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:i: :i iii :i:" ., ......... ::::: Page 2 ... ........... ".'..,...,v,......,.....:, d.,. .> ,:.:.:,;. ,;.;L" : :'E'>:'H':'H'b; .::: Editorial 00eum P.O.Box 509 Malakoff, Texas 75148 .: Telephone 214/489-0531 i i Published Continuously Since 1913 :': Donna Scheibe Alexander, Publisher i.i Editor & (hmeral manager ......... Tom tterline Advertising .......................... Barbara McKee Production ............................ Sharon Carroll Subscription Rates: $4.50 per year in Henderson and adjoining counties, $5.50 per :.:. year elsewhere in Texas, and $6.50 per year i:!' outside Texas. Entered in the Post Office at iii: Malakoff, Texas 75148 as a second class :i:! matter. Publhed by Territory Times :':' Publishing Co:, Malakoff Texas. iili .,2 tzxLs"'/000000ss ::::::::::::::: ASSOCIATION ad lib by donna scheibe alexander. had made a wise choice, Public interest was tre- mendous and the media had a field day with the story. The Associated Press picked up the tale and spread it all over the world. There seemed to be a general belief It's hard to keep a good man down, they say-- and Jess Sweeten. former sheriff of Henderson County, has restored our faith in that old aphorism. Jess has just received his high school diploma at the age of 72. MALAKOFF NEWS All Together Now l As the New Year begins a worthwhile organization dies. Directors of the Cedar Creek Lake Association voted at the end of December to deactivate the lake wide organization because of lack of interest. We do not quarrel with their decision. The Cedar Creek Lake Association. organized for the purpose of uniting the lake communitieand promoting development of the area, has long suffered from lack of financial support and member participation. No organization can be effective under such circumstances and the directors had no other choice. We do uphold the original concept. The Cedar Creek Lake area is one community with a common interest. Working together tbJs community of more than 20,000 permanent residents could be effective in securing many improvements that would improve the quality of life for all of us. Working separately as Mabank, Malakoff, Kemp, Eustace, Seven Points, Gun Barrel City, Trinidad, Caney City, Payne Springs, Tool, Star Harbor and Enchanted Oaks, not one community has enough funds or manpower to effectually promote any major improvements or long range plans. Take a look at some of the goals we could pursue as a united group: Better elephone service and no-toll dialing between all the commmunities. We should persuade Gulf States United Telephone Co. that all our lake communities be on one exchange and be listed in our own separate telephone book. Think of the money our local merchants have lost which means tax revenues lost to our small towns--because of an arbitrary decision by GSU to divide our area into two telephone books, lumping us indiscrimately with Athens on one side and Kaufman on the other. Sanitation services, water and sewer development, and litter control are urgently needed on an area wide basis. At the present time small utility districts are being created encompassing only a limited number of communities. How much better it would have been il we could have all gotten I Mrs. Cozette Barnett left Dec. 23rd to visit her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Miller in Orlando, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Bll Baird and children visited relatives at Christmas, first going to Lamesa where they spent Christmas day with their parents Mr. and Mrs. Jean Grundy and her sister's family, the Dennis Belews. On Sunday they went to Silverton to have a holiday visit with Bill's parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Baird and his brothers and their families. Idellah Fowler's children, Mrs. Jill Husted of Houston, Jane and Jerry Daniels of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fowler and Derrick of Port Neches, were here for Christmas. Navy Seaman Donald W. Lamb, son of Mr. and Mrs. R B. Lamb of Route 2, Box 148C, Malakoff, Tex., is currently on an extended deployment with the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediter- cancan Sea. He is a crew- & Malakoff News member aboard the nuclear- Houston came for a visit powered aircraft carrier USS after Christmas. Nimitz, homeported in Norfolk, Vs. Mrs. Velma Nokes had all her children home for both Christmas and New Years Roderick K. Matthews of weekends, including Mr. and Malakoff received a bachelor Ray Carden and Debbie of science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University at the December mid-semester graduation ceremonies held on campus at Durant. Visiting in the home of E.P. Allen New Year's day was Bro. Buddy Hazell and his wife from Hackley. They visited several other families while here for Carol Durmon's wedding. to the editor-.:::::::::::::::::-::...-::::,::........:::,...:::::::: To the Editor: said she was seen by the We have a complaint. I doctor and medications would like your newspaper administered in the of Lubbock, Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Ideus and Lisa of Bay City, and Mr. and Mrs Eddie Nokes and Michael of Howe. Her sister, Mrs. Curtis Wilcox of Corsicana also spent the holiday with her, Mrs. Nokes said. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Kaylor of Denton brought her sister, Sadie Carson home Monday after she had visited them through the Mr. and Mrs. Ed Roy holidays. Miss Sadie visited Pierce had as their guests also her niece, Mrs. Helen over the Christmas holidays Blakeney and family of their daughter, Mrs. Louise Arlington also. Heidelberg from Humble, Tx., her daughter Pare and Rainfall Report granddaughter Tammy Shearer. Also Mr. and Mrs. Howard Jumper and daughters, Becky and twins Tina and Tonya from Bro. E.P. Allen reports that a December rainfall of 3.78 brought the year's total to 61.04 inches. This is next to the largest rainfall in the past five years, coming close to the 1973 total of 63.95. Bro. Allen said he couldn't imagine we had had so much rain if he hadn't gauged it. Not that Jess intended to go back to school and take up where he left off in the eighth grade many many years ago, But it seems that after 50 years in the law enforcement profession, the federal government decreed he wasn't qualified to be a criminal investigator unless he had a high school diplo- ma. Sweeten, an almost leg- endary character from the early Texas law enforcement days when lawmen were tough and mean and crimi- nals were scared of them, was sheriff in Henderson County for more than 20 years, retiring in 1954. Since that time he served a term as mayor of Athens and in recent years has been doing private investigation work. Jess involv in lag#forceinent for the past 50 years. His quaiifications impressed Bill Green. who was sworn in as district attorney of the Third Judic- ial District this week. Green, a crusading, eager beaver type from Palestine, is one of the youngest DA's in Texas. He talks seriously about the crime problems in the Third District, about the number of untried cases backlogged on the dockets, and about the apathy of the com- missioners courts in the three counties comprising the district. Especially irritating to Green is the situation in Houston County where a new half million dollar court house was just complete with no provision for the district attorney. The com- missioners court not only [orgot to include an office for ,he DA in their fancy new ourhhouse, there isn't even i listing for a telephone. Perhaps as a counter- that Sweeten. who represents old fashioned "always gets his man" type of law officer, could some- how restore law and order to the crime plaqued Third District. Ah. but then a complica- tion was revealed. The criminal investigator for the Third Judicial District is paid with funds derived from a federal grant through the Criminal Justice Depart. ment. Without this grant the District would have no the commissioners courts in Henderson. Houston, and Anderson Counties could be prevailed upon to pay his salary-- an unpromising prospect based on past performance. The guildelines for the grant state precisely that the position must be fulfilled by a person wittl a high school diplona or its equivalent. Sweeten. who grew up in Indian Territory in what is now Oklahoma, was too busy trying to make a living to stay in school after the eighth grade. All those years he was chasing criminals in Oklahoma and Texas he'd never found that lack of a diploma was a handicap in the performance of his duties-- and neither did anyone else. Until now. )alance to his youthfulness "and day for weeks. It was md what his critics describe the toughest assignment s inexperience, Green he'd faced in 50 years, he vented a veteran lawman to told Green. But the deter- m his criminal investigator, ruination that had enabled nd no one can say there's a him to pursue murderers, in the State of Texas thieves, and rapists during dth more experience than his long law career, was still ass Sweeten, still active, an inate part of his character igorous and downright and Sweeten came through together and created one or two large water and sewage treatment plants to service the entire lake area. It would have been less expensive, too, and would have provided greater incentive for industrial location here. An immediate crucial need is a sanitary landfill. Our cities are fast running out of space, and an ETCOG survey reveals that the lake is in danger of pollution from independent garbage dumps operated too close to its shores. Better law enforcement. The communities of the Cedar Creek Lake are are fragmented into three separate judicial districts covering three counties. Working together, our 20.000 residents might be able to raise a loud enough voice to be heard in Austin. We deserve more effective law enforcement which depends on prompt prosecution of criminal in our district courts. We are not getting chat now. criminal investigator unless Adequate medical facilities and personnel. As a united community we could have made great strides toward securing a hospital for the Cedar Creek Lake area or a comprehensive medical clinic. Many elderly people who moved here to retire are now returning to metropolitan area because of the lack of local medical services. There are many more worthwhile goals we could--and can--accomplish by pooling our talents and resources, by combining our efforts to make the Cedar Creek Lake area prosper 9rid develop wisely. No W tha tho Cedar Crk%ake Association is