Homecoming, beating Palestine Westwood, 46-14, to remain unbeaten at 7-0. The Tigers are ranked No. 3 in the state by The Associated Press.
Three more regular-season games remain for the Tigers: tonight’s game (Oct. 21) at West, which as of Friday’s slate of games is 3-1 in district; Oct. 28’s game hosting Teague (4-0 in district); then the regular-season finale, at Elkhart (2-2 in district) on Nov. 4. Those three games stand in the way of Malakoff’s first district championship since 2013 and the second undefeated, untied regular season in school history, the first coming in 1940.
The Malakoff Homecoming matchup with Palestine Westwood was the twelfth meeting between the schools since 1972, with Malakoff now holding a 7-5 victory margin over Westwood with Oct. 14’s win. The Tigers have won four consecutive games in the series since 2013.
Malakoff started the beating of Westwood with a Judd Miller-to-Tyler Russell 48-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage for the Tiger offense, which set up shop in Westwood territory after Russell ran back the opening kickoff to midfield. Only 16 seconds elapsed from the clock, and Malakoff led 6-0 after the failed two-point conversion.
Malakoff struck quickly after a Westwood fumble on the kickoff return was recovered by Tiger defender Xavier McCullar at the Westwood 44-yard line, with 11:41 left in the first quarter. That drive was capped when QT Barker took a swing pass 10 yards for a touchdown at the 10:22 mark of the opening stanza. The extra-point kick gave Malakoff a 13-0 advantage.
Touchdown No. 3 for Malakoff came with 7:08 left in the first quarter, when ShaZarrion Bailey plunged into the end zone from one yard out. The extra-attempt clanged off the upright, leaving the score at Malakoff 19, Westwood 0. Bailey again scored a Tiger touchdown, this time on a 38-yard throw-and-run that put Malakoff ahead 26-0 with 4:35 left in the first quarter, including the successful point-after kick.
Westwood got its first stop on defense late in the first quarter, then early in the second quarter, the Westwood offense picked up its initial first down of the game. A chop-block penalty killed that Westwood drive, with Malakoff essentially finishing off their visitors with a 61-yard Miller-to-Russell touchdown pass on Malakoff’s first play after Westwood punted the ball back. Malakoff now led 33-9 with 8:10 before halftime.
Malakoff’s defense forced another punt, which went out of bounds at the Westwood 48-yard line. Two plays later, with five minutes before halftime, QT Barker caught a 43-yard touchdown pass, upping Malakoff’s lead to 40-0 (extra point kick good), which stood as the halftime score
Six more Malakoff points were rung up with 7:43 left in the third quarter (the extra-point kick was blocked), when Miller connected with Russell for a 22-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-down-and-eight play. After going up 46-0, Malakoff’s lineup was littered with backups, with Westwood scoring two late touchdowns to account for the 46-14 final.

Oct

20

Posted by : admin | On : October 20, 2016

The News Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 24 and runs through Friday, Nov. 4. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
The Presidential election is of course, top of mind for most. Running on the Republican ticket is Donald J. Trump/Mike Pence and the Democratic ticket is Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine. Also running are Libertarians Gary Johnson/William Weld and Green Party candidates Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka.
United States Representative, Dist. 5 comes down to Republican Jeb Hensarling and Libertarian Ken Ashby.
Railroad Commissioner candidates are Republican Wayne Christian, Democrat Grady Yarbrough, Libertarian Mark Miller and Green Party candidate Martina Salinas.
There are several Justices of the Supreme Court elections. In the running for Place 3, is Republican Debra Lehrmann, Democrat Mike Westergren, Libertarian Kathie Glass, and Green Party candidate Rodolfo Rivera Munoz. Place 5 candidates are Republican Paul Green, Democrat Dori Contreras Garza, Libertarian Tom Oxford and Green Party candidate Charles Waterbury. For Place 9, the candidates are Republican Eva Guzman, Democrat Savannah Robinson, Libertarian Don Fulton and Green Party candidate Jim Chisholm.
Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place 2 candidates are Republican Mary Lou Keel, Democrat Lawrence “Larry” Meyers, Libertarian Mark Ash and Green Party candidate Adam King Blackwell Reposa. Place 5 candidates are Republican Scott Walker, Democrat Betsy Johnson, Libertarian William Bryan Strange III and Green Party candidate Judith Sanders-Castro. Place 6 candidates are Republican Michael E. Keasler, Democrat Robert Burns and Libertarian Mark W. Bennett.
State Board of Education, District 9 candidates are Republican Keven M. Ellis, Democrat Amanda M. Rudolph and Libertarian Anastasia Wilford.
Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees candidates are Peggy Dewberry, Stephen Burkhalter, Duana Busch, Michael Kent Monroe and Jerry Spiva. Voters may choose up to three of the candidates.
Crossroads ISD Board of Trustee candidates are Shelly Robertson, Darren Himes, William “Russell” Giles, Jr., Dustin Cook, Kevin Hazelip and Shane Stanfield. Voters may choose three candidates
The City of Caney City has a bond election for $191,000 tax bonds for structing and equipping a fire station.
Also on the ballot for some voters in Precincts 1 and 4 is The Henderson County Emergency Services District 11 special election proposition to confirm the creation of the Henderson County Emergency Services District 11 and the levy by the District of a tax not to exceed the rate allowed by the Section 48-e of the Texas Constitution.
See page 3A for polling locations.

