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Single Copy YEAR-Number 7 MALAKOFF, HENDERSON COUNTY, TEXAS February 18, 1976 / MANTIS?-- No, lines in downtown Malakoff. !'cherry picker" utilized They were "reeonductoring," Power and Light a lineman's term for putting to work on power Hedine in larger wire along North Terry Street. [Staff Photo by Tom Herline]. Study Predicts 358,000 New Jobs To Be Created By Trinity Canal By Tom Herline Creation of 358,000 new jobs between now and 1990 is expected if the Trinity River Canal project is carried to completion, according to a study scheduled for release during the Dallas hearing this past Tuesday by the Trinity River Authority's basin plan- ning committee. And population of the Canal's counties would in- crease to over 557.000 in that period, up 79 percent over 1970, according to the report prepared by Texas Christian University economist Floyd Durham. A greater part of the increased job level and popu- lation would come Lo Hender- son. Navarre, and Kaufrnan Counties. because most sources are now in agreement the canal will not be carried to Dallas. but stop at the Kaufman-Ellis County line, or perhaps even farther south. At one time Highway 31 in Henderson County was men- tinned as a notheru terminus. This would then set this area up as major transporta- tion center with Highway 31 and the Cotton Belt Railroad line as major arteries meeting the barge canal, according to Smith. In addition, according to Smith, the vast mineral Smith said. The TRA has discussed in private meetings with lignite miners the feasi- bility of lignite being mined in the pool of Tennessee Colony without reclamation projects following. The mining could come to the city, according to provide a deeper basin, Smith Smith and TRA general man- said, and it would all event- ager David Brune. But Dallas ually be covered by water, does like the idea of the Dallas is no longer inter- project coming within 35 ested in having the project miles of the city because in so doing it will keep other transportation rates lower, and still provide easy hauling range by truck or rail for items shipped up the barge See CANAL, Page 10 County Posts Up For Grabs Twenty-six candidates are seeking Democratic admin- Spurlock, chairman of the vying for 11 government istrative posts including Henderson County Demo- posts in Henderson County's Democratic Chairman and cratic Executive Committee. Democratic Primary May 1. precinct), chairman, according Most crowded race in the In addition, 20 persons are to a memorandum from Terry county is the race for County Malakoff High Students Rally To Donate Blood For Ailing Tot Eligible Malakoff High fering from leukemia and School students have turned needs 60 pints of blood. out almost en masse to donate The Stewart Blood Bank of blood in the name of two-year- Tyler will arrive at 9 a.m. on old Tara Stout, who is suf- Monday, Feb. 23, to collect City Decides To Keep Insurance Policy Members of the Malakoff City Council approved unanimously the purchase of deposits, especially lignite the comprehensive general deposits, will be a factor ....... li from Malakoff namuy po cy making for heavy exports ,o, ron  A-enc,, without through the Canal from thi ,,.,. ,,  . 3 .... .:''Om m a speclm meeung last point. Thursday. The policy, costing $1,899, had been renewed on authori- zation of the city manager on Feb. 2, but had not been discussed by the council. Factories are expected to line the banks of the proposed Tennessee Colony Lake, adding even more strength to the Henderson, Navarre, and Kaufman County economy, he said. Members of the Basin Planning Committee have been in consultation with firms holding lignite leases in this area, and the canal project would add impetus to mining plans in the area to be covered by the proposed lake, , Mabank Student Test Scores Same; Some Of Cayuga's Higher school as "low overall in national programs, compare in comparison with High School stu- and slightly behind High School a survey conducted James Fort programs. Vergie err, reporting on elementary, and junior high testing, presented new sta- tistics that showed Malakoff students with significant gains from September to April at every grade level, but in the upper grade levels, the student body averages fall below national averages for that grade. Fort told the trustees that as long as the comparisons of the three schools fall within the 23 and 40 percentile range there was not a measurable difference in the students' performances. Percentiles over 40 by the schools with which he made the compar- isons are significant, he said. In reading, here's how Malakoff classes compared with Cayuga and Mabank (in percentiles}: Class of 1975, Malakoff 31, Cayuga 46, Mabank 30; Class of 1976, Malakoff 34, Cayuga 46, Mabank 30; Class of 1977, Malakoff 30, Cayuga 39, and Mabank 29; Class of 1978, Malakoff 34, Cayuga 34, and Mabank 34. In language: Class of 1975, Malakoff 29, Cayuga 37, Mabank 27; Class of 1976, Malakoff 30, Cayuga 44, and See TESTING, Page 8 conducted the survey request of Malakoff trustees following a to the board in Decem- showed Maiakoff particu. reading and social )t to show how students fared students of other in the area, Fort eight area districts. ns, Brownsboro, and Trinidad dis. refused to exchange Kerens did not the letter from Fort the information. indicated a willingness information once April battery of test are back. able to get current information Cayuga and Ma- and did not test inform- some grade levels, the board. of the 1975 1976 senior classes, significantly out- both Malakoff and in reading and but present juniors ranked closer in the testing When the bill was pre- sented for payment last week at the regular council meeting, it was discovered the policy had not been approved by the council. Mayor A.M. Thompson first cancelled the policy and ordered bids for a subsequent meeting, but at the request of council member AI Inmon, a special meeting was called to reconsider that action. Inmon said he was con- cerned that the city might be without liability protection while bids were sought, and suggested that the policy be continued. Since the bid was under $2,000, the law does not require that competitve bids be taken, although the city has as a matter of course put most items of this size out to bids anyway. Thompson questioned the size of the policy price com- pared to prior years. Last year the premium was listed at $1,199, Thompson said. Jerry