Posted by : admin | On : January 10, 2018

Thomas Edward Myers, beloved husband, father, peepaw, brother and uncle, died peacefully Dec. 9, 2017 at his home in Forney and went to be with our Lord.
Tom was born in Safford, Ariz., to Russell Edward and Frances Marie Myers.
In 1969 Tom moved to Dallas with his mother and youngest sister Liz.
In 1973 Tom married Vicki Sue Carter and they had two sons, Adam and Cody.
He joined the Air Force in 1975 and was stationed in Michigan. Afterwards, he moved to Mesquite and went to work for SBC/AT&T until his retirement in 2003.
Vicki passed away in December 2002 and Tom later married Peggy Richardson in 2007.
Over the years, Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and attending church.
Tom is survived by his wife Peggy, sons Adam Myers and wife Rebecca, Cody Myers and wife Victoria, Peggy’s daughters Jennifer, Heather, and Danielle, grandchildren C.J., Ben, Gage and Audrey, Victoria’s children Kayla and Tobias, sisters Janet Morgan and husband Frank, Judy Freeman and husband Don and Liz deWet and husband Leon, four nieces and nephews Tony Freeman, Melinda Fithen, Jason Morgan, Kimberly Moore, five great-nieces and nephews, aunt Aretes Geer, and numerous cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Kemp.
A heartfelt thank you from the family goes to Vitas Hospice of Greenville for their support and loving care.



Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2017

Perra obit

Betsey Janet Barton Perra was born in Warwick, R.I. Jan 15, 1932. She was the daughter of Ruth Powell Barton and Rowland B Barton and died Dec. 3, 2017.
Betsey grew up on the Barton Farm on Centreville Road better known as The Elms Dairy.
She married at the young age of 19 to Andrew J Perra of West Warwick. They were married for 60 years.
Betsey was a graduate of University of R.I. class of ’52 and received a Master’s of Education in 1974. She began her career as a social worker in 1964 and worked for the co-operative extension service as a Home Economist at the University of R.I. until she retired at 65.
When the children were young she was very involved in Cub Scouts, receiving the highest honor given to women, “Silver Fawn.” She also served as Worthy Matron of Eastern Star (Ruth Chapter). As a member of the Barton Family she was a “Daughter of the American Revolution.”
Betsey and her husband, Andy, led an adventurous life. They began riding motorcycles in the early 70’s and took great joy in traveling to rallies across the U.S. Betsey had her own bike complete with a sidecar to accommodate any willing passenger, including the dog.
Eventually they graduated to a grand motor home and continued traveling. In 1998 they landed in Gun Barrel City and joined Four Mile Lutheran Church and found a little place overlooking Cedar Creek Lake.
Betsey enjoyed quilting and created many masterpieces for anyone that asked. She was always willing to help someone in need. She rooted ALWAYS for the underdog taking many under her wing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Perra and grandson Jason Hanzlicek.
She is survived by her five children, Andrew (Ben) Perra of Coventry, Bruce Perra of Warwick, Debbie Hanzlicek of Penelope, Stephen Perra of Summerville, S.C.,Victoria Rosenberg of Scottsdale, Ariz., and her sister Allura Langston, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Betsey loved them all.
Betsey will be missed by family and friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.



Posted by : admin | On : October 25, 2017

Perry obit
Funeral services for Rachel Nicole Clark Perry were held Oct. 21, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Mabank with Rev. Brent Williams officiating. Interment followed the service at Elm Grove Cemetery.
Rachel was born Sept. 27, 1983 in Dallas to parents James Madison and Vicky Gay (Hall) Clark, Jr. and entered into eternal rest Oct. 19, 2017 at the age of 34.
Rachel was an amazing lady, who never met a stranger. She had two loves in her life. The first was her son Cain and the second was teaching. Rachel was a teacher for Mabank ISD.
She enjoyed listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. Rachel attended the First United Methodist Church in Mabank. All who knew and loved her will miss her.
Rachel was preceded in death by her grandmother Ino Hall.
She is survived by her husband Curtis Perry of Seven Points, son Cain Perry of Seven Points, father and mother Jim Clark, Jr. and Vicky of Mabank, brother Shaun Clark and wife Traci of Mabank, niece Madison Clark and nephew Jaymeson Clark of Mabank, paternal grandparents Jim Clark, Sr. and Wanda of Mabank, maternal grandfather Raymond Hall of Evant, other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.



