Nov

19

Posted by : admin | On : November 19, 2015

Special to The News
TEXAS–Small, nonfarm businesses in 46 Texas counties are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary counties that began Oct. 13, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center – West.
Primary Texas counties
Coke, Concho, Fisher, Hays, Kent, Mitchell, Nolan, Schleicher, Smith, Tom Green and Wood.
Neighboring Texas counties
Blanco, Borden, Caldwell, Camp, Cherokee, Coleman, Comal, Crockett, Crosby, Dickens, Franklin, Garza, Gregg, Guadalupe, Henderson, Hopkins, Howard, Irion, Jones, Kimble, King, McCulloch, Menard, Rains, Reagan, Runnels, Rusk, Scurry, Sterling, Stonewall, Sutton, Taylor, Travis, Upshur, Van Zandt.
“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.
Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.
By law, SBA makes EIDLs available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. Secretary Tom Vilsack declared this disaster on Oct. 21, 2015.
Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomer-service@sba.gov.
Individuals who are deaf or hardofhearing may call (800) 877-8339.
For more disaster assistance information, or to download applications, go to http://www.sba.gov/disaster.
Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for these loans is June 21, 2016.

Nov

19

Posted by : admin | On : November 19, 2015

By Ryan Moulds
The News Correspondent
MESQUITE– The Athens Hornets beat the Princeton Panthers in the first round of the playoffs 59-36 behind another big game by senior running back Logan Fuller.
Fuller finished the game with 26 carries for 206-yards and four touchdowns. This game puts Fuller at 2,005-yards and 31 touchdowns for the season. He has over 6000-yards in his career at Athens.
The Panthers struck first on a 49-yard strike from Colt Collins to Sadavion Matthews with about eight minuetes left in the opening quarter.
Fuller punched the ball in from a yard out on the next Athens posession to tie the game at seven with 5:08 left in the opening quarter. Fuller then exploded on back to back plays on touchdown runs of 54 and 51-yards to put Athens up 21-7. Collins was able to score on a 59-yard run just before the first quarter ended to make the score 21-14 going into the second quarter.
The quick scoring stopped in the second half but Athens was eventually able to score on a 3-yard run by Maalik Hall to make the score 28-14.
On the next Princeton drive Collins connected with Brandon Talley on an 18-yard score to make the game 28-21 and to give Collins his second touchdown pass of the night. Oscar Rios kicked a 37-yard field goal for Athens just before halftime and the teams went into the locker room with Athens up 31-21.
After halftime Athens quarterback Brandon Boyd put his team up 18 points on a 10-yard touchdown run with 9:16 left. Princeton countered on their next drive with a 38-yard strike from Collins to Phillip Mayfield to cut the lead down to ten.
It was a ten point game going into the fourth quarter when Athens put the game away on touchdown runs by Boyd, Logan Fuller and Travon Fuller to make the game 59-27. The Panthers put one more score on the board but it was too late for any comeback and the Hornets emerged victorious 59-36.
Next up for Athens is a rematch of last season’s exciting area round contest against Kennedale. The Hornmets lost the game 30-26 last season and will be looking for revenge. The game will be played Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Ennis.
With the win Athens improves to 8-3 on the season while Princeton’s season ends with a 7-4 record.

Nov

19

Posted by : admin | On : November 19, 2015

deer

Courtesy Photo
Jordan Sealey, of Malakoff, bags a sweet 10-point deer in Erath County opening weekend, Saturday, Nov. 7.

Nov

13

Posted by : admin | On : November 13, 2015

John spencer

The world has lost a great man. A man who was greatly respected, admired by all and loved by his friends and family.
John Franklin Spencer was born July 11, 1935, in Kaufman, to Joseph and Sarah Spencer. He was the youngest of four children who included brother Fred and sisters Alice and Ruby. He was named for then Vice President John Garner and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
During his early years, John grew up with a love of music. He took his inspiration from Sunday church hymns, as well as Big Band, Dixieland and Jazz. This prevailing interest would be a common thread for the remainder of his life, starting with his college education.
After high school, John left Kaufman to attend East Texas State University in Commerce with the goal of making music his vocation as well as his passion. While in college, he demonstrated his talent as a trumpet player with a five-piece local band dubbed “Four Hits And A Miss.” whose “Miss” was the female piano player. In addition to challenging music theory, his classes taught him proficiency in several instruments, including the baritone, tuba and French horn. His determination garnered him a Master’s and Minor Degree in Music.
It was around this time that John’s life changed forever. He and his future wife, Glendeen Brooks, both reluctantly agreed to go on a blind date set up by friends. This rendezvous was all it took for them to realize they were perfect for each other and they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. After a brief courtship, they eloped to Durant, Oklahoma, and said their vows in front of a Justice Of The Peace and two friends Feb. 2, 1958.
For the next school year, John took his new bride with him to Nixon, where he spent his first two years as the Nixon High School band director. During this period, John attended many University of Texas football games in nearby Austin, developing a life-long enthusiasm for the Longhorns and enjoying the band’s halftime show even more than the contest on the field. He recorded these excursions with a new 8-millimeter movie camera, which became a significant hobby for him. This camera would document his life and family for the next 25 years.
In 1960, John’s future set a new course when he answered an ad in the paper for a band director job in the flourishing little town of Trinidad. Who would have known then the impact he would have on this community for the next 55 years?
Soon after their arrival in Trinidad, John and Glendeen welcomed son Glenn into the world, the first of four children. In 1963, daughter Leslie added a little girl to the family and in 1964, son Dwayne made his entrance. The family seemed set until daughter Tangie made a surprise appearance in 1972.
At school, John fulfilled all of the music education for the entire student body. Not only was he the band director for the high school, he was the only teacher in school who taught all 12 grades. In addition to guiding high school students, he further displayed his talent for instructing with bright-eyed pupils from the first grade, playing oatmeal boxes and triangles to the beat, as well as eager fifth graders, playing their instruments for the very first time. His greatest professional pride was having an accomplished 50-plus piece marching band; a stunning achievement for a school as small as Trinidad.
Former band members will recall his amazing ability to make the performances as professional and commendable as possible,

