May

04

Posted by : admin | On : May 4, 2017

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders (center), along with county commissioners proclaim the month of May as May Elder Abuse Prevention Month alongside adult protective services board and case workers.

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh
Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders (center), along with county commissioners proclaim the month of May as May Elder Abuse Prevention Month alongside adult protective services board and case workers.


By Erik Walsh
The News Staff Writer
HENDERSON COUNTY–The night skies in Henderson Country are going to be brighter this Memorial Day after commissioners agreed to allow the sale of fireworks in Henderson County for the Veteran holiday.
The approval is noteworthy because last May the court denied vendors the lawful right to sell fireworks in the county, citing that the holiday is one of sober reflection, not explosive celebration.
Commissioners sang a different tune Tuesday, approving the resolution 4-1 with only Judge Richard Sanders opposing. There was some discussion prior to the vote, with a representative from the firework sales community appealing to the commissioners.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin weighed the negatives to fireworks, stating that some people are irresponsible with their use and uncourteous with the times they fire them.
Texas Counties decide their own fate concerning fireworks sales for three Texas Holidays: Feb. 25-March 2 (Texas Independence Day); April 16-April 21 (San Jacinto Day) and May 25-30 (Memorial Day).
Commissioners also approved the transfer of a flying drone to the possession of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse addressed the court concerning the acquisition of the new drone.
“We will only use the drone for search situations with warrants signed by a judge,” Hillhouse said.
Hillhouse said the drone could provide valuable intelligence of protentional hostile environments and keep his deputies out of harm’s way. The Sheriff’s Office will not need to purchase any additional parts and will receive proper training to operate the drone.
Commissioners also accepted donations of children’s blankets to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office from the Linus Project. The blankets will go in deputies’ cars to be given to children in stressful situations for comfort.
Commissioners also made two proclamations, calling May Elder Abuse Prevention Month and Older American Month.
“We need to highlight these issues when they come before us,” Sanders said. “I think it’s despicable to take advantage of elderly and disabled people.”
Geeslin agreed. “Child abuse is rightfully getting lots of attention and this problem is not unlike it,” he said. “The victims cannot speak up. I proudly support this proclamation.”
Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney said he draws strength from the older generation. “There is a lot of wisdom that gets overlooked,” McKinney said. “They really are one of our greatest assets.”
Commissioners took the time to thank first responders and emergency service workers for their toil over the weekend and weeks to come after the tornadoes in Henderson County and reminded the court not to forget their neighbors to the north that lost much in the disaster.
Commissioners took a lengthy executive session to interview up to 15 applicants to fill the unoccupied seat of Justice of the Peace Precinct 5. No action was made on Tuesday.
In other action, Commissioners:
• appointed Precinct 1 Commissioner Ken Hayes to fill Geeslin’s seat on the IT Committee. Geeslin served on the committee for more than six years,
• approved paying bills totaling $157,591.63 and
• extended the bidding window for pest control services for another three weeks. The court dropped the former contractor for “lack of service and overcharging.”

Apr

27

Posted by : admin | On : April 27, 2017

News Staff Reports
LAKE PALESTINE–The man who survived his boat going over the spillway at Lake Palestine April 19 died Sunday. His wife, Billemarie, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene. A double memorial service is set for Bille and Keith Wagnon, 69, was held Wednesday (April 26) at Rhone Memorial Chapel in Palestine. They were both local residents.
The News reporter Russell Slaton happen to have witnessed the horrific event from a distance, catching it on video, using his cell phone. Slaton said he felt helpless to do anything to prevent the tragedy from occurring. “I looked and kept thinking he would turn back, but he didn’t,” Slaton said. “Suddenly it went over and then there were several loud bangs or thuds.”
Game Warden Mike Hanson said freeing the boat to remove it was a problem because it got caught on some concrete pillars.
According to Hanson, the boat, occupied by a man and a woman, was traveling at a fast pace along the lake, traveling southward toward the dam. Hanson said the boat continued to travel and then passed the buoys which indicate the spillway’s edge, and continued straight on.
Hanson said some fisherman on the river near the spillway rushed over to try to save the boat’s occupants.
The man survived, but the woman was declared dead by Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Phillip Grimes from Cherokee County. He was taken to a Tyler hospital and placed in Intensive Care, where he later died. Keith and Billemarie Wagnon were married for 50 years.
No foul play is suspected.

