May

08

Posted by : admin | On : May 8, 2009


Services for Willie Black, 81, of Malakoff, were held 3 p.m. Monday, May 4, 2009, at Tomlinson Funeral Home Malakoff with Don Miller officiating. Burial followed in Malakoff Cemetery.
Mrs. Black died Thursday, April 30, 2009, in Tyler. She was born Dec. 11, 1927, in Ryane, La., to the late Robert Junot and the late Lucille Lavergne. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include husband, Charles Black; sons, Raymond Black of Port Neches, Texas, Charles and wife Donna Black of Savannah, Texas; sisters, Pearl Credeur of Thibodeaux, La., Belle Boudreaux of Scott, La.; granddaughters, Shannon and husband Jason Smith of Arlington, Melissa Rae Black of Austin; grandson, Bradley Black of Savannah, Texas; great-granddaughter, Ana Beth Smith of Arlington.
Pallbearers were Hal Johnson, Bill Green, Jason Smith, Pete Truly, Joe Ladd Faulk, and Brad Black.

May

08

Posted by : admin | On : May 8, 2009

I was listening to Senator DeMint (R-SC) speak against a bill that creates a public service corps which I think will be something on the order of The Peace Corps but pointed more toward domestic issues.
Senator DeMint said that this country was built on the idea of neighbors helping neighbors with help from religious institutions. He said that we didn’t need another government bureaucracy.
I understood what he was talking about. I grew up in small towns in the west. In 1946 Spokane, Washington, a neighborhood dad would organize work-up softball games in a vacant lot. Another man organized weekend outings all on his own. He would get some high school boys to help and take the kids off into the omnipresent trees around Spokane.
All of these places had helpful neighbors.
In 1946 you bought jam at Knott’s Berry Farm where they grew the berries.
In 1946 we got into Sacramento about eleven in the morning after driving through the Donner Pass at night in a snow storm. An Italian Restaurant let us in, even though it was closed, and served us a great spaghetti dinner.
The Phoenix metropolitan area had 105,000 people in 1950, in 2007 it had 4,200,000 people. In 1950 Tempe had a population of 7,700; in 2007 its population was 175,000. When I played football at Tempe High in 1950, I was known

May

08

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Two snowy-haired old ladies jouncing along in an antiquated automobile through York, Penn., made an illegal turn. The traffic cop had to blow his whistle vigorously and repeatedly before they came to a stop. “Didn’t you hear my whistle, lady?” he asked. Wide eyed and innocent, the little lady looked at him. “Yes, indeed,” she said, “but I never flirt while driving.”

A newly appointed young minister was contacted by the local funeral director to hold a graveside service in a small country cemetery. Because the deceased had no friends or family left, there was to be no funeral, just the committal.
The pastor started to the cemetery early enough, but he soon lost his way, causing him to arrive 30 minutes late. There was no hearse or funeral director in sight just the workmen, who were eating lunch. Moving to the newly dug grave, the minister opened his prayer book and read the service over the vault lid that was in place.
When returning to his car, the preacher overheard one of the workman say, “Maybe we’d better tell him that’s a septic tank.”

There are three ways of getting something done: Do it yourself; hire someone to do it; or forbid your kids from doing it.

An old-timer in the Everglades was warning a new work party about alligators. “They’re fast and tricky,” he said. “But one thing about it, it’s easy to tell when there is one nearby.” – “How do you tell,” asked the worker nervously. – “Nothing to it,” said the old-timer smoothly. “Say you and one of these other boys is standing around talking. And all at once, you notice you’re talking to yourself. Son, you just located your first ‘gator.'”

A successful businessman was talking to his competitor. “I said it before, and I’ll say it again,” he announced. “There may be many ways of making money, but there is only one honest way.” – “Oh, and what is that?” the competitor asked. – “Just as I suspected,” crowed the businessman. “You don’t know.”

“My good man,” said the visitor to the prisoner in the penitentiary, “how did you happen to come to this sad place?” – “Well, sir,” replied the convict, “you see in me the unhappy victim of number 13.” – “Indeed!” said the visitor. “How was that?” – “Twelve jurors and one judge, sir.”

The preacher came to see me the other day. He said, “Mary, at your age, you should be thinking about the hereafter!” – I told him, “Preacher, I do that all the time. No matter where I am, in the parlor, in the kitchen or in the yard, I ask myself, ‘Now, what am I here after?”

A fellow was sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, saying to himself every so often, “Lord, I hope I’m sick!” After about the fifth or sixth utterance, the receptionist couldn’t stand it any longer and asked, “Why in the world would you want to be sick?” The man replied, “Well, I’d hate to be well and feel like this.”

