Posted by : admin | On : April 7, 2016


Kevin Lilly (right), who owns and operates 18 McDonald’s restaurants in East Texas, told Malakoff Rotary members March 29 about his company’s new building which opened this month, nearly 10 years after the Malakoff location first opened across the street. Lilly was joined by local store marketing coordinator Berta Winn (left).

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Rotarians learned details March 29 about the construction and first few days of the city’s McDonald’s restaurant, which opened its new location earlier this month after being located across Highway 198 for nearly 10 years.
Kevin Lilly, who along with his wife, Jeaneane, owns and operates 18 McDonald’s locations stretching from Buffalo to Kaufman, and from Ennis to Tyler.
He said the new Malakoff building opened March 10, with ribbon-cutting ceremonies April 1. The ribbon will be made of $5 bills in the amount of $250, which will be donated to the Malakoff High School band. A grand opening was April 2, featuring the McDonald’s character, the Hamburglar.
The new building is 3,500 square feet, Lilly said, as opposed to the 2,000 square feet of space formerly shared with the Exxon convenience store across the highway. McDonald’s of Malakoff opened in Nov. 2006 with a 10-year lease at the former location, Lilly said. It took nine days to move everything across the road, Lilly said. A 1948 license plate was found during demolition and excavation of the gas station which sat at the new McDonald’s site, he added.
One feature of the new building is its interior décor. It includes stone bar stools and a leather couch, which has become a “casual centerpiece,” Lilly said.
The upscale wood and stone interior décor is a prototype and will be featured at McDonald’s Corporations worldwide convention in April, he added. Expanded restrooms are another feature. Lilly reported that the new restaurant, which is managed by Anisa Nelms, has been a big hit.
Lilly said the No. 1 question he receives is about lack of an indoor or outdoor playground. Lilly explained that the 1.01-acre site is “real tight,” and in addition, the finances were not feasible. Another possible location was explored which abuts Brookshire’s grocery, Lilly also said, before settling on the site at the northeast corner of highways 198 and 31.
Lilly, who was accompanied at the Rotary luncheon by local store marketing coordinator Berta Winn, also praised the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) on solving access and drainage issues, along with adjacent property owners.
Lilly said he also spoke to Malakoff Rotary Club around the time of the restaurant’s 2006 opening and is a current city resident. “We feel very, very bonded and feel good about Malakoff,” he said.



Posted by : admin | On : March 31, 2016


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ABOVE: The roof of the Flagg House in Malakoff was badly damaged by the tornado March 8.

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Rotary Club members gathered March 22, with much of the discussion centering on March 8’s tornado, which blew through the area as members were meeting for their weekly luncheon two weeks before.
That tornado felled a tree in the back yard of the Flagg House, built in 1921 by Harry Flagg, a local businessman, and now owned by Ken and Mary Andrews. It’s also home of the Malakoff Historical Society and Museum along with the local Chamber of Commerce, and also hosts Malakoff Rotary meetings.
Damage was significant to the roof, said Pat Isaacson, who helps run all three of the organizations hosted at the Flagg House. A rear chimney on the southwest side crashed through the roof, breaking a rafter, which pushed through the ceiling above the museum’s train collection. There’s interior water damage and the train collection has been moved.
While the roof looks like tile, it’s actually made of metal. Because the metal roofing can no longer be purchased, contractors are considering transplanting part of the same metal roofing from the carriage house, which sits separately behind the Flagg House. The bricks displaced by the collision are planned to be cleaned and reused.
Also, an expansive window was broken on the stairwell landing leading to the second floor. That window is original to the 1921 construction. Some of the flooring, made of oak and heart of pine wood, will require refinishing, which will mark the first time the Flagg House flooring has been resurfaced. The upstairs of the museum is closed until repairs have been completed, Isaacson said.
Malakoff Rotarians voted March 22 to give $250 toward Flagg House repairs, which Rotarian Doug Humble of Cedar Lake Nursing said he would match. Julie Armstrong, a Rotarian and Malakoff Education Foundation leader, said Malakoff High School’s Class of 2007 has also contributed $250. Separately, there’s an online fundraiser set up by Donna Rinn to go toward Flagg House repairs.
Also during March 22’s Malakoff Rotary meeting, Carlos Padron, the club’s president-elect, told fellow Rotarians about his training session at DFW Airport, and shared his thoughts on what he believed made Rotary a worthwhile activity. The switchover from current Malakoff Rotary president Scotty Thomas will take place in June. In addition, Julie Armstrong announced an April 2 5K fun run at Long Cove, north of Malakoff, to raise funds for the Malakoff Education Foundation.



Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016



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A grant of $6,425 from the Malakoff Education Foundation will allow six Tool Elementary teachers to get a mobile Smart Table for their classroom, for collaborative computer projects.

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF—The Malakoff ISD School Board approved the 2016-17 School Calendar Tuesday to include 76,515 minutes. The state now measures school attendance in terms of minutes, Superintendent Randy Perry explained, with 75,600 minutes a minimum requirement. The 900 extra minutes are built in for bad weather time off, or early dismissal on days an athletic team is going to compete at state, he said.
The change calls for the first day of school for students to begin on Aug. 22 and the last day be May 25, 1917, before the Memorial Day Holiday, he noted. The school day will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m. and five minutes later at the high school, while buses are in transit to the campus.
Other important board decisions Tuesday included amending local policy to increase the superintendent’s discretionary spending from $10,000 to $25,000. The trusting relationship between the board and the superintendent was noted, along with a change in state ethics law that would delay by 30 days the district’s ability to respond promptly to unforeseen needs.
The board also granted permission for the superintendent to extend the district’s current contract for electrical services in order to lock in a low rate through 2025, in view of the likelihood of rates increasing with the projected reduction in coal-powered generation plants. “It’s a hedge against any spikes in prices way down the line,” Perry said. Currently, the district is paying 4 cents per kilowatt hour with two years left on its contract. The current extension offer is for a little less than 5 cents per kilowatt hour (.04599 -.0469/KWH), he said.
At the top of the meeting, Perry recognized Malakoff ISD Police Chief Stacy Hillhouse for her prompt action to halt a shooter in the parking lot at a basketball playoff game in Teague last month. “It had nothing to do with any Malakoff people,” Perry said, except that our police chief drove up on the action and stopped the suspect, and that two bullets hit a car belonging to a Malakoff resident attending the game. “We’re very proud of Stacy Hillhouse.”
The meeting was held at the Tool Elementary School, which was advantageous because the Malakoff Education Foundation presented a grant request to a group of teachers at the campus.
MEF President David Bullock presented a check for $6,425 for a smart table. The technology is used as a social, inclusive, and captivating collaboration tool that makes it easy to get young students excited about learning. It’s a great way to enhance the social and academic skills of active learners and ensure all students can achieve success. Third, fourth and fifth grade teachers Kristi Dalrymple, Stephanie Youngman, Tasha French, Amanda Jones, Jolinda Caar and Kristina Mast submitted a grant proposal to the foundation and were extremely pleased by the presentation. “They’ve been wanting to get that table for years, ever since they saw it demonstrated at a teachers’ conference,” Tool Elementary Principal Crystal Calhoun told The News.
The foundation also presented a check to install 15 new overhead projectors throughout the district. “Teachers indicated that the most used piece of equipment in the classroom was the overhead projector,” Bullock said. “So we thought some of these could probably stand to be replaced.” He presented a check for $13,845 for the project for a grand total of $20,270. To date, the foundation has distributed $123,000. “They (MEF) put in a lot of effort to taking care of Malakoff students,” Perry said.
In other business, the board members:
reviewed the Quarterly Investment Report, with a total of $13,961,893.75 as of Feb. 29 invested in three different accounts, garnering various amounts of interest between (.15 to .50 percent).
Certified that the superintendent may serve on the Region VII Education Service Center’s Advisory Committee; and that instructional materials in all subjects other than physical education meet or exceed TEKS requirements for 2016-17.
Viewed a summer plan for teachers’ professional development in the use of technology and best practices in the classroom.
Approved three properties to be sold at the Sheriff’s Tax Foreclosure Sale,
Approved a budget amendment to add funding received from an insurance settlement in connection with the overturning of a school bus last year. It was noted that the district paid a $1,000 deductible and came out even on the costs of repairs.



