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By Britt Thompson and
Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Thursday, July 18, 1958

As a special feature attraction, the local Little League Baseball Association will feature the sensationally famous “Comanche Sun,” trick horse of Arizona Dave, originally from Tucson, Arizona, in tonight’s game at the little League grounds on the elementary school campus.
The regular baseball game for this evening’s play will be between the Malakoff Yankees and the Cross Roads Indians.
Comanche Sun is a famous educated horse, which is currently being featured in rodeos, drive-in theatres and other places of amusement throughout the country. Last Saturday, he was listed among the featured attractions in the down-town trades day events in the City of Dallas, and his performance merited front-page space in the Dallas Times-Herald.
Arizona Dave, owner of the celebrated horse, will also present his trick roping and whip cracking act in connection with the showing here this evening. The show is heralded as sensational and exciting entertainment for the whole family.
The introduction of Arizona Dave and his educated horse is being made here in an effort to stimulate interest in the Little League baseball program, which is designed for the entertainment of the youth of this vicinity. There will be no admission charge, League President Gordon DuBose advised the News, but a free-will offering will be accepted to defray the expenses of the evening’s entertainment. All proceeds derived in the collection over and above expenses, he said, will go into the treasury for the continued promotion of the local school boy baseball program.
It is expected that a large crowd will be on hand for the full evening’s entertainment of junior baseball. The people of Malakoff and Cross Roads and others interested in the playtime program here are urged to lend their support in this evening’s special program.
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Posted by : admin | On : July 16, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

CRESCENT HEIGHTS – The people at the Crescent Heights Water Company can breathe a deep sigh of relief … at least for now.

Tuesday, officials with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) told water company board members that a plan to widen Farm-to-Market 753 would require much less work from the water company than first thought. Also, the project has been pushed back to August 2010, giving Crescent Heights more than a year to prepare. {{more}}

That news is far different from what water company officials heard when they first met with TxDOT in May of this year.
It was then that TxDOT announced its plans to widen portions of FM 753 and State Highway 59. Locally, the plan calls for widening FM 753 between State Highways 31 and 59; and widening SH 59 from the intersection of FM 753 in Shady Oaks all the way to the Athens loop.

The project, along with work on FM 317 and FM 607 on the east side of Athens, is scheduled to use money that unexpectedly came available this year. The project is being paid for with federal funds set aside to address safety issues. Although the money is not related to the federal stimulus package, according to TxDOT officials, it was the use of stimulus funds on other projects that freed up the money for the local project.

The project was originally scheduled to begin in October of this year.

Because of the unexpected nature of the project, Crescent Heights faced a nearly impossible task: It apparently had five months to move all of its water lines on FM 753.

“Crescent Heights is not a money-making business,” Water Board member Rodney Williams said at the May meeting. “We do not have the money (for the TxDOT project).”

Thankfully, time and some research have eliminated that prospect. Since that May meeting, Crescent Heights operator Gary Reynolds and TxDOT project engineer Cory Frentress have been studying the water lines along FM 753. Tuesday, Frentress told board members it looked like most of the lines were fine where they were.

“We have good news for you,” Frentress said.

Some lines may have to be moved, and there could be issues with some valves, but the overall scope of the work required from the water company is much smaller than first thought.

“We felt a lot of this could be minimized,” said TxDOT assistant engineer Cheryl Tiner, who is based in Athens.
And with a year to plan, she said there was time to conduct surveys on the questionable areas.

Amy Gould, the District Director for State Rep. Betty Brown’s office, said that time can be used to help Crescent Heights to find funding sources.

Brown’s office was instrumental in helping get the project pushed back, according to water company officials.



Posted by : admin | On : July 16, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Malakoff City Council members heard all about grants Monday night – one they’ve already qualified for and others for which they can apply.

During their regular monthly meeting, council members approved a contract with Tim F. Glendening and Associates, Inc., to administer a $250,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant. The city was named one of four Henderson County cities to qualify for the grant in June.

The money will be used for improvements to the city’s water plant. The city will be required to put up a $47,650 match for the grant. {{more}}

Glendening has worked with the city many times in the past. Monday night, he told council members his company had acquired and administered about “$1.7 million for various infrastructure projects” for the city.

Glendening also talked to council members about upcoming grants, including the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs HOME grant. The grant helps low income families repair their homes, although Glendening said he believed the program was now geared more toward building new homes rather than rehabilitating old ones.

Malakoff was actually approved for a nearly $500,000 HOME grant in 2005, but problems with how the city’s matching funds were calculated killed the program. Glendening was not the original administrator of that grant for the city.

During the same time period, Trinidad and Log Cabin were able to get approved for and use the grant.

“I was devastated that the program worked in Trinidad and Log Cabin, but had troubles here,” said City Councilwoman Jerrilyn Tarver Monday night. “I’m glad to see the opportunity come again.”

Although no action was taken, the city seemed ready to reapply for the grant.

