Posted by : admin | On : March 26, 2009

This was taken from correspondence sent to me that listed no author.

I was talking the other day with an “older” gentleman, and we were talking about “old” cars. He asked me if I remembered what a fender skirt was?
Now, I am not as old as he was, so I had to think a little, but came up with the correct answer of the piece of metal that hung down from the fender in front of the tires. And the conversation did not stop there as it started me thinking about other words that have quietly disappeared from our language with hardly a notice like “curb feelers.”
Ah! You remember the little wire probes with a round metal knob on the end.
And “steering knobs,” aka suicide knobs.
Since I’d been thinking of cars, my mind naturally went that direction first. Any kids will probably have to find some elderly person over 50 to explain some of these terms to you.
Remember “Continental kits?” They were rear bumper extenders and spare tire covers that were supposed to make any car as cool as a Lincoln Continental.
When did we quit calling them emergency brakes? At some point “parking brake” became the proper term, but I miss the hint of drama that went with emergency brake.
I’m sad, too, that almost all the old folks are gone who would call the accelerator the “foot feed.”
Didn’t you ever wait at the street for your daddy to come home, so you could ride the “running board” up to the house?
Here’s a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore: “store-bought.” Of course, just about everything is store-bought these days. But once it was bragging material to have a store-bought dress or a store-bought bag of candy.
“Coast-to-coast” is a phrase that once held all sorts of excitement and now means almost nothing. Now we take the term “worldwide” for granted. This floors me.
On a smaller scale, “wall-to-wall” was once a magical term in our homes. In the ’50s, everyone covered his or her hardwood floors with, wow, wall-to-wall carpeting! Today, everyone replaces wall-to-wall carpeting with hardwood floors. Go figure.
When’s the last time you heard the quaint phrase “in a family way?” It’s hard to imagine that the word pregnant was once considered a little too graphic, a little too clinical, for use in polite company. So we had all that talk about stork visits and being in a family way or simply expecting.
Apparently “brassiere” is a word no longer in usage. I said it the other day, and my daughter cracked up. I guess it’s just bra now. “Unmentionables” probably wouldn’t be understood at all.
I always loved going to the “picture show,” but I considered “movie” an affectation.
Here’s a word I miss – “percolator.” That was just a fun word to say. And what was it replaced with? “Coffeemaker.” How dull. Mr. Coffee, I blame you for this.
I miss those made-up marketing words that were meant to sound so modern and now sound so retro. Words like “DynaFlow” and “Electrolux.” Introducing the 1963 Admiral TV, now with “SpectraVision!”
Food for thought: Was there a telethon that wiped out “lumbago?” Nobody complains of that anymore. Maybe that’s what castor oil cured, because I never hear mothers threatening kids with castor oil anymore.
Some words aren’t gone, but are definitely on the endangered list. The one that grieves me most is “supper.” Now everybody says dinner. Save a great word. Invite someone to supper and discuss fender skirts.



Posted by : admin | On : March 26, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Malakoff High School is going strong – literally.
Jackson Blacketer will be competing in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association State Championships this weekend at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene.

The junior is the third MHS student to make it to the state level this year, joining Zack Minter (band) and Kevin Oppelt (cross country).

Blacketer earned his trip to state by coming in first in the Region III, Division III regional powerlifting meet at Frankston High School March 7. The junior finished with a total of 1,400 pounds by lifting 545 in the squat, 295 in the bench press, and 560 in the dead lift. {{more}}

Blacketer competes in the 220 weight class and will face some pretty strong competition.

“It’s nerve-racking. You see some of the stats some of the other people are putting up and you just look at it and think, ‘Wow, I’m up there,'” he said.

As a sophomore, Blacketer was scheduled to compete in the regional competition, but had to withdraw because of injury. This year he wasn’t going to let that happen.

“When you are talking about all those kids, everybody is working hard. But there are just some who push a little extra and want to get there and want to win the region and want to get to state.,” said powerlifting coach Kevin Renner. “Very few want to dedicate themselves to doing that and Jack has.”

Renner said Blacketer’s strength is in the squat and deadlift.

“When he did that one squat at regionals, it was perfect,” Renner said. “It was the best squat I’ve ever seen. It was just a great day.”

Blacketer has the chance to make some noise on Saturday.
“There are a lot of strong kids out there. It is going to be tough, but he should finish in the top five,” Renner said. “But anything can happen. Those kids could bomb out and Jack could have a great day. His chances of finishing in the top are pretty good.”

That sort of finish would be fine with Blacketer. He said his goal is “a Top 5 finish and representing the school properly as it should be represented.”



