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B2 IATION "The Voice of the Lignite City" cents single copy 4 o. , ST YEAR, NUMBER20 Box 50q. Malakoff. 75148 .180-053 ! By FRANK SOPUCH business which ~ounty in attended to by the Court Friday crowds jammed the listening to the Old met in special unanimously adopt a a grant ap- Development U. S. Department requesting in excess of matched by local funds of the fairground construction on State kPproximately three miles ill be submit- next week by Bar- and Traylor, Inc., of engineers and plan- Henderson County go to prepare a r Plan for the fairground. of the the corn- ' outline the the proposed grant. expects to hear from grant, one way 60 days of ap- planner reported the current fair board fund drive to cover the coliseum has raised more than $100,000 plus an undisclosed amount of pledges. He explained that these local funds, along with a loan committement of more than $400,000 made by eight Hen- derson County banking institutions, will combine to make up the matching revenue portion of the grant. "Whatever amount is raised during the remainder of the fund drive will help reduce the loan commitment," Traylor pointed out. "We projected in our 20-year plan for the fairgrounds that the cost of completing the coliseum would be between $1.1 million and $1.2 million." The planner noted the exact amount requested in the grant could not be pin- pointed because the fund drive was still underway. Other action In other action during Friday's special session of the commissioners court, a request for assistance from the Athens Independent School District in making some road repairs was ap- proved by the county fathers and a per- sonnel matter was discussed, but no ac- tion was taken. The next regular session of the com- missioners court is scheduled for Mon- day, June 6, at 10 a.m. in the county courthouse. IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN--As sore as June follows May, the summer months mean it's time for Little League Baseball. Teams from Malakoff, Trinidad and Cross Roads have spent the past month preparing for the 1983 season, which star. ts Friday night. This photo was token during the Malakoff lndians-Malakoff 'THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 1983 Cowboys game of the pre-season tourney held in Trinidad last week. Pictured are umpire Mondo Renterla, Erlc Clendenlng (center) and Brad Micra. The Indians downed the Cowboys, 18-5. A complete tourney wrap-up may be found on page 8. (staff photo by Ann RounsavaIl) @ shove, youngsters the 52nd annual "Old held in Athens eyes of the nation the ABC and NBC by one point Jimmy Don Blackshear, 21, of retain the grand cham- year. champion James Chancellor, who had other times in the years before grand champions were Vidor. the five judges ordered "one more tune Sldenotes crowned, this year was not his. " "Shorty seemed stiffto settle this thing." Fate may have smiled at Womack as Last year the 40 year-old Richardsontoday--Blackshear was definitely bet- "It's too close to call," said another he played the tunes that gave him the resident withdrew because of illness, ter," exclaimed veteran contest judge returning judge, Ernest Hunter. over-65 title. "Chopper-5" from NBC "Reunion" observers, touting this year Sonny Stewart of Houston after the two Blackshear, who left the stage to television affiliate Kxas circled as "Shorty's return," speculated a wrestled in their play-off contest, quickly resin his bow, played first. The l erhead as Womack's notes came for- "fiddle off" between he and Bates. "I though they beth won," said Texas fjudges listened and marked their . But alas, 'twas not to be. Chancellor Fiddler Association president Bob ballots. Radio and television personality Bill never made it to the finals. Instead, Blackshear--who tied, then defeated Chancellor in the under-4k5 preliminary category--met 18-and- under winner Bates; 65-and-older vic- tor Mervin Womack, 68, of Dallas; and ladies champ, Jennifer Wrinkle, 12, of McGee. Then came Bates and "Fat iBoy Fiddle off of champions Rag." A rendition o{/'Fat Boy Rag" by 225- "That's it," said F orld cham~4on rid- poqi Batmt lackshear to pasture, dllst and judge L tle Red,, of For the'second't me in less than t n Jasper. hour Bkckshear found himself forcing "He definitely has more command," a former title-holder an extra mile as echoed featured judge Cliff Bruner: rainshowers savings bond she would nave recewea times in a row. He was bac/< m top form enthusiasm of the for breaking the old record wasSaturday with a throw of 133 feet. Dan as they witnessed presented in her name to the Blooming Henry finished second with a toss of 81 to musical en- Grove Lions Club. feet and Don Myers was third with a down on some Ron Miller and Chuck Harley battled toss of 66 feet. Were treated to some each other to the wire in two events -- The Mabank Volunteer Fire the hammer throw and skillet toss. Department team won the first annual Creek Lake Both men hurled the hammer 83 feet Battle of the Volunteer Fire Depart- Saturday's on their first tosses but Miller won the ments competition. Teams entered for Tool's competition by throwing the hammer 80 competed in the cow chip tossin', skillet --were feet on the second attempt. Harley throw and hammer toss and par- veekend, managed 75 feet on Ills second try to ticipated in a Tug of War which decided Were set in four FunFest finish in the runner-up position. Third the eventual winner. new running recordsplace finisher was Eddy Merrlman with By winning the competition, the Pot Hole Dodge. a throw of 75% feet. Mabank Volunteer Fire Department of Dallas, ran the In the skillet toss