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/ Hoe00' & Sons Book Lind er Mich. 49284 Spr In0000port e 00alakoff coo, YEAR No. 13 MALAKOFF. HENDERSON COUNTY, TEXAS THURSDAY- March 31. 1977 e00N, Watt Nm'mn Jr. Howard Julkn A.E. McCllntock Clmdm Mm Larry Suds Homer Ray.Trimble Jnme Wsiker Vying For Trustee Posts; Hopefuls Unopposed Saturday School District choice of three trustee when they trek to On the on their council- district residents assured of three new a the board of trustees. of the incumbents is reelecton have a new Inmom following Saturday. Ernest refiled for his and C.L. Nichols for the vacancy left move to the race. They are un- the ballot. trustees Ben and Royce did not seek re- trustee, earlier the school three new board for the three Malakoff School are Larry Surls, Julian, Valuen Ray Trimble, Jr., Jeanne and be open from 8 at Malakoff the dty council district residents at llementary or Tool City Hall in the trustee election. Virtually all area municipal- tries and school districts have elections Saturday. Here's a roundup gf ar tous. Names to appear on the ballots in school district elections to be held April 3, are: MABANK--{3 seats} Place I, Johnny Godwin,' incumbent: David Notting- ham, Eddie Sutton, Jerrell Gleaves. Place 2, Jack Anderson, Bruce Bridges, Dale Harrill. Place 3. Afton Flowers, Jack Taylor. KEMP--(3 seats! Herman Stovall, Glen Cain and Billy Don Dalrymple, all incumbents; Erlene Haney, R.A. "Bob" Smith, Edmund Horton, and Putman Bateman. TRINIDAD-- B.W. Tatum, Armando Renteria, and Larry Don Estes. all incumbents, unopposed. EUSTACE-- (2 seats) Robert Pickle, Peggy York, Billy Don Ashton, Charles Plotz, Anne Jones, incumbent. CROSS ROADS- (two seats) Peggy Baker, Ronny Alexander, Jack Allen. Ted French and Jesse Waiters are vying for seats being vacated by Nolan Cobb and W.T. Turlington. Candidates for the April 2 city council elections are: MABANK-- Mayor Eddie Guinn, unopposed; {2 council seats} Eugene "Sonny" Teague. John Mayo Chappell. both incum- bents: Otis Hereby. CANEY CITY-- Mayor W.H. Rodgrh, incumbent; Travis Matthews. {2 council seats} Kenneth Langlen and Vernon E Wingham, both incumbents; Martha Love- lady, Robert L. Garrett. STAR HARBOR- Joe Gerard is the only candidate for mayor. Filing for two-year terms as councilman are Roy Baxley, John Mclntire and Elmer Finley. Special one-year terms are sought by Erroll Foote and Gene Hunt. KEMP-- Mayor, Charles Nicklas, incumbent; Jack Wilson: {3 council seats} Annie Norris, incumbent. unopposed for one year term; M orris Threalkeld and Charles Baumgarmer, both incumbents; Ed Melton, and Forfest Hanna. EUSTACE-- Mayor, Walter Reynolds, Adren A. Arrington, Jr.: {3 council seats) Harold Ray Griffith, Homer Eddlemon, James Cook, Jimmie Weaver, I.R. McCarley, J.L. Meredith. John M. Steward, James Hunt, Jessie L. Lowrey, Walter Morse, Ronald M. Garterll. ENCHANTED OAKS-- Mayor Doug White, incumbent, unopposed; (2 council seats} Harry Beeman. incumbent; A. Hardesty, Mary Koprowski: City Marshall, Edward Dombrowski. TRINIDAD-- Mayor, Freeman Miller, incumbent; Lamessa Sillick. (3 council West End Projects Funded By New $167,000 Grant By Tom Herline Malakoff has been given tentative approval for a $167,000 community develop- ment block grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development which will permit the city to com- plete lateral water lines and do more storm drainage work in the West End. The grant also provides for use of 25 per cent of the funds for a "code enforcement" program that would permit direct grants to individuals to bring substandard residences up to specially-established "code" requirements. Thomas E. Barber of Barber & Associates. said the HUD has approved the submission of a final plan for use of the $167.000 grant. The invitation to submit a final plan is tantamount to approval, contingent only on verifying the city properly administered a $I00.000 block grant approved last year. He predicted the funds would be disbursed in AuguSt of this year. The largest portion of the grant. $59,000 is earmarked for water distribution work in the West End. This will permit the city to build lateral water lines originally projected in its war.and seats) Roy Reever. incum - sewer bond issue proposal. ben'S; Jame;''-,3ls-tOn, .:':oniy a tirm a}orqg,,High* unopposed for the one year term; Larry Airheart, Arther Arnold. Johnny Pete Airheart. O.S. Bryson, Thomas "Sonny" Bradley, Wylie McClintock. TOOL--Mayor Oran White, incumbent, unop- posed; {2 council seats} Robert Dempsey, Les Carter, both incumbents, unopposed. SEVEN POINTS-- {3 council seats} Bill Lasater, David Marler. Ernest Segler, all incumbents; Bill Greenhaw. way 31 from city limits to ci W limits was built with bond issue funds because the project costs were too high. This will provide additional fire protection to the West End. The first $100,000 grant issued last year was for storm drainage work, and the city is in the final stages of acquiring right-of-way for a storm sewer project that would help drain an area from St. Paul Drive east, A 42-inch storm seweris to be installed. An additional $55 million in storm drainage funds are included in,the new grant, and presumably GUN BARREL CITY--(3 Baseball council seats ) Bess Johnston, Clyde Bird, boLh incumbents; Peggy Cole, Association Kenneth Lewis, E.R. Brookshire. W.H. "Bill" Adams, Lloyd L. Potts, Meets Tonight Mary Gammon. The Malakoff Baseball The West Cedar Creek Association will hold a Municipal Utility District meeting tonight (Thursady) will also elect four directors at 7 p.m. at Malakoff City to the board on April 2. Hall for the purpose of I n c u m b e n t s s e e k i n g electing officers for the reelection are Roy Burris, current year. Bill Forester, John P. All interested persons are McKee, and J.N. Loden. urged to attend. Malakoff Other candidates are: Baseball Association is William Brown, Dillard responsible for all youth Smith, and Clifton Smith, baseball activities for Jr. Malakoff for the summer. inistrators Want 15% Local Fund Share S. Alexander total local fund assignment Assessment Practices Board for all school districts of $396 to be composed of six eight bills under million per year which could members appointed by the by the Legisla- be adjusted upward or down- governor for staggered two Administrator's ward by 21/2 percent, depend- year terms. (SB560 and ing on current economic This board would establish s the one most school trends and inflation, minimum standards for would like to The tax rate would be a offices assessing property for fixed one to be based on the school taxation and require that the GOER's state wide valuations that an annual report be raise 15 with the index rate calculated submitted by each office. To of their operating to permit each district to raiee further insure that the tax revenues and its required local share, individual districts are 85 percent, More funds for driver's making correct tax assess- to the present education, and for transporta- ments the board would pro- ratio, tion costs would be allotted vide for inspection of all tax rate it set by the state to the school district tax offices at least as 35 cents per districts trader provisions of once every three years. and until the the bill, and it would also give Any school that does not Office of the poorer and less populatet maintain current market Resourc {GOER) districts more personnel units values on assessments would statewide property for additional teachers, be ineligible for state financial last year, each Since the bill is based on aid after Dec. 31, 1982, allowed to esti- state wide property values as according to the bill. property valua- calculated by the governor's Unlike Governor Briscoe's office, it also pvides for the bill {SB 441 and HB 750}, the establish a establishment of a School Tax Atrator's Bill provides for teacher's salary increases. The minimum base salary for a teacher with a bachelor's degree would be set at $8,500 linstead of the present $8,000) and be increased $500 each year for the next three years. All other teachers' salaries would be increased according to a scale which would reflect their educational background and seniority. The legislature would be able to change all salaries by establishing the base for the bachelor degreed teacher each year. Governor Briscoe's bill, the first submitted to this session of the legislature, provides for state funding of 90 percent of the foundation school program, and 10 percent from local tax sources. The bill also established a tax index rate of 9 cents per $100 valuation for the 1977-78 school year. The tax index rate would be applied to estimated value of property in the district, based on the total taxable value of all taxable property in the state in the prior school year. This provides for taxes on automobiles and intangible to different categories and school districts have the option to tax the items in those categories, as suggested by the GOER, or to use the categories they choose, making up the total local fund assignment from other areas. For instance, if a district decides not to tax automo- biles, and the GOER estimates $20,000 in revenue to be derived from that tax the district would have to raise the $20,000 from some other source in order to come up with their share of the local fund assignment. The Texas State Teacher's See SCHOOLS, Page I0 additional steps outlined by Neal Velvin in his survey of the area will be implemented. Velvin. who was on the agenda, did not appear at Monday night's meeting. Barber said that he did not particularly want to include the "code enforcement and rehabilitation" funds in the city's application for grant funds, but because of the large number of applications for earmarked funds, he added then] tu give Lhe city additional points in the drive See GRANT, Page I0 Henderson Court Hires Ernst & Ernst For Audit Henderson County Com- missioners gave Ernst & Ernst of Dallas a go-ahead Monday for a complete audit of all the county's accounts for the year 1976 at a cost of from $15,000 to $17.000. The audit is scheduled to. begin next week, according to Dallas partner Jim Carroll and Dallas manager Walter N. Metcalf. The court had earlier given preliminary approval to an audit by Ernst & Ernst, a nationally-known CPA firm, but withheld final approval pending an estimate of total cost. The court has audited $15,000 in revenue sharing funds for an audit. The court postponed a decision on whether to go back and audit 1975 until the county's accounting system sysum for the