Nov

07

Posted by : admin | On : November 7, 2008

By Michael V. Hannigan

The Malakoff Police Department is doing what it can to help families facing hard times.

The police department is currently conducting a Christmas blanket, shoes and socks drive to help benefit the Family Peace Project.

“We are hoping to collect 500 new blankets,” said Malakoff Police Chief Billy Mitchell. “We are also hoping to gather as many new shoes and socks for these women and children as possible.” {{more}}

The Family Peace Project is a Christian group dedicated to sheltering victims of domestic abuse in Henderson County. The group began 10 years ago and is run by Marlena Taylor.
The Family Peace Project lists its goals as:

– To establish a place where victims may find temporary shelter and security away from the violence in their homes.

– To educate our community to the needs of persons experiencing family violence and the opportunities we have to make a difference in their lives.

– To coordinate resources in our community to help women break the cycle of violence.

– To extend the love of Jesus Christ to victims of domestic abuse by attending to their physical and spiritual needs; to extend forgiveness and love to the perpetrators of domestic abuse by equipping them to move past their violent behavior.

– To equip families with the tools they need to live a peace -filled life.

The police department is calling on local area churches and businesses to help support the drive.

Bring donations to Malakoff City Hall.

“We are looking for new items, please nothing used,” Mitchell said.

The police department is not accepting cash donations with the drive. Mitchell asks that cash donations be given to a local church and then the church can purchase the items.
The drive will run through Dec. 15. For more information, please call Mitchell at 903-489-0521.

Nov

07

Posted by : admin | On : November 7, 2008

By Michael V. Hannigan

Finally, Cross Roads ISD will get some new school board members – only most of them are the old ones.
Voters in Cross Roads returned all three incumbents plus one challenger Tuesday night in the district’s first election since May 2006.

Elected were incumbents Pam Underhill with 412 votes, Gayle Harmon with 312 votes, and Darren Himes with 288 votes. Newcomer Paula Odom also earned a spot on the board by polling 321 votes. {{more}}

Falling short were John Newland with 282 votes and Larissa Mattingly with 258.

Because the margin is so close between the fourth and fifth finisher, the district could hold a recount.

CRISD elected four trustees because of changes to the election code included in school finance reform passed by state lawmakers during a special session in 2006. The law requires a school district to hold its election on the same date and in a common polling place as either a city located in the school district, or during the general election for state and county officers.

Because CRISD is not located in a city, it must hold its elections with the county in November. Since those happen every other year, Cross Roads had to change its election structure and length of terms. Now trustees serve four-year terms, with elections every other year.

Nov

05

Posted by : admin | On : November 5, 2008



EARLY VOTING PLUS 46 OF 46 PRECINCTS RESULTS

Malakoff Propositions
Off premise alcohol sales: 331 For

Nov

04

Posted by : admin | On : November 4, 2008

EARLY VOTING PLUS 32 OF 46 PRECINCTS RESULTS

Malakoff Propositions (Only Early Voting has been reported in Malakoff race)
Off premise alcohol sales: 111 For

Nov

04

Posted by : admin | On : November 4, 2008

EARLY VOTING PLUS 16 OF 46 PRECINCTS RESULTS

Malakoff Propositions (Only Early Voting has been reported in Malakoff)
Off premise alcohol sales: 111 For

Nov

04

Posted by : admin | On : November 4, 2008

ELECTION NIGHT ALERT

EARLY VOTING AND ABSENTEE RESULTS

Malakoff Propositions
Off premise alcohol sales: 111 For

Oct

31

Posted by : admin | On : October 31, 2008

We had a real tragedy last week. Suzanne Jones, a personal friend, and an exceptional activity assistant at Cedar Lake Nursing Home, died suddenly at her home last Wednesday. Doctors haven

Oct

31

Posted by : admin | On : October 31, 2008

From Staff Reports

For the second consecutive year, the Pride of Malakoff Marching Band received a first division, Superior rating at UIL region marching competition.

The band performed in the UIL competition last Wednesday at Memorial Stadium in Mesquite.

The performance capped off what could be viewed as the most successful marching season the Malakoff band program has ever seen. The Pride of Malakoff won best in class in all of their pre-UIL marching competitions as well as a number of caption awards that are given to the best sub-group in each class such as percussion, hornline etc. {{more}}

“It feels really good,” said drum major Traci Mason, “knowing we really are the Pride of Malakoff.”

Willow Coles gave credit to band director Mark Eastin.
“Mr. Eastin is the best band director,” she said. “We love him.”

Not only did the band place ahead of all of the 2A competition they saw this season, they placed a head of many larger, well established band programs including several 4A and 5A bands.

“This has been a very interesting year for our band program,” said band director Mark Eastin. “You never know how people will handle success and we were able to build on last year’s accomplishments to become a much better group this year.

“We were much further ahead this year in our playing ability and it showed with the placement we received in music categories throughout the season,” Eastin continued. “Unfortunately, our UIL performance was probably the weakest playing performance we have had in a couple of weeks. Marching in the rain and cold doesn’t help, but we never make excuses about our performance.”

The band will now concentrate on the concert band portion of their year. The band will be participating in the TMEA Honor Band process this spring in hopes of being named Class 2A honor band for the state of Texas. This process is judged in late spring and over the summer and will include performances submitted by the top bands in Class 2A from across the state.

