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Posted by : admin | On : October 17, 2008

By Michael V. Hannigan

STAR HARBOR

Oct

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Posted by : admin | On : October 17, 2008

Special to The News

Malakoff Elementary Sch-ool is joining with the Department of State Health Services to promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles during Red Ribbon 2008.

Oct

17

Posted by : admin | On : October 17, 2008

By Michael V. Hannigan

We are in a recession, according to Congressman Jeb Hensarling.

Oct

17

Posted by : admin | On : October 17, 2008

From Staff Reports

The Malakoff City Council Monday night approved changing the city’s water rates.

Council members approved increasing the minimum water bill by $3 for residents inside the city. The actual per 1,000-gallon usage cost will stay the same.

In addition tap fees for water and sewer customers outside the city went up to $800 for a

Oct

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Posted by : admin | On : October 10, 2008

By Emily Lundy
Special to The News
Waking to rain on a Monday morning gives this day a whole new reputation.

Jerry Crocker has not been hospitalized but visited a doctor twice. My sources misled me.

Butch and Maggie Mizzell have made a fast trip to northern Louisiana to be with his extremely ill dad.

Toni Steele, the Methodist pastor’s wife here, will have surgery soon for cancer that has been caught early; hopefully the prognosis will be good.

Remember these on your prayer list who are home and need better health, peace, or both: Lena Goodenough, Evelyn Beavers, Barbara Thompson, Bobby Rounsavall, Cecil and Russell Yates (the parents of 3 THS grads–Sue, Judi and Linda), Chester Bradley, Louise Fugate, etc. and Francis Humphrey.

On the prayer list are these in homes for assisted living or nursing care: Nell Moore, Gertrude Stanfield, Geraldine Stanfield, Wretha Stanfield Barfoot, Denise Loven, Roselee Oven, Eloise Fisk, Fran Edgar, Helen Airheart, Lorene Jackson, Joe Wilbanks, Merle Estes, Johnnie Holiman, Ann Hurlburt, Roberta Staples, Annie Drake with broken hip, Raymond Tubbs.

The volleyball girls played at Wortham Friday evening and lost.

Gertrude Stanfield had her 94th birthday Saturday in Granbury. Many of her family were there to help her celebrate.

The Trinity Baptist Church on Highway 274 will be open each night 6 to 8 p.m. for private prayer time until the Presidential election. This church’s congregation thought people might want to pray at an altar for our country, its leaders, the direction we are going, or for any topic where guidance is needed.

Oct

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Posted by : admin | On : October 10, 2008

I was watching a program about science and the narrator was talking about Aristotle. He said that Aristotle thought there were four elements and that everything was made from these elements: earth, air, fire and water.
“But now”, the narrator said, “we know all the elements.”
And he pointed to a periodic table.
I’ll bet that was what Aristotle said.
“Hey guys, now we know what all the elements are,” pointing to the four-element periodic table of his day.
There is a general feeling that we are almost at the top of the hill. It is thought that we know all of the elements; that we are on the verge of knowing the “theory of everything.”
But this is what people have always thought, that they are living at the penultimate moment before complete understanding.
Our size limit’s the range of size we can observe. As smaller and smaller and larger and larger observations could be made, the understanding of the universe increased but I don’t see any reason to suppose that we are at the end of the road anymore than we were when the telescope and microscope were invented.
And is humanity as good as it’s going to get? Surely we can do better.
Excusing what is done today by what was done yesterday.
I was listening a Judiciary Subcommittee discuss whether President Bush was impeachable.
There was a line of argument that went like this:
President Roosevelt instigated World War II and treated Japanese-Americans improperly and he wasn’t impeached so why should President Bush be impeached for instigating the war with Iraq and treating the inmates at Gitmo improperly.
President McKinley lied about the sinking of the battleship Maine.
President Johnson lied about the Gulf of Tonkin.
President Nixon lied about Watergate.
President Clinton lied about having sex with an intern.
So why should President Bush be impeached for lying about WMDs and Al Qaeda being in Iraq.
Since the aforementioned presidents weren’t impeached, why would we want to impeach President Bush for similar acts?
The logic here is flawed, very flawed.
The fact that McKinley lied about the Battleship Maine doesn’t make it OK for Johnson to lie about the Gulf of Tonkin. Each president is responsible for his own actions and should be judged independently. Otherwise, lying would become accepted on the basis that other presidents had lied.
It would follow that any presidential act would be considered impeachable only if it was worse than any previous presidential act. And if Presidents can lie, why not Senators or anybody else?
“Johnny did it so why can’t I do it?” is a pretty childish rationale and it surprises me that legislators use it.
And it surprises me that other legislators don’t point to this flawed logic.
Thus Spake the Old Fogy thinking of a creative lie he can tell.

Oct

10

Posted by : admin | On : October 10, 2008

To be 6 again.
A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off, he asked her what she’d like to have for her birthday. “I’d like to be six again” she replied, still looking in the mirror. On the morning of her birthday he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was. Five hours later they staggered out of the park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to McDonalds where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake. Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M’s. What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, “Well Dear, what was it like being six again?” Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. “I meant my dress size, you idiot!”
The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong.

WHY I CAN’T SHOP AT WAL-MART ANYMORE
Yesterday I was buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for Toot, the wonder dog, at Wal-Mart and was about to check out. A woman behind me asked if I had a dog. On impulse to this stupid question, I told her that no, I didn’t have a dog, and I was starting the Purina Diet again. Although I probably shouldn’t because I ended up in the hospital last time, but I lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms. I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and the way it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete, so I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story.) Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no; I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter’s behind and a car hit us both. I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack, he was laughing so hard! Wal-Mart won’t let me shop there anymore!

Mail Call—The postman had just delivered Reverend Smith’s mail. As the cleric opened the envelopes and pulled out letters, he was surprised to unfold a sheet of paper that bore just one word, “Fool”. The next Sunday he announced, “I have known many people who have written letters and forgot to sign their names. But this week I received a letter from someone who signed his name, but forgot to write a letter.

Three Timer—Old Andy Kline passed on, and at the end of his church funeral, someone remarked, “As I recall, old Andy attended church only three times during his entire life—when he was hatched, when he was matched and now, when dispatched!

Oct

10

Posted by : admin | On : October 10, 2008


Graveside services for Kenneth Eugene Parks, 89 of Athens were held on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at 3 p.m. at the Walnut Creek Cemetery near Athens. He passed away Tuesday at his residence.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Cooper Funeral Home.
Mr. Parks was born May 20, 1919 in Coshocton, Ohio to his parents, Vearl and Lula Wills Parks. He graduated from Coshocton High School in 1937 and married Adeline Austin on April 9, 1941. He was employed for many years in management of hardware stores. He moved to Henderson County in 1978 and was owner/operator of Carpet Cleaners of America of Athens until retiring in 1996.
Mr. Parks was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Darrell Parks, Larry Parks; half-sister, Iris Syinderman.
Survivors included his wife, Adeline Parks of Coshocton, Ohio/Athens; daughter, Diane Parks- Koehler and husband Alan Koehler of Shady Oaks; daughter-in-law, Rita Parks of Colfax, Iowa; grandchildren, Jayson Murphy of Ohio, Kaleen Murphy of Houston; sisters, June Wolf and Carol Ann Barcus both of Coshocton, Ohio; and other extended family in Coshocton, Ohio.

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10

Posted by : admin | 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.

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10

Posted by : admin | 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.