Dear Pastor: “I hope to go to Heaven someday, but make it later than sooner.” – Ellen, age 9.

May

08

Posted by : admin | On : May 8, 2009

Finally, an eventful week. As I write this, I am returning from Little Rock, where my first born grandson, Beau Humble, performed his senior operatic recital at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Being his grandmother, I’m pretty sure I would think he was super great even if he wasn’t. But Beau is more than great. He is going places. You can get a sample if you go to YouTube and type Beau Humble in the search slot. Pretty amazing stuff.
As to other exciting events, remember that golf cart ride I wrote about last week? Well, I liked it so much I started seriously looking for one for myself. I found exactly what I needed on Craig’s List, in Irving. A 1999 utility vehicle used on a dear lease. It is all camouflaged and has a little dumper thing on back, so I can haul my plants and compost and other goodies around the place. Of course, we had to go get it, and we had just a little difficulty with that.
That brings up another exciting event

May

08

Posted by : admin | On : May 8, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

A huge crowd showed up Monday night for the Malakoff High School athletic banquet sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club.

This year the event featured a guest speaker, former NFL All-Pro linebacker George Cumby.

Currently a coach at Tyler Junior College, Cumby was an All-American at the University of Oklahoma and was then taken in the first round by the Green Bay Packers in the 1980 NFL Draft. In 1982 Cumby was a Second-team All-Pro selection. He played for the Buffalo Bills in 1986 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987. {{more}}

Monday night, Cumby had three main messages for Malakoff athletes:

– Set goals;

– Take responsibility for your own actions;

– Never quit.

“A setback isn’t anything but preparing you for a comeback,” he said.

The banquet also saw the presentation of the top three awards annually given out at the event.

Senior Allana Dillworth received the Carolyn Vieregge Award, given each year to the female athlete “whose attitude surpasses excellence.”

On the boys’ side, seniors Ethan Monsivais and Gaston Wilder shared the Charles Tuner Award, which is
given each year to the athlete who is an “outstanding sportsman and student.”

Donna Spies received the Ed “Cotton” Monroe Award, given by the Malakoff Booster Club each year to an outstanding fan.
Superlative awards were also handed out in several areas, including:

– Girls Cross-Country: MVP, Erin Samples

– Boys Cross-Country: MVP, Kevin Oppelt (Oppelt called up Ethan Monsivais to share the award with him); Most Improved, Ethan Owens

– Volleyball: Outstanding Defender, Kortney Simmons; Outstanding Setter, Gentry Garrison; Outstanding Spiker, Kandra Hale; MVP, the rest of the team including Rebecca Brownlow, Morgan Coker, Kaitlyn Dosser, Tiffany Trimble, Rayvonna Garner, and Erin Samples

– Boys Powerlifting: MVP, Jackson Blacketer

– Softball: Most Improved, Taylor Talbert and Kourtney Monroe; MVP, Alex Monroe

– Baseball: MVP, Nick Simione

– Boys Tennis: MVP, Darius Neal and Dylon Neal

– Girls Tennis: MVP, Meagan Elmore and Rayvonna Garner

– Boys Golf: MVP, Hunter Stout

– Girls Golf: MVP, Kaitlyn Dosser

– Girls Basketball: Most Improved, Rayvonna Garner; Defensive Award, Tiffany Trimble; Rebounding Award, Courtney Dawson

– Boys Basketball: Most Improved, Marquise Dowell; Offensive Award, Justin Thomas; Defensive Award, Bernard Hall; MVP, Vanoid Dawson

– Boys Track: MVP, Terry Shamlin

– Girls Track: Most Improved, Rayvonna Garner; MVP, Tiffany Trimble

The tropical themed event was sponsored by the Malakoff Booster Club. This year’s booster officers included: President Tim Samples; Vice President Cindy Garrison; Vice President Jana Hale; and Treasurer Julie Armstrong.
The barbecue meal was provided by Coach Bowie.

May

08

Posted by : admin | On : May 8, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

In response to concerns about Swine Flu, Malakoff ISD Superintendent Dr. John Spies released a letter to the community last week detailing the district’s actions regarding the outbreak.

The letter reads:
To the Parents, Staff, and Patrons of Malakoff ISD,
The Malakoff administration is very concerned about the swine flu outbreak. Currently there are no suspected cases in the Malakoff ISD. The following are the steps we are taking to insure the safety of our staff and students:
– All competitions have been suspended.
– All field trips to venues with large crowds have been suspended.
– Students will be required to wash/sanitize their hands on a regular basis while at school.
– Any child sent home with flu like symptoms will be required to have a doctor sign a form stating they are allowed to return to school.
– Our maintenance staff will sanitize school common areas and buses frequently throughout the day.
– Classrooms will be detailed sanitized on a weekly basis.
Please help us out by keeping your child home if s/he has a fever. You should seek medical advice immediately. Stress to your children proper hygiene procedures. You may find out more and receive updates by accessing the link at the top of our home web page at www.malakoffisd.org.