Apr

27

Posted by : admin | On : April 27, 2017

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The New Staff Reports
ATHENS–Investigators are still looking into the cause of a deadly fire Saturday that resulted in the death of a man said to be in his 70s.
Fire at a boarding house on East College Street was reported at 8:36 p.m. However upon arrival, Athens Fire Department firefighters found the two-story structure fully involved. The name of the deceased was not disclosed as authorities hadn’t reached a next of kin by press time Wednesday.
The house was more than 3,500 square feet and built in the 1920s, Fire Chief John McQueary estimated.
The man was one of five or six individuals renting rooms in the house.
The chief reports rescue attempts made by the neighbors and another resident who saw the man on the second floor. “We assume he was overcome by smoke and probably collapsed. When the fire got intense enough for the floor and roof to fall, he ended up on the bottom floor,” McQueary said.
The blaze was so powerful firefighters were prevented from going inside upon arrival due to the flames. Their efforts prevented the fire from spreading to the two neighboring houses on either side. However, these structures sustained minor damage from the heat, McQueary said.

Apr

27

Posted by : admin | On : April 27, 2017

The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–Lady Tiger Chaney Tart threw a complete-game four-hit shutout in Malakoff’s 4-0 victory over Athens April 21 in a warm-up game for both teams before starting bi-district play.
Tart was dominant in the game, throwing only 91 pitches, striking out five and walking two. Offensively, Tart was 1-2 with a run scored and drew a walk. Abby Terzis led the Lady Tigers by going 2-3 with a run scored and three RBIs. Athens’ Kristin House also threw a complete game, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits, walking four and striking out two.
The Lady Tigers wasted no time getting on the board, scoring two runs in the first inning. Chyann Jarrett walked on four pitches to start the inning. With two outs, Abby Terzis singled to score Jarrett. Cheyanne Robertson walked and Terzis scored after moving to third and then home on two passed balls.
Malakoff made it 4-0 in the bottom of the third. Joey White singled, moved to second on a Tart walk and both runners scored on an Abby Terzis double to left.
White went 1-3 with a run scored and Jaci Spiva was 1-3 for the Lady Tigers. Jarrett walked twice and scored a run and Robertson drew a walk in the game.
For Athens, Tyler Greene, Bianca Garcia and Jennifer Bradford each finished the night 1-3. Bailey Collins was 1-2 for the Lady Hornets. Athens falls to 11-14 on the season. The Lady Hornets will face China Spring in a best of three series. Game two will be played April 28 beginning at 5 p.m. Game three, if necessary, will begin 30 minutes after game two concludes.
The Lady Tigers improve to 20-6-1 and have won 14 straight games. Malakoff’s last loss was a 7-6 loss to Class 5A Mansfield Summit March 4.
The Lady Tigers will play Saturday, April 29 in game two of their bi-district playoff series against Blooming Grove. Game two will begin at 1 p.m. with game three starting 30 minutes after game two if necessary.

