Jan

28

Posted by : admin | On : January 28, 2016

BlakeStiles

Courtesy Photo/Toni Garrard Clay, AISD
At the recommendation of Athens ISD Board President Robert Risko, the school district trustees have approved and adopted a resolution nominating Blake Stiles for 2016 Superintendent of the Year “for his exemplary and visionary leadership toward improving student performance in our schools,” Risko said. “We have a great captain steering this ship.”

Jan

28

Posted by : admin | On : January 28, 2016

Worked up photos Shun Cameron

Worked up photos
Shun Cameron

Special to The News
HENDERSON COUNTY–Shun Cameron, 48, was arrested Jan. 12 by Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office for theft of property more than $1,500, less than or equal to $30,000.
Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received information on a stolen trailer at the residence located 10210 CR 1208 Jan. 5.
Captain Charlie Severn, Investigators Kay Langford, Brad Beddingfield, Jeromey Rose, Deputy Kyle Pokobradsky and Investigator Robert Powers went to the residence and received information that Shun Cameron was the property owner and in possession of the stolen trailer.
HCSO personnel observed a fire behind the residence and attempted to speak with the homeowners. Investigators located an unattended illegal fire where automotive tires were being burned. Next the the fire, investigators located a stolen cement mixer which had been reported stolen earlier that day.
HCSO personnel also located a Dodge pickup truck with an enclosed cargo trailer attached. It was learned the truck was reported stolen from Anderson County and the enclosed trailer had been reported stolen from Henderson County.
Upon an inventory on the trailer, investigators located baseball and softball equipment reported stolen from Cross Roads ISD and a 2013 Jiajue motor scooter reported stolen from the City of Athens.
A total of three arrest warrants for theft of property $2,500-$30,000 was placed on Shun Cameron.
Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a vehicle pursuit Jan. 12 in which Cameron was the passenger.
The driver of the vehicle and Cameron fled on foot following the vehicle pursuit. An extensive manhunt was conducted by DPS, Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 Unit. The driver was located and placed in the Van Zandt County Detention Center.
Cameron was located later that day and placed in the Henderson County Jail.
He is being detained on a total of $71,500 bonds.

Jan

21

Posted by : admin | On : January 21, 2016

Celebratory reception set for 3:30 p.m. Friday at Tool Elementary

Malakoff ISD School Board members are honored with gifts from each campus and received a Texas State House Resolution, courtesy of District 10 Rep. John Wray, which superintendent Randy Perry holds (center). Pictured are (from left) Jason Dalrymple, Billy Sparks, board president Rick Vieregge, Perry, xxxx and xxxx. Malakoff ISD School Board members are honored with gifts from each campus and received a Texas State House Resolution, courtesy of District 10 Rep. John Wray, which superintendent Randy Perry holds (center). Pictured are (from left) Jason Dalrymple, Billy Sparks, board president Rick Vieregge, Perry.

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Malakoff ISD School Board members are honored Jan. 14 with gifts from each campus and received a Texas State House Resolution, courtesy of District 10 Texas House Rep. John Wray, which Superintendent Randy Perry holds (center). Pictured are (from left) Jason Dalrymple (Vice President), Billy Sparks, Rick Vieregge (President), Perry, Tim Mattingly (Secretary) and Mike Monroe. Not pictured are board members Gary Woolverton and Dustin Youngman.

