May

22

Posted by : admin | On : May 22, 2009

The first three jokes this week were donated by Margaret Cunningham of Arlington.

All of his life, Ole had heard stories of an amazing family tradition. It seems that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been able to walk on water on their 21st birthday. On that day, they’d walked across the lake to the boat club for their first legal drink. So when Ole’s 21st birthday came around, he and his pal Corky took a boat out to the middle of the lake. Ole stepped out of the boat and nearly drowned. Corky just managed to pull him to safety. Furious and confused, Ole went to see his grandmother. “Grandma, it’s my 21st birthday, so why can’t I walk on water and cross the lake like my father, his father, and his father before him?” Granny looked into Ole’s eye and said, “Honey, let me explain something to you. Your father, grandfather and great-grandfather were born in January. You were born in July!”

I have become quite a frivolous old gal. I’m seeing five gentlemen every day. As soon as I awaken, will power helps me out of the bed. When he leaves, I go see John and then Charley Horse comes along and takes up a lot of my attention. When he leaves, Arthur Ritis shows up and stays me from joint to joint. After such a busy day, I’m tired and ready to go to bed with Ben Gay. What a day!

Several elderly nuns were on the second floor of the convent when a fire broke out one night. The nuns calmly took off their habits and tied them together to make a rope so they could climb out the window to safety. When they were on the ground a reporter asked them, “Weren’t you afraid the rope might break since the material is so old?” – “Heavens no,” said one of the nuns. “Old habits are hard to break.”

A cowboy had two horses, but he couldn’t tell them apart. He cut off one horse’s mane, but it grew back; he cut off the tail, but it grew back, too. A friend suggested he measure the horses. The cowboy measured them and went to his friend and said, “That was a great idea: the black one was two inches taller than the white one!”

Two gas company servicemen were out checking meters in a suburban neighborhood. They parked their truck at the end of the alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house, a woman watched out the kitchen window as they checked her meter. When they were finished checking the gas meters, the older of the two challenged the younger coworker to a race back to the truck. As they cam running up to the truck, they realized a woman as huffing and puffing right behind them. They stopped and asked her what was wrong. In between breaths, she explained, “When I saw the two of you check my meter, then take off running, I figured I had better run too!”

Why didn’t they play cards on Noah’s Ark? Because Noah sat on the deck.

May

22

Posted by : admin | On : May 22, 2009

This is actually last week’s column. I sent it in some kind of form Michael couldn’t open. So now I am ahead a week, because I already had another one ready before I discovered I didn’t get printed last week. – Loretta.

I was very social this week. I went out twice. I had dinner with my new Star Harbor golf cart riding friend Pam Jenkins, and her friend Denice, and later attended another meeting of the Malakoff Area Garden Club.
At Pam’s we went round on the golf cart, taking two boxes of books to my other new friend, Trip Calk, digging me up some asparagus roots, inspecting everybody’s gardens, and watching the deer and the bunnies, both which are plentiful out there. We had a fantastic dinner.
Trip was busy admiring a beautiful, humongous moth, which had taken up residence in Trip’s back yard, which is absolutely lovely. It really inspired me to start working on beautiful growing things as well as edible growing things.
I took Pam some radishes and onions, which she didn’t need since she has her own growing, but also two large zucchini, which impressed her.
It wasn’t till I got to the Garden Club meeting that it dawned on me I should have invited Pam and Tripp, since they are both gardeners. I would have had to warn them, though, that this garden club doesn’t do much gardening. Most of the individuals (but not all) garden, and they are gearing up to get gardens going at the Bartlett House, but mostly for the time I’ve been a part of it they’ve been wheeling and dealing and making things happen, like managing to buy the historic Bartlett house, and – nearly done now – publishing the Malakoff History book.
The best thing about it for me is that they are bunch of quirky characters, who are fun to be around. The core group has been slaving over the history book and dealing with the Bartlett house, but I haven’t done much at all. Mostly I just go to meetings. You could join and be a worker bee, or a drone like me.
We meet once a month in a spare room at the old nursing home, talk business a while, then adjourn to Ochoa’s for Mexican food and margaritas. If you think you’d enjoy this kind of garden club, give me a call and I’ll use my influence to get you in. 903-681-2880.
The corn Pam gave me to plant has come up. Pam said she heard you should plant it by the squash to give it shade. Becky Jordan told me to plant it by the tomatoes to give them shade. I did both. Trouble with the squash shade deal is that the squash grew faster and is shading the corn so much it may stunt its growth. Becky told me I should get a recipe from Patsy Ola used-to-be Woods, now Spivey, for something strange to make out of squash. I think it was pickles. Whatever it was, she said it was delicious.