federal govern- to conform with these rules, ment. He said in connection with the An auditing team which is audit. Ernst & Ernst will now winding up a review of advise the auditor's office on Dallas County's accounts will how to set up the reporting See COURT. Page 10 City Council Approves Lights For New Park Malakoff City Council approved $3,077.76 for. purchase of lights for a Little League ball diamond in the newly-created City Park on the west side of Malakoff 1976 audit is performed. It for poles for the lights which would cost the county .. u:. n,o to have 1975 audited, Carroll on of working to complete e told the commissioners, the baseball diamonds at the Carroll told the court that individual accounts could be audited for 1975 for a fraction of the cost if the court saw a need for further checks after seeing the 1976 audit informa- tion. Henderson County's Grand Jury is in recess pending completion of an audit. The Grand Jury, in an interim report, called for a complete audit of county books, and singled out the tax assessor- collector's office for criticism. The investigative body delved into a $16,000 shortage reported in the tax assessor- collector's office during the term of Billie Richardson. The Grand Jury also took the auditor's office to task for its failure to provide timely audits of all accounts administered by the county. Carroll also told the court that new Revenue Sharing and federal grant procedures will require changes in the Several members of the Park Board were present at the meeting. Mayor A.M. Thompson said that he felt that since the $3.077.76 expenditure came during Monday night's within the $5.000 budget for meeting. :the park, he recommended They also agreed to pay approval of the purchase. The some $250 in shipping charges action was unammohs. In other etion the ciLy fathers gave fhat pproval to a $26,!5 revene zrug ,j budget which included $7, i00 for a sewer rodding unit. park in the time for the Little $1&000 for a fire truck and League season which will' begin at the end of school. See COUNCIL. Page 10 Street Renamed /is Melton Drive Church Street, which runs from Mitchum to Highway 31, alongside First Baptist Church. was renamed Melton Drive by the city council Monday night. The aciton was taken following the reading of a letter from Mrs. S.F. Brooks. daughter of Mrs. Addle Melton, requesting the name change. Mrs. Melton was a resident of the property which is to be the site of the new municipal building for 78 years, and was one of Malakoff's early settlers. Mrs. Brooks also requested that a plaque designating a tree estimated to be 300 years old on the propert.y as the "Addle Melton Oak Tree.." Mrs. Brooks has been actively campaigning to see that the historic old tree would not be cut down or damaged during the construc- tion of the half-million-dollar municipal facility. Architects have assured that the trc will not be affected by construction of the new city hall. From This Corner By Tom Herline Those of us who are old enough to remember the mess. bother and undepend- ability of ink pens appreciate that invention known as the "ball point pen" far more than the generation that was weaned from pencils on them. A child who's never written an entire theme only to have the pen drop a deluge of erratic pen had let loose its hideout at every opportunity, nectar in too-generous a we did something brilliant at stream, and had run out at a our office one time. crucial point in a term exam. We bought a thousand of But fountain pens seemed them from a mail-order house. to stay in the owner's posses- Glorious! A pen whenever we sion far longer than its cheap needed one! But do you realize first cousin the ball point pen. how far 1,000 pens go? Sadly, I'm one of those people who after a few months, we had can start a work-day with a hundreds left. but they'd all dozen in my pocket and by 9 dried up to a point where they permanet ink on the page as a.m. can't find a single one to he neared the final period- sign a receipt for a package can't appreciate the wonders of science. Nor can a girl who's never had her pigtail dipped in an inkwell. It hasn't been so long since a bottle of Skrip was at the head of the list of school supplies each year for third- graders up. It was a commod- ity, that by year's end would delivered to my door. There' are other trials and tribulations from ball-points. There's an unwritten law that when you need one to work the most, it will skip so badly you can't keep track of what you're writing, or it will give out completely so that you're left stranded with pages of notes to write and no would not release the ink. A friend gave us a brilliant tip on freeing the ink, hold a match near the point. I tried it. All I got was a melted pen.tip. Whether the point was writing was a good question. It was covered with melted plastic. I'm not favoring a return to ink pens, but after trying 30 minutes around my house trying to lte just one have ruined at leist three instrument with which garments through spillage, write them. been asked to retrace its steps Faced with the sad truth mementoes acro a dozen themes and that ball points disdain tenderness at, class projects because an human companionship and fountain to ball-point, I sionaUy pull out my box of schoolla es -