Posted by : admin | On : January 15, 2009

Services for Dean Hurlburt, 77, of Payne Springs were held 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, with the Rev. Billy Smith officiating. Interment followed in Payne Springs Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Mr. Hurlburt was a carpenter and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had resided in Payne Springs the past seven years and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by one brother and one step-daughter.
Survivors include wife, Mildred Hurlburt of Payne Springs; son, Gary Hurlburt of Payne Springs; step-son, Tony Metcalf of Euless, Texas; daughters, Connie Stovall of Payne Springs and Miya Morman of Mabank; step-daughter, Sharon Hester of Burleson; brothers, Pete Hurlburt, Neal Hurlburt, Billy Hurlburt, JR Hurlburt, Eddie Hurlburt, Jody Hurlburt, James Hurlburt; sisters, Anna Shaw, Della Shaw, Chunkie Eden; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Gary Stovall, Adrian Morman, Kevin Liggitt, Jay Wolverton, Jason Metcalf, Fredie Eden.
Honorary pallbearer was Tony Liggitt.



Posted by : admin | On : January 15, 2009

Harold Lloyd Greenhaw was born Sept. 13, 1933, in Henderson County, Texas, to the late John Edward and Lena Mae Greenhaw. He passed away Jan. 12, 2009, in Henderson County.
Mr. Greenhaw served honorably in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He served for 30 years as a Dallas County Reserve Deputy Sheriff and retired from Mobil Oil Corporation after 42 years of service. He was a member of the Aley Family Worship Church. Mr. Greenhaw loved his family and his farm.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Wanda Joyce Greenhaw.
Survivors include his children, Ed and Shannon Greenhaw, Debbye and Jack Sabastian and Steve and Rhonda Greenhaw, all residents of Kemp; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Donna Holder; numerous other family and friends.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, at Aley Family Worship Church with Bro. James Martin officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home, Seven Points. Interment was in King Cemetery.



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Posted by : admin | On : January 15, 2009

Staff and Wire Reports

The nation pauses next week to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as it has each third Monday of January since 1986.

But next week’s holiday will have special significance as the nation’s first African-American president, Barack Obama, is inaugurated on Tuesday.

Speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., last year the Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Obama talked about King’s leadership style. {{more}}

“He did it with words; words he spoke not just to the children of slaves but to the children of slave owners; words that inspired not just Black but also White; not just Christian, but Jew and Muslim and Buddhist and Atheists.

Not just the southerner, but also the northerner,” said Obama. “He led with words, but he also led with deeds. He led by example.”

King stirred a generation of people to speak up for their rights, solidifying his standing as one of the most notable and influential activists of the modern age.

Apart from his extensive educational background, King took pride in his theological work. He was ordained in February 1948 and became assistant pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and later pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama. From 1960 until his assassination, he was co-pastor with his father at Ebenezer Baptist Church and President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
King was an influential part of the civil rights movement, participating in many rallies and non-violent protests. He was actually arrested more than 30 times in conjunction with his activist work.

His life was cut short when he was shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. He had been in the area to lead sanitation workers in a protest against low wages and poor conditions. His shooter was James Earl Ray, who was arrested in London, England on June 8, 1968 and returned to Memphis, Tennessee to stand trial for the assassination.

His death had considerable impact on the Henderson County area.

Pearlie Jenkins Russell, a longtime resident of Trinidad recalled back in 1968, “I was working at the Corner Caf



Posted by : admin | On : January 15, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

ATHENS – Athens attorney Jeffrey L. Weinstein finds himself in the national news once again.

Weinstein is the attorney for two men – Jim W. Johnson of Kerens and Dustin Turner of Kemp – who are objecting to the proposed $24 million class action lawsuit settlement stemming from the 2007 case in which dogs and cats died or were made ill after eating contaminated pet food.

Weinstein says that variations in state law make a nationwide settlement impractical, and also says the settlement “is not fair, reasonable, or adequate.” {{more}}

The objections – along with two other unrelated objections from California – will hold up payments in the class action settlement until they are resolved.

The issue exploded onto the scene in March 2007 with the biggest pet food recall in U.S. history. Within a month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had received more than 14,000 consumer complaints about pet food.

The FDA found that wheat gluten imported from China and used in the pet food contained melamine and cyanuric acid. Eaten together, the two chemicals can cause kidney failure in small animals.

According to court documents, “The recall expanded and eventually covered approximately 180 brands of pet food and pet treats produced by 12 different manufacturers that were distributed, marketed and sold by dozens of retailers”
Eventually two Chinese companies were indicted in connection with the recall for “intentionally defrauding and misleading” American pet food manufacturers.

What followed, according to court documents, were more than 100 class action lawsuits against American and Canadian pet food manufacturers. Those lawsuits were consolidated, and for the past year the legal system has ground away and come up with a $24 million negotiated settlement.

It is that settlement Weinstein is fighting.

One problem, he said, is that the attorneys put the case together as a nationwide class action lawsuit concerning Breach of Warranty claims.

“Tainted pet food cannot be settled as a nationwide class,” Weinstein said, “because every state has different laws.”
Weinstein said that because of the different laws there should be different settlement values among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

“It wouldn’t be everybody just gets the same thing,” he said.

Weinstein’s second issue is one that he’s raised in other class action lawsuits as well.

“There is very little money truly set aside for the folks who are probably entitled to the most,” he said.

The settlement does not include pain and suffering, but could pay up to 100 percent for other costs such as vet bills. Pet owners could get up to $900 for undocumented claims if they didn’t save receipts showing they bought contaminated pet food.

Weinstein says those numbers are misleading because the total payout is capped.

For instance, there is a $400,000 cap for health screenings. If 400,000 pet owners make a claim for that and are approved, the payout would be $1 apiece.

“Yes it sounds good; you could get up to a certain amount.
But that’s if nobody ever makes a claim,” he said. “But most of us have pets. So you start including a nationwide deal, 300 million Americans and you start talking about how many people have pets, the potential class is huge.”
Until you know the type and number of claims that will be made, no one can say how much of a settlement pet owners will get, Weinstein said.

He sees himself in the role of a watchdog in the case.

“These courts usually don’t have the resources to investigate if these settlements are fair for everyone who is involved,” he said, “so in this particular case we are kind of the eyes and ears for the court to say, ‘You don’t have to rubber stamp this, because it is not a good deal for the consumer and here are the reasons why.'”

Opposing attorneys think differently. In an Associated Press story it was reported that attorneys in the case called Weinstein “a professional objector” to class action settlements who uses the same objections repeatedly.

“It sounds like the pot calling the kettle dark,” Weinstein told The Malakoff News, “because in my opinion the plaintiff’s lawyers sold the class out.”

Plaintiffs’ lawyers are looking for 25 percent of the settlement, plus another 6 percent of the Canadian plaintiffs, accounting for nearly a third of the total settlement.

“I would really like to think that we are making a difference for consumers,” Weinstein said, “because I think class action lawsuits are a good method for resolving a mass case and I hate the fact that we might water down the process by not making sure that people get something of fair value.”

A website regarding this case has been established by the Pet Food Products Liability Claims Administrator at www.petfoodsettle-ment.com



Posted by : admin | On : January 15, 2009

From Staff Reports

A Tyler man suspected of robbing the Malakoff Brookshire’s gas kiosk not once, but twice, was arrested in Tyler Wednesday morning, according to police reports.

Aaron Lamon Muse, 38, surrendered to police without incident at a Tyler car wash. It was previously reported that Muse said he would not go back to prison or be captured alive.

According to a Tyler Police Department press release, officers arrested Muse after receiving information through Crime Stoppers that he was ready to surrender. {{more}}

Muse is the suspect in multiple armed robberies in towns including Malakoff, Athens, Murchison, Lindale, and Mineola. The robberies date back to November.

Muse was on parole for a 1988 armed robbery.

Last week SWAT and U.S. Marshals surrounded a house in Tyler thought to be Muse’s residence, but did not find the suspect.

Muse allegedly held up the Brookshire’s gas kiosk in late November using a silver gun in that robbery, a fact which links all the crimes together. Then late in December, the Brookshire’s gas kiosk in Athens was hit, and two days later the suspect came back and robbed the Malakoff Brookshire’s ag-ain.

On Jan. 2, two stores in Lindale and Mineola, a Family Dollar and Super Food Mart respectively, were robbed.

Malakoff Police Sgt. Floyd Thomas read about those crimes in the Tyler Paper and noticed similarities to the local robberies. Thomas told Athens Police Detective Bill Carlow, who is investigating the Athens robbery, about the similarities. When video from surveillance cameras in Mineola and Lindale were reviewed, it showed what appeared to be the suspect carrying the same gun, driving the same vehicle and wearing the same clothes as the suspect in the Henderson County robberies.

Muse’s name surfaced because a police officer in Mineola saw a truck sitting by the side of the road on Jan. 2 and called in the license plate number as a matter of routine. A short time later, the Super Food Mart robbery occurred.

Using the information obtained from the license plate check, police were able to get Muse’s name and track him to a residence in Tyler, leading to the SWAT and U.S. Marshals action last week.



Posted by : admin | On : January 15, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Men, it is time to tie on the apron once again.
The Malakoff Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “Men Who Cook” event 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7.

Once a year, the chamber invites area men to whip up their best dishes for the public and do battle for trophies.
The theme for this year’s event is “Valentine Love.”

Pat Isaacson, the chamber secretary-treasurer, said the event takes the place of a banquet for the chamber, with the proceeds mainly going toward the Malakoff Cornbread Festival. {{more}}

Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. At the door the price will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Toddlers 3 and under are free.
Trophies will be awarded to first through third place in each of three categories: main dish, salad/appetizer, and dessert. Those interested in competing may call the chamber at 903-489-1518 to register.

The following rules apply for cooks: Sponsors may advertise at their table. Cooks will be provided half of a table to serve and decorate. The theme is “Valentine Love.” Bring prepared dish and a way to keep it cold or warm. Bring electric extension cords (heavy duty) if electricity is needed. Prepare enough food to allow for approximately 75 small (sample size) servings. Please bring serving spoons. Dishes, napkins and silverware will be provided.

