Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

jackson obit

Walter Louis Jackson was born on September 27, 1930, in Corsicana to William Walter Jackson and Mary Cordelia Swanson Jackson. Aside from his college years, he lived his entire life in Malakoff.
In 1950 he married Mary Louise Burks, also of Malakoff. Following his graduation from Texas A&M in 1952, the couple returned to Malakoff, purchased ranchland and began raising cattle. In addition to his lifelong ranching career, Walter worked at various other jobs over the years, including stints with Texas Power & Light, Gifford-Hill and Nipak, and served as Henderson County Pct. 1 Commissioner. He also worked as a building inspector and co-owned a building supply company for a number of years.
Walter served on numerous boards in Henderson County over the years, was a past member of Malakoff School Board, Lions Club, and the Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department and coached youth sports. In 2015, Walter was named Agriculturist of the Year by the Athens Chamber of Commerce.
Walter was a Christian and a Baptist. He served as a Deacon, treasurer, sang in the choir and in a men’s quartet and served on the church building committee. He was instrumental in implementing the media program at Malakoff First Baptist Church and continued this work at Athens First Baptist, broadcasting church services for the television ministry.
As anyone who knew him was aware, Walter continued to be a passionate and devoted Aggie over the years. He was a member of the 12th Man Foundation and the Century Club at A&M and greatly enjoyed attending their home football games, missing only three in 32 years.
Walter is preceded in death by his parents and by his wife of 63 years. He is survived by four children, Janice Cason of Malakoff, Walter Jackson, Jr. & wife Nancy of Malakoff, Joan Wilson & husband Dana of Arlington, James Jackson and wife Christi of Malakoff, seven grandchildren Alan Cason and wife Crystal of Whitehouse, Derek Jackson of Woodville, Lauren Wilson and Ryan Wilson of Arlington, Haley Jackson and Wesley Jackson of Malakoff, Lindsey Perkins & husband Christopher of Jacksonville, Fla., and five great-grandchildren Bryce Cason and Alex Cason of Whitehouse, Brady Jackson and Toby Jackson of Scurry and Harper Jackson of Malakoff.
Services were held on June 6, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Athens. Pallbearers were Jimmy Blakeney, Joe Hall, Robert Hoover, Charles McCleary, Robert Mills and Jerry Stone.

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

Ruckstaetter obit

Thomas Edward “Tom” Ruckstaetter, 73, of Richland, Mich. and Log Cabin, died peacefully at his residence and with his loving family by his side on Sunday morning, June 5, 2016.
Tom, the son of George A. and Ruth (Sturtz) Ruckstaetter, was born in Oak Park, Ill. on March 12, 1943.
He moved to Michigan in the early 50’s and was a 1961 graduate of Portage High School. He was a sales engineer for Richland Machine & Pump Company for 20 years, retiring in 2005.
Tom was a long-time member of Gull Lake Bible Church and also Faith Community Baptist Church of Log Cabin, where he and his wife, Nancy wintered six months of the year.
He was an avid hunter, enjoyed playing his guitar, was constantly puttering in his garden and taking care of his lawn.
Tom was a huge Gilmore Car Museum enthusiast having spent many hours at the different shows, and he enjoyed reading about the Civil War and the Marines in WWII in the Pacific.
Tom will best be remembered for the lasting friendships he cultivated, some remaining strong for over 60 years.
Tom was united in marriage to Nancy A. (nee: Schewe) on November 30, 1974 in Portage, Mich.
Surviving is his wife of 42 years, Nancy, daughter, Jessica L. Ruckstaetter of Portage, Mich., son, Richard J. “Rick” (Susan) Ruckstaetter of Midlothian, two precious grandchildren, Abigail J. and Elizabeth G. Ruckstaetter, his father, George A. Ruckstaetter of Carol Stream, Ill. and a brother, James (Patricia) Ruckstaetter of Chicago, Ill.
Tom was preceded in death by his mom, Ruth.
The funeral service to celebrate Tom’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Gull Lake Bible Church, 1491 Midland Drive, Hickory Corners, Mich.with the Rev. Gary T. Cantrell, Pastor, officiating. Family and friends will continue Tom’s life celebration with a time of fellowship and a luncheon in the Church Social Hall immediately following the service. Tom’s family will greet friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tom’s honor may be directed to Special Olympics Area 16, 4024 Student Recreation Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49071.
Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Tom may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

tvcc rodeo

Special to The News
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College Rodeo Team member Tyson Arledge, from Milano, will be representing TVCC in Tie Down Roping at the 2016 College National Finals Rodeo June 12-18, in Casper, Wyo.
The top three individuals regionally, in each event, earned a spot to compete for a national title. There are 11 regions in the U.S. TVCC, along with 20 other colleges and universities are in the Southern region. Unlike most other collegiate sports, rodeo contestants must compete against not only other community colleges, but university competitors for those top three spots.
The contestants compete at 10 regional rodeos throughout the year and accrue points for winning which determines the CNFR Qualifiers. Tyson won the roping at the TVCC Rodeo held at The Henderson County Fairpark Complex in February, along with placing in the other regional rodeos. He is well-rounded and has two great horses that will be traveling to Casper with him.
According to Rodeo Coach Brent Bratton, “Tyson has the ability and knowledge to win a national title for TVCC. He has a game plan and it will come down to him doing his best. This is the largest rodeo competition next to the National Finals Rodeo. I hope Tyson enjoys every moment of this experience and performs to the best of his ability. We thank this amazing community and TVCC for all of the support and encouragement.”

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

Landon_Bynum_Dallas_Robertson_Athens_Baseball_VSParis

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
EAST TEXAS–The Athens Hornets led the way with six selections on The News East Texas Baseball Dream Team. Malakoff had six selections to the East Texas Softball Dream Team.
Landon Bynum was the MVP of the baseball team. Bynum was a break-out star for Athens this season as a senior. He had a .447 batting average with three home runs, nine doubles, a triple and 37 runs batted in. He also had 14 stolen bases and 34 runs scored.
Athens advanced deep in the playoffs to the regional quarterfinals and won their fourth district title in a row.
In softball action, Hazel Puempel, of Malakoff, was awarded Most Valuable Player. She had a very strong senior season with a .658 batting average with a .703 on base percentage with one home run, 29 doubles and 33 runs batted in. She also showed off her speed with 14 stolen bases. On the mound, she was 11-1 with a 2.14 earned run average. She had 90 strikeouts in 61 innings.
Malakoff finished the year as undefeated district champs and went five rounds deep in the playoffs, falling to eventual State Champion West in the Regional Finals.
2016 The News
East Texas Baseball and Softball
Dream Teams
baseball
Superlatives
MVP: Landon
Bynum – Athens
Offensive Player of the Year: Hayden
Shaddox – Eustace
Defensive Player of the Year: Paden Quade – Athens
First Team
Pitcher: Brandon Boyd – Athens
Catcher: Zack
Compton – Eustace
First Base: Matthew Dedie – Kemp
Second Base: Peyton Brewer – Athens
Third Base: Ethan Snow – Malakoff
Shortstop: Pearson Johnson – Mabank
Outfield: Tyler
Crawford – Malakoff
Outfield: Jeremy Bateman – Athens
Outfield: Cory Strawn – Eustace
Designated Hitter: Noah Herring – Kemp
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Hunter Snow, Tyler Russell, Dylan Grim, Trevor Martin, Dustin Miller and Mason Coker
Mabank: Ty
Winkelvoss, Trey Neighbors, Corey Flores, Clay Conway, Dalton Penix, Kade Norman
Eustace: TJ Howard, Gannon Kirkhart, Cody Strawn, Rusty Rodgers
Athens: Alex
Fernandez, Luis
Valdez, Casey Pitchford, Emanuel Hernandez, Cameron Woodard
Kemp: Dylan
Dennis, Colton Breeze, Beau Dancer, Kyle Keathley, Cameron Clamon
Cross Roads:
Cameron Rodgers, Kyle Miers
Trinidad: Jayden Walden, Jerry
Bannister, Kaeleb Eastman, Nate Williams, Dakota Stewart
softball
Superlatives
MVP: Hazel Puempel – Malakoff
Offensive Player of the Year: Sam Smith – Athens
Defensive Player of the Year: Chaney Tart – Malakoff
First Team
Pitcher: Candace Denis – Malakoff
Catcher: Haylie
Wilcox – Cross Roads
First Base: Cheyene Robertson – Malakoff
Second Base: Emily Mullens – Kemp
Third Base: Abra Roberts – Eustace
Shortstop: Tyler Greene – Athens
Outfield: Zoie Bailey – Eustace
Outfield: Chyann
Jarrett – Malakoff
Outfield: Kelli
Gartman – Athens
Designated Hitter: Kendall Riley – Mabank
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Jewel Jones, Abby Terzis, Cheyenne Ramsey,
Tyler Wittram,
Hannah Terzis
Mabank: Leigh
Cunningham, Tera Grimes
Eustace: Olivia
Herring, Gabi Corder, Hailey Purselley, Jaci Gray
Athens: Alicia
Grogan, Cortney Grimes, Mikayla
Collins
Kemp: Haylee Scott, Anna Christie, Harleigh Bardin
Cross Roads:
Marilyn Alvarado, Sara Spivey, Sydnee
Harris, Calley Cole, Hope Johnson, Maci
Mattingly, Grayson
Cunningham

Jun

09

Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
ATHENS–Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) will host a softball camp June 13-15 at Drumgoole Field at Cain Park.
The camp is open to students from kindergarden through 12th grade. The camp for grades 7-12 is set from 9-11 a.m. and the camp for K-6 is scheduled from 1-3 p.m.
The camp will be conducted by TVCC softball coaches Trish Robinson and Elsa Apo and Lady Cardinal softball players.
For more information, contact Robinson at patricia.robinson@tvcc.edu.

Jun

08

Posted by : admin | On : June 8, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City is getting ready to welcome the Texas Turf Titans and Sod Slingers from across the nation. The Lone Star Mower Racing Association (LSMRA) will host the STA-BIL National Lawn Mower Racing Series June 11-12.
Racers will come from all over the country from the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA). They are the nation’s biggest and oldest sanctioning body for mower racing. They will celebrate their 25th Anniversary in 2017.
“This event should be a lot of fun,” Gun Barrel City resident and LSMRA President Mike Howell said. “We are ready to tear up the turf. The Gun Barrel City track is one of the best venues in the country and we can’t wait to show it off to racers across the country.”
The race is expected the draw up to 400 spectators to the event. Racers are coming from Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,
Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. The race will also feature a charity cookout and a Toys for Tots drive.
The basic concept of lawn mower racing is to remove the blades from a lawn mower and build the mower according to the USLMRA’s rules and regulations. The racers speed and try to stay in front of all of the other racers.
Races begin with Hot Laps, allowing each class of racers to make five laps to get a feel for the track before the race begins.
The races begin with the Heat, which is the qualifying race for placement in the Feature Race. After the Heat, a short intermission follows to allow time to determine the line-up of the Feature Race. The Feature Race is 20 laps per class.
After the race, racers gather in the center of the track with their mowers. Spectators are then allowed in the pits for a meet and greet where racers answer questions, sign autographs and are available for photos.
The LSMRA performs at venues in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. They are quality, family entertainment for fairs, barbecue cook-offs, festivals, exhibitions and private events. There is also no prize pool for the racers.
The IMOW Class (Int’l Mowers of Weeds) is highly regulated and based on driver ability. Engine horsepower is 17 (31 ci) maximum and max 3,650 RPMs.
A/P Class begins the four prepared or modified classes with valve in block, 4 stroke engines, 10.5 hp and under.
C/P Class is all single-cylinder overhead valve and two-cylinder valve in block, 4 stroke engines, 20 hp and under.
S/P Class are valve in block, 4 stroke engines, over 8.5 hp. F/X Class if factory experimental for expierenced racers only.
B/P Class is all overhead valve, V-twin, 4 stroke engines, 20 hp and under, valve in block, 4 stroke engines, 10.5 hp and under, also not for rookies.
The races will take place 9-11 a.m. June 11-12. The lawn mower race track is located at 298 Municipal Drive, Gun Barrel City.