Posted by : admin | On : October 23, 2017

Real Estate For Sale
HOME FOR SALE? Call us for an ad to help you sell your home! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
LAKE LBJ GOLF COURSE LOT The Legends gated community on #11 fairway, boat ramp. 5003 Marina Way, Kingsland, Texas 78639. (512)784-4237.
NOTICE: All real estate advertised herein is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such reference, limitation, or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for realestate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.
THIS SPACE COULD SELL YOUR HOME! Place your classified word ad today, (903)887-4511.
Real Estate For Rent
GBC Large 3-2 house with plenty of room, fenced backyard. $800mo +$800dep (214)546-6457.
HOME FOR RENT? Call us for an ad to help you rent your home! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
MABANK SCHOOLS 3-2, tub/shower, double sink, DW, smoke-free environment, no large dogs. (972)965-2555. NOTICE: Residential rental locators are required to be licensed by the TX Real Estate Commission, Austin, 800-250-8732. Locators may advertise apartment units in general terms and all units may not have the same features. The amount of rent quoted in an ad may be the starting rent for a basic unit which does not have all advertised features.
PAYNE SPRINGS 3-1, remodeled, Mabank schools, $900mo +$900dep, references required. Serious inquires only (214)537-4796.
Acreage Lots
LOT OR ACREAGE FOR SALE? Call us for an ad to help you sell your lot or your acreage! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
Apartments Condos
GOT AN APARTMENT FOR RENT? Give us a call and we’ll help you run an ad to rent it! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
KEMP 2 MILES SOUTH. Ranch Country Apartments 1-2, $550mo +$400dep. (903)910-0248 (903)910-0255.
Commercial Property
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY for sale or rent? Give us a call and we can help you with an ad! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
GBC 2520 W Main 800sf office space. $440mo +$300dep. Call (903)880-2109.
Mobile Homes For Sale
MOBILE HOME for sale? Give us a call for an ad to help you sell it! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
Mobile Homes For Rent
EUSTACE 2 bedroon mobile. $135 weekly. $300 deposit. (903)425-3427.
EUSTACE 4-2, DW w/carport, covered porch, storage, jacuzzi tub, laundry room, ceiling fans. No pets. $800mo +dep. (214)477-5717.
GOT MOBILE HOMES TO RENT? Call us to run your ad! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
PAYNE SPRINGS 3-1 with carport, $600mo with 1st and last months payment in advance (214)912-1323.
RV LOTS, RVS and mobile homes for rent. (903)887-0107.

Help Wanted
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DAY CARE WORKER full-time, part-time, must have high school diploma or GED, CPR certified. (903)887-4217.
DEPENDABLE MECHANIC NEEDED. Must have own tools. Valid driver’s license. (903)425-2100.
DIRTY JOB NEEDS LABORERS in the manufacture of catfish bait. Provide own transportation to Richland Chambers Lake daily. Starts at $9/hour. Call John at (903)340-5910.
EXPERIENCED COMMERCIAL CARPET HELPER needed. Spreading experience. Out of state work. Driver’s license. (972)452-3177.
EXPERIENCED floor covering installation helper needed. Call after 5pm. (903)603-3945.
EXPERIENCED PAINTERS NEEDED Must have valid Driver’s License and 10yrs experience. (903)340-1206.
JANITORIAL COMPANY looking for good, dependable people in GBC area. (972)263-0100.
NEED SOMEONE to help you clean the house? Put a classified ad in the paper! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
YOUTH DIRECTOR Busy, active church on Cedar Creek Lake seeking an energetic, creative and caring person to nourish and grow our youth ministry. Musical ability a plus but not required. Part-time postition. Send resume to: Pastor Jeff Help Wanted Hastings,Cedar Creek lake United Methodist Church, PO Box 43175, Seven Points, Texas 75143 or email: cclumc8@ embarqmail.com.

Work Wanted
MAN AND TRACTOR with loader and brushhog for hire. Weedeating and small haul-offs. (903)603-0041.
NEED RIDE?? Doctor appointments, grocery stores, pay bills? Run errands for you? Call Robin (903)802-6753.
NEED SOME EXTRA WORK? Run an ad. Come by and we’ll help you build it! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.

