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Malakoff 1975 Press.! .ITY-FIF['H YEAR - Number 3 MALAKOFF, HENDERSON COUNTY, TEXAS Single Copy THURSDAY - January 22, 1976 ate May Force School District To Tax Autos lapia Fish Wiped Out In Trinidad Lake Tom Herline millions of blue tilapia that have inhabited the Power & Light lake at nidad is gone. Recent super-cold tempera- ks coupled with a power shutdown at Trinidad eliminated circulation of water has killed all or all of the rare fish, :ording to Raymond a student from A&M who has been a thesis on the fish. live fish have been seen the lake since Christmas, said. He said there a rare possibility a few have survived if they around an under- spring, but it was his none were left. rare tropical fish can in floridas with a above 48 de- r said. Temper- in the lake have as low as 38 this zter, he said. a result, the shores of lake, lower than it has Banks Of Trinidad Power Plant Lake Are Blanketed fishing spot at times, parti- lake with tilapia, although cularly when cold weather other fish have been stocked moved in, because the tropical in the lake, according to fish moved in school fashion Germany. Some guesses are that either some of the fish were used for catfish bait and dumped overboard live, or some bait dealer dumped them in the lake. But no one knows. Contrarty to the views of some area fishermen, there is a good population of other fish in the lake, Germany in years, are covered carcases of the tilapia a, Raymond siad. If, indeed, the tilapia popu- has been wiped out, it's closer to the warm discharge of some 5,270,000 or from the Trinidad power fish, he said. That was plant. Throw nets and un- With Dead Blue Tilapia Fish Killed By Cold Snap said, including catfish and one bridge, Germany said. Florida bass. The dead fish have at- Germany's thesis deals tracted an unusually large with what effect the blue number of gulls and some tilapia has on the rest of the buzzards to the area, fish population, according to some Trinidad The tilapia is a good-eating residents. fish, Germany claims, des- The lake is so shallow you cribing it as "between a can almost walk across it at crappie and a bass." the Number One bridge, one Vast expanses of dead fish' resident 3ad. The power plant are particularly evident in the has been shut down for discharge area between the complete overhaul, a TP&L power plant and the number spokesman said. many tilapia were es- in the 750-acre lake winter. That figures out pounds of fis'h per bridges crossing the have been a popular Bell told the trustees he did about 10 years, representing baited hooks were even used by some fishermen when the tilapia were at their most plentiful level. How the tilapia came to Trinidad lake is a mystery. TP&L did not stock the rict Hires New Delinquent Tax Attorney zlakoff Independent status of tax collections in the under the impression every- District trustees Man- not consider taxes less than one year delinquent as cov- vered by his contract and that he felt the district had a good chance of collecting most of these. He begins collection procedures in the second year of delinquency, he said. Bell has been an attorney in Tyler since 1958 and has been in delinquent tax work for about ten taxing jurisdictions at the present time. He has represented Athens school district since 1961. Bell said he makes it a practice to come to the tax office of each district he represents at least one day each month to get updates on delinquent tax accounts and See TAXES, Page 2 attorney Alex Bell to represent them in of delinquent taxes district. district had failed to a two-year contract an Austin firm, Mc- Huey last Septem- M. Huey, of the was present at Monday ;'s trustee meeting, as Bell. After a two-hour with the two at- in separate sessions, trustees voted unani- make the change to on the basis to Malakoff, and familiar with the area Jse he has represented school district in for some 15 years. ard president Clay Estes :bd Huey and district tax :Jsor-collector Gary Lewis hck of proper communi- with the school district Huey claimed he felt he n keeping the district of all lgal develop- in tax collection pro- and in resolving between and the board con- the handling of long. taxpayers. told the board he now individual taxpayers suit in the district. the terms of this with the district he months of "cleanup" work on the tax rolls the termination of tim contract. This givGm to finish up suits in it was explained. 29 under suit, seven to go to trial; nine made payout agree- B; some have paid off all of the debt; and two cases which - pursued unless ins do so by the taz told Huey the board was "taking it easy, the bard cases slide collecting the easier accounts, He told board was looking at possibilities because not had a satlafac. with him on the district. In an earlier meeting a younger member of the law firm had attended and prom- ised to get written confirma- tion of the firm's collection plans. These assurances were never made in writing, Estes indicated. Huey said he had been corresponding back and forth with Lewis, and that he was thing had been worked out with the district. ' Lewis told the district he felt there were 400 to 500 delinquent tax accounts over three years old that amounted to over $50 each, that might be subject to lawsuit. He estimated some $100,000 to $125,000 