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.”

Oct

05

Posted by : admin | On : October 5, 2017

The News Staff Reports
IOWA–Ex Malakoff Police Officer Ernesto Fierro has been ordered to pay a judgment in the amount of $6.3 million from an incident that happened in 2013.
William Livezey, 70 of New Sharon, Iowa died from a heart attack suffered while he was in handcuffs on the side of the road on State Highway 31 east of Corsicana near the Chambers Creek bridge Dec. 11, 2013.
Livezey was hauling reclaimed barn wood on a trailer pulled by his truck from Iowa to a client in Houston when he was pulled over by Fierro, who was off duty at the time. Fierro, who had just finished a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. night shift, was traveling home on his personal motorcycle and passed the truck.
The officer alleged that Livezey’s truck swerved toward him and he took evasive action. Upon regaining control of the motorcycle, Fierro accelerated and put some distance between himself and the truck. When the officer slowed down coming into the next town, the truck caught up and swerved at him again. Once the officer was able to retrieve his badge from his duty belt, he identified himself as a police officer and stopped the truck.
Fierro handcuffed Livezey and placed him on the side of the road, intending to charge him with assault with a deadly weapon. When Navarro County deputies arrived, they removed the handcuffs and told Livezey to sit back in his vehicle and questioned him for 10 to 15 minutes. During the questioning, Livezey became unresponsive and stopped breathing. CPR was performed by a Navarro County Deputy as well as off-duty officer Fierro until Corsicana EMS arrived and transported Livezey to Navarro Regional Hospital where he died.
The family of the deceased, which included a wife and four adult children, filed suit against Fierro, his police chief and the City of Malakoff in April 2014, claiming excessive force and unlawful arrest. The city and police chief were later dropped from the lawsuit, leaving Fierro solely responsible for the judgment.
Fierro is no longer a commissioned peace officer, having been ordered to surrender his license some time earlier due to this incident.

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.