Oct

13

Posted by : admin | On : October 13, 2016

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The Eustace Bulldogs lost 49-6 to the third-ranked Malakoff Tigers in Malakoff Sept. 7 at Tiger Stadium.
The Tiger’s offense was on a roll Friday night, dishing out 300 yards of total offense in the first half alone, while the Bulldogs were held to just 173 all game. The Tiger’s record raises to 6-0 and 3-0 in district 9-3A alone.
Malakoff quarterback Judd Miller was accurate all night, completing 15 of his 18 passes for 191 yards and four touchdowns. He added 57 yards rushing and one touchdown on the ground.
Tigers running back Breashawn Williams led the game in rushing with 130 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, including a 95-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Scoring got underway quickly, as Malakoff reached the endzone on the first drive of the game when Miller found QT Barker for an 8-yard pass. After the failed two-point conversion, Malakoff led 6-0.
The Bulldogs started to get an offensive drive going to fight back, but a pass was picked off by the Tigers to force the interception and turnover. The Tigers used that turnover to score again, this time on a 26-yard run by Miller. The two-point conversion was good and the Tigers led 14-0.
Eustace scored its lone touchdown of the night next, capped off by a 32-yard pass from Alejandro Sanchez to Clifton Johnson on a fourth down play to make the game 14-6 at the 10:50 mark in the second quarter.
The Tigers were not phased. Miller answered back with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Barker to take the 20-6 lead. The PAT was no good.
From this point on it was all Malakoff. Tiger touchdowns in the first half include a 20-yard Miller pass to Russell and a 6-yard Williams run.
Barker finished the game with six catches for 57 yards and two touchdowns, and Russell had five catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulldogs used three quarterbacks in Shanchez’s first game back returning from an injury.
Cameron Rogers was the leading runner for the Bulldogs with 23 carries for 89 yards.

Sep

22

Posted by : admin | On : September 22, 2016

The News Staff Reports
TYLER–The No. 4-ranked Malakoff Tigers improved to 3-0 on the season with a 46-14 victory over the Tyler Grace Community Cougars Friday at Tiger Stadium.
QT Barker had a highlight-reel 73-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early in the game to bring the Tigers into a tie 7-7. In the second quarter the Tigers took the lead for good when Judd Miller found Tyler Russell for a seven-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion gave Malakoff the 15-7 lead.
JaQuaylon Hart helped the cause on defense, running back a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown, giving the Tigers a 22-7 lead. The final Tigers touchdown in the first half was another pass from Miller to Russell for a 9-yard strike. Malakoff led 29-7 at the break.
After halftime, the Tigers just kept bringing it to Tyler Grace. Barker got things going again with a 48-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, followed by a PAT by Everardo Garcia to make the score 36-7.
Garcia booted a 28-yard field goal to build the lead to 39-7. Grace answered by their final touchdown of the night to make the score 39-14 in the fourth quarter.
RJ Carr scored the final touchdown on the night with a 86-yard run to bring the score to the 46-14 final.
The Tigers are back in action Sept. 23 in the District 9-3A opener against the Whitney Wildcats at Tiger Stadium.

