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Posted by : admin | On : January 2, 2009

A couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years before. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules, so the husband left first and flew to Florida on Friday, and his wife was flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel, and unlike years ago, there was a computer in his room, and he decided to send an e-mail to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her e-mail address, and without noticing his error, sent the e-mail to the wrong address. Meanwhile

Jan

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Posted by : admin | On : January 2, 2009

By Emily Lundy
Special to The News
So many traditions for Christmas. When will your tree come down? Should I cover mine with a sheet and be ready for next year? Some do this.

Christmas Eve services were well attended in the area. We were out of town and went to one seating over 4,000 people. I found myself missing the smaller surroundings in my own community.But this one at the church of Charles Swindoll was inspiring.

Joel Ardoin has had his medical visit at Baylor and awaits more information and set dates for treatment or surgery.

Jack Cooley is out and around, looking so much better. He begins radiation soon.

The Looneys on Lone Star Road had unbelievable occurrences. Son William’s wife lost her grandfather in the days prior to Christmas. The Looneys went to their home to babysit their son’s children. Once home, James Looney lost his mother, 92, in Mississippi, and off they went again.
The Mother lived with a sister.

The Reeds live in the former Jackson stone house on Lone Star. John Reed broke his hip last week in a fall but did not go for medical aid then. By the next day he and his wife knew he had trouble. As I write he is still hospitalized in Athens with three screws in his hip. He is on blood thinner medicines for other reasons and has to be watched for excessive bleeding.

Dot Meadows and husband Roger are now residents of old Mankin. They will really live the country life. I’ve always known several people in Mankin; it has a rich history and beautiful places. More people live off the Highway 274 running through it than can possibly be known.

Toni Steele, taking preventive treatments for cancer advancement, is out and doing well, working to help others as she always has.

Nursing home or assisted living facility residents on our prayer list include Merle Estes, Joe Mosier, Fran Edgar, Roberta Staples, Joe Wilbanks, Betty (French) Hayes’ mother-in-law, Dustin Perry, Helen Airheart, Roselee Loven, Roberta Staples, Geraldine Stanfield, Gertrude Stanfield, Wretha Barfoot, Lawrence Mosier, Martha Perry, Eugene Berry, Lorene Jackson, and others.

Those not well in their homes include Lena Goodenough, Louise Fugate, Joe Greenhaw, Raymond Tubbs, David Lohman, Peggy Miller Airheart, Betty (Williams) of Caney City almost fully recovered from a broken hip.

I have lost another student who was in one of my classes the year I retired, Josh Linder whose family once owned the Linder Lumber Company in Tool. Josh was around 28 years old, leaving a wife and three small children. His parents are Glenn Linder and Robin Nix.

Two more people from the area above us died over the weekend. One was a teacher’s dad who fell asleep while driving, it’s thought, and then one with the last name of Labell, not very old, but no details known.

The school children have been out all this week. Some return Monday, some Tuesday.

This warm and cold weather exchange is probably responsible for the coughing and sneezing, also the laryngitis among many people here. In the older ones, it usually means something like bronchitis. I am not being pessimistic, just remembering last year.
Stay warm and have a happy, wonderful New Year.

The Scottish poet Robert Burns, in the 1700s, wrote the lyrics to “Olde Lang Syne,” missing friends he had lost. He may still be the Poet Laureate of Scotland.



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Posted by : admin | On : January 2, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Money issues dominated the headlines in Malakoff in 2008 mirroring the nation as a whole.

Four times during 2008 local residents cast votes on financial issues. Early in the year voters sent the Malakoff City Council a loud message about property taxes, but city officials rebounded late in 2008 with a pair of sales tax initiatives that could be a great boon for city services.

A separate vote in November to allow alcohol sales in Malakoff was framed as a financial issue by supporters, but was cast as a moral question by opponents. As 2008 came to a close some in Malakoff said that issue wasn’t quite dead despite election results.

Malakoff ISD also held an election with voters approving a bond to work on the Middle and High Schools.

The Malakoff News brings its readers the Top Five Stories of the Year annually. The stories are selected by the staff based on which local stories affected the most area residents and earned the most coverage during the year. (Only local stories are eligible for the Top Five.) {{more}}


1. Voters say no to
higher property taxes
The local theme for 2008 was set early when Malakoff voters rejected a property tax increase in January.

