Posted by : admin | On : November 10, 2008

History was made last week when our country elected its first ever African American president.

It was just 54 years ago, well within the memory of many of our area residents, that



Posted by : admin | On : November 7, 2008

By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, November 6, 1964

Dr. Stanley Carter, district superintendent of the Palestine District of the Texas Conference, will preach at the 11:00 a.m. worship service, Sunday, at First Methodist Church.

Dr. Carter, born in Mexico City, the son of a Methodist missionary, spent most of his early childhood in Havana, where he was educated in the Cuban mission schools.

His education continued at Randolph-Macon Academy at Fort Royal, Virginia, Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas, and Boston University.

The honorary Doctor of Divinity degree was conferred upon him in 1951 by Southwestern, his alma mater.

He has served pastorates in East Texas at Troup, Carthage, Kilgore, Marshall, and Longview.

In Houston, he served as pastor of the Collins Memorial Church and later as the first superintendent of the Houston-East District.

Currently, Dr. Carter is serving his sixth year as superintendent of the Palestine District.

The resident pastor, the Reverend Thomas L. Jones, extends a warm welcome to the people of the community to attend this service.

CONTRIBUTE TO LOOKING BACK! – If you have photographs, articles, or family histories that you would like to see in the Looking Back column, please contact Britt Thompson at the following email address: or mail to Britt Thompson, 7033 Blalock Drive, The Colony, Texas 75056. Photographs and text can be in any format.

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Posted by : admin | On : November 7, 2008

By Emily Lundy
Special to The News
In one of the Trojans’ best games of this season, the team sealed up District 14A by defeating the Penelope Wolverines 52-40. Once the Trojans captured the lead midway through the game, they put the power on that exceeded expectations. What fun. One game is left at home to end the district season.

Deer season is among us, amidst some really nice days. Some in my family hunt; others don’t. My late mother said the ones who did needed therapy. One of the granddaughters shot her own deer with a junior rifle from a stand when she was 5 or 6. I think she’s embarrassed now as a teen.

David Newsome, looking a wee bit thinner, was at the game Friday taking it easy.

Toni Steele came home from the hospital over a week ago and is recuperating just as the doctor ordered.

If you watch some of the older people in Trinidad walk around, you notice how gingerly the steps, probably from painful knees, a hip, or the back. I was somewhere for a meeting and watched nearly every woman there walk with a limp. No one wants to fall. My balance is so poor I reach for railings as soon as I see one. My daughter in Kaufman County tells people I have to cut down on the booze. I don’t drink except at celebrtions like a wedding, and I’m thinking of some way to embarrass her in public, but it won’t be easy as she laughs easily.



Posted by : admin | On : November 7, 2008



Posted by : admin | On : November 7, 2008

Top 10 reasons you are too old to trick or treat:
10. You get winded from knocking on doors; 9. You have to have another kid chew the candy for you; 8. You ask for high fiber candy only; 7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance and fall over; 6. People say, “Great Boris Karollf Mask,” and you are not even wearing a mask; 5. When the door opens, you yell, “Trick or ..” and you can’t remember the rest; 4. By the end of the night, you have a bag full of restraining orders; 3. You have to carefully choose a costume that won’t dislodge your hairpiece; 2. You are the only Power Ranger in the neighborhood with a walker; 1. You keep having to go home to use the bathroom.

A father was approached by his son who told him proudly, “I know what the Bible means!” His father smiled and replied, “What do you mean, ‘you know’ what the Bible means?” The small boy replied, “That’s the easy part, Daddy. It stands for Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.”

The census taker was way back in the hills of Arkansas and came up on this farm house with kids of all ages running around. He asked the mother, “Are all of these kids yours?” She said yes, and then the census taker asked her if they all had the same father. The woman replied, “I really can’t say, but I believe the twins have the same Pa!”

A woman decided to have her portrait painted and told the artist, “I want you to paint me wearing diamond earrings, a diamond necklace, emerald bracelets and a ruby pendant.” The artist said, “But you’re not wearing any of those.” – “I know, it’s in case I die before my husband does. I’m sure he’ll remarry immediately and I want his new wife to go crazy looking for the jewelry.”