Officially called H1N1, as of Monday the virus had spread to at least 30 states and resulted in two deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC has reported that the virus is a new strain and not really Swine Flu. {{more}}

Tuesday, Dr. William J. Fortner, M.D., of the Kaufman County Health Authority announced a probably case of the flu in a 4-year-old in Kaufman ISD. That school district was closed until May 11.

According to the CDC’s website, the best ways to avoid catching the virus include: “First and most important: wash your hands. Try to stay in good general health. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Try not to touch surfaces that may be contaminated with the flu virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.”

Officials of AARP Texas are calling for seniors to follow the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

“While there are many unanswered questions about this strain of influenza, we do know that the practice of healthy habits at work, at home and elsewhere is key to preventing its spread,” said Bob Jackson, AARP Texas state director.

AARP urges anyone with flu-like symptoms – including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea – to contact their health professional to find out if they should be tested or treated for seasonal influenza or swine flu.

You can help prevent the spread of swine flu and other illnesses by:
– Washing your hands regularly with soap and water
– Covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
– Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
– Avoiding contact with sick people; and,
– Staying home from school or work if you feel sick.

“While we encourage all older Americans to get an annual vaccine for seasonal flu, the swine flu strain is not prevented by the seasonal flu vaccine,” Jackson noted.



For more on the virus, visit the Center For Disease Control’s website at: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/swineflu_you.htm

May

08

Posted by : admin | On : May 8, 2009

From Staff Reports

A Trinidad man was indicted by a Henderson County Grand Jury Tuesday in connection to a February shooting death in that town.

Pete Armando Ayala, 21, was indicted for Murder by the January Term 2009 Grand Jury, according to District Attorney Scott McKee.

According to police reports, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a gunshot victim in the Trinidad area about 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 18. Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Michael Teel and Ceresa Ballard arrived at the scene to assist the Trinidad Police Department and found Johnny Lee Brown of Trinidad shot to death in the master bedroom of a residence at 1201 Leagueline Road. {{more}}

Two days later, Ayala was arrested by Garland police officers at a McDonald’s restaurant and transferred to Henderson County Jail.

In addition, the Grand Jury handed up an Intoxicated
Manslaughter charge against a Kemp man in connection with a January 2009 fatal accident in Gun Barrel City.

According to police reports, Dylan Charles Whitten 20, of Kemp, was the driver of a 2004 Dodge Neon that was involved in a car crash that killed passenger, Eric Branch of Gun Barrel City on Jan. 15 in the 500 block of Legendary Lane.

Branch was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident. Whitten was transported to ETMC Tyler with serious injuries.

May

08

Posted by : admin | On : May 8, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Eight months ago, Gun Barrel City businessman Curtis Cook pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child in Judge Dan Moore’s 173rd District Court. The crime is a first degree felony which carries a penalty of between five and 99 years in prison, but Cook came away with 10 years of probation.

Monday, Moore ruled that Cook violated that probation.
During a hearing that started last Friday, Moore ruled that Cook violated his probation on four counts:
– He failed to register as a sex offender when he moved from Kaufman County to Gun Barrel City in January 2009.
– During a time in December 2008, he lived in Burleson, Texas, within 1,000 feet of a park were children were likely to play.
– He failed to obtain prior consent from the Henderson County Probation Department before moving.
– He failed to complete the 10 hours per month of Community Service required by his probation.

The hearing was recessed Monday afternoon during the penalty phase and will be resumed at a later, currently undetermined date. Cook could remain on deferred adjudication probation or could get five to 99 years in prison. {{more}}

Originally, Cook was not only indicted here but also three times in Kaufman County on the same charge. He was arrested in Gun Barrel City in November 2007 and then again in February 2008.

Cook pleaded guilty on Sept. 29, 2008, as part of a plea agreement worked out with the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office. Details of the assault were never released, but officials said the child in question was younger than the 14 listed in the statute.

The deal also covered the three indictments in Kaufman County.

The Malakoff News highlighted the Cook case in an October 2008 story exploring why some confessed pedophiles receive probation. In interviews for the story, Moore and then-District Attorney Donna Bennett spoke about how the judicial system sometimes listens to the desires of the victim’s family when deciding how to proceed in a child sexual assault case. That was the situation in the Cook case, Moore said; the victim’s family did not want to put their daughter through any more trauma.