event, Harley got was presented with a $300 donation. The in a record 32:49, some revenge as he nudged out Miller second place check of $225 went to the by 36 seconds, for first place. Both men hurled the Payne Springs VFD. Gun Barrel City place trophy, skillet 96 feet on their first attempts. VFD took third and was presented a a $50 savings Harley equaled that on his second toss check for $175. new record and was while Miller threw 92 feet on his second Ken White and Glenn Sperry were of Converse try and had to settle for second place, some of the top names featured in the Third place again went to Merriman water ski exhibition. Trick skiing, Jody Dunston of with a toss of 93 feet. water ballet, disc stunts and jumping a three-time high Miller's hammer throw and Harley's were among the acts presented by the posted a skillet toss were new FunFest records, ski team from Dallas. over two While new records were set in the The annual auction concluded the previous record to skillet throw and the hammer toss, day's activities. According to a in the women's veteran cow chip tosser John Henry of chamber representative, the auction Dallas was busy winning back his title, alone brought in $1,262.50. Although the Miss Dunston took Henry holds the cow chip tossin' official count had not yet been verified, also presented a record of 170 feet, which he set in 1981. it was believed all the FunFest ac- shoes. To And prior to last year, when Steve Moss tivities (concessions, auction, etc.) status, the $50 won the event, Henry. had won three brought in$2,111.53. "By a majority vote rule, the winner is Jimmy Don Bates," proclaimed em- cee Bud Hall. "But only by a point," he added. "All we can say for sure about this year's contest is that Texas Shorty was in a beck of a lot of trouble today," commented Stewart in summing up the day's fiddling. Both finalists said they intended to bank their winnings and "let it grow in- terest." Wrinkle--Cantreil contest While most attention was focused on Bates, Blackshear and Chancellor, another bit of rivalry was taking place between ladies champ Wrinkle and 17- year-old Andrea Cantrell of Dallas. During the ladies prelimirmry, Wrinkle, who hails from the same home town as country music great George Jones, overwhelming outpointed Can- troll. But, both girls entered the 18-and- under competition and the tables tur- ned. Although eventual grand champion Bates took the youngster's category honors, Cantrell put on quite a show. The five-foot, blue-eyed blonde not only outdistanced her South Texas rival; she came within a few points of tying Bates. "She could're left that out," said Hunter, following several musical scale runs as Cantrell embellished her ver- sion of "Dusty Miller." "She's too damn good this time." Mack "The Midnight Cowboy" made an appearance as crews from his "Coun- try Crossroads" show taped the proceedinp. "I've been here before. This is the finest fiddlin' in the world," he said. Betsy West, producer of the ABC television news show "Nightline" said she chose the "Reunion" fromhundreds of local festivals from throughout the nation. "I heard it was the best," she said. Mrs. A. A. Yarborough, 83, of Dallas making her first "Reunion" visit sum- reed up the day's events. "I sure do take to that fiddle music," she exclaimed. SWING IT--Many eyes focused on 8helly Patrick and Rickey Brown during Friday night's street dance in Athens. The dance culminated the 52nd "Old Fid- dier's Day Reunion" where Jimmy Don Bates was crowned champion. In ad- ditlon to the dancers, crowds numbering into the thousands filled the streets to watch the event. (8toll photo by John Cox) i; graduates (left-to-right) Mlcbele Gawilk and B nie Tauer were toary-eyed with smiles as they a salute to their Alma Mater with other gradutos at the conclusion of commencement exercises Friday night at Tiger Stadium. An overflow crowd was on hand as H MIlS seniors received diplomas. Cross Roads and Trinidad also held graduation Friday night. (Staff photo by Reuy RoJers) REUNION The annual Brooks Rogers Family Reunion will be held on June 12th at the Lion's Den beginning at noon. The btaguire Family Reunion will be held on June 12th at the Kerens Com- munRy Room of the Housing Project. It will begin at noon. LIONS TO MEET The Malakoff Lions Club will meet at the Lions Den Thursday night (tonight), June 2, at 7 p.m. It will be Ladies Night. GARAGE SALE TO BE HELD Members of the Trinidad United Methodist Church will host a giant garage sale at the Trinidad Community Center June 3 and 4. All proceeds from the sale will go into the building fund of the church. The sale will be held Friday afternoon and Saturday. MEETINGS Malakoff Volunteer Firemen will meet for a training session Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at the fire station. Masonic Lodge No. 759 Study Club will be held Monday, June 6, at the lodge hall in Malakoff. Malakoff Dad's Club will hold their regular meeting tuesday, June 7, at the club's facilities. Malakoff Rotariaus will meet at noon Wednesday, June 8, at the Harbor House Restaurant for their weekly luncheon meeting. Triple FFF will meet Monday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of United Methodist Church of Malakoff for a covered dish dinner. D[N)UN[ INFORMATION Deadline for news items, clessifiad ads and display advertising for the Thursday publicctiondate of The Maiakoff News is 4 p.m. the precending Monday. For further information contact The News at 489-0531. OFFICE HOURS The Melakoff News office is open from 8 e.m. unUI 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for customer convenience. The office is clomd both on Saturday and Sunday.