Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

Apparently the stories saying Lewis Vieregge first started making bricks by stomping straw into clay with Moses are a little off, according to Malakoff Acme Brick plant manager Luke Odenthal

But still, 60 years is a mighty long time.

Wednesday friends, family and even the company president and CEO packed into the Acme Brick break room to wish Lewis Vieregge a happy retirement after more than 60 years at the plant. {{more}}

Fighting back tears, Mr. Vieregge told the crowd, “Retirement is a happy time, but it is a sorrowful time (also), because each of you has become family. I’ll treasure this day the rest of my life.”

Mr. Vieregge joined the brick plant in January 1949 after serving in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He started out breaking up clumps of clay with a pick ax and rose to plant superintendent. According to those in attendance Wednesday, there wasn’t anything to do with the Malakoff brick plant that he didn’t know.

Wednesday, Mr. Vieregge received a gold watch and a framed letter from Acme Brick president and CEO Dennis Knautz.

In the letter, Knautz wrote, “Brick-making technology has come a long way since your first brickyard job

Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009

My friend Old Fogy says I write best when I write about myself. Sometimes my life is so boring I don’t have much to tell. But this week I have too much to tell. I can’t tell which part to save for another week.
I did go to Little Rock to hear my soon-to-be world traveler, Italy opera singer grandson Beau, perform in a recital. I was in the company of son Doug and my two other world-traveler grandchildren, Jonathan and Laken. Of course he was great. I’d probably think so even if he wasn’t, but I can assure you, he really was exceptional.
The next day Jonathan and Laken and I went to Dallas to see the BodyWorlds, “an anatomical exhibition of real human bodies.” These bodies were donated by their previous owners, not snatched, which made me feel better about the whole thing. This fellow, Gunther von Hagens, invented something called Plastination, where through a long process, he can preserve everything about the human body intact except the eyeballs. He has them posed in lifelike poses, with cut-aways where you can see every part, bones, organs, muscles, nerves, veins, everything. Jonathan is going to be a doctor, so he just really loved it. They wouldn’t let you take a camera in. I wish I could have, in order to get a picture of Jonathan gaping at everything.
Saturday was a big day. Daughter Liz and I went flea market shopping. We walked around Big Daddy’s buying things and telling folks we’d be back to pick them up in Liz’s Suburban. We nearly forgot some of the places where we had stuff, and just about ran out of room. I finally picked up a Jenn-aire range top I’d bought for Liz that she decided wouldn’t work, that we were hoping the vendor would sell to somebody else. Now I’m going to use it in my new – well, new to me – house, which I’ll get around to telling you about in a minute.
Carl joined us for lunch at McClain’s, our favorite place to eat when we are in that direction. I told him about a travel trailer I’d seen advertised in a flea market booth.
I want Carl to have a trailer here at my place in the country, so he’ll stay out here more and tend to his darn horses.
Then we headed to Athens for an afternoon showing of “Shrek III” with all of Liz’s family. (We go while the tickets are cheap.) We were nearly late.
After the movie, Carl and I went to look at the trailer. It looked great, and the owner haggled himself down to an even better price than advertised. Carl bought it. Not only can he camp down here near his horses, he can take it on his week-long Indian gatherings.
Speaking of his Indian gatherings, after buying the trailer, we picked up our toothbrushes and headed to Lampasas where he will be doing this once-a-year thing soon. He needed to check on things, he said, and I guess I was in the habit of traveling this week and couldn’t stop.
We found a motel late, and next morning headed way out in the hills to the encampment, where we found a creek too high to pass, so we headed to Fredricksburg, where we visited our friend, Bill Kilpatrick, who has become an import mogul. He and Carl once bought a little trolley together in Jefferson. Bill ran it there for a while, pulling tourists around town, then moved to Fredricksburg where he did well with it. Then somebody asked if they could put some Mexican wrought iron in front of his place and sell it on consignment. That did so well Bill decided to sell the stuff himself, and gradually grew into a big store, selling both the regular stuff you see everywhere as well as some very unique and expensive furniture and accessories, some of them costing thousands. He no longer runs the trolley, which has aged considerably, and gave the engine to Carl several years ago, for part of his equity. It has set behind the nursing home for several years, since Carl didn’t really know what to do with it. Now Cedar Lake thinks it would be a great PR vehicle if we can get it running. We could take it to parades and the Corn Bread Festival. We were there to try to get the other part – the part where riders sit. Kilpatrick had sort of loaned it out, and when we found it, it was not a pretty sight.


Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009

I decided to give you something a little different today. Please read it all and I am sure you will like it. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis.
I’ve learned

Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009

I listened to the debate on the Economic Stimulus Bill. There was no consensus on the bill because there was no consensus on what the bill was supposed to accomplish. Almost every Senator had a pet project that would act as a stimulus and create an untold number of jobs.
“Why don’t the committees sit down at a table, isolate the problems and think about how to solve them?” I thought. Then I remembered.
I was a member of The Undergraduate Committee for several years. One of the responsibilities of this committee was to select the text books for the mathematics courses.
A calculus text comes out in a new edition every three or four years. (A practice that keeps students from being able to sell their books or buy used ones.) Most schools just go ahead and use the next edition because choosing a new text is a no-win job and a lot of work.
When I began university my calculus text was about the size and weight of a Rex Stout mystery novel. Year by year calculus texts grew thicker and heavier until they are now over 1000 pages and suitable for weight training.
This means that they are physically harder to use. I couldn’t carry my copy and so I cut it into two sections and made covers out of cardboard.
Since they have been stuffed with more topics than God could cover in three semesters, you jump around and lose continuity.
I could go on forever listing the faults of calculus books but of course I haven’t seen every calculus book.
We all get five or six calculus books to look at and rank. I didn’t see how to rank them; they were all equally bad.
I made a suggestion. “Why don’t we first decide what we want the students to learn in the calculus sequence and then try to find the book that best satisfies that want. Then we’ll have a way to judge the books.”
The idea was considered but cast aside after a few minutes of discussing what we wanted to put in the calculus sequence. Everybody had their pet topic: determinants, Descartes’ Rule of Signs, conic sections, epsilons and deltas – introduction to matrices, introduction to probability, introduction to number theory, introduction to graph theory. Everybody wanted to introduce their pet topic regardless of the absence of any value to the student. Nobody wanted to leave out their favorite topic.
Thus Spake the Old Fogy thinking, “Let’s build a stairway to nowhere and add a new step every day.”

Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009


Memorial services for Kathy Flores, 44, were held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 5, 2009, in the Neptune Memorial Chapel in Fort Worth.
Mrs. Flores died Monday, March 2, 2009, at a local care facility.
Survivors include parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Morris Sr.; children, Matthew and Samantha Flores; and brother, James Flores Jr.

Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009


Services for Wilma Mae Howell, 86, of Payne Springs, were held 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Forney.
Mrs. Howell died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, in Athens. She was born Nov. 15, 1922. She was a realtor.
Survivors include daughters, Mary Jean Gates of Payne Springs, Melanie Johnson of Georgia; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009


Thomas S. Johnson, 81, of Mabank, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, in Kemp.
He was born Sept. 19, 1927, in Geneva, Ohio, son of the late Fred and Helen Johnson. He was a member of Beacon Church of Christ and was retired as a lineman for TXU Electric.
Surviving are his wife, Eugenia Johnson and sons, Scott and wife, Gayle Johnson, Jeffery and wife Deborah Johnson; 16 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Helen Johnson; son, Jason Johnson.
Services were held at Beacon Church of Christ Gun Barrel City, Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 11 a.m. with Ken Maddox officiating under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home Seven Points.


Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009


Vernon W. Rosson, 84, of Kerens, died Feb. 27, 2009, in Kerens. He was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Glen Dale, Ariz., to the late Ferman Rosson and Ola Mae Quick.
Mr. Rosson was in construction and was married to Jean Rosson for 49 years.
He was preceded in death by daughters, Sally Rosson, Grace Eldridge, Rachel Rosson; sister, Tommie Martin; brother, Jim Rosson.
Survivors include daughter, Dana and Cliff Miller of Malakoff; son, Bill and Dixie Akerly of Alabama; brothers, Frank Rosson of Arizona, Carl Rosson of Arizona; sister, Betty Rosson of Arizona; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mar

06

Posted by : admin | On : March 6, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff

The theme for the Henderson County Black History Committee’s Scholarship Banquet last weekend might have included “Technology” and a “New Vision,” but it was the committee’s old-fashioned support for education that dominated the evening.

The committee handed out 17 scholarships to area students Saturday night at the Malakoff Community Center. {{more}}

The students honored with scholarships by the committee include: Bree Anna Tilley, Morgan Coker, Landon Graham, Jordan Richards, Kaylee Callahan, Grant Lewis, Brittany Ayala, Gaston Wilder, Paige Hurt, Ta’Meshia Overton, Traci Mason, Amanda Bunger, Ariel Clendening, Gabriel Williams, Ariel Humble, Darius Neal, and De’Marcus Sparks.

In addition to the scholarships, Trinity Valley Community College Vice President Rip Drumgoole, a founding member of the Black History Committee, said the college would add at least $100 and maybe more if the students went to TVCC.

“The next step is an important one,” Drumgoole said. “I know you will make the right choices.”

Harlee Wright of Texas College in Tyler also spoke to the students about higher education.

“Anybody who wants to go into teaching, we are the place to go,” he said.

The event featured dual keynote speakers from KLTV Channel 7 News in Tyler: reporters LaKecia Shockley and Layron Livingston.

Both speakers highlighted their faith in God and told students to look to the future.

“You are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Shockley. “The vision each of us has, that you have, comes from within.”
The evening also included a raffle featuring several high quality prizes such as a cruise, airline tickets and professional sports memorabilia.

The Henderson County Black History Committee thanked the following individuals and businesses for making donations to support the banquet:

– George Brett, Kansas City Royals
– Bassett Furniture in Tyler
– Bacon Auto Ranch of Athens
– 1st State Bank of Athens
– Brinker International of Mesquite
– Lawry’s of Dallas
– Oasis Travel of Palestine
– Mesa Airline of Phoenix, Arizona
– El Dorado Casino of Shreveport, La.
– Durham’s Jewelry of Athens
– Dallas Stars of Frisco
– Isle of Capri of Lake Charles, La.
– Walmart of Athens
– Texas Rangers
– Lilly Enterprises of Athens
– Brookshire’s of Malakoff
– Subway of Malakoff
– First Baptist Church of Malakoff (Walker Street)
– First Baptist Church of Malakoff (Mitchum Street)
– Church of Living God of Athens
– Antioch Baptist Church of Malakoff
– Marsha Head of Athens
– Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Athens
– A&B Importhouse of Malakoff
– Bluebell Creameries of Mesquite
– Ben E. Keith/Budweiser of Palestine
– Faith Community Baptist Church of Payne Springs
– Cedar Fork Baptist Church of Trinidad
– Henderson County Democratic Party of Athens
– Johnson Chapel AME Church of Malakoff
– Discovery Science Place of Tyler (Donation for the upcoming pageant)
– The Malakoff News

Mar

01

Posted by : admin | On : March 1, 2009


By Britt Thompson and Amanda Miles Thompson

From The Malakoff News
Friday, February 28, 1947

Athens, Texas