in delinquent taxes were on the rolls. by Tom Herline Taxpayers' automobiles will probably be added to the tax rolls in Malakoff Indepen- dent School District and most other districts around the state, state officials have indicated in preliminary hear- ings on implementation of new school financing laws. With this such a strong likelihood, members of the Malakoff board of trustees approved a $200 expenditure to join Mabank and Kemp school districts in a joint purchase of a computerized printout of area auto owners in their districts. Supt. Jack Murray told the school board Monday night that when the Governor's Committee tacked 20 per cent onto the district's revised tax rolls it was "because autos were not on it." The matter of automobiles on .the tax rolls had not been mentioned previously in open sessions of the board, el- though it has been several months since the revised tax value ruling was made by the state. "The state is going to stick us for what autos they think are in the district," Murray said. "A lot of other small school districts picked up automobiles las yr." Murray pointel out that autos are personal property and the taxpayer is supposed to render all personal property each year. In practice, few people render any personal property. There are, in fact, only two cars on the district's tax rolls now, Murray said. Most personal property is difficult to trace to an individual, he noted, but through state registrations, automobile ownership infor- mation is comparably easy to obtain. Several board members ex- pressed the hope the district would not be forced into rendering cars, but the board unanimously voted to acquire the list so that it would be ready to tax autos next fall if forced to do so. The list is being ordered from Wilson Publishing Co., and will include all autos purchased with zip codes in the school district. By ordering with the other school districts as a single package, the district can get the information for about $200, Gary Lewis, tax asses- sot-collector, said, rather than for $600, a savings of $400. A meeting is scheduled for Jan. 28 in Kilgore to hear state officials discuss the work to be done in this area by a study group authorized by the legislature to deter- mine the impact of the new school finance law. Some time after the Region VIII meeting in Kilgore, a three-man team will come to Malakoff to study its finan- cial problems and obtain data for the Legilative report. Tigerettes Take On Brownsboro In Contest For Lead In District: The Malakoff Tigerettes gym. have their annual shootout The game matches the two with the Bearettes of Browns- district leaders - each with one boro Friday night in Tiger loss. Brownsboro was the Lake Federation Begins Organizing A nine-member committee was named to draw up proposed by-laws for a federa- tion of Cedar Creek Lake property owner associations at a meeting last Saturday. The committee will report back to a second meeting scheduled for Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at the home of Mr. and motion carried without op- position. Charles Hunter of the Texas Department of Public Safety at Waco who said his department is organized to help develop volunteer fird departments around the lake See MEETING,Page 3 preseason pick to win district this season, but the Tigerettes sneaked by at Brownsboro in December by a 54-53 score. The Tigerettes will be aim- ing for their eighth district championship in nine years and Coach Ashlock points to the game as "the biggest challenge any Tigerette team has had," The Junior Varsity game starts at 6 p.m. with the varsity starting at approx- imately 7:30 p.m. Fans are advised to come early, be- cause the game is usually played to a "standing-room- only" crowd. Coach Ashlock has indi- cated a "special" form of entertainment is scheduled for halftime of the varsity game. Mrs. Forest Haralson. The meeting composed of property association presi- dents approved the following committeemen to propose the bylaws:Stanley Prichard, Bill Dyer, Cecil Wallace, Forest Haralson, Fred Swafford, Grace Donovan, Bill Wright, "Curse You, Jack Dalton," Paul Bizzell and Otis Spicey. will be the first production of .'.;.......:.........:.:...:.':............:...:.... i:: ,ii! Short Subjects :i:iiiiii Country Club. The program Melodrama will be by Paul Baker, "Hot Dan, The Banjo Man." Reser- vations should be in by Saturday noon. Call Naomi Dyer was named temporary the Avanti Society Friday Winn at 432-3587. Outside Audit Implementation Promised KingHeChairman of the organizatiOn.askedservethatas anJUdgeadvisorHenrYto aryP'm'and Saturday night at the Mabank Element- CCL Chamber BanquetThe Cedar Creek Lake the bylaws committee. Pro- Admission at the door is Chamber of Commerce will Henderson County Cam- cared they had already im- he had access to information substitute motion was intro- perty association bylaws from $1.50 for adults and 50 cents hold its second annual ban- missioners Court agreed to plemented items listed in the faster under the present sys- duced by Commissioner Larry each association involved in for students, quet Saturday night at 6:30 implement suggestions of an report or were in the process tem. He said he would be Everett. the proposed federation are to City To Drill Countryat the CedarClub Creek Lake outside audit report with the of doing so. forced