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.1974 YEAR - NUMBER 22 MALAKOFF, HENDERSON COUNTY, TEXAS TttURSDAY , JUNE 5, 1975 the Texas State Solo and {left to right, kneeling] Gay Walker and Jan Ford. Gay twirling ensemble of Ensemble contest' held in McSweeney, Terri also received a Division II High's band Austin Saturday. They are Bumgardner [standing] Susie rating on her solo. Division I rating at Band Students Take State Honors the Matakoff Ensemble Contest held in School Band attended Austin, Texas on May 31, State Solo and 1975. Students from Malakoff participating in the contest Subjectsi:: ,Johnny Julian, Camille i:! Cliver, Jeff DuBose. Susie Walker, Jan Ford, Terri Bum- gardner, Gay McSweeney, Robin tlarris, Reba Harris, Betsy Pierce, and Lana Rogers. Mrs. Patsy Thompson was the piano accompanist for the instrumental solos. In the Spring of this year over 80,000 band students participated in Regional con- test in the State of Texas. This last week-end approxi- mately 8,000 students that School Reset Pirst United Methodist of Malakoff has reset Bible School for June 23.27 from 9 11:30 a.m. according le pastor, David information about the interested individuals the church office, Only item on Monday Malakoff City Council is the discussion of fire limits for the area and the con- ordinance involved those fire limits, ac- to Ron Turner, City earned a first division on the or Division two rating were Regional level entered the Camille Cliver. E Flat Alto TSSFC in Austin. Clarinet: Gay McSweeney, The judges selected for the TwMing Solo; and Military contest are outstanding Twirling quartet of Robin individuals in their own Harris, Reba ttarris. Bets), musical field. Most a!l of the Pearce. and l,ana Rogers. judges are college or univer- Twirlers, also doing solos at sity instrucrs or outstand- the contest were Susie irig musicians. Walker, Robin tlarris, Reba Students receiving Superior tfarris, Betsy Pierce and or Division one ratings from Lana Rogers. Malakoff were: Mary Thompson, B Flat Clarinet; Band leader John Brown Johnny Julian, Trumpet: Jeff thanked the parents and DuBose, Trombone; and the friends of the students who Military Twirling quartet of carried their cars and Susie Walker, Jan Ford, Terri attended the contest. There Bumgardner, and Gay were approximated 25 people McSweeney. Students other than the band students receiving an Excellent rating at the contest. noted that the pre- Ordinance, written- in limits downtown con- to brick and mortar later advances in buildings and cinder Confirmed Texas Water Quality reconfirmed in its last week its $77,180 trnent for the Malakoff plant. at present third and final of construction, among the list of municipalities to be by TWQB. Other not so included must lOok for funding else- according to city Ron Turner. Named David A. Huchins 'appointed as the of the Malakoff and ROads United Metho- rches. Rev. Hcatchins fourth year as the - Cross TOP MUSICIANS--Re- ceiving honors at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin Sunday were Malakoff band members [from left] Mary Thompson, who nowhasfirstdivision for division and one year as three years at the state second division winner, and contest: Jeff Dubose. who got Camille Cliver. who got a first a first division for the first division this year for the first time; Johnny Julian, who now time. boasts three years as first Finley was as the pastor of Cedar Creek " Methodist Rev, Harold Travis as the the Eustace Circuit. assigned area ministers First. Rev. Feller; Athesns: Crescent Heights. O. Cornelius; Aley, Rev. and Kemp, Yeager. DIVISION ll--The military twirling ensemble of ]left to right] Reba Harris, Robin Harris, Lana Rogers and Betsy Pierce, of Malakoff, received a Division II rating at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin Saturday. Cross Roads Petitions Ask Merger With Athens ISD Several petitions to the Cross Roads 7ndependent School District asking it to consider consolidation with the Athens School District are hein circulated in the dis- strict, The Malakoff News learned this week. Some 100 signatures have reportedly been placed on the, petitions. A petition to the Hender- son County Commissioners Court is being considered by some residents of the district seeking a simultaneous elec- tion in Athens and Cross Roads, hut a formal petition has not been drawn up. Attorney Michael George represents some of the indivi- duals circulating the peti- tions. A spokesman, who did not want to be quoted by name indicated the loosely-organ- iz,d group of petitioners was waiting h)r "things to kind of settle down and to find out what the state legislature's school financing bill shows before presenting the peti- tion." ' The individual said that the petition has considerable sup- port in the end of the district near Athens, but that there is also general support through- out the district. Some 26 elementary age students reportedly trans- ferred tO Athens .for the 1975-76 school year, 10 to Trinidad and 10 are going to Malakoff. Malakoff had 3 Elementary transfers last year compared to the 10 this year. The spokesman said that 75 per cent of the residents of Cross Roads School District live near Athens, but ad- mitted there would be senti- ment favoring Malakoff and Cayuga in some areas. There is no way, the individual said, to make a two-way split of the district in a single move. It would be necessary first to consolidate with Athens, and then have a similar election to detach a portion of Athens and add it to some other district.. Cross Roads School Dis- trict is on notice to comply with certain Texas Education Agency (equrements by June 30 or face loss of accredi- tation. The Cross Roads principal and superintendent, I)ominick Greco has been placed on notice by the board to get the district in com- pliance and to answer certain charges bv June 16. or face possible dismissal Rev. Toland, Wife Feted At Reception Rev. Michael D. 'roland, the Minister-in-Training at the First United Methodist Church, Malakoff. has com- pleted his year of Intern- ship with this congregation. He has been appointed as the pastor of the Canton Circuit in the Tyler District of the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. While serving the Canton Circuit Brother Toland will complete the final year of his seminary work at Perkins School of Theology, S.M.U. Rev. and Mrs. Toland will move to their new pastOral assignment. Thursday, June 5. A farewell reception was held for Rev. and Mrs. Toland Sunday. The congregation presented Rev. Toland with a farