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Friday, April 22, 2011 - The MalakoffNews - Page 9A Cal (Continued from Page 1A) among others• In contrast to prior years, there will be no evening activities. Cinco de Mayo is a cel- ebration of the joint her- itage and history of Texas and Mexico. It honors an important victory of the Mexican army, led by Texas native lgnacio ZaPagoza, over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The victory helped pre- serve Mexican independ- ence. Gospel Lectureship A Gospel Lectureship will be held 7 p.m. May 7 at Trinidad Church of Christ. The format is "Seven Men for Seven Minutes" and the theme is "Unity' of the Spirit." The guest speakers are Willie Wilmore of Eastside in Corsicana; Lavelle Lay- field of Malakoff; Steve Orbison of North Beaton of Corsicana; Glen Gan- non of North Beaton, Corsicana; Alton Albert of Eastside, Corsicana; and David Bradley of Northside, Athens. Direc- tions: From Highway 31 turn on Mclntyre. Go through downtown Trinidad. Turn right on Scruggs. The building is on the left. MHS athlete physicals On May 19, Malakoff High School will be con- ducting physicals for ath- letes. All incoming 7th, 9th, and 1 lth graders will have to have a physical. Athletes who were in- jured this year or missed significant time will also need a physical. Cost is $10. Middle School stu- dents will be bused to the High School that day for physicals, so parents should plan to pick their student up at the High School. Coaches will be sending paperwork home with students in the com- ing weeks, so be on the lookout. City (Continued from Page IA) troubles with the process. City Councilwoman Jerrilynn Tarver said, "I'm glad to see it coming back again. It is something we can do for the citizens." The council also ap- proved a request to use $7,500 from the hotel/motel tax to help cover cost of improve- ments at the baseball and softball fields on Star Har- bor Road. In addition, a request from Municipal Judge Henry Ashford to pur- chase a LexisNexis sub- scription. map Map (Continued from Page IA) Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce President Jo Ann Hanstrom said simply, "1 don't feel good about it." Hanstrom said splitting the lake area would hurt the ! 0-year effort to have the Cedar Creek Lake area considered its own area "because .we are unique." From the other side of the county on Lake Palestine, Orville Bevel warns that the impact of dividing the county wouldn't only be felt at Cedar Creek Lake. "Well the fun and games have begun and this should really make you mad," said Bevel. "Mr. Pitts will claim he has an interest in Hender- son County by having relatives and property (on Cedar Creek Lake). Not true in my book. Splitting Henderson County is bad in many ways." Rep. Lance Gooden said Tuesday that he had hoped the Redistricting Committee would keep his district as it was, with all of Kaufman and Hen- derson counties. "But the numbers, are what they are," he said. Gooden said the pro- posal has positive aspects for Henderson County, not the least of which is Rep. Jim Pitts - who is the chairman of the pow- Don't be left out of Cedar Creek Lake's =Best Visitor's Guide" aOII I>ISCOV'ER' "Discover" works for sou all scar long and especially during the summer! DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO: • All Cedar Creek Lake Chamber Offices* In Canton During First Monday Trade Days • Local Visitor Centers • State Border Visitor Centers• Dallas Beat Show• Discover Advertisers • The Monitor Office In Mabonk • Living Well Racks In Athens • The Canton Herald Office In Canton • The Wills Point Chronicle Office In Wills Point • The Kerens Tribune Office In Kerons • The Malakoff News Office In Malakoff • The Monitor Racks in Athens • The Quinlan Tawakoni News Office in Quinlan • The Shopper's Edge Office in Pare (:ONVENIEN'[ PAYJ EN'I" PLANS/WAIL/LBL6 Wrl'R 0% IN'rERES /. Call Angela Penland or Janice Grubbs @ (903) 887-4511 angelap@themonitor net or ADV EP.TISING DEADLINE Is FP.IDAY, MAY "20 O ,A . /, i .. IZ,! O 108 • PC). o /18 • ?'51"47 887-4-511 " I:,-,,:., 907'). ._, 887ZI-:D1u county erful Appropriations Committee - also would have liked to keep his district the way it was. In his case it was Ellis and Hill counties, which he has served for 18 years. Pitts' Chief of Staff Aaron Gregg said that while Pitts is frustrated at losing Hill County; he is excited at the prospect of representing a portion of Henderson County. And, according to Gregg, it is a part of Hen- derson County Pitts knows. He said the law- maker has a house in Star Harbor. and has tbr 20 years, and his mother and sister live there. Gooden has received plenty of complaints about the redistricting plan, and has personally been the target of criti- cism. Automated and anony- mous rolling phone calls were made to every Re- publican primary voter in Henderson County last week warning them about "Gooden's plan" to divide the county and urging them to call Gooden's of- rice and register their dis- pleasure. Gooden points out there is one problem with that scenario, however, i: He isn't on the Redistrict ; ing Committee. "The automated and anonymous call wrongly said I was the one behind this plan," he said. "I want to stress that this is the Redistricting Corn-' mittee, l am not on the Redistricting Committee• It is not up to me." He said, "The automat- ed call made it sound like Henderson County was going to be shipped out to sea and that is not the case. Henderson County would have two represen- tatives fighting for it and be the most represented ; rural county in Texas." Critics say that Gooden is the big winner if the re- districting proposal is ap- proved. He gets a district in which he remains the incumbent, and as a Kaufman County resident his base remains strong while any Henderson County challenger would be weak˘,ned, Any other redistri glmove would:,i likely pa,r Gooden against an incumbent; not a death notice tbr a sec- ond term, but Gooden would certainly face a stiff challenge. There is also the fact that Gooden backed House Speaker Joe Straus at the beginning of the Legislative Session. but representatives to his north and east did not. Henderson County Re- publican Party Chairper- son Betty Elolland thinks it is unlikely the redis- tricting plan has anything to do with Gooden. She has some questions on whether dividing the county is the best plan, but she is sure that critics are taking aim at the wrong target. "My preference is that the county stay together," she said, "but I feel very certain that the Redis- tricting Committee fol- lowed the rules and the State Constitution for the proposal that was thai best, and we must look to that committee for an- swers or concerns." Holland. who con- firmed she had received one of the anonymous phone calls, said that re- districting is a complicat- ed process, and that every. move sends out ripples. "l do uot believe that re- districting or the splitting Henderson County would have been done just for a freshman Representa- ttve, she said.