May

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Posted by : admin | On : May 22, 2009

May

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Posted by : admin | On : May 21, 2009



By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, May 22, 1964

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Powers of 2428 Nall Street , Port Neches, Texas, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Vivian Leigh, to Billy Mac Ingram, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ingram of 106 Dewey, Malakoff , Texas .

Nuptials have been scheduled for July 4 in the Church of Christ in Port Neches, with Mr. Bill York, minister, officiating. The rites will be recited at 4:30 p.m.

The bride-elect, a graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School and Lamar State College of Technology, was named to Who

May

17

Posted by : admin | On : May 17, 2009


Left to right, bottom row to top

Martha Moore, Carvel Johnson Elizabeth Clay, Lynn Kirby

Gladys Jo Robertson (Captain), Lavone Davis

Ernestine Woods, Audrey Rogers, Jayne Phillips, Elizabeth Tiner

May

15

Posted by : admin | On : May 15, 2009

I am told that I lean toward talking about, hmmm, the negative side of things. They are probably right. As I get older I see a lot more perceived flaws, some annoy me, some anger me. I suppose that when I was younger I had other things on my mind, not the short comings of the society around me,
Tonight I was watching Channel 5, a PBS station, and the lips have been out of sync with the sound all evening. I have never seen such an annoying error left uncorrected for so long. I have been noticing that when there is a string of commercials, every once in a while one starts too early or starts too late and there are a few seconds of some other commercial. The reason is that the two commercials are on two different tapes of commercials and a technician switches from one tape to the other at exactly the right instant, and there’s the rub.
I spent $1,200 at a local Ford dealer to get the “check engine” light of my daughter’s 10-year-old Escort to go out but it is still on. Come on, guys. This is an old, four cylinder car. How hard can it be?
The problem is that the mechanics don’t look at the engine, they look at a computer read-out. After the failure of the Socorro Ford dealer to get the “check engine” light out in my truck, I took it to a private garage and the mechanic, by looking at the engine, found a split in a vacuum line. Problem fixed.
I am reminded of a cartoon where a doctor has a stethoscope to the chest of a man who has an alligator clamped on his left leg.
“I make it the right leg”, says the doctor.
A teacher told me of a student who had left his answer on a mathematics test as 2 x 3 because he had forgotten to bring his calculator to class.
As a nation we have embraced the calculator and computer as the font of correct answers and all knowledge lies in Google. I look at this as an annoying flaw.
While the previous flaws annoy me, there are flaws that make me angry.
It angers me that in Congress amendments are put on bills behind closed doors.
I won’t comment about the war in Iraq but I will say that contractors, like Halliburton, who use the war to gouge out lots and lots of money, anger me
I find the rampant greed and corruption that plagues our country a cause for anger. Speaking of greed and corruption, the way Katrina and its aftermath were handled angers me.
Members of Congress who put their own interests ahead of The Country’s welfare don’t do my digestion any good.
And then there are the shakers and movers of high finance. Unless they were as dumb as tree stumps they knew they were too far out on the limb in their never ending search for more ways to make more money. Madoff stole billions from thousands of people. Wall Street and its Big Banks stole trillions from the Whole World leaving in their wake a lot of people without houses, jobs, health-care or savings; neither seemed to give much thought to the collateral damage.
The other day I read about the difference between a sociopath and a psychopath. Neither has a conscience nor any feeling for anyone else; they ignore rules and regulations. But the sociopath is disorganized and often behaves crudely while the psychopath is organized and is charming. Need I say more?
Thus Spake the Old Fogy, reading the Declaration of Independence again. It’s a good read.

May

15

Posted by : admin | On : May 15, 2009

Secret to a long and happy marriage

May

15

Posted by : admin | On : May 15, 2009

From Staff Reports

The Neal brothers took their best shot and rode it all the way to the Class 2A Boys Doubles State Final.

The Malakoff High School duo – senior Darius and junior Dylon – came up one sizzling match short of the title, but still finished No. 2 in all of Texas. The only pair to get the best of them in the postseason was Levi Joy and Ryan Burden of Brock.

The Brock pair also won when the Neals faced them in Regional competition. {{more}}

“They fell short, but it was a much better played match (than at Regionals),” said coach and father James Neal. “It took three sets for Brock to defeat the Tigers.”

The Neal boys fell in the state final, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The state competition took place Monday and Tuesday at the World Tennis Complex in Austin. The Neals advanced to the final by beating Frederick Salazar and Oscar Soto of Stockdale, 6-2, 6-3 in the Quarterfinal, and then coming back to beat Timothy Gibson and Judson Foster of Wall, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, in the Semifinal.

“I am so proud of these guys. They worked hard all season and pretty much practiced on their own most of the time,” Coach Neal said. “They are well disciplined and deserved all they achieved.”

This was Coach Neal’s first trip to the state finals, and he said that having the athletes be his sons made it more rewarding.

