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Posted by : admin | On : January 5, 2017

The News Staff Reports
TYLER–The Athens Hornets continued their hot streak by beating their rivals, the Brownsboro Bears in the championship game of the Wagstaff Holiday Tournament played Dec. 28-30 in Tyler. The Hornets made it to the championship by beating Chapel Hill in the opening round and beating Kilgore in the second round to advance.
The Hornets and Bears played a close first quarter as the Bears led 14-13 after one period of play. Athens ramped it up in the second quarter, however, and took a 35-30 lead into halftime. Athens extended its lead over the Bears to 52-44 heading into the final frame. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way, with the Hornets coming away with a 70-61 victory to take the Gold Bracket championship. Leading the way for the Hornets in the win was junior guard Miles Koehler, who poured in 29 points. Senior post Jabrile Richardson added 16 points, junior Chris Taylor tossed in 10 points and juniors Javiry Bowman and Gary Lyons each scored six points in the win.
The Hornets’ offense was ready to play in the first game of the tournament against Chapel Hill. Led by 30 points from Koehler, including six of ten from three- point range, the Hornets scored 94 points in route to a 94-71 thumping of the Tigers. Athens led by five points after one quarter and kept that five-point lead into halftime at 44-39. The Hornets continued its offensive onslaught, extending the lead to 66-55 heading to the final quarter of play.
Athens scored 22 points in each of the first three quarters, but topped that in the final frame, putting up 28 points in the final eight minutes and running away with the win. Guard Javiry Bowman scored 23 for the Hornets, followed by 18 from six-foot three-inch senior post Richardson. Lyons added eight points, Taylor tossed in seven, junior Xavious Fulton added four points and sophomores Rhe’Jhi Sherfield and Casey Wilson added two points each.
In the second game of the tournament, the Hornets led by four points after one quarter and led 41-34 at halftime against Kilgore. Both teams put up 18 points in the third quarter to keep the margin at seven points heading into the fourth quarter. Athens added to its lead and walked away with a 75-66 win. Lyons and Bowman each had 15 points in the victory. Richardson tossed in 12 points, Taylor added five points and Fulton had four points in the game.
In action from Jan 3, the Hornets overcame a shaky first half to beat the Mabank Panthers at Mabank High School gymnasium. The Hornets and Panthers were tied at 20 at halftime, as the Panthers slowed down the pace to keep Athens from getting fast break opportunities. The Hornets made adjustments at halftime and picked up the pace of the game, as well as picking up its defensive pressure. The Hornets outscored the Panthers 21-14 in the third quarter to take the seven-point lead into the final quarter. The Hornets kept the pressure on defensively, forcing Mabank into eight turnovers in the second half. The lead grew to 50-37 with just under five minutes remaining in the game. Athens stretched the lead to 54-39 with 3:50 remaining, its largest lead of the game. Lyons led the Hornets with 17 points. Bowman finished with 14 points, Koehler tossed in 10 points, Taylor had nine points, Richardson added eight points and Fulton contributed one point in the win.
The Hornets improve to 16-2 on the season. The Hornets will travel to Canton to play the Eagles at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 10 in their final game before district play starts.

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Posted by : admin | On : December 29, 2016

John Weldon (Johnny) Hughes, 60, of Malakoff, has been called home to reside in eternity with his Lord and Savior.
He grew up attending First Baptist Church of Malakoff. He was born to Don and Hilda Jo Hughes May 24, 1956. He attended Malakoff schools where he participated and excelled in sports and academics.
Johnny grew up spending lots of time with his grandfather Grady Johnson in Mankin, where he found the love of fishing and hunting.
On May 31, 1975, he married his high school and forever sweetheart, Meg Green. They have enjoyed a full life together raising two sons, hunting, fishing, and enjoying sports, music and family, not in this order.
Johnny’s family was his greatest achievement and he would be the first to make that claim. He had a tremendous amount of pride in his marriage, in his sons Robert and Richard, and his daughter-in-law Christy, but his pride was immeasurable when he spoke of Mackenzie, Bailey and Makayla. His precious granddaughters had him wrapped tightly around their fingers and filled his heart with joy.
“Doodle Ray” was also a second basemen for a slow pitch softball team called the Cedar Creek All Stars where he and a close knit group of men traveled to tournaments and played many games over a ten-year period of time, where more times than not, they were victorious.
He traveled many years to Colorado with his buddies where he loved to elk hunt.
Johnny retired this year from Luminant Generation Company after 42 years of faithful service.
Johnny knew and trusted his Lord. He was a man of many actions and deeds of kindness and love.
He was preceded in death by his mother Hilda Hughes and his nephew Ashtyn Hughes.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Meg Hughes, son and daughter Robert and Christy Hughes, his son Richard Hughes, three granddaughters Mackenzie, Bailey and Makayla Hughes, parents Don Hughes and Charleen, brothers Wesley Hughes, Danny Hughes and Quinn, Billy Hughes and Shannon, sisters Lisa Garrison and Jerry, Donna Calvert and Scott, Cindy Garrison and Ray, Dana Tunnell and Jeff, father-in-law James Green and Ruth, brothers-in-law Preston Green and Sheri, Mike Green and Barbara and sister-in-law Charlsey Holler and Jeff. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. And John Boy is loved by all.
A memorial service was held Dec. 29, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Malakoff with Bro. Tommy Hayes officiating.

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Posted by : admin | On : December 29, 2016

By Rollin Hadsell
The News Staff Writer
Highlighted by Malakoff’s historic run through the playoffs, the Henderson County area was witness to many great accomplishments by the students at four area schools throughout 2016. Take a look and enjoy the look at the successes of the year.
CROSS COUNTRY
Malakoff girls and boys cross country teams both advanced to the regional meet after both teams finished second at the district meet in Elkhart.
Athens advanced to the regional meet after finishing third in district. Lady Hornet Aracelly Castillo became a regional qualifier, finishing 15th to advance.
VOLLEYBALL
The Athens Lady Hornets finished the regular season in fourth place and qualified for the playoffs. The Lady Hornets lost in the first round to a very powerful Lorena team who went to the regional finals.
The Trinidad Lady Trojans were crowned district champions, but the Lady Trojans wanted more. They got it by advancing to the regional finals before being ousted by Leverett’s Chapel. What a great run by a team that finished with no district wins just a couple years ago. The future is bright for the Lady Trojans.
FOOTBALL