APPLIANCE FOR SALE? Call us and we will help you with an ad to sell that appliance! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
NEED 15CF REFRIGERATOR Haul off old one, deliver new/used(working) one to Mabank. No water line. Text with picture and price. (903)340-6189.
NEW FRIGIDAIRE DISHWASHER Black, never used, small dent on right side door, $80 (817)629-9577.

Cleaning Services
EXPERIENCED HOUSEKEEPER Residential, commercial, rental. Reasonable rates, negotiable. Call Valerie Burchfield (469)354-6415 or email val2kewlv@gmail.co m.
HOLIDAYS AROUND the corner. Need sparkle and shine? Flat rates. Free estimates. Call (903)203-8731.
PROFESSIONAL WINDOW CLEANING! NuView Free Estimates! Call (903)887-2186.
QUEEN OF CLEAN Home and commercial cleaning. References available. Honest and reliable. Call Crystal (903)330-0651.

BRADLEY CONSTRUCTION Decks and patios, remodels, room addition, paint, drywall, plumbing. (903)432-3214.
KUBOTA TRACTOR available to do your mowing, excavating and digging drainage ditches. Call John at (903)340-5910.

THOMAS TRUCKING 12yd load of select fill or sand $150. Flex base, crushed asphalt or rock also available. Call for price. (903)477-1413.
CEDAR CREEK ORNAMENTAL IRON Wrought iron fencing. Driveway gates and operators, interior & exterior wrought iron. Insured. (972)824-4339.
FENCE REPAIR Wood, chain link, barbed wire, paint or stain. Metal haul-off. Free estimates. Insured. (903)275-6137.

Lawn & Garden Tree Services
BRUSHHOG MOWING Lot clean-up. Lawn care mowing and weed-eating. Bobby Weaver (903)368-3825.
BRUSHHOG MOWING service. Call John (903)340-5910.
BRUSHHOG AND MOWING service. Houses torn down, property cleanup. (903)910-1181.
MARK’S LAWN & GARDEN Tree work, cleanups and mowing. Reliable. 28 years! (903)432-0229.
TOTAL LAWN CARE Mowing, trimming, till-up, gardens, clean-ups, haul-offs, powerwashing, window cleaning. (903)910-0139.

Remodeling & Repair
BR CONSTRUCTION new construction, remodels, metal buildings, metal roofs, painting floors, decks, foundations 30yrs experience. (903)432-3433.

Farm & Ranch
BUY-SELL-TRADE your farm and ranch equipment with a classified word ad. Place your ad today, (903)887-4511.
GOT EQUIPMENT FOR SALE? Give us a call and we can help you with an ad to sell your equipment! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
HAY FOR SALE Fertilized coastal square bales, $7. Wheat straw square bales, $5. Coastal round bales, $40. Bahia round bales, $30. Dwayne Zook (903)880-2022.
MALAKOFF JOHN DEERE GATOR TS 4×2 utility vehicle, 277 hrs, in very good condition, $4,600 (903)489-0823.
NOW BUYING used tractors, pickup trucks, utility trailers in CCL area for cash. John (903)340-1782.
WE BUY HORSES, MULES AND DONKEYS of all kinds, good or bad. Pick up available. Cash paid. John Capehart (903)603-4906.

Garage Sales
BARGAIN HUNTERS You can find the best prices on good used items listed in our classified pages.
EUSTACE Garage sale Town and Country RV Park Mini Storage. 322 HWY 175 W. Fri-Sat Oct 20-21. Furniture, tools, one of a kind jewelry, collectible dolls.
GARAGE SALE? Run it in 5 newspapers for the same price! $20 for 15 words. Be sure and call Thursday by noon the week before the sale to get it in the Lake Area Leader on Wednesdays. Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
GBC 165 Ocean Dr. Fri-Sat Oct 20-21 Multi-family sale starting at 8am.
GBC 405 Harbor Point Rd Fri-Sat Oct 20-21. Multi-family. Collectibles, clothes including women’s plus sizes, shoes, misc.
GBC 708 Lengendary Ln and 102 Pennant Circle Thurs-Sat Oct 19-21 8am. 2 family.
KEMP 5240 Cedar Creek Dr. Fri-Sat Oct 20-21 Fri 8am-2pm, Sat 8am-4pm. Huge sale!
MABANK 201 North 3rd St (on 198) Thu-Sat Oct 19-21.
PAYNE SPRINGS 10105 Cherokee Ln Sat-Sun Oct 21-22 Moving/Estate, inside and outside sale. Scrubs, furniture, clothes, pictures, pots and pans.
PAYNE SPRINGS 9504 CR 2514 Fri-Sat Oct 27-28. Furniture, building material, Christmas bears, quilting things, lots of sewing material, lots of misc. (903)288-9952.
TOLOSA Barn sale 8483 Ladybird Thurs-Sat Oct 26-28. Furniture, office supplies, appliances and much more!
TOOL 101 Circle Dr. Cedar Crest Shores off Hwy 274 Thurs-Sat Oct 19-21 Huge sale!

