Aug

22

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 22, 2011

With students returning to school this week, The Malakoff News Online highlights five new administrators around our coverage area. The profiles below are in each person’s own words. Here’s the lineup:
Monday: MISD Superintendent Randy Perry
Tuesday: MHS Principal Daniel Barton
Wednesday: CRES Principal Cathy Sulak
Thursday: CRJH Principal Julie West
Friday: TISD Superintendent Corey Jenkins

Randy Perry


Age: 52
Family: Married to Brenda for 32 years; son, Sam, 24 years old, just married to Courtney on June 11. Sam is a teacher-coach at Willis High School.
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Education: BA, Political Science, 1982, UTA; MA, Education, 2003,also Principal

Aug

22

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 22, 2011

We are entering the season when people declare their intention to run for the presidency of The United States. These people appear on programs like “Face the Nation” and answer questions from the host of the show. They answer questions from the audience at Town Hall meetings.
“What are you going to do about jobs?”, “What are you going to do about the deficit

Aug

22

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 22, 2011

Surely television viewing affects our lives more than we can possibly know. And as the media interprets news for us in different ways whether on national or local stations, one particular aspect of the news I’ve noted for the last 20 years is how a spoken word, used often, suddenly gets changed in pronunciation or definition, almost overnight on any news accounting we view.

Aug

22

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 22, 2011

I am so happy. I asked for something in this column, and somebody responded. Jerry Lindamood contacted Pat Isaacson and is going to take charge of setting up the model train room at Malakoff’s Historical Museum. Pat is overjoyed.
This is actually the second good response I’ve got for the museum, which is located in the historic Flagg House. Pat was looking for a picture of Mr. H. L. Flagg, the original owner of the house. Martha Thompson called me, giving me the name of somebody who might have a picture. We had a real nice visit. Turns out that person didn’t have a picture, and Pat still hasn’t found one, so I didn’t really get her any results that time. But it just makes me feel good when somebody tries to do something I ask them to. It doesn’t happen often. Let’s see … Fran Estes found me some guineas. She did something else I requested in this column, and now I forgot what it was, but that makes her my number one reader. Then several people did, at my request, remind my daughter Tina to bring me the goat manure she had promised me. I know there must have been something else through all these years, but I can’t think of it now. Usually you just ignore me.
If I asked you to do something and you did it, please let me know. I want to give you due credit, plus I’d like to think I have some effect in the world.
I’m sorry to say Bingo, Carl’s trouble-prone Shihtzu, didn’t get to keep the eye that got knocked out of its socket when he picked a fight with the little brown dog I’ve been trying to get one of you to adopt, and you haven’t. See

Aug

22

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 22, 2011

By Emily Lundy
Special to The News
Rain all around us and in cities with concrete, no earth, but we can’t get any to fall here. We need to take our umbrellas to church to show faith behind our rain prayers.

I’m not ready for years of campaigning. I need to practice or work on my cooking.

Anna Laura Bradley Doubleday has been rewarded with good news recently. Her daughter Lisa Hebrank with the Malakoff School System has earned another degree, with A & M at ETSU, that now lets her elevate her teaching status to Counselor. Then granddaughter Lauren Hebrank, stationed in the western USA with the military, has completed a four-year study with her medical aspirations and has won the Audie Murphy Award.

I’ve been omitting a Trinidad man from the list of military people. He is Jeremy Roden, THS graduate of 2005. He and his wife are in Iraq. His mother is Audrey Lewis of Trinidad.

Jerry Crocker joined the three by-pass club of residents of Trinidad Thursday. He had surgery for his heart in Tyler last Thursday and should be coming home this week early.

Bobbie Wheeler has been transferred to this area for therapy with her illness. She is the sister of Toni Steele.

Norman Lawler has had stress and other tests for his heart in Tyler this past week and is waiting on all the results.

Joe Touchet of Cross Roads and a past resident of Malakoff died last week. When he resided in Malakoff, he was married to Debbie nee Johnston of Trinidad originally. As survivors he leaves two daughters. His service was Friday.

Some are looking forward to a tax-free (sales) weekend August 19-21. Others don’t like the crowds and shop before or after.

A ten-year old on Tempie Road who attends TISD and goes by initials (TJ) was kicked in the face by a horse Thursday night. She was careflighted to Children’s Medical but is now home, awaiting treatment from other doctors in this area. She had a concussion and has at least one injured eye.

Our immediate family and then the family of the other side of grandparents celebrated a graduation ceremony in San Marcos at Texas State of U.T. Granddaughter Rose Dianne Jenkins received her BA degree in education with the special certifications added that will add to her teaching availability.

Jerry Cotton is home and improved after surgery and treatment last week. He has some medical appointments during this week.

Ann Rounsavall was visiting in Trinidad this weekend. She is enjoying her grandchildren.

Rosalee Colvin has been having tests run to check on possible return of her cancer. She has been free from the disease for quite a while.

Football and volleyball schedules are out for THS with scrimmages coming this weekend.

The Blue Diamond Dancers have begun their before-school practice.

When autumn comes with its cooler weather, and one night there is a low full moon while one is watching a football game, life can be really great.

Keep these people in your prayers plus anyone above who needs help: Roberta Staples, Eugene Berry, James Looney, Brancy Reece, Derrell Jenkins, those lonely with family or loved ones, Barbara Thompson, the Pat Holcomb family, David Lohman, Jimmy Williams, Ruby Williams, the Moser Brothers, Bethel Kelly, Raymond Tubbs, Geraldine Stanfield, our veterans in homes of the area, Ginger Frasier, Martha Perry, Christopher Brown, David Finley, our military men and women – Miles Norris, Tyler Norris, Louis Stanton, Mikey Warren, Bobby Tinney, Cord Smith, Jeremy and Mrs. Roden, Andre Anderson, Lauren Hebrank who was recently married.

Aug

21

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 21, 2011

School Bus

Today is the day! Students are headed back to class this morning, seniors are starting their last year while kindergartners are starting their first day, and the roads are filled with school buses and young kids.

BE SAFE!

As a reminder, here is the law:

Aug

18

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 18, 2011

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Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff celebrated its 44th year of business Thursday with a luau, which explains CLNH Administrator Doug “Sonny” Humble’s Hawaiian attire in the photo above as he speaks to the party crowd. The nursing home has been owned by the Humble family since 1967.

Back in 2007, for the 40th anniversary, then-State Rep. Betty Brown said, “The thing that impressed me (when learning about CLNH) was the statement that people who live here are treated like family. I thought, ‘How neat, how neat.’ If all of our nursing facilities had that attitude, I wouldn’t get some of the phone calls I do about some other places.”



During a special meeting Thursday, the Malakoff City Council started the process to borrow $400,000 to repair, rehab and repaint the interior of the city’s water storage tanks. I wrote about the water tank problems last month.

The cost will include about $109,000 in interested, so the actual payback amount is a little more than half a million dollars.

The city intends to raise the money through Certificates of Obligation. According to information from Southwest Securities, the company hired by council members to guide them through this process, the money will be paid back by 2020.

The loan can be paid for with money raised from an increase in property taxes, water rates, or sewer rates, said Ed Moore of Southwest.


MORNING BRIEF CONTINUED

Aug

17

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 17, 2011



Next Thursday, Aug. 25, Malakoff ISD will have an open house and rededication of the Old Rock Building, which is part of the elementary campus. The public is invited. The ceremony and ribbon cutting will be at 7 p.m. followed by the open house.

The event will put to rest the longest-running story of my career. This was how I wrapped it up in 2010: “I wrote tens of thousands of words on the story over more than three years. I literally wrote enough to fill a novel. There were stories about what the school board was thinking, about what the historical society was thinking, about architect reviews and state historical laws. There were stories about the Work Projects Administration, and a time line of actions, and breakdowns of each school board member

Aug

16

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 16, 2011

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Teachers from The Learning Express, from left, Katie Busch, April Wingo and Lena Bell recently helped Cole Redmond (being held by Wingo) celebrate the homecoming of his father, Staff Sgt. John Redmond of Malakoff.

Sgt. Redmond was returning from his fourth tour of duty in Iraq – during his last tour, he was awarded the Purple Heart.

The flag was made by son Cole and his classmates. The red stripes are footprints, and the *stars* in the blue field are hand prints.



The Malakoff ISD school board met last night in their regular session and set a public hearing on the budget and proposed tax rate for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30. The board is expected to approve both the budget and tax rate immediately following the public hearing.

The tax rate will stay the same ($1.16 per $100 valuation), but the board is considering moving one penny from the I&S fund to the M&O fund. That would give the district a little more money for operations without raising taxes.


READ MORNING BRIEF

Aug

16

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 16, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
The Malakoff Lady Tigers got off to a hot start last week, with a win on the road in Palmer and then a three-game sweep of Fruitvale Friday in their home opener.
The Lady Tigers are 2-0 on the young season.
Second-year head coach James Neal said he was happy with the results, but stressed there was plenty of work to be done.
“We need more teamwork,” he said. “My biggest thing is communication.”
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Coach said right now the Lady Tiger defense is ahead of the offense, but it is still very early. Consider that the Lady Tigers played in two scrimmages and two matches before the football Tigers stepped onto the field for their first scrimmage.
Neal stressed conditioning in the preseason and it paid off in Malakoff’s first match, a five-game win over Palmer.
“That was very important because of the way it went last year,” said Neal, “when we lost a few five-setters. That was a positive.”
Neal said he has high expectations for this year and set the season’s theme as “One.”
“One pass, one set, one kill,” he said. “One game, one at a time.”
The Lady Tigers were scheduled to travel to Fruitvale on Tuesday night and then compete in a tournament in Eustace starting Thursday, but those games came after The Malakoff News deadline this week.