Posted by : admin | On : March 26, 2009

By Pearl Cantrell

TRINIDAD – Judy Standard is 78 years young. Her arthritis pains her on cold, damp mornings, but somehow she keeps her sunny disposition.

“When I get down I pray to the Lord, ‘give me back my joy,'” Standard said.

She came to live in Texas about 12 years ago from California, where she was employed as a factory worker in a plant that manufactured medical parts.

“It was hard work, but good work,” she said. “I’d still be working if I could.” {{more}}

Judy has lived in Trinidad the past 10 years.
She asks this reporter to carry out a tray of mugs, napkins, creamer filled with milk and slices of a chocolate cake she’s made especially for the five men, ranging in age from 62 to 71, as they trudge in the mud to build her something she’ll find useful.

“I knew I’d be crippled up with arthritis sooner or later,” she said.

“So how did you get five strapping senior men to build you a ramp?” I ask.

“Well, Lou (Menendez, one of the crew) is my very good friend. He and his wife (Carole) visit me every so often.”
The Menendezes met her two years ago, when they attended the now-disbanded Pathway Community Church.

Now attending the First Baptist Church in Gun Barrel City, Lou Menendez helped build the stage for the church’s annual Singing Christmas Tree performance back in December.

One of the other builders asked him if he would like to get involved with Labor of Love and help build wheelchair ramps.
Lou thought he wasn’t really qualified, since his career had been in computer programming, but agreed to help man a crew.

“I asked them if we could build a ramp for my good friend Judy,” Lou said.

So that’s how a ramp is going in on the porch of Judy’s house in Spillway Acres.

Not only that but they also built a mini ramp to ease the one-inch step down between her door and porch
Judy relates how Carole helped her get the paperwork filled out, and continues to help her with other forms to make sure she gets assistance the government and other charities may offer.

“There’s a lot of help for older folks, but the paperwork seems daunting,” Lou said. He recalled helping his own father with insurance filings and medical payments.

The Menendezes also volunteer as drivers for the Meals on Wheels program.

This is Lou’s second wheelchair ramp project with Labor of Love, the first going in a Log Cabin residence.
“I’m sorry for yakking away with one of your workers for so long,” I apologize.

“We all do what we do best,” Gary Miller quickly responds.
Miller has been volunteering with Labor of Love for a year and a half, and this is his eighth wheelchair ramp project since January.

Obviously, he doesn’t do a lot of “yakking.”
Terry Zieger, the youngest of the crew, takes a moment during a coffee break to tell me why he volunteers.
“You know how they put the dates on the tombstones – born this date, died on that date? Well, in between is a dash that you fill in with what you did during your life. I’m filling in my dash,” Zieger said.

It’s a theme his Aley Methodist Church minister has been focusing on for the last month, he said.
“Yeah, there’s a couple of Methodists mixed in with the Baptists,” Miller jokes.

Labor of Love is a faith-based, nonprofit volunteer organization in Henderson County. There are 73 volunteers, 13 of those project managers (i.e., people who actually know how to repair and build stuff).

Labor of Love started in Athens in 1986 with the members of the First Christian Church.

Some of its members were heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity, and wanted to focus efforts on houses needing repairs, so their occupants could remain living there safely.

The following year, members from the Athens First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church got involved.

In the past five years, volunteers from across the Cedar Creek Lake area have joined, mushrooming the number of projects the group could complete in a year.

In 2002, Labor of Love completed 25 projects, spending $20,000. Last year, 231 repair projects were done for $161,000. The group expects to do that much and more this year.

The types of repairs the organization is willing to take on include:
o installing grab bars in bathrooms,
o repairing roofs,
o building ramps,
o repairing floors,
o replacing windows and doors, and
o installing stairs and handrails.

Those qualified to receive aid must own their own home in the county, be economically challenged or have other special circumstances, such as having a disability, being elderly, or a single mother.

Candidates must submit an application through the Help Center in Athens.

Financial support comes from the Henderson County United Way, and through several foundations, including the Cain Foundation, Murchison Foundation, the Meadows, Owens and Herd foundations, various churches, businesses and individuals.

Labor of Love has only one paid employee, a part-time office manager, who pre-qualifies applicants, sends forms, receives calls and helps the on-site screening team.

Houses always need to be repainted. A special project is set up through Labor of Love just for that, using youth labor from the Boy Scouts, church groups and 4-H clubs.
Labor of Love works because of the donations of time and resources from individuals and organizations who want to make a difference.

If you want to help those in need, contact Labor of Love at 903-675-5683. To refer someone to Labor of Love for a needed home repair project, have them call the Help Center at 903-675-4357.

