Feb

27

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 27, 2009


Gerald “Jerry” Eugene Hinkle, 66, was born March 21, 1942, in Cleburne, Texas, to E.O. “Gene” and Berta Corpany Hinkle. He graduated from Cleburne High School in 1960 and married Barbara Travis on Nov. 16, 1963. Mr. Hinkle graduate from Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, Gupton Jones in 1968. Mr. Hinkle later received his Bachelors of Business degree. He was a Funeral Director, Mortician for over 40 years and retired in 2009 as a License Nursing Facilities Administrator.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Hinkle; daughters, Sheree Hinkle Hill and husband Ron of Burleson, Texas, Angela Hinkle Flores and husband Chriss of Burleson; grandchildren, Travis Kleypas, Tabitha Hill, Ryan Hill, Jacob Hill, Aimee Hill, Mathew Flores, Michael Flores and a sister, Judi McNabb, of Cleburne, Texas.
Services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Mountain Valley Funeral Home in Joshua, Texas.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Pleasant Hill Children Home, PO Box 1177, Fairfield, Texas, 75240.
Arrangements are under the direction of Waxahachie Funeral Home.

Feb

27

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 27, 2009

The summer that I was 18 I had a job at a private swimming pool in Arlington, Virginia. It was my last cushy summer job.
Two lifeguards sat in high chairs on each side of the pool and once an hour they would clear the pool, take a break and dive off their high chairs into the pool.
This particular early afternoon one the lifeguards ended his dive by breaking a tooth on the bottom of the pool. I was appointed to drive him to his home in Washington, D.C.
He lived in a neighborhood of red brick row houses. The streets were lined with trees and parked cars. There was just enough room for cars going in opposite directions to pass.
We were headed for the other end of the block but our passage was prevented by two of those cars going in opposite directions that had stopped so that their drivers could talk.
I would have waited until I was noticed and maybe said, “Pardon me but would you mind moving your car.”
My passenger took matters in hand, leaned out the window and yelled, “Get your ****** car out of the road.”
“Stuff it, jerk,” was the immediate reply, more or less.
After a few loud threats and curses, the car in front of us moved ahead and pulled into the other lane and stopped. The driver got out and I thought there was going to be a fight but he and my passenger just did more yelling and I drove away.
This was my introduction to communication by yelling. What I had witnessed were not fighting words but a form of communication.
In 1984 I went to a music store on Times Square. It was long and narrow with a balcony on one side behind which were their instruments.
All communication was via the raised voice, that is, yelling.
“Throw down a Les Paul.”
“I need a Gibson RB50.”
Yelling is often a very effective way to transmit your thoughts. Contrary to the invective, “Don’t yell, ‘fire!’ in a crowded theater,” the most rational way to get the news of the fire out is to yell, “Fire.” The problem lies in the irrational response of the theater audience.
When I was in grammar school we had fire drills while we were in class and were told to react calmly but with all deliberate speed. We never had a fire drill during an assembly. It was the perfect place to practice responding to “Fire,” yelled in a crowded theater but that practice never happened.
Students in the 1950s were taught to “duck and cover” a completely useless skill but not how to leave a crowded theater that was on fire, a much more survivable occurrence than a nuclear attack.
Here we see a failure of education. It is so much easier to make yelling “Fire” in a crowded theater illegal than to teach people how to exit a burning theater.
Thus Spake the Old Fogy thinking that the easy way with no chance of success is so often chosen over the hard way that has a chance of success.

Feb

27

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 27, 2009

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine they lay down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend awake. “Watson, look up and tell me what you see.” – Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.” – “What does that tell you?” Holmes questioned. – Watson pondered for a minute. “Astronomically it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?” – Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. “Watson, you idiot. Someone stole our tent!”

A couple was having their Sunday morning breakfast, when the wife went to get her Sunday church clothes on. When she returned, the husband was still in his bathrobe. “Aren’t you going to church this morning?” asked the wife. – “No, I’m not going this morning. In fact, I’m not going to church anymore at all.” – “What do you mean, we’ve gone to church for years, so why the change?” – He responded, “Look, there are people at that church who don’t like me, and frankly there are people at the church that I don’t like, and I’M NOT GOING!” – She answered back, “I’ll give you two good reasons why you need to go to church. One, you’re 42 years old. Two, you gotta go, you’re the preacher!”

A lady came into the kitchen, sat down at the table, leaned forward, put her head in her hands and said to her husband, “Honey, I feel terrible! My head hurts, my back hurts and my left breast just burns and burns.” He said, “I’m gonna help you, dear. I’ll get you some aspirins for the headache, and I’ll rub your back with Myoflex for the backache, and if you” sit up and get your breast out of the coffee, it’ll stop burning!”

I met someone in the elevator who was drinking coffee and complaining about how coffee made him nervous. I said why don’t you quit drinking coffee. He said, “Because if I didn’t have the shakes I wouldn’t get any exercise at all.”