into a double-entry Everett's motion suggested be studied by the committee, exception of the hiring of a Mrs. Garner and Boyd both system when and if the the county implement the it was decided. Malakoff will try again for Guest speaker for the occa - road engineer in a special indicated to provide the ad- county purchased a computer suggestions with the excep- "Each area has its own water this week, with a test sion will George McKinney of session last Thursday despite ditional recordkeeping recom- for the county's financial tion of its recommendations problems, yet we have a lot of hole being sunk on Malakoff Texas Power and Light in objections from district clerk mended would require ad- operations, on hiring a county road needs that are common to all School Board property on St. Dallas. Interested persons are Lelia Mae Garner and county ditional personnel. Mrs. Gar- After Melvin Lovelady, engineer. Lee Kinabrew said of us," the minutes of the Paul Drive, near Star Harbor asked to call 432-3152 auditor Hubert Boyd. her said she felt the outside CPA with Squyres, Johnson, he would not be willing to hire meeting said. "It is expected Road. Although commissioners auditor did not spend enough Squyres & Co. of Tyler, the a road engineer without a vote that each association will The test hole should be Not Jntered generally agreed a new sys- time in her office to study her firm preparing the spot audit, of the people. Ned LaRue and continue to be independent completed by the end of the Rap. Fred Head will not, be tem of requiring a filing of records and that she did have read the entire 14-page letter J. L. Tarrant agreed. Everett and have the opportunity to week, and a decision made a candidate for Cong. Wright numbered purchase orders adequate information re- reporting of the audit, County did not give an opinion but accept or reject any action next week whether to drill a Patman's seat. with the county auditor in corded and available. Boyd Judge Winston Reagan rec- excluded the road engineer taken by this organization, full-scale well at the site, Patman announced this advance created some prob- took exception to going into a ommended that the report be recommendation from his mo- This group could be a reser- according to City Manager week he would not seek lems with their work flow. double entry bookkeeping accepted and implemented in tion. voir for statistical informa- Ran Turner. reelection. they would comply. Other system at this time because it its entirety. The motion died After Leo Kinabrew sac- tion. county elected officials indi- was more trouble and he felt for a lack of a second, and a onded the motion, and after a A decision to proceed with CCL Women's Club "In response to inquiries I have received regarding my poll of the various county organization plans came on a The Cedar Creek Lake possible candidacy for the :"' elected officials present, the motion by Bill Stealey of Women's Club will meet vacancy, I will not be a vote on the motion was Timber Bay seconded by Bob Tuesday, January 27 at 11:30 candidate for U.S. Congress," unanimous. LaRue at first Adams of Woodcanyon. The a.m. at the Cedar Creek Lake Head said. voted no. but after more discussion changed his vote to yes. Joe Dan Fowler told the cour he felt he was pretty well complying with the This Corner audit's recommendations From now. Hubert Boyd said he would make more frequent audits of county officers' books "if I get the time." By Tom Herline The commissioners agreed to have a called meeting later with justices of the peace to ;i::: see to it they maintain separate county bank ac- This corner got a little up- fire-fighting, hadn't been around last week- counts instead of raising JP set this week when it found Malakoff cooperates with end when we had to refill our receipts with their own per- out that one of the city's fire other area fire-fighting tanker truck before we could sonal bank accounts, trucks was out filling some- agencies in going to blazes all fight fires, we might have GRASS FIRES--MalaRoff Mdaimff. A Imm beleasiag to Athens, an! Seven Points Bill Nieman, a Curtis" one's swimming pool when it over Henderson County, and faced more of a disaster than and other area firemen were L. W, Parks was destroyed in units. A good turnout of Mathes executive was one of was needed to fight a grass although this often leaves the the 2,000-plus acres of land kept busy Friday fighting one of the blazes. Land young men from Malakoff about a dozen county citizens fire that got out of hand. city with less than optimum blackened by grass fires, grass fires that destroyed a belonging to Alfred Williams was credited with confining present for the meeting, and It's my considered opinion protection, the cooperative If there's not a rule in effect barn containing 2,000 bales of was also burned. Joining the blazes, it was reported, he told the court he felt there there's no reason why a effort does give us some now, let's make sure there is hay and some 1,000 acres of Malakoff were Henderson [staff photo by Donna was no business in the city-owned fire truck should backup when we need it from one in the future to keep the land in the Crescent Heights County, Trinidad, Kereus, seheibe], country doing as Henderson ever be put to uses other than our neighbors, fire truck in the fire station area alon FM 2636 See e 8 or "