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H YEAR - NUMBER 17 MALAKOFF. HENDERSON COUNTY. TEXAS THURSDAY. May 1, 1975 Subii:ts Auditor Not Satisfied With City's '73 Records Rotary Club a special benefit of Malakoff student Kenneth I whose show pig was SOmeome the week e the Henderson County Livestock Show. had worked hard his pig ready and had what the finest an- shown by Mala- ag teacher Mattingly said re- of $25 has been to the fund, and or any club which contribute to the bring the con- Joe Riley Jones at Bank. the livestock went into the th show pig and located, and pig and hauled Meeting of the board of of the Cedar Creek has been for Tuesday night, at the Cedar Creek Club at 7 p.m. Roscoe Welch all board members to as there are several of pressing impor- to be decided. !faust be completed for Lg contest and golf tournament. said that a nora- committee would be new director pear's board. Annual organization is for July 7. By Tom Herline Inadequate or not generally acceptable accounting records, missing bank state- ments and a general lack of ............... i detailed information made it impossible for outside audi- tors to satisfy themselves or give an opinion of Malakoff city finances for the year 1973 and earlier it was reported to POINT CHAMPIONS -- , Twirling Festival held at with 57 points was junior Robin Harris ]left] and Lana Malakoff High Gym. Robin, point champion. Over 300 Rogers [right] were high point with 126 points, was senior persons entered the contest. winners in last weekend's point champion, and Lana, Police Report Malakoff Traffic Fatality First Dominates Twirling Fete In Malakoff In Years High students dominated the sixth annual invitational Twirling Festival Patrolman Ron Walker also held here last Saturday. The investigated, festival attracted over 300 The first traffic fatality in Malakoff in several years took the life of a 40 year old Athens man last Friday. Bobby Eugene Jones of Athens, driving a compact car, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Justice of the Peace Joe Faulk following a collision between his car and a pickup truck driven by Allie Dee Warren of Route 21 Athens. The Friday morning crash took place on Highway 90 north on a curve. Jones was headed south and Warren was headed north. According to Police Chief Richard Wilson, Jones' car drifted into the northbound lane. The pickup truck hit the Jones car broadside and flipped it over. Paschal funeral home picked up the body which was later transferred to Foster and Brown Funeral Home in Athens. Both vehicles were demol- ished, according to Chief Wilson. State Highway Raising workers will in the Eustace 10 for an all session to build a Cabana. is one of the committee projects Eustace Bicentennial as a for community activi- the annual Fish the volunteer fire Meeting City Council will {Thursday} at City Hall. agenda is discussion gas for the police a visor bar for the Car. the city fathers Monday Marlin R. Smith of Park, books since 1963. night. Smith & Moore, public "The accounting records But accounting procedures accountants of Athens, and internal control were have improved during the appeared before the council to inadequate and we were past year, the report present the 1973 audit, the unable to satisfy ourselves )y indicates, first outside audit of the city's appropriate audit tests or by From This Corner By Tom Hedine In a freak accident this week. Ellis Dixon of Malakoff was stung by wasps and while enroute home after the incident, apparently passed out and crashed into a utility pole. Dixon had been helping some friends rid some bushes of wasps when he was stung on the arm and leg and began to feel ill. He was enroute home on Farm Road 90 south of town in his pickup when he apparently passed out, left the roadway and sheared off a utility pole. He was taken by Paschal ambulance to Memor- ial Hospital in Corsicana, where he was listed in fair condition. In addition to the stings, Dixon sustained a chest injury and cuts and abrasions, Chief Wilson, who investigated, said. In a minor accident last Wednesday, April 23, Mrs. See REPORT, Page 6 "howdy" me when I see them and make me feel right to home. Understand that the FFA Rodeo is Malakoff's REALLY BIG SHOW every year, and don't know why this year should be any exception. It's one of those productions where just about everybody is doing something to help, from opening gates to parking cars. Hope the same type of effort gets expended this weekend on the Bicentennital Events. Speaking of Bicentennial, The New Man in Town goofed in recent stories on the Malakoff Bicentennial celebration. One: there is to be no trail ride as indicated earlier, because of scheduling conflicts. Two: It'll be at the Lion's Den and FFA Rodeo Arena site instead of R.H. Lee park, as I misinformed all you good folks last week. 