Posted by : admin | On : March 17, 2016

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–An Athens and Malakoff man were involved in a fatal traffic collison in Odessa the evening of March 12.
Athens resident Joseph Dredla, 21, was driving north on FM 866 when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of FM 866 and Highway 302.
Dredla hit another vehicle, killing Earl Waterbury, 56, of Odessa.
DPS Troopers say Dredla was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon, intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.
Malakoff resident Coby Bostic, 21, a passenger in Dredla’s vehicle, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.
Reports state Bostic was not wearing a seat belt.
He was taken to a hospital in critical condition with incapacitating injuries.



Posted by : admin | On : March 10, 2016

storm 5

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Reported tornadoes and straight line winds gusted through many areas of Cedar Creek Lake March 8 including Malakoff. For more pictures, see The News March 11 issue.



Posted by : admin | On : February 25, 2016

Malakoff lady tigers third round

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The Malakoff Lady Tigers celebrate after their 52-38 victory over Rodgers in the second round of the playoffs Feb. 19. Team members are (from left) Taliah Dora, Kamry Hurd, KeiKei Walker, LaPorsha Trimble, Kiana Reed, Jalie Dawson, Charlsey Stearman, Nakeya Kelley, Hazel Puempel,Kerrian Toliver and Cameron Rodgers. The Lady Tigers are coached by Meghan Hyde.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
CENTERVILLE–The Malakoff Lady Tigers moved on to the Regional Quarterfinals after a 52-38 victory over Rodgers in the second round of the basketball playoffs Feb. 19.
Malakoff jumped out to a 16-12 lead in a first quarter where both teams shot the ball well to begin the game.
Rodgers hung in tough with the tenth ranked Lady Tigers for most of the opening quarter.
Things slowed down for both teams in the second quarter. Malakoff outscored Rodgers 11-5 and took a 10 point lead into halftime.
Both teams scored eight points in the third quarter. Malakoff held strong on defense and did not allow Rodgers to cut into their lead. The Lady Tigers were still up by 10 going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers outscored Rodgers 17-13 and pulled way for a 14 point victory. The win improved Malakoff’s record to 29-3. They played Franklin in the third round of the playoffs, who beat them earlier in the season.
Malakoff was led in scoring by Kiana Reed with 13 points.
Also scoring for the Lady Tigers were, Hazel Puempel with 11, Jalie Dawson with 10, Kamry Hurd with nine, Nakeya Kelley with four and Taliha Dora and Charlsey Stearman with two each.



Posted by : admin | On : February 18, 2016

Navarro College President Dr. Barbara Kavalier (left) and docent Jay Waterman flank Mary Love Sanders, who donated Malakoff Head No. 2 to the Pearce Museum on the college campus, for the re-dedication and unveiling Feb. 16 as part of the Cook Education Center.

Navarro College President Dr. Barbara Kavalier (left) and docent Jay Waterman flank Mary Love Sanders, who donated Malakoff Head No. 2 to the Pearce Museum on the college campus, for the re-dedication and unveiling Feb. 16 as part of the Cook Education Center.

Navarro College President Dr. Barbara Kavalier (left) and docent Jay Waterman flank Mary Love Sanders, who donated Malakoff Head No. 2 to the Pearce Museum on the college campus Feb. 16, during a re-dedication and unveiling ceremony in the Cook Education Center. All three original Malakoff Heads are housed in its permanent collection. The exhibit centers on Hunters and Gatherers of the Late Pleistocene age and the heads may be attributable to the work of Paleoindians. See more from the unveiling in next week’s issue of The News.



Posted by : admin | On : February 18, 2016


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Bro. Cameron Hornbuckle co-hosting the “We Love Our Youth” program and doing a great job.

