Aug

21

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 21, 2011

School Bus

Today is the day! Students are headed back to class this morning, seniors are starting their last year while kindergartners are starting their first day, and the roads are filled with school buses and young kids.

BE SAFE!

As a reminder, here is the law:

Aug

18

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 18, 2011

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Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff celebrated its 44th year of business Thursday with a luau, which explains CLNH Administrator Doug “Sonny” Humble’s Hawaiian attire in the photo above as he speaks to the party crowd. The nursing home has been owned by the Humble family since 1967.

Back in 2007, for the 40th anniversary, then-State Rep. Betty Brown said, “The thing that impressed me (when learning about CLNH) was the statement that people who live here are treated like family. I thought, ‘How neat, how neat.’ If all of our nursing facilities had that attitude, I wouldn’t get some of the phone calls I do about some other places.”



During a special meeting Thursday, the Malakoff City Council started the process to borrow $400,000 to repair, rehab and repaint the interior of the city’s water storage tanks. I wrote about the water tank problems last month.

The cost will include about $109,000 in interested, so the actual payback amount is a little more than half a million dollars.

The city intends to raise the money through Certificates of Obligation. According to information from Southwest Securities, the company hired by council members to guide them through this process, the money will be paid back by 2020.

The loan can be paid for with money raised from an increase in property taxes, water rates, or sewer rates, said Ed Moore of Southwest.


MORNING BRIEF CONTINUED

Aug

17

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 17, 2011



Next Thursday, Aug. 25, Malakoff ISD will have an open house and rededication of the Old Rock Building, which is part of the elementary campus. The public is invited. The ceremony and ribbon cutting will be at 7 p.m. followed by the open house.

The event will put to rest the longest-running story of my career. This was how I wrapped it up in 2010: “I wrote tens of thousands of words on the story over more than three years. I literally wrote enough to fill a novel. There were stories about what the school board was thinking, about what the historical society was thinking, about architect reviews and state historical laws. There were stories about the Work Projects Administration, and a time line of actions, and breakdowns of each school board member

Aug

16

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 16, 2011

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Teachers from The Learning Express, from left, Katie Busch, April Wingo and Lena Bell recently helped Cole Redmond (being held by Wingo) celebrate the homecoming of his father, Staff Sgt. John Redmond of Malakoff.

Sgt. Redmond was returning from his fourth tour of duty in Iraq – during his last tour, he was awarded the Purple Heart.

The flag was made by son Cole and his classmates. The red stripes are footprints, and the *stars* in the blue field are hand prints.



The Malakoff ISD school board met last night in their regular session and set a public hearing on the budget and proposed tax rate for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. The board is expected to approve both the budget and tax rate immediately following the public hearing.

The tax rate will stay the same ($1.16 per $100 valuation), but the board is considering moving one penny from the I&S fund to the M&O fund. That would give the district a little more money for operations without raising taxes.


READ MORNING BRIEF

Aug

16

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 16, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
The Malakoff Lady Tigers got off to a hot start last week, with a win on the road in Palmer and then a three-game sweep of Fruitvale Friday in their home opener.
The Lady Tigers are 2-0 on the young season.
Second-year head coach James Neal said he was happy with the results, but stressed there was plenty of work to be done.
“We need more teamwork,” he said. “My biggest thing is communication.”
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Coach said right now the Lady Tiger defense is ahead of the offense, but it is still very early. Consider that the Lady Tigers played in two scrimmages and two matches before the football Tigers stepped onto the field for their first scrimmage.
Neal stressed conditioning in the preseason and it paid off in Malakoff’s first match, a five-game win over Palmer.
“That was very important because of the way it went last year,” said Neal, “when we lost a few five-setters. That was a positive.”
Neal said he has high expectations for this year and set the season’s theme as “One.”
“One pass, one set, one kill,” he said. “One game, one at a time.”
The Lady Tigers were scheduled to travel to Fruitvale on Tuesday night and then compete in a tournament in Eustace starting Thursday, but those games came after The Malakoff News deadline this week.

Aug

16

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 16, 2011

Henderson County Commissioners

Aug

16

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 16, 2011

Special to The News
Charles Ray Robinson, 56, was sentenced to life in the penitentiary Monday by 3rd District Court Judge Mark Calhoon for the May 16, 2010 robbery of the Shell Station at 1117 East Tyler Street in Athens.
Robinson initially pleaded not guilty to the offense and a jury trial was held in March of this year. The jury heard testimony from the victim, a DNA analyst, the first officers to respond to the scene as well as detective James Bonnette and lead detective Bill Carlow of the Athens Police Department. In addition to the detective

Aug

16

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 16, 2011

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Henderson County Commissioners

Aug

14

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 14, 2011

Freshman 14

Attention area freshmen – it is time to get ready! Freshman orientation is scheduled for the following schools:


Hard to believe the summer is almost over.



The Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees will be holding its regular meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the administration building. Items on the agenda include setting a public hearing for the budget and proposed tax rate, and a presentation on the Tool summer food program.

Earlier in the month, school board members seemed likely to keep the tax rate as is despite state funding cuts.


READ MORNING BRIEF

Aug

12

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 12, 2011

There is an expression that began with naval air mechanics, or so a Navy man told me. No matter how much care the mechanics take in maintaining their aircraft, and they take a lot of care, every once in awhile, for some unexpected reason, something would go wrong. When this occurred the mechanics would say, “**** happens.”
A less military name for this occurrence is “anomaly.” An anomaly is an irregularity or a result that deviates from the expected or the norm. I read that in a dictionary.
A seven-inch down pour in Phoenix would be an anomaly in their weather. The weather in Portland, Oregon doesn’t usually include tornados and a twister in The City of Roses would be a weather anomaly. Tornados are expected in the Midwest and their occurrence in Oklahoma would hardly be an anomaly.
On the other hand some people would consider a tornado an anomaly in the pressure-temperature map, no matter how many of them were tearing apart Pratt, Kansas.
I think that serial killers are anomalies in humanity. I don’t expect the person standing next to me at the bus stop to be a serial killer.
But how often does something have to occur before it ceases to be an anomaly and becomes expected. How many serial killers have to be hacking their way to notoriety before they are no longer unexpected and I have to look at the people at the bus stop out of the corner of my eye.
At one time I would have thought that parents killing their young children was a parenting anomaly but there is one in the news all the time now.
Anomalies need not be a complete surprise, just unpredictable. I think of hurricanes as anomalies even though the existence of a hurricane season belies their complete unexpectedness. (Is that a cool word or what?)
But what I’m getting around to is this: What is a reasonable attitude toward an anomaly? Anger?
Is it reasonable to get mad at destructive anomalies like hurricanes or erupting volcanoes? Should the Japanese be angry at the earth quake-tsunami anomaly that caused so much damage and loss of life? If a deranged person, an anomaly, does away with someone near and dear do you get angry at the anomaly and call for the death penalty?
It isn’t clear that anger does any good.
Thus Spake The Old Fogy, thinking that when things happen, just grin and bear it.