Nov

12

Posted by : admin | On : November 12, 2015

softball players

THE NEWS PHOTO/RUSSELL SLATON
Malakoff High School softball players Candace Denis (left) and Hazel Puempel each signed a letter of intent to attend college on a softball scholarship. Denis signed with the University of Massachusetts, while Puempel signed with Texas Woman’s University. The ceremony was held Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the Malakoff High School gymnasium.

Nov

12

Posted by : admin | On : November 12, 2015

malakoff city council

The News Photo/Russell Slaton
Malakoff Elementary School teachers receive applause Nov. 5 for their efforts in securing a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Dept. of Education, as part of the school’s National Blue Ribbon Celebration.

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent

MALAKOFF–The City of Malakoff has severed ties with the Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department and will rely on outside agencies to provide first-response emergency protection for now, decided Malakoff city council members during Monday, Nov. 9’s monthly meeting, which included a two-hour executive session.

The volunteer fire department (VFD) works under an at-will agreement with the City of Malakoff, which was terminated immediately, said Malakoff’s city attorney, Hank Skelton of Athens. The future of the Malakoff VFD, which was organized in 1949, remains unclear, as does ownership of the fire station and equipment.

The point of contention was response times, with Skelton saying the department lacked the personnel to answer calls. Malakoff’s fire chief, Kirk Kebodeaux, said issues have arisen during weekday working hours, with VFD members working daytime jobs. Those calls have been picked up by other departments.

Kebodeaux said he was trying to address the situation by entering into an automatic aid agreement with a neighboring department, meaning that a single call summoned each VFD.

Kebodeaux also said he had three pending applicants to the 16-member VFD who would be available during daytime hours. The VFD chief also said he was recruiting more members on social media.

The city council’s decision came about a month after Henderson County canceled its contract with the Malakoff VFD. That decision cost the fire department about $10,000 in annual funding from the county, Kebodeaux said.

Kebodeaux said he learned the department had its response areas outside Malakoff split up among neighboring departments after the decision had been made by Henderson County officials. “I was shocked I was not even notified in writing,” he said.

The Malakoff VFD had been limited to calls within the Malakoff city limits, with departments from Log Cabin, Caney City and Trinidad also answering calls. That arrangement with area departments is expected to be expanded to take up Malakoff VFD’s void, Skelton said.

Southside VFD, based in Shady Grove, also announced in a late 2014 mailing that its response area had expanded to include “Malakoff residents” on FM 2636 and FM 3441, along with county roads 1202, 1203, 1211, 1217, 1219, 1220, 1221 and 1309, as well as Crescent Oaks Drive, Fontenot Acres Road and Airstrip Road.

Volunteers comprise 69 percent of firefighters in the United States, according to the National Volunteer Fire council. Membership in the volunteer ranks has declined 12 percent since 1984, the national council states.

Also during the meeting, council members:
• adopted a proclamation honoring Malakoff Elementary School as a National Blue Ribbon School.
• nominated Phil Tucker for a one-year term as the Place 4 representative on the Henderson County Appraisal District board of directors.
• Set Saturday, Nov. 14 as the annual fall citywide cleanup, which lasts from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
• appointed Rebecca Ray as city prosecutor for the Malakoff Municipal Court. Municipal Judge Bill Burton said previous prosecutor Daniel Barnes has taken another job in Fort Worth. Ray has been with the county attorney’s office since 2009 and has been a city prosecutor in Payne Springs.
“She is ethical, honest and hard working,” city attorney Skelton said in recommendation, adding: “And one of the few lawyers to get the best of me.”