Jun

08

Posted by : admin | On : June 8, 2016

Landon_Bynum_Dallas_Robertson_Athens_Baseball_VSParis

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
EAST TEXAS–The Athens Hornets led the way with six selections on The Monitor East Texas Baseball Dream Team. Malakoff had six selections to the East Texas Softball Dream Team.
Landom Bynum was the MVP of the baseball team. Bynum was a break out star for Athens this season as a senior. He had a .447 batting average with three home runs, nine doubles, a triple and 37 runs batted in. He also had 14 stolen bases and 34 runs scored.
Athens advanced deep in the playoffs to the regional quarterfinals and won their fourth district title in a row.
In softball action, Hazel Puempel, of Malakoff, was awarded Most Valuable Player. She had a very strong senior season with a .658 batting average with a .703 on base percentage with one home run, 29 doubles and 33 runs batted in. She also showed off her speed with 14 stolen bases. On the mound, she was 11-1 with a 2.14 earned run average. She had 90 strikeouts in 61 innings.
Malakoff finished the year as undefeated distrcit champs and went five rounds deep in the playoffs, falling to eventual State Champion West in the Regional Finals.
2016 The Monitor
East Texas Baseball and Softball
Dream Team
baseball
Superlatives
MVP: Landon
Bynum – Athens
Offensive Player of the Year: Hayden
Shaddox – Eustace
Defensive Player of the Year: Paden Quade – Athens
First Team
Pitcher: Brandon Boyd – Athens
Catcher: Zack
Compton – Eustace
First Base: Matthew Dedie – Kemp
Second Base: Peyton Brewer – Athens
Third Base: Ethan Snow – Malakoff
Shortstop: Pearson Johnson – Mabank
Outfield: Tyler
Crawford – Malakoff
Outfield: Jeremy Bateman – Athens
Outfield: Cory Strawn – Eustace
Designated Hitter: Noah Herring – Kemp
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Hunter Snow, Tyler Russell, Dylan Grim, Trevor Martin, Dustin Miller and Mason Coker
Mabank: Ty
Winkelvoss, Trey Neighbors, Corey Flores, Clay Conway, Dalton Penix, Kade Norman
Eustace: TJ Howard, Gannon Kirkhart, Cody Strawn, Rusty Rodgers
Athens: Alex
Fernandez, Luis Valdez, Casey Pitchford, Emanuel Hernandez, Cameron Woodard
Kemp: Dylan Dennis, Colton Breeze, Beau Dancer, Kyle Keathley, Cameron Clamon
Cross Roads:
Cameron Rodgers, Kyle Miers
Trinidad: Jayden Walden, Jerry Bannister, Kaeleb Eastman, Nate Williams, Dakota Stewart
softball
Superlatives
MVP: Hazel Puempel – Malakoff
Offensive Player of the Year: Sam Smith – Athens
Defensive Player of the Year: Chaney Tart – Malakoff
First Team
Pitcher: Candace Denis – Malakoff
Catcher: Haylie
Wilcox – Cross Roads
First Base: Cheyene Robertson – Malakoff
Second Base: Emily Mullens – Kemp
Third Base: Abra Roberts – Eustace
Shortstop: Tyler Greene – Athens
Outfield: Zoie Bailey – Eustace
Outfield: Chyann
Jarrett – Malakoff
Outfield: Kelli
Gartman – Athens
Designated Hitter: Kendall Riley – Mabank
Honorable Mention
Malakoff: Jewel Jones, Abby Terzis, Cheyenne Ramsey,
Tyler Wittram,
Hannah Terzis
Mabank: Leigh
Cunningham, Tera Grimes
Eustace: Olivia Herring, Gabi Corder, Hailey Purselley, Jaci Gray
Athens: Alicia
Grogan, Cortney Grimes, Mikayla
Collins
Kemp: Haylee Scott, Anna Christie, Harleigh Bardin
Cross Roads:
Marilyn Alvarado, Sara Spivey, Sydnee
Harris, Calley Cole, Hope Johnson, Maci
Mattingly, Grayson
Cunningham