The Malakoff Tigers made history this year. The Tigers became the first team in the Henderson County area to advance past the third round of the playoffs. The Tigers in fact made it to within one game of playing in the state championship game. After beating Troy 47-16 in the bi-district round, the Tigers traveled to Nacogdoches to battle Kirbyville in the area round. The Tigers dismantled the running game of Kirbyville, running away with a 49-6 win. Malakoff’s regional semifinal game against Rockdale was much closer, but the Tigers eventually took care of business in a 27-14 win, advancing to the regional final against Cameron-Yoe, who had beaten them the year before to knock them out of the playoffs. The Tigers and Yoemen battled for 48 minutes, but it wasn’t enough, as regulation ended with a tie. The Tigers got a 30-yard field goal from Evarardo Garcia to beat the Yoemen to advance to the state semifinals. Malakoff’s season would end at Darryl K. Royal Memorial Stadium with a 28-24 loss to Yoakum, but history had been made. The Tigers finished the regular season 10-0. Advanced to the state semifinals, and finished the season 14-1. Get ready for more of the same from the Tigers next year!
SOCCER
The Athens Lady Hornets brought excitement to their soccer fans by advancing to the regional semifinals. The Lady Hornets were ousted by eventual state qualifier Kilgore.
BASKETBALL
The Trinidad Trojans advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The Trojans fell to state power Campbell 64-29.
The Malakoff Lady Tigers advanced to the playoffs after finishing the regular season as undefeated district champions. The Lady Tigers won the bi-district championship, but were ousted in the area round.
Malakoff boys were also bi-district champions. After beating Jefferson 88-85 to win bi-district, the Tigers were downed by Teague in the area round, ending their season.
Cross Roads advanced to the third round of the playoffs. The Bobcats started their playoff run with a 101-97 win against Lovelady. The Bobcats followed up that win by beating Crawford 59-50 to advance to the third round, where they were downed 73-69 by district rival Kerens.
POWERLIFTING
Three Athens powerlifters advanced to the state powerlifting meet. Josh West, Logan Fuller and Chad Walker advanced, with Walker setting an area record for the bench press. Walker benched 460 pounds to set the area record.
TRACK
Malakoff’s Tyler Russell won the state championship in the high jump with a jump of six feet 10 inches. Russell also finished sixth in the long jump.
The Malakoff boys track team wins the area meet to advance to regionals.
Six Trinidad track athletes advanced to the regional meet. Erica Airheart advanced by finishing second in the long jump and triple jump and being on the fourth-place finishing 400-meter relay team. Tori Moody placed fourth in the triple jump to advance. Robin Polk and Jaylon Womack were part of the 400-meter relay team. Polk also finished third in the shot put to advance. Heather Monroe was the area champion in the shot put. Sean Davies finished as the area champion in the 110-meter hurdles and second in the triple jump to advance in both events.
BASEBALL
Athens won the district championship with an 8-0 win over Kaufman. The Hornets beat Van 6-1 in a one-game playoff to advance to the area round. Athens then beat Paris two games to one to advance to the next round. Athens started the series with a 4-0 shutout. Paris rebounded to win 2-1 in game two. Athens won game three 4-2. The Hornets’ season came to an end in the regional quarterfinals as they were downed two games to one by Paris North Lamar.
SOFTBALL
The Malakoff Lady Tigers finish the softball regular season as undefeated district champions. The Lady Tigers advanced all the way to the regional finals before falling to eventual state champion West in a three- game series. Each game was decided by one-run. The Lady Tigers have a bright future ahead of them in 2017.
SIGNINGS
Athens had four athletes sign national letters of intent to go play sports at the next level. Travon Fuller signed with Texas A&M to play football. Logan Fuller signed to play at Tyler Junior College on a football scholarship. Josh West signed to play football at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Ana Rodriguez signed with University of the Incarnate Word to play soccer.
Malakoff athlete Kiana Reed signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Temple College.
Athens’ Tyler Harris signed a letter of intent to attend Hill College and be a part of their rodeo team.
What a great year for Henderson County sports. We look forward to watching what will happen in 2017.

Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 29, 2016

Eula Bush Robinson of Log Cabin passed away Dec. 21, 2016 at the age of 74.
Eula was born Feb. 17, 1942 in Aubrey, Texas to David Addie Bush and Rosie Lee Baughman Bush.
She was a member of the Kairos outside prison ministries.
She was preceded in death by her parents David and Rosie Bush, husband James Robinson, sisters Mary Jeffcoat, Odessa Kelley and Betty Baughman, brothers Douglas Bush and James Bush.
She is survived by her daughter Jana and husband Tim Smith, son Marion Carroll, daughter Suzan and husband Jim Harris, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Dec. 28, 2016 at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.

Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 29, 2016

HENDERSON COUNTY–2016 may well go down in history for its tumultuous and many would say dysfunctional election season which began with contentious primaries. The outcome of the U.S. Presidential Election, drew about 1.4 million more Americans in this year’s election than in 2012, but the numbers of those eligible to vote also rose during the interval. Approximately 57 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the presidential election, according to the latest estimates from Michael McDonald, associate professor at the University of Florida, who gathers data at the U.S. Elections Project, down from 58.6 percent in 2012 and 61.6 percent in 2008, which was the highest mark in 40 years. Turnout remained well above levels for most presidential election years from 1972 to 2000.
The outcome seated capitalist businessman and non-politician Republican candidate Donald Trump as this country’s 45th top executive. The upset was one of just five elections in our nation’s history where the Electoral majority votes outweighed the popular vote, which went to Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton. Trump won 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232. Clinton won 48.3 percent of the popular vote to Trump’s 46.2 percent. The electoral college system was put in place by the nation’s founders to ensure cooperation across all segments of American society as explained by Prager University.
Locally, the elections while less contentious, resulted in one recount in the Republican primary for the Henderson County Sheriff race which was between long-term Henderson County Law Enforcement employees Chief Deputy Botie Hillhouse and Criminal Investigator Billy Jack Valentine. Ultimately, Hillhouse was declared the winner by a margin of 61 votes, proving to many that every vote counts. Hillhouse took office on June 1 upon Sheriff Ray Nutt’s retirement on May 31.
Storms hit the area
A 70-mph tornado which hit Eustace late in December, 2015 was major news the first part of January as damage was surveyed. The twister, estimated to be 40 yards wide had stayed on the ground for approximately three minutes. Other parts of Texas, especially the Rowlett/Garland area were much worse and Payne Springs VFD assisted there.
March 8 brought more severe storms with straight line winds and reported tornadoes damaging areas of Malakoff, including the Flagg House which was built by Harry Flagg in 1921 and now serves as the Malakoff Historical Society and museum, along with the local Chamber of Commerce.
Schools make the grade
Many area schools proudly displayed banners touting their achievements as Texas Education Agency announced ratings but one school stood out. Malakoff ISD achieved back-to-back annual national recognitions as Blue Ribbon Schools. In 2016, Tool Elementary School joined Malakoff Elementary School (2015 recipient) in gaining the honor this year, under the direction of all the teachers and Principal Christal Calhoun. Tool Elementary was one of 26 Texas schools nominated to receive the award.
Every year, the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, which demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. More than 7,500 of schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely-recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. Calhoun, along with teachers Kristi Dalrymple, Tasha French and Kristina Page attended a two-day ceremony in Washington, D.C. Nov. 7-8 to celebrate their achievement. After returning, Tool Elementary School celebrated the honors Nov. 16 with all of the students and about 100 community members.
In addition, the Malakoff Tigers Football Team broke a school record making it into the final round of statewide competition on the gridiron. A parade and celebration are being planned to honor the high achievement of the student athletes at Malakoff ISD.
Trinity Valley Community College made plans for future expansion with the purchase of the former National Guard Armory and adjacent Central Park Nov. 28. In similar fashion, TVCC purchased the former hospital site on State Highway 34 in Terrell to establish a Health Science Center.
Law Enforcement in the News
Another record-breaker was seen in the ending of the longest standoff with law enforcement this country has never heard about. The 15-year standoff with the law, came to an end Jan. 6, as a result of a news reporter informing the Henderson County authorities that the Anderson County DA’s Office had dropped charges against John Joe Gray. News of the dropped charge came to light in the aftermath of another armed standoff on public lands in Oregon. Gray, now 66, was arrested in 1999 for assaulting a state trooper during a traffic stop in Anderson County. Gray said it was his God-given right to carry the pistol he had that day, without a concealed handgun license. When the trooper tried to arrest him, Gray admits getting into a scuffle and biting him.
Gray was eventually charged with assaulting a public servant. But after being freed on bail, he refused to return to court, and instead, armed himself at home.
“If they come out after us, bring extra body bags. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword,” Gray told ABC News in a 2000 interview.
Since the felony charge in 1999, Gray reportedly hadn’t left his 47 acres along the banks of the Trinity River between Tool and Trinidad. The impasse may well be the longest armed standoff in American history, which few knew anything about.
2016 came in allowing those licensed to own a gun to carry it in a holster without needing to conceal it. A bunch more rules were erected around the practice, regarding places of instruction and education and its prohibition if a sign is posted at private or public buildings restricting it.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse hit the ground running when he took office on June 1 and has been a frequent contributor to major news stories as he and his deputies crack down on drugs in Henderson County. In the last six months, Hillhouse’s campaign against illegal drugs has resulted in more than 1,000 arrests, most for drugs and drug related crime.
On the Tigers’ charge to the football finals, Malakoff ISD Police Chief Stacy Hillhouse distinguished herself with fast action at an away game when Malakoff played the Teague team in Palestine. Hillhouse effectively disarmed a volatile shooting altercation between two Teague fans in the parking lot prior to the gridiron action. She held the perpetrator until local police officers could arrive on the scene. She was recognized by the Malakoff School Board for her heroism and quick response to the situation.
Economic
Development
The City of Athens saw the long time battle of what to do with the abandoned hospital resolved when it all came tumbling down as the hospital was demolished in January.
The city took over the Cain Center and began major renovations which include relocation of municipal offices and improvement of the pool and recreational facilities. To get all the work done, the Cain Center will remain closed for all of 2017.
Malakoff saw the move of McDonalds to a new location and the grand opening of the new Whataburger as well as some work on downtown buildings.
The Henderson County Commissioners Court announced in April its final payment on the 2005 county jail expansion, making the county debt free for the first time in recent history.
Unprecedented
generosity
The Athens branch of Trinity Valley Community College was on the receiving end of the largest single endowment in its history when Athens attorney Nancy Perkins pledged a multi-million-dollar gift in honor of her mother, naming the Trinity Valley Community College Foundation as the beneficiary of her entire estate, Pauline Perkins was the first secretary to college founder and President Orval Pirtle, and ultimately became the longest-living member of the original faculty. Pauline passed away May 22, 2016 at the age of 90. Nancy presented a 1946-47 signed yearbook belonging to her mother to the TVCC Foundation as a token of the gift. While at the college, Pauline studied to obtain her teaching degree and fulfilled a 27-year career in education. Her first position was as a sixth grade teacher for the Mabank school district, Nancy said, though most of her mother’s teaching was at the middle and high schools in Athens. She retired from teaching in 1989 but continued to live a life of service, assisting her daughter in her law practice. “TVCC is where my mother began her professional career and where she was happiest,” Nancy told representatives of the college. “Her gift is her legacy, which we believe will help future generations and will forever commemorate her beauty and generosity.” Nancy Perkins is a practicing attorney throughout the state of Texas and a Mabank High School 1973 Valedictorian. “It is because of her encouragement that I have what I have,” she told The News.
Those we lost
Losses of local citizens who impacted many of us by their leadership and service include Henderson County Extension Agent Rick Hirsch. Hirsch was honored as Agriculturist of the Year and in October a stone memorial was laid in the DREAM garden of the East Texas Arboretum by the Henderson County Master Gardeners.
Randy Thornhill, an acclaimed author who lived in Malakoff in his younger days died on May 6. He had written two novels In the Southern Gothic style that made the top 20 list in 2015 of the best Southern America novels ever written as compiled by Oxford American, the Southern literary magazine.
Malakoff Heads gain a home
Three large enigmatic stones, referred to as the Malakoff Heads, found a permanent home in the Cook Education Center of the Pearce Museum of the Navarro College Campus in Corsicana.
Two of the heads (No. 1 and No. 3 – found in 1939 in the same general location between Mala-koff and Trinidad , in the Trinity River Valley overlooking Cedar Creek) have been stored with the University of Texas.
Experts have studied and argued about the Great Depression,-era finds. Some saying they are the oldest human artifacts uncovered in North America (10,000+ years ago). Others place them at a more recent Archaic Period (6,000 or less years ago).
People in The News
2016 brought many distinctions and awards as well as new jobs for many. This is by no means an exhaustive list as we are sure to miss some.
Athens High School graduate and businessman Drew Douglas was named 2015 Athens Citizen of the Year by the Athens Chamber of Commerce Jan. 22.
Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) Vice President of Instruction Dr. Jerry King was named President Pro Tem of the college May 2.
Three cities named new Police chiefs; Rickey Smith in Trinidad; Darrell Dean in Kemp and Raymond Wennerstrom as police administrator in Seven Points
Region 7 Education Service Center announced that Palestine ISD Superintendent of Schools Jason Marshall had been selected as the 2016 Region 7 Superin-tendent of the Year. Region 7 serves many districts in East Texas, including Athens, Cross Roads, Malakoff and Trinidad.
Court Appointed Spe-cial Advocates (CASA) of Trinity Valley announced that resource development officer Emily Heglund would replace Lee Ann Millender as the organization’s executive director.
Athens High School class of 1940 graduate Vivian Anderson Castleberry 1977 AHS graduate Drew Douglas and the late historic Athens educator R. C. Fisher were inducted to the Hornet Hall of Fame.
Athens native John Torrez was named national Postal Customer Council member for 2016
Other worthies recognized for their achievements include Joe Walenta, local musician and band leader, who was inducted into the Western Swing Music Hall of Fame this year; Outstanding Principal of the Year for Region 7 Eustace Middle School administrator Truman Oakley; and Malakoff Elementary School Principal Ronny Snow nominated one of nine Texas National Distinguished Principal finalists.
Four Athens volunteers were applauded during the mayor ’s third annual Outstanding Leadership Luncheon Oct. 26. Athens Mayor Jerry Don Vaught recognized Steve Grant, Ginger Morton, Mary Lynn Smith and John Glover for the strong leadership they exhibited making life better for everyone living in the city. Ginger Morton and John Glover were the Grand Marshals at the Athens Christmas Parade.
There were festivals and parades, beautiful ceremonies honoring Veterans, celebrations and many good works by citizens and groups. It was a newsworthy year in every sense of the word and we at The News look forward to 2017.

