Posted by : admin | On : January 30, 2009

By Emily Lundy
Special to The News
Cleora Fleming, Trinidad’s best friend, died Tuesday night in Granbury. Details were not available as of press time.

Dreary weather with the sun peeping in ever so often. I have cabin, house, and car fever.

Some people on our prayer list include Joel Ardoin who reportedly had surgery and is staying with a daughter in Dallas.

Mike Buchanan who moved with his family from Trinidad 10 years ago after his two daughters graduated has died. He was in his mid-to-late fifties and married to Debbie Ardoin.

Jerry Crocker is in Mother Francis, fifth floor, Tyler, following throat surgery for scar tissue. We visited with him Friday. His eating and talking are involved somewhat.

Others to remember are Martha Perry, Louise Fugate, Chester Bradley, Nell Moore, Gertrude Stanfield, Fran Edgar, Jerry Cotton, Lorene Jackson, Roberta Staples, Roselee Loven, Evelyn Beavers, Raymond Tubbs, Jack Cooley, Dustin Perry, Joe Wilbanks, Jerry Poe, Geraldine Stanfield, Merle Estes, Eugene Berry, Lena Goodenough, Joe Greenhaw, Barbara Thompson, Billie Taaffe, Rynell Thomas, Hilah Gibbs.

TAKS study still reigns in the schools. Trinidad High continues to lead the district in both varsity basketball play.

Many who don’t want to be on the sick list are indeed nearly there with colds, viruses, different types of flu, strange nose conditions, and ear infections. Get plenty of rest. Someone told me after a recent agina attack to “take it easy; don’t do anything.”
I retorted I couldn’t do much less; my attacks can be brought on by stress.
My home can give me stress, so much to do. We may be like the book “My Brother’s Keeper,” not smothered by newspapers and magazines, but by photos. I’ve been sorting, discarding, and stacking into new stacks since last August.

Schools will be having a spring break later in the year; then it will be close to another graduation. We have a granddaughter who should get her diploma in Mabank this year. She’s looking at college right now, but she’s wide-eyed about the future
She has two younger brothers, and one wants her room. Her dad says she won’t give it up, can’t bear to. We’ll see. Two more grandchildren get drivers’ licenses in two more months.
Next year, one more; then we can focus on the youngest four if we are able to handle it.

Young people who want jobs looking at the market at a bad time. I always thought looking around at what needed to be done would be a place to ask questions about work.
Of course, I never know which part of the day I’ll feel my best although usually it’s while I’m busy at something.



Posted by : admin | On : January 30, 2009

I’m sorry, but I can’t think of anything to write about. I’ve been looking in my bookcase to see if I can find an idea I could steal. I pulled a book down called “Make it Last.” It says it offers 1,000 ingenious ways to extend the life of everything you own. I thought maybe I’d find something useful I could pass on to you.
The first thing I saw was an admonition to keep all your coffee, soup, and vegetable cans, wrap wallpaper around them, and turn them into pencil holders. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that many pencils. I guess I should get more pencils. I never can find one when I need it. I found a couple of things about toasters you might be able to use. If you melt plastic on top of one, as I’ve been known to do, this book says you can cover the plastic with an ammonia-soaked rag, and after a while it scrapes off easily. It seems there is a wide selection of things you can clean toaster chrome with when it gets grungy looking. They range from baby oil to club soda to lemon juice. Seems to me that chrome is pretty agreeable. Makes me want to try some other weird substances on it. Linament? Aftershave? Room deodorizer? Old coffee? Soap and water? Maybe I could use soy sauce or milk of magnesia.
I listened to the People’s Pharmacy on KERA 90.1 this weekend, and I heard some other new uses for these things. Some people swear soy sauce is great on burns. One guy says he got burned badly in combat, and a Special Services medic used Soy Sauce on the burn and it fixed him right up. A girl who can’t use any other deodorant called in and said she found that Milk of Magnesia works just fine. I don’t think I’d try it with a sleeveless black dress.
There seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence that coconut cookies alleviate chronic diarrhea, although it is probably the coconut more than the cookies. A bunch of otherwise sensible people seem to think sleeping with a bar of soap under the sheets cures them of restless leg syndrome. Some marathon runners carry the little packets of mustard to take when they start to get leg cramps. A pretty popular home remedy is gin-soaked golden raisins. You are supposed to eat nine of them a day for your arthritis. I made some of that one time, but just didn’t have enough faith to keep doing it. They tasted pretty good. Another remedy for joint pain is a mixture of Certo and grape juice. I think I’m going to mix me up some of both of these ache remedies. People use Vicks Vaporub for everything, including stinky feet, toenail fungus, and repelling squirrels. Heavy does of Tagamet have proved to cure warts in the majority of people. Doctors even recognize this one.
I enjoy this show when I happen on it. Lots of home remedies really work. They usually don’t cost much and they are fun to hear about. As the People’s Pharmacy people say, “If it doesn’t hurt you, and it might help, and it isn’t real expensive, why not give it a try?” They also have a website at www.peoples-pharmacy.com/ which has a lot of interesting stuff on it. More interesting than anything else I can think of to write right now, at least. Maybe I’ll do better next week.