Garrison, owner of Malakoff Insurance Agency, the blood. Only 17-year-olds with parents' permission, and 18- year-olds or older may donate blood, according to Stewart's rules on blood donors. Malakoff High principal Jack Benton paid tribute to the student donors during Monday night's school trustee meeting, pointing out that 51 students had already signed up as potential donors at that time. "Only four or five of our 17 told The Malakoff News that and 18 year olds have not the $1,199 figure was mis- signed a pledge card," Benton leading since the rate is based said. He also said that some on an audit, and that a faculty members would par- subsequent audit would bring ticipate, and invited members the total up to near what this of the school board to donate year's figure is. The city had also. not yet been billed for the Boys who have pledged audited amount, although the blood include Forest Askew, audit has been completed, John Baber, H.L. Beubien, Garrison said. See BLOOD, Page 8 Area School Districts Set April 3 Elections Three area school districts, Malakoff, Trinidad, and Cross Roads have scheduled trustee elections for April 3. Qualifying deadline date for candidates is April 3, a check with superintendents of districts indicates. In Malakoff, the three-year terms of Clay Estes, president of the board, and Homer Ray Trimble, expire this year. Estes has indicated he will not run for reelection. Trimble indicates he will, but he has not yet filed for the race. At Trinidad, the terms of Floyd Loven and Ronnie Hiler expire. Thus far, no candi- dates have filed for the race. It was not known if the incumbents would file for reelection. At Cross Roads, the terms of Henry Hunter and Maury Crist expire, and a two-year term to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of HoUis Bristow is also up for grabs. No candidates have filed yet. From This Corner By Tom Herline Commissioner for Precinct 1. Incumbent Leo Kinabrew drew a crowd of four oppo- nents, including Bobble Brad- ley, im Blakeney, Jo Ingrain, and A.G. Pirtle. Of the major county posts, only County Attorney Billy M. Bandy drew no opposition. Incumbent J.W. Brownlow has three opponents, in- cluding R.W. {Pat} Glasgow Jr., Ira Billings, and Faulk Wills. Billy E. Richardson, who has been in a hassle in recent months with county judge Winston Reagan, over his administering of the Tax Assessor-Collector office, finds himself opposed by three, including Helen L. Stephens, Richard A. Kidd, and Keith Hearn. The county treasurer's post, vacated recently, and occupied by an interim ap  pointee, is being sought by John Regester, Jane Holland Taylor, and Juanita D. Mattbews. Larry Everett, Precinct 3 commissioner, has two oppo- nents, Buck Herrington, and W.T. Featherston. Norene Killingsworth, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, only recently appointed by Commissioners Court, is unopposed on the ballot. Only Constable Precint No. '1 has a race shaping up on the ballot. There, Rubin Yar- brough, R.H. "Bob" Williams and N.D. Geddie, Jr., are vying for the position. In Constable district 3, W.B. "Wally" Harris is unopposed and in District 5, Joe B. Dingier is alone on the ballot. The Democratic County Chairman spot also is shaping up as a race, with L.T. {Terry} Spurlock, now serving in the post, opposed by Dan A. Johnson and John W. {Preacher} Hays. The following precinct chairman candidates- all unopposed-- will be on the See ELECTION, Page 8 WELCX)ME SIGHT-- These fire plugs, warehoused on Highway 90 north by Sheesley-Winters Con. struction Co., will be a welcome sight to Malakoff sewer bond issue. Work has tape involved in obtaining residents, particularly those already begun on the water funds from Texas Water in the West End, who have and sewer project, although a Quality Board. [Staff Photo been waiting since 1974 to see formal work order still has not by Loralne Herline]. the fruits of a city water and been issued because of red Politics is very much in the air these days, with city and school district elections upon us in April, the Democratic primary in May and the general elections coming up next November. I started to say "smell" of politics is in the air, but I'm afraid someone might draw a wrong conclusion. But, students, it's time to review Herline's foolproof guide to picking a candidate. Pay attention- I may ask questions later. First and foremost in Texas politics is the flaming ques- tion- does he wear a white Stetson? If not, particularly if he's running for Sheriff, then the candidate has two strikes against him from the start. However, this criteria doesn't necessarily apply to women, although in this day of woman's lib, women are not prohibited from wearing white stetsons. Now, let's look at some of the lesser criteria. What is the candidate promising? Is it impossible? Score him high on the scale. Nearly impossible? That would be a C-plus in school." Possible? Highly unimaginative, and hardly worth consideration as a candidate. Now let's consider honesty. Is the candidate an outright crook and doesn't care who knows it? That's the kind of honesty we need in this country. Is he a crook and hardly anybody knows it? That's a mediocre candidate at best, I'd say. Does he swear on a stack of Bibles he's honest, and no one can find a bad thing about him? Think twicel The whole democratic system might collapse if we had an honest candidate in there lousing up all our well-organized dis- honest operations. How responsive is the candidate to the people's needs? Completely ignore the voters except for the month before the election when he can't do too much for them? There's a smart candidate-- he knows how short people's memories are. Does he make the rounds all through his term asking what the folks want and need, then ignore those desires? That's pretty good, but he's not really the ideal candidate by a good bit. If he never asks what you voters want, votes his con- victions that lead to lining his own pockets, and totally objects to any progressive legislation, he'll go far. And if he doesn't go far in politics, he's sure to become a com- munity leader off the gains he made from office. If the candidate asks what the people want and gives it to them, that's foolish. He'll never get rich. Now, with Herline's sure-pick guidelines, sit down and evaluate every candidate. Odds are good, you'll bat a thousand on picking the winners. And if you vote that way, you'll get exactly what you .deserve.