Aug

11

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 11, 2011

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It took 23 years, but a man wanted for aggravated sexual assault of a child in Henderson County was reportedly arrested in New Mexico this week.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported that Carson Hall, 69, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant from 173rd District Court in Athens in 1988.

The Current-Argus story says Hall was convicted of indecency with a child in Cherokee County in 1984.



Because of a scheduling change, tonight is the first big Friday night of the year for Malakoff.

The Tigers will take on Cayuga in their first scrimmage of the year starting at 7 p.m. This is Malakoff’s “detergent and soap” game, with Coach Jamie Driskell asking fans to bring either a box of detergent or a couple of bars of soap (they need detergent more). The soap is a boon for the program and helps all of athletics with the tight budget.

Over in Cross Roads, The Lady ‘Cats will play host to Oakwood with JV action starting at 4:30 p.m.

The Saturday sports schedule will be very busy:


  • Malakoff Volleyball: Eustace Tournament, V, TBA

  • Cross Roads Football: Hawkins Scrimmage, there, 10 a.m.

  • Cross Roads Volleyball: Eustace Tournament, there, JV, TBA

  • Cross Roads Volleyball: Fairfield Tournament, there, V, TBA

  • Trinidad Football: Dallas Covenant Scrimmage; there, 10 a.m.




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Aug

10

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 10, 2011

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Malakoff’s Trevor Chambers carries the ball during the Black and White Scrimmage last Saturday. The Tigers get to go against a real opponent for the first time this Saturday morning when they scrimmage Cayuga here at home, starting at 9 a.m. The varsity and JV will alternate during the scrimmage.

This will be the Tigers detergent-soap scrimmage. Coach Jamie Driskell asks fans to bring a box of detergent or some bar soap (they need detergent more) to use in the athletic department. This is the kind of thing that can really help a program, particularly during a tough budget year.


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Aug

10

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 10, 2011


Joseph B. Touchet, 71, of Malakoff, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.

He was preceded in death by parents, Joseph Elais and Nelia Touchet; brother, Alfred Touchet; and sister, Emily Touchet.

He is survived by three children, Mitzi Johnson, Matt Touchet and Lisa Murray; five grandchildren, Aaron Touchet, Zach Johnson, Matthew Touchet, Kate and Clarie Murray; a great-granddaughter, Kyra Touchet; brothers, Joseph Elais and A.J. Touchet; sisters, Virgie Lemaire and Dorthy Touchet; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Service will be Friday 11 a.m. at Tomlinson Funeral Home 403 E. Royall Boulevard Malakoff, TX 75148 in Malakoff. Interment will follow at Post Oak Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Kimble officiating.

Online condolences can be made at www.tomlinsonfuneral.com.

Services are under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.

Aug

09

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 9, 2011

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While the Dow Jones melted down in New York yesterday, area residents were dealing with the results of their own local meltdown.

A piece of equipment at a Cross Roads electrical substation (pictured above) caught fire Sunday night, causing nearly 1,200 homes to lose power. By 5 p.m., all but a handful had their power back — but it was still a tough day in the Cross Roads-Shady Oaks area.

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Aug

09

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 9, 2011


Jessie Mae Williams crossed from life to eternity Aug. 5, 2011 in Dallas. She was born Jan. 6, 1926 in Tennesse Colony, Texas, to Dan and Mary Polly Hill Sanders. She has lived in Malakoff since 1963. She is a retired school teacher from Ferris, Texas.
Mrs. Williams was a member of many organizations, Essence Club, Top Ladies of Distinction, ETA Phi Sororitey Inc Epsilon Chapter, Eastern Star Lodge, Calanthian Lodge, Usher Board and Womens Auxillary, Senior Womens Citizen Arts and Craft Club.
Survivors are her four daughters, LaNell (Cookie) Williams, Brenda D. Williams, Ilef M. Williams, Sheila S. and husband James Cleaver; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Mary Polly Sanders; husband, Cad Williams Sr.; sons, James O’Lester Williams and Cad Williams Jr.; five brothers and two sisters.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011 at Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.
Service will be on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 at 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, 220 Mitcham St. Malakoff with Rev. Robert C. Hodge officiating.
Interment will follow at New Hope #1 Cemetery in Tennessee Colony.
Online condolences can be made atwww.tomlinsonfuneral.com.
Under the direction of Tomlinson Funeral Home, Malakoff.

Aug

08

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 8, 2011

Nearly 1,200 households in the Cross Roads area – including Shady Oaks and up FM 753 to at least the TVCC ranch – have been without power since about 10:30 last night, according to the Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative website.

TVEC first reported that the power would be back on by this morning, but is now saying it won’t come on until noon.

TVEC said the outage is because of “an equipment failure” at the substation.

Residents in the Cross Roads area took to Facebook and reported the substation was actually on fire, and some reported explosions.


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Aug

08

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 8, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
CROSS ROADS – Aug. 8, 2011 — Nearly 1,200 households lost power last night when a substation in Cross Roads caught fire, according to Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative officials. The substation is located about halfway between Shady Oaks and Cross Roads ISD.
Outages were reported as far as Cayuga, and area residents said they saw the fire and heard an explosion from as far away as two miles.
The fire reportedly started in a piece of equipment called a regulator – which helps regulate the flow of voltage – and then spread to the wooden structure of the substation, which holds up lines and switches.
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Monday morning, officials did not know what caused the regulator to ignite, but the record heat and prolonged drought are suspected.
Monday, literally dozens of TVEC and Oncor (which actually owns the equipment) employees were working to install a mobile substation to restore power. After the temporary substation is in place, work will start on the permanent structure.
Officials say they hope to have power restored by 5 p.m. today.
For those who are stuck at home with no power or water, First Baptist Church of Malakoff has opened its doors today. If you need a place to go, Pastor Nathan Lorick said come to FBC.
Another option for those needing help because of the power outage is calling 911, according to Henderson County Emergency Management Coordinator Joy Kimbrough.
Area residents took to Facebook last night to discuss the situation, and several families either checked in at a hotel last night or purchased a generator this morning.

Aug

08

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 8, 2011


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Aug

04

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 4, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
Planning ahead is paying off for Malakoff ISD.
Malakoff ISD school board members learned Monday night the current projections from the state – which can always change in the fickle world of Texas school finances – show Malakoff losing $573,285 in state funding in the coming year.
But the board also heard that the hard work of budget cuts had already been done.
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The state reductions were no surprise and MISD began preparing in March. Principals were able to slice a total of $212,000 from the campus budgets, while trustees cut $427,000 in personnel cuts.
The personnel reductions include the loss of 14 positions across the district.
Not expected was a $231,000 windfall Malakoff ISD received from the Education Jobs Fund (EduJobs), a federal program to help save education jobs. It is a one-time payment and will not be available next year.
If you are adding things up, that means MISD reduced the budget more than was actually needed. Superintendent Randy Perry said the district will pocket the savings with an eye toward next year, when another $400,000 to $500,000 in state cuts is expected.
Trustees did not discuss next year’s tax rate in detail Monday, but they seemed inclined to keep it the same.
“I am of the opinion that we do not need to raise taxes this year,” said Perry.
While Malakoff ISD is ready for this year’s budget troubles, it doesn’t mean local officials are happy.
“It is a strange new world where the state of Texas does not live up to its Constitutional obligation to educate our students,” said Perry, “but we have to live with the reality.”

Aug

04

Posted by : Erik Walsh | On : August 4, 2011

By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the 2011 school accountability ratings last Friday, with the following local results:
- Malakoff ISD was rated Recognized
- Cross Roads ISD was rated Academically Acceptable
- Trinidad ISD was rated Academically Unacceptable
The accountability ratings are based on the percentage of students passing the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), number of high school students graduating, and percentage of middle school dropouts.
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Last school year was the final year for the TAKS test; it will be replaced by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) this year. Because of the change, there will be no accountability ratings for 2011-2012 and the current ratings will be in effect for two years.
Malakoff ISD was rated Recognized for the second consecutive year, with Malakoff High School being Recognized for the fourth time in the past five years. Other campus ratings for MISD include Recognized for both elementary campuses and Academically Acceptable for the Middle School.