Posted by : admin | On : January 30, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Malakoff High School junior Dalton Simeone became a part of American history last week.

Simeone, 16, traveled to Washington, D.C., to be on hand for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He went as part of the Presidential Youth Inauguration Conference (PYIC).

Simeone was one of the estimated 1.5 million people on the National Mall who braved the frigid temperatures to watch Obama be sworn in; and while the historic nature of the event wasn



Posted by : admin | On : January 30, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

The troubled economy is starting to hit home.
Wednesday, the Acme Brick Company announced plans to close one of its two plants in Malakoff, laying off 28 employees in the process.

“Both of those plants have been running at less than capacity due to the downturn in the housing market, and our expectations are that things aren’t going to improve anytime (soon),” said Ed Watson, Senior Vice President of Production for Acme Brick Company. {{more}}

Watson said the decision was made to close one of the plants and increase production in the other. In the process, Acme Brick transferred 22 employees from the closed plant to the active plant.

“Unfortunately, it did involve some layoffs of some good people,” said Watson. “It is just the economy and the housing market. We are so tied to the housing market in our industry; this actually makes the seventh plant out of 24 that we’ve closed in the past couple of years.”

Watson said the layoffs came with severance pay, and that the company is working with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to help those employees try and find work.
Watson said Acme Brick does intend to reopen the plant as soon as there is a turnaround in the housing market.

“We want (those laid off) to stay in contact with us because we hope, as soon as the economy turns, to restart the plant and we’ll need to get these fine people back to work for us,” he said.

The layoffs will not help the county’s unemployment numbers, which were already at their highest point in four years.

According to the TWC, Henderson County’s jobless rate was 6.5 percent in December. That number has climbed steadily for the past nine months since the year’s low of 4.3 percent in April. (Numbers are not seasonally adjusted.)
Unemployment in December in Henderson County was higher than in neighboring Smith County (5.6 percent), Navarro County (6.1 percent), and Van Zandt County (5.1 percent).
The numbers are troubling.

“We are certainly concerned about the economic condition of Henderson County,” said County Judge David Holstein.
“Along with the Texas Workforce Commission and the East Texas Council of Governments we are always trying to push for job retraining capabilities and searching for ways to get new jobs,” he said.

Statewide, Texas saw large job losses in December, according to the TWC.

“The Texas unemployment rate continued to follow the national unemployment rate’s upward trend,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “For the first time since 2004, our state hit the 6.0 percent unemployment mark after record lows of 4.2 percent just a year ago.”



Posted by : admin | On : January 25, 2009

By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, January 24, 1947

Appointment of Miss Ruth Tucker as home economist for Lone Star Gas Company in this territory has been announced by Frank V. Williams, division superintendent for the company. Miss Tucker is available for consultation on menu planning and meal preparation and will advise on how to get the most economical use from modern gas appliances. She will have headquarters in Corsicana.

A native of Weatherford, Miss Tucker graduated from the Azle High School and received her B. S. degree in home economics from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. During her junior year at T.C.U., she worked as a student assistant in the home economics department. She joined Lone Star Gas Company in 1945 and underwent training in the home economics department in Dallas and Fort Worth to prepare for her assignment in this territory..

CONTRIBUTE TO LOOKING BACK! – If you have photographs, articles, or family histories that you would like to see in the Looking Back column, please contact Britt Thompson at the following email address: rbtnyu81@sbcglobal.net or mail to Britt Thompson, 7033 Blalock Drive, The Colony, Texas 75056. Photographs and text can be in any format.

