Posted by : admin | On : July 31, 2009

I am dedicating today



Posted by : admin | On : July 31, 2009

I need some guineas. Do you know where I can get some? I read they are the non-toxic solution to squash bugs. I think I’d still be getting a few zucchini and maybe yellow squash if the squash bugs had stayed away.
I bought some rather bedraggled little squash plants this weekend, and I’m going to see if I can start over. I know they are called summer squash, and they won’t be old enough to produce till fall, but hey, it is summer now. I totally love zucchini, and could eat it every day. In fact, until the drought and squash bugs, I did.
The squash bugs don’t seem to appear until the plants are blooming, at least mine didn’t. So I have a while to find my guineas. Maybe till next spring, unless I’m lucky with these puny plants.
I lost my love for guineas at the age of four, when one chased me. But if they get the squash bugs, I will get over that, and learn to love them again. I understand they are much more graceful in the garden than chickens, just going after the bugs and leaving the squash untouched.
Of course, if they are as efficient as I have been led to believe, the squash bugs will vanish quickly, and I will still have guineas. Who will still be expecting supper. I understand they are excellent at finding much of their own food, however, and will also eradicate ticks from your place. I also think they are a little better at escaping predators than chickens.
I do want some chickens, but I am not yet prepared for them. They’ve got to have a good big pen and a chicken house. I’m on my way to that, however, as the nursing home is taking down most of the six-foot high chain link fencing we put up when we had the children’s day care. I’m claiming it for my garden and chicken pen. I’d rather have something that looks old, but this stuff will really do the job and the other good thing about it is that it is free.
I have been somewhat humbled about my gardening ability. When the weather was nice, my garden was beautiful. I was giving stuff away left and right. Then it got hot, and I went to the house. The poor vegetables couldn’t do the same. They fried. I kept watering them, but it didn’t help them much. It did however, help the grass and weeds a lot.
They have grown large and green and healthy.
I must say, however, I had a nice surprise, when I parted some weeds and found two really good looking half-grown watermelons.
Otherwise, I’ve still got cucumbers, bell peppers, and some very skinny pale okra stalks. Every time I go to town, I have to look at LaDonna Davis and Donald Hughes’s big fat green okra plants. It is mortifying. I think my okra needs fertilizer, but I’ve been afraid I would burn it up like I did my green beans. I have finally very carefully sprinkled some of Tina’s goat poop around the the row edges. I believe it is helping.
I got a new garden toy today. My good friend Charlene Owen sold me a really nice compost tumbler at a give-away price. It looks like one of those things that they tumble names in at a big drawing, only much bigger, and solid instead of see-through. You put your kitchen peelings, your goat poop, your leaves and weeds, into it, turn it every day for two weeks, and voila! Compost! At least that is what the ads say. I do know it is going to be easier than digging around in a pile of that stuff with a hoe. I’ll let you know how my compost develops.



Posted by : admin | On : July 31, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Ava Jane Stice has a birthday coming up; her first birthday is Sept. 1.
Turning 1 is always special, but this birthday has extra meaning – doctors never expected Ava to make it this far.
“We were told she would never see it,” said her mother, Erica.
Her family – Erica, her father, Adam, and brother, Christian – live in Malakoff and are members of First Assembly of God Church here.
Ava has been diagnosed with immunodeficiency, chronic lung disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
But Ava’s story is much more than a list of medical terms. It is a story of hope and prayer and love and miracles. It is best told in her mother’s words, first from a message written to her church family. {{more}}

There I was sitting in Athens’ obstetrics unit 28 weeks pregnant and in hard labor. I was scared. We were immediately transported to Baylor hospital in Dallas to hopefully stop the labor. When we got there we learned that I had a placenta accreta and that would cause life-threatening hemorrhaging during delivery.
They stopped the contractions, but two days later they came back with a vengeance. An emergency sonogram showed that I had started to hemorrhage and if they didn’t get the baby out (immediately) we would both die.
The doctors opened me up for the emergency c-section only to find that my uterus had ruptured and a saran wrap thin layer of amniotic sac was the only thing keeping us alive. Had the sac broken we would have died almost instantly
Then our miracle was born



Posted by : admin | On : July 31, 2009

By Barbara Gartman

EUSTACE – Scotty James Brown has been fighting cancer since the day he was born.