By Delanda S. Johnson
Special to the News
MALAKOFF–Well, it’s that time of the year and the Henderson County Black History Committee started the month of February off with a bang!
On Feb. 7, the youth of Henderson County celebrated its Annual “We Love Our Youth” program at the First Baptist Church (Walker St.) in Malakoff.
The event was called to order by Master of Ceremonies Bro. Cameron Hornbuckle followed by the traditional song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Bro. Karter Walker delivered a moving prayer with Sis. Rayona Runnels expressing in her own way a musical welcome to the congregation.
First Baptist Church youth set the mood of the church with a heartfelt song.
Bro. Marcus Hornbuckle, Jr., read a paper on Alexander L. Twilight, the first African-American to get a college degree. Bro. Cornelius Hambrick rendered the touching speech “I Have A Dream” by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
After the Black History moments Co-Host Bro. Cameron Brookins introduced the youth from each of the area churches. This year was filled with praise dance teams, mim teams, choirs, etc., helping to celebrate Black History Month.
The National Theme “Hallowed Ground: Sites of African American Memory” with sub-theme “I’m Pressing On” Philippians 3:13-15 gave a special meaning.
Sis. Gabrielle Williams gave an heartfelt introduction of the guest speaker which happen to be her father, Rev. Rickey Barnes, the proud new Pastor of First Baptist Church.
Rev. Barnes first wanted to express to the congregation that the message he was giving was just for the youth. “I need the 19-year-olds and below to please stand. I’m here to let you know that you have greatness with you. Don’t let anyone say or do anything to you that will let you think you do not have greatness within you. So, “What is your purpose?” said Rev. Barnes. (Proverbs 7:6:21)
Rev. Barnes cautioned adults to watch what they do and say in front of their children. He noted that America today is designed to keep the youth’s mind simple; that this will stop you (the youth) from being great.
“If you are looking in today’s society, thugs and bad girls are paid to entertain you. We know that this is a fast-paced world, but don’t buy into all the glamour, music, etc., know that God has a gift that is just for you. God has set your life up for success, but know that Evil is looking at you, too. Parents don’t trust the world; be more involved with everything your child does. Don’t just say, ‘I don’t know anything about social media/computers; you better learn,’” Rev. Barnes said.
“Youth of Henderson County know that Evil is always there, but know that Jesus is there also. Thugs and Bad girls are always there to influence you; know that Jesus is there, also. All you need to do is just crack a door just a little and Jesus will be there to help you,” Rev. Barnes said.



Posted by : admin | On : February 4, 2016


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Jacob Cole has been named the 2016 Beekeeper Ambassador for the East Texas Beekeepers Association.

Special to The News
MALAKOFF–The East Texas Beekeepers Association (ETBA) recently named Malakoff High School freshman Jacob Cole as the 2016 Beekeeper Ambassador.
Cole will travel throughout East Texas speaking at fairs, schools and other venues about the importance of honey bees and keep the media and the public up-to-date on the ETBA Ambassador Program Facebook page.
“The perfection of the honey bee cells always amazes me,” Cole said.
“It is fascinating how each cell is built for a specific need, and the size varies depending on whether the cell is for a queen, worker or dron bee to grow in. Being able to watch the bees fly in and out of the hive loaded with pollen and nectar is one of my favorite things to do.”
Cole began beekeeping in 2013 through the ETBA Youth Scholarship Program. He has spoken at various Henderson County Master Gardener events and loves passing along his knowledge of beekeeping and inspiring others to get involved too.
Cole earned his Master Beekeeper certification in 2014, and will advance to the next level this year.
Coles also loves to hunt, read and participate in 4-H activities. He is a food pantry volunteer and teaches children in the garden at South Athens Elementary School. He hopes to become a Texas Game Warden.
To book Cole for a speaking event, contact Lani Lanchester at lanilanchester@hotmail.com.



Posted by : admin | On : January 21, 2016

Celebratory reception set for 3:30 p.m. Friday at Tool Elementary

Malakoff ISD School Board members are honored with gifts from each campus and received a Texas State House Resolution, courtesy of District 10 Rep. John Wray, which superintendent Randy Perry holds (center). Pictured are (from left) Jason Dalrymple, Billy Sparks, board president Rick Vieregge, Perry, xxxx and xxxx. Malakoff ISD School Board members are honored with gifts from each campus and received a Texas State House Resolution, courtesy of District 10 Rep. John Wray, which superintendent Randy Perry holds (center). Pictured are (from left) Jason Dalrymple, Billy Sparks, board president Rick Vieregge, Perry.