Sep

30

Posted by : admin | On : September 30, 2015

The News staff reports
MALAKOFF–Four banners marking the accomplishments of former Malakoff High School basketball coach Deartis Nickerson have been put back up in the Malakoff gym.
Last week, The News reported that several people expressed displeasure Sept. 21 over the decision during a MISD school board meeting. MISD Superintendent Randy Perry provided The News with the following statement:
“Not all of the banners were taken down,” Perry said. “Coach Nickerson’s 500th win banner remained to recognize his accomplishments. There were four other banners marking his 100, 200, 300 and 400th wins. Those banners were taken down and given to Coach Nickerson for him to keep. His picture remains on the wall of fame as the only non student-athlete from MHS.”
“Deartis Nickerson is no longer the basketball coach at Malakoff High School after retiring at the end of the last school year. We have a new coach now, and the thought at the campus was that some of the banners needed to come down, while of course, still respecting the accomplishments of Coach Nickerson. We had several members of the community get upset that four of the five banners had been removed. Several of these folks expressed their concerns to the school board, and have now been put back up in the gym out of respect to the wishes of the community members who spoke up.”

Sep

30

Posted by : admin | On : September 30, 2015

Blue Ribbon seal
By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF–It’s official: Malakoff Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
The announcement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was played over the Malakoff Elementary School intercom, said MES principal Ronny Snow. Snow credited the staff at MES for achieving the status, as well as its students. “This staff has pushed for excellence and students have responded,” Snow said.
In late January, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) nominated 25 Texas public schools for national 2015 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition. Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels.
In its 33-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 8,000 of America’s schools. All schools were selected as exemplary high performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 25 percent or greater.
“We have been asked by many other school districts that come spend time with us about what it is that we are doing,” Snow said. “I’ll tell them staff continuity and all recognizing the task at hand and every grade level being on the same page. Probably the two best specific things that we do for achievement are, number one, our afterschool tutorial program. It lets us work in small groups and has been very beneficial to our students. The second thing would be the use of mentoring minds as a supplemental instruction piece. It is very rigorous and if students are able to do it then any state testing is no issue for them.”
Nationally, only 332 campuses in 44 states were selected for this honor, said Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry. “Malakoff ISD wants to congratulate the teachers and staff at Malakoff Elementary along with their principal, Mr. Ronny Snow, for this distinction,” Perry said.
Snow, along with three teachers, will be attending the National Blue Ribbon Conference in Washington, D.C., on November 9 and 10 to accept the award. Those teachers are Christy Jackson, Kasey Holt and Shay Masterson.
“They represent third and fifth grades, which are the tested grades,” Snow said. “All are longtime Malakoff Elementary School employees and between them they have 50 years of experience, all at Malakoff Elementary School.”

Jul

14

Posted by : admin | On : July 14, 2015

By Erik Walsh
The News Staff

ATHENS–County Commissioners called an election Nov. 3 to create Emergency Services District No. 10 in the Eustace area. Seven ESDs currently serve Henderson County. Emergency Service District spots eight and nine are not available because they are designated to Murchison and Baxter after unsuccessful propositions.
Commissioners also accepted a payment from Oncor Electric Delivery for damage done during power line construction in Precinct 4.

The payment of $35,634.40 was issued after heavy equipment operated by Oncor destroyed portions of the roadway on County Road 4910. In April and May. Precinct. 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin said he applied for the funds and county negotiated with Oncor for the settlement.

“We had several discussions with Oncor because of heavy equipment on all of the roads, ” Geeslin said. “That portion was destroyed, as well as three culverts being crushed.”

The $35,634.40 will cover the cost of material and asphalt to resurface the road. The precinct will do patch work and culvert repair until the fall, when Oncor has completed its construction activities.
Commissioners Court also voted on Tuesday to pay bills in the amount of $168,185.90.

Jul

14

Posted by : admin | On : July 14, 2015

Mal Rotary

By Russell Slaton
The News Correspondent
MALAKOFF – Prison ministry is now the name of the game for Bill Glass, a former Baylor football player who was inspired by Billy Graham to preach to the imprisoned.
Those facts and others were shared by A.J. Tusberg, who told Malakoff Rotarians Tuesday, July 7 about Behind the Walls, the prison ministry Glass started in 1972. “We show that there’s hope out there on the outside, and that they can make it,” Tusberg said. “We look at a person and think, ‘What would Jesus do?’”
The nationwide ministry has local outreach, including events at the Texas Department of Corrections complex in Anderson County as well as at the Henderson County Jail in Athens. The incarcerated reached by Behind the Walls can range from those biding their time on death row, or youthful offenders in correctional facilities. Last year, the ministry reached 45,000 people, and has served more than a million since its start.
Rotarian Jeanie Seely, a Malakoff insurance agent, also takes part in Behind the Walls’ ministry efforts. It’s an interdenominational outreach which “pulls all of us together,” Seely said. “Every time I go I enjoy it more and more,” she added.
Tusberg said that the prison events are very safe for the general public. “These are people who want to see and hear God,” he said. “We visit people who haven’t had visitors in years. We’re helping them understand there is hope and that life can change, even behind bars.”
Ninety-eight cents of every dollar donated goes to the nonprofit organization’s mission, Tusberg pointed out. Each event can cost between $6,000 and $8,000, he added.
For more information about joining the prison ministry, go online to BillGlass.org or call 972- 298-1101.