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Posted by : admin | On : October 22, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

The Pride of Malakoff Marching Band continued to hit all the right notes this season, bringing home 1st division ratings from UIL competition last Wednesday in Mesquite.

“Our band was the only band in Class 2A to achieve 1st division ratings from all three adjudicators,” said director of bands Joel Weisberg.

Getting the 1st division rating for the marching show is the first step toward earning a Sweepstakes Award, something the band has done the past two years. To win sweepstakes, a band must receive a 1st division rating in marching, concert, and sight reading. {{more}}

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, here. There’s still marching on the schedule. The Pride of Malakoff is set to participate in the UIL Area B Marching Competition Saturday. This competition is one step away from the state marching competition.

The Pride of Malakoff’s competition show this year is titled “Perceptions.”

“What’s unique about this show is that it represents common emotions each of us have,” said Weisberg. “By watching and listening to it, you can use your own imagination about what fits each movement.”

The movements include perceptions, confusion, understanding and then a recap of the perceptions movement.

Earlier this month, the band competed at the Mesquite Marching Festival and won Best Overall Color Guard in Class 2A and Best Overall Hornline in Class 2A; plus a division rating.

Oct

22

Posted by : admin | On : October 22, 2009

From Staff Reports

Early voting got under way across the state this week on 11 proposed constitutional amendments.

Early voting runs through Oct. 30 at the Henderson County Courthouse, Seven Points City Hall and Chandler Courthouse Annex. Courthouse voting will be, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5. p.m. Seven Points and Chandler voters cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. with an 11:30 to 12:30 break for lunch. {{more}}

The 11 amendments include:
– Authorizing city and county financing to buy buffer areas near military installations
– Requiring appraisal of residence homesteads based solely on their homestead value
– Allowing state enforcement of uniform property appraisal standards and procedures
– Establishing the National Research University Fund
– Allowing consolidated boards of equalization for appraisal districts
– Renewing Veterans’ Land Board bond authority for land and mortgage loans
– Allowing members of the Texas State Guard to hold civil office
– Authorizing the state to contribute resources to veterans’ hospitals
– Establishing a right to use and access public beaches
– Allowing board members of emergency services districts to serve four years
– Restricting use of eminent domain to taking property for public purposes

Breakdowns of the amendments by the Texas Legislative Council and the House Research Organization can be found at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/2009novneutral.shtml.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. For this election, several of the voting boxes have been combined for Election Day.
– (Malakoff); Box 1MN (Caney City); Box 1S (Crescent Heights); 1CR (Cross Roads) will vote at Malakoff City Hall.
– Box 1TC (Tool); Box 1T (Tool) will vote at Oren White Civic Center.
– Box 2 (Pentecost Church) will vote at Cain Center.
– Box 2E (Eustace) will vote at Eustace School.
– Box 2GBN (Gun Barrel City) will vote at Brawner Hall.
– Box 2GBS (Gun Barrel City) will vote at St.Peter’s Lutheran Church.
– Box 2PS (Payne Springs) will vote at Payne Springs Community Center.
– Box 3 (Athens) and Box 3N (Bethel) will vote at Henderson County Justice Center.
– Box 3B (Brownsboro) and 3M(Murchison) will vote at Brownsboro Community Center.
– Box 3C (Chandler) and Box 3WS will vote at Chandler Community Center.
– Box 4 (Cain Center); Box 4LA (Lake Athens); Box 4SE (Baxter); Box 4S (New Abundance Church); Box 4W (Shady Oaks); Box4A (Athens School Administration) will vote at Cain Center.
– Box 4CC (Coffee City) and Box 4BV (Berryville) will vote at Coffee City City Hall.
– Box 4P (Poynor); Box 4NY (New York); Box 4F (Fincastle); Box 4LR (LaRue); Box 4MS (Moore Station) will vote at Poynor City Hall.

Oct

22

Posted by : admin | On : October 22, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

The flu bug is moving toward Malakoff, but MISD officials are hoping it will pass on by.

Both Kerens ISD and Trinidad ISD closed school this week because of excess absenteeism due to illness. Neither school reported a confirmed case of the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu), but both had several cases of seasonal flu.