“He was born with neuroblastoma, the number one type of cancer found in newborn babies,” his grandmother Jami Rabon said.

Usually, treatment is fairly easy, and doctors expected it to go away as he grew, she added.

But in April, they found out that little Scotty’s cancer is a rare form that refuses to respond to conventional treatment. {{more}}

Three months ago doctors removed a tumor and again thought he would be OK.

“They (the parents) were told ‘that will be it. It won’t come back, go live a good life,'” Rabon said.

But it did come back and this time, the prognosis was not a good one.

“The cancer spread to his bones and liver. They said he needed chemo and started treatment. The doctors told them this would do it and that at least 50 percent of these type of tumors just go away,” Rabon said.

But once again, they were desperately disappointed.

“It didn’t just not shrink, he got more tumors during the chemo. That has never happened before,” Rabon said
Scotty’s father, Mike Brown, wrote about his son on a webpage he has on www.CaringBridge.org.

He said once in the website, go to the “visit” box and type in babyscotty (all one word).

“It is with heavy heart that I report that not one of the neuroblastoma specialists have heard of a case like Scotty’s. We do not know the best treatment or the best facility to take him to,” Mike wrote.

Different doctors have proposed various high risk treatments, he said.

The sad and confusing part of Scotty’s case is that the treatment should have worked, but didn’t.

“The cancer had all the favorable pathology and should have responded to chemo. It was painful news to find out the tumors had grown,” Mike explained.

But the doctors also pointed out they have no idea what is actually going on or how he will respond to the next treatment – it could be good,” Mike wrote.

Grandmother Jami works at East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City as an occupational therapist.

“I love it. I enjoy my job,” she said.

She enjoys helping people and became interested in becoming a therapist years ago while still employed at Monroe Realty.
“It was Ralph Monroe who made it possible for me to go to school at Trinity Valley Community College. He allowed me to adjust my work hours to my class schedule,” she explained.
Now her job is helping people get back to work or back into their life-style.

“We work mostly with upper extremities, treating things like carpel tunnel syndrome, other nerve injuries and tendon problems,” she explained.

Jami lost her mother in February and is planning an estate sale to help raise money for her little grandson and his parents.

Scotty’s mother Julia graduated from Eustace High School in 1995. She was very active in drama.

After graduation she attended Trinity Valley Community College on a drama scholarship,” Jami proudly said.
“She’s a beautiful girl. She was Homecoming Queen, class president and prom queen,” she added.

Julia went on to get a nursing degree in Colorado, where she met her husband while attending the University of Northern Colorado in Greely.

Mike completed the Aims Community College flight training course, which led to his becoming a corporate pilot.
The couple lives in Colorado and has a 3-year-old daughter named Maylin.

They named little Scotty, now 11-months-old, after Mike’s brother, who was killed by a bomb in Iraq.

The couple asks for prayer that they make the right decisions as to their baby’s care and treatment.

In the slumping economy, Mike has received word he will soon be laid off.

Rabon took a three-month hiatus from her job to go to Colorado and help tend to her grandchildren.

“It helps that Julia is a nurse, because she can do many of the needed treatments at home,” she explained.

A bank account for little Scotty has been set up at the Key Bank, 3607 Tower Road, Aurora, Colo. 80013. Anyone wanting to help with a monetary donation may make a check out to Scotty’s Smile Fund.
Read the rest of Scotty’s story at www.caringbridge.org/visit/babyscotty



Posted by : admin | On : July 31, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

The baton has been passed at Malakoff ISD.
Tuesday night, Malakoff band boosters, parents and students said goodbye to outgoing Director of Bands Mark Eastin and welcomed incoming director Joel L. Weisberg.

The two men, who are friends, both said they are “cut from the same bolt of cloth.”

That’s good news for a program that has gotten used to success during Eastin’s three-year stint and has its sights set on making it to the state marching finals this year.
“This band program will not skip a beat,” said Eastin. “I could not hand pick a better person to take over this program.” {{more}}

“Mr. Weisberg will do as much or more for this program then I ever would,” he added.

Weisberg has been a teacher for the past 16 years, but during the last year he and his wife, Stacie, started a credit repair business. He had intended to skip teaching this year and concentrate on the business.

And then he saw the opportunity to come to Malakoff.
“I wasn’t going to teach this year,” he said. “This is the only job I applied for.”

Last year, Weisberg was the band director at Highland Park High School, a position he had for three years. He started his career at Big Spring High School, with other stops at Jayton, Coronado, McKinney, and Alamo Heights.

During his 16-year career, Weisberg said he’s had 16 sweepstakes winners.

“I am very proud to be the band director at Malakoff High School,” he said. “Mr. Eastin has done a very fine job of getting the ‘Pride of Malakoff’ to be recognized at the state level, and I hope to continue this positive trend of success.”

He also said he was very happy to have Malakoff Middle School Band Director David Baggett on board.

“Part of the glue that keeps this together is Mr. Baggett,” he said. “I am so glad he’s going to stay.”

Tuesday night, however, Weisberg allowed the spotlight to shine on Eastin.

“Tonight is about traditions,” he said.

It isn’t hard to see that Eastin has built a tradition of success with the Pride of Malakoff Marching Band. Before 2007, when he joined the district, the band was scoring II’s and III’s in sight reading and marching, with just one year of I’s (First Division). Since that time, the band has consistently brought home First Division scores, Best in Class trophies, and made the finals in its competitions. The band has also become a State Honor Band competitor during that time.

This summer, the band had recordings entered in the Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band competition and the Association of Texas Small School Bands Outstanding Performance Series.

Eastin will be taking the band director’s position at Arlington Heights High School.

“(Malakoff) holds a special place in my heart now,” Eastin said. “Thank you to those who are here; thank you to those who aren’t here; and thank you to those who couldn’t be here for these three years.”

Eastin explained the sudden nature of his departure, saying the nature of his wife’s job had changed causing her to be traveling often. The couple has three children, including a 7-year-old little girl.

“I needed to be closer to home,” he said. “That is the only reason I am taking this job. My heart and my head have been fighting with each other for several weeks.”



Posted by : admin | On : July 31, 2009

From Staff and Wire Reports

Attention parents: The state’s immunization requirements for school children are about to increase.

The vaccines affected are: Hepatitis A; Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR); Varicella; Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap); and Meningococcal.

The changes go into effect Aug. 1. {{more}}

According to information released by the Texas Department of Health, “The changes to the requirements were made in order to update the Texas elementary and secondary school immunization requirements so they adhere more closely to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations.”

The most significant impact this year will be on kindergarten students and 7th graders. There is increased emphasis on protecting children against chickenpox (varicella), whooping cough (pertussis) and meningococcal meningitis.

Other grades will be phased in each year until 2022, when the gap will be closed. Students whose immunizations are not up-to-date will not be allowed to attend classes when school begins.

The following will be added to current immunization requirements:
– Kindergarten: 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella); 2 doses of Varicella, if the student has not had the chickenpox disease; 2 doses of Hepatitis A.
– 7th Grade: 1 Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) booster, if it has been 5 years since the last tetanus-containing vaccine; 2 doses of Varicella, if the student has not had the chickenpox disease; 1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine.
– 8th -12th Grades: 1 Tdap booster, if it has been 10 years since the last tetanus-containing vaccine.
Phase-in schedule for other grades includes:
– MMR – Begins with Kindergarten in school year 2009-2010 and ends with 12th grade in 2021-2022.
– Varicella – Begins with Kindergarten and 7th grade in school year 2009-2010, with all grades required by 2015-2016.
– Hepatitis A – Begins with Kindergarten in school year 2009-2010 and ends with 12th grade in 2021-2022.

Immunization clinics are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Fire Station Training Center in Gun Barrel City; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Athens High School.



Posted by : admin | On : July 31, 2009

From Staff Reports

Motor vehicle accidents claimed two lives last week.
Bruce Chapman, 46, died after a one-vehicle accident near Poynor last Friday, and a 3-year-old girl was killed in Shady Oaks Sunday.