The other thing officials said was that revoking probation is easier than getting a conviction; revoking probation does not require a trial, only a hearing before a judge. That is how Cook found himself once again in front of Judge Moore, with current District Attorney Scott McKee the prosecutor.

According to testimony Friday, Cook, the former owner of Cedar Creek Vision in Gun Barrel City, moved to Burleson in December 2008 to try and get a new start on his business. The place he moved to, however, was close by a park; something Cook said he did not know.

Defense attorney Scott Williams said Cook moved back to his prior home in Kemp as soon as he was notified about the park.

According to Henderson County Probation Officer Donna Ward, however, Cook did not follow proper notification procedures on either of the moves.

Cook ran into the same sort of trouble in January. According to his probation, he was not allowed to stay in the house with a minor child. But in January, his step-daughter and her 7-year-old son came to stay at the house in Kemp. Williams said Cook kept a room at a Gun Barrel City motel and stayed in Kemp during the day, but went to the motel at night to comply with his probation.

“There was never a time when (authorities) didn’t know where he was,” said Williams.

Once again, however, Ward testified Cook did not follow proper procedures for notifications and registration.
Cook also failed to log any community service hours in December.

May

08

Posted by : admin | On : May 8, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Voters in Malakoff, Trinidad and Log Cabin will head to the polls Saturday to elect city and school officials.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The City of Malakoff will see a three-man race to fill the empty mayor’s seat. Ricky Layne Baker, Jr., Dennis Haws and John Shumate will all vie for the seat. Former Mayor Pat Isaacson stepped down from the position late last year and Mayor Pro-tem Tim Trimble has been handling the mayor’s duties since then. {{more}}

The makeup of the Malakoff City Council members won’t change. The two incumbents up for reelection – Trimble and Jeanette King – were the only ones to file.

At Malakoff ISD, three candidates will vie for two open seats: Incumbents Rick Vieregge and Gary Woolverton, and challenger Pat Smith.

There will be plenty of choices on the ballot at Trinidad City Hall. Two men will square off in the mayor’s race: Larry Estes and Jason N. Tatom. That seat has been open since former mayor Chris Quinn moved out of the city.
Fighting for two council seats in Trinidad will be incumbents Gary Brett Nolan and Mary E. Johnston, and challengers Linda Brock, Susan Latham, and John Lewis.

Log Cabin will also have a full slate of candidates for its council. Lined up to run for two council seats are Tom Garrett, Charles Hayes, Larry Nolan and Steve Sutton. Incumbent Billy Goodwin was the only one to file for the mayor’s position.

Municipalities not having elections include:
– Caney City: Incumbent Ron Welch and Jack Boykin filed for the City Council, while incumbent Mayor Joe Barron also filed.

– Star Harbor: Three council seats were up for grabs in the city, and three men signed up: Oliver Murray, O.R. Perdue and Bob Scible.

– Trinidad ISD: Signing up for the two regular, three-year, seats were Jay Tart and Eric Airheart. Ricky Stanfield has filed to fill a two-year seat. No one filed for a one-year seat that is open.

– Cross Roads ISD: CRISD now holds its elections in November in even-numbered years.

While voters will head to the polls to decide local matters on Saturday, there will be no statewide propositions on the ballot, according to Secretary of State Hope Andrade.
A bogus email circulating the state has fueled rumors that there will be a constitutional amendment on the ballot regarding the homestead tax; Andrade said that is not true.

“Our office has been contacted by many citizens that received or heard of the email,” said Andrade. “We want to make sure people have correct information and are prepared to vote on the issues before them.

Apr

30

Posted by : admin | On : April 30, 2009

Malakoff ISD Superintendent Dr. John Spies released the following letter Thursday afternoon in reference to the current swine flu outbreak.

To the Parents, Staff, and Patrons of Malakoff ISD,

The Malakoff administration is very concerned about the swine flu outbreak. Currently there are no suspected cases in the Malakoff ISD. The following are the steps we are taking to insure the safety of our staff and students:

– All competitions have been suspended.
– All field trips to venues with large crowds have been suspended.
– Students will be required to wash/sanitize their hands on a regular basis while at school.
– Any child sent home with flu like symptoms will be required to have a doctor sign a form stating they are allowed to return to school.
– Our maintenance staff will sanitize school common areas and buses frequently throughout the day.
– Classrooms will be detailed sanitized on a weekly basis.

Please help us out by keeping your child home if s/he has a fever. You should seek medical advice immediately. Stress to your children proper hygiene procedures. You may find out more and receive updates by accessing the link at the top of our home web page at www.malakoffisd.org .


Sincerely,
John Spies, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools