Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 10, 2008

Services for Bobby L. Simon, 78, of Malakoff were held Sept. 30, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Faith Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Dale Norris officiating. Burial was at Restland Memorial Park, Dallas.
Arrangements were the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jerry Ayers, Josh Ayers, Randall Ayers, Kevin Hanna, Don Brown and James Short.
Simon died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, in Malakoff. He was born May 18, 1930, in Whitney.



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 10, 2008

Funeral Services for Edna Baggett, 88, of Cross Roads, were held 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Cross Roads, with the Rev. Frank Upchurch, officiating. Burial followed in Patterson Cemetery, Henderson County, under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.
Mrs. Baggett passed away on Friday, Sept. 26, 2008. She was born March 14, 1920, near Crockett to Ben and Pearl Bennett Womack. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cross Roads where she was active in VBS and WMU for many years. She was a homemaker and worked at Cross Roads in the cafeteria for several years.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Lavelle Baggett and a grandson, Craige Baggett.
She is survived by her sons, Kenneth Baggett, Curtis Baggett and Tracey Baggett, daughters, Nelda June Mewbourn, Carol Hill, Lavonne Stanley, Peggy Richardson and her husband R.B., grandchildren, David Davis, Saundra Lloyd, Connie Feagins, Caryn Lastowski, Steve Hill, Robyn Chapa, Kim Young, Byron Ramirez, Johnnie Allen, Keith Baggett, 16 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great grandchildren, and a brother Elmer Womack, Harker Heights.
Pallbearers were Keith Baggett, Steve Hill, Sammy Feagins, Ronny Feagins, Les Cotton, and Mike Cotton.
The family would like to thank the employees of South Place Nursing Home and Cedar Creek Hospice for the loving care they gave our mother and grandmother. If desired, memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Headquarters, 3300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, Az. 85718 1-800-FIGHT-MD.



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 10, 2008

Having spent another uneventful week, I am reduced to giving you an inventory of my garden.
Left over from the summer:
One eggplant, with one white fruit on it that really does look like an egg, which looked great until it got overwatered and seems to be developing green freckles.
Some tall spindly okra plants which keep doling out just enough okra to keep me from pulling them up. Several very tall tomato plants which are making their second crop, but which are bending and breaking with the load. I’m thinking about putting a cast on one of them that has broken.
Some huge lamb’s quarter plants which I am cultivating for seeds.
Three bell pepper plants which were doing great until a horse got in and ate the top out of two of them. The other plant has one great looking pepper on it, which I am saving for something special.
Bird house gourds which are trying to take over everything While I was in Georgia, it reached over and grabbed some of those skinny okra stalks and pulled them over.
A few spices.
New additions:
I have set out cabbage, broccoli, collards, (which I thought were cauliflowers, but which I will enjoy more) onion and romaine lettuce plants.
I have planted spinach, radishes, and swiss chard.
I didn’t cover the radishes enough, and watering them washed their cover off. I found them just laying there on the surface growing anyhow. I covered them up, and they are doing just fine. The other things I planted haven’t come up unless those little grass-looking things are spinach or chard. I’m thinking they are what they look like.
I still have turnip greens to plant.
I think I mentioned that I have now discovered that my garden slants down hill, so the south part of it stays wetter. That is going to be a problem.
Now I notice another thing about that south part of the garden: It is right up against that super-duper workshop I was bamboozled into having built. Already the sun has moved south enough that that part is in the shade part of the day. By the middle of winter, I’m afraid I’m going to have some pale little plants with wet feet. But it’s all I have to work with, so I’m going with it.
My remodeled farm house is getting real close to being done. It is close enough I’ve moved a thing or two into it. I cleaned up an old French Provincial desk to use as a dressing table in my big bathroom. My house lacks some ceiling fans, a steam shower installed, some shelves, and a back deck. Probably a few more things, but those are what I’m waiting for.
When we get to a stopping place on the house, we are going to start on an efficiency in the end of that monster workshop. I want to get it ready for Jeff Davis, the Old Fogy, in case he ever really gets here, and decides he wants to stay for a while. I think we’ll all be glad if he does.



