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., Page 4A - The MalakoffNews - Friday, February. 18, 2011 r Budget remains hottest topic in the state By Jennifer Hannigan Special to The News ATHENS - When commu- :nity college i presidents :from around i Texas con- !iverge on :Austin Friday :'to argue their Forgey case for more ::state funding, Trinity Valley i Community College Presi- :dent I)r. Glendon Forgey will i be among them. ! Forgey and several of his ipeers have been invited to i speak before the House Ap- propriations C, ommittee. ,!' I,awmakers, facing a mas- ~sive deficit, have proposed se- yious cuts to the state's com- ::munity college system, in- !eluding the elimination of i;funding completely to tbur of '::the state's community col- lieges. : The TVCC president said knew immediately after re- :ceiving the invitation he iwanted to take advantage of ~the chance to tell lawmakers :the effects such cuts would !have on residents of TVCC's service area. Forgey - who has testified !before state committees be- :tbre while working for the X)klahoma higher education !system - said he wants to ire help House committee ;.members understand how the ~cuts will drastically aflbct the . . ~ommumtles m ,~eges are located. "We feel that if the cuts ,are approved at the currently pro- posed level that it will severe- ly affect our local economy." said Forgey. "We regularly partner with companies around this area to develop programs and training and to provide an educated work- force." The TVCC president says he is expecting to have be- tween three and five minutes to plead his case before the panel. "I do not want to repeat what everyone else says." said Forgey. "But 1 do want them to understand how our stu- dents will be impacted." For exanlple, said Forgey, drastic cuts in state funding will drive community col- leges to put money previously used to maintain facilities to- ward instruction. "The result of that will be a crumbling infrastructure. That's just the really' of the situation," said Forgey. Forgey said he clearly re- members a moment during the presidential debates be- tween Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan in 1980. Dur- ing that moment, Reagan asked the American people if they were better off tbur years before when they elected Carter to office. "The problem is we are not better off than we were four years ago," said Forgey. which col- The state gives fimding to 'colf~ges ba~rd~bh'th~ number of classes in which students enroll. In the past few years, community colleges around Texas have seen drastic en- rollment increases. The prob- lem with the fimding formula, said Forgey, is that while the number of students has in- creased, state aid has not. "If we were to receive thnd- ing the way we did even three years ago in 2008, TVCC would be getting an extra $7 million per year it state funds." said Forgey. "Instead we are looking at even more cuts." TVCC has already lost close to $1.5 million in state funding over the past two years. The TVCC president said he plans to plead with lawmakers to not implement further cuts. But, he added, the reality is TVCC will probably be look- ing at receiving less state in- come over the next two yea~. The college - in anticipation of cuts - is already looking at possibly eliminating pro- grams with low enrollment, delaying infrastructure im- provements, delaying equip- ment purchases and not filling non-critical vacancies. Forgey said the college will continue to look in the coming months for other ways to cut costs. "We are going to cut where we can," said Forgey. "But we are going to continue to do our job, which is to educate students in our area and be drivers ofeco~qomic growth,'! COURTESY PHOTO Literary Club Meets The Literary Club of Cedar Creek Lake met Tuesday, Feb, 8, in the Community Room at The Library in Seven Points. Rose-Mary Rumbley of Dallas was the featured speak- er. Her discussion of'q'he History of the Comic Strip" was very enjoyable and enlight- ening Hostesses (shown above) were Carol Meyer, Lorelei Bailey, Linda Gallatin, Ruth Pimm, Doris Deming and Sue Brown. Raffle Winners were Mickie Waiters, Clara Fuller and Ben Brundrett. All proceeds from the mille are donated to the Library. The Club meets every second Tuesday of month at 9:30 a.m. For information regarding membership, please contact Ruth Pimm at 903 778-4752. Sports Briefs ............................................................................................................................................................... JV Tigers Tuesday, the Tigers face the Oakwood Pan- beat Mildred were led by Dariuhn Jack- thers Friday night with a son with 17 points; Denc playoff spot on the line. The Malakoff Junior Var- Greenhaw and DeA- Or more simply put, the sity Tigers closed out their montes Dowell each hadwinner will make the season with a win over 9; and Israel Rivera had 6. Class 1A playoffs, while Mildred Tuesday night, 46- the loser will see its sea- 40. Trojans eye son end. The JV Tigers finished The game will be played the year with a 14-3 playoff spot at 7 p.m. at Trinity Valley record. The Trinidad Trojans will Community College. MHS (Continued from Page IA) and unlocked the vehicle. At as of this time, but the case doing a routine sweep that time weapons,, including has been turned over to law more than one rifle, were entbrcement. through the high school earn- found. Spies said the district is pus when they "hit" on a car The weapons were likelyhandling the incident step-by- in the parking lot, Spies said. used for hunting or farm step. The dogs did not alert to wo~,.Spies said. "Wewant' .......... to send a strong drugs; bet rather to snuff, a do not believe studentsmessage tiJ students/' he form of smokeless tobacco, or teachers were ever in dan- said, ,but we also want to do Following the school's pro- get," he said. 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