DEER FEEDER 30 and 50 gallon with timer and battery. Tripod blind and letter stand. (972)742-4295.
FLETCH’S HANDYMAN SERVICES Haul offs, yard cleanup, paint and staining, window washing. Fletch (903)519-2765.
LAKE LBJ GOLF COURSE LOT The Legends gated community on #11 fairway, boat ramp. 5003 Marina Way, Kingsland, Texas 78639. (512)784-4237.
LEARN CPR BASICS from DVD, “90 Seconds to Save a Life”. A must have, $20. Call or text (903)340-5911.
LONE STAR PARACORD has custom, unique paracord items. Bracelets, key chains, awareness ribbons and K-Bar wrapped knives. Over 60 colors of paracord to choose from. lonestarparacord. com (903)340-2751.
LOOKING TO BUY Low cost car, must be running, tagged, inspected, clean title, no engine issues. Normal wear and tear ok. Year 1999 and up. Please text photos and price to (903)275-4653.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT $500, electronics $300 for sale. (903)887-1990.
NEED 15CF REFRIGERATOR Haul off old one, deliver new/used(working) one to Mabank. No water line. Text with picture and price. (903)340-6189.
PAYNE SPRINGS CEMETERY 2 plots for sale, sold together. Plot 1 and 2 in block 57. $250 each. (817)808-0153.
PIANO TUNING 30 plus years experience. Reasonable rates, senior discount! Ask for Robert (903)432-0341.
PORTABLE BUILDING Moving company, any distance. We also buy and sell used buildings. (903)439-7666.
FURNITURE FOR SALE? Call us and we can help you with an ad to sell your furniture! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.

Pets & Pet Care
DIAMOND IN THE WOOF pet grooming. Your home or mine. Also offer pick-up and delivery. Discount prices. (214)505-8371.
KIM’S KRITTER SITTER I’ll take care of your babies.My home or yours. Lovin’ is free! (903)830-0573.
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Pipe Steel
PIPE FOR SALE 2 3/8”, 2 7/8”, 4 1/2”. Rods, 3/4”, 7/8”, 1”. Bill Coots. (903)477-2240.
Want to Buy
$$ CASH FOR JUNK cars and trucks. Free pick up. Call (903)275-9527. $$
LOOKING TO BUY Low cost car, must be running, tagged, inspected, clean title, no engine issues. Normal wear and tear ok. Year 1999 and up. Please text photos and price to (903)275-4653.
NEED 15CF REFRIGERATOR Haul off old one, deliver new/used(working) one to Mabank. No water line. Text with picture and price. (903)340-6189.
Automobiles Trucks
‘08 DODGE CHARGER DAYTONA. 5.7 V8, fully loaded, sunroof, 1 owner, spotless. $7,300obo. (903)498-6163.
GOT A CAR OR TRUCK TO SELL? Call and we’ll help you with an ad to sell it! Call between 8:30am-4:30pm. CCL, Kerens & Malakoff (903)887-4511.
LOOKING TO BUY Low cost car, must be running, tagged, inspected, clean title, no engine issues. Normal wear and tear ok. Year 1999 and up. Please text photos and price to (903)275-4653.
Boats & Watercraft
‘71 JOHNSON, CC. $700obo. 105 Dolly, Lundyland. (903)451-2009.

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Posted by : admin | On : June 28, 2017

The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–A Flint woman is in custody after trying to hide a substantial amount of methamphetamine Sunday night, according to Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse.
Rachel Rush, 33, was arrested after 10 p.m. at the intersection of Farm-to-Market 315 and County Road 4201 after deputies discovered a small number of illegal drugs, pills and needles in her vehicle.
After Deputy William Thornton and his partner placed her under arrest, she was seen on the squad car’s video surveillance removing a concealed item from her clothing and placing it in between the rear seat and the backrest.
A small, clear, plastic bag containing approximately 9 grams of suspected methamphetamine was logged in as evidence in the case, along with the other contraband and paraphernalia.
“This is another example of our continuing campaign against illegal drugs in Henderson County,” Hillhouse said.
“Drug users and dealers may think they are safe traveling country back roads, safe traveling in the dark of night. They are wrong.”
Rush faces charges of possession of a controlled substance greater than 4 grams and less than 200 grams, as well as possession of a dangerous drug. She is being held on bail totaling $16,500.