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 10, 2008

By Michael V. Hannigan

Somewhere on a highway between San Antonio and Corpus Christi last weekend God smote me.

And the thing is I was due a good smiting.

Last Saturday and Sunday I participated in the Valero MS 150 Bike Tour. The Valero MS 150 – also known as the “Bike to the Beach” – is a 150-mile, two-day bicycle ride between the aforementioned San Antonio and Corpus Christi. There were more than 3,000 riders involved.

The reason for the event is to raise awareness and money to combat Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. MS is an insidious disease which affects the central nervous system and can cause a long list of neurological symptoms. After reading about the disease the only way I can describe it is this: Your body doesn’t belong to you anymore. {{more}}

For the ride, I was part of Team Pure Protein along with Athens residents Bob and Carol Morton. They are the team captains and have been involved with the Valero MS 150 for the past three years for very good reason; that’s about the time their son, Rob, was diagnosed with MS.

Pearl Cantrell, the editor of The Malakoff News’ sister paper The Monitor, was also a teammate. My wife, Jennifer, is pregnant with twins and did not ride; she drove the support vehicle, however, and worked hard keeping track of everyone on the team.

Along with our 11 other teammates we raised more than $23,000 for MS research. We are still collecting donations throughout the month of October and could use your help – but more about that later.

So when did God come in? When I became so focused on completing the entire ride that I forgot why I was there in the first place.

Spoiler Alert! I didn’t make the whole 150 miles.
I started off great. The ride is broken down into 15 rest stops that are an average of eight to 14 miles apart. I made the first two stops and the first 25 miles like I was Lance Armstrong. Well, not that fast, but I was on schedule and knew that there was nothing going to stop me from strutting around Malakoff this week bragging about my 150-mile ride.

Then the clamp that holds on my bike saddle broke. I rode about 12 miles either on one edge of the seat or standing up.

That’s when I started growling.

When I got into the next rest stop, the bike mechanic there didn’t have the part I needed. Then he had trouble getting someone on the radio to try and find the part.

My growling increased.

Finally I was told I would have to ride the SAG wagon – white vans that carry tired riders from rest stop to rest stop – two stops up the line where lunch was being served to get my bike fixed.

There went my chance to complete the ride. But at least I could get back on the road and knock out the rest. After all, it isn’t my fault the bike broke.

So I waited for the SAG wagon with Carol Morton, who kindly stayed with me. We waited and waited and waited. An hour we waited, all the while the line for the SAG wagon getting longer.

Then someone asked who was getting on the SAG wagon first.
I growled again. Carol and I got on first.

It was right there, as we drove away, that I realized God was trying to get my attention. You might not think it works this way, but I know God asked me right then and there: “Why are you growling about a broken seat? Many of the people you are supposed to be doing this for can’t even ride at all, and you are being nasty because you aren’t going to ride far enough?”

What can you do when you hear something like that? I thought about how blessed I was and said I was sorry. At lunch, the next bike mechanic again had the wrong part. Instead of growling, this time I smiled – and he figured out a way to get it fixed using different parts.
And I kept smiling, even when I got pulled over by the police car.

Yeah, you read that right. Late on the first day I was peddling along, minding my own business, way, way in the back of the pack when I heard a siren behind me. I looked back and there was a patrol car with his lights flashing pulling me over.

The first thought I had was: “What, am I going three miles per hour in a two mile zone?”

Turns out I did have a speed problem – I was going too slow. I had to get back in the SAG wagon and go up a couple of rest stops because the police were closing parts of the course for the night. Unfortunately that means I drove through rather than rode through the town where The Malakoff News reader Dick Robertson graduated high school. Mr. Robertson was nice enough to come in and give a big donation to MS. Thank you, sir.

Then we slept the night in a tent with just three sides. Luckily it was a beautiful night. And it was a beautiful sleep, even when the generator two tents over kicked on at about 4:30 a.m.

I smiled and went back to sleep – until the National Anthem started playing over the loudspeakers at 5:15 a.m.
Did I mention trying to get into the showers with 3,000-plus other riders?

And every last bit of it was a blast because I had been reminded of why we were doing it. I can’t wait for next year.

So I didn’t make the 150 miles. I made quite a few, but the number doesn’t matter. The only numbers that matter are the dollars that go to MS.

If you can help, if today you know that God has blessed you, then please make a donation. Just contact the Mortons at teampureprotein@yahoo.com
Maybe together we can avoid a smiting.



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 10, 2008

Special to The News

For the second consecutive year the Pride of Malakoff marching band came away with best in class honors at the Mesquite Marching Festival. The band received a first division rating from all of the marching judges and placed far ahead of any of the other 2A bands competing for the day. The Pride also repeated as Best in Class drum line and won Best in Class horn line for the first time.

“We are very pleased to have won best in class and the caption awards but as a group, we know we were not at our best for this performance,” said band director Mark Eastin. “We feel very fortunate to have won, but our kids have a very high standard of performance and we knew that our performance Saturday didn’t meet our standards of excellence.” {{more}}

“Having said that, we are, however, very proud that the judges enjoyed our show and rewarded us with the honors we received,” Eastin said.

Not only did the band win the 2A classification, it placed ahead of several bands from larger schools. When the order of bands was announced, Malakoff placed 15th overall out of 35 competing bands for the entire contest. This placement includes all bands class 2A through 5A who competed throughout the day. The Pride of Malakoff, who competes in the 2A classification placed ahead of 5, 4A schools, 4, 5A schools and all but three of the 3A schools competing for the day.

“We had one judge place us as high as tenth overall for the day, which is a huge accomplishment for a 2A band competing against bands five times our size,” said Eastin. “Most of the 4A and 5A bands average from 150 to 200 members, so we must have 100 percent from all of our players to be able to compete.”

“One band, Allen HS, has over 500 in their band so you can see we’re up against some really outstanding bands when we go to contest,” Eastin said.

The Pride of Malakoff will be performing this Saturday in Mabank at the Cedar Creek Marching Festival. Performance time will be 3:00 p.m. for preliminaries and the band should be performing in finals with the opportunity to win the Grand Champion trophy in the evening session.

“We would like to encourage all of our parents, teachers and students to come over to Mabank and see the band in action during a competition,” Eastin said. “With this contest being so close, we would like to have a big cheering section there for us in prelims and finals. But again, we will be competing against some very good bands from around the area and will need to be much improved from this past weekend to give us an opportunity to win.”



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 10, 2008

Special to The News

Malakoff Independent School District will unveil its new Administrative and Multi-Use Sports Complex on Friday, Oct. 17.

The facility houses MISD Administrative Offices, the board room, a technology server room, and two multi-use sports courts.

“We really are proud of this facility, and all it offers to this community,” said Dr. John Spies, Superintendent of MISD. {{more}}

Aside from the 5,000 square feet of office space, the complex also has a gym with two courts which can be used for basketball, volleyball, tennis or inside training facilities for inclement weather.

The public is encouraged to tour the facilities and enjoy refreshments during the Open House on Oct. 17 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The complex is located at 1308 FM 3062 (Star Harbor Road), just east of Malakoff High School. For more information, contact MISD Administrative Offices 903-489-1317.



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 10, 2008

By Toni Garrard Clay
Special to The News
For three years now, Kathy Means has focused on the month of October to join the fight against breast cancer, putting her business and her money into the event she calls Making a Difference in Henderson County.

“It’s a horrible disease,” said Means, who has not personally experienced breast cancer but has friends who have. “It’s a disease where many times early detection can save someone’s life, and we want to help that happen.”