With a final count of 167 to 127, voters rolled the tax rate back from .3500 per $100 valuation to .22106. The City Council had raised the tax rate about 12 cents from the previous year during its budgeting process.

The rollback effort was initiated in October 2007 when city residents Phil Tucker and David Thompson, under the name “Malakoff Citizens for Lower Taxes,” collected 193 signatures on a petition asking for the action.

Those against the proposed tax rate pointed out the new rate represented a 49 percent jump. The city’s handling of its electric contract also became an issue when the City Council took four months to ponder action it promised to protesters to save money on electric costs.

The rollback required city officials to take a scalpel to the budget, eventually cutting:

– Planned capital expenses including a police car and computer for the police department;
– One police officer (city didn’t fill a then open spot);
– One City Hall position (city didn’t fill a then open spot); and,
– City changed electric contract to save an estimated $20,000.

As of January 2008, only one city of comparable size had a lower property tax rate than Malakoff in Texas, according to a survey conducted by The Malakoff News.

Morton, in West Texas, had a tax rate of .2000 per $100 valuation. Morton is geographically half the size of Malakoff (1.4 miles compared to 2.8 miles) and does not have a police department.

For the survey, the newspaper contacted the 13 Texas cities with a population between 2,233 and 2,275 – that’s plus or minus 25 of Malakoff’s 2,257.

In April, the city auditor warned officials they couldn’t just stand pat with the new tax rate.

“This is at least the third year in a row the general fund balance has deteriorated,” Frank W. Steele of Hudson Anderson & Associates told council members.

According to the city’s 2003 audit, Malakoff had combined cash of about $882,000. That combines the city’s two major funds: the general fund and the water/sewer fund, and other smaller funds like at the library. At the beginning of 2008, the city had combined cash of about $505,000 – down another $25,000 from the year before.

Also, Steele said, about five years ago the city had around $800,000 put aside in certificates of deposit (CDs), but now has just a little over $300,000 in CDs.

The city’s financial status cast a shadow on much of what happened the rest of 2008.


2. Malakoff goes wet
Buying beer or wine no longer need include a trip across a bridge for Malakoff residents.

In November, voters approved the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption 331 to 315, and the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders 383 to 248.

The alcohol question was arguably the most controversial issue of the year.

Those in favor of alcohol sales said it would help the city through increased sales tax revenue.

“We could raise property taxes and get the money the city needs,” said Randy Norwood, owner of Randy’s Exxon and treasurer for Malakoff Citizens for Economic Growth, the group which pushed for the alcohol sales election. “This way we can also get funding from people outside of Malakoff instead of on the backs of our property owners.”

Opponents included local pastors who said any increase in sales tax revenue would not be worth the cost to the community.

“We as a community want to reject the notion that if you bring this in it is going to be a wonderful thing,” Nathan Lorick, pastor of First Baptist Church of Malakoff told County Commissioners in August. “It has been said by some of the community leaders that when this comes in it is going to invest in the coffers of Malakoff. I’m here to tell you, if you ever known somebody whose lost someone, it is going to invest not in the coffers but in more coffins in Malakoff, because you know that alcohol has never been a good thing for anybody, anywhere.”

Following the election, opponents met with Henderson County Election Administrator Denise Hernandez to review the vote and discuss procedures at the polling place on Election Day. In the end they decided against challenging the election results, but said they intend to try for another election in November 2009, so stay tuned for another round on the alcohol question.


3. A sales
tax solution
Still stinging from the property tax rollback in January and facing rising operating costs, the city of Malakoff entered budget talks in July searching for an answer to its financial problems. Officials came up with a sales tax solution that earned voter approval in November.
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 last year’s sales figures.
Voters said yes to the plan by a wide margin.
The Crime Prevention District would get about $80,000 based on last year’s 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.

A two-year budget for the district was approved by the City Council as part of the election process. The budget calls for the following in Year 1 (funds only available from July to the end of the fiscal year):

– $8,000 for one officer
– $7,500 for three radar units
– $1,200 for training
– $1,200 for youth education
– $2,162 in reserve
The budget calls for the following in Year 2 (first full year of funding):
– $60,817 for two officers
– $5,000 for two radar units
– $1,500 for training
– $1,500 for youth education
– $5,000 for six shotguns and locking racks
– $6,433 in reserve

A temporary district board of directors helped develop the budget. The board was composed of Tommy Hayes, Tommy Tanner, Delanda Johnson, Peggy Newberry, then-Mayor Pat Isaacson, Councilman Tim Trimble, and Mike Coffman, chairman of the board. The City Council will have to install a permanent board for the district but had not done so as the year ended.

