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Wednesday, May 2, 2001 - The Malakoff News - PAt;I.; 9A Trinidad- News Arnolds make VFD their main interest By Emily G. Lundy When Arthur and Nelda Arnold moved to Trinidad over 30 years ago from Athens, it did not take them too long to get involved with the Trinidad VFD. It was Arthur at first who has 20 years with the de- partment. Nelda has 15. Arthur is the Chief of the department, and Nelda is secretary-treasurer of the organization. Employed with Sprint, which was at first United, Arthur re- ceived a change in assign- ments, the Trinidad office, and the couple came here and settled in. They have been married for 35 years. Both Arthur and Nelda plus about 20 others are designated as First Respon- dents in this area with rather large boundaries-- south of the spillway to the Creslyn Park Area, then with the Cedar Creek and Trinity River serving as other boundaries. Any time there is a medi- cal emergency of any kind, the call goes out, and some- one in the first respondent group goes out. Arthur has made 45 trips or more of this type already this year. He or Nelda or both get to the emergency and do what they can to help until other aid arrives. Nelda and Arthur Arnold play an important part in Trinidad's VFD. The problem with Trinidad's VFD in the 50s and 60s was with funds for equipment and stations. Arthur said, "There was one weakness. We were dependent on donations, Continued on page 4B Four go for three TISD Board openings By Emily G. Lundy Three incumbents and one newcomer will be on May 5's ballot for school board in Trinidad. Mike Airheart, Billy Ray Hornbuckle, nd Jay Tart are the incumbents. Richard Martin is the chal- lenger. Michael Airheart, a life- time resident, and graduate of THS, has just completed one year of an unexpired term. Because heenjoyed the association on the school board, he is running again. "I want to help the district in any way I can, and this is one way," he said. "We need to get the best qualified teachers, and I want to be part of setting our goals and policies. We need to make sure our students who graduate are prepared for college or the jobs they pursue," he added. One concern in particular for Mike is the shortage of teachers in the state and in Trinidad. "We' re already looking for teachers for next year." He added that it was important to keep the teach- ers already teaching here, to make sure they're happy with their assignments and willing to continue to be part of the system. Trinidad pays above the minimum required by the state and part of the group insurance teachers can buy into. Too, Mike wan!, to ee the school,ex- cel on '.he ",AAS, rating ex- Mike Airheart emplary next time. "I think we have a great school. We do well in competition with other schools our size, and I like the size we are. Three of our students are going to state competition in literary events, and we do well in athletics" said Mike. He is married to Julie Tackett from Wortham. Johnnie Singleton, a former superintendent here, taught Julie in Wortlam. When she graduated from college, he asked her to teach in Trinidad which she did. She met Mike here; and they married the next year. They have one daughter, Hallie Shane, who is nine months old. Mike is employed with Cantera Resource here in Trinidad and enjoys hunting and fishing when he can find the time to go. Jay Tart has completed one term on the board and is seeking another. He says he runs for the office for the students. "I feel that our board has made the commit- ment that every decision is to benefit our students and the district. I want our staff to have as many tools as possible to aid and expose our students to the type of education they deserve. Tart said further, "Aca- demically our district is a recognized campus. We want to improve to exem- plary status, and we have set long-term goals through the use of strategic plan- ning." Two main concerns of Tart include getting more parents involved with the district and retaining and attracting good educators for the children. Tart is proud of what the district has achieved and where it is going. "I would like personally to congratu- late our administrators and staff. It is because of their hard work and diligence that we have a great environ- ment in which our kids can learn." Coming here at the age of three. Tart is a 1979 gradu- ate of THS, married to Tonya, and they have two daughters, Chelsea, 8; and Chaney, 19 months. He is employed by TXU and owner of the Trinidad car wash and laundromat. He enjoys snow skiing when there is time for a vacation. Billy Ray Hornbuckle Having finished a three- year term, Billy Ray would like to remain on the bo.rd to help make a difference in seeing that the students get a better education and the resources they need to help with that goal. . In the years to come, he said, "I would like to see our school expand even more, Continued on page 4B Jay Tart Richard Martin Trinidad's Little League Softball team played in Malakoff over the weekend in a tournantent with several area teams. These shots reveal a busy day with Coach James Bayd proud of the trophy the boys brought home. Trinidad: The Trivial and the Tantamount By Emily G. Lundy Ball fields all over the county were filled with hot players and specta- tors Saturday, even past midnight as tournaments had to be finished in the little league competi- tion. Trinidad won five games in all but lost the final one to a team from Eustace. Little league basketball is still in ef- fect too with a tourna- ment held in the Malakoff gym on High- way 31 over the week- e n el ********************** Snooky Abbe checked into the hospital Tuesday for by-pass heart sur- gery; six years ago he had similar surgery and was not looking forward to his ordeal but has been experiencing some pain and breathing prob- lems. He is in Baylor. "Papa" Joe Ardiron had eye surgery earlier in the week at the Carter Center in Dallas. He says he "can see!" Ballou Hines has been released from the hospi- tal and is trying to make progress by doing small tasks and taking short trips. It is a slow recov- ery time. Loucille De Vance has len r e a d m iLt e_d.; : !;. ETMC with ihternM: bleeding. Sidney Airheart went to the hospital in Athens Saturday afternoon with breathing irregularities. She was still in the hos- pital Sunday. Don't forget to vote May 5 in the school board election at the main building of the school. When I wrote of fam- ily histories last week, I made some mistakes or gave some inaccura- cies. In fifty years, a town chanes, and the dominate names do too. Today Airheart seems to be the most frequently found name with many of the second, third, and fourth generations em- bracing their roots and making their homes here. Talking with descen- dants can get confusing. Looking at the records some of the third gen- erations are collecting is about the only way to be accurate, and I cannot find my copies of papers on the Stanfields. I re- member my great-grand- father on my dad's side had three wives and sev- eral children with each. ! am still waiting on other families' informa- tion. Bradleys play a part in the Trinidad history. Banks and Pearl Brown Continued on page 4B These are volunteers rom the Malakoff-]rinidad area who work with CASA in Athens, Court Appointed Special Advo- cates, and who were honored at a banquet in Athens last Friday. This organization, state wide, assists the CPS with children caught in domestic trauma. Left to right are Emily Lundy, Erin and Keith Loper, Katherine and James Diesch. The Malakoff News Start My Subscription! Yes, I want to subsci'ibe ( ) Please send me a one-year subscription to The Malakoff News. Please re-new my subsciption ( ) Name Addess City State Zip Subscription Rates $17.00 per year in Henderson County $22.00 per year elsewhere in Texas $25.00 per year outside Texas The Malakoff News P.O. Box 509 Malakoff, Tx. 903-489-0531 1