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M i:i 6. he fl/alakoff 00Tetua The Heartbeat of the Pm Tcrz@ory of Year Malakoff, Henderson County, Texas 75148 Friday, March 5, 1971 Number 9 A EARING TO ABOLIS00 OFF DEPOT SLATED! The St. Louis Southwestern Should the Cotton Belt suc- Lines has given notifi- ceed in the effort to close the that the company is in- local depot, patron carload ser- steps to abolish the vice would then be handled of and to dispose of the through the agent in Athens. This would entail car orders; relating to docket preparation of the bill of lad- will begin at 9:00 ing upon receipt of telephone llonday, March 22, in tim billing instructions from local O. Thompson Building, patrons; signing on behalf of and Colorado Street in Aus- Cotton Belt and shipger; return- The hearing will be for the of "Application of the Louis Southwestern Railway for authority to discorv the agency station a Ms- Texas, make Malakoff and to retire and the depot building." docket was filed by B. Latourette, General St. Louis Southwes- Railway Lines, 1517 West Street, Tyler, Texas 757- ing shipper copy of bill of lad- ing by return mail; notification of consignee by telephone of the date time car will be spotted; inspection of small claims, etc. These and other such services have thus far been bandied -ough the local depot agent, and it is felt by many that ser- vice would not be as quick and effective if local railway bus- iness is channelled flaxmgh the Athens depot. The hearing on Monday, March 22, will be before the We Stand With Wade, 'HeM Up Penal Code' Haste should not rule the 62nd Legislature in adoption of a proposed complete over-haul of Texas Criminal Code. Beneath the outcries finances, the present criminal code is of the most far reaching problems. committee, named by the State Bar of in conjunction with the Legislature, has been on the new program for the past five years. represents the first complete criminal code re- in Texas for 115 years. The Malakoff News that the criminal code is sorely in need a complete over-haul, but the severity of the ;d to the necessity for a complete and study of the proposal. District Attorney Henry Wade of Dallas is lead- the fight against adoption of the new crimi- Code at this time. Attorney Wade points to pro- included in the code whereby sentences for any crimes would be lightened. He points out felonies of the first degree such as murder, and robbery have a possible minimum of one ear in the penetentiary. He also objects to the that the death penalty is returned only for Urder, aggravated rape and aggravated sexual a- Che vzgorous Dallas District Attorney points to ty other instances in which the penalties for have been light and where provisions made for early parole and many violations ach as sodomy reduced to a misdemeanor and rape reduced to a maximum of six years the victim is 13 years of age or younger more instances of marijuana, narcotics and of such na.rcotics are lessened. In fact, Dis- Attorney, Wade has compiled a complete and h outline of offenses and the changes which be made in the punishment therefor. We believe, with Mr. Wade, that now is no time encourage criminal violations by making the Salty easier and lighter. All of our daily news- .rs repeatedly carry instances of murder, rape, robberies and other sensational violations. rne is on the increase. We do not believe that r law enforcement officers should be hampered a lenient penal code no more than they should hampered by Supreme Court decisions based technicalities. We believe a new criminal code should be adopt- but the proposed code should be amended and a will take time. District Attorney Wade has an adoption be delayed for two years while ropriate changes are worked out. The proposed has been available for public scrutiny only )r the last two or three months and more time needed to cover the document which numbers hundred pages. The Malakoff News joins District Attorney Wade Dallas in urging the legislature to postpone the penal code until the next session which is two away. We express our appreciation to Hugh of Mr. Wade's staff for bringing Mr. Wade:s hts to dur aftention, The committee has been five years, so two years for public study recommendation is very little. We should be sure we are right before we pro.