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

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

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

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

Time hits again, mentally and physically. Once I doubted back pain. Why, the complainer was walking. But then so many complained. Pain was in their eyes.
My dad as a younger man spent weeks in a hospital in traction for his back.
At 35 I faced a back dilemma. Where we lived at the time, several women wanted to start a basketball team for fun, exercise, and competition. Since I had played four years in high school, half court style, and been a “rover” on a community college team, I saw little need to attend practices with some who had never played, knew nothing about the game. At 5’6″ in my canvas hightop shoes in high school, I was the tallest and guarded the post. We may have won two games in my high school experiences. But a game was a place to go, people to see, songs to sing, and the boy’s team rode the same bus with us on away games.
That rover spot was a joke for me. It meant two team members could run the full court, crossing the line. The assignment nearly killed me.
But back to that women’s team. Finally I dressed appropriately, had some athletic shoes, and went to practice. I could dribble, pass and catch the ball. This night I might have been introduced with my experience. And we were practicing long shots.
After bouncing the ball a few times, feeling awkward, I began shooting for the basket. With the third thrust to the basket, a branding iron hit the pit of my back. Casually I made it to the wall to rest. Then almost crawling, I went out to my car, drove home, and lost all the food intake I had eaten that day. Eventually I was back to normal and never mentioned the game again.
But then I took a hard fall when I was in my late forties, the mother of teens and a high school teacher. When I stood up, I knew my lower back was on fire. But I sat down, skipped lunch, and endured the day. I was teaching Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales.” Who else could teach it? Sitting in a wooden chair with a heating pad on my back, I taught and took Ibuprofen or something like it. Once home, I lay on the floor, sometimes a vibrator under me.
The pain in the back went to the hip. The next year that line of pain ran down my leg. Soon I noticed my foot attached to that leg having numb places.
Then, almost three years later, Spring Break came, and the first morning to celebrate I sat up, and bombs went off in my back. I had ruptured or “blown” my lower disk three ways. I could not straighten up or walk, only crawl in agony while the attitude of my busy family will be ignored at this time.
From my bed with my phone I found a military-retired surgeon at Medical City. I had one visit. The doctor said, “I can tell your pain is intense; I’ll operate Thursday, and you walk out Friday, pain free. Walk is all you are to do for six weeks. Your scar will be one inch in length because you’re overweight.” I could have wept from faith and happiness.
Last year my husband lifted something too heavy and the result was his first incapacitation at 76. He had to have surgery on three vertebrae and something done to his sciatic nerve. Once home, had much to deal with. One night in pain, he looked at me disgustedly and said, “You just can’t imagine the problems I’m having. You’ve never had back pain.”
Hitting him would not have been right.