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Posted by : admin | On : October 24, 2008

From Staff Reports

Malakoff ISD received the news it had been waiting for last week: MMS has had its rating changed.

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) agreed with the district

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Posted by : admin | On : October 24, 2008


By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, October 23, 1959

Recognition of the recent poems of Mrs. Pearl Owen Gentry, contained in her latest book,

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Posted by : admin | On : October 24, 2008

By Emily Lundy
Special to The News
The town is quiet today after a busy, busy weekend. And the weather cooperated; it might have been a shade too warm.

Grady Harkens will be buried in the Trinidad Cemetery after a 3 p.m. service at the First United Methodist Church in Trinidad. He was 90 and one of the nicest men one could ever know. Viewing will be held at the church from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.

We’ll be going to a Dallas wedding for a cousin whose mother is my aunt; the bride-to-be was a cheerleader at TVCC a few years back. I mention this because the wedding is in downtown Dallas at a hotel, and my husband will be my driver. It won’t be fun getting there. Even with map quest, we’ll get lost once or twice. Once country, always

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Posted by : admin | On : October 24, 2008


Services for Grady D. Harkins, 90, of Athens, are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Trinidad United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Steele officiating.
Burial will follow in Trinidad Cemetery under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens.
Mr. Harkins died Oct. 17, 2008, in Athens.
He was born April 9, 1918, in Ardmore, Okla., to the late Harrison Cleveland and Annie May Stevens Harkins. Mr. Harkins moved to Trinidad when he married Edna McMurray. He was employed by Lone Star Gas Co. for 14 years and served on the Trinidad ISD School Board. He moved to Durango, Colo., where he was employed with El Paso Natural Gas Co. 25 years, retiring in 1985 as superintendent. Following retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Harkins moved to Athens and the last few years he enjoyed living at Lakeland House assisted living.
He was preceded in death by his wife and a brother, Marvin Harkins.
Survivors include a son, Charles McMurray and wife Betty of Athens; sister, Selma Stratton of Ardmore, Okla.; grandchildren, Lauren K. McMurray, Cody D. McMurray, Logan A. McMurray, Eric C. Nieser, Elisa M. Nieser, Erik T. Askeland, Taylor N. Askeland, eight nephews and nieces.
The family will receive condolence calls at 2 p.m. until service time Saturday.
If desired, memorials may be made to Trinidad United Methodist Church, 411 McEntire, Trinidad, Texas 75163.

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Posted by : admin | On : October 17, 2008

I was watching a television ad for a retirement home. It showed smiling, happy seniors walking on well kept golf courses, swimming in crystal clear swimming pools, riding bicycles on well kept paths through well kept woods.
The idea seemed to be that the golden years should be spent in self-indulgent luxury and the seniors in the ad had apparently ended the productive part of their lives with enough money saved to afford the “the life of Riley”. I, personally, have never met a senior that could afford this kind of retirement but I’m sure they exist.
I think that young people are more into self-indulgence because they are going to live forever and there is plenty of time later on to be creative and do good works.
I started buying cigarettes when I was 15 and I don’t recall being asked my age. I started smoking regularly when I was 16. Camels and Lucky Strikes were 20 cents a pack, Wings were less and when you bought cigarettes from a machine that took quarters, three pennies were stuck under the cellophane on the bottom of the pack. Filtered cigarettes were only for the effete.
I was told that cigarettes would take years from the end of my life but I knew a lot of smokers who were 32.
During my first 16 years there had been the end of The Great Depression, a world war and the Korean War. I had gone through grammar school, junior high and was well into high school. If I lived to the age of 32 I would live another 16 years and that seemed like a really long time. I concluded that I would live forever and lit up a Camel.
When I was 30 I had a wife, three kids, a doctorate and a steady job. The men in my family generally live into their seventies so I thought I would probably live at least to sixty. That would be as long as from the time I emerged from the womb to my thirtieth birthday. When I looked back on that thirty years I couldn’t see the beginning and looking forward I couldn’t imagine the end of thirty years. I would live forever so I had plenty of time to indulge my whims and lit up a joint.
But now I’m 73 and I’m pretty sure I won’t live to 146. The end is in sight; that moment when death is upon me is not impossibly far away. Ten years ago is but the blink of an eye and I don’t expect to live to eighty-three. The realization that I may not live forever has finally occurred to me.
So I have to ask myself, “What are you going to do with the rest of your life?”
Thus Spake the Old Fogy, thinking that whatever it is, it should aim at making the moment of death OK.

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Posted by : admin | On : October 17, 2008

While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant and resumed their trip. When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table and she didn

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Posted by : admin | On : October 17, 2008


Maxine Mattingly, 73, of Malakoff, passed away on Oct. 9, 2008, at her residence.
A graveside service was on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at Haven of Memories, in Canton, at 3 p.m. under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home, Canton. Interment was held at Haven of Memories Memorial Park, in Canton.
Mrs. Mattingly was born on Nov. 14, 1934, in Blythsville, Ark., to William and Mary Lorraine Benniche Mitchell. She enjoyed going out to eat Mexican food and playing rummy and watching

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Gerald Otto, 62, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2008, at the VA Medical Center in Dallas. He was born March 11, 1946, in Wildorado, Oldham County, Texas to Ernest and Selmar (Blakeney) Otto.
He had worked as a service station operator, sheet rocker, and for Laurel Land Dallas as a caretaker during his lifetime. He was baptized as a young man. Mr. Otto served in the United States Marine Corps, he was a Vietnam War veteran. Mr. Otto loved to kid around, he loved life and he always did it his way. He will be missed.
Mr. Otto is survived by his two sons, Garry Otto and Jimmy Otto; children, Justin Ray Otto, Joshua Ray Dean Otto and Jonathan Otto and Kaylie Otto; sisters, Lillie Almand, Dora Wafer, and Judy Harris; brothers, Junior Otto, Roy Otto, James Otto, Robert Otto and Edward Otto. Many nieces and nephews, and a whole lot of great-great-nieces and

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Posted by : admin | On : October 17, 2008


Services for Lee Vincent Stone, 62, of Mabank died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, in Mabank. He was born Jan. 25, 1946, in Mabank.
Mr. Stone had resided in Mabank for the past 15 years and was of the Baptist faith. He was a truck driver and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include sons, Claude Mulder of Mabank, David Mulder of Mesquite; daughters, Tracey Stone of Tool, Stacey Stone of Mabank, Christy Mulder of Mabank; sisters, Gail Ellis of Athens, Bobbie Wallace of Mabank, Shelia Keeble of Mabank; four grandchildren and one great-grandchildren.

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Posted by : admin | On : October 17, 2008


Wanda R. Varnado, 82, a resident of Eustace since 2005, formerly of Irving, Texas for more than 50 years, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, at East Texas Medical Center in Athens.
Born Aug. 18, 1926, in Cross Cut, Texas to Roy and Ruby Wright Bennett, she was a member of the Episcopal Church of The Redeemer in Irving. Even after retiring from Parkland Memorial Hospital, as a registered nurse for 30 years, Mrs. Varnado continued her love of caring for others. Her grandchildren were the other love of her life.
Preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Elvin Varnado; son, David Varnado; sisters, Waunice Little, Anita Torres and Edith Duncan; and brother, Charles Bennett. Survivors include her son, Steven B. Varnado of Dallas; daughter, Donna and husband Charles