Chapman, who lived in Athens but had close ties to Malakoff, graduated from Malakoff High School.

According to police reports, Chapman was conscious when emergency personnel arrived and told officers he swerved to miss a dog that had run out in front of him. The accident occurred two miles west of Poynor on State Highway 175. {{more}}

“He said the dog caused him to swerve and he lost control and hit a tree,” said DPS Trooper Jason Rollison.
Chapman was airlifted to ETMC-Tyler where he passed away.
He was laid to rest Monday.

While Chapman was born and raised here, 3-year-old Nevaeh Angela-Kay Nalley was not. She lived in Milliganville, Ill., and was visiting family members on Pecan Circle in Shady Oaks – halfway between Athens and Cross Roads – when the accident occurred.

Nevaeh was killed when William Wayne Irvin, 37, got in his pickup which was parked by the side of the road and drove away. Irvin told police he heard a noise like the truck hit something, looked behind him and saw the girl.

Police think Nevaeh may have crawled under the truck before Irvin pulled out.

Irvin’s driver’s license had been suspended prior to the accident, according to police reports, and he was given and passed a field sobriety test at the scene.

The incident is still being investigated. Irvin was allowed to leave following the wreck, but could face charges related to the suspended license.



Posted by : admin | On : July 31, 2009

The Malakoff News had no part in producing or publishing the article in the July 29 Athens Daily Review dealing with the Old Rock Building. Our only contribution was to provide background stories which had already been published in The News, something we would do for anyone who asked.



Posted by : admin | On : July 31, 2009

Services for Frederick Bayless were held 10 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2009, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Dr. Joe Bean, the Rev. Rick Hertless and Col. Gene Weaver, retired, officiating. Burial followed in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Rockdale.
Mr. Bayless was born Jan. 4, 1931, in Coolidge, Texas, to Virgil Parks and Velma Laura (Hendrick) Bayless. He died Monday, July 27, 2009, at Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale.
Mr. Bayless was a graduate of Trinidad High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a charter member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Rockdale. He spent 26 years with Industrial Generating Company in Rockdale as a Control Room operator and 10 years as maintenance director with the public school system.
He was preceded in death by his brother, James Bayless.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Joyce Bayless of Rockdale; son, Landis Bayless and wife Edie of Fairfield; daughter, Lynette Bayless Waltisperger and husband Ron of Round Rock; brothers, Virgil Parks Bayless of Denton, Pete Bayless of Georgetown, Jack Bayless of Houston; grandchildren, Kelly Ridge and husband Michael of League City, Jennifer Berryhill and husband Brett of Leander, Joshua Bayless and wife Miranda of Fairfield, Shelby Bayless of Fairfield, Ashley Cardiff of Katy; six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ron Waltisperger, Bill Driggers, Jr., Brett Weaver, Kurt Weaver, Josh Bayless, Gordon Ferguson, and Wesley Ferguson.
Memorials may be made to the Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693, or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 541, Rockdale, TX 76567.



Posted by : admin | On : July 31, 2009

Services for Mary Louise Fugate, 79, of Rockwall, Texas, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Steele officiating. Interment will follow at Goodgame Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Mrs. Fugate was born March 5, 1930, in Trinidad. She died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, in Rockwall.
Previously of Trinidad, Mrs. Fugate had lived in Rockwall for three years. She retired from AT&T in 1984 and was a very beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was devoted to her church and the Henderson County community. During her 38-year career at Southwestern Bell and then AT&T, she was one of the first women to get a job that was previously available only to men. Her spirit of entrepreneurship kept her busy with diverse business interests after retirement. In her later years what she loved most was being surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include sons, Hobart Lee Fugate of Seattle, Wash., Gregory Keith Fugate of Malakoff; daughters, Priscilla Fugate Walters of Houston, Lee Michelle Vermillian of Rockwall; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Marcha Kelly of LaVernia, Texas; brothers, Roy Lee McGee of Tyler, H.L. McGee of Sewanee, Ga.
Pallbearers will be Carey James, Zach Walters, Matthew Tiemans, Shawn Buysman, and James Henry Shoppe.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.