The EDC would get $27,000 based on last year’s figures to help with job creation, infrastructure improvements, downtown development or a wide variety of other eligible projects.

The EDC will be managed by a board of directors, with the City Council having final approval over projects. The city had not yet named a board of directors as 2008 came to a close.


4. Voters approve MISD bond
Malakoff school district voters in May approved a $7 million bond to fund a 10-year plan for work to the high school and the middle school as well as establish a replacement plan for the district’s buses and technology (computers, etc.).

School officials told voters the bond takes advantage of the state’s school funding rules to pay for the bond without raising taxes.

Under the approved plan, the school district moved five cents from the Maintenance and Operation (M&O) fund to the Interest and Sinking (I&S) fund. By doing this, officials say, the rate taxpayers pay will not change but the district can keep an extra $100,000 to $150,000 of the money collected each year. That is because I&S money is not subject to recapture, the money MISD is required to send back to the state each year as a “rich” school district.

Superintendent Dr. John Spies said the move will save the district more than $1 million of its own money over the life of the bond (that’s the $100,000-plus not going back to the state multiplied by 10 years).

In the meantime, rising property values and enrollment will allow the district to continue on with five cents less in the M&O fund.

The original plans for the bond money included:
– Middle School ($3 million): Replacing outdated air conditioning units with energy efficient models; constructing a new library to meet current size standards; constructing a new band hall; constructing new office for added security; adding additional restrooms; renovating science labs to meet existing standards; renovating computer labs to meet existing standards; other general restorations.
– High School ($2 million): New and renovated science labs; new computer labs; new art room; replace home football stadium bleachers; new agriculture barn; tennis courts.
– Transportation and Technology ($2 million): According to the MISD brochure at the time of the election, “Currently we have buses that are over 15 years old. This plan would replace three buses every two years. Buses would be on a 10 year replacement cycle. Moving this expense from the operations budget to the bond budget would increase buying capacity by approximately 25 percent under the state’s current funding methods.
However, when detailed planning for work on the Middle School began later in the year unforeseen issues cropped up which could change the scope of the renovations.


5. Still working on The Rock Building
For the second consecutive year, The Old Rock Building has landed a spot in the Top Five.

The building – the former Malakoff elementary school – has been at the center of controversy since the Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees agreed in February 2007 to tear it down because the estimated cost of renovation was too high.
Since that time, members of the Malakoff Historical Society have tried to come up with a way to save the building and turn it into a combination museum and home for the Red Waller Community Library.

In February of this year, trustees directed Superintendent Dr. John Spies to work out a plan with attorneys to lease The Rock Building to the Historical Society and give them three years to raise the money for the project.
Details keep getting in the way, however.

Attorneys say any lease would have to include a clause allowing the district to take back the building if it was needed. That clause, Historical Society officials said, would kill any chance of getting grants and funding.
So in December the Historical Society asked for the district to just give them the building.

That idea caused a problem with several of the trustees, because it would mean giving up control of a building on school property.

Instead, the board decided to give the building to the Historical Society as long as the group will move the building off school property. Trustees gave the historical society nine months to move the building, and also agreed to donate what it would cost the district to demolish the building, about $60,000, to help with the move.

There was no word of the Historical Society’s plans as the year ended.

Honorable Mention
Other stories which were considered for the Top Five Stories of the Year included:
– Malakoff Mayor Pat Isaacson resigning after serving since 1997.
– Malakoff High School Head Basketball Coach DeArtis Nickerson winning his 400th career game.
– Local protesters fighting water rate increase by Monarch Utilities, Inc.
– Randall Wayne Mays sentenced to death for killing Henderson County deputies Tony Ogburn and Paul Habelt in 2007.
– Protesters organize to fight proposed sour gas well near Payne Springs.
– Cross Roads ISD holds trustee election for first time since May 2006.
– Lake area helps evacuees from Hurricane Ike.