The perfect woman. A young man finds the woman of his dreams and asks her to marry him. He tells his mother he wants her to meet his fianc

Feb

27

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 27, 2009


Jack Cooley passed away on February 21, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Cooley was born on July 8, 1933, to Catherine and JC Cooley and raised in the West Texas mountains of Alpine with his siblings Carolyn Rutledge, George and Sam Cooley. He attended Sul Ross and Southwestern University. Mr. Cooley served his country in the Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Cooley had a successful career as a national representative for Zollenor Pistons.
Mr. Colley loved to fish, golf, and do woodwork. He was also an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Mr. Cooley was an active member of the Trinidad Methodist Church.
He loved his wife, Valerie, for 54 years and together they traveled and had a large circle of friends.
Mr. Cooley was adored by his children, Lynda Perry, Mike Cooley and Larry Cooley (deceased). He was grandfather to Jacob, Mathew, and Greg Cooley; Sam, Zak and Brook Perry. Mr. Cooley was also a great-grandfather to Jennifer & Allysa Cooley, and Corbin Perry.
Mr. Cooley will be remembered for his strong work ethic, his fun and easy going personality and gracious spirit. A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 27 at 11 a.m. at the Trinidad Methodist Church. Conributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Trinidad Methodist Memorial Fund or the Cancer Society.

Feb

27

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 27, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

According to the polls, President Barack Obama’s nationally televised speech was a winner Tuesday night. Talking heads said the President earned approval ratings from the high 60s to as high as 85 percent in a CNN poll.

Obama struck a hopeful tone in his first address to Congress.
“While our economy may be weakened and our confidence shaken; though we are living through difficult and uncertain times, tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before,” he said. {{more}}

“The weight of this crisis will not determine the destiny of this nation. The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach. They exist in our laboratories and universities; in our fields and our factories; in the imaginations of our entrepreneurs and the pride of the hardest-working people on Earth. Those qualities that have made America the greatest force of progress and

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prosperity in human history we still possess in ample measure. What is required now is for this country to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.”
Congressman Jeb Hensarling wasn’t among the fans of the speech, however.

“I am disappointed that after 15 bailouts, a $1.2 trillion bill to stimulate government, another $350 billion for an ill-defined TARP program, the President is defending even more spending,” said Henderson County’s congressman in a press release Tuesday. “The so-called ‘stimulus’ bill will cost every American household almost $10,000 and drown our children in a sea of red ink. No nation can borrow and spend its way to prosperity.”

On more than one occasion, Hensarling has said he likes the President and appreciates what he is trying to accomplish – they just disagree on the method.

“You cannot help the job seeker by punishing the job creator,” Hensarling said. “This is exactly the wrong time to be raising taxes on anyone, not the least of which are our small businesses who create new jobs in America. A new dollar sent to Washington to help fund earmarks and pet projects is a dollar that can’t be used for a paycheck or invested in a new small business.”

In his speech, Obama said he understands the viewpoint of people like Hensarling.

“As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by President’s Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets,” he said. “Not because I believe in bigger government – I don’t. Not because I’m not mindful of the massive debt we’ve inherited – I am. I called for action because the failure to do so would have cost more jobs and caused more hardships. In fact, a failure to act would have worsened our long-term deficit by assuring weak economic growth for years. That’s why I pushed for quick action.”

Whatever shape the next year takes, Obama said it is time to put aside partisan rancor.

“I know that we haven’t agreed on every issue thus far, and there are surely times in the future when we will part ways,” he said. “But I also know that every American who is sitting here tonight loves this country and wants it to succeed. That must be the starting point for every debate we have in the coming months, and where we return after those debates are done. That is the foundation on which the American people expect us to build common ground.”

Hensarling, for his part, seems ready to meet that call.

“I have met and like the President and it was a unique privilege to attend his first address to the joint session of Congress,” Hensarling said. “I will continue to work with him to try and find solutions to our economic turmoil.”

Feb

27

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 27, 2009

From Staff Reports

Pete Armando Ayala, 21, was arrested last Friday in connection with the shooting death of Johnny Lee Brown of Trinidad.

Ayala was arrested by Garland police officers at a McDonald’s restaurant and transferred to Henderson County Jail. He is being held for murder with bond set at $250,000.
Brown, 21, was found shot to death in the master bedroom of a residence at 1201 Leagueline Road in Trinidad Feb. 18. {{more}}

According to police reports, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a gunshot victim in the Trinidad area about 7 p.m. last Wednesday. Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Michael Teel and Ceresa Ballard arrived at the scene to assist the Trinidad Police Department and found Brown.

Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Tommy Barnett pronounced Brown dead and ordered the body to be transported to the Southwest Medical Center in Dallas for an autopsy.

Teal is heading the investigation for the sheriff’s department with the assistance of Texas Ranger Trace McDonald.

Feb

27

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 27, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

An Austin consulting firm recently announced that Henderson County schools will receive close to $4 million thanks to the federal economic stimulus bill signed into law by President Barack Obama last week.

