Dec

13

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : December 13, 2012

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

Malakoff City Council members appointed Bill Burton to fill the vacant position of Municipal Court Judge in a meeting Dec. 10 at the city hall.

Mayor Delois Pagitt told The News that Burton would be contacted and informed of the council’s decision. The date he will assume his duties was unclear, as Burton must inform the city which two days of the week he is available to serve. The transition isn’t expected to take long.

“He will probably he starting before Jan. 1,” Pagitt said.

Burton, a longtime Athens resident, is no stranger to the political sphere. He won the 2012 Democratic nomination for Henderson County Sheriff, eventually losing out to the Republican incumbent Ray Nutt.

Brown served as a police officer, United States Army combat engineer, Justice of the Peace, Administrative Hearing Officer, Real Estate course teacher, arbitrator of property tax disputes and Binding Arbitration hearings.

He grew up in Athens and attended Athens ISD, graduating from the University of Texas in Tyler with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Kinesiology.

He has also also served as preacher.

Nov

17

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 17, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

GLADEWATER — And then there was one.

Malakoff became the last football team standing in Henderson County for the 2012 season when the Tigers beat the Redwater Dragons, 28-22, in a physical bi-district playoff game Friday night.

“The kids fought, that’s all I can tell you,” Head Coach Jamie Driskell said. “The offense fought, the defense fought, they just fought.”

The win marks the first time in school history the Tigers (8-3) have won playoff games in consecutive years, and continues the most successful run of football ever for Malakoff.

“It is a huge step for this program and for these kids,” Driskell said.

Friday night, the Tigers were helped along by getting a huge game out of junior running back Demontes Dowell, and two fourth down stops late in the fourth quarter by the defense.

Dowell exploded for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including a 78-yard run down the left sideline on the Tigers first play from scrimmage. His biggest run, however, may have come with 19 seconds remaining in the third quarter, when he powered into the end zone from four yards out to make the score 26-20.

Cesar Garcia came out to kick the extra point, but a penalty on Redwater moved the ball from the 3 to the 1-and-a-half yard line. That prompted Driskell to send the offense back on the field, and quarterback Tate Taylor ran in the two-point conversion to give Malakoff a 28-20 lead.

The margin loomed large as Redwater took the ensuing kickoff and held the ball for more than 9:30 of game time, driving 56 yards on 17 plays. As the clock ticked under three minutes, the Dragons went for it on fourth-and-eight from the Malakoff 9, but came up short.

That was the first big stop by the Tiger defense.

“They just run a smash-mouth offense and we just bowed up and stopped them when we had to,” said Driskell.

But this is the playoffs and the Dragons weren’t about to go quietly. Malakoff lost four yards on three plays and eventually Redwater was able to catch Damontes Dowell in the end zone for a safety to make the score 28-22. Malakoff was forced to kick the ball back to Redwater, and the Dragons had one more chance with 2:14 left and the ball on their own 49.

A couple of quick runs gave Redwater a first down at the Malakoff 40, but with time running out the Dragons had to go to the air. That didn’t work so well, and the Tiger defense got its second big fourth down stop with just seconds remaining on the clock.

In addition to Demontes Dowell’s outburst, Malakoff saw a big contribution from quarterback Tate Taylor, who scored the tying touchdown midway through the third quarter on a five-yard run. That drive was set up by an Isreal Chavez fumble recovery.

Redwater was led by junior fullback Dalton White, who ran for 134 yards between the tackles, and scored on runs of 5 and 23 yards.

Next up for the Tigers is 10-0 Pottsboro 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in Royse City.

Oct

20

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 20, 2012

Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace and Malakoff Municipal Judge Henry Ashford died today of an apparent heart attack, a county source confirmed.

There are no other details at this time.

Oct

19

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 19, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

MALAKOFF — The tone was set early in Malakoff’s 70-8 win over the Kemp Yellowjackets Friday night.

The Tigers kicked off to start the game and Kemp fumbled, with Marcus Dowell recovering for Malakoff. On their first play from scrimmage, the Tigers found the end zone on a 22-yard strike from Tate Taylor to Stephan Wolfe.

Fourteen seconds into the game, and the Tigers were up 7-0.

It was the closest the Yellowjackets would be all night.

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Oct

15

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 15, 2012

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

The Malakoff City Council agreed to amend a city ordinance Monday, Oct. 8, effectively increasing how much residents will pay for their water and sewer bill.

The move increases minimums $1.25 per month for residential water and $2.58 per month for sewer, making the total for these utilities $27 for water and $17 for sewer.

The additional charges per $1,000 gallons will not be changing.

The city was told it was not charging enough for water and sewer back in April, following a rate study by a non-profit group.

Harold Hunter of Community Resource Group, Inc. told the council that at the current rates, the water and sewer fund would be running at a loss in the coming year.

“You are not going to generate enough revenue to cover your costs,” Hunter said at that time.

READ THE REST OF THE STORY IN OUR ONLINE EDITION.

Oct

15

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 15, 2012

The Malakoff Young Farmers entered the First Place float in the 2012 Malakoff Homecoming Parade on Friday. To see more photos, check out our Facebook photo album.

Oct

13

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 13, 2012

2012 Homecoming King and Queen are Cesar Garcia and Korah Crockett.

 

Oct

13

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 13, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The Malakoff Tigers running game is become a dangerous weapon, as Lone Oak learned Friday night.

Coach Jamie Driskell’s Tigers rushed for more than 300 yards, including a four-touchdown, 160-yard effort from junior Damontes Dowell, to power a 41-20 victory over the Buffaloes.

And while Damontes Dowell provided the the zip, cousin Marcus Dowell and quarterback Tate Taylor added the boom with 90 and 70 yards respectively.

Taylor added 80 yards on 6-of-12 passing. Stephan Wolfe also had a 48-yard completion to Terrance Scott on a nifty reverse halfback pass in the second half.

Scott wound up with three catches for 77 yards.

The win was big for the Tigers, keeping them near the top of the District 7-2A standings at 2-1 (5-2 overall). Lone Oak fell to 1-1 in district (4-2).

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Oct

12

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 12, 2012

From Staff Reports

Once again, Malakoff and Eustace volleyball players will be teaming up to “Dig Pink.

Dig Pink is a national effort to “further breast cancer awareness, education and patient services.”

“We are once again teaming up with Eustace ISD to raise money and awareness for for the fight against cancer,” said Malakoff girls athletics coordinator Emily Martinez.

The two schools have been joining forces for the effort for the past three years.

Malakoff will be hosting a “Pink Out” at its next two home volleyball games, which are Friday, Oct. 12, and Tuesday, Oct. 16.

T-shirts are on sale for $12. There are two different designs available, one in pink and one in grey.

To purchase shirts, call the high school at 903-489-1527.

Oct

12

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 12, 2012

Malakoff homecoming court includes: back row from left, seniors Luke Dandridge, Wyatt Hunt, Tate Taylor, Cesar Garcia; third row from left, seniors Megan Dalrymple, Gina Cook, Sadie Woolverton, Korah Crockett; second row from left, juniors Deric Greenhaw and Georgina Salazar, sophomores Raylee Stearman and Stephan Wolfe; front row from left, freshmen Hannah Kimble, Alec Olsen, and Allie Dalrymple. (Michael V. Hannigan Photo)

It is homecoming day in Malakoff. Here’s the schedule for tonight’s events.

  • 4:30 p.m.: Volleyball. The Lady Tigers will be playing host to Faith Family and will also be celebrating Senior Night and Dig Pink.
  • 5 p.m.: The Malakoff Education Foundation will hold its tailgate kickoff.
  • 5:30 p.m.: The Homecoming Parade will go from in front of the Rock Building to the football field.
  • 6:50 p.m.: Homecoming Court will line up and be announced at the football field.
  • 7:15 p.m.: Crowning of the homecoming king and queen. (time is an estimate)
  • 7:30 p.m.: Football. The Tigers play host to Lone Oak.

The Malakoff Education Foundation also has several events planned, which you can read about here.

The Malakoff Young Farmers will be holding its Fall Stampede Saturday, Oct. 13. Read about that here.