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Mrs. Uanuettc ,,. FaEan tIoa,? & Sons Book Binger Springport, Mich, 49284 ID TEXAS PRESS ASSOCIATION 1976 Single Copy YEAR- Number 8 MALAKOFF. HENDERSON COUNTY TEXAS THURSDAY- February 24. 1977 Grand Jury Criticizes County Officials, Calls For Audit FIRE-- Volunteer battle a blaze on the Grove generating Site Monday aftar- One of several blazes Malakoff and area fire crews busy all day. This fire caused by the muffler of a & Light truck to set power poles r. Malakoff volunteer fire- the blaze. #" VFD made calls during the Shady Highway 31 said fought fires ously from a., till 5 p.m. [Staff Tom Herline] at * Elected ..... PPOA President S. Alexander officers anddirectors: WaUy were Wiley Dismukes. Bizzell heard reports from O'Neal, Isle of View, presi- Country Club Shores. and the telephone committee were dent; L.E.McNutt. Caro- Jerry David, Spanish regarding the trip to Austin Saturday at a lynn Estates, vice president; Shores. Lo appear before the Public of the Presidents Otis Spivey, Mantle Manor, All officers and directors Utilities Commission: Owners Associa- treasurer: Mrs. Henry King, were elected unanimously by attorney Don Ray's report the Cedar Creek Bushwhacker Estates, secre- the membership, submitted to the Commis- Club. tary; Mrs. Helen Broome. A large crowd of more sion: and discussion about speaking ior Eastwood Isles, recording than 100 persons attended subsequent action by Gulf committee secretary, the bi-monthly meeting of the following New directors nominated PPOA. President Paul See PPOA, Page 3 To Use Of Septic Tanks Around Lake icted During MUD Organizational Meet Alexander Cedar Creek Lake learned Thursday taken a very Step in organizing a Utility District furnish a central system .for City and 17 subdivisions. owner of Cross told the more PeOple attending the at Brawner Hall strong probability years from now will not be )n perimeters of Lake. ediction was con- firmed by an unidentified man in the audience who said the pollution level of Cedar Creek Lake is reach- ing the critical point. He explained that the soil in this area is not absorbent enough and there is run off from the septic tanks into the lake. County Judge Winston Reagan reaffirmed the state- ment. Three years ago the Henderson County Commis- sioners Court sponsored a meeting of officials from .many state and federal agencies concerned with water quality, sewage and water treatment, pollution, financing, etc., with the goal of establishing one or more central water and sewage treatment systems in the Cedar Creek Lake area. Tarrant County Water Board was also represented at the meeting. At that Lime the Tarrant County water official said there was no problem of lake pollution. "There is a problem now," Reagan said. He complimented the council of Gun Barrel City and the lake residents for being foresighted enough to proceed with establishment of a district before they were mandated into doing so. Pat Burkes, formerly employed by ETCOG, and now a private consultant to nking Water Condemned FourCedar Creek Subdivisions manucipalities on obtaining federal grants, said the people now receiving water from Cedar Creek Lake are the ones most threatened by the increasing pollution of the lake. "Tarrant County Water Board has a clause in their contracts to furnish water that says if they find the people around Cedar Creek Lake are beginning to pollute the lake, they can cut off the water supply," he said. "They've already done See SEWAGE, Page 5 water has been Compton said he had recourse to the Public by the state in at complained to the Hender- Utilities Commission under subdivisions on son County Health Office new laws. All water corn- Lake. and had been advised that panics must now report to Cornpton, Cedar residents should either boil the PUC and must be resident, told their drinking water or buy licensed and franchised. of the Presidents bottled water. Compton said he was Owners Associa- He appealed to the Asso- especially concerned that a meeting Saturday ciation for assistance with many residents of the at Cedar Creek the problem, communities served by Club, that thewater Wiley Desmukes, presi- ,Webster did not know l hat to his subdivision dent of County Club Shores, their water was contam- Water Service said his subdivision had inated. since Feb. been fighting the problem tie was asked if anyone for months. He recommend- had become ill as a resuh of ed that the subdivisions drinking the water. Compton also services affected contact the State said several people were ill, Marina, Green Health Office in Austin. but he did not know whelher Country Club It was noted that home- the illness could be atlri- owners in the area may have buted to the water supply. By Tom Herline Henderson County's Grand Jury chastised pre- "sent county auditor Tom Simmons, retired auditor Hubert Boyd, and former tax assessor-collector Billy Richardson in a report filed with Third Judicial District Judge Wayne Lawrence last Friday. The report criticized the auditors for failure to reform quarterly audits, and Richardson for shortages which have developed in his office and poor .record keeping, and called on the County Com- missioners Court to move quickly to seek a complete audit of all offices of county government. In a second report to "Were the county auditor to have personally discharged his duties it presses this grand jury to understand as to how and why a shortage in the tax office of approximately some license plates have been $16,000 could have built up unaccounted for in the tax through the years 1969 to assessor's office ranging into Jan. 1, 1977," the report amounts of several thousand stated, dollars. It mentioned an The report noted some See JURY, Page 10 Trinidad's Council Upholds Gas Rate Veto By Donna S. Alexander man Miller's veto of a city ordinance granting Lone Trinidad councilmen Star Gas Co. a 26.4 percent voted Tuesday night three to rate increase. two to uphold Mayor Free- The vote was taken at a 6th Grade To Remain Judge Lawrence. the grand jury absolved Precinct 3 At Elementary School commissioner Larry Everett of any criminal violations in Over-spending funds allo- cated in last year's budget in his precinct, and recom- mended that the commis- sioners court pay remaining ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: See Text of Grand Jury Report, Page 2 special meeting called last week after Mayor Miller refused to sigh the ordinance approved in r4-1 vote at the council's regular meeting, Feb. 15. Councilmen Bill Freeman. Lamesa Sillick and Buck Knight voted to sustain the mayor's veto while Ed outstanding from tenure of office ended Dec. 31. :?'lt is our.opinion that:foz. quite a number of years there has not been a proper audit conducted by the County Auditor's office into the internal affairs of the Tax Assessor-Collector's office." the report said. The report went on to say that the current auditor had not conducted an audit or the tax office since assuming that post April. 