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Posted by : admin | On : December 29, 2016

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The News Staff Reports
ATHENS–Two Athens men were arrested following a traffic stop on drug charges Tuesday. A press release from Sheriff Botie Hillhouse stated a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine, along with other drugs were found in the vehicle with them.
Brunzwick Jones, 45, and Laquntia Jones, 23, were traveling on Gaunt Street when narcotics investigator Josh Rickman and Deputy Kyle Pochobradsky observed a traffic violation. A search of the vehicle located “a large amount of crystal like substance we believe to be methamphetamine,” Hillhouse stated. Authorities also found pills of unknown substance and marijuana.
The men were charged with manufacture/delivery of controlled substances greater than 4 grams and less than 200 grams. The elder Jones was also charged with driving without a valid license. Both men are being held on bonds totaling $12,500 each.
Brunzwick has an arrest record dating back to 1988 with several sentences to jail time. This is Laquntia’s first drug offense, two previous offenses related to driving without license and financial responsibility.
If found guilty of the first-degree felony, the men could be jailed from five to 99 years and be fined up to $10,000 each. Hillhouse said the arrests are part of his continuing mission to eradicate drugs from the county, along with those who sell them and those who use them.
“As long as they don’t stop,” Hillhouse stated, “we don’t stop.” He added the message is also making its way to those who would bring drugs into the county.

Dec

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Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2016

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Jeffie Marie (Crist) Dickey 88, went to be with the Lord Dec. 14, 2016. She was born to Lawrence and Gertrude (Adkins) Crist on Sunday, Sept. 2,1928 in Frankston.
She graduated from Cayuga High School in 1945. She married Mack Henry Dickey Jr. on Oct. 15,1946. She graduated from North Texas State University in 1959. She then began at 25 year teaching career.
She was preceded in death by her beloved parents and husband “Dickey” in 1998.
She is survived by her sons Mack H. Dickey III of Malakoff, Crist Dickey (Amee)Humble, sister and husband Virgie (Crist) and Jack “Corky” McHaney of Medina, five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loved ones.
Visitation was held on Dec.16, 2016 at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home Malakoff, with graveside service at Bethel Cemetery (Cayuga) Dec. 17, 2016.
Pallbearers were Wade Coker, Chad Bishop, Bo Strickland, Larry Callaway, J. T. Trammell and Rudy Snyder. Honorary pallbearers were John Trammell, Dr. Richard David, M.D., Dennis Crawford, Mike Harris, Robert Adkins, Jacob Chitty and Rickey Frasure.