Sep

22

Posted by : admin | On : September 22, 2016

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff ISD School Board authorized the superintendent to negotiate funding terms to move forward on a plan to save the district thousands of dollars annually on its energy needs.
A representative from Ideal Impact presented a four-year partnership with the district to optimize all its energy systems, install unique software and act as a consultant to conserve energy and dollars. Ideal Impact views what it does as a ministry which has been returning massive amounts of funds back to schools and universities for the past eight years.
The partnership guarantees a return of savings above the cost of service. The board agreed to finance the $204,000 for four years of the partnership to save approximately $73,000 a year, a 28 percent reduction on energy expenditures.
Trustees learned there would be no other costs to upgrade or replace equipment, and that the program was not simply a light bulb exchange program. “Actually there’s very little savings opportunity in lighting, though a lighting team will be making recommendations,” the representative said.
A team from Ideal Impact conducted their own energy analysis of the district’s systems at its own cost, over 10 days, before giving the board its estimate of what it would require to deliver savings — $55,455.10, annually. “This is a good faith agreement among men of good will. After all is done to weatherize equipment, optimize controls for energy conservation and comfort, Ideal Impact trains any and all willing to learn how to maintain and monitor the efficiency of the system and documents everything in simple terms, so in the years ahead others can continue to realize the energy savings.
It also acts as a consultant on energy matters; including how to measure how much energy any given event might require for expense considerations, negotiating with energy suppliers for the best price and plans to expand or shrink facilities for the remainder of the four years. “Our goal is for the project to be self-sustaining,” the representative said.
“They’re offering to help us help ourselves,” Superintendent Randy Perry said.
Monthly comparisons on energy savings will include necessary adjustments to compare apples to apples, using 2016 as a base year. “Every month you’ll get a report off every meter,” the representative said. “The sooner we start the sooner the district can realize the savings. There should be between $6,000 and $7,500 savings right away. But it’s up to you when to start,” the representative said. “However, I suggest you start before the peak energy months (December, January, February) because these would set a new high demand baseline that would be applied to your billing for the next 12 months,” she said.
“If we don’t do this, we’re going to have to look elsewhere to save money,” Perry said. “For the long term, it’s the smart thing to do. When I’m gone and you’re gone, the district will still be saving money.”
Trustees agreed with Perry’s recommendation that they not use the district’s fund balance for the partnership but rather seek funding through a maintenance note coming from Maintenance and Operation funds. Preliminary research had found such a note at 3.5 percent from Government Capital. Perry said he would negotiate a rate of 3.25 or better for the partnership.
In other business, trustees:
• heard enrollment was at 1,344.
• heard teachers had until Oct. 4 to submit grant applications to the Malakoff Education Foundation.
• heard The Homecoming Parade was set for Tuesday, Oct. 11 and a tailgate celebration at Brookshire’s in Malakoff from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• heard Sen. Robert Nichols would meet with area superintendents regarding his fight against school vouchers on Oct. 12 in Athens.
• set homecoming for Friday, Oct. 14.
• noted Academic Designations at several of the campuses.

Sep

15

Posted by : admin | On : September 15, 2016

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF—The Malakoff City Council adopted its 2017 budget and tax rate Monday. The $1,853,000 budget includes adding staff and pay raises, an $87,000 bond payment and increases in the fire and police departments. The council approved a penny increase in the tax rate from 48 cents to 49 cents per $100 property value. The fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
Commenting on the budget, Mayor Pro Tem Tim Trimble said, “We’ve given our employees all the tools they need to get the job done.”
During the same meeting, council members unanimously approved a monetary gift for city employees of $250 each. No reason was given.
Two members of the Malakoff Economic Development Corp, Kasey Jamison and Vincent Bailey Jr. were reappointed for another two-year term. million budget.
During a public hearing on the budget and tax rate, David Hennessee pointed out that the ditch cleaning operations on Martin Street, where he lives has not been effective as now there is standing water where it has not been before, even washing back under the street and power pole. “The water is not flowing as it should,” he said.
City employee Tim Whitley answered that a water study is now underway by engineers to determine how best to correct the issue. Once done, the Texas Department of Transportation is to be brought in to help correct it.
Hennessee also noted that the administration line item went up quite a bit, to which City Administrator Ann Barker said that more personnel was being added.
Another resident asked that a street light be installed on North Lincoln, to which she was answered one is being ordered from TXU and that the paperwork had been sent in.
Also on the agenda were closed sessions with three employees, individually for evaluation; and a session with the city attorney regarding pending litigation touching on the fire department, and non-emergency calls being directed to the Malakoff Police Department.