By Pearl Cantrell
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF—School trustees heard that Malakoff ISD is the smallest district to ever have back-to-back years as nominations for the National Blue Ribbon School recognition. Now in its 34th year, the Department of Education program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels. A final criterion is that nominated schools have an enrollment of 20 percent or greater from an economically disadvantaged population.
Tool Elementary School was listed as one of just 26 schools in Texas to be nominated and its enrollment is nearly 80 percent from an “economically disadvantaged population.”
Principal Christal Calhoun credited the diligent work of her staff, teachers and especially the students for achieving the scholastic results on her campus. “The staff and kids are very excited,” she said.
Calhoun then described how she broke it down for the 213 children enrolled in pre-k through fifth grade at her campus. At a suggestion from one of the teachers at Tool Elementary School, “We first looked at a map of the entire United States and then of Texas. Then I told them how many schools there were in Texas, including private ones, upwards of 8,000. But they still didn’t get it. But when I showed them a clear plastic barrel containing 8,000 dry black beans and pulled out 26 of them, then I pointed out just one of these. Then they understood what a distinction the Blue Ribbon nomination really is!”
Since the announcement came Jan. 13 and Calhoun passed the news to her students, she said parents have been calling to find out when the “Blue Party” was going to happen and what they could do to help. The district has set a congratulatory reception for 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 at the school. “All our loyal supporters from the community are invited to attend,” Calhoun said.
During the Jan. 14 school board meeting, Calhoun wrapped up her campus report by looking toward Assistant Superintendent Sybil Norris and Malakoff Elementary School Principal Ronny. Snow for their assistance and guidance in setting the goals that need to be met and the necessary reporting instruments to bring the school through the process to win the 2016 Blue Ribbon Award. The final selections are made in September, school trustees heard. Malakoff Elementary School earned the National Blue Ribbon Award for 2015.
“We, the students and staff, are committed to coming to school every day and doing our very best,” she said. The average daily attendance at Tool Elementary School is an unheard of 97 percent and 14 new students have been recently enrolled, she added. The school, and all the other Malakoff ISD campuses, are beginning twice and thrice weekly individual tutoring sessions.
“Not many school boards get to see that!” Board chairman Rick Vieregge said. “This is a real honor,” Perry said. “We’re the only school district below 5A to do that!”
Snow reported that the State Board of Education has invited him and select teachers to join them in Austin April 8 for special recognition of their Blue Ribbon Award. Snow added that after school tutoring begins on his campus as well and that it’s a real grind that makes for long days, but one that he and his staff feel makes all the difference.
Both elementary schools are seeing the addition of iPads for third-sixth grade classrooms, so every class will have access to six to eight of these, Snow said.
In addition to special gifts and recognition for the school board members during January’s School Board Appreciation month, trustees were treated to a music video produced by students of Malakoff Middle School, that has also been played on the local radio station during morning drive time. Trustees were impressed by the words and sentiments expressed, both personal and individualized. “These are really neat kids,” Middle School Principal Quinton Watkins said.
In other business, trustees:
• Accepted the 2014-15 audit from Smith Lambright and Associates, who noted a strong fund balance of $5.6 million and a new accounting of unfunded liability from future retirement earnings. “You don’t have to budget for it,” J.W. Lambright said. “Just know that your share comes to $1,468,000.”
• Noted the school attendance is now being measured in minutes instead of days.
• Reviewed the highlights of the Texas Academic Performance Report. Malakoff ISD met state standards or above in all important indicators, Norris pointed out. The full report is available on line at www.Malakoffisd.org and as printouts at each campus and administration building.
• Heard progress on baseball field lighting and other improvements have been hampered by the wet weather and possible options for getting around that in time for the season to start.
• Reset the July board meeting from the third Monday in July to the second Monday, July 11, to accommodate a request from the superintendent.
• Evaluated the superintendent’s performance and extended his contract another three years, through 2019.

Jan

21

Posted by : admin | On : January 21, 2016

Dawson layup

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Jalie Dawson (23) goes in for a layup while being defended by Madison Holbert (14) of Eustace.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
EUSTACE–The Malakoff Lady Tigers proved why they are the No. 12 team in the state, coming back from a 9 point half-time deficit to beat Eustace 43-41.
“They played with more intensity in the second half than we did,” Eustace Coach Lloyd Mahaffey said. “This team is tough and will be able to get refocused. They understand what their task is. We did a great job tonight even though we ended up on the short end. These kids are playing their hearts out and I’m very proud of them.”
Malakoff coach Megan Hyde said her team “played with guts” down the stretch to win the game.
Both teams came into the game with a 5-0 district record. Malakoff was the preseason favorite to win the district while Eustace was trying to rebound from only winning three district games a year ago.
Eustace controlled things to start the game. They outscored Malakoff 11-7 in the first quarter with star post player Sydnee Wynn hitting a layup at the first quarter buzzer.
Eustace continued to extend their lead in the second quarter. Wynn had another layup to make the score 17-9. Malakoff called timeout after the basket. Wynn got into foul trouble late and sat out the last four minutes of the first half. Despite not having their best player Eustace still held a 23-14 lead at halftime.
Malakoff came out ready to play in the third quarter and started to cut into the Eustace lead. The lead was cut down to 33-30 on a layup by Jalie Dawson but Madison Holbert hit a layup for Eustace to put them up 35-30 going into the fourth quarter.
Both teams continued to fight in the fourth quarter until Malakoff finally took their first lead on a layup by Dawson with 1:44 left. It was the last basket of the game and the game winner for the Lady Tigers.
Dawson finished with 17 points to lead all players. Wynn scored 15 to lead Eustace before fouling out with under a minute to go.
Malakoff moves to 19-3 and 6-0 in district with the win. They control their own destiny for the district championship. Eustace falls to 14-7 and 5-1 in district.
For more photos from the game, see Malakoff on page 6B.