Kerens is due to return on Tuesday, while Trinidad was set to come back on Monday. {{more}}

Both school districts reported attendance dropping to about 79 percent. Both districts are using the week for a thorough cleaning.

During the Malakoff ISD school board meeting Monday night, Superintendent Dr. John Spies reported that attendance at MISD has hovered between 90 – 93 percent at all campuses.

“One day one campus is down and then it is up. We are not having a clear time when a particular campus is staying down,” he said.

Spies did say that Tool Elementary School seemed to be the hardest hit recently.

He said if the district was shut down it would probably include all extracurricular activities except for varsity sports.

In September, Malakoff ISD reported three cases of the H1N1 virus, but attendance never dropped near the level for considering closing.

Prevention as the best way to combat the virus.
The CDC recommends four basic steps to prevent the spread of the virus:

– Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

– Practice respiratory etiquette. The main way flu spreads is from person to person in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes, so it’s important that people cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into their elbow or shoulder, not your hands.

– Stay home if you are sick. Remain at home until you have been fever-free for 24 hours.

– Talk to your doctor about whether you should be vaccinated.

Oct

22

Posted by : admin | On : October 22, 2009

By Barbara Gartman

Water hyacinth: colorful, lush with delicate blooms and destructive.

The sudden appearance – starting almost three weeks ago – of this alien plant belies the fact that the water hyacinth is now entrenched in green beds, covering beaches and blocking boat ramps.

“It grows like a weed. That’s why it’s illegal to have it,” Kaufman County Extension Agent Ralph Davis said. {{more}}

In fact, the plant is not even native to North America, and is not only illegal to possess, it is illegal to transport, even if stuck to the bottom of a boat. So it’s best to check the boat over before pulling it up onto the highway.

“It is a floating plant coming down from the Twin Creeks,” reservoir manager Buckley Butler said. “It can live as a floating plant and it doesn’t have to root in the lake.”
“We had the same occurrence in December, 2006,” Butler explained.


Describing the phenomenon of small, floating islands of plant life, lake area residents have been watching the hyacinth spread.

“The plant will go all the way down to the Trinity, down to Livingston and eventually on to the Gulf,” Butler said.
The hyacinth is already growing along the banks of the Trinity River, he added.

“The only thing residents can do is to physically remove it, stack it up on the bank and let it dry, and then either burn it or have it hauled off,” he said. “If we had a hard freeze, and the duration was long enough, that will kill the plant.”

But spraying the obnoxious weed is not an option, Butler emphasized.

“Homeowners (fronting the lake) are not allowed to use a (weed killer or other chemical) spray without getting written permission from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,” Butler said.

The plant has already caused problems at boat docks and beaches in the area. Lakeshore RV Resort, owned by Lucy and C.D. Smith, not only has its shoreline covered, but the boat dock and beach, as well.

Big Chief Landing reported problems in getting boats into its docks.

Drivers along State Highway 334 can see the encroaching plants at the docks of the former Causeway Marina.
The water hyacinth is native to South America, but has managed to encroach and become naturalized in much of the southern United States. The free-floating perennial can grow to a height of three feet. It has dark green leaves, ranging in shape from circular to elliptical. Underneath the water is the thick, heavily branched, dark fibrous root system. It has striking light blue to violet flowers located on a terminal spike.

The very aggressive invader forms thick mats that can cover the entire surface of a pond, resulting in oxygen depletion and fish kills.

Heavy rains have not only added to the spread of water hyacinth here. In South Texas, the giant salvinia is choking waterways, as well. The fernlike floating water plant was first discovered on Toledo Bend Reservoir in southeast Texas in 1998. In the following 10 years, giant salvinia has been found in 11 Texas reservoirs.

The two-foot-thick mat-like coverings can disrupt ecosystems, and render the water unsuitable for fishing and boating. Caddo Lake is facing an uncertain fate, due to the expansion of the giant salvinia. More than 100 acres of the damaging plant has been discovered on the Angelina River, north of Lake Sam Rayburn. In September, an infestation was discovered in Lake O’ the Pines.