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Posted by : admin | On : January 24, 2009

From Staff and Wire Reports

The mother of religious sect leader David Koresh, Bonnie Clark Halderman, has been found stabbed to death and her sister, Beverly Clark has been arrested for the murder.

Clark was booked into Henderson County Jail.

According to Henderson County Sheriff Department officials, police were called to the home of Clark in Chandler on Friday afternoon and when they arrived they found Halderman



Posted by : admin | On : January 22, 2009

I hope you all have noticed the former Malakoff News building on Terry Street is once more occupied, and filled with all kinds of wonderful stuff. Black-eyed Susan’s, the latest in the growing list of antique-and-pretty thing shops in Malakoff, is now open, having transformed the former newspaper office and previous post office building into a thing of beauty. Inside, at least.
I hope you will go by and see the shop. It really is lovely. And while you are there, try to look up Clint Smith. Clint, one of several vendors who make up the Black-eyed Susan community, has a really interesting story to tell. His great grandfather, also named Clint Smith, was captured by Commanches and lived with them for several years before he was rescued. Later he wrote a book about his life with the Indians, and Clint has copies for sale. I am reading one. It is really a fascinating book. I was going to tell you the story, but I think you need to go see Clint and either let him sell you a book, or tell you the story, or preferably, both.
I have another book I want to tell you about, that has some definite local connections, but I’ve got to find out how you can get a copy of it if you are interested. It is a book of poems by my late friend, Don Berggren, published after his death by his brother Ross. You’ll be hearing more about this in a week or two.
And for that matter, maybe you’d be interested in purchasing a copy of “The Golden Years of Jess Martin,” by Malakoff News columnist Jeff Davis. I happen to have an extra copy, and know where to get more. An excellent read if you can stand some naughty words and reading about an old codger behaving badly, not going “quietly into that dark night.” I don’t mean to be flip about it; it really is an exceptional book, I just wanted to warn you it is a little spicy.
I have a new garden plot, just finished today! I am so proud of it. Billy Quinn brought me a bunch of top soil, and he and Eric Gilbert spread it out and put timbers around it to make me an approximately 30 x 40 ft garden, out in the only sunny spot near my house, which was mostly clay. I have eight blueberry bushes I wondered how I would ever get holes dug for. Eric used his backhoe and dug me a big long trench where I can place my bushes, then fill in around them. I have a pile of gardening books, which I am reading, letting them argue with one another. I have some onions sets. I have a bunch of hay which I will use for mulch, and daughter Tina promises to bring me all the barnyard poop I could ever desire. This is the only sad thing about the horses being gone. No more automatic fertilizer.



Posted by : admin | On : January 22, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Tuesday – one day after the nation honored the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Barack Obama became the first African-American to be sworn in as the President of the United States.

And on MLK Day, Obama reminded us why this historic week was important to everyone regardless of race or political party.

“Dr. King taught us that we could no longer view our own day-to-day cares and responsibilities as somehow separate from what was happening in the wider world that we read about in the newspaper and saw on TV,” Obama said while working on a shelter for homeless teens in Washington, D.C. “Because ultimately, for each of us, our own story and the American story are not separate, they are shared.”
Malakoff shared in the history this week. {{more}}

On Saturday night the Henderson County Black History Committee held its annual Gospel Explosion at Johnson Chapel AME Church, and it followed up with its annual Candlelight Vigil honoring Dr. King at New Hope Corinth CME Church Monday night. Tuesday night in a less formal – but no less festive – event, members of the community came together at Joe’s Kitchen in Caney City to celebrate the inauguration.

At all events, from Malakoff to D.C., it seemed that the words to “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” better known as the Negro National Anthem, had come true:
“Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us. Sing a song full of hope that the present has taught us.”

The song led off the candlelight service in Malakoff and the Rev. Joseph Lowry quoted the third verse in his benediction at the inauguration.
The connections between the county and the capital didn’t end there.
In Malakoff, the message was of service.
Derryl Jackson, emcee of Monday’s candlelight service, said, “Remember to be a servant, because (Dr. King) was a servant.”

The Rev. Haywood Thomas, associate pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Malakoff, challenged listeners to live their God-given dream.

