Aug

17

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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Aug

17

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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Jul

23

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.

Apr

13

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

The Malakoff Middle School girls track teams competed at district recently:

Our 8th grade girls were runner up.
The team members are :
Kiana Reed: 2nd Shot put, 3rd High jump, 1st 400meter relay, 2nd 800 meter relay, 5th 200 meter dash
Queen Jackson: 5th shot put, 4th discus
Kaitlyn Harris: 4th high jump, 6th long jump, 1st 400 meter relay, 2nd 800 meter relay. 4th 100 meter hurdles

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Apr

13

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

MMS 8th grade boys track team

The Malakoff Middle School 8th grade boys track team recently finished second in its district meet. The team also won the Eustace and Malakoff meets this season. Individual results from district are below:

2400m run
3rd Andy Garcia 9:01
5th Daniel Romero 9:34
6th Matthew Rodriguez 9:37

400m relay 6th
Dylan Grim, Ryan Robinson, Wade Horn, Trey Jackson

110m hurdles
3rd Jake Woolverton 19.26

800m relay 2nd 1:43
Dylan Grim, Ryan Robinson, Wade Horn, Trey Jackson

300m hurdles

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Apr

13

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

Malakoff Middle School boys 7th grade track

The Malakoff Middle School 7th grade boys competed recently at the District Track Meet. This meet concluded the season for the middle school track teams. The 7th grade boys had an outstanding season winning 2 meets this year.

The 7th Grade Boys District Track Meet Results
Overall Finish 3rd Place
Buffalo-148
Eustace-121
Malakoff-114
Teague-107
Leon-86
Mildred-23
Blooming Grove-14

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Apr

06

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : April 6, 2012

From Staff Reports

It is a milestone year for Malakoff’s annual festival.

The Malakoff Chamber of Commerce Cornbread Festival will mark its 15th year Saturday, April 14. The day will also see the Rotary Club of Malakoff Pancake Breakfast and the 13th Annual Texas State Knife & Tomahawk Championship (see Page 13A).

Organizers will be rolling out some new events, plus all the old favorites in celebration.

The event will start off with the annual 5k run, sponsored this year by Brookshire’s

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Mar

30

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : March 30, 2012

From Staff Reports

First Assembly of God Malakoff will be dialing up an “egg-stravaganza” for the fifth consecutive year, and will be putting out more than 15,000 Easter eggs for children to scoop up Saturday, March 31.

The way First Assembly does things, the kids – who will be split into ages 0 to 3, 4 to 6, and 7 to 12 – won’t have

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Mar

30

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : March 30, 2012

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

TOOL — The Malakoff ISD school board officially moved forward this week to request a delay in the so-called STARR 15-percent rule.
The action came during Monday’s regular board meeting held at the Tool Elementary School.

“I have felt all along that the 15 percent rule was unfair to our ninth graders,” MISD Superintendent Randy Perry told school board members in February, when the issue was first addressed. “They are the guinea pigs in this new system.”

The rule requires the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course tests to count as 15 percent of a student’s final grade.

The STAAR is replacing the TAKS. According to the Texas Education Agency: “The STAAR program at grades 3–8 will assess the same subjects and grades that are currently assessed on TAKS. At high school, however, grade-specific assessments will be replaced with 12 end-of-course assessments: Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and U.S. history.”

As things were, Perry said, 15 percent of a freshman’s end-of-course grade would have been based on a test no educator has actually seen.
“(The student’s) GPA and class rank could be adversely affected for their entire high school career,” he said. “Some of these ninth graders may fail the new test and lose credit, even if they passed in the classroom for the year.”

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) gave school districts the option of delaying the rule one year in February.

In a statement following the announcement, Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said the move came “after receiving input from parents, educators and State Board of Education members, as well as … clarification from state leaders.”

“I remain committed to rigorous public school accountability,” Scott said. “The new assessment system will be better for students and educators.”

Mar

23

Posted by : Press release | On : March 23, 2012

From Staff Reports

Malakoff Mayor Delois Pagitt was one of several Henderson County mayors to ride with Meals on Wheels volunteers this week.

Thursday was Mayors for Meals day, a part of the annual March for Meals campaign “designed to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action at the local level,” according to the national Meals on Wheels organization.

The local Meals on Wheels is run from the Malakoff Community

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