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Malakoff ISD School Board members are honored Jan. 14 with gifts from each campus and received a Texas State House Resolution, courtesy of District 10 Texas House Rep. John Wray, which Superintendent Randy Perry holds (center). Pictured are (from left) Jason Dalrymple (Vice President), Billy Sparks, Rick Vieregge (President), Perry, Tim Mattingly (Secretary) and Mike Monroe. Not pictured are board members Gary Woolverton and Dustin Youngman.

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF—School trustees heard that Malakoff ISD is the smallest district to ever have back-to-back years as nominations for the National Blue Ribbon School recognition. Now in its 34th year, the Department of Education program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels. A final criterion is that nominated schools have an enrollment of 20 percent or greater from an economically disadvantaged population.
Tool Elementary School was listed as one of just 26 schools in Texas to be nominated and its enrollment is nearly 80 percent from an “economically disadvantaged population.”
Principal Christal Calhoun credited the diligent work of her staff, teachers and especially the students for achieving the scholastic results on her campus. “The staff and kids are very excited,” she said.
Calhoun then described how she broke it down for the 213 children enrolled in pre-k through fifth grade at her campus. At a suggestion from one of the teachers at Tool Elementary School, “We first looked at a map of the entire United States and then of Texas. Then I told them how many schools there were in Texas, including private ones, upwards of 8,000. But they still didn’t get it. But when I showed them a clear plastic barrel containing 8,000 dry black beans and pulled out 26 of them, then I pointed out just one of these. Then they understood what a distinction the Blue Ribbon nomination really is!”
Since the announcement came Jan. 13 and Calhoun passed the news to her students, she said parents have been calling to find out when the “Blue Party” was going to happen and what they could do to help. The district has set a congratulatory reception for 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at the school. “All our loyal supporters from the community are invited to attend,” Calhoun said.
During the Jan. 14 school board meeting, Calhoun wrapped up her campus report by looking toward Assistant Superintendent Sybil Norris and Malakoff Elementary School Principal Ronny. Snow for their assistance and guidance in setting the goals that need to be met and the necessary reporting instruments to bring the school through the process to win the 2016 Blue Ribbon Award. The final selections are made in September, school trustees heard. Malakoff Elementary School earned the National Blue Ribbon Award for 2015.
“We, the students and staff, are committed to coming to school every day and doing our very best,” she said. The average daily attendance at Tool Elementary School is an unheard of 97 percent and 14 new students have been recently enrolled, she added. The school, and all the other Malakoff ISD campuses, are beginning twice and thrice weekly individual tutoring sessions.
“Not many school boards get to see that!” Board chairman Rick Vieregge said. “This is a real honor,” Perry said. “We’re the only school district below 5A to do that!”
Snow reported that the State Board of Education has invited him and select teachers to join them in Austin April 8 for special recognition of their Blue Ribbon Award. Snow added that after school tutoring begins on his campus as well and that it’s a real grind that makes for long days, but one that he and his staff feel makes all the difference.
Both elementary schools are seeing the addition of iPads for third-sixth grade classrooms, so every class will have access to six to eight of these, Snow said.
In addition to special gifts and recognition for the school board members during January’s School Board Appreciation month, trustees were treated to a music video produced by students of Malakoff Middle School, that has also been played on the local radio station during morning drive time. Trustees were impressed by the words and sentiments expressed, both personal and individualized. “These are really neat kids,” Middle School Principal Quinton Watkins said.
In other business, trustees:
• Accepted the 2014-15 audit from Smith Lambright and Associates, who noted a strong fund balance of $5.6 million and a new accounting of unfunded liability from future retirement earnings. “You don’t have to budget for it,” J.W. Lambright said. “Just know that your share comes to $1,468,000.”
• Noted the school attendance is now being measured in minutes instead of days.
• Reviewed the highlights of the Texas Academic Performance Report. Malakoff ISD met state standards or above in all important indicators, Norris pointed out. The full report is available on line at www.Malakoffisd.org and as printouts at each campus and administration building.
• Heard progress on baseball field lighting and other improvements have been hampered by the wet weather and possible options for getting around that in time for the season to start.
• Reset the July board meeting from the third Monday in July to the second Monday, July 11, to accommodate a request from the superintendent.
• Evaluated the superintendent’s performance and extended his contract another three years, through 2019.