“The poorest person is not the one without a nickel in his pocket,” Thomas said, “but the one without a dream.”
Thomas reminded the crowd what happened when Dr. King followed his dream.

“If not for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many of us would not be living the life we are living,” he said.

Amanda Thomas sang “If I Can Help Somebody,” a song quoted by Dr. King in his sermons: “If I can help somebody as I pass along; If I can cheer somebody with a word or song; If I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong; Then my living will not be in vain.”

And in Washington, D.C., now President Obama visited the same theme in his inaugural address: “For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.



Posted by : admin | On : January 22, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

The Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees was expected to name Jamie Driskell as Malakoff High School’s new head football coach and Athletic Director Thursday, Jan. 22.

The meeting came after the paper’s deadline for this week.
If hired, Driskell, 36, is expected to start next week.

Driskell has been with Palestine ISD since 2004, and was the offensive coordinator for the past three years and assistant head coach the past two years. While at Palestine, Driskell was also the head boys basketball coach one year, and the head girls track coach for three years.
Malakoff will be his first job as head football coach.
Other schools where Driskell coached and taught include: Westwood, Livingston, Groveton, and Crockett. {{more}}

In his application to MISD, Driskell wrote, “It is my belief that a well-run athletic program plays an intricate part in the educational process. A team sport is the ideal stage to teach young athletes a great lesson that can be learned in few arenas. The concept of the greater good of the team over the individual cannot be emphasized too emphatically. This idea spells success in the business world, the family, and our community. Combine these with the setting of proper team and individual goals, and the student athlete will have the opportunity to experience immediate and long term success.”

MISD Superintendent Dr. John Spies said the district received 150 applications for the position. Of those, 15 were interviewed and five were selected as finalists.
“It was an incredible response that we received,” Spies said. “We felt very blessed on the quality of resumes we got.”

A committee composed of Spies, MHS Principal Randy Perry, MES Principal Ronny Snow, and community member Don Murphy conducted the interviews. Except for Spies, all members of the committee have head coaching experience.

Spies said the committee scored the interviews separately, but that all four listed Driskell as their top pick.

Coaching runs in Driskell’s family. His father, Monte Jack Driskell, won 293 football games while coaching at Groveton, Lovelady and Crockett, and was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998.

Driskell and his wife, Emily, have three children: Josie, 6; Judson, 5; and Jack, nine months.



Posted by : admin | On : January 22, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Malakoff senior Zack Minter has reached the top.
Minter was recently chosen to be a member of the 2009 Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB) All-State Band. Minter plays the euphonium.

“It is really exciting. It is just one of those things that you will always have with you,” Minter said. “I’m really glad it happened; not to be boastful.”

Minter will get to perform with the All-State Band in San Antonio Saturday, Feb. 14. {{more}}

Malakoff High School Band Director Mark Eastin said, “Zack has been very close to making All-State the past two years and made it his goal at the beginning of the year to make the band his senior year.”

Minter is the first Malakoff student to earn the honor in more than 20 years.

“Around here, having an All-State player is a very big deal,” Eastin said. “Since we haven’t had one in over 20 years, you can see how that might make it even more special.”

The honor didn’t come without a lot of hard work. Minter has been practicing the competition music for the past year.
“Everyone in the band has it memorized because they’ve heard me play it so much,” Minter joked.

On top of his music, Minter also has held a part-time job at McDonald’s in Malakoff and is the vice president of the Malakoff High School chapter of the National Honor Society as well.

Part of the credit for Minter’s success can be traced back home.

“My mother’s support is something that I can always count on to be there,” he said.

But in the end, he is the one who put in the hours.
“I’ve been working hard all year,” Minter said.

“One of the issues we deal with in a small school program is, we don’t have the staff or availability of private lessons for most of our students,” Eastin said. “Therefore, it really becomes a matter of a student with the talent putting in the time and effort it takes to improve to a level that allows them to compete at the state level and Zack certainly did that. I never doubted that he had the talent to be an all-state player.”

Minter’s individual honor is also a boost to the program as a whole.

“Now that Malakoff has an all state student, it gives us a little more validity as a top quality band program as it relates to some of the others in the State of Texas,” Eastin said. “Most of the students who make the ATSSB All-State Band are from 3A schools. Even 2A schools that are considered to be some of the best in the state don’t have any All-State musicians.”