“There aren’t many coaches with the opportunity to coach their own children,” he said. “I find it gratifying. I am a proud parent and coach.”

Following the state finals, he also had messages for each of his sons.

To Darius: “This was your last game to play with your brother at the high school level and I can say it was memorable. I hope you keep all the memories forever. Dad (Coach) is not giving up. I hope you both end up at the same place and play college ball together.”

To Dylon: “I must say, ‘Way to go son.’ You have another year and have already been thinking about what you want to do next year. The expectations are great for you, and I wish you the best.”

So far the Neals are the Malakoff High School athletes to go the farthest in what has been a memorable year for the school. Other state qualifiers this year include Jackson Blacketer (powerlifting), Zack Minter (band), and Kevin Oppelt (cross country).

May

15

Posted by : admin | On : May 15, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

When the Malakoff City Council heard its audit last year, the city was facing financial hardship: Malakoff had lost money in its general fund for three straight years, operation costs were skyrocketing, and in January voters rolled back taxes.

Auditor Frank W. Steele of Hudson Anderson & Associates told council members in 2008 the city needed to make changes.

“Your margin for error is shrinking, shrinking, shrinking,” he said. {{more}}

Monday, Steele was back before the council with his annual audit with a different message. Last year the city was able to add money to its general fund.

“That’s a pretty good accomplishment based on the kind of year you went through,” he said.

The January 2008 rollback election moved the city’s tax rate from .3500 to .22106 per $100 valuation. Following the election, the city was forced to cut a police officer, an administrative position in City Hall, and eliminate plans for a new police car and computer for the police department.

“I commend you for doing that, because without that you could have just destroyed your fund balances all across the city,” Steele said. “A lot of stringent effort went into dealing with what you faced.”

The praise came with a warning, however.

“Of course, that came through maintenance that’s been deferred and capital additions that have been deferred, and somewhere out there the bill for that will come due,” he said.

The city looked to try and find additional sources of revenue last November when voters approved increasing the city’s sales tax rate.

The two-pronged plan included:

– Raising the sales tax rate three-eighths of a penny to fund a Crime Control and Prevention District; and,

– Raising the sales tax rate one-eighth of a penny to fund an Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

City officials said the increase would raise an additional $107,000 for the city based on 2007 sales figures
The Crime Prevention District would get about $80,000 based on 2007 sales tax figures to fund a wide range of police and law enforcement activities such as paying for more officers or equipment, community-related crime prevention programs, drug treatment programs or youth programs.

The EDC can use its money to help with job creation, infrastructure improvements, downtown development or a wide variety of other eligible projects.

May

15

Posted by : admin | On : May 15, 2009

From Staff Reports

Who wants to be a hero?

Malakoff VFD Fire Chief Rick Vieregge issued a call for volunteers this week, saying the fire department is looking for new members.

“We could use some more able-bodied people,” he said.
To become a member of the MVFD, applicants need to be at least 18 years old, pass a background check, and take in-house and outside training. Vieregge said the training is free. {{more}}

Now is also a great time to join because a free EMT training course is coming soon to the Henderson County Fire School.

MVFD meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the fire station at the corner of Highway 198 and Star Harbor Road. Anyone wishing to become a member of the MVFD should contact the department at 903-489-4213.

Malakoff Fire Marshal Garris Strange recently released the MVFD reports for March and April.

In March:
– 3-1, 7:30 p.m., Medical assist
– 3-4, 8:30 a.m., Power line down
– 3-5, 3 p.m., Outside rubbish, trash or waste fire
– 3-10, 1:50 p.m., Medical assist
– 3-13, 6 p.m., Outside rubbish, trash or waste fire
– 3-19, 3:50 p.m., Natural vegetation fire
– 3-20, 2 p.m., Fire
– 3-21, 6:06 p.m., Dispatched and canceled en route
– 3-24, 6:05 p.m., Medical assist
– 3-28, 5:35 p.m., Medial assist
– 3-28, 10:40 p.m., Medical assist
– 3-29, 2:24 p.m., Medical assist

In April:
– 4-2, 4 p.m., Chemical spill or leak
– 4-2, 7:55 p.m., Medical assist
– 4-9, 11:23 a.m., Outside rubbish, trash or waste fire
– 4-9, 5:02 p.m., Lock-in
– 4-11, 1:30 a.m., Extrication of victim from vehicle
– 4-11, 3:38 p.m., Extrication of victim from vehicle
– 4-14, 11:10 p.m., Medical assist
– 4-17, 12:00 a.m., Medical assist
– 4-7, 5:32 p.m., Medical assist
– 4-13, 3:20 a.m., Medical assist
– 4-17, 1:55 p.m., Medical assist
– 4-18, 8:03 a.m., Camper or recreational vehicle fire
– 4-25, 9:20 p.m., Medical assist
– 4-25, 10:50 p.m., Medical assist