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Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2016

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By Rachel Williams
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF – The Malakoff City Council hailed the Tigers football team for its astounding season and is planning a community-wide celebration in early 2017.
The mighty Tigers of the Malakoff High School made history this year with an overall 14-1 record. The Tigers rank 71 in the state and 688th in the nation! To celebrate this achievement, the Malakoff City Council, Chamber of Commerce and several local organizations are determined to honor its team members with a parade and other activities soon after the first of the year.
“The hard work and dedication of this football team has really brought the community together,” City Councilman Vincent Bailey, Jr. said. “It’s a great thing to support this great team.”
The Malakoff City Council also authorized the submission of an application to the Texas Department of Agriculture Texas Community Development Block Grant program for sewage system improvements. If successful, this matching grant will help Malakoff repair the main trunk line that washed out due to flooding.
In other business, the city council:
• consulted with the city attorney regarding pending litigation matters and the wholesale wastewater services agreement between the City of Malakoff and the City of Star Harbor
• discussed a lease agreement with East Texas Medical Center.
• discussed reforming a volunteer fire department.

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Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2016

The News Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–The Athens Hornets continued their torrid pace, beating Kaufman 66-62 Dec. 16 at Kaufman High School gym.
The Hornets improve to 12-2 on the season and have won nine games in a row since a 90-75 loss to Paris on Dec. 2.
Athens’ defensive pressure and their running style of offense staked the Hornets to a 23-6 lead after one quarter of play.
Kaufman got back into the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Hornets 20-10 in the quarter to go into halftime with the score 33-26.
The Hornets came out firing again in the third quarter, scoring 24 points to go into the fourth and final frame with a commanding 57-37 lead. The 20-point lead did not last long however.
Kaufman made a game of it again in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hornets 25-9 in the quarter to get within four points, but could not make up the rest of the large deficit.
Athens was paced in scoring by 18 points each from senior Jabrile Richardson and junior forward Gary Lyons.
The Hornets will be in action at 10:30 a.m. against Chapel Hill at the Wagstaff Holiday Classic in Tyler.
The Hornets’ next game at home will not be until district play starts. The Hornets will host Palestine at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at Athens High School gymnasium in a District 13-4A contest.

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Posted by : admin | On : December 22, 2016

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Bulldogs had 18 players earn first or second team All-District honors this season that ended up with a state semifinal berth.
Senior wide receiver/defensive back Tyler Russell was selected as the District 9-3A Most Valuable Player by the coaches in the district. Russell hauled in 51 passes for 954 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Russell also had 40 tackles and seven interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.
Junior quarterback Judd Miller was selected as the Offensive Most Valuable Player. Miller completed 156-239 passes for 2,636 yards, with 37 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Miller carried the ball 64 times for 332 yards and seven more touchdowns.
Senior defensive end Danyal Littleton was honored as the Defensive Most Valuable Player for the district. Littleton had 88 tackles (14 for loss), eight sacks and an interception, along with three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Senior C.J. Overton was named as the Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Sophomore kicker Evarardo Garcia, who nailed the 30-yard game-winning field goal in the state quarterfinal win over Cameron Yoe, was named as the Co-Place Kicker of the Year. Garcia will share the honor with Elkhart senior Jacob Walters. Senior wide receiver Q.T. Barker was selected as the Returner of the Year in District 9-3A.
The Tigers placed two other players on the first-team offense. Junior running back Breashawn Williams and wide receiver Barker.
Malakoff loaded up the defensive first team with six players earning first team defensive honors.
Senior defensive lineman Larry Coker and his linemate, senior Payton Lowrie were selected first team linemen.
Seniors Chase Busch and Jack Patton received honors as first team linebackers. Busch had 96 tackles (nine for loss), two sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Patton recorded 125 tackles, including 10 for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Barker was also selected as a first team defensive back, along with junior Adonia Dixon-Thomas. Barker had six interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.
Four offensive lineman received second team honors; junior Coby Wilbanks, senior Spencer Grisham, Coker and Overton. Sophomore Parker Busch was named to the second team as a wide receiver.
Sophomore Caleb Adams was selected to the second team as a defensive lineman, along with junior ShaZarrion Bailey at linebacker.
Junior Ethan Snow was selected as a defensive back for the second team.
Littleton, C. Busch, Patton, Russell, Barker, Miller, Lowrie and Coker were named to the Honorable Mention All-State team as well.