Means is the owner of Kathy’s Boutique in Athens. Every October, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Means uses the boutique to raise funds to provide mammograms at ETMC Athens Breast Care Center for women who meet financial screening guidelines. {{more}}

“There are a lot of women who fall between the cracks (of government assistance programs), and that’s primarily who I see as the people we’d like to help,” explained Means.
To raise the money to be used, Means asks people to buy and personalize hearts to be left on display at the boutique, as well as ETMC Athens.

“It’s like a tree of hope,” she explained. “Hearts are cut from pink paper and tied with a simple ribbon. Each person is asked to personalize the heart in honor of a survivor, in memory of someone lost, in support of someone fighting the battle or just for the cause.”

The hearts are $10 each. In addition, during the week of October 20th, 10 percent of all sales from the store – located at 122 N. Palestine Street – will be added to the money collected from the sale of the hearts.

The funds raised will go into a special account at the ETMC Foundation that will be utilized throughout the year to assist the ETMC Athens Breast Care Center and the women it serves.

“This is our third year for the Making a Difference in Henderson County event, and the results have been wonderful,” Means said. “Everyone likes the idea that the money is going to stay in Henderson County.”

“ETMC is thrilled to partner once again in Kathy’s efforts to promote the importance of mammography and to help ensure that mammograms are available to Henderson County women,” said ETMC Foundation Director Marty Wiggins. “Her October outreach will touch many lives – and potentially save a life – as together we fight breast cancer in the
community. Kathy is an inspiration as to what one woman can do!”

To apply for financial assistance in obtaining a mammogram, please contact ETMC Athens Financial Counselor Bailey Bishop at 903-676-1155.

To schedule an appointment without applying for financial assistance or for more information about the mammography system at the ETMC Athens Breast Care Center, please call 903-676-2169.

ETMC Athens is now using a state-of-the-art full field digital mammography unit, which has replaced the film-based imaging station. The difference is much like going from a 35 mm camera to a digital camera.

The digital mammography unit has significantly shortened the amount of time it takes to actually capture the necessary images.

“We still have to compress, but the image comes up instantly now,” said Licensed Mammographer Shelly Robertson. “I can decide immediately whether it’s what we need or not.”

The American Cancer Society recommends women from the ages of 20 to 39 have clinical breast exams performed by their healthcare providers at least every three years and do self-exams once a month. Ask your healthcare provider to teach you the proper way to perform a thorough breast self-exam.
Women 40 and over should have mammograms and clinical breast exams performed every year, as well as performing breast self-exams each month.

If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, discuss mammography screening guidelines and scheduling with your healthcare provider.



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 10, 2008

By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, October 14, 1966

The board of trustees of the Malakoff Independent School District voted Monday in their regular meeting to extend the contract of Coach Ronald Speed for another two years. Speed



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 3, 2008

By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, October 3, 1958

Miss Rita Kay Johnston, bride-elect of James Lee Abee, was the honoree for a miscellaneous shower on Monday evening at the First Baptist Church Educational Building.

Hostesses for the occasion were: Mmes. A. J. Airington , Leon Yates, Bob McElroy, H. J. Lohman, Lee Williams, W. C. Fleming, Jr., Randall Stroud, Leland Williams, Sammy Johnston, Meryl Bradley, W. E. McElroy, Bama Daniels, Cora Cherry, John French, and Otis Stanfield.

The tea table was laid with a white Madeira cut work cloth, centered with a bouquet of pink althea and coral vine. Refreshments of lime punch and cake squares topped with pink rosebuds were served to some fifty guests who registered. Misses Ann Bradshaw, Betty Jane French, Gail Stanfield, and Anna Beth Maynard presided at the table and at the bride



Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : October 2, 2008

I lived fairly close to my maternal grandparents until I was 17; either I lived close to them or they lived close to us. And now I wish I had talked more to them about the