Apr

20

Posted by : admin | On : April 20, 2017

Jerry Spiva is sworn in as a member of the Malkakoff ISD Board of Trustees to replace resigned board member Dustin Youngman.

Jerry Spiva is sworn in as a member of the Malkakoff ISD Board of Trustees to replace resigned board member Dustin Youngman.


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–In a unanimous decision, the Malakoff Board of Trustees voted for a resolution to become a “District of Innovation.” The “District of Innovation” was created by the passing of HB 1842 in the 84th Legislative Session and allows traditional independent school districts to assess most of the flexibilities that are available to open enrollment charter schools.
To be eligible, a school district must be rated acceptable in its most recent academic rating. “Being a District of Innovation is all about local control,” said MISD Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology Mike Burns. “We will have control over our school calendar start and end dates, class size and teacher ratio, teacher certification, contracts and appraisal systems.”
Things that cannot be changed include elected board of trustees, along with their duties and powers, curriculum and graduation requirements, open meetings, public records and other state and federal laws outside the Texas Education Code which apply to schools.
Once the resolution passed, the board meeting counted as a required public meeting and a District of Innovation Committee was named and includes Superintendent Perry, Assistant Superintendent Sybil Norris, principals and teachers from several campuses, community members and board member Peggy Dewberry. The committee will now work on the innovations they want to develop.
Jerry Spiva was appointed to replace board trustee Dustin Youngman who recently resigned. Spiva ran in the last school board election, garnering the next highest number of votes.
In other business, the board:
• passed Update 107 to district policy,
• passed amendments to the budget to accommodate increases in post-season travel. MISD One-Act Play, several academic students and sports students have gone on to compete at state this year,
• discussed repairs to be made over the summer to the high school, Malakoff Elementary, Malakoff Middle School and the Orr Campus and
• agreed to no more than $35,000 to be spent on replacing playground equipment at Malakoff Elementary School for 4th and 5th grade students. The board reviewed several bids and agreed to take teacher input before making a final decision.

Apr

13

Posted by : admin | On : April 13, 2017

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The News Staff Report
MALAKOFF–Jake Lee singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning to drive in Zee Bailey, who had doubled, leading the Malakoff Tigers to an 8-7 comeback victory over Fairfield April 7.
The Tigers got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning. Spencer Grisham started the inning off with a walk and moved to second on a Cully McCoy single to left. Dalton Burkhalter tripled to right to drive in both runners.
Fairfield answered the two Tiger runs with five of their own in the top of the third inning on three hits and four walks to go up 5-2. Fairfield added another run in the top of the fourth inning to extend the lead to 6-2.
The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Seth Black walked to begin the frame and with one out Lee walked putting runners at first and second. Tyler Russell drove a single to center to load the bases and Ethan Snow tripled to center to clear the bases and move the Tigers to within a run. With two outs, Tyler Crawford singled to tie the game at six.
Fairfield again took the lead on a walk and an error to go back up 7-6. Malakoff tied the score in the bottom half of the sixth inning. With one out, Black walked and Bailey had a bunt single to move Black to second base. Lee singled to drive in Black and tie the score again, setting up the eighth inning drama.
Fairfield had a golden opportunity to score in the top of the seventh, putting two runners on with just one out, but McCoy came on to strike out the next two hitters to keep the game tied. McCoy shut the Eagles down in order in the top of the eighth, leading to the drama in the bottom half of the inning.
Lee finished the night 2-2 with a run scored and two RBI, along with three walks. Snow was 1-3 with three runs batted in and Crawford went 1-2 with an RBI. Black walked twice and scored two runs, Bailey and Russell both went 1-4 with a run scored and McCoy finished the night 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. Grisham also scored a run for the Tigers.
Malakoff improves to 3-4 in district play and will be in action at 6 p.m. April 13 when they host Westwood.