Cooks should bring their dish to the Community Center on Saturday and be set up and ready to serve by 5:30 p.m. There will be one ticket at the door for the cook’s significant other as our guest.

As always, Isaacson said there will be a silent auction for “beautifully arranged baskets filled with all kinds of goodies.”

New this year, the chamber is inviting vendors to set up a table for $15. Some restrictions do apply for vendors, so call 903-489-1518 for more information or email malakoffcofc@embarqmail.com.



Posted by : admin | On : January 15, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Malakoff and its City Council will officially be a part of Cedar Creek Lake Day in Austin Feb. 3.

City Council members Monday night approved giving $200 to the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce to help support the annual trip to see lawmakers in Austin, plus added $75 for Councilwoman Eva Wright to take the trip.

The Feb. 3 bus trip will include seeing the area recognized from the floor of the State House, lunch with State Senators Bob Deuell and Robert Nichols, and State Rep. Betty Brown, and a meeting with Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples to discuss grant opportunities. Officials from the Texas Department of Transportation are also expected to be on hand to talk with the group. {{more}}

Shannon Steakley, a CCL chamber director and a Mabank City Councilwoman, told Malakoff council members Monday that the trip offers a great opportunity to meet with state lawmakers one-on-one during the Legislative Session.

Steakley said the trip was not really a chamber event, but rather a government function. The chamber simply takes care of the arrangements. The $75 price per person, however, barely covers the cost of the bus ride, Steakley said. Because of that, the chamber is speaking to each of the 13 cities on Cedar Creek Lake, asking for $200 to help defray the cost.

The Malakoff City Council wasn’t an easy sell, approving the action on a 3-1 vote (Councilwoman Jeannette King absent). Councilwoman E. Ree Malone voted against the measure. With the vote at 2-1, the question came down to Councilwoman Jerrilyn Tarver, who pondered for several seconds before voting yes as long as Wright promised to conduct a presentation for the council after the trip.

Legislative Day is not only for the area’s elected officials. Anyone can participate, chamber officials said.
The $75 fee includes bus transportation, snacks and lunch at the Doubletree Hotel, a short walk from the Capitol building. The only out-of-pocket expense to participants is what they may choose to spend at the Capitol Gift Shop.
The one-day trip will start in downtown Mabank at approximately 6:30 a.m., and the bus will leave Austin to return home at 4 p.m. with an expected arrival time of 8 p.m.

Space on the bus is limited, so call 903-887-3152 to make reservations.

In other action, the Malakoff council approved the library’s request to purchase new software to get the public Internet access up and running.

The $2,450 software purchase will provide a new reservation system and better tracking of whether patrons are looking at inappropriate sites.

Public Internet service at the library has been down for several months following a lightening strike which destroyed system hardware, librarian Will Bryan said.

The hardware has been replaced and the software purchase was the final piece needed to get back up and running, he said.

Taking into account ordering and installing the software, and then working out any kinks in the system, Bryan said he hoped to have the Internet up and running for the community by the first week in February.

Police Report
Police Chief Billy Mitchell released the December 2008 activity report Monday night, showing:
– Service Calls: 91
– Offense Reports: 30
– Arrests: 9
– Agency Assists: 12
– Citizen Assists: 40
– Accidents: 2
– Citations: 43
– Warnings: 14
– Alarms: 15
– Cases filed at DA’s Office: 1
– Cases filed at CA’s Office: 1
– Total Fuel used: 610.1 gallons
– Total Miles: 7,806



Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2009

By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, January 10, 1958

Mr. and Mrs. William Eugene Hellums of Scurry announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Betty Ruth, to Hylas Hulan Cade, Jr. Of Dallas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hylas Hulan Cade of Malakoff. The wedding is planned for Saturday, January 25, at the First Baptist Church in Kaufman.

Miss Hellums attended Henderson County Junior College, Athens, and is a graduate of East Texas State College of Commerce. She was a member of Eta Epsilon and Tooanoowe Social Club at East Texas College.

Mr. Cade is a graduate of Malakoff High School, attended Texas A&M College for two years and received his degree from East Texas State College, Commerce. He was a member of Artema Social Club, Alpha Psi Omega and Club Council Forum at East Texas.

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Posted by : admin | On : January 9, 2009

Wilda Joyce Crocker, 69, Trinidad, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Dec. 23, 2008. Services were held Dec. 27, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Tool.
Crocker was preceded in death by her parents, Wilda Verdine Tucker and Dick Tucker. She was widowed early in life by Jerry Donald Tharp, and later by Jim Crocker.
Crocker leaves behind a legacy of unconditional love and faithful generosity. She was a devout follower of Jesus Christ and spread the gospel by giving to all around her. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Tool.
She was a passionate fisherman, and would give you anything she had, except her last minnow.
Crocker is survived and will be greatly missed by her two children, Jerry Donald Tharp Jr. and Katherine Renee Morman; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
She will forever be remembered by those who knew and loved her as the world’s best mom, a tremendous grandmother, exceptionally loyal friend and the world’s greatest fisherman.