Because of the easy way these plants can be spread by boaters, a stiff $500 for each plant discovered on the boat or vehicle has been enforced.

Oct

22

Posted by : admin | On : October 22, 2009

From Staff Reports

An old time tent revival is scheduled for downtown Malakoff, Nov. 2-5.

The tent will be set up on property adjacent to Anders Furniture on State Highway 31. {{more}}

“We are just trying to get the word out,” said First Assembly of God Church Pastor Tommy Hayes. “We want to allow what once was to be again; that’s what revival is.”

The preachers lined up for the revival include Hayes, Nathan Lorick, Jackie Coleman and Haywood Johnson.

Providing the music will be Slingin’ Stones.

Theme for the revival will be “Rollin’ Away the Stones.”

Watch The Malakoff News for more information as it becomes available.

Oct

22

Posted by : admin | On : October 22, 2009

By Emily Lundy
Special to The News
These cool mornings are what I whined for from June to September. When the weather became this cool, I was going to work wonders outside and in. Maybe tomorrow.

We drove over to view the burned remains of the First Baptist Church of Kerens Sunday. I think the fire began in the back, a part behind the sanctuary. Then in about an hour, the fire was noticed and out of control throughout the congregational part. This was a big complex with ells built to the side. What is left is a building on the east which may be for Sunday School classes. Firefighters all over the area came; now rubble of brick and other materials lies sadly. At least four of our close relatives were given funeral services there; we attended at least two weddings.
The congregation met Sunday morning in another building in Kerens.

Kerens and Trinidad have a witty relationship, usually teasing one another upon coming face to face. Kerens people say Trinidad citizens should be dipped in the river before going into Kerens.
One response is we have to be dipped to withstand what is before us on that black land. Trinity River is closer to us than Kerens, and somewhere south on the river Navarro County and Henderson County people can walk or swim across what could have been the most beautiful river in Texas. Isn’t it the only river completely in Texas? Never do we cross the big bridge between the two counties without looking longingly at the river.

Marty Yates Wright is almost healed completely from her second knee surgery in Huntsville where she and her husband live. Billie Jackson made it out into public Sunday with a walker. She is progressing well from hip replacement surgery.

Harding Airheart was shopping in Malakoff last Saturday. He still lives with his sister Flora Robb.

Yesterday a man from Malakoff walked up to me, introduced himself as Pete Hoskins and wanted to know if I remembered Will and his wife. I did. Will was Trinidad’s barber, and the couple had two sons, Hays and Herbert Lowell. Hays and Maureen had two daughters, Marilyn and Gerilyn. Marilyn came to some of our homecoming activities this past celebration. Of the Will Hoskins’ family, Marilyn and Gerilyn may be the only ones living. Herbert Lowell once lived in Mexico City, I’ve heard.
Reportedly, Will Hoskins was the first patient for the Cedar Creek Nursing Home. One night, the nurse, Mrs. Parks, heard a tornado was imminent and wanted to know if Mr. Hoskins was afraid. He said, “In my condition with all that’s wrong with me, why should I be scared?”

Halloween will be on a Saturday this year. There will be activities and events. Payne Springs had big happenings last Saturday night. All fire trucks were lighted, food was served at the firehouse, hayrides were going in and out, and possible games were being played. Then below Payne Springs in the more rural area, a family had its yearly cauldron stew cookout, serving over 100 friends and neighbors from all over. Once again, it was perfect weather for such fellowship and fun. This type soup or stew starts with meat, cooked, and then guests bring a can of vegetables, pour it in, and after awhile, the eating is delicious, along with corn bread and desserts.

Congratulations to Ochoas’ 40th year celebration in Malakoff. Many of us remember eating in that first small building on Highway 198 in the late 1960s and early 70s when the waiters, waitresses and some other workers are the adult Ochoa children of today. It was a lengthy drive for some of us to reach the cafe and then wait in line, but we didn’t mind to get the good food.

I heard Kerens would not have school all this past week because of the flu. I also heard an authority say on television (he was wearing a medical coat) that people born before 1950 had a natural immunity to the H1N1 flu. We’ll see.

Those to think about, show concern, and pray for include the following who are ill or homebound or not able to get around as they once did: Roberta Staples, Lorene Jackson, Joe Moser, Grady King, Jerry Cotton, Lawrence Moser, Joe Wilbanks, Wm. Looney, Lena Goodenough, Flora Robb, Cecil and Russell Yates, Eugene Berry, Nell Moore, Merle Estes, Thelma Smith, Fran Edgar, Dortha Robertson, Martha Perry, Flora Robb, Dorothy Wade, Pearl Jenkins, Geraldine Stanfield, Wretha Barfoot, Justin Collier, Evelyn Beavers, Roselee Loven, Raymond Tubbs, Adrian Parks, Joel Ardoin, Megan Cantrell. We ask for healing, peace of mind, renewed spirit, acceptance of new life, whatever will help these people, our people, the most.

We remember our soldiers; troops of men and woman who live in danger for those who remain safer. Our lives are in your hands. Never should we take sacrifice for granted.

Because of excessive absences Monday, Oct. 19, Superintendent David Atkeisson closed the Trinidad schools until next Monday, Oct. 26. He hopes to stop the spread of flu-like illnesses and to get the school building as sanitized as possible.
The Apple Springs football game here is still on as far as I know, 7:30 p.m.

Oct

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Posted by : admin | On : October 16, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee said he expects former county Democratic Chairman Ray Smith to enter a guilty plea next week in connection with his indictment earlier this year for filing false information. In April, the… Grand Jury handed up 66 counts against Smith. A plea bargain is in the works, according to officials.

Oct

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Posted by : admin | On : October 16, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

SCURRY-ROSSER

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Posted by : admin | On : October 15, 2009

A lot of problems, not so many solutions.
I am often told that I am too critical of the government and society of today. I don

Oct

15

Posted by : admin | On : October 15, 2009

John Smith was the only Protestant to move into a large Catholic neighborhood. On the first Friday of Lent, John was outside grilling a big juicy steak on the grill. Meanwhile, all of his neighbors were eating cold tuna fish for supper. This went on each Friday of Lent. On the last Friday of Lent, the neighborhood men got together and decided that something had to be done about John. He was tempting them to eat meat each Friday of Lent, and they couldn’t take it anymore.
They decided to try and convert John to Catholicism. They went over and talked to him. John decided to join all his neighbors and become a Catholic, which made them all happy. They took him to church, and the priest sprinkled some water over him, and said, “You were born a Baptist, you were raised a Baptist, and now you are a Catholic.” The men were so relieved, now their biggest Lenten temptation was resolved. The next year’s Lenten season rolled around. The first Friday of Lent came and just at supper time, when the neighborhood was settling down to their cold tuna fish dinner, the smell of steak cooking on the grill came wafting into their homes. The neighborhood men could not believe their noses! What was going on? They called each other up and decided to meet over in John’s yard to see if he had forgotten it was the first Friday of Lent. The group arrived just in time to see John standing over his grill with a small pitcher of water. He was sprinkling some water over his steak on the grill, saying, “You were born a cow, you were raised a cow, and now you are a fish.”

FOR SALE: One computer, slightly used. Bullet hole in screen.

An employer complained in a staff meeting that he wasn’t getting any respect. Later that morning, he went to a local sign shop and bought a small sign that read “I’m the Boss.” He then fixed it to his office door. When he returned from lunch he found that someone had taped a note to the sign that said, “Your wife called, she wants her sign back.”

A preacher once preached about the danger of drinking beer and he showed the congregation a clear glass with a piece of liver inside and poured beer inside and let them watch what would happen to your liver if you drank. There was a little drunk in the very last bench that stood up and said, “Oh my, I’ll never eat liver again!”

Three preachers were spending some time on the lake relaxing and trying to get some rest, when one of the ministers volunteered that he had a confession to make. The preacher confessed that he had a problem with alcohol. He felt that he needed to share his problem with his closest friends in hopes that they would help. Second preacher while trying to console the first said that he too, had a secret weakness. He liked to smoke cigars every once in a while. The third preacher announced that since they were sharing their secret faults that he had a problem with gossip.