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Posted by : admin | On : December 29, 2008

















Top Row (L-R) is Alice, Clarence C., Buster, Irene B., Edward P., Clarence W.,

Bottom Row (L-R) Pat, and Alvin P. (Bill) Airheart

I’m sure the photo was taken abt 1923 since the baby, Edward Pete Airheart, was born in May 1923. He is my Grandfather.

The first Airheart families moved from Tennessee to Texas in the mid to late 1800s. Some of the earliest known founding families of Trinidad included the Airhearts. Airheart brothers included Moses C., Alex, Charles Wesley, James, John, and Onlsow (Confederate Soldier) Airheart. Some land in Trinidad which once belonged to Airhearts was property on Macintire Street, Trinidad I.S.D, and Luminant power company (formerly TXU and TP&L).

The earliest known log cabin school, once located where the present Trinidad cemetery is, registered some of its first students as Airhearts. Onslow M. Airheart, the Confederate soldier and former prison guard at Huntsville, once owned and operated a ferry on the Trinity river just South of Highway 31.

Clarence Collins Airheart was the third son born to Eugenia B. Collins and Charles Wesley Airheart. Clarence’s two brother’s Edgar and Alvin Pulley Airheart both died young. Clarence also had a sister, Minnie, who also died at a young age. Irene and Clarence Collins Airheart had ten children and lived on a farm south of town. Their children are Clarence Wesley, Pat, Buster, Alvin Pulley (Bill), Alice, Eward Pete, Mary Frances, Bessie Hildred, Margaret Virginia, and John Collins Airheart.

Photo and article courtesy of Mike Colman

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Posted by : admin | On : December 29, 2008

Irene, and Clarence Collins Airheart family circa 1923, Trinidad, Texas

Top L-R is Alice, Clarence C., Buster, Irene B., Edward P., Clarence W.,

Bottom L-R Pat, and Alvin P. (Bill) Airheart

I’m sure the photo was taken abt 1923 since the baby, Edward Pete Airheart, was born in May 1923. He is my Grandfather.

The first Airheart families moved from Tennessee to Texas in the mid to late 1800’s. Some of the earliest known founding families of Trinidad included the Airhearts. Airheart brothers included Moses C., Alex, Charles Wesley, James, John, and Onlsow (Confederate Soldier) Airheart. Some land in Trinidad which once belonged to Airhearts was property on Macintire Street, Trinidad I.S.D, and Luminant power company (formerly TXU and TP&L).

The earliest known log cabin school, once located where the present Trinidad cemetery is, registered some of it’s first students as Airhearts. Onslow M. Airheart, the Confederate soldier and former prison guard at Huntsville, once owned and operated a ferry on the Trinity river just South of Highway 31.

Clarence Collins Airheart was the third son born to Eugenia B. Collins and Charles Wesley Airheart. Clarence’s two brother’s Edgar and Alvin Pulley Airheart both died young. Clarence also had a sister, Minnie, who also died at a young age. Irene and Clarence Collins Airheart had ten children and lived on a farm south of town. Their children are Clarence Wesley, Pat, Buster, Alvin Pulley (Bill), Alice, Eward Pete, Mary Frances, Bessie Hildred, Margaret Virginia, and John Collins Airheart.

Mike Colman

Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 19, 2008


By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, December 17, 1965

Not all men of draft age feel as do those who burn their draft cards and participate in demonstrations against the United States government on the stand they are taking in the Viet Nam War.

This fact is evidenced by excerpts taken from a letter written by Marine Lance Corporal William Henry Houlett who is serving with the Marine Aircraft Group (MAG)-16 fire fighters in and near Da Nang.

L/Cpl. Houlett is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Dennis, residents of Malakoff who moved here recently from Florida.