About three hours after they started, the five-man crew is done building their project for Lou’s friend Judy.

She’s pleasantly surprised when each gentleman says his good bye with a gentle, heartfelt hug.

“I just wasn’t expecting that,” Judy said. “I didn’t realize how much I needed those hugs.”



Posted by : admin | On : March 26, 2009

From Staff Reports

Investigations into illegal gambling operations in Henderson County continues, with another arrest made last week.

The District Attorney’s Office, along with Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, is continuing follow-up investigations of illegal gambling establishments following a late February raid on seven “game rooms” in the county.

DA’s Investigator Jody Miller and Assistant District Attorney Bridget Bateman traveled to the “Richards” game room on Highway 31 west in Malakoff Wednesday to conduct some follow-up investigation. {{more}}

The “Richards” game room has been subject to an ongoing investigation involving illegal gambling, organized criminal activity and money laundering, DA Scott McKee noted in a prepared press release.

Miller and Bateman made contact with Valeria Massengale, who was previously arrested for engaging in organized criminal activity and money laundering.

While speaking with Massengale, Miller spotted Brandi Burchfield, considered “a person of interest” in the ongoing investigation, inside the game room.

Miller was aware Burchfield was wanted on outstanding warrants unrelated to the gambling investigation, and placed Burchfield under arrest.

During the arrest, Burchfield was found to have a quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana in her possession, McKee reported.

Burchfield was transported to the Henderson County Jail and held under the outstanding warrants (traffic-related) and a charge of possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one. She was released later Wednesday after posting $3,700 in bonds.

McKee said game room investigations remain ongoing, and more arrests are anticipated.

“We want them out of our county,” McKee said. “Many of the owners and operators of these establishments look at these arrests as a cost of doing business. With the thousands of dollars of untaxed money they make every day, a misdemeanor (gambling) arrest is something they are willing to deal with.

“However, the owners and operators of these establishments are not doing it alone. Many times, they are part of a larger, organized ring of individuals conspiring to conduct illegal gambling and money laundering,” he added. “That makes what they are doing a felony. If they want to continue to run these operations in this county, we just raised the stakes.”



Posted by : admin | On : March 26, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Authorities were still searching the Richland Chambers Reservoir in Navarro County for an area grandfather and his grandson Wednesday as The Malakoff News went to press.
Missing since Monday are Jerry King, 72, of Athens and Jerrod Rachel, 17, of Cross Roads. Rachel is a senior at Cross Roads High School.

According to Navarro County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Cox, the pair was fishing at the lake, located south of Kerens. They last made contact with family members at about 3 p.m. Monday to say they were coming home. Police were alerted when the two men didn’t arrive by 6 p.m. {{more}}

Authorities found King’s pontoon boat floating on the lake soon after the search began, but found no sign of King or Rachel. Police said the key was turned off and the throttle was in neutral.

The lifejackets found on the boat were still wrapped in plastic.

Searchers told The Dallas Morning News that one person might have fallen overboard and the other gone in after him.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Captain Gary Dugan said the water temperature was between 55 and 60 degrees on Monday, cold enough to make a swimmer’s muscles contract on contact with the water.

King is the owner of King Sand and Gravel.
Cross Roads ISD is on spring break this week.



Posted by : admin | On : March 26, 2009

From Staff Reports

Malakoff is mourning the loss of a former Citizen of the Year.

Nannie Drake, 93, died peacefully in her sleep last week in Athens.

The longtime Malakoff resident was married to Marless Drake, and the couple served Malakoff in a number of ways. They owned a wholesale fuel distribution business in the city. {{more}}

Mrs. Drake served as mayor and on the Malakoff City Council and was honored as the Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year in 1980.

Former mayor and current Chamber of Commerce secretary/treasurer Pat Isaacson said Mrs. Drake was a very special person.

“She was a sweet lady and she did a lot of good around here,” she said.

Isaacson said Mrs. Drake was very involved in the area’s annual Christmas toy drive. Isaacson said that is when she got to know Mrs. Drake.

Isaacson, who is the former general manager of KCKL radio, said the Malakoff Lioness Club, of which Mrs. Drake was a member, started the toy drive. The radio station started off as a toy drop off spot for the Lioness Club, and then took over the drive about 25 years ago when the Lioness Club disbanded.

“That’s when I really got to know Nannie,” Isaacson said. “Her heart and soul was here. Her husband was extremely active in all kinds of things in the city and so was Nannie.”

As for her political work, Isaacson said, “Nothing much got passed Nannie. She was one sharp lady.”
Mrs. Drake was also very active at her church, First Baptist Church of Malakoff.