“The honor band process allows us to see just how far this program has come in my two plus years here,” Eastin said. “There has never been as high an expectation of quality as we have right now in our program and it would be great to place highly at the state level of honor band competition. I must admit that I am even a bit shocked sometimes when I think of where we were when I arrived and what we are capable of in such a short period.”

“Hopefully we’ll get honor band and sweepstakes,” said senior band member Zack Minter.

Winning sweepstakes is when the band gets Superior ratings in all its UIL competitions during the year.

Oct

31

Posted by : admin | On : October 31, 2008

By Nathan Lorick and Tommy Hayes

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Malakoff for allowing us to write this article explaining why we believe that the alcohol proposition is a mistake for our community. Over the past few months you have received letters in the mail, phone calls at home, and a false understanding about the reality of what this proposition will do to our community. {{more}}

While it is certainly easy to buy into any idea that would generate additional funds for our community, it is the right of citizens to know the truth. You have received or seen literature that has stated that this proposition will bring $1.2 million dollars worth of sales into Malakoff. This would put our area business and restaurants doing $100,000 in alcohol sales per month. This is an assumption not a reality. You have also seen a figure that 12 new jobs would be created. We believe it is the right of every citizen to know just what businesses in this economy are going to bring on additional staff due to this proposition. A third number you have seen is that this proposition would generate $28,000 a year in sales tax to the city. We must remind you that when this was first brought up, the leaders of this proposition were saying that $40,000 would be generated. The Malakoff citizens concerned for economic growth have already backed down nearly 30 percent from their original projections. This is because there will not be a significant sales tax increase. This is an attempt to throw high dollar numbers that are not realistic when Caney City will be a major competitor in the alcohol industry. A final number you have seen is other cities who have successfully become a wet city. The unfortunate thing about the cities that are named is that they are nowhere near comparison to our community. We must remember that statistics are nothing more than personal polls. You and I can come up with our own polls and call them statistics. As citizens of this great city, you deserve the truth, not inflated statistics and false information that lead you to believe that this is the answer for our financial troubles.

It is our conviction that this community is a great place to live and raise families. Many of the young families who grew up in Malakoff are now moving back to raise their children here. For the past 150 years Malakoff has been a great community that has never relied on alcohol to sustain its finances. There is NO need to start now! Malakoff is a community that thrives on the safety of our citizens, students, and children. This proposition will not only put our citizens at risk, but will jeopardize our children and families. This proposition will certainly bring more crime and fatalities to our community. We must ask ourselves a very important question. Are people’s lives truly worth a little sales tax income? The answer is NO! There is, never has been, and never will be anything good about alcohol. We are asking you to help us ensure that our future is bright in Malakoff. We are asking you to vote NO on all alcohol propositions.

Oct

31

Posted by : admin | On : October 31, 2008

By Randy Norwood

Since 2001, over 150 cities in Texas have voted to legalized alcohol sales in their community. There was a great deal of debate about what would happen – proponents said sales tax revenues would go up and opponents said crime and alcohol fatalities would rise.

No, seven years later, we know – and the facts may surprise you.

Malakoff is surrounded by communities that have legalized sales: Corsicana, Palestine, Seven Points, Tyler, Longview, Mabank and Ennis just to name a few. {{more}}

Corsicana’s tax revenue has risen nearly $750,000 (up 22 percent); Palestine $1.34 million (up 38 percent); Angelina County (Lufkin) $409,000 (up 11 percent); Mabank $100,000 (up 10 percent); and the list goes on.

A study released this month by renowned Texas economist
Dr. Ray Perryman showed that a town the size of Malakoff could gain 12 new jobs, experience a $1.2 million increase in annual spending and an increase of over $28,000 in local sales tax revenue by legalizing alcohol sales.

The opposition will claim that alcohol abuse causes a number of problems in our society. But this election is not about alcohol abuse, but rather the ability for legal age adults to legally purchase beer and wine in retail stores and alcohol in restaurants.

And as Dr. Perryman pointed out, people are already drinking alcohol in Malakoff, therefore, we already incur the society’s cost of alcohol abuse, the only difference is we are not realizing any of the economic gain.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, crime rates have gone down in many cities or there is virtually no change. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the number of alcohol related highway fatalities has dropped over 7 percent since the law changed in 2003 even though we gained over 2 million people. Two separate studies show that by reducing the miles people drive to purchase beer and wine, the number of fatalities actually decreases.

One proposition is for “the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only.” By state law this will only allow the sale of beer and wine in places like our grocery and convenience stores. Grocery stores report for every $1 they lose in beer and wine sales, they lose $3 in general sales – as much as $25,000 to $150,000 per week in sales.

The second proposition calls for “the legal sales of mixed drinks in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only.” By state law this will not allow stand alone bars or nightclubs. This only allows legitimate restaurants to eliminate the private club or “unicard.”

Whether you drink or not is not the issue. The issue is allowing adults to purchase these products in Malakoff, keeping our tax dollars at home helping pay for our roads, law enforcement, parks and supporting the local economy.

We ask you to go to the bottom of the ballot and vote FOR Malakoff by voting “FOR” the beer/wine and restaurant propositions.



Randy Norwood is a local business owner and treasurer of the Malakoff Citizens for Economic Growth.