Apr

13

Posted by : admin | On : April 13, 2017

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Rotary, a staple of the community since 1939, is looking for new members, said club President Carlos Padron.
“Our meetings allow members of the community to make connections and to share the good news of serving others,” Padron said. “The Rotary Club has played a big role in Malakoff’s business community, its schools and among its people for more than 75 years,” he added. “Some of the most well-known names in Malakoff history have been Rotary members.”
Locally, Malakoff Rotary raises scholarship money for Malakoff and Cross Roads high school students, sends junior students from both schools to Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp at Clements Boy Scout Ranch in Athens, is involved in welcoming Malakoff ISD staffers back to school, and provides customized dictionaries to Malakoff and Tool elementary school third-graders, among other activities.
Malakoff Rotary is also part of an international group of clubs that has nearly eradicated polio around the world, has fought famine and thirst in Africa, and is known worldwide for its motto, “Service Above Self.”
Some members have multi-generation connections with Rotary, while others have been totally new to the club. The club meets each Tuesday at noon at the Flagg House, home of the Malakoff Historical Society and Museum, as well as the Chamber of Commerce.
Members share weekly duties of presenting a program, or bringing a guest speaker. Those speakers or programs can deal with important local issues and include elected officials, students from local schools who have achieved notable success or from the Malakoff club’s sponsored Interact group at Malakoff High School, who perform service projects like their parent club.
Malakoff Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at 12 p.m. Those interested in joining the club may contact Carlos Padron at (903) 203-8973.

Apr

06

Posted by : admin | On : April 6, 2017

Tommy Barnett
The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Henderson County Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Tommy Barnett died Saturday, after an illness.
Based in Malakoff, Judge Barnett died at the age of 66, having served for about 10 years as judge. The funeral service was held Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Malakoff.
Voters named Barnett to the J.P. position in 2006, when he defeated Lloyd Arthus by more than 500 votes to win the election. Barnett replaced longtime Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Judy Newman, who had held the office since 1979.  
Barnett was the Vocational Agriculture teacher at Cross Roads ISD for 32 years and served as the high school principal for a time. On March 30, Cross Roads ISD trustees named the new Ag-Science building in his honor “The Tommy Barnett Ag Complex.”
Besides mentoring hundreds of ag-science students, Barnett was also known for his involvement with Senior Olympics and the local nursing homes.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Dorothy Durham Barnett, three sisters and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Tommy Barnett Scholarship Fund at the First State Bank of Malakoff.

Apr

06

Posted by : admin | On : April 6, 2017

Monitor Staff Reports

MABANK–The Malakoff and Athens track teams both had stellar showings at the Cedar Creek Relays March 30 in Mabank. The Athens Lady Hornets track team won the meet. Here are the results for boys and girls from both Malakoff and Athens.

Boys Results

100 Meters
1. Quarterrio Barker- 11.12a-Malakoff
3. JerQuindon Taylor 11.67a Athens
6. Rhe’jhi Sherfield- 11.90a-Athens
7.Gary Lyons-11.90a Athens
10.JaQuaylan Hart- 12.29a PR-Malakoff

200 Meters
1. Andrew McBride- 23.70a-Athens
2. Xavier McCullar- 24.17a PR-Malakoff
3. Gary Lyons-24.19a PR-Athens
9.JaQuaylan Hart- 25.62a PR-Malakoff

400 Meters
1. Monti Barker 53.05a PR-Athens
2.Xavier McCullar- 54.39a SR-Malakoff
3. Jamaze Roberts- 54.64a-Athens
10. Adonia Thomas- 57.07a PR-Malakoff

800 Meters
8. Jatarian Walker- 2:15.50a-Malakoff

3200 Meters
10. Jose Escobedo- 11:18.18a-Athens
12. Holden Ray- 11:59.64a-Malakoff

110m Hurdles
8. Jesus Rivera- 18.62a-Malakoff
11. Ethan Condon- 19.59a-Athens

300m Hurdles
1. Tyler Russell- 42.76a SR-Malakoff
11. Ethan Condon- 46.48a PR-Athens
12.Jesus Rivera- 51.99a PR-Malakoff

4×100 Relay
1. Tyler Crawford
Braeshawn Williams
Quarterrio Barker
Tyler Russell 43.12a-Malakoff