Jan

21

Posted by : admin | On : January 21, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Cardinals are ranked number one in both men’s and women’s basketball in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll.
The Lady Cardinals are currently 15-1 and 6-0 in conference play. The Lady Cardinals are being led by Head Coach Gerald Ewing and assistant coaches LaToya Howell and Spencer Robertson. They have a balanced offense with Christalah Lyons, Naomi Davenport, and Maya Singleton all averaging nearly 13 points per game.
The other top four teams in the country are Gulf Coast and Daytona State both in Florida, Salt Lake in Utah, and Shelton State in Alabama.
The Cardinals are currently sitting at 19-1 and 9-0 in conference play. They are under the direction of Head Coach Kris Baumann. He is assisted by Mark Leslie and Guy Furr. TVCC averages 82 points per game and has only been allowing 63.
They are led by Hyron Edwards and Josh Stamps, who are both averaging 12 points per game. Creighton transfer Leon Gilmore also adds 11 points per game for the Cardinals.
The other four teams in the top five are Georgia Highlands, Gillette College in Wyoming, Iowa Western and North Idaho.
This is the first time in TVCC history that both basketball teams have been ranked number one at the same time.

Jan

21

Posted by : admin | On : January 21, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Cardinals are ranked number one in both mens and womens basketball in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll.
The Lady Cardinals are currently 15-1 and 6-0 in conference play. The Lady Cardinals are being led by Head Coach Gerald Ewing and assistant coaches LaToya Howell and Spencer Robertson. They have a balanced offense with Christalah Lyons, Naomi Davenport, and Maya Singleton all averaging nearly 13 points per game.
The other top four teams in the country are Gulf Coast and Daytona State both in Florida, Salt Lake in Utah, and Shelton State in Alabama.
The Cardinals are currently sitting at 19-1 and 9-0 in conference play. They are under the direction of Head Coach Kris Baumann. He is assisted by Mark Leslie and Guy Furr. TVCC averages 82 points per game and has only been allowing 63.
They are led by Hyron Edwards and Josh Stamps, who are both averaging 12 points per game. Creighton transfer Leon Gilmore also adds 11 points per game for the Cardinals.
The other four teams in the top five are Georgia Highlands, Gillette College in Wyoming, Iowa Western and North Idaho.
This is the first time in TVCC history that both basketball teams have been ranked number one at the same time.

Jan

21

Posted by : admin | On : January 21, 2016

Duke

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ATHENS–Athens Police Department arrested Michael Keith Duke, 19, Jan. 15 for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility and five Athens Municipal Court warrants.
APD says Corporal William Carlow conducted a traffic stop on a pick up truck for an expired license plate around 10:45 a.m. Jan. 15 in the 700 block of East Corsicana Street. During a routine check, it was discovered Duke was wanted on several local warrants.
Carlow arrested Duke and during a vehicle search, found two stolen rifles.
Duke was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and was transported to the Henderson County Justice Center.
During booking, Duke was found to be in possession of a clear baggie containing a substance suspected to be marijuana.
He remains in custody on bonds totaling $20,000.

Jan

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Posted by : admin | On : January 14, 2016

Special to The News
MALAKOFF–The Henderson County Black History Committee has scheduled two events to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The first annual Gospel Explosion is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Johnson Chapel AME Church in Malakoff. The group is asking for choirs, soloists, praise teams, choruses, etc. to come help celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please RSVP to Evangelist Alma Berry at (903) 489-1375.
The second event is the annual Candlelight Vigil scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at New Hope Corinth CME Church in Malakoff. The speaker for the event will be the Rev. Melvin Smith. Everyone is invited to attend to receive a blessing.

Jan

14

Posted by : admin | On : January 14, 2016

josh stamps 3

News Photo/ Ryan Moulds
TVCC freshman Josh Stamps throws down a big dunk in his team’s victory over Lamar State. Stamps finished with 10 points.