A woman told her husband, “The car won’t start. I think there is water in the carburetor.” He said, “How do you know? You don’t even know what a carburetor is.” – She said, “I’m pretty sure there is water in the carburetor.” – “Well, I’ll look at it, where is the car,” he said. – She said, “In the swimming pool.”

Two men died in an accident, went to Heaven, and St. Peter told them. “To get around Heaven, you will receive transportation appropriate to your deeds on Earth.” – “John, you cheated on your wife five times,” said St. Peter. “You will drive a battered old Ford. Bill, you never cheated on your wife. You will drive a shiny new Jaguar.” Sometime later, John saw Bill parked in his Jaguar, sitting behind the wheel crying. “What’s wrong,” asked John. – “I just saw my wife go by on a skateboard,” said Bill.

There is a new breakfast food on the market made of yeast and shoe polish. It’s for people who want to rise and shine.

Intoxication is when you feel sophisticated and can’t pronounce it.

Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.



Posted by : admin | On : November 7, 2008

James Earl “Buddy” Braziel, 66, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at his home in Trinidad.
He was born June 4, 1942, in Dallas, son of the late Clarence and Mary Braziel. He was a member of Parkview Baptist Church and was a brick mason by trade.
Survivors include wife, Linda Braziel; sons, Danny Earl and wife Sheila Braziel, Don and wife Renee Williams; daughter, Lori and husband Billy Syfrett; brother, Billy Braziel; sisters, Peggy Stringfellow, Terva Bussbey; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Mary Braziel; brothers, Ed and Wayne Braziel.
Services were held at Parkview Baptist Church in Malakoff at noon Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, with Bro. Buddy Hazell and Bro. Johnny Whitaker officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home of Seven Points.
Interment followed in Mankin Cemetery in Trinidad.



Posted by : admin | On : November 7, 2008

Have you been wishing you had a horse? Have we got a deal for you! My friend Carl has seven of them, who roam my place here in the country. He has finally decided he has a few too many horses, and has agreed to part with some of them. They are beautiful, but they have been a very large pain to me. They occasionally have come up on the porch of the trailer, knocking my flowers and porch chairs everywhere to get to their own feed which we sometimes store there, or to eat the birdseed out of the sack when they can



Posted by : admin | On : November 7, 2008

From Staff Reports

The Malakoff Lady Tigers’ season ended Tuesday night with a bi-district loss to the state-ranked Lone Oak Buffs in four games.

The Buffs were ranked No. 16 in the state coming into the game.

The Lady Tigers finished the season with an overall record of 25-16. {{more}}

“This group of young ladies has come farther as a team than any I have coached in all my years,” said coach Dick Senter. “We learned to play together, with heart and passion for the game. We praise our three seniors for their leadership and dedication during this season. We now, will not rebuild, we will reload.”

Tuesday night the Lady Tigers battled back from a first game loss to even the match at one game each, but dropped the next two. The final scores were 25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17.

“We give Lone Oak their credit,” Senter said. “They were the best team on this night. They are talented and well coached.”

The Lady Tigers were led at the service line by Gentry Garrison, who went 17 of 17 with three aces. Kortney Simmons added 11 of 12 with one ace; Rebecca Brownlow was 19 of 21 with three aces, Maggie Fuller was 8 of 8 with one ace, Morgan Coker was 7 of 7 with one ace, and Rayvonna Garner was 4 of 4.

“We served our best match of the season. We gave our all,” Senter said. “Some players had personal bests of the entire season. I say again, I am proud of the success of this team.”

Leading hitters on the night were Rebecca Brownlow, who was 14 of 18 with nine kills; Kandra Hale, 39 of 51 with 25 kills; and Kaitlyn Dosser, 11 of 13 with nine kills.

Leading setter was Gentry Garrison, who was 90 of 93 with a season high 33 assists.

Blocking leaders were Tiffany Trimble with three; Kandra Hale with two; and Rebecca Brownlow and Kaitlyn Dosser with one each.

Defensive standouts were Kortney Simmons, who was 27 of 31 serve receive passing and a season high 15 digs; Kandra Hale, 24 of 25 serve receive passing and nine digs; Morgan Coker, 16 of 18 serve receive passing and six digs; Erin Samples, 14 of 17 serve receive passing and four digs.



Posted by : admin | On : November 7, 2008

By Michael V. Hannigan

The voters take away and they give back.

Ten months after voters took away revenue from the city of Malakoff with a property tax rollback election, they added a new way to raise money by agreeing to increase the local sales tax.

Voters approved:

– Raising the sales tax rate three-eighths of a penny to fund a Crime Control and Prevention District, 392 to 226.

– Raising the sales tax rate one-eighth of a penny to fund an EDC, 383 to 204. {{more}}

Malakoff Mayor Pat Isaacson said she was excited to see the two sales tax proposals pass.

“I am thrilled,” she said. “It will make all the different in the world. It will just make Malakoff so much better.”
Officials have said approving both propositions could raise an additional $107,000 for the city based on last year’s sales tax figures. That would be about $80,000 for the Crime Prevention District and about $27,000 for the EDC.

As part of the required process for setting up the police district, a proposed two-year budget had to be approved by the City Council.

The budget calls for the following in Year 1 (funds only available from July to the end of the fiscal year):

– $8,000 for one officer

– $7,500 for three radar units

– $1,200 for training

– $1,200 for youth education

– $2,162 in reserve

The budget calls for the following in Year 2 (first full year of funding):

– $60,817 for two officers

– $5,000 for two radar units

– $1,500 for training

– $1,500 for youth education

– $5,000 for six shotguns and locking racks

– $6,433 in reserve

The EDC can use its money to help with job creation, infrastructure improvements, downtown development or a wide variety of other eligible projects.

Isaacson was especially pleased the EDC passed.

“It was extremely important,” she said. “We need that to bring businesses and jobs to our area.”



Posted by : admin | On : November 7, 2008

By Michael V. Hannigan

Despite a massive voter turnout, the most controversial issue on the ballot in Malakoff Tuesday passed by the narrowest of margins.

Voters in Malakoff approved the sale of beer and wine for off premise consumption 331 to 316.

Malakoff saw lines at the poll all day, and 705 voters, nearly 55 percent of the registered voters in the city, cast ballots. {{more}}

A second liquor-related proposition passed by a much larger margin. Voters approved the sale of mixed beverages in a restaurant, 383 to 248.

Randy Norwood, who is treasurer for Malakoff Citizens for Economic Growth, the group which pushed for the alcohol sales election, said, “I’m glad all four (Malakoff) propositions passed, giving the Malakoff City Council the tools to help the citizens.”

Norwood, who is the owner Randy’s Exxon in Malakoff, said the sale of alcohol was a way for the city to raise revenue without raising property taxes.

The alcohol propositions attracted strong opposition.
“Obviously we are very disappointed it turned out this way,” said Nathan Lorick, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Malakoff. “But the results, especially in the off premise election shows how much this issue divides the community, and I would ask again if this is an important enough issue to divide the community over?”

Opponents of alcohol sales in the city have spoken with county officials about the possibility of verifying the election results.

“We are going to look at all our options and we feel it is possible that the citizens of Malakoff might not have heard the last of this issue,” Lorick said.

Henderson County Election Administrator Denise Hernandez said opponents have two days after the votes are canvassed to ask for a recount. The votes are scheduled to be canvassed on Nov. 12.

However, those opponents aren’t just looking at a recount. Because there were people from three precincts voting at Malakoff City Hall Tuesday – voters from the city of Malakoff, from Cross Roads ISD, and from the Star Harbor area – they also want to verify that the people who voted in the election actually live in the city.

“They are concerned that people who lived outside the city might have voted,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said election judges were unable to verify the location of a handful of people voting on Tuesday, and those people voted with a provisional ballot. That means they voted, but those votes were not immediately counted and are not in the current totals. A committee will review those votes and determine if they are valid votes before they are counted.

Hernandez said there were not enough provisional votes to swing the election.

She said if opponents are able to verify that enough non-city voters cast ballots in the city election, then they can ask for a new election. She said they would also have to pay for the new election.