Posted by : admin | On : October 20, 2011

Billy Fred Wray Jr.

(Update 1: Malakoff ISD reaction added.)

(Update 2: Adds name, details from Henderson County Sheriff’s Office press release, correct time MISD learned of incident, rewrites for clarity.)

(Update 3: Adds photo.)

A fugitive who fled from police during the execution of a narcotics search warrant in Tool Wednesday night was in custody Thursday morning, according to county officials.

Billy Fred Wray Jr., 45, of Mabank was arrested Thursday morning and taken to Henderson County Jail where he was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer. Wray also had three other unrelated active assault warrants outstanding.

The warrant was executed around 7 p.m. Wednesday at a residence off County Road 2350, west of Tool. During the search, Wray reportedly swung a machete at officers and fled the scene on foot. Officers chased him, but

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Posted by : admin | On : October 19, 2011

There will not be any area school board elections come May 2012 thanks to a change to the state’s election calendar.

Although all three school districts are still working out the details with their respective attorneys, the following moves are expected to be become official next month:

  • Malakoff will hold its school board elections in November of even-numbered years.
  • Trinidad will hold its school board elections in November of even-numbered years.
  • Eustace will hold its school board elections in May of odd-numbered years.

Moving the election calendar will also require an adjustment to the terms of current school board members; it is those

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Posted by : admin | On : October 19, 2011

Henderson County Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh announced today that the county caught another arsonist. Last week, he announced arrests and indictments for arson in connection with two unrelated fires.

This time, however, the suspect is just 10 years old.

According to Furrh, the boy has been charged as a juvenile and is accused of starting a grass fire on Aug. 7 in the Wildwood subdivision in Chandler.

Furrh said no major damage was caused by the fire, adding “we were very, very lucky.”

The same boy was suspected in two fires set in June 2010, but could not be charged as a juvenile because he was just 9 years old at the time.



Posted by : Press release | On : October 17, 2011

Jim Pitts

Special to The News

Texas State Representative Jim Pitts (R-Ellis County) announced last week that he will run for re-election to the Texas House in House District 10. Pitts currently serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, a title he has held for the past two legislative sessions.  Pitts was first elected to represent House District 10, comprised of Ellis and Hill counties, in 1992.

Under the Texas House redistricting map passed by the legislature this session, and due to the explosive population growth in the region, District 10 no longer contains Hill County and will now be comprised of Ellis County and a portion of Henderson County, including Malakoff, Trinidad, Tool and Seven Points.

“When I see how Texas is thriving as compared with the rest of the country, I am proud of what we were able to accomplish with the Texas budget,” said Pitts. “When you talk about creating more jobs and continuing to improve our economy, I know it starts with lower taxes and controlling government spending. We have accomplished here in Texas what many states consider impossible, and I remain dedicated to the principles that got us to where we are today.”

“I am thankful to residents of the 10th District for trusting me with this important position and allowing me to be their voice in the Texas Legislature,” said Pitts. “Serving on their behalf has been my passion for the past 18 years. We have accomplished much in that time, and the future for the great State of Texas has never been brighter. I hope that the voters of District 10 will give me the chance to continue working to make Texas the perfect place to live, work, and to raise a family.”

Pitts is a Waxahachie attorney and business owner. He and his late wife Evelyn have three children, Duffy, Ashley and Ryan.



Posted by : admin | On : October 13, 2011

From Staff Reports

Two separate arson investigations have resulted in arrests or indictments, according to information released this week by Henderson County Fire Marshal Darrell Furrh.

On Sept. 26, the Henderson County Grand Jury handed up indictments for Arson of a Habitat and Conspiracy to Commit Arson to James L. Woodson, Frieda Sue Price, and Betty Yvonne McCabe.

According to the press release from Furrh,

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