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PAGE 10 - The Malakoff News - Friday, April 14, 2006 Force Continued from Page 1 serious commitment is needed to make it that far," said Don. The pair are serious about martial arts, and have the record to prove it. Don is a 7th-degree black belt and has been in karate for decades. He has defeats of fighting greats such as Billy Blanks (of Tae-Bo fame) and Randall "Tex" Cobb to his credit. Corene is a 3rd-degree black belt and the 1997 U.S. women's bare-knuckle fighting champion. She's competed in numerous tournaments and other events, taking prizes from many of her competitions. "I never wanted to be in tour- naments, but it turned out I was good at it," said Corene. Their 3-year-old daughter, BaiLee, is already learning skills and competes against children older than she. The success of the school in Malakoff has come quickly, and local students recently won the Texas State Karate Champion- ships in Tyler. Part of their success, the JENNIFER STONE-HANNIGAN/THE bIA.LAKOFF NEWS Corene Padgett watches students as they practice punch- hag techniques. couple agrees, has come from their dedication to their students and the discipline of karate. "We take our time, especially with the kids. You don't want them to advance too quickly," said Don. Respect is emphas'tzed, and students who are reported using their skills for the wrong reason are not allowed to con- tinue. Students have to keep their grades up to stay in class and earn extra accolades for high marks in school, said Corene. u oeA and u~u: a'uday z/te ,ff'~imau j ,5~ace J lb~ Me taa; i~ oh'ate. ia cA/una, m. Political Ad Paid For by Pm UndaW for Jmfce of the Peace PcL 5 Cmpai~ P. UmlelU, Tream~ "They want to stay in karate, so they keep their grades up. The idea is to keep them active and progressing in the right direction," said Corene. The school definitely is not just for children. The children's class meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday nights, and an adults' class follows at 6:30. The two are looking for a loca- tion for their own building, and once that building is open, classes will include tumbling, weight man- agement, cheerleading and women's self-defense. "Some people are afraid to have girls in karate, but the best place for girls to be is in karate," said Corene. Women who are in ka- rate not only stay in peak physical shape, but also learn essential self- defense skills, she added. The best part of learning karate is not the cool moves or the self- defense, said Don, but the center- ing of personality the discipline brings. 'q'he martial arts will give you whatever you need. If you are cocky, it will make you humble, if you have a problem with self-es- teem it will give you confidence," said Don. The Padgetts' class meets Monday nights at First United Methodist Church. Cost is $35 a month. Chief Continued from Page 1A work he has been doing," said Isaacson. In fact, the council received a petition with about 30 signatures ask- ing for Cantu to stay with the city. "We're going to see if it works out and I'll continue to do my job. I will continue to work to clean up the problems with the department," said Cantu. Cantu's salary was re- duced to reflect the change in position. When Cantu was hired for the joint city man- ager/police chief position in late 2004, his salary was $52,000. That amount was decreased Monday to $43,000 a year. "What we did was check into what different chiefs of police were making around the area. Originally, what we were paying the chief was very inexpensive. I was shocked," said Isaacson. "They set my salary based on my years of experience," said Cantu, who has been in police work for 35 years and holds a master's certification. The position of city adminis- trator is being filled jointly by City Secretary Ann Barker and Director of Public Works Glen Herriage. "We are not going to look for a city administrator at the present time. The council has absolute confidence in Glen Herriage and Ann Barker and we will let them man the ship for right now. "Things are going well enough with the city right now and we will leave well enough alone," said Isaacson. The council also accepted the retirement of Municipal Judge Anne Remley. Remley has come under fire in recent months from the council about her handling of the office of municipal judge and the amount of fines collected by the city. At the March meeting, the city council gave certain guidelines to Remley - such as entering all the city's outstand- ing tickets into the statewide Omnibase system - and gave her 30 days to comply. Isaacson said the council was not satisfied with her level of compliance, and expressed their dissatisfaction to Remley Monday. After hearing their comments, she decided to re- tire from the position. "It was probably one of the hardest things I ever did in my life. She was unable to get the results the council wanted and she felt like the position needed someone who could get the court up to the council's expec- tations, so she felt she needed to retire," said Isaacson. "She has done a lot for the city and we wish her well." Remley declined to comment about the reasons for her de- cision, simply saying she had thought about it before and de- cided now was the time. Remley was the municipal judge in Malakoff for 22 years. Her retirement was effec- tive immediately. For now, the city will be working with Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Henry Ashford to handle the city's court cases. The mayor said she did not know how long Ashford would be asked to serve as interim judge. "He is familiar with the Omni system. He under- stands it upside down, back- wards and forwards," said Isaacson, and that is a strong asset to the city. The Omni system uses the state's driver's license renewal pro- gram to tag those with out- standing tickets. In other news Monday night, Frank Steele with Hudson, Anderson & Asso- ciates out of Corsicana - the company that conducted the city's audit for 2005 - recom- mended changes in the city's fine collection system and its spending habits. The auditor offered a com- parison of this year's audit, which addresses the city's fi- nances from Oct. 1, 2004 un- til Sept. 31, 2005, with the 2001 audit. The city collected $153,000 in fines in 2001, versus 90,000 in 2005. Also, because of several recent infrastruc- ture improvements - such as the water treatment plant - the city's reserves have been depleted. Steele suggested the city find ways to increase rev- enue. "You are still in decent fi- nancial shape now, but if you don't take action to restore your revenue base, you will start to deteriorate," said Steele. The city will be seeing growth in the next few years, the auditor predicted, and he said the city's finances will be vital to that process. "It's imperative you main- tain the financial integrity of your city, because the growth is coming," said Steele. City officials said after Monday's meeting that changes have already been put into place to address those issues, such as the city's recently implementa- tion of the Omni system to improve fine collection and an increase in water rates. 5 T t Proudly announces the launch of the & ESTEE LAUDER A Healthy U Goody's Family Clothing Bealls Gown's Galore Brooklyn's Famous Italian ICE & Pizza Claire's Boutique Mr. J's Menswear L.A. Nails Plaza Garibaldi Corn Dog 7 Regis Salon Nutrition Center Zales Hwy. 31 & 45th Street Corsicana I our customers, family to come see usl 0 for in the ~t