- as we can live under the present code in as as we have for the last 115 years. State Railroad Commission at which time Cotton Belt person- nel will attempt to prove to the Commission that the company is losing money by maintalrdg the local depot, and it is ex- pected that vigorous portests will be lodged by local business firms and individuals asserting that Cotton Belt claims are not justified. The News was informed this HCJC Board Recalls Order To Redistrict The Henderson County Junior college board, meeting in regu- lar session last Monday night, voted unanimously to rescind the voluntary redistricting or- der which it passed in executive closed door session in the meet- hag of February I. Acting on e matter in closed door ses- sion was considered  violation of the open meetings statute and was the reason given for re- ,inding the decision. A cor- rective sanction, which could have been accomplished in the regular March meeting, was not attempted. Only the portion of the February meeting con- dueled in closed session was stricken from the records, leavhag the resignation of HCJC President, Orval Pietle, which was a provision of the redis- tricting, yet conducted in open on-ba.,wina A rift of long standing be- twee Piffle and certain mem- bers of the board has come to light since the whirl wind ac- tion to accept Pirtle's resigna- ti on the basis that the col- lege would redistrict it,to 9 equal voting districts. It would provide each of the nine dis- tricts the opportumty to elect its own re4mmentafive to the college board rather than vot- ing by the present district at large elective policy. Monday nights meeting con- firmed that rift and the mys- tery of why the sudden push for redistricting will likely take shape wben a proposal of dis- trict bcmxlades is ted by the ct committee (which was not recalled) in a special called meeting slated on Sunday, March 21 (at the HCJC president's office, we as- sume and at the usual meeting time of 7 p.m.). On the redistricting com- mittee axe proponents of that move, Harry B. (Pete) Gould, J. C. Hicks and Andrew Gibbs. They were previously empow- ered to employ an attorney to draw up a plan of redistricting acceptable for passage by the Texas Legislature. State Re- presentative Bill Bass and State Senator Charles Wilson were presented such a doctmmnt. It is House Bill Ntmaber 500, and Senate Bill Number 333. Bass said the Senate Bill was on the floor Tuesday February 23, and scheduled before the House the following day, in a telephone conversation with the News Feb. % Bass said the docu- ment was handed to him by President Orval Pirtle within a few days after the tnkees had voted to redistrict. It was filed in the House Feb. 10, 19- 71; first read and referred to Committee on higher education the folowit day. Most board members were under the impression that the proposal would not be submRt- ed to the Legislature until the committee had reported in March session, outlining the boundary proposals. GOULD said that no legislative action vamld transpire before a report to the beard in a persona! in- tervlew Feb. 17, then calling the home of this writer on the evening of Feb. 18 to confess that he had misinformed this writer, stating that the bill was in the mill at Austin and that he knew it at the time of the interview. A program of redistricting, under most any boudary guide- line proposal could eliminate any or all of the present board trustees from Athens. Oddly enough, these Athens trustees, with the exception of GOULD, expressed great dis- satisfaction with the admini stvation last Monday night. Speaking out and about dif- ferent concerns were Dr. B. H. Pruitt, Joe B. Owen and Charles Hawn. Herbert Gatlin Jr. was hacking away at the boards function, and its position to es- tablish policy orfly--to be fol- lowed by the administration. Retirement at age 65 is a policy of the board (although not "m- chided in the conversation Mon- day night) for which he was a key figure in designing. Mr. Pirtle is subject to that policy. Dr. PruRt, in a lenghty ana- lists of the finmmlal stateme of the college contended the college financial structure was unsotmd. He offered figures which in his opinion reflected overdrafts amounting to near $50,OOO at the end of Janua. He declared that the college operated a large portion of the time on overdrafts, and that bonds had cleared the college of all debts a few years back to allow it to operate in the black. Pirtle coeaended that the col- lege was operating financially sound. L.R. Phinny Files For The Mayor'sl, Office cmtdidate for Mayor of the town of Malakoff. Phinny will be in competition with O. A. Phillis, Jr., in Mayor, who has signed as a candidate for re-election. In making the anmmm'ement Phinny said that he felt there was a change needed in the present form of city govez merit, and, if elected, "I will work for the city -- for the betterment of street repairs, and will follow through on re- pairing leaky water malta un- til the txottble is permanently cleared up. In the five years that I have resided here, I've spent more time repairing leaky lines on Bartlett Street  the city of Malakoff." Phinny de- clared. He added that, if elect- ed, he would utilize the exist- ing city facilities that "are just sitting ar and n0 being Phinny, his wife, Juanita, son John W. and daughter, Kathy, live at 203 West Bartlett Street, and operate the Trinity Care and Motel located in the East Bank of the Trinity River in Trinidad. Prior to that, the couple operated the then City Cafe on Terry Street in Mala- koff. The family moved to this city in January of 