2. Kamion Tanner
Rhe’jhi Sherfield
Andrew McBride
JerQuindon Taylor-43.31a-Athens

4×200 Relay
1. Kamion Tanner
Maalik Hall
Andrew McBride
JerQuindon Taylor-1:31.98a-Athens

2. Tyler Crawford
Braeshawn Williams
Quarterrio Barker
Tyler Russell-1:33.80a-Malakoff

4×400 Relay
1. Monti Barker
Jamaze Roberts
Xavius Fulton
Maalik Hall-3:31.16a-Athens

6. Xavier McCullar
Judd Miller
Tyler Crawford
Jatarian Walker-3:45.69a-Malakoff

Shot Put
2. Payton Lowery 41-06.50-Malakoff
3. Larry Coker 40-03.00-Malakoff

Discus
1. Larry Coker 135-05 PR-Malakoff
5. Danyal Littleton 125-05 PR-Malakoff

High Jump
1. Tyler Russell 6-06.00 SR-Malakoff
2. Rowdy Dunklin 6-01.00 PR-Malakoff
4. Jabrille Richardson-5-10.00-Athens
7. Jatarian Walker 5-08.00 PR-Malakoff

Pole Vault
7. Zee Bailey 10-06.00 PR-Malakoff

Long Jump
3. Braeshawn Williams 20-06.50 PR- Malakoff
6. Rowdy Dunklin 18-06.25-Malakoff
14. Rhe’jhi Sherfield 15-11.50 SR-Athens

Triple Jump
1. Tyler Russell 43-06.00 PR-Malakoff
2. Xavius Fulton 42-10.50 SR-Athens
4. Maalik Hall 41-07.50 PR-Athens
9. Kaddarius Thomas 36-07.00-Malakoff

Girls Results
100 Meters
1. Jordan Ickes 13.30a PR-Athens
2. Raveon Rodriquez 13.51a-Athens
3. Jalie Dawson 13.69a SR-Malakoff
4. Beekayla Thompson 13.85a PR-Athens
5. Keikei Walker 13.91a PR-Malakoff
7. Taliha Dora 14.06a PR-Malakoff

200 Meters
1. Kyra Robison 26.73a SR-Athens
3. Taylor Stiles 28.11a PR-Athens
4. Keaire Dunn 28.36a-Athens
5. Monica Ovieda 28.43a-Malakoff
9. Daja Barron 29.45a SR-Malakoff
12. Taliha Dora 29.81a-Malakoff

400 Meters
1. Joey White 1:02.05a PR-Malakoff
6. Nakeya Kelley 1:08.59a-Malakoff
8. Jazzmine Johnson 1:08.99a-Athens

800 Meters
4. Hayley Myers 2:38.11a PR-Malakoff
10. Paton Willbanks 2:50.02a PR-Malakoff
11. Cameron Roberts 2:51.21a-Malakoff

1600 Meters
3. Aracely Castillo 5:42.00h PR-Athens

3200 Meters
5. Aracely Castillo 12:37.29a PR-Athens

100m Hurdles
1. Charlsey Stearman 17.52a PR-Malakoff
4. Kenzi Crist
18.71a PR-Malakoff
6. Shaylea Boles 18.75a PR-Malakoff

300m Hurdles
1. Charlsey Stearman 51.16a-Malakoff
4. Shaylea Boles 52.59a PR-Malakoff
7.Kenzi Crist 55.08a-Malakoff
8. Bayleigh Collins 55.72a PR-Athens

4×100 Relay
1. Jordan Ickes
Beekayla Thompson
Raveon Rodriquez
Kyra Robinson- 50.84a-Athens

2. Keikei Walker
Monica Ovieda
Joey White
Jalie Dawson-50.93a-Malakoff

4×200 Relay
1. Jordan Ickes
Raveon Rodriquez
Taylor Stiles
Kyra Robison -1:47.42a- Athens

2. Keikei Walker
Daja Barron
Monica Ovieda
Jalie Dawson -1:52.15a- Malakoff

4×400 Relay
3. Nakeya Kelley
Charlsey Stearman
Shaylea Boles
Joey White -4:27.17a- Malakoff