1976. and that the former auditor did not conduct a thorough audit of the tax office, but relied on reports furnished by the tax office on an annual basis. Althoug h not mentioned specifically" by name, the report refers, by naming the office, to current auditor Tom Simmons and former long-time auditor Herbert Boyd who retired last April. The report noted that the county auditor is required by law to audit the books and records of every county officer at least once every three months, and "by their own admission," this audit has not been made. "The integritty of the financial condition of Henderson County now lies under a cloud as a result of this long-time failure to properly discharge the duties of this office," the report declared. SEEING DOUBLE- J.D. here. The new arrivals' Spicer of Malakoff is boast- grandmother was also a ing around town about his twin, Spicer reports. {Staff new twin Simmental calves Photo by Loraine Herline] born to.the mother shown The Sixth Grade will remain at the Elementary School building next year, according to plans and enrol- ment expectations discussed by Supt. Jack Murray Monday night. Murray said that present enrolment expectations for 1977-78 indicated there will be adequa space at the elementary school for sixth- said it might be necessarp to utilize more of the old elementary building, or to install a partition in one area of the school, however. Tanner said he would like to see the school repair the old gym in the old elementary school to provide better indoor play area for students on rainy days. Murray said that he saw a When school was first built, the school trustees had planned to transfer sixth-graders to the junior high building. But crowding there, coupled with disrepair of facilities had kept the trustees from making the move over the years. "I don't like the idea of sending more kids to the Junior High," Sam Tanner said. "I don't, object to moving the kindergarten over to the old elementary building, if we take them all over there and fix it up. But move them ALL over there, not run them back and forth like talked about doing at one time." Murray said that with present enrolment expectations, that he felt that the sixth grade could be handled with no problem. He Reeves and Roy Reever were opposed. Miller called for the vote after a two hour discussion with Wylie Parnell, Lone Star Gas Co. rate expert from Dallas. Parnell and Tom Hender- son, manager for the Athens district, appeared before the council for the second con- secutive week to explain the rate increase. This week they argued unsuccessfully. Miller's decision tO veto the ordinance was made upon his dadon thm the rep.s in the.Irea te used for music room and art than room. including the entrance eltitled r as a fair return on area. See TRINIDAD, Page 10 3 Sign For Vacant City, School Positions One person has filed for a vacant city council post and two have filed for a vacant school board post as the deadline looms for filing in Malakoff elections. Three vacancies are to be filled on the Malakoff City Council, including the post held by Mayor A.M. Thompson, and councilmen Al Inmon and Ernest Wilson. As of Tuesday, C. L. Nichols was the only person filing for a city post, that of councilman. Charles Mormafi and Howard Julian have filed for : one of three school board posts to be vacated. Expir- ing terms include those of Eddie Grimes, who resigned recently, Royce Massingill, and Ben Woolverton. Deadline for filing in the races is Wednesday, Mar. 2. From This Corner By Tom Herline Due to circumstances beyond my control, I've spent more timd in my car in the last few weeks than I have in a long time. This has given me an opportunity to study that unique maniac, the American automobile driver. I am firmly convinced every other vehicle on the road is placed there by some Supreme Being to frustrate you and me. I'm just as convinced there is no other driver on the road as competent as I am. You'll recognize yourself and others, perhaps, in this rundown of highway per- sonalities I've encountered in the past few weeks. There's the dawdler, for instance, He absolutely insists on setting his speed- ometer on 52 miles per hour, nmticulously staying well below the t0tally-ignored national speed limit of double-nickel. ,4)jivi,)us lo the fact that you're planning to push the limit as far as you think you can without being collared by a black- and-white with a camera. This type driver only oper- ates a vehicle along stretches of road with double yellow stripes. Often this fellow has a change of heart once he's out of the yellow-stripe area and zooms up to 60 or 65, keeping you from passing, only to return to 50 or below as soon as he sees a patch of yellow in the middle of the road. He's a firs! cousin to the nut who zooms around you at 70-plus, only to suddenly decide he wants to admire the scenery and drops back to around 45. Then there's the hunter, an individual obviously searching for a particular side street or road who'll slow to 25 at each intersec- t ion along a five-mile st retch only to speed up again just as you become tempted to pass I tim Somet h!ng you didn't have to contend with s'o often has become a constant source of anguish. That's the CB nut who's doing 90 down the highway twiddling knobs and reaching across the front seat to pick up a mike, scattering vehicles right and left as he wanders across the center.line in his frantic search for channel 19 or whatever. I'd appreciate it if he'd at least give equal time to the center line that they give to smokey reports. Did you ever see an 18-wheeler pulling off a side road who waited .tmtil the i traffic cleared? [ think they i wait for me to show up so they can sweep out into the highway at a 15-mph crawl, carrying, 1 guess tons and tons of auto parts or some- thing heavy, and try to pull a hill while t he 55-mph crowd accumulates behind them: This is just a sampling. You could make your list of he characters out there on tha highway just waiting to cause you and I misery: