Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
News Staff Writer
AUSTIN–The Malakoff Tigers’ perfect season came to a shocking end in a 28-24 loss to Yoakum in the Class 3A Division 1 state semifinal at Austin’s Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium Dec. 9.
The Tigers, 14-0 coming into the game, lost the lead with three minutes left in the fourth quarter on a four-yard touchdown pass from Joshua Moore to Ethan Owens to make it 28-24.
The Tigers had one last chance to take the lead, but an interception ended the comeback as Yoakum ran out the clock.
The game started well for the Tigers, as they got a safety when the Yoakum punter could not handle a low snap from the center.
Malakoff added to the lead when running back Breashawn Williams scored on a nine-yard run, extending the lead to 9-0 after an Everardo Garcia extra point.
Yoakum finally got on the scoreboard with just over two minutes to go in the first quarter on a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryson Hagan to Jordan Moore.
After a stalled drive by the Tigers, Yoakum took a 14-9 lead on a Henry Enoch touchdown run from three yards away.
Malakoff regained the lead at 17-14 with just over six minutes left in the half when Williams scored his second touchdown of the game on a 27-yard run around the left side.
The Tigers took the three-point lead into the halftime locker room.
Neither team could get anything going in the third quarter, as both defenses stepped up and made big stops to force punts. The Tigers took the same three-point lead into the final quarter.
Yoakum again took the lead just four seconds into the fourth quarter on a Montreal James 11-yard scamper, giving the Bulldogs as 21-17 lead.
On third and long from the Bulldog 43-yard line, the Tigers scored when quarterback Judd Miller connected with senior Q.T. Barker for a score and a 24-21 lead with about seven and a half minutes remaining in the game.
Malakoff had a couple more chances to score, but could not find the end zone again, ending their dream season.
Miller finished 7-21 passing for 112 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers set a record for the most wins by a Henderson County area team with 14, advancing the furthest of any team ever in the area.

Dec

15

Posted by : admin | On : December 15, 2016

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Special to The News
MALAKOFF–Malakoff Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “A” for “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ School Financial Accountability Rating System (FIRST).
The “Passed” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Malakoff ISD’s financial management and reporting system. Malakoff ISD had a perfect rating, meeting all criteria.
This is the 14th year of School FIRST, a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and amendments under House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature. Regular Session, 2013. The primary goal of School FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system.
“We are very pleased with Malakoff ISD’s School FIRST rating,” said Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry. This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpapers’ dollars. This rating shows that Malakoff’s schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently.”
The Texas Education Agency assigned one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being “A” for “Superior Achievement,” followed by “B” for “Above-Standard Achievement,” “C” for “Standard Achievement” and “F” for “Substandard Achievement.”
Malakoff ISD has achieved the highest rating for 13 prior years.

Dec

08

Posted by : admin | On : December 8, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
WACO–A clutch 30-yard field goal in overtime by sophomore kicker Evarardo Garcia in the cold rain that gave the Tigers a thrilling 37-34 state quarterfinals victory over Cameron Yoe Dec. 2 at Waco ISD Stadium. The kick also sent the third-ranked Tigers to the Class 3A Division 1 state semifinals where they will battle Yoakum for a spot in the state championship game. Malakoff and Yoakum will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 9 at Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas. Yoakum upset fifth-ranked Halletsville 27-23 in the Region IV Final.
Garcia’s kick was made possible by a great defensive stand from the Tigers. Starting at the 25-yard line, Cameron Yoe could not manage a first down in their part of the overtime period, turning the ball over on downs to the Tigers. Malakoff drove to the 13-yard line, setting up Garcia for the game-winner.
Down 34-26 after a Cameron Yoe touchdown pass to Sicory Smith, the Tigers tied the game with a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Judd Miller to wide receiver Tyler Russell with 5:00 left in the game. Miller found Russell for the two-point conversion as well, tying the score at 34-34.
Cameron Yoe took possession after the touchdown, but Breashawn Williams intercepted a pass with 17 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Miller started the scoring with a touchdown run on a quarterback draw from six yards out, giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead after the failed two-point conversion. Cameron Yoe tied the game with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Smith from Yoe quarterback Zack Andress. The extra point was wide left, keeping the game at 6-6 with about six minutes remaining in the quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Q.T. Barker caught a short pass in the flat from Miller, and raced 62 yards for a Tiger touchdown, giving the Tigers a 13-6 lead. The Tigers were given possession of the ball after the first of two Russell interceptions in the game.
With just under six minutes remaining in the half, Andress hit wide receiver Jordan Wells with a 42-yard touchdown pass to tie the score for the Yoemen.
The Tigers struck again with 4:56 remaining when Breashawn Williams took a handoff from Miller and got free on the Malakoff sideline for a 41-yard touchdown run. The Tigers went into the halftime locker room with a 20-13 lead.
Cameron Yoe took just over three minutes of the third quarter to tie the score. The Yoemen scored on a 3-yard touchdown run from freshman running back Nico Vargas to knot the score at 20-20.
After a fumbled kickoff by the Tigers, Yoe took possession and the lead on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Andress to Iverson Westbrook. Yoe led 27-20 after the successful extra point try.
A big play helped the Tigers get to within a point just two minutes later. After the Tigers were pinned back on their own five after a penalty and facing a third down and 18, Miller connected with JaQuaylon Hart for a 95-yard touchdown pass to cut the Yoe lead to 27-26. The score stayed that way into the fourth quarter, setting up the fireworks later in the period.
Miller finished the night 12 of 25 for 292 yards with three touchdown passes, while carrying the ball nine times for 66 yards and another score. Williams had 72 yards on nine rushes, and added a touchdown.
Barker led the receiving corps with five catches for 136 yards and a touchdown, Hart caught two passes for 102 yards and a score, Russell had one catch for 20 yards and a touchdown and Williams had one catch for nine yards.
In the other quarterfinal games, Wall beat Brock, who was ranked first in the state in Class 3A. Mineola beat Pottsboro to set up the other state semifinal game.
The winner of the Wall vs. Mineola game will face the winner of the Malakoff vs. Yoakum game in the state championship game, which will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

Dec

08

Posted by : admin | On : December 8, 2016

Brinson Ford puts the finishing touches on Whovile

Brinson Ford puts the finishing touches on Whovile


Brinson Ford float

Brinson Ford float


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Trinity Valley Community College parking lot was ablaze with Christmas lights as participants gathered for the “Home for Christmas” parade Dec. 6.
The parade, originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3, was a huge success despite being rescheduled on a weekday. It was reported to The News that there were over 50 entries in the contest.
The parade kicked off with cars carrying the Grand Marshals Ginger Morton and John Glover along with the mayor, city manager and the city council. Notable personalities for the children were Ronald McDonald, Grimace, Olaf, the Grinch and of course, Santa Claus.
The Church of the Living God did a series of floats that depicted the Christmas Nativity story with characters and banners with Bible verses.
Brinson Ford was the first-place winner with a “Grinch” themed float complete with a larger-than-life Whoville. Athens Café took second place with a realistic dining theme and Bristol Hospice took third place with princesses in a beautiful holiday setting.
Citizens lined the streets, the band performed and Christmas music played from many of the floats, bringing everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Dec

08

Posted by : admin | On : December 8, 2016

Special to the News
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Christmas Parade originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10 is postponed until January, but for a good reason.
The Malakoff varsity football team is on fire! The team, along with the staff and over half of Malakoff’s residents are on their way to Austin for a semi-final playoff football game. The Tigers are just a couple of steps away from a State Championship and all of Malakoff just couldn’t be more proud. This does not, however fare well for the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade.
So, it is being changed. There will be a huge rally for the varsity football team and the entire Malakoff ISD team at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Malakoff Community Center, 504 North Terry St. in Malakoff.
Plans are being formed now for entertainment by the band, the cheerleaders and one-act play students. But there is much more! The City of Malakoff, the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce, the Malakoff Booster Club, the Malakoff Alumni Association and many more orgainizations and citizens are on board to make this celebration a fantastic event for all, the likes of which will be remembered for years to come.
Stay tuned to The News for further updates. If you would like to get in on the planning, contact the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce at (903) 489-1346 or email malakoffchamber@yahoo.com.

Dec

08

Posted by : admin | On : December 8, 2016

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The News Staff Reports
ELKHART–The Athens Lady Hornets finished 2-1 at the Elkhart tournament Dec. 1-3, beating Wells and Neches, and falling to Leon. Junior Raveon Rodriguez was named to the All-tournament team for her performance in the three games after averaging 22 points a game in the tournament.
The Lady Hornets started the tournament with a tough matchup against Leon. The Lady Hornets were tied with Leon after one quarter at 8-8. Athens’ defense held Leon to just six points in the second quarter, taking an 18-14 lead into halftime.
Leon came out firing in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Hornets 18-11 in the frame, to go ahead 32-29 heading into the final period. Leon kept the pressure on, holding the Lady Hornets to just 4 points in the final frame to win going away, 44-33. In the game, Raveon Rodriguez had 18 points, followed by Kelcee Johnson with 11. Hallie Williams and Tamaya Hubbard each scored two points in the loss.
The Lady Hornets came back the next day to take a 57-21 win over Neches. Leading 9-8 after one period, the Lady Hornets tallied 16 points in the second, going into the locker room at halftime with a 25-13 lead. The offense exploded for 20 points in the third quarter, taking a 45-19 lead after three quarters. The defense held Neches to just one bucket in the fourth quarter as the Lady Hornets ran away with a 36-point win.
In their final game of the tournament against Wells, the Lady Hornets raced out to a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was full of scoring, as each team put up 20 points in the quarter, as the Lady Hornets took a nine-point lead to halftime. Led by 30 points from Rodriguez, the Lady Hornets kept momentum going in the second half to win 63-48. Raveon Rodriguez led Athens with 30 points. Jazzmine Johnson scored 10 points, followed by K. Johnson with eight points, Smith with six, Williams with five and Chilton with two points.
Athens Head Coach Emily Martinez was happy with the way her team played. “I’m very proud of the hustle and effort given by all the girls today,” Coach Martinez said. “The girls played well. Lots of forced turnovers led to easy baskets for us. Williams, Smith and Chilton did a great job clearing the boards. Johnson was an offensive spark off the bench. R. Rodriguez, Hubbard and Kelcee Johnson led the defensive charge, forcing Wells into multiple turnovers.” The Lady Hornets improve to 4-6 this season and will be in action Dec. 8-10 at the Great East Texas Shootout in Brownsboro.

Dec

01

Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

Trinity Valley Community College and the City of Athens have reached an agreement for the college to purchase the property known as Central Park and the former National Guard Armory.

Trinity Valley Community College and the City of Athens have reached an agreement for the college to purchase the property known as Central Park and the former National Guard Armory.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–The Athens City Council unanimously accepted terms for selling property to Trinity Valley Community College, at the college board’s request. The city will sell the former National Guard Armory property and the adjacent Central Park to the college for a total of $250,000 over the next five years.
City manager Philip Rodriguez was very excited to discuss this development Monday, Nov. 28 during a regular meeting of the city council as a supplemental item to its published agenda. That same evening the TVCC Board of Trustees also met to finalize the authorization to purchase the property.
The city council approved the item with a slight change, giving the city the first right of refusal, should the college ever decide to resell the property for development purposes unrelated to education. Councilman Monte Montgomery pointed out that the college board of directors is subject to change and the city should make sure the property is held for the public good.
When the motion passed, audience members responded with applause.
A portion of the armory is currently being used as the City’s Development Services Center and Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The City will rent the front portion of the building at $10 per month plus pay for its use of utilities for a period of up to 18 months or until the Cain Center expansion is complete. The city will also have sole use of the EOC if needed for an emergency, during the lease.
State law requires the city to use proceeds of park sales to benefit other parks within Athens.
“I’m thrilled we found a way to support TVCC through this sale,” Rodriguez said. “TVCC had discussed wanting to expand its footprint and services here in Athens, and the Council made a great decision in helping the college with that goal. There’s no question that TVCC is a valuable part of our culture and our local economy. They have deep roots here in Athens, and this property only strengthens that important tie to our community.”
Terms of the sale include TVCC covering all closing costs and delivering to the city $125,000 at closing. Another $100,000 will be delivered over the next five years in the form of 10 scholarships each year for the endowment of Athens residents, leaving another $25,000 to be paid by the end of the fifth year.
In other business, council members:
Heard a plea from Larue resident Brent E. Muecke to consider using the current City Hall, when and if it should be considered real estate for sale (in light of plans moving forward to move the city’s administration hub to the Cain Center), as a Senior Citizens facility. The centrally located building could be open daily for various activities enjoyed by retired seniors, such as a center for socializing, group hobbies such as sewing, quilting, knitting, artful painting, playing dominoes, card games, light exercise classes, coffee drinking, along with outdoor activities, such as horseshoes and washer pitching. He reminded the council that the city is designated as a Go Texan Retirement Community.
Received updates on water and wastewater rehabilitation projects
Agreed to replace the West Scott Street ground storage tank which is now in a state of noncompliance with state guidelines with a concrete one, whose functional life is estimated at greater than 50 years.
Authorized the purchase of five SUVs and one mid-size sedan for the police department from Sam Pack’s Five Star Ford through the State of Texas purchasing contract in the amount of $149,744. This purchase is within the department’s budget.
Named Bancorp South the city’s agent of record for medical and dental insurance, due to its lowered commission rate of 3 percent (current agent contract is 4 percent) plus other benefits, including a one-stop shopping enrollment guide. Councilman Edward McCain abstained due to conflict of interest.