Former pastor of FBC the Rev. Casey Perry said, “I found her to be a loyal woman to her family, her community and her church.”

“She loved the community she came from – Frost. She loved the community she came to – Malakoff,” he said.
Funeral services were held last Saturday at First Baptist Church of Malakoff with former FBC pastor the Rev. Byron Orand officiating.

She is survived by daughter, Donna Drake Farmer and husband, Bob, of Athens; son, Chris Drake and wife Sylvia of Houston; grandchildren, Kelley and Casey Brownlow of Tyler, Laura and Monty Main of Malakoff, Tammy and Benjamin Brownlow of Hallsville, Aimee and Blaine Drake, Alexandra Drake, and Wade Andrew Drake of Houston. With two step-grandchildren, Deb and Bob Washmon of Tyler and Kim and Wade Farmer of Kyle, she also leaves great-grandsons Landon, Noah, George and Harris and one great-granddaughter, Rebecca, as well as numerous step-grand, great-grand, great-great-grandchildren, and four nieces spread throughout Texas.



Posted by : admin | On : March 22, 2009

By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, February March 23, 1956

The Junior Class will present a play,



Posted by : admin | On : March 19, 2009

Gloria Ann Haney, 70, a native of Malakoff, died Sunday, March 1, 2009.
Mrs. Haney was born April 13, 1938, the daughter of the late Olie Rhea Cantrell and the late Irene Myrtle Rozell. She would move to Malakoff with her family, attending schools before moving to Grand Prairie. She would graduate from Grand Prairie High School in 1958.
Mrs. Haney moved to Grand Prairie in 1953 where she met Ray Dean Haney, the man who would become her husband for the next 48 years. Before her health began to deteriorate, she loved to bowl. She would become acquainted with many people from the bowling alley that would become life-long friends.
Mrs. Haney was a woman of faith, and was a former member of the First Assembly of God in Grand Prairie.
Survivors include husband, Ray Haney; sons, Roy and Charles Haney; daughter, Dale Williams and her husband Ed; two grandchildren; brothers, Ed, Don and Nathan Cantrell; sister, Bettie Mathis.
A graveside service was at 2 p.m. At DFW National Cemetery Friday, March 6.



Posted by : admin | On : March 19, 2009

Apparently a rat was the mammal left after the big extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs. I’m referring to the time the asteroid hit earth and formed the Gulf of Mexico. That rat’s brain evolved to a human brain in the 65 million years since the dinosaur’s extinction.
The dinosaurs were around for the incredibly long time of 130 million years. This id probably a little long but what’s a few million years among friends.
I only consider the evolution of the brain because the rest is just baggage. There are those who say that the opposable thumb is responsible for the evolution of the human brain thus implying that the container of the brain in some way affects the structure and operation of the brain. Who knows?
It seems to me that the basic physical requirements of a brain are billions of nodes and trillions of paths between them.
The idea of a path between nodes implies there is something that passes between nodes along those paths. In the human brain there are neurons and axions and electricity.
So far we have a brain as a computer-like structure. Where the human brain differs from a computer is in the operating system. It’s the different operating systems that separate the brain of a cat from the brain of a whale.
The operating system of a computer is discrete. I think that the operating systems of mammals act as if they’re continuous which is why the human can do such amazing things such as talk and think and think it sees. But who knows?
Anyway, I suppose a rat can evolve to a human in 65 million years. Then, if a rat starts even with a proto-dinosaur, the rats could evolve to humanity, bomb itself back to rats



Posted by : admin | On : March 19, 2009

With the sky being sorta gray for awhile, I decided to try a little harder to cheer you up. I didn’t have a lot of news, so you get a second dose of nonsense!

No one believes seniors … everyone thinks they are senile.
An elderly couple was celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired. Holding hands, they walked back to their old school. It was not locked so they entered and found the old desk they’d shared, where Andy had carved, “I love you, Sally.” On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armored car, practically landing at their feet. Sally quickly picked it up and, not knowing what to do with it, took it home. There, she counted the money, $50,000! Andy said, “We’ve got to give it back.” Sally said, “Finders keepers.” She put the money b ack in the bag and hid it in their attic. The next day, two RCMP officers were canvassing the neighborhood looking for the money, knocked on their door. “Pardon me, did either of you find a bag they fell out of an armored car yesterday?” Sally said, “No.” Andy said, “She’s lying. She hid it in the attic.” Sally said, “Don’t believe him, he’s getting senile.” The agents turned to Andy and began to question him. One said: “Tell us the story from the beginning.” Andy said, “Well, then Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday …” the first RCMP officer turned to his partner and said, “We’re outta here.”

We had to have the garage door repaired. The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a “large” enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time a