5. Jazzmine Johnson
Boister Missy
Keaire Dunn
Taylor Stiles
4:32.07a- Athens

Shot Put
1. Tamiyah Thompson-33-09.50-Athens
8. Ebony Kiser-29-07.75 PR-Athens

Discus
7. Tamiyah Thompson-87-07-Athens

High Jump
1. Kyra Robinson-4-10.00-Athens
3. Taylor Stiles-4-08.00 PR-Athens
6. Kenzi Crist-4-06.00-Malakoff
Paton Willbanks-4-04.00 SR-Malakoff

Pole Vault
6.Paton Willbanks 7-05.00 PR-Malakoff

Long Jump
2. Taylor Stiles-15-07.25 PR-Athens
4.KeikeiWalker 14-08.00-Malakoff
6. Boister Missy-14-01.50 PR-Athens
7. Jalie Dawson-13-09.25-Malakoff
12. Jazzmine Johnson-13-05.75 PR-Athens
18.Tyler Wittram 12-08.50 PR-Malakoff

Triple Jump
5. Kenzi Crist-30-02.25-Malakoff
10. Daja Barron-28-06.00-Malakoff
14.Tyler Wittram-
26-11.00 PR-Malakoff

Mar

30

Posted by : admin | On : March 30, 2017

The News Staff Reports
FRANKSTON–The Malakoff Tigers sure do make their games exciting. After taking an 11-2 lead into the fourth inning, the Tigers held on for a 12-10 victory over Frankston March 28.
The Tigers scored two runs to lead off the game after Jake Lee was hit by a pitch, Ethan Snow walked and a Dalton Kennedy single to score Lee. Snow scored on a steal of home. Malakoff extended the lead to 8-0 in the second inning. Cully McCoy singled with one out and Chase Busch sent McCoy to third on a single. Z. Bailey knocked in McCoy with a line drive single to left to make it 3-0. Tyler Crawford singled to right to load the bases. After Busch stole home, Bailey followed suit, stealing home himself to make it 5-0. Tyler Russell walked and stole second and Kennedy singled to drive in Lee. Russell then stole home to make it 8-0. The Tigers widened the lead to 11-0 in the third inning after a walk, three singles and a hit by pitch.
Frankston started its comeback in the third inning. The Indians scored two runs on a walk, a double and a single to cut the margin to 11-2. Frankston added another run on a lead-off home run to left field by the first batter of the inning. Frankston kept chipping away, scoring twice in the fifth on two doubles and a hit by pitch to make it 11-5. Three more runs for the Indians in the bottom of the sixth inning, highlighted by a two-run home run to center field brought the home team to within three runs at 11-8.
Two walks and two singles gave the Tigers one of the runs back in the top of the seventh, giving them a 12-8 lead heading into the final half inning. The Indians would not go quietly however, as they scored two more runs on three hits and a walk to get to within 12-10 with one out in the inning. McCoy came on to pitch and retired the next two hitters via a fly-out and a strike out to get the save for the Tigers.
Three hitters for the Tigers had two hits in the game. Lee was 2-4 with two runs and an RBI, Kennedy was 2-5 with three RBI and Bailey was 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Everyone that played reached base in the game. Snow pitched five and two-thirds innings for the win.
In a game on March 25, the Tigers took a big lead against Elkhart and held on for the 9-8 win against the Elks. In that game, Ethan Snow went 2-3 with three runs scored and two runs batted in for the Tigers to lead their 12-hit attack. Russell went 2-5 with a run scored and an RBI and Burkhalter was 2-3 with a walk, a run scored and two runs batted in for the Tigers. The Tigers will be in action at 6 p.m. March 31 when they play a road game at Teague.

Mar

23

Posted by : admin | On : March 23, 2017

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By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
TOOL–Tool Elementary School Principal Christa Calhoun and Malakoff Elementary Principal Ronny Snow received Region 7 awards in recognition of High Progress as Title 1 schools.
Federal Programs Specialist Vicki Weatherford presented the awards. Snow was also recognized as High Performing which means the school scored in the top 25 percent in performance.
Snow was also presented with an award from the Governor of the State of Texas in recognition of his being named District Educator of the Year by his alma mater Sam Houston State University. Snow received that honor at the university during an award ceremony March 4.
Superintendent Perry commented what an honor it was to receive such a distinction from one’s alma mater. “We are very proud of Mr. Snow,” he said.
The board saw a demonstration from Pasha French’s fourth grade class who recently learned about electrical circuits. Killian Ireland, Anna Svoboda and Alek Green presented a hands-on demonstration of what they have learned.
Superintendent Perry read for the first time, Update 107, an update to district policy. He gave the board what he called the “cliff notes” version and the board members were provided with the entire update.
Notable changes were in the gifts section which allows the superintendent to accept gifts on behalf of the district unless they are real property or have a condition attached to them, fund-raising which reinforces the requirement for parent-teacher groups and organizations to have principal approval in advance for all fund raising efforts. Perry pointed out that this has been an issue in the past with the school not being aware of a fund-raiser in progress.
The other portion Perry expounded on regarded compulsory attendance. In the State of Texas under §25.085[2], compulsory attendance applies to students who are at least six years old as of September 1 of the applicable school year. The law requires a student to attend public school until the student’s 19th birthday, unless the student is exempt under §25.086.
Exemptions currently include children who are enrolled in a private or parochial school, children who are eligible to participate in a special education program and cannot be served by the district, children who have a physical or mental condition of a temporary or remedial nature and are recuperating or children who are expelled. (There are others. For full information refer to §25.086, available online.)
For students who are homeschooled, the district requires a dated letter on file from the parent or guardian stating such. Perry added that if the district has evidence that a child is not being educated, the district can then investigate and pursue legal action to compel attendance. There must be a good reason, Perry added. The board will have time to review this update and vote on it during the next board meeting.
In other business, the board:
• approved the district calendar for the 2017-2018 school year with school starting Aug. 28 and ending May 25. May 29 is listed as a possible bad weather make-up day.
• noted current enrollment is 1,302, attendance at 94 percent down from 96 percent last year. Perry noted they would have to do well this last 10 weeks in order to get back up to 96 percent. Pervasive illness during the third six weeks (including closing one day), caused the drop in attendance numbers,
• approved five struck-off properties to be sold in the Henderson County Sheriff’s sale May 2,
• made plans for board members to attend summer leadership institute,
• approved Superintendent Perry to serve on the Region 7 ESC Regional Advisory Committee 2017-18.

Mar

23

Posted by : admin | On : March 23, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Lady Tiger junior small forward/power forward Jalie Dawson has been selected to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Basketball Team.
Athletes are nominated by member coaches and selected by the Texas Girls Coaches Association Basketball All-State Committee at their annual meeting during the UIL girls state basketball tournament.
Dawson has alreadybeen selected as the District 18-3A Offensive Most Valuable Player and Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region team member for her play this season.
The five-foot, seven-inch Dawson averaged 21.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 1.5 assists per game for the Lady Tigers, who won the bi-district championship with a 48-46 victory over Maypearl before losing to Little River-Academy in the area round of the state playoffs, 70-50.
Malakoff Head Basketball Coach Meghan Hyde was proud of the accomplishment of her junior player. “It’s an awesome honor, especially as a junior to be selected for the All-State team. Jalie has been huge in our program since her freshman year, she has tons pressure on her year after year, but still rises to the occasion.” said Hyde.
Hyde said she is excited to see what the future holds. “She is such a competitor and has a great work ethic. I can’t wait to see what she will do her senior year.”