Also on hand to talk to the City Council Monday night was Denise A. Bentley of the USDA Rural Development Office.
“USDA Rural Development has served as the lead federal agency for bringing federal tax money to rural America,” she said. “We offer over 40 programs that focus on housing, businesses and utilities.”

Bentley spent considerable time explaining several of the main programs to the council. She said the agency’s two goals were to increase economic opportunities in small towns and improve quality of life.

Some of the programs they use include: the Business and Industry Guarantee Loan; Rural Business Enterprise Grant; and Rural Business Opportunity Grant.

“Malakoff would be eligible for these kinds of grants,” she said.
Bentley warned, however, that the process to get these grants is very competitive.

“There is grant money available, but everybody wants grants and we never have enough money to go around,” she said.

There were also several programs that individuals could apply for, including Direct Homeownership loans and Housing Preservation grants. There are criteria that apply, however.
“If the citizen is in doubt (about eligibility), they should just apply,” said Tarver.

Bentley can be reached at 903-567-6051. The USDA Rural Development website can be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/.

In other action Monday night, the council approved an .18-cent per month rate increase by Allied Waste for sanitation collection in the city. Council members did not like approving the increase, but said they had no choice.

“It is non-negotiable,” City Administrator Ann Barker told them.



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By Michael V. Hannigan

The Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees spent two and a half hours Monday night getting its first look at next year’s budget.

A number of things will be different in the new budget, but the most important number to taxpayers will stay the same: The proposed tax rate is still $1.16 per $100 valuation.
One difference will be the way the money is allocated. The district is proposing moving one penny from Interest and Sinking (I&S) to Maintenance and Operations (M&0). That would give the district .17 in I&S and .99 in M&O.

Superintendent Dr. John Spies said to remember that all figures are estimates at this time. The district still has not received its final numbers from the appraisal district.

The district is projecting its revenue will increase about $500,000 overall. That takes into account the fact that the money coming to the district from the state is expected to decrease significantly, but the amount of money the district sends back to the state through recapture is also expected to decrease. {{more}}

The budget also includes a little more than $700,000 more in personnel costs in the new budget.

A worksheet distributed by Spies showed that the district was facing a shortfall of about $350,000. However, most of that cost was in Food Services, Gateway, MAP and Workman’s Comp., all programs that have historically been supplemented from the Fund Balance at Malakoff ISD. Take those items out and the deficit was just a little more than $1,000.

“I can find that fairly easily and make this a zero budget,” said Spies.

Board members made that effort even easier when they rejected the proposed purchase of a new sedan to help transport staff and students. The district currently has two Suburbans it uses to transport small groups.

Instead, board members asked Spies to gather more data this year by tracking how small groups are transported to events.
The proposed purchase of a new police vehicle remained in the budget. The current police car is several years old, was purchased used from a police department, has 127,000 miles on it, and was in for repairs at least four times last year, according to Spies.

Board members Monday night decided they wanted to add an additional $30,000 to purchase instruments for the band. They said they wanted to split the cost between reserves from the current budget and next year’s budget, and directed Spies to get with Director of Bands Mark Eastin to see how to make the split. Spies said he expects to have the information at next Monday’s regular board meeting.
In May, Eastin appeared before the board to request about $50,000 for new instruments.

“Our kids are playing above the level of our instruments,” he said at that time.

Since Eastin joined the district in 2007, the band has consistently brought home First Division scores, Best in Class trophies, and made the finals of its competitions. The band has also become a State Honor Band competitor over that time period.

Our students are better than their instruments,” Eastin said.

The band has a real chance to reach the state finals in marching competition this year.

“I think it is time the board stepped up and put some money into this program,” Trustee Todd LaRue said, echoing the sentiments of many on the board.



Posted by : admin | On : July 16, 2009

From Staff Reports

Henderson County Chief Appraiser Billy Jackson said changes to the appraisal process will help his office, but not significantly change the way it operates.

Last week, Gov. Rick Perry signed two pieces of legislation that he said would slow the pace of increasing property appraisals and provide additional oversight on the appraisal process.

House Bill 8 allows the comptroller to conduct Property Value Studies every other year, instead of annually, beginning with 2010. HB 3613 grants a total exemption on homesteads owned by veterans who have been disabled due to their military service. {{more}}

“I believe these two bills move Texas forward in this area by attempting to slow the steady upward pressure on appraisals across the state, but there is still more work to be done to further protect Texas homeowners against increasing appraisals,” he added.

In addition, appraisal districts will undergo a review of appraisal standards every two years, giving the comptroller increased oversight over the appraisal process and ensuring that districts follow standard appraisal procedures and practices.

“We’re still going to do our job the same way we’ve been doing it in the past. We’re still obligated to appraise at market value,” Jackson said.

He added that the change would save the taxpayer money in the long run because of higher efficiency.

“We’re in favor of it. It will be a big help to the appraisal district and the comptroller,” Jackson said.