Posted by : admin | On : June 28, 2017

Special to The News
ATHENS–Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse brought in search dogs and a mounted patrol team to apprehend an escaped Hopkins County Inmate Tuesday, as his Deputies arrested two for drug offenses south of Chandler.
Barney Dwayne Ebey, 53, was located in a pasture near Eustace Tuesday afternoon after a Texas Department of Criminal Justice canine unit, with Officers on horse-back, found him in a multi-jurisdictional search lead by Hillhouse.
“This was a team effort,” Hillhouse said. “After we learned an escaped inmate could be in our area, a comprehensive local, state, and federal law-enforcement team worked together to put him back behind bars.”
In addition to the dogs and horses Hillhouse was assisted by, Texas Rangers, the U.S. Marshall Service, Texas Department of Public Safety, East Texas Auto Theft Task Force, the Henderson County Attorney’s Office, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Marshall’s Office, Constables Mitch Baker and Brad Miers, and the Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum and his Deputies were involved in the search and arrest.
Ebey was a trustee in Hopkins County when an accomplice – who was arrested Tuesday in Emory – helped him escape from a work detail.
The investigation lead to a residence off of FM 2709 and Ebey was arrested near HWY 175 just south of the residence in Eustace early yesterday evening after escaping that morning.
Henderson County Justice of the Peace Randy Daniel arraigned Ebey and he was returned to Hopkins County by Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office.
Meanwhile, Zackary Ryan Clemons, 39, and Haley Danielle Middleton, 23, were arrested on Westwood Beach Drive south of Chandler after throwing a substantial amount of methamphetamine out of the vehicle as they were stopped for a traffic violation.
Deputy Meagan Hogan stopped Clemons, who was wanted on a warrant from Smith County and had no driver’s license or insurance.
She and Deputy Cynthia Clements determined that a bag containing the suspected methamphetamine had been thrown out of the vehicle during the traffic stop. A glass pipe belonging to Middleton and commonly used to smoke contraband was also discovered in the vehicle.
Both were arrested and taken to the Henderson County Jail.
“Henderson County is no place for fugitives or drug dealers to hide or do their illegal business,” Hillhouse said.



Posted by : admin | On : June 1, 2016


By Sariah Kendall
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS– Sheriff Ray Nutt celebrated his last day on the job with friends and fellow officers at the Henderson County Justice Center May 31 and Chief Deputy Botie Hillhouse swore in as the new Sheriff of Henderson County June 1.
Nutt has served in law enforcement more than six decades and has held this position since January of 2009. Nutt has retired to spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
County Judge Richard Sanders said he will miss Nutt on the job, as will Henderson County. “It’ll be difficult for Henderson County to replace Sheriff Nutt,” Sanders said.
During the ceremony officers who served under Nutt spoke highly of him and Nutt said he expects them to maintain the same standards under Sheriff Hillhouse.
“I want to thank the people for what they’ve done, showing me their support,” Nutt said.
Botie Hillhouse was elected in March. “It’s an honor to be the sheriff-elect for Henderson County,” Hillhouse said, “I’ve been his (Nutt’s) right hand man the whole time. But I’m ready to move forward and I appreciate the court’s support.”



Posted by : admin | On : January 29, 2016

Ms. Opal Toney (left) dropped by The Monitor office recently and visits with the staff, including Managing Editor Pearl Cantrell.

Ms. Opal Toney (left) dropped by The Monitor office recently and visits with the staff, including Managing Editor Pearl Cantrell.

Mabank worthy, Opal Toney, (left) last visited The Monitor newspaper office near the July 4 holiday in 2014. “She showed me around shortly after I joined The Monitor staff in 2006,” Managing editor Pearl Cantrell (right) said. “She wanted to impart a feel for the history and people who lived in the area. She also assisted us in writing a century of the newspaper’s history in the Mabank area in 2008.” She wrote many years for the Mabank Banner and was recognized by her many hats. Look for news of her final arrangements on The Monitor Facebook page.