'Scuse please. participants. High point champions from Malakoff were Robin Harris, seniar champion, with 126 points, and Lana Rogers, junior champion with 57 points. Amy May of Tyler was elementary champion with 34 points. The Malakoff High front line walked away with the Outstanding Dance Twirl Trophy, and the Outstanding Military Trophy went to the freshman quartet of Malakoff. Missy Ward of Kerens was named Miss Majorette of the Day for the event. A total of 25 super twirling awards were presented during the day. Judges for the contest were Marilyn Hearn of Fort Worth, Billie Rushin of Corsicana and Randy Sharber of Canton. Entries came from a wide area including Lake Worth, Commerce, Kaufman, Canton, and Malakoff's neighborin'g cities. A total of 347 medals were earned by entrants. Among those winning one-plus trophies were Gay McSweeny, Joni Jackson, Missy Ward and Amy May. Thompson, Others Lobby For TRA Mayor A.M. (Buddy) Thompson represented Mala- koff as part of a Trinity River Authority delegation that went to Washington this week to testify before Appropria- tions subcommittees of the House and Senate in behalf of funds for Trinity develop- ment. The delegation includes mayors and officials from major as well as smaller cities in the Trinity River water- shed. Thompson took with him resolutions from the City Council, the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce and the Malakoff Industrial Foun- dation to be presented to the subcommittees" Some 160 persons were included in the delegation, Thompson said. They hosted a cocktail party and buffet to which all the Texas delegation as well as committee members were invited. AND THAT-- or doing very little if they do, all our best news sources off a nice evening of somewhere f or vacations, kids last Friday night driving us nuts wanting to in on Mala- know what they can do, and production of hot, languid days when you de Life," which is a don't feel like doin' nuthin'. of the Joel Chandler Being the New Man in lrer Rabbit tales. Town has its harrowing of talent there, much moments and problems, but was wasted, unfor- it's nice when you have so of the small much help with those pro- Well Worth the trip blems. Folks have been especially nice ir helping me **** get my feet on the ground, beginning of the busy and they deserve more credit than printing their names Day, June Brides, here can provide. But here's a school, gardening, bouquet of flowers to the programs, vaca- following: Ray Donnell, Joe and Judge Riley Jones, Judy Newman, Reagan-knows-what- Eleanor Robertson, Joe Faulk, Mrs. Joe Faulk, Jerry don't mind, except Hinkle, Red Waller, Jim , hard sometimes Harris, Carva Beidler, Bill themany events into Baird, David Hutchins, newspaper. But it Mercedes Hardy, Mrs. Marles what we know's Drake, Jack Murray, Gary -the summer Ashloek, and about 2,500 not meeting other friendly folks who All Systems Are Go other means as a result of on the financial statements such incomplete records and listed." lack of internal control," the The report listed total firm's statement in the'audit assets and liabilities of report read."Therefore we are $485,837.06 as of Sept. 30, unable to expresss an opinion 1973. Included in this was a total of $61,497.30 in cash on For Meal, Pageant be a year-and-a-half celebra- delayed untia later date, Mrs. tion that has had the endorse- Beidler said. ment of the Malakoff City Council, the State Bicenten- nial Commission and the National Bicentennial Com- mission. The Bicentennial charter, originally to have been pre- sented in conjunction with Saturday's events, has been "We would like everybody to come out and eat and stay for the exciting program, which we feel will be outstand- ing," Jerry Hinkle, general chairman of the Bicentennial said. Dr. Welch, a native Texan, BICENTENNIAL, Page 10 Welborn Quits As City's Judge (/ztv' Judgei Merle Welborn on the selection committee. has resigned, effective today, in the wake of a court decision by the judge being overturned by the Malakoff City Council. The council had ordered a trial of a juvenile stricken from the record during its April 14 meeting, and the mayor apologized to the youth's parents and promised to have all records of the alleged incident expunged from court and police records. According to Mayor A.M. Thompson, the trial involved a misdemeanor, and the matter should have been turned over directly to county juvenile officers, an normal procedure. Corporate judges are permitted, however, to try juveniles charged with felonies, he said. This was not a felony, he indicated. "I deeply regret what happened," Mayor Welborn said in a sealed letter which he asked Mayor Thompson to open and read at the council meeting. tie then indicated he would resign effective May 1. "I hate to see the judge take this action," Thompson said. "I don't think anybody can question the judge's integrity and service." Thompson named Council- man Leroy Rogers as chair- man of a committee to recommend a new judge, and asked each councilman to provide him with a name following the meeting to serve "I hope we can find a citizen as dedicated as Judge Wellborn...someone who can follow in his footsteps," Thompson said. Thompson called for a committee meeting prior to today, Thursday, at noon and said he would then call a special meeting for this after- noon or evening to act on the committee recommendations. The council also voted during the meeting to set aside $2,500 for fire protection equipment and $2,500 for city park development from revenue-sharing funds ex- pected during the period from July 1 through January 31. For the second time in two meetings, Thompson cited a need for more and better fire equipment, better training for volunteer firemen and co- ordination between firemen and the police department. The mayor said that fol- lowing a meeting with the city's volunteer fire depart- ment last week, he had had the city manager order smoke masks and pike poles he indicated the department needed on an emergency basis. Thompson also said that the fire department was to have gotten $1,000 last year in revenue funds, but only $300 was spent on fire equip- ment and the balance went See JUDGE, Page 10 WARMUP-Many area high tional Rodeo coming up May school students used the 9 and 10. Here an unidentified recent benefit rodeo for the Bo youth hangs in there aboard a Carters as a practice round for bucking brone. Tbere'll be . the upcoming FFA Invita- more of this type action for All systems are go this week for Malakoff's blastoff into the Bicentennial Celebra- tion with a stew dinner, guest speaker and pageantry going on the boards Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. at the Lions Club Den ola Highway 90 South. In addition to the supper, Dr. June Welch, head of University of Dallas history department will present an entertaining talk, and girls and boys of all ages will participate in competition for host and hostess designation in three age groups, according to Festival Chairman Carva Beidler. The Malakoff High School band and several local singing groups will provide musical entertainment during the serving of the meal. Tickets are available at Kirby's Department Store, Food Fare and Hardy's Pharmacy as well as from members of the Bicentennial Committee. The meal will be served by members of the Lions Club between 6 and 7:30 p.m., with the line closing precisely at 7:30. Dr. June Welch's part of the program will precede the pageant competition, which starts at eight. The competi- tion will be in Revolutionary Era costumes. Drew Truelove, a radio disc jockey with a Port Arthur radio station will emcee the evenings program. Judges for the pageant are Mrs. Ray Morgan of Athens; Mrs. Bernice McKay, Henderson County Home Demonstration Agent, and Mrs. Cleta Free- man, home economics teacher at Trinidad school. A coke party for pageant participants will be held today (Thursday I at 4:30 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Jack Hearn. Members of the Bicenten- nial Festival Committee and other workers will be busy with a phone campaign today and Friday urging folks to come out for the dinner and show. Deadline for entries in the pageant was Wednesday night, too late for the Mala- koff News deadline this week, but a sizable number of entries had already been logged, especially in the teen- age competition for host and hostess for the Malakoff Bicentennial. In the Teen-age competi- tion, the following had en- tered by early this week: Regina Lynn Kelly, Kristie Kitchens, Debbie King, Toni Craiker and Johnny Ellis. In the adult group, Mr. and Mrs. Dee Scott were among the early entries. In the 4 and 5 year old competition, Kim Mattingly, Jimmie Gayle Smith, Angela Hinkle and Bert Walker had entered the competition early. A number of other entries in each category have announced intentions of enter- ing the competition, but had not filed by Monday. Entries in the pageant are limited to Malakoff and its trade area, with towns con- ducting their own Bicenten- nial Celebration excluded. Malakoff embarks on its Bicentennial Binge with these events, and start what should hand or in the bank plus a $15,000 certificate of deposit in the water and sewer fund. The general fund held $35,252.21, the water and sewer fund $18,641.99, and the revenue sharing fund $7,603.10. All revenues for the city during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1973 was $146,543.42, but the auditor was unable to list the source because of poor bookkeeping methods, Moore said. "No attempt was made to segregate income by nature or source," Moore said. "There- fore, all revenue is shown as one amount and that amount is shown by bank records." Operating expenditures totaled $107,216.37, leaving an excess of operating revenues of $39,327.05. But after showing depreciation of" the water and sewer system,' water and sewer bond interest and payment of agent's fees totaling in aggregate $28,472.45, there was only an excess of $10,854.60. Expenditures by categories for the year as outlined by the , audit were general govern- ment, $18,084.92; streets and building, $15,457.06; police and fire department, $13,445.94; and water and sewer, $60,228.45. The report shows that of $35,073 in revenue sharing funds from the'U.S. Govern- ment, $25,069.90 was trans- ferred to plant and equip- ment, $2,400 was donated to Malakoff Library, and the fund had a balance at year end of $7,603.10. In a separate letter not included in the bound audit report, Marlin Smith made several critical comments "not normally found in the formal audit report." The letter said: "We found that accounting records were not sufficient. There was no practical way in which we could separate income into categories or type. There were no daily reports to show the nature of income as it was received however, it is our under- standing that this procedure is now followed.} Deposits were made to the bank no more often than monthly. We could not determine that all funds received were deposited due to inadequate detail accounting records. However, the two main sources of income, taxes and utilities, were recorded in detail books, but were not deposited as: received or noted on daily See AUDIT, Page l0 area rodeo fans and some sore bottoms for lots of competi- tors, we'll wager. [Staff Photo by David Scheibe]. (