defunct we urge all the local Chambers of Commerce to cooperate with each other. Instead of each tooting its own horn, it would be far better to toot them all together. What beautiful music could result! Reading, writing, and arithmetic at 72? He didn't think he could do it. But Green was determined. He wanted Jess Sweeten as his criminal investigator, and he was going to have Jess Sweeten. So he convinced the lawman to take a crack at the books in order to pass his exam for a GED certificate. Sweeten didn'  have much time. He had to pass the exam before Dec. 21 and he labored over the books night Donna Scheibe Alexander to the editor :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: To the Editor: The American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of KERA-TV {Dallas} news- man Tony Garrett, has filed suit against the State endeavoring to obtain per- mission.., as a Constitution- al right.,, to televise execu. tions of an when they occur in Texas. I'll buy that, provided that on the same program an equal amount of time will be spent pictorially depicting the crime for which the convicted is being executed. That would contain 1} of- ficial photos of the dead victims of the crime, 2) prosecutor's facts on which the conviction was obtained, and 3) interviews with the victim's family. In the past few months we have been inundated on national and local TV with to print. Due to the neglect and the haphazard way the Hender- son Co. Memorial Hospital is run, we lost a very dear person, our mother. 1 don't say they could have saved her, but they could have made her last house more comfortable and bearable. Our mother, Mary Lois Carson. was carried by Eubanks Ambulance, Monday, Dec. 27, at approximately 9 a.m. to emergency in severe pain. Upon arriving, our mother asked for our family doctor and was told it was his day off, that they {the nurse} would get another doctor. She lay in emergency with unbearable pain till approximately lnoon when another doctor came in and gave her one shot and asked them to put her in bed and emergency room, and was Here are the yearly totals for sent to a room after 11 a.m. the past five years; 1972, The physician called again 44.30 inches; 1973, 63.95 checked her at 2:15 p.m., inches; 1974, 49.04 inches; Mrs. Vaughn said, and when 1975, 39.48 inches; and 1976, her temperature continued 61.04 inches. The year 1975 to rise, the family physician was the dryest in the past five years. The total for the was also called, but in the five year period was 257.81 meantime, the doctor on call inches of rain, averaging also checked on the patient again, ordering additional 51.55 inches per year. Bro. Allen said this week, medication, tests and x-rays, which were administered. Vital signs were checked at 1:15, 1:30, and 1:45 p.m., a physician saw her at 2:15, an attempt (unsuccessful) was made to take an EKG at 3 p.m.; vital signs were .left. .j . She went into a coma immediately thereafter. Her card is no big deal. Mrs. temperature was outrageous Vaughn said an autopsy was and still rising. She was still ordered in the death. neglected. They did not "We want to take care of bother to come in to check people," Mrs. Vaughn said. her or her temperature until "We do make mistakes, but the sister who was sitting I just don't believe you will with her took the ther- find pure neglect on any mometer to the desk and patient." the Gilmore case of Utah and showed the nurses how high She said that she had the White case of Texas. I her temperature was. This talked to the accounting would wager that not one person of i000 outside Utah was at approximately 5:15 department and that no one and Texas could tell you that p.m. At this time they called had gone to the patient's the family doctor, room to seek the Medicare five innocent persons are He came immediately and card. that they had told the dead because of these two started doing every thing family that if it was con- killers, nor could one in possible for her. God Bless venient,'tey would need it. 100,000 name one of the him. it was too late. She was A son, she said, came by the victims. already dying when he office and paid the I would like to see equal arrived. She passed away at deductible amount, volun- time required giving the 6 p.m., just minutes after the tarily after her death, Mrs. graphics of the crime each doctor arrived. Vaughn said admitting time condemned killers are We feel the hospital staff department personnel mentioned on TV or in the showed no interest in her, reported. She said the print media. At best, such a only the financial end, as admitting department requirement would probably they called a number of denied anyharrassment, and relieve us of that inundation. times for the sister {the only that the emergency room at the worst, the purpose of relative there) to leave and attendant remained with the that inundation would be go home to get the medicare patient the entire time she defeated.., the build up of card and $104.00. was in the emergency room. sympathy for the killers The sisterwould tell them instead of for the victims and their families. Gip D. Oldham, Jr. Dallas, Texas Shower Honors Janie Ai5 "My prayer is that the entire staff of the Malakoff News and alia the subscribers of the News have a happy and prosperous new year." Ed Roy Pierce is home after spending some tie in Miss Janie Allen, bride- each time that she could not leave. The mother was too sick to leave her. Just minutes before death the girl from the business office came upstairs and [ demanded the sister leave to get the Medicare card and Close friends and relatives money or make other arrangements for mother. She passed away ten minutes after they forced the sister to leave to get the Medicare card and money. We hope some one else will benefit by us asking this be printed by your newspaper and not have to go thru the agoney our dear mother did. This will not bring our precious mother back, but we hope some other dear mother or relative will benefit from it. arrangements later," Mrs. from Wyo along with Vaughn said: "The Medicar their two daglters and son arrived and plan to move back to the Malakoff area. January 6, Laverne Leopard and two girls were also on for Christmas dinner as Lametta Saunders and three boys from Travis and Ann along with Jimmie Karen of Malakoff were on hand for dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Robertson had dinner Mrs. Jesse Robertson's Sunday, joining the her children and children. There were 75 present in all. It's A Girl Billy Lee and Gunnels wish to the birth of their baby girl Teri December 3 and lbs. 4 oz. at Memorial. She is by her grandparents Mr. Mrs. Rollen Combine and Mr. and Jesse Gunnels of her Aunt Rhonda and sisters Camille Susan Latham, Melinda Gunnels and Godparents Mr. and Buser Carter. Cedar Lake Home has a surplus hospital beds which trying to dispose of. Ifi are interested, or Loretta Humble at nursing home. Mr. and Mrs. Paul are on an extended the Gulf Coast and to return to Jan. 10. Caney City Council To Meet The Caney City coul again taken at 4 p.m., and Baylor Hospital in will hold its regular meet more medication December for tests. Tuesday, Jan. 11. administered. Mr. and Mrs. Vollie On the agenda is a rJ "Our girls at the front, if Robertson had a house full of raise for Texas Power they know a patient is in company for the holidays, Light and a discussion critical condition, or if we including their four children spending of revenue lose one, let the family go along with the grandchil- funds reported by and talk about financial dren. Patricia and Earl Earp Rogers. )rmidable at 72. Admist much fanfare rreen named Sweeten his "iminal investigator, a mice that not even his tics could fault. There ere some rumblings about eeten being too old. but wens who spent any time ith the venerable lawman td no doubt that Sweeten ld do the job and Green again. He passed, elect of David Lind. was Propsects look good for honored with a miscellan- the Third District during the eous shower on December next few years. The combi- 21, 1976. nation of a crusader like Bill Green and an achiever like Jess Sweeten bodes ill for the criminal element and offers hope to all of us that law and order will thrive The shower was given in e home of Mrs. Mary hillips, which was beauti- rally decorated throughout with the Christmas theme, The lace covered table was once again in our part of adorned with golden poin- East Texas, settles. Sherry Holt and Debbie King served straw. berry punch and cookies to the guests. "he first bishop of America was appointed in 1112 A,D. II, His see included Vinland. Calt Kmm w 00$7116 IOE SHEPPARD INSURANCE of the bride-elect were guests. Miss Allen received many beautiful and useful gifts. Menu : :': i!i! :i: ':': January 10 - 14 Monday: Chicken Fried Steak, Buttered Rice, Peas, Hot Rolls, Milk, Syrup, and Butter. The following were Tuesday. Western hostesses: Doroty Arthus Burgers, "New Potatoes, CL]oaUsdacB:ll'r J;ury BDTe:: eaY Bv=ns, Milk Waynelle Garrison, Inez Wednesday: Baked Green, Billie Hearn, Helen Kilman, Mary Phillips, Mil- dred Rampy, Loretta Vi- eregge and Polly Walker. ....... HII i I Outboard Motor Repair Star Harbor Marina James Chitty, Mechanic Open Wed. thzu Sun. I I /I I I I Turkey, Fluffy Potatoes, String Beans, Light Bread, Milk, Jelly, and Butter. Thursday: Pinto Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Spinach, Cornbread, Milk, and Chocolate Cake. Friday: Hamburgers, Lettuce and Pickles, Chips, Buns, Milk, and Jello, Thank you, The Children of Mary Lois Carson: Alvin, Irma, and Ave, and daughter-in-law, Maxine Carson. 8409 Danville Dr. Dallas, Texas 75217 EDITOR'S NOTE: Mrs. Catherine Vaughn, administrator for Henderson County Memorial Hospital, when told of the letter, said the patient came to the emergency room at 9:35, and a physician was called. She 112 TERRY STREET MALAKOFF, TEXAS PH. 489-1908 PUBLIC NOTICE T/00E CR00PET HOObE Lone Star Gas Company, In accordance with Section 43(a) of Article 1448o V.A.T.C.S., hereby gives notice of the Company' intent to implement a new schedule of rates for natural gas service to be charged to the residential and commercial consumers in the City of SU6ar Harbor effective February 8 , 1977. The rate schedule Is expected to furnish a 8 percent Increaem in the Company's gross revenues in the City of Star Harbor A Statement of latent has been filed with the City of f,&r Harbor and Is available for inspection at the Com- pany's business office located at 0 a Corsicans St., Athens, Texas Lone Star Gas Company Athei