The letter read in part:

Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 12, 2008

I am writing this on Friday, Oct. 31, four days before the election. If I had to choose one major annoyance in the election I would go with polls, an inoperable cancer.
I have sought to find something good about polls and have yet to find anything. They seem to lead, indeed push candidates into mendacity in order to increase their ratings in the polls. To get good poll numbers there is no depth that someone won’t sink beneath.
Instead of the candidates giving careful and reasoned explanations of their positions on the burning questions of the day, they spout remarks that they think are clever and I think are spurious half truths and gratuitous slurs, hoping to raise their poll numbers.
After a debate, instead of pundits examining the sketchy stands taken by the candidates on economic policy, foreign policy and immigration policy the pundits look to see if poll ratings went up or down. Everyone seems to need the polls to tell them if the debates were any good.
I think that polls going up or down influences the next polls taken, a bizarre feedback loop.
I recently read some of the Lincoln-Douglas debates and could find no mention of polls. I don’t think that statistics was developed en-ough in 1858 to have 5,000 people answer for the entire nation. Personally, I don’t think it is now.
In many ways the language of the debates hasn’t changed a whole lot even though the format has. In the Lincoln-Douglas debates the first speaker talked for an hour, the second speaker talked for 90 minutes and then the first speaker was given 30 minutes for a rejoinder. Apparently citizens in the 19th century had longer attention spans than those of the 21st century.
Citizens listened to the debates in person or they read about them in the newspaper and then made up their minds without polls to tell them if they were right or not. How clever is that?
I get the feeling that the object of political speeches and debates is to get good poll results and not to inform. If lying, calumny and saying what the people want to hear, regardless of truth, get your poll numbers to rise, so be it; whatever works.
But polls are with us and like kudzu are an inoperable cancer.
Thus Spake the Old Fogy wondering how the polls rate Texas Tech this week.

Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 12, 2008

A husband and his wife advertised for a live-in maid to cook and do housework. They hired a lovely lass for the job. She worked out fine, was a good cook, was polite and kept the house neat. One day, after about six months, she came in and said she would have to quit. “But why?” the disappointed wife asked. The maid hemmed and hawed and said she didn’t want to say, but the wife was persistent. So she finally said, “Well, on my day off a couple of months ago I met this good looking fellow from over in the next county, and well, I’m pregnant.” The wife said, “Look, we don’t want to lose you. My husband and I don’t have any children and we will adopt your baby if you stay.” She then talked to her husband. He agreed and the maid said she would stay. The baby came, they adopted it and all went well. After several months, the maid came in again and said she would have to quit. The wife questioned her, found out she was pregnant again, talked to her husband, they adopted it and life went on as usual. In a few months, the same thing happened again. They adopted for a third time. She worked for a week or two and then told the wife definitely that she was going to leave. “Don’t tell me you’re pregnant again,” said the lady of the house. “No,” the maid replied. “There are just too many kids here to pick up after.”

A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day – 30,000 to a man’s 15,000. The wife replied, “The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men.” The husband turned to his wife and asked, “What?”

A little boy got lost at the YMCA and wandered into the women’s locker room. When he was spotted, the women burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, “What’s they matter? Haven’t you ever seen a little boy before?”

A Kentucky state trooper pulled a car over on I-65 about two miles north of the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. When the trooper asked the driver why he had been speeding, the driver answered that he was a magician and juggler and he was on his way to Nashville to do a show that night at Opryland and didn’t want to be late. The trooper told the driver that he was fascinated by juggling and if the driver would do a little juggling for him that he wouldn’t give him a ticket. The driver told the trooper that he had sent all of his equipment on ahead and didn’t have anything to juggle. The trooper told him that he had some flares in the trunk of his patrol car and asked if he could juggle them. The juggler said that he could so the trooper got three flares, lit them and handed them to the juggler. While the man was doing his juggling act, a drunken Redneck from Kentucky pulled in behind the patrol car. He watched the performance briefly, then went over to the patrol car, opened the door and got in. The trooper observed him doing this and went over to the patrol car, opened the door and asked the drunken man what he thought he was doing. The drunk replied, “You might as well take my sorry hide on to jail because there’s no way under this fine Kentucky sun I can pass that test!”

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Posted by : admin | On : December 12, 2008