Apr

27

Posted by : admin | On : April 27, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
TEAGUE–The Malakoff Tigers and Lady Tigers had a great day at the area meet in Teague April 20. The two teams had numerous athletes qualify for the regional meet, which will be held April 28-29 at Baylor University. The top four finishers from the area meet qualify for the regional meet.
Malakoff senior Tyler Russell heads to regionals in the high jump and is the defending state champion. Russell will also compete in the 300-meter hurdles and the long jump after winning all three events at the area meet. QT Barker was first in the 100-meter dash and Jack Patton finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles.
In the field events, Payton Lowrie finished second in the shot put, with Danyall Littleton taking third place in the same event. Larry Coker won the discus. Rowdy Dunklin finished fourth in the high jump, Braeshawn Williams was fourth in the long jump and Sha’Zarrion Bailey was fourth in the pole vault.
The Tiger 4×100 relay team of JaQuaylon Hart, Braeshawn Williams, Barker and Russell finished first, as well as the 4×400 relay team of Barker, Xavier McCullar, Jaterian Walker and Russell.
The Lady Tigers are sending Kenzi Crist to regionals in the high jump and the 100-meter hurdles. Jalie Dawson qualified in the 100-meter run, Joey White in the 400-meter run, Cameron Roberts in the 800-meter run and Charlsey Stearman in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles.
Paton Willbanks qualified in the pole vault and Keikei Walker in the long jump. The 4×100 relay team of Walker, Monica Oviedo, White, Dawson and the 4×200 relay team of Walker, Daja Barron, Oviedo and Dawson will be competing at regionals.
The top two finishers in each event at regionals will qualify for the state track and field meet May 12-13 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Apr

20

Posted by : admin | On : April 20, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office arrested a Malakoff man for arson after investigating a fire on Monday.
Troy Lynn Tucker, 29, was arrested on the scene for Arson of a Habitation/Place of Worship, a first-degree felony. Bonds were set at $23,500.
The fire was extinguished at lot 18 Spring Creek Parkway in Malakoff.
In addition, Assistant Fire Marshal Sherry Powers found a clear small plastic bag with suspected methamphetamine on Tucker’s person during the arrest. A drug possession charge was added to Tucker’s intake at the Henderson County Jail.
Sheriff Botie Hillhouse has set a no tolerance policy for drugs in the county and the Fire Marshal’s Office fully supports those efforts. “If we have to deal with you, and you have drugs, you’re going to jail for those charges along with any charges we have to file on you,” Fire Marshal Rodney Renberg stated in a press release. “We take arson very seriously and it will not be tolerated. We will investigate the cause and if you’re responsible, you’re going to jail.”

Apr

20

Posted by : admin | On : April 20, 2017

Stecher Obit
Lee Roy Stecher, long-time resident of Star Harbor, Malakoff, passed away on April 8, 2017. Lee Roy Stecher was born on Feb.11, 1926, in Cameron to Leo Stecher and Ottilie Marak Stecher.
He graduated from Yoe High School in 1944, where he lettered on the Cameron Yoe football team. He served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater on the U.S.S. Mendocino. After World War II, he moved to Dallas and studied at Draughon’s Business College, where he learned the valuable skill of keeping financial books.
He met Carmen Crespo, who had just moved to Texas from Tampa, Fla. They married on July 3, 1948 at St. Edward’s in Dallas.
Lee began his career as a bookkeeper at Austin Paving Company, which evolved into Austin Industries in Dallas. Lee Roy worked there for 41 years, moving up the ranks to become its Secretary-Treasurer and chief financial officer.
Lee was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and was a major supporter of the establishment of the Mary Queen of Heaven parish in Malakoff, including its new church which was consecrated in 2017.
Lee and Carmen Stecher were some of the original homesteaders at Star Harbor on Cedar Creek Lake, where they resided permanently after they retired. They were gracious hosts to hundreds of family members and friends for the nearly 50 years that they have called The Lake House their home. Lee moved to Wisteria Place in Abilene on Feb. 28, 2017, where he resided until his death on April 8, 2017.
Lee was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Carmen Crespo Stecher.
Lee is survived by his children and their spouses, Sandra Stecher Harper and Dave Harper of Abilene and Steve and Danna Stecher of Austin, his grandchildren and their spouses Justin and Jennifer Harper of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Jonathan and Abbie Harper of Denton, Cheryl Stecher Sanborn and McLean Sanborn of Denton and Daniel and Chelsea Stecher of Leander, great-grandchildren Alexandra, Reagan, Madison and Andrew Harper; Leo, Everly and George Stecher and Pearson and Samantha Sanborn. Lee is also survived by his older brother Edwin Stecher of San Antonio, cousin Barbra Jane Gurecky of Cameron, and nieces Diane Stecher Brown of San Antonio and Connie Buce Fife of Carrollton.
The success of his children and grandchildren can be largely attributed to the unconditional love and support that Lee and Carmen Stecher fostered in their family.
Funeral services will be arranged by Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff. Visitation will occur from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, April 21 (today) at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home followed by the rosary at 7 p.m.
The requiem mass will be offered at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Malakoff, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 with the burial after Mass at Mary Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Lee and Carmen Stecher Endowed Scholarship in the School of Business at McMurry University.

