Posted by : Press release | On : October 11, 2012

Malakoff McDonald’s owners Jeaneane and Kevin Lilly (left) present a donation to Malakoff Education Foundation President Ricky Armstrong. (Courtesy Photo)

The Malakoff Education Foundation (MEF) will hold a Homecoming Pregame Tailgate Event 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, next to Tiger Stadium.

The event kicks off the foundation’s fundraising campaign and will include live music, games and free hot dogs. The first 50 people to register with the MEF will win a free T-shirt.

Door prizes will include a $250 grand prize, donated by The Learning Express; a family fun pack, donated by LaQuinta Inn of Gun Barrel City and Movie Star Cinema, which includes hotel accommodations and a four-pace to a the movies; and popcorn and gift card from Jalopy Joe’s.

Check out the Malakoff Education Foundation website.



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 11, 2012

State Sen. Robert Nichols met yesterday with school superintendents from Cherokee, Anderson and Henderson counties to talk about education issues and the upcoming Legislative Session. I’m working on a story for next week, but two quick things I noticed: It looks like the meeting took place in Athens, and in the above photo distributed by the senator’s office, that’s Cross Roads ISD Superintendent Clay Tompkins (left) sitting next to Nichols.

– Michael V. Hannigan



Posted by : Staff Reports | On : October 8, 2012

From Staff Reports

The Malakoff Ex-Students’ and Alumni Association will be celebrating homecoming with a variety of events Oct. 12-14.

The Malakoff Exes Homecoming Parade will be held Friday, Oct. 12. Line up on Jackson Street, in front of the Old Rock Building at 5 p.m. The parade will start at 5:30 p.m., and will end at the high school. If you would like to participate in the parade, call 903-489-8118.

The Tigers will take on Lone Oak at 7:30 p.m., with the homecoming king and queen crowned before the game.

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Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : September 22, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The Malakoff Tigers, playing shorthanded, could not find an answer for Palestine Westwood’s Keke Hicks Friday night as the Panthers handed Malakoff its first loss of the season, 34-30.

Hicks rushed for 124 yards, passed for another 126, and scored all five Westwood touchdowns as he accounted for more than 80 percent of the Panthers’ offensive output for the night.

His final touchdown was a 21-yard scoring strike to Dra Ross with just 33 seconds left in the game to give the Panthers the win.

The loss drops the Tigers to 3-1 on the year. Westwood improved to 2-2.

While Hicks played great for Westwood, a subplot on the Malakoff sideline was the list of injured. The Tigers entered the game with four two-way starters out because of injury (Tate Taylor, Jesse Ochoa, Demontes Dowell, and Thomas Acol-Kekauoha), and lost starting linebacker and kicker Cesar Garcia early in the game.

For most of the game, the Tigers were able to overcome their injuries.

Sophomore Stephan Wolfe started his first game at quarterback for the varsity and was very efficient running the team. In the first half, he was 5-of-8 passing for 118 yards, and threw for one touchdown and ran for another.

Dariuhn Jackson was Wolfe’s main target, catching three passes for 100 yards and a 25-yard touchdown. He also ran for an 11-yard score.

Marcus Dowell shouldered the load at running back, picking up 97 yards on 21 carries and scoring twice.

The Tigers roared out to a 30-13 lead midway through the third quarter, but seemed to tire as the Panthers scored 21 unanswered points to finish the game.

The referees also seemed to tire in the fourth quarter, and had great difficulty administering the game. Multiple times, the head referee signaled one team for a penalty and then marched off yardage against the other team without explanation. The officials threw their flags 11 times in the final quarter, hitting Malakoff for 15-yard penalties five times.

Although the Malakoff defense struggled with Hicks, the Tiger defenders continued their ball-hawking trend by forcing the Panthers into two turnovers, fumbles recovered by Keonte Ross and Emanuel Gonzalez.

Special teams also got in on the turnover fun on the game’s opening kickoff when Philippe Ruiz recovered a loose ball.

Malakoff will be be home again next week, looking to get into the win column against Grand Saline. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.



