Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : December 3, 2012

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

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

ROYSE CITY — The 2012 season came to an end for the Malakoff Tigers Friday night, with the Tigers falling to the Pottsboro Cardinals, 41-0, in Region II area action.

Malakoff finished the season at 8-4, while Pottsboro advanced with an 11-0 record.

Pottsboro proved to be too strong up front for Malakoff Friday. The Cardinals were led by senior quarterback Tanner Frye, who threw for three touchdowns and ran for another.

The Cardinals led 21-0 at the half.

Although Malakoff was disappointed with the way the season finished, the Tigers still tacked on the fourth-straight successful season of the Coach Jamie Driskell era.

This year’s Tigers earned the school’s fourth-straight winning record and fourth-straight playoff appearance. They also won a playoff game for the second-straight year, beating Redwater, 28-22, last week to become bi-district champions.

The Tigers have also rewrote the school’s record books, entering the school’s Top 5 scoring games of all-time list twice: tied for fifth with a 64-36 win over Italy in the inaugural Dale Hansen Classic, and tied for second with a 70-8 win over Kemp. The last time the Tigers put up 60 points or more twice in a season was 1947.



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

Randy Daniel

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

ATHENS — Randy Daniel is trading in his titles. He is going from Mayor to Judge.

Henderson County Commissioners’ Court this week selected Daniel to fill the Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 seat which was left open when JP Henry Ashford died of a heart attack last month. The unexpired term is for about two years.

“I am very grateful to Judge (Richard) Sanders and the commissioners for having confidence in me to do this job,” Daniel said. “I will also be retiring from my job at Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative where I have been employed for the last 35 years to devote my full time to the JP position.”

To take the job, however, he had to leave office as mayor. According to Daniel, the Athens City Charter does not allow holding dual offices.

That announcement came Thanksgiving morning on The News Facebook page during an online conversation.

“I automatically vacated the office of mayor upon accepting the new position,” he wrote. “The council has my letter of resignation and will act on it at the next regular council meeting. I want to say thank you to the citizens of Athens for allowing me to serve them as mayor for the last seven-and-a-half years and look forward to serving them in this new capacity.”



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 7, 2012

For the second time in four years, the alcohol option was narrowly approved in Malakoff.

Tuesday, voters OK’d the sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption only by a 285-263 margin.
In practical terms, the measure will allow liquor stores (not just beer and wine) in the city.

In Trinidad, voters approved the sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption by a larger margin. There voters voted yes 203-107.



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 7, 2012

Cross Roads ISD election results

For: 408
Against: 503

School board (top 4)
Giles – 383
Robertson – 382
McCurley – 332
Himes – 295

Harmon – 176
Cole – 257
Norwood – 264
Weaver – 154



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 6, 2012

Malakoff School Board Election .. Final Results (top 3)

Rick Vieregge – 1,204
Billy Sparks – 1,097
Michael Monroe – 213
David Hennessee – 75
Stacey Killough – 9



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : November 6, 2012

Boxes Reporting: Final … 27 of 27 reporting

Ray Nutt (R) 20,941
Bill Burton (D) 6,126

Tax Assessor
Milburn Chaney (R) 21,799
Bryan Barker (D) 5,340

Pct. 1 Commissioner
Scotty Thomas (R) 4,795
David McGlaun (D) 1,539

Constable Pct. 5
Brad Miers (R) 4,035
Rick Simmons (D) 1,301

Closing the Range
For 14,242
Against 7,920



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

By Michael V. Hannigan - The News Staff

It is time to go to the polls again.

Early voting in the November General Election will get under way Monday, Oct. 22 and run through Friday, Nov. 2.

Early voting in Henderson County will be at the following locations:

- Seven Points City Hall, 428 E. Cedar Creek Pkwy, Seven Points, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- Chandler Community Center, 811 Hwy 31 East, Chandler, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Henderson County Election Center, 201 E. Larkin Street, Athens, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While the big item is the Presidential election, there are also contests for sheriff, commissioner, tax assessor, and constable.

There are also several important local elections on the ballot. There will be school board elections in Malakoff and Cross Roads, plus there will be liquor election in Malakoff and a bond election in Cross Roads.

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Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 12, 2012

This week’s editions of The Malakoff News and The Athens News are now on newsstands and posted online.

Stories of interest in Malakoff include:

  • The Malakoff City Council approved raising water rates
  • Malakoff Education Foundation kickoff scheduled
  • Groundbreaking held at Tool Elementary
  • Domestic Abuse Violence Awareness Month

Stories in Athens include:

  • AISD Superintendent Dr. Robert Steeber resigns
  • Trouble at The Family Peace Project
  • Dave Campbell named to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
  • Young Republicans club reborn
  • Domestic Abuse Violence Awareness Month

You can read all the complete stories, plus columns from Loretta Humble, Emily Lundy, Buddy Hazell, and Clara Jo Davis, here.



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

Here come the Tigers (playing with a little technology).