Dec

01

Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

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By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
WACO–The Malakoff Tigers are another step closer, and get a rematch with an old nemesis. After a 27-14 Regional Semifinal victory over sixth-ranked Rockdale on Nov. 15 at Waco ISD Stadium, the Tigers move to 13-0 and have a date with Cameron Yoe again.
The Tigers will get the opportunity to avenge last season’s 45-44 area round loss to the Yoemen when the two teams play in the Class 3A Division 1 Region III Championship Friday Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium.
The Tigers, as has been customary during the playoffs, scored first on a 57-yard touchdown pass from Judd Miller to Q.T. Barker with 5:24 remaining in the first quarter. The Everardo Garcia extra point made it 7-0.
On Malakoff’s next possession, the Tigers made it 14-0 on a Breashawn Williams seven-yard touchdown run with 2:13 left in the opening quarter.
The big play in the drive was a 50-yard pass from Miller to Barker to set up the Williams touchdown run. The possession was set up when the Rockdale punter could not handle the snap, and Jack Patton pounced on the ball for the Tigers.
The Tigers widened the margin to 21-0 after going on a 10-play 50-yard drive that took almost four minutes.
The Tigers ended the drive with Miller’s second touchdown toss of the day, this time to senior Tyler Russell near the sideline from 13 yards out.
After a couple possession changes, and a turnover on downs by Malakoff, Rockdale made it a 14-point game after going 80 yards in 15 plays, ending the drive with a two-yard touchdown run by senior Davion Ford with 24 seconds remaining in the half. Ford finished the game with 73 yards rushing.
In the third quarter, Rockdale’s defense forced a Russell fumble, setting Rockdale up in Malakoff territory. Barker made sure the fumble would not cost the Tigers, picking off a Rockdale pass in the end zone to keep it a 14-point game.
Malakoff was forced to punt on the ensuing possession, and Rockdale scored another touchdown on a 44-yard touchdown pass with 3:30 left in the third quarter, making it a 21-14 game.
Malakoff would answer that score with one of their own, taking the next possession at their own 25-yard line and driving 75 yards in seven plays, capped off by Barker’s 13-yard scamper. The extra point was wide, making the score 27-14 with 11:52 remaining in the game.
With the game still uncomfortably close, Russell stepped up big, picking off two passes in the fourth quarter, including one late in the game that would seal the Malakoff win.
The defense only gave up 14 points to a Rockdale team that came in averaging over 44 points a game on the season.
Miller was 10 of 18 for 143 yards and two touchdowns through the air and had 14 rushing attempts for 95 yards on the ground.
Williams gained 38 yards on 16 carries, Zee Bailey had four rushes for 40 yards and Barker gained 38 yards on four attempts.
Barker led the Tigers in receiving with 92 yards on five catches, Russell added three receptions for 28 yards.