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

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

KERENS — The Malakoff Tigers forced five turnovers and picked up more than 350 yards on the ground in their 44-28 win over Kerens Friday night.

Malakoff (3-0) has won the last four meetings between the traditional rivals. This year marked the 74th edition of the Trinity River Rivalry.

The Tigers, down 28-27 midway through the fourth quarter, broke the game open when they scored two touchdowns and a safety in 1:09 of game time.

Kerens (1-2) had broken on top early in the fourth quarter when Kevin Townsel intercepted Tate Taylor and danced down the sidelines for a touchdown. It was the Bobcats’ first lead since early in the first quarter.

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Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : September 8, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

WAXAHACHIE – It looked like the Malakoff Tigers stayed on the bus for the first eight minutes of the opening game of the Dale Hansen Classic Friday night, spotting Italy a 15-0 lead.

It might have been the worst stretch of football played by the Tigers during the Coach Jamie Driskell era, with the Malakoff offense gaining nine yards, no first downs and a lost fumble in two possessions, while the defense gave up 135 yards and two touchdowns to the Gladiators.

Then Malakoff showed up. Actually, that is an understatement. The Tigers physically dominated Italy, pounding the Gladiators along both lines of scrimmage on their way to a 64-36 blowout win.

“We showed a lot of character and we kept our head in the game,” Coach Jamie Driskell said afterward. “It is a game of momentum and we fought back to get it and we held on.”

Not just held on, but put up the fourth-highest point total in school history and the most points since a 70-point outburst in 1990.

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Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 24, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The City of Malakoff has increased its annual mosquito spraying program because of the threat of the West Nile virus.

An outbreak of West Nile virus in Dallas County has killed 10 and left more than 200 sick this year. Last week, the first case in Henderson County was confirmed in Eustace.

Malakoff Public Works Director Tim Whitley said the city sprays for mosquitoes every year, but usually only about twice a month. For the last month, the city increased that to twice a week, and Whitley said they were planning to spray three times this week.

“We’re just trying to do the best we can for our city,” Whitley said.




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

By Michael V. Hanniga

It is easy to call Nathan Lorick a rising star. The 31-year-old was recently elected to be the evangelism director for the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention after five years as pastor at First Baptist Church of Malakoff.

Do the math, and you will quickly find that he took over the church at the ripe young age of 26. During his time, the church saw growth in all the ways churches often like to measure growth: new buildings, new programs, new members, new baptisms. On the personal front, Lorick picked up not one, but two, doctorate degrees (one honorary) and became the national face of the culture wars last December during the county controversy over the nativity scene in Athens.
So it is easy to call Nathan Lorick a rising star; everybody does.

Everybody except himself.

“I’ll tell you who the star is,” he said during a wide-ranging interview this week. “It is my wife. She put me through school, she answered my kids’ questions when I wasn’t there, she told me not to quit when I wanted to, she has always willingly followed, and I wouldn’t have had any accomplishments if she wasn’t there.”

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Posted by : Staff Reports | On : August 17, 2012

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

Voters in Malakoff will not just be deciding on a president come November. Liquor is back on the ballot.

The issue is the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. In practical terms, if approved liquor stores will be allowed in the city.

On a 3-2 vote Monday night, the Malakoff City Council adopted a resolution to include the liquor option on the Nov. 6 ballot. There was no debate prior to, or following, the vote and the council moved on to the next item quickly.

The two no votes — which came from council members Jeanette King and Jerry Savage — were largely symbolic. The city was required to approve the election because a petition with signatures representing 35 percent of the registered voters who cast a vote in the last gubernatorial election was filed.

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Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : July 23, 2012

The Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church Outreach Malakoff this year again will be distributing school clothing and startup school supplies. Parents or guardians of children in need should contact the Mary Queen Of Heaven parish office to make an appointment. Call-in time will begin Aug. 1 through Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.

Please give number of children and sizes. Distributions will be made on Friday, Aug. 17 from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon by appointment only.

Call 903-489-2366.