Apr

20

Posted by : admin | On : April 20, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
PALESTINE–The Malakoff boys track team edged Teague High School by one point at the District 18-3A meet in Palestine April 11-12, to win the district championship. Malakoff scored 140.3 points and Teague finished with 139. Elkhart finished third with 126.6 and Westwood fourth with 84 points. The top four teams advance to the area meet to be held April 19 in Teague.
The Malakoff girls team finished second at the district meet with 132 points. Elkhart won the district title with 199 points. Westwood and Teague came in third and fourth, respectively.
Tyler Russell won the long jump with a leap of 21-0 1/2 with teammate Braeshawn Williams taking second with a jump of 20-4. Russell also took first in the high jump, clearing 6-6 with Rowdy Dunklin finishing second with a jump of 6-2. In the pole vault, Sha’zarian Bailey finished third with a vault of 10-6 to advance. Payton Lowery finished third in the shot put with a put of 42-9 3/4 and Danyal Little placed fourth with a 41-7 1/4 put. Larry Coker took third in the discus at 134-3 with Littleton finishing fourth with a throw of 128-9.
Jaterian Walker took fourth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.40. Jack Patton won the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.96 seconds. Quarterio Barker took second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.73 seconds. In the 400-meter dash,
Xavier McCullar finished third with a time of 51.21 and Russell won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.06 seconds.
The Tigers’ 4×100 Relay team won with a time of 42.42 seconds and the 4×400 Relay team finished fourth with a time of 3:45.59.
Keiundryia Walker finished second in the long jump with a bound of 15-6 1/4, with Joey White finishing third at 15-3 3/4. Mackenzie Crist was third in the high jump, clearing 4-10 and Paton Willbanks finished fourth with a jump of 4-8. Willbanks won the pole vault with a height of 7-6. In the shot put, Shakera Thompson was fourth with a distance of 33-4 1/4. Hailey Myers was third in the 3200-meter run, finishing with a time of 13:42.18. White took second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.77, Jalie Dawson second in the 100-meter dash with a 12.92 second time and Charlsey Stearman finished second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.71 seconds. Stearman also took third in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking a 16.78 second time, with Crist finishing fourth at 17.04 seconds.
Malakoff’s 4×100 Relay team took second with a time of 50.46, the 4×200 team third with a 1:51.06 and the 4×400 Relay team placed third with a 4:30.61 to advance to the area meet.

Apr

20

Posted by : admin | On : April 20, 2017

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The News Staff Reports
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers used an eight-run fifth inning to pull away from Westwood in the 16-6 victory April 13. The Tigers fell to Elkhart in their latest game, losing 7-2 to the Elks April 18.
Malakoff had 12 hits and walked eight times to run-rule Westwood after six innings.
Tyler Russell led the offensive onslaught by going 3-5 with two runs scored and six runs batted in and Tyler Crawford chipped in by getting three hits in four at-bats, driving in three runs and scoring two more.
Ethan Snow got the victory for the Tigers, throwing five and a third innings, giving up five runs on five hits and striking out five, while walking six.
The Tigers wasted no time getting the offense going, scoring three runs in the first inning on a Crawford single, a Cully McCoy double and an RBI walk by Chase Busch.
The lead disappeared in the top of the third as Westwood scored four times to take a one-run lead on two free passes and three hits, including a double.
The Tigers took the lead again in the bottom of the fourth inning by scoring three times, highlighted by a Russell triple that drove in two runs. A Crawford single drove in the other run. Westwood would not go away, scoring a run in the top of the fifth to make it a one-run game again.
Malakoff put the game away in the bottom of the fifth inning. D. Kennedy started the inning with a walk, S. Black walked and with one out Zee Bailey walked to load the bases. Jake Lee hit a ground ball to third and reached on an error, allowing Kennedy to score. Russell laced a double to center field scoring two runs. Lee was out trying to advance. After a Snow walk put men on first and third with two outs, Crawford had his third hit of the game, driving in both runners to make it 11-5. McCoy singled and Dakota Burkhalter doubled to drive in two more runs, making it 13-5. Burkhalter stole third and scored on a passed ball for the eighth run of the inning.
After a Westwood run in the top of the sixth brought the score to 14-6, Malakoff ended it in the bottom half o the inning.
Chase Busch doubled and L. Rogers walked. After a groundout, Russell got his fourth hit and fifth and sixth runs batted in of the game on another double to center, scoring both runners and ending the game on the mercy rule.
McCoy went 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Burkhalter was 1-3 with a run and two RBI. Chase Busch had two doubles, two runs and a run batted in. Lee scored two runs and had an RBI.
Every Tiger player that entered the game scored at least one run.
With the win against Westwood and the loss to Elkhart April 18, the Tigers’ record now stands at 7-9 overall on the season and 4-5 in district play with two games remaining. The Tigers will host Frankston at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21. The Tigers are in a fight for the fourth playoff spot, and the game with Frankston will help decide the final standings.

Apr

20

Posted by : admin | On : April 20, 2017

Jerry Spiva is sworn in as a member of the Malkakoff ISD Board of Trustees to replace resigned board member Dustin Youngman.

Jerry Spiva is sworn in as a member of the Malkakoff ISD Board of Trustees to replace resigned board member Dustin Youngman.


By Denise York
The News Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–In a unanimous decision, the Malakoff Board of Trustees voted for a resolution to become a “District of Innovation.” The “District of Innovation” was created by the passing of HB 1842 in the 84th Legislative Session and allows traditional independent school districts to assess most of the flexibilities that are available to open enrollment charter schools.
To be eligible, a school district must be rated acceptable in its most recent academic rating. “Being a District of Innovation is all about local control,” said MISD Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology Mike Burns. “We will have control over our school calendar start and end dates, class size and teacher ratio, teacher certification, contracts and appraisal systems.”
Things that cannot be changed include elected board of trustees, along with their duties and powers, curriculum and graduation requirements, open meetings, public records and other state and federal laws outside the Texas Education Code which apply to schools.
Once the resolution passed, the board meeting counted as a required public meeting and a District of Innovation Committee was named and includes Superintendent Perry, Assistant Superintendent Sybil Norris, principals and teachers from several campuses, community members and board member Peggy Dewberry. The committee will now work on the innovations they want to develop.
Jerry Spiva was appointed to replace board trustee Dustin Youngman who recently resigned. Spiva ran in the last school board election, garnering the next highest number of votes.
In other business, the board:
• passed Update 107 to district policy,
• passed amendments to the budget to accommodate increases in post-season travel. MISD One-Act Play, several academic students and sports students have gone on to compete at state this year,
• discussed repairs to be made over the summer to the high school, Malakoff Elementary, Malakoff Middle School and the Orr Campus and
• agreed to no more than $35,000 to be spent on replacing playground equipment at Malakoff Elementary School for 4th and 5th grade students. The board reviewed several bids and agreed to take teacher input before making a final decision.