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The second ranked Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Cardinals survived an upset bid by the Lamar State Seahawks Jan. 6. The Cardinals we’re playing with heavy hearts following the death of sophomore Melvin Swift a week prior.
“I think it’s human nature for the death of somebody close to get in your head a little bit,” TVCC coach Kris Baumann said. “We were very fortunate to win tonight and I think he was looking down on us.”
Baumann also said it felt like his team was “always a play behind” for most of the game and he would like to see them play better defensively. “We gave up 13 three pointers,” Baumann said. “I honestly think Lamar State was the better team tonight but I’m glad we were able to come away with the win. We have a lot of things to work on but it’s always better to win and learn than lose and learn.”
TVCC came out with a starting lineup of Josh Stamps, Josh Robinson, Leon Gilmore, JC Washington and Hyron Edwards. The Seahawks started Tyler Chase, Mambi Diawara, Jordon Harris, Freddie Williams and Colton Weisbrod.
The Seahawks went to 2-0 early on but didn’t lead again for a very long time. Gilmore paced the Cardinals in the first half with 13 points and TVCC was able to stay ahead in a very tight game.
Harris and Diawara each had four 3-point shots for the Seahawks in the first half to keep them in the game. Lamar State trailed 46-44 at the end of the first half. Diawara led the Seahawks with 17 points and Harris had 13.
The Cardinals continued to play well in the second half but they allowed Lamar State to hang around. TVCC was up 62-59 at the 13:56 mark in the second half when a double technical foul was called and Ryan Preston fouled out of the game. It was a big loss for TVCC.
The teams continued to battle it out and every time TVCC would threaten to pull away Harris or Diawara would hit a 3-pointer to put them back in the game. Diawara hit a 3-pointer with 8:22 left to cut the lead to 73-72. The game was tied at 74 ten seconds later. It was the first time TVCC didn’t have the lead in the second half.
The Cardinals regained their lead on the next possession and pushed the lead to five points with 6:06 left. The Seahawks refuses to give up and rallied to tie the game again. The score was 91-91 with 1:46 left.
Lamar State got the ball with 45 seconds left in the game. They went inside and scored on a layup by Weisbrod to take a 95-93 lead. It was their first lead since it was 2-0 to start the game.
TVCC was called for a charge on their next trip down the court and Lamar State got the ball back with nine seconds left. TVCC fouled to extend the game and Lamar State missed their second free throw that would have iced the game for them.
The Cardinals got the ball quickly and passed it out to Brandon Holley on the 3-point line. He hit the biggest shot of the game to tie it up at 96 with two seconds left. “As soon as the ball left my finger tips I knew I was going to knock it down,” Holley said. “I just felt it.” Lamar State’s last shot was no good and the game went into overtime.
In overtime, TVCC took the lead for good 100-98 with 1:40 left. Clutch free throw shooting helped the Cardinals pull out the win and narrowly escape being upset.
“We have been going through lots of stuff off the court and were still getting back on our feet,” Gilmore said. “This was our first home game in a while and I don’t think we took it seriously. It felt like we were too relaxed and thought we were a better team from the jump. We need to get back to practicing to get better for next time. We need to be more together and keep each other up when mistakes are made. The last thing we can afford to do is to be negative.”
“The coaches told us to keep our heads in the game,” Stamps added. “We have been listening to coaches and doing well in practice. We played hard and we never gave up.”
TVCC was led in scoring by Gilmore who had 24 points. Also scoring for TVCC were Robinson and Edwards with 17 points each, Holley with 13, Washington with 11, Stamps with 10, Isaac Allen with four, and Stephen Edwards, Preston, and Shamiek Shepard with two each.
The Lamar State Seahawks had every scorer in double figures. Harris led the way with 27 points. Also scoring for the Seahawks were Weisbrod with 25, Diawara with 24, Christian Albright with 12, and Freddie Williams with 10.
The win improves TVCC’s record to 16-1. They are still the number two NJCAA team in America in the latest poll. Lamar State’s record falls to 10-6.

Jan

14

Posted by : admin | On : January 14, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Lady Tigers stayed perferct in district play with a 65-23 victory over Mildred Jan. 5.
Malakoff got out to a fast start and quickly found themselves up 16-3 after the first quarter. They didn’t slow down and built the lead up to 31-10 at halftime.
Mildred didn’t come close after halftime. Malakoff exploded for 25 points in the third quarter to put the game away and outscored them 9-5 in the fourth quarter just for good measure.
Jalie Dawson led Malakoff with 15 points. Also scoring for the Lady Tigers were Kiana Reed with 14 points, Hazel Puempel with seven, Kamry Hurd and KeiKei Walker with six each, Charlsey Stearman and Nakeya Kelley with four each, and Porsha Trimble, Cameron Roberts, and Kerrian Toliver with three each.
Malakoff moves to 4-0 in district to start the season. The Lady Tigers are 17-3 overall. Malakoff was favored to win the district to begin the season. Their main challeneger appears to be the Eustace Bulldogs, who also started district 4-0. The two teams will meet in Malakoff for a huge matchup Feb. 2