This is important. You’ve got to help me. I’ve got to find a woman with a teapot whistle. Not just any woman with a teapot whistle, but the woman who called me. Her husband’s name is Travis, and she reads her neighbor’s Malakoff News. I keep thinking her name will come to me, but it hasn’t.
She had read in my sister Mary’s column that Mary has a teapot that needs a whistle, and she knew she could help her. She has a whistle, and no teapot. I think she must have called the newspaper to get the number of the woman who writes the column and was given mine by mistake. She called me while I was in the car. I told her when I got to my destination I would call my sister and get her to call her. I told the teapot whistle lady I could get her number from my cell phone. No, she says, I have to go out on the porch to hear this thing. Apparently she was on her cell phone. So I pulled over and wrote the other number on something, and promptly forgot to call my sister when I got where I was going. Then my daughter borrowed my car, and though she swears she didn’t throw anything away, that number has never been seen again. I’m pretty sure it was an 887 number, though it might have been a 778. Or it could have been something entirely different. Finally, I abandoned all hope of finding that number. I thought, OK, I’ll call on the number left on my cell phone, just maybe she will hear me, but by that time so many calls had come and gone, it had been kicked off the previous calls list.
I feel really bad about this. I’m afraid the lady thinks I didn’t think this was important. I thought it was very important. Besides being a valuable piece of equipment for my sister, it is also column material for both of us, who are always very grateful for something new to write about.
I haven’t told my sister about this yet, but I guess I will before she reads it in the paper.
She will say, Well, LO-retta! and shake her head. Please help me track down this kind and generous lady and get back in good graces with my sister.

A couple of charming stray dogs have appeared at our doors here at the farm. One obviously had been somebody’s darling, and the other was a scared cripple. I was going to write about them. Then I remembered a letter I had received and then forgot from Steve Lynch a couple of weeks ago. I called to see if the couple of strays he and his neighbor were caring for had found homes. No such luck. I’ll share his letter to me:
“I write about Max and Laura, not the first to be ‘dumped’ on our point on the lake, about two months ago. He is a black lab mix, and she a lovely tan husky type, both great with people and fellow dogs; (my two yorkies give them a hard time, but they’re totally spoiled). My next door neighbor (aka the cat lady, with at least five in her home), partially adopted them; they were neutered and received all shots at her expense, which led to Max having been treated for heart worms, a significant expense. They remain totally outdoor dogs, and wait for any of us to greet when we drive up. Laura delights in hiding my newspaper almost every morning. They greatly enjoy each other and everyone they know. The vet says they’re close to a year old.
However, they need a home, individually, or, even better, together.
Remembering your two little ones, and Maggie, I thought I’d mention this to you to keep in mind.”
I was going to plea for homes for all four of them. But then I got lucky – real lucky. The gal I told you about who was going to take the horses, came for them, and she took my strays home with her to find them homes. We sent a huge bag of dog food home with her to tide them over until their new owners appear.
I can hardly believe it! All those horses are gone! And the two strays. I sort of miss the strays, especially the crippled one. But I don’t miss those horses a bit. We left the gate open last night to celebrate.

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Posted by : admin | On : December 12, 2008

By Michael V. Hannigan

Malakoff High School head basketball coach DeArtis Nickerson Jr. notched his 400th career victory last Thursday when his Tigers dropped Sunnyvale 66-39 to start the Blooming Grove Tournament.

Now the man everyone calls “Coach Nick” is on his way to the next milestone since the Tigers went on to win the tournament and move their record to 6-0 on the year.

“I guess what you want to hear from me is that I’ll ‘Strive for Five (hundred),'” he told an assembly of students, faculty, administrators, friends and his parents Friday morning in the High School gym. {{more}}

Nickerson, originally from Mineral Wells, came to Malakoff in 1984, and took over as head coach in 1986.
“It has been a great 22 years as head boys basketball coach and even more special is that all 400 wins were right here in Malakoff,” he said.

Turning to the assembled Tigers basketball team, he said, “Thank you guys for giving me my 400th victory.”
In typical Coach Nick fashion, Nickerson made sure to announce everyone involved including his assistant coach for the last two years, Gerald Hurd.

“There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe him. He’s just super,” Nickerson said.

The Tigers who helped Nickerson win his 400th were: seniors Bubba He-ath, Stevie Schulte, Justin Thomas, Kevin Oppelt; juniors Vanoid Dawson (captain), Bernard Hall (captain), Cornelius Rich-ardson, Cory Phelps, sophomores Marquise Dowell, Truman Dowell, and Terry Shamlin.

Superintendent John Spies told the assembly that Malakoff was “blessed to have Coach Nick. He has emulated what a coach should be.”

Friday’s celebration included the seniors presenting Nickerson with a signed ball, the coach ceremonially cutting down the net, and a butter rum cake donated by The Cherry Laurel in Athens.

There will be a community celebration for Nickerson prior to the boys home basketball game on Friday, Jan. 2, school officials said.