The bill also created an advisory board to consult with the comptroller prior to the adoption of study rules. One board member will be appointed from the Texas House and Senate; the Comptroller will appoint two members representing the appraisal districts; two members will represent the school districts and three members will be Texas taxpayers or have expertise in school district taxation or ratio studies.



Posted by : admin | On : July 15, 2009

By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Thursday, July 11, 1947

A. L. Kirby, senior member of the firm of Kirby & Sons, is reported to be showing decided improvement and is getting along nicely at the Baylor Hospital in Dallas, following a major operation on Monday morning.

If his condition continues to improve, his physicians say that he will be able to return home in about three weeks.

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Posted by : admin | On : July 9, 2009

I read that when NASCAR driver Kyle Busch won the Nationwide race in Nashville he received a Gibson Les Paul guitar hand painted by Sam Bass. It was a beautiful guitar, a work of art.
Mr. Busch’s response was to perform an act of vandalism and smash the guitar. He claimed that he was emulating rock and roll stars Pete Townshend of “The Who” and Jimi Hendrix and that NASCAR wasn’t country anymore.
In the first place Townshend and Hendrix didn’t smash hand painted Les Pauls that were given to them as an award. In the second place smashing a guitar at a rock concert, which is about going to extremes in music with guitars, is different from smashing a hand crafted guitar in Victory Lane at a NASCAR race which has nothing to do with rock and roll.
I might suggest that Mr. Busch doesn’t know anything about the early days of rock and roll which occurred before he was born. What Mr. Busch did tell us was that he has no class.
I was shocked when I read of this incident in a sport where often drivers claim responsibility for a wreck and where drivers demonstrating class is the rule rather than the exception.
On the brighter side of the news, I watched the “The Colbert Report” from Iraq.
Steven Colbert came on stage carrying a golf club which took me back to the USO trips Bob Hope made to entertain the troops in World War II.
Mr. Colbert’s opening monologue was similar to that of Bob Hope. He made sly remarks about the officers and the terrain the troops had to deal with.
And the troops reacted to Steven Colbert the same way the troops reacted to Bob Hope. They laughed and cheered at the recognition of the difficulties they faced in their job of fighting a war. The only difference that I saw was the presence of female troops in the audience who also laughed and cheered.
I think that the response of troops at USO shows is an indication that American troops show a lot of class. And it shows class that the people leading the troops would allow Bob Hope and Steven Colbert to entertain the troops by poking fun at a dire situation. I can’t think of any other army that would laugh at themselves while taking a break from war in the South Pacific or North Africa or Iraq.
Thus Spake the Old Fogy, smiling as he remembers Bob Hope.



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The Montana Fish and Game Department recently put out a warning to campers about the danger of grizzly bear attacks: “We advise outdoorsmen to wear little bells on their clothing so they don’t startle the bears. Also carry pepper spray in case of an encounter. It is also important to be able to recognize differences in black bear sign and grizzly bear sign. Black bear poop contains squirrel hair and berries, while grizzly bear poop contains little bells and smells like pepper.”

A woman came home to find her husband holding a fly swatter. Asked if he had any luck. Yep, I got five. Three males and two females. She asked how he knew the females from the males. “Three on a beer can and two on the phone.”

A rookie police officer was assigned to ride in a cruiser with an experienced partner. A call came over the radio telling them to break up a group of people loitering. The officers drove to the street and observed a small crowd standing on a corner. The rookie rolled down his window and said, “People, move off this corner.” No one moved, so he yelled, “Get off this corner, Now!”
Intimidated, the group of people began to move, looking puzzled. Proud of his first official act, the young policeman turned to his partner and asked, “OK, how did I do?” – “Not too bad,” replied the veteran, “especially since this is a bus stop.”

Two old friends met one day after many years. The one who had attended college was quite successful. The other had not attended college and never had much ambition. The successful one said, “How has everything been going with you?”
“Well, one day, I closed my eyes, opened my Bible, and pointed. When I opened my eyes I read the word “oil.” So I invested in oil, and the wells flowed. Then another day I dropped my finger on another word and it was “gold.” So I invested in gold, and those mines really produced. Now I have millions of dollars.”
The successful friend was so impressed that he ran home, grabbed his Bible, closed his eyes, flipped it open, and dropped his finger on a page. He opened his eyes and read the words “Chapter Eleven.”



Posted by : admin | On : July 9, 2009

Patricia Ann Williams, 59, of Malakoff, passed away on July 3, 2009, at her residence.
Services were held on July 7, 2009, at the Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Phil Mangum officiating. Burial followed at the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery.
Mrs. Williams was born on Aug. 27, 1949, in Corsicana.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stevie Ray Williams.
Survivors include her son, James Bruner of Oklahoma; brothers, Leslie Franklin of Midland, Robert Franklin of Denison and Billy Franklin of Kerens; sisters, Bessie Johnston of Trinidad and Sandra Monroe of Malakoff; two grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Cedar Lake, 433 N. Gun Barrel Lane, Gun Barrel City, TX 75156 or Mankin Assembly of God Church, P. O. Box 332, Trinidad, TX 75163.