Dec

01

Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

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Funeral services for Robert Pickle will be held Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Eustace with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. and Bro. Paul McKinney will be officiating. Interment will follow the service at Moorehead-Melton Cemetery in Eustace, Texas.
Robert was born on May 26, 1931 in Eustace to parents William Chesley and Nell (Wilson) Pickle and passed away peacefully at Arabella in Athens Nov. 26, 2016 surrounded by his family.
Robert graduated from Eustace ISD and attended Henderson County Junior College, Lamar Tech and Midwestern University. He served 4 years with the U.S. Air Force and worked as a Master Instructor of fixed wing and helicopter maintenance at Sheppard Air Force Base. In 1966 he worked with the U.S. Army Aviation Material Command Bell Helicopter Plant Divisions. Robert finished his career with Navpro as an Industrial Property Management Specialist and Director of Industrial Division.
He married the loved of his life, Betsy Stegall Pickle, and they were together for 63 years.
Robert was an active member in the community, serving 25 years as a volunteer fireman with the Eustace Area Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Eustace.
Robert was an amazing man and was known for his quick wit. He will be missed tremendously by those who knew and loved him.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, son Joe Pickle, brother Sammy R. Pickle and sister Billie Pickle Southerland.
He is survived by his wife Betsy, two sons Ken Pickle of Highland Village, Ron Pickle and wife Delayne of Buda, grandchildren Robert Ryan Pickle, Travis and Sabrina Pickle, Calvin Pickle, Alyssa Pickle Simms and husband Kevin and Daniel Pickle, great-grandchildren Natalie and Leo Simms, Lola and Levi Pickle, Autumn Pickle and Austyn Pickle.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Arabella and staff, Genesis Hospice and Dr. Mahmoud for their loving support and care they gave to Robert and his family.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Coalition of Athens.
Pallbearers are Robert Ryan Pickle, Travis Pickle, Calvin Pickle, Daniel Pickle, Kevin Simms, Wayne Pickle, Curtis Pickle and Steve Graham. Honorary Pallbearers are Tom Reilly, Billy Joe Bonner, Cotton Walker, Ronnie Sutton, Thomas Frazier, Bill McKee and Knox Lowe.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.

Dec

01

Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2016

Special to The News
ATHENS–Henderson County D.A. R. Scott McKee reports the July Term, 2016, Grand Jury returned the following True Bills for the Nov. 9 meeting. In addition, three cases are indicted under seal.
•Raul Almaraz, JR, 20, Racing on a Highway,
• Michael Glenn Barnes, 35, Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear,
• James Edward Horton, 69, Cruelty to Animals,
• Phillip Wayne Brown, 62, Driving While Intoxicated,
• Gerald Don Williams, JR, 49, Possession of Controlled Substance (PCS),
• Tyler Jimmy Ray Brown, 21, Escape,
• Tommy Clyde Hurt, 40, Tampering with Evidence,
• Jose Antonio Carreon-Aguilera, 49, PCS,
• Blaine Anthony Christopher, 28, Unlawful Possession of Firearm ,
• John Tanner Forrester, 22, three countsof Burglary and Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse,
• Randall Clayton Boone, 27, Burglary
• Paula Kay Forester, 51, Hindering Apprhension or Prosecution,
• Travis Brax Davis, 19, Theft of Property
Benjamin Douglas Harmon, 22, Assault,
• Dvahje Marquel Hayward, 20, Theft of Firearm,
• Gary J Hampton, 61, Forgery,
• Christopher Doyle Savage, 29, Aggravated Assault,
• Scott Matthew Butler, 26, Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger,
• Terrance Joseph Samuel Benton, 25, PCS,
• Shandra Suzette Oliphant, 29, PCS,
• Dustin Ray Snyder, 28, Aggravated Assault
• Zanon James Sherman, 44, PCS,
• Lorenzo Demarkas Patton, 34, PCS,
• Michael Dwayne Lindley, 50, PCS,
•Danny Lee Mclemore, 61, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle,
• William Lee Shaddox, 53, Burglary,
• Terry Paul Bevill, 54, Burglary,
• Robert Allen Shaddox, 49, Burglary,
• James David Walker, 27, PCS,
• Steven Michael Green, 45, PCS,
• Joshua Lynn Epperson, 35, PCS ,
• Johnny Craton Pope, 49, indicted for Aggravated Assault,
• Kristen Tennile Patterson, 40, PCS
• Jeffrey Mark Keith, 61, Evading Arrest,
• Kristy Anne Kidan, 37, Credit Card Abuse,
• Phillip Norman-Clinton James, 29, Assault Public Servant,
• Joshua Paul Rogers, Attempted Burglary of Habitation and Unlawful Use of Criminal Instrument,
• Robert Britt Gandy, 36, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon,
• Christopher Lee Fischer, 27, Burglary,
Jeremy James Strawn, Burglary,
• Dean William Kjeldgaard, 54, Indecency with a Child.