Posted by : admin | On : January 14, 2016


Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry (right) tells fellow Malakoff Rotarians Jan. 5 about construction projects at Malakoff High School, including the new fieldhouse building underway at the football field featuring bigger and better concessions and restrooms.

Former state Educator of Year joined MISD

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF – Malakoff Rotarians hosted Malakoff High School principal Martin Brumit during the club’s weekly luncheon held at the Flagg House Jan. 5.
Before Malakoff, Brumit served as assistant principal at Denton Ryan High School until he was hired by Malakoff ISD in the summer of 2013. Soon after, Brumit was awarded Educator of the Year by the Association of Texas Professional Educators for his work as an administrator and later accepted the award in Austin.
Brumit began by highlighting a “very successful fall” for Malakoff High School athletic teams, including the powerhouse Tiger football team under Coach Jamie Driskell getting within one point of taking down the three-time defending state champion in the playoffs.
The MHS volleyball team made the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Basketball is underway now, with the girls team ranked No. 12 in the state, including defeating a Class 6A team (Malakoff is 3A) by 20 points at the Kaufman tournament, which the Lady Tigers won.
One-act play is in full swing, with the students putting in much practice over winter break. One-act play did very well last spring, Brumit said, and has a chance this year to move to state competition. Brumit added that 20 Malakoff students went to University Interscholastic League (UIL) regional academic competition under the guidance of Jessica Bentley, MISD UIL director.
Spring sports, including golf, track, baseball and softball, begin at the end of January. The MHS softball team boasts two college-bound pitchers, senior Candace Denis (University of Massachusetts) and Hazel Puempel (Texas Woman’s University in Denton). Coach Matt Wittram’s softball team last season included six freshmen and the team advanced three rounds into the playoffs, Brumit added.
February 1 will see the next round of biannual UIL realignment, with Malakoff possibly being matched up with different teams in district as well as regional play. Malakoff is hoping to play schools that are closer, Brumit said.
The Future Farmers of America (FFA) agriculture program at MHS will compete at the Fort Worth Stock Show Jan. 21, then San Antonio, Houston and back to Henderson County in April. Brumit said the school’s ag barn is “very nice” and includes cameras for remote animal monitoring. Coach Driskell’s son had a best-in-show pig last spring, Brumit added.
A new ninth-grade English teacher and published author, Beth Fehlbaum, has charged her class with writing a novel of several thousand words, Brumit reported. Malakoff High School administers the SAT on campus (a change), and with unlimited dual courses, more students are able to graduate from Malakoff with both a high school and associate’s degree. Every college student who took Microsoft’s software certification test passed the exam, he reported.
Malakoff High School is expecting 90-95 graduates this spring, which is up from 70 last year. Brumit said he was ready for spring and to “spring into the New Year.”
Superintendent Randy Perry, a Rotary member and the club’s past president, also informed Malakoff Rotarians about the nesw of the school district. Student enrollment stands at 1,287 students, up about 60 over this time last year. Perry said the district’s greatest challenge is to get all the students to the highest academic strata, across all socioeconomic backgrounds. “Our middle school has been doing wonderful and it bodes well for the future,” Perry said.
He also told Rotarians that state law allows districts to measure the daily attendance rates of attendance by minutes, instead of days. So, instead of 180 days, students must attend for 75,660 minutes. “That gives us flexibility to go longer days to get instruction finished by Memorial Day,” Perry said, adding that he hoped to do so for the 2016-17 school year.
The Malakoff superintendent also briefed Rotarians about construction projects proceeding at Malakoff High School. All are funded by a May 2015 bond package, approved by voters. The football fieldhouse, concessions and restroom facility will be bricked to match the high school, Perry said. Restrooms will be on each end, with more allotted to the home side. The visiting team will enter the building through the back, with concrete all around the facility, especially in the front.
The baseball field’s lighting project has been delayed by the weather, but the concrete bases are in place. The brick backstop is almost finished, and the perimeter behind home plate will feature netting instead of chain-link fencing.
Contractors have completed wiring for high-definition video cameras at the high school, with its front entrance being more secure, requiring visitors to buzz in at the double doors. Video cameras will be installed in all campus buildings, including Tool Elementary School. Perry and the district maintenance director will have remote access, he said.



Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2015

Courtesy Photo
Jaxon Pagitt supports the Hornets as they prepare to take on Rusk at home Sept 14.