Mar

16

Posted by : admin | On : March 16, 2017

Floyd Thomas

Floyd Thomas


By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff City Council is going ahead with the purchase of a Storm Warning Siren to be installed on the north side of the city at the water treatment plant. The council agreed Tuesday, March 13 to seek monetary support from the Economic Development Corporation. The siren system, including installation and computer software, totals $51,000.
The city conducted a test of the system at 2 p.m. to insure the siren can be heard by anyone outside within a two-mile radius. This was one of four actions taken after a lengthy executive session.
The council also named Interim Police Chief Floyd Thomas the official police chief. He received congratulations all around.
Council members agreed to the reformation of the Malakoff Fire Department. More applications from volunteers willing to serve are still being accepted for another two weeks, at which time the council expects to hold a special meeting to interview from the list of volunteers, suitable candidates for fire chief and fire marshal, Mayor Pro Tem Tim Trimble said. Mayor Delois Pagitt was absent. Thus far, the city has received five applications, Trimble said. Applications are available at city hall and should be returned there once they are filled out.
The very full agenda also contained the approval of $7,300 in EDC funds to help pay for $10,000 worth of improvements at the ball fields.
Softball and Baseball Association representative Jason Hayes reviewed the three projects for the funding, including: clearing up a sewer issue, making repairs to lights and putting a concrete pad under the spectators’ bleachers.
Hayes said the organization was also seeking grant funding to assist with the installation of lights for field 4, replace or repair scoreboards and replace the backstop on Kilman Field.
In addition, the council renewed a five-year lease agreement with the association for the use of the ball fields through 2022 at a dollar per year, payable on each March 1.
“We welcome those big tournaments that bring in retail sales to Malakoff,” Trimble said. “So, we’re glad to help out.”
The council also agreed to change three items in a proposed service agreement with Star Harbor for wastewater treatment, at the request of Star Harbor.
The amended agreement must now return to Star Harbor’s city attorney and then to their council for a vote and signing before it takes effect. Earlier that day, the Star Harbor City Council also met and two people from that community attended the Malakoff City Council meeting held that evening.
Funds the Star Harbor community held in escrow for January and February’s billing, rather than pay toward the proffered service agreement, motivated Malakoff to negotiate, with Star Harbor Mayor, Walter Bingham, told The News by phone interview.

Mar

16

Posted by : admin | On : March 16, 2017

Decomposing deer

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–Texas Game Wardens worked a gruesome site recently in Log Cabin. About two dozen carcasses of white-tailed deer and remains of alligators have been cleared from property in the vicinity of a tannery and taxidermist in the Cedar Creek Lake area.
On March 10, The Texas Wardens Facebook Page posted several photos and a brief report of the spoilage of white-tailed deer lying on the ground, rotting, some covered in flies, others dried up as if been there for a long period of time; horns, capes and alligator skulls.
Game Wardens filed 24 cases of Waste of Game, a Class C misdemeanor, with Justice of the Peace Tommy Barnett. Due to the case being under active investigation, the JP5 Office declined to release the name of the taxidermist.
The post reports game wardens had received several calls. One of those calls came from recently installed Log Cabin Police Chief Todd Tucker.
“We discovered it while conducting an unrelated investigation of our own,” he said. Tucker said he made the call a couple of weeks ago.
The post states that game wardens arriving on the scene initially found 19 deer lying in the violator’s yard. It adds that the walk-in cooler had been removed from the property and sold.
The taxidermist told The News that only two deer were actually on his property and that there is much more to the story than the post on the Game Warden’s Facebook page. He plans to press charges for defamation, he said, adding he had filed a report of vandalism of his property.
Though there are more than 300 comments to the Facebook post, none of them named the taxidermist involved.
Game wardens report a total of 24 deer in a condition no longer safe for human consumption.
It reports numerous record book violations and states DNA analysis will be a part of their findings.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said he had been asked to investigate a possible burglary at the property, however the few leads he had didn’t pan out.
Waste of Game is an offense (Class C misdemeanor) if a person while hunting kills or wounds a game bird or game animal and intentionally or knowingly fails to make a reasonable effort to retrieve the animal or bird and include it in the person’s daily or seasonal bag limit. It is an offense if a person intentionally takes or possesses a game bird, game animal, or fish and intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly, or with criminal negligence, fails to keep the edible portions of the bird, animal, or fish in an edible condition.