Jun

03

Posted by : admin | On : June 3, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
MABANK–Mabank High School will be hosting two basketball camps this season for male and female students from first through ninth grade.
The goal of these camps is to develop each person’s basketball skills, individual fundamentals and team play, while incorporating sportsmanship and solid team values.
The camps will include daily lectures, team competition and drills, fundamental stations, individual contests and certificates and awards.
Each camper will recieve a free camp shirt and basketball. A concession stand will also be available with drinks and snacks.
The cost of the camps is $60 if you register before June 6. If you register after June 6 the price goes up to $70. A sibling discount will be offered and each additional camper from the same family is $10 off.
The girls camp takes place 1-4:30 p.m. June 13-16. For more information contact Christie Shoulders at (479) 567-9131 or clshoulders@mabankisd.net.
The boys camp will be held 1-4:30 p.m. June 20-23. For more information contact Tracy Carter at (817) 980-4121 or tlcarter@mabankisd.net.

Jun

03

Posted by : admin | On : June 3, 2016

Kemp soccer 9

By Ryan Moulds
Monitor Sports Writer
KEMP–Kemp Yellowjackets senior soccer player Adrian Argueta signed to play college soccer with Southwestern Adventist University (SAU) in Keene.
“I really enjoyed the school,” Argueta said. “My final two choices were Southwestern Adventist and Southwestern Christian and I am confident that I made the right choice.”
Argueta had offers from schools all over the country. Schools in West Virginia, Massachusetts and Minnesota all offered him scholarships to play soccer. Ultimately, his desire to stay close to family and friends led him to SAU.
Before playing at Kemp, Argueta had experience playing soccer at the club level. He played for the Texas Heat and helped them become one of the best teams in the Tri County area. He was also offered a chance to play with Storm FC in Waxahachie as a freshman but was unable to accept due to travel problems.
Kemp restarted its soccer program this season with Chris Chase as head coach. The team got off to a rough start as expected but got better as the season went on and finished the season with four victories.
Argueta was one of the only players on the team who had prior soccer experience. He did his best to be a leader and example for the rest of the team on and off the field.
“I would take time from my practice to work with them,” Argueta said. “I would try to show them more proficient ways to do drills and I would give them pointer and hints to get better.”
Argueta had high praise for coach Chase and he believes that he has the young program headed in the right direction. “He knows what he is doing,” Argueta said. “If the guys pay attention to what he has to say I think they will have success. He has a lot of knowledge about the game and he really helped improve my game.”
On the field Argueta was an unselfish player who led the team in assists for the season. He was also third on the team in goals scored. In the games that Kemp won, he stepped up and made big plays to lead them to victories.
“I want to thank all the parents and coach Chase,” Argueta said. “We had some tough times this season but we stuck together. I also want to thank coach Hankins for bringing the program back and fully supporting us.”
Argueta, who also was a kicker on the Kemp football team, credits coach Hankins for getting the team stronger in the weight room. He also encourages his teammates to buy into the style of play that coach Chase teaches.
“Most of all I want to thank all the parents and fans,” Argueta said. “We would play in games that were three hours away and get destroyed but we also had support when we looked up in the stands. That meant a lot to me and the entire team to have the community support us like that.” Argueta will major in physical education while he is attending SAU.

Jun

02

Posted by : admin | On : June 2, 2016

By Ryan Moulds
The News Sports Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Eustace Bulldogs and Malakoff Tigers had a combined 16 players named to the 18-3A All-District Baseball Team; seven from Eustace and nine from Malakoff.
The Eustace Bulldogs included Offensive Most Valuable Player Haydon Shaddox and First Team selections Cody Strawn at pitcher, Zack Compton at catcher and utility player Cory Strawn.
Second Team selections went to Chris Carlson at pitcher, T.J. Howard as an outfielder and Rusty Rogers as a utility player.
Malakoff had First Team selections from Hunter Snow as an infielder and Tyler Russell in the outfield.
Mason Coker was named as a Second Team pitcher, Ethan Snow was named Second Team infielder and Tyler Crawford was named as a Second Team outfielder.
Honorable mention selections went to Dustin Miller, Trevor Martin, Dylan Grim and Tristan Tobey from Malakoff.