1965, follow- ing his retirement of 21 years plus in the military service. For nine months, Phinny served as City Judge of Mala- koff, and was then relieved of his duties when "I circulated a petition to call for a local op- tion election," he told the News. Joe Owen demanded a full study of the duties, pay and re- sponsibility of the college ad- ministration and faculty before hearing Mr. Pirtle's recommerv datlon regarding personnel for the coming year. He felt the cost of administration at HCJC was higher than at any other college in the state. He sug- gested that a study might re- veal some of the administrative staff's services could he better utliized or abolished while some others might indicate that a pay hike is in order. Piffle said the college admiration expense was below average because it had less personnel in that ca- tegory than other colleges, but Hat HCJC faculty pay was a- bove the state average. A Com- mittee of GOULD, Gatlin and Donkey Game Promises Fun 7:30 pm M on Residents of the Malako School District are urged to come out Monday night at 7:30 and enjoy an evening of hilar- ious entertalmnent when a number of local citizens parti- cipate in the Donkey Basket- bali game to be played in the high school gyramslum. The event is sponsored by the Malakoff Quarterback Club, and proceeds will he used to im- prove services provided by the organimtio Tickets may be purchased in advance for 75 cents for adults; 35 cents for students and 25 cents for children. Otherwise, those purchased at the gate will cost $1.00 per adult; 50 cents for students and 25 cents for children. "This is undoubtedly the sport of Kings," a spokesman for the club said, adding that, "for ex- ample, some of the more prom- inent jockeys in the hobby don- key derby will include Henry Hamilton, Travis Roland and Johnny Mattingly. Mattingly may be the better of the three because of his vast knowledge of animals. Johnny (as Matt- ingly is called) is an Ag man all the way. Reverend Andy Lawrence may be a dark horse (or donkey) choice in the third race with Beverly Perkins get- ting the nod for the first race, however the chempiomhip is still a to, s-up. In the cracker race, Frances Burley is the favorite with Pat Hedge a close second choice, but this one could be a sur- prise. We'll just have to wdt and see." The girl's basketball game will see some Junior High and High School girls riding in com- petition am:[ vying for victory. Some of these expected to par- ticipate are Gaylor Dawson, Brenda Avant, Mary Jane Stone, Roxatme Philips and oth- eI. The boy's game will be a hard fisted, hard riding gazr with the likes of Roger Stark, Clarence Johmon and others, trying for honors. Animals used in the acts will be those of Ralph Gedfrey's famous donkeys. Owen was named to study the persormel and report to the board on Sunday March 21. Charles Hawn complained that the board had acted too swiftly on redistricting the col- lege and said he would have opposed it had he been present at that meeting. He said that more than had surfaced was involved in the swift redistrict- ing push. Hawn contended that week that total revenue handled in the last two years from in- bound and outbound carload freight amounted to around one- half million dollars. Business transactior of Texas Clay I dusries, Inc., accounted for the major portion of that sum. "Anyone can appear before the State Railroad Commission and offer a protest, and we hope that a ntative from the local CTmmber of Com- merce, City Council, and many business firms will journey to Austin and lend their support in our efforts to block Cotton Belt's attempt to close our depot," a spokes-nan against the closing told the News. Mrs. Cross Elected PTA President At the regular Monday even- ing meeting of the local Parent Teacher Association, officers were elected to serve the or- ganization through the 1971-7 scholastic year, HCJC had always encouraged, songbt, and supported repre- sentation from the ouly'mg areas of the district. As proof he cited the recent board ap- pomments of Andrew CAbbs from Mabank and J. C. Hicks from Fmnkston as the district bad expanded to those areas. He mentioned that Chandler was represented by H. C. Cade and the Malakoff area by Pete Dod- son at this time, disqualifing any m'gumonts that redistrict- ing at this particular time was for the purpose of equalizing re- presentation. Hawn motioned to withdra/ HCJC's request for the Nike Base facilies at Ter- rell in favor of Terrell's re- quest. He pointed out that the proposed vocatiorml facility there would not benefit the Henderson County area labor market potential. The board voted in favor of his motion to withdraw the HCJC request. I-Lawn suggested that the Ladies Plan Sale For Thomas Fund Throughout . day today, Friday, a group of local ladle, all filled with the milk of hu- man kindness, will sell and serve cookies and cupcakes to students attending the elemen- tary school. The sweets will be available to the children during playground recesses. All  will go to the Fred Thomas Fund to help de- fray medical and hospital ex- penses. Mr. Thomas, a mortician wih one of the Athens funeral homes Those named to head the very worthwhile club were Mrs. Charlene Cross, Ixsidem; Ed- die Garrison, first vice presi- dent; Mrs. Anmmta Thomas, second vice president; Mary Louise Jackson, third vice pres. idettt; Mrs. Jeanette King, e- retaxy; Mrs. Lois Marshall, treasurer, and Mrs. Ida Maa Gray'er as parlimnentarlan. These officers will be installed at the Monday, May 1 meeting. Following the election of - flcials, a discussion was held relative to the drug program which is scheduled to be con- rueted in the Malakoff seheol stem next year. Those particqating in the discussion were Britt Thomp- son and Jackie Lawley, two high ehool students, and Carl Andees, ore of the high schoel . In other action, Don McKin- nerney, high school principal, brought a brief rep on the federal programs in which the many facets of the redlstr-'eting has been ill for several months, Malakoff sdmol district parU. design should be sought out and and only recently underwent a cipates, made available for public ap- kidney transplant in a Dallas The mxt  meeing.c nraisal before am" action of re- hospital. His expenses are the PTA wil be on Monday, Ap. ciistrictg is considered by the mounting daily, well into the ril 5th, in the school cafeteria board. . tbouands of dollars, at 7:30 p.m. I The Terr, to,00 Traveler Last week former resident run North and South, only Main way 31, but is facing East. Frank Johnson passed along a Street runs East and West. Therefore, it is technically not suggestion that Highway 31 in the city limits of Malakoff should be given a name. He thought Tanner Boulevard would be a iee name. The News, by publication, turned the matter over to the Chamber of Commerce President, Eddie Souza, and to the dficial Street Namer and Numberer, Talmage Griffin. Souza said the Malakoff City Council hod approved a Cbam- bet" of Commerce request that Hwy. 31 be named Dan M. Royall Boulevard. He said the cotmdl approved that name several years ago on the same evening it abollMmd ordinance 49 (to do with beautification). Souza was mad that signs were not erected back then. Griffin penned his comments. (The News selects the "doers" over the "suggesters". Griffin, a "doer" says only "Avenues" run East and West. He has News support for street and avenue handling. Shopping cen- ter naming should be up to the developer.) His comments: ,,Re: the rece observations and comments of Mr. Frank Johnson of Amarillo, a former resident of this city: Confusion There is considerable eorffu- sion in Malakoff pertaining to streets and avenues as well as direction involved therewith. All streets except Main SWeet All avenues run East and West, presemly. As the town grows, others streets and ave ues added should be so named. Main Street is the dividing line between North and South and Terry Street is the dividing line between East and West. In giving your address, it should be like this: for an ex- ample, 203 East Highway 31, or 510 West Highway 31, or 210 East Mitcham Ave., or 406 West MRcbam Ave., or 410 North Terry Street, or 207 South Ter- ry Street. Also the even numbers on all streets, North or South, are on the West side of the street, odd numbe being on the East side. The avenues are even num- bered on the North side, odd numbered on the South side. If an ad is placed in the pap. er with Highway 31 East as the address, it intimates that your business may be anywhere be- tween Malakoff and the cry limits of Athens. The same ap- plies to other advertising giv- ing only the dirvction, without designating a number. May we also suggest a name for Mr. Hardy's new shopping center We suggest "Sunset Village" as R is on an extension of Sunset Street in the Riddle sperger Addition. The new pharmacy adjoins West High- on llighway 31, at all; 226 Sun- set Village is OK. Also, all the hs in the Negro Government Housing Project, are incorrectly nurm bered. They are on the East side of Barren Street, and in the 300 block, therefore, each one should have an odd num- ber. Some are numbered eye,t, while some are odd numbered, and all are numbered in the 900 block. I don't know where or how the mmabers were at'. ' rived at, but all are wrong. I was designated by a former city council to name or re- name streets and place house numbers that, when city deli- very of mail is proposed and in- spection ordered here for that, everything will be in order. I'm sure I have made blunders and I'm trying to correct those I have made. If I can get the cooperation of all conc in the orderly growth and development of our city, I am sure we will all ul- timately benefit thereby. R. T. Griffin. "-- Chamber Meets An announeme w made tcly that the Mlakoff Clmm. bet of Commerce will moot at 7:30 tonight in the City Hall. Th public is tnvtted and urged toM#end.