Sep

08

Posted by : admin | On : September 8, 2016

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By Delanda S. Johnson
Special to the News
MALAKOFF–On Aug. 28, Johnson Chapel A. M. E. church celebrated its 119 years of existence.
Johnson Chapel A.M.E. Church was organized in 1897 in the Cedar Creek bottoms,under a brush arbor on Abe Johnson’s Farm.
Johnson Chapel has gone through many trials and tribulations, but with the courage and strength of its members, descendants of Bro. Abe Johnson, and the local community, Johnson Chapel A. M. E. church stands strong in the 21st century.
The program moved forward with Evangelist Alma Berry opening service along with Sis. Delanda S. Johnson interacting with the congregation with songs of praise and worship.
Bro. Gilbert Smith welcomed everyone to Johnson Chapel, “the friendly church where everybody is somebody and Christ is ALL.”
Rev. Rickey Barnes, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Malakoff and who is also a fourth generation descendant of Abe Johnson, spoke on behalf of the Johnson family. “We are honored to be here once again at this Annual Homecoming service to remember the past and to help keep the future of Johnson Chapel A. M. E. church alive and well.”
Rev. Linda Ross, Pastor of Johnson Chapel introduced the speaker; who was none other that the former Pastor of Johnson Chapel, Rev. I. B. Wells, Jr.
Rev. Wells is currently the Pastor of Stearne Chapel A. M. E. church in Bryan, Texas.
Rev. Wells graduated from Brownwood High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton State University. He is an educator certified to teach History and Physical Education. He has won Area, District and Regional championships and in 2014 he coached the Calvert Lady Trojans to play for the State title in basketball and became the State Championship runner-up. He was also selected as Brazos Valley Coach of the Year in 2013-2014.
Even though he loves coaching sports, he loves being a coach for God, winning souls on the battlefield of life. Spreading the gospel and leading people to Christ is what he is passionate about, praying for the sick, offering counseling to adults and students hoping to make a difference in the lives of God’s people.
Sis. Cydnei Wells performed a strong and spiritual praise dance before her father preached.
Rev. Wells acknowledged that he was happy to be back home (Johnson Chapel) and in the Malakoff community. “When I was Pastor here at Johnson Chapel, the Malakoff community supported me. Even when I was coaching at Calvert and we were playing for the State Championship, the Malakoff community supported me by watching the game on television. Also now that my Oakwood team comes to Trinidad and beats them, the Malakoff community supports me,” said Rev. Wells.
The service moved on with Rev. Wells giving his sermon, “Wake-up You Sleepy Head,” coming from Genesis 28:10-22.
Rev. Wells said that sometimes we feel that we are all alone, but as a child of God we must know that God is everywhere. He will never leave you nor forsake you; God will be with you know matter what.
“Ask yourself, how many times have you felt stressed out? How many times have you felt tired of running? How many times have you felt depressed? How many times have you just gone back and forth trying to find peace? You must know that God is there through all of your situations. He is the way out of no way. He is the Prince of Peace. All you need to do is turn everything over to the Lord,” said Rev. Wells.
Rev. Wells said that everything that God gives to you is holy and you must know that God will walk with you no matter what. “God will never turn His back on you. He shows grace and mercy on you each and everyday. So, “Wake-up You Sleepy Heads” and know that Jesus died to set us free from all sins. He is our salvation and He has all power in His hands,” said Rev. Wells.
After a soul stirring sermon, the Rev. G. B. Bailey, Sr. award was presented. This award was started by Rev. Bill Burton, former Pastor of Johnson Chapel in honor of the late Rev. G. B. Bailey, Sr., who was also a former Pastor of Johnson Chapel and Presiding Elder of the Northeast Texas Conference (known now as North Texas Conference).
This award represents the faithfulness and helpfulness that the person gives to the community and to Johnson Chapel.
This year’s winner was Bro. Clyde Bailey. He is a native of Malakoff and a graduate of Malakoff High School. He attended Henderson County Junior College (now known as Trinity Valley Community College).
Bro. Bailey works for Lumia Energy in Henderson and also does carpentry work, where he is a skilled brick layer and deals with concrete.
Bro. Bailey’s Christian walk started at Johnson Chapel A. M. E. Church. However he is now a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he serves as Chairman of the Trustee Board. Even though Bro. Bailey is no longer a member of Johnson Chapel, he gives his time and service whenever there is a need.
It is said that he is a man of the community, who gives a helping hand.

Aug

18

Posted by : admin | On : August 18, 2016

IMG_2130By Erik Walsh
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF-The Malakoff Lady Tigers emerged victorious in three sets over cross-lake rivals Eustace Lady Bulldogs in a Aug. 16 matchup in Malakoff.
The clean sweep by Malakoff was the only meeting of the two teams this season. The Lady Tigers won by scores of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-23.
In sub-varsity action, the Eustace freshman defeated Malakoff in two sets, 25-18, 25-15; and the Malakoff JV won in three sets, 25-23, 22-25 and 15-10.
Eustace jumped out to a 4-1 lead in game one before extending it to 11-8. The Lady Tigers fought back to take the lead 20-18 before securing the victory 25-23.
Malakoff never trailed in game two, jumping out to a 4-1 to begin the set. Eustace eventually tied it up 7-7, but the Lady Tigers reclaimed the lead and never surrendered it. Malakoff went up 15-12 before advancing the lead to 18-15, then 22-19. They won game two 25-22.
After the hard fought game both teams set their sights on the Eustace tournament this weekend. The Lady Bulldogs’ first game is August 18 at 8 a.m. against Blooming Grove. The loss drops Eustace’s record to 4-4.
The Lady Tigers open play in the Eustace tournament at 3 p.m. against Quinlan Boles. The win over Eustace gave Malakoff its first win of the season.

Aug

18

Posted by : admin | On : August 18, 2016

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF—The Malakoff School board adopted a tax rate equal to the same one it adopted last year, totaling $1.20 per $100 worth of taxable property value. The new budget was also adopted Aug. 15 based on 1,308 students attending or about $13,015 per student totaling a budget of $17,024.101. Currently, 1,311 students are enrolled, with more expected in kindergarten.
A little more than two million dollars will service the district’s debt in 2016-17, as it did last year. That’s about $1,546 per student.
However, the majority of the funding per student will go toward instruction and instructional support, about $6,940 per student. District operations will absorb $2,037 per student. A total of seven other services and expenses totals $2,161 per student.
Trustees unanimously approved five items including the Student Code of Conduct, insurance for vehicle property and general liability, final budget amendments for 2015-16 school year, naming Smith, Lambright & Associates to audit the 2015-16 finances and a list of principals, assistant principals to appraise teachers’ effectiveness under the new rules.
Trustees also agreed for Henderson County to operate its November 8 school board election. The deadline to file candidacy at the administration building is Monday, Aug. 22.
Three board members are up for re-election. They are Gary Woolverton, Mike Monroe and Jerry Spiva, who has been filling a term vacated by Billy Sparks.
Superintendent Randy Perry presented nine goals for the year. Priority was given to seeing students improve their short answer writing abilities to meet the state’s rubric. He also sees the door of opportunity closing for the district to move toward becoming a District of Innovation. This category would give the district flexibility as do many charter schools. He means to begin the process in September and finish it by March. He also wants to see the district’s Special Education students experience greater success on the STAAR test. “We just have to do whatever we can to help these kids, who work so hard to achieve their maximum potential,” he said.
His goals also include incorporating more collaborations via Google Apps and Docs to host Google classrooms for greater creativity and more efficient and timely adjustments for forward momentum. Perry also wants to see more students considered college ready by the TEA upon graduation. Toward that end, he hopes to have more students taking the college entrance exams and increase parent participation in the college selection process.
Because half of being successful in learning requires being in class, Perry wants the attendance rate to continue at 96 percent or better for the year.
On a celebratory note, Perry said he’s looking forward to marking the second Blue Ribbon campus in the district in as many years, when the announcement becomes official that Tool Elementary School has made the cut.
And finally go on providing a safe and orderly environment for students and staff.
In other business, trustees:
• Set meeting dates for November, December and January to accommodate holidays in those months. The board will meet as follows: Monday, Nov. 14, Monday, Dec. 12 and Thursday, Jan. 19.
• Heard all campuses Met Standard and the Distinguished list was to be released Aug. 26.
• Reviewed Update 105.
• Accepted the SHAC Report.
• Heard Principal and staff reports and gratitude to the board for $50 checks each teacher received during this week’s convocation.
• Considered future agenda item to repair sidewalk by the athletic entrance.
• Noted rock was delivered by Precinct 1 County Commissioner Scotty Thomas and spread in the driveway to the Agricultural Barn.