Jan

17

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : January 17, 2013

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

SEAGOVILLE–A Malakoff High School student was killed Sunday in a wreck on U.S. Highway 175 just outside Seagoville.

Jamiya Givens Williams, 16, was a sophomore. Also perishing in the crash was Williams’ 11-month-old daughter.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred when a Ford F-150 truck struck the Chevrolet Cavalier occupied by Williams and her daughter from behind.

Prior to the collision, the eastbound Cavalier, driven by Williams’ mother, Sheryk Givens, 40, blew out a tire and slowed to about 10-15 mph in preparation to exit. That’s when the F-150 struck the economy compact vehicle, last produced in 2005.

Givens’ 18-year-old son Jabari was also in the Cavalier, however no other injuries were reported.
Funeral services will be handled by the Tomlinson Funeral Home. The date of the services are still pending as of Jan. 15.

A fund has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses for Jamiya Williams and her daughter, Alahna, through the First Baptist Church of Malakoff, P.O. Box 408, Malakoff, TX 75148,designate checks “Jamiya Williams.”

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

Interpreter for the deaf Lisa (Rakestraw) LeDonne was already facing her greatest professional challenge before she saw her partner being escorted away in Danville, Ky. last week.

She was understandably worried about her friend and concerned about what might be happening, but she had to quickly put all that behind her and concentrate on the task at hand: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan had just walked on the stage.

LeDonne, a 1985 graduate of Cross Roads High School, provided sign language interpretation for the Vice Presidential Debate Thursday, Oct. 11, handling both candidates, and moderator Martha Raddatz alone.

“It was a very surreal experience,” she told The News about an hour after the event.

As she has in the past, she relied on her faith to help her through.

“There were several friends and people from church who were praying for me,” she said. “During those 90 minutes alone, I had a composure that was surely the result of all those prayers.”

After the debate she learned that the father of her partner, Rita Zirnheld, had passed away unexpectedly.

“I’m just kind of reeling,” LeDonne said. “I was worried the whole time that something like that had happened.”

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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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Apr

05

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : April 5, 2012

The World Guy (Erik Bendl) poses for a photo with Gun Barrel City business woman Lulu Groom Thursday afternoon on Loop 7 in Athens. Bendl is walking across the state to raise awareness about diabetes. (Michael V. Hannigan Photo)

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

ATHENS — Erik Bendl walks with The World, The Dog, and The Stick.

And he walks … and walks … and walks.

Better known as “The World Guy,” Bendl walks across the country with his Blackmouth Cur mix named Nice and an inflated 6-foot ball painted like a globe, which he steers with his walking stick.

In the past seven years he has been on six long walks that have taken him through 34 states and more than 4,500 miles. His current walk started in Seminole, Alabama and included Mississippi, Louisiana and now Texas. He made his way through Athens on Thursday, April 5, just two days after his 50th birthday.

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Mar

22

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

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The History Channel is bringing back what it calls the first extreme sport: jousting. And PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler and form

er Henderson County resident Rope Myers is right in the middle of the action.

Myers is one of 16 competitors on The History Channel’s Full Metal Jousting, a television series currently airing Sunday nights at 9.
“But this is no Renaissance fair as the toughest riders in the nation face off in a bone-crushing competition for big money,” reads the description on the series website. “It’s as intense as it was 500 years ago, but with a twist: Traditional armor is replaced by modern suits of steel, while action is captured by high-speed cameras.”

The hits are big, delivered with wooden lances while wearing 80 pounds of armor and riding a horse 20 mph.

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Feb

24

Posted by : Staff Reports | On : February 24, 2012

By Delanda S. Johnson
Special to the News

The last event by the Henderson County Black History Committee for the month of February – but not the last event for the rest of the year – is the Annual Scholarship Banquet.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the committee will honor 31 Henderson County area students with scholarships. The banquet will be held at the Malakoff Community Senior Center at 7 p.m.

Banquet tickets are $15; plus, there will be door prizes to be given away. Prizes include $300 cash, a weekend with dinner for two to the El Dorado casino in Shreveport, La., one night with breakfast for two at the new Omni Hotel

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Feb

17

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

By Barbara Gartman
MediaOne L.L.C.

TOOL – Tool City Councilman Dennis Jay Candage died at his home suddenly, early Tuesday.

Candage has served on the Tool City Council since May, 2010.
He and his wife, Nancy, were married Nov. 6, 2010. The couple resided in Paradise Bay.

Candage had lived in the area for 40 years, always

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Feb

09

Posted by : Press release | On : February 9, 2012

Students from Malakoff Elementary School made Valentine’s Day cards as part of the Valentines for Veterans program, which delivers the cards to “ hospitalized veterans at the Dallas Veterans Administration Medical Center, local VFW and American Legion posts, and active duty military service members visiting the USO Center at DFW International Airport.” Above, fifth-graders deliver their cards to Amy Gould of Congressman Jeb Hensarling’s Athens office. Pictured are, front row from left, Cully McCoy, Brykell Killingsworth, Madelynn Dunklin, Everado Garcia, Dania Garcia, Keishan Walker; back row from left, Amy Gould, Mitchel Wisdom, Kinsey Leis, Kyler Anding, Fantasia Bryant, and MES Principal Ronny Snow. “These valentines are a great way to say thank you to the brave men and women who have made—and are still making—tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom,” said Hensarling. “We need to let them know that we appreciate all that they have done for our country. I know each veteran who receives one of these cards will be happy to see how much our students care about them and care about America.”

Jan

06

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

Samantha Curry holds her daughter, Aleigia Shamlin, at ETMC Athens. Aleigia was the first baby to be born at the hospital in the new year. She arrived at 8:41 a.m. Jan 1, 2012, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces and 18-and-a-half inches long. She was also greeted by her father, Terry Shamlin, and older sister Leann Shamlin. They live in Malakoff. (Toni Garrard Clay Photo)