“The stimulus bill wheels are turning in D.C. and in Texas. Officials throughout the state are just waiting for guidelines about how to access the funding and how it can be spent,” said Mary Scott Nabers, president and CEO of Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI). {{more}}

The money headed for Henderson County is less than first anticipated. Early in February, SPI reported county schools would get more than $7 million; however, education was one of the areas trimmed from the bill by Congress.

According to SPI, Malakoff ISD should receive about $585,000.

“The money coming in is for special education and Title I (at-risk students),” said MISD Superintendent Dr. John Spies. “I have heard it is funding to be spent over the next 14 months.”

Spies said the district has not decided where the money will be spent.

“I am waiting for the ‘strings’ to be announced and to find out when the money will be released,” he said. “We have to be careful to spend the money on one-time expenses and not ongoing cost. You don’t want to add staffing or other ongoing costs and then have the money go away.”

According to Nabers, some of the money is allocated by formula and other funds will come down to local school districts in the form of grants.

“School districts, receiving money to be directed to special programs, are expected to spend a large amount for technology, equipment, energy enhancement and construction,” she said.

According to SPI, other schools in the county will receive:
- Athens ISD: $1,433,000
- Brownsboro ISD: $885,000
- Cross Roads ISD: $205,000
- Eustace ISD: $481,000
- Lapoynor ISD: $154,000
- Murchison ISD: $90,000
- Trinidad ISD: $104,000

Feb

27

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 27, 2009

Special to The News

Members of the Cedar Creek Knife and Tomahawk Club have been busy over the past few months, attending several throwing events.

Six members traveled to Belen, New Mexico, for the first Southwestern Tomahawk and Knife Championship. Mike Bainton won first in knife and second in ‘hawk, and was the men’s champion. Chuck Weems was second in knife and third in ‘hawk; Roy Neal was fifth in both categories. Women’s champion was Erica Molock, taking first place in both events. {{more}}

The next event was at the Alamo for the second year where Roy Neal took first place, Chuck Weems third, Steve Jackson sixth, and B.J. Blackwell seventh.

At the World Championship in Austin, Bobby Pyle won second place in the knife, Mike Bainton third, Steve Jackson seventh, and Chuck Weems second.. In the Intermediate Division Tomahawk, Steve Jackson took second, Roy Neal fifth, and Chuck Weems sixth. In the Gold Cup match, Bob Pyle won second and Steve Jackson fifth.

At the International Knife and Tomahawk Hall of Fame banquet, Chuck Weems was awarded the Mountain Man Throw of the Year and also was given the Steel Life Achievement 10 Years award.

In the most recent throw Feb. 7-8 in Hawkins, Texas, Chuck Weems won first place, Bob Pyle second, and Steve Jackson third.

The club is gearing up for the Texas State Championship to be held April 25-26 in Malakoff. This is the 10th anniversary for the event since the club took it on, and is now billed as the largest Mountain Man throwing event in the world. Sponsored by the Malakoff Rotary Club, last year’s event saw another record number of competitors and guests. Weems, the club president, said he is hoping for another record turnout. This year each thrower will receive a gift to commemorate the 10th annual event.

The City of Malakoff, Malakoff Rotary Club, local merchants and individuals of the community have supported this event in the past and has been a big part of its success. The club welcomes supporters and donations to keep the event going and growing.

Recently several members of the club were shown on the History Channel program “Extreme Marskman,” and there are also several websites where members are performing demonstrations and teaching the art of knife and tomahawk throwing. All of these programs show that Malakoff, Texas, is the home of the world’s largest throwing event, the Texas State Championship.

Anyone wanting more information may contact Chuck Weems at 903-677-3581.

Feb

27

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 27, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Need something to read? The Red Waller Community Library in Malakoff is the place to go.

According to Librarian Will Bryan, the library has received about 200 new books on a wide variety of subjects. The books were paid for with a state grant.

“We have a lot of great new books on subjects like self-help, health, history, dieting, biography and best sellers,” Bryan said. {{more}}

In the reference section, the library has added a set of books that covers general health and cancer. The additions come on the heels of the library cleaning out outdated books.

“The point of purchasing all the new non-fiction was to have more relevant non-fiction,” Bryan said. “There were a lot of books, especially in the health section, that were 30 years old.”

On the new book shelf, the library is featuring everything from Ann Coulter to Vampires, and histories about Washington.

“We want people to know that things are changing in here and to encourage them to come in and look around,” Bryan said. “We want to have people excited about coming in here.”
Bryan said the library will also be placing a sign on State Highway 31.

“Even after all this time, some people don’t know there is a library here,” he said.

The library is located at 109 Melton Street in City Hall. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t forget that the library can be reached through the Internet at www.malakofflibrary.org.

Feb

19

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : February 19, 2009

Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt issued a press release this afternoon regarding the murder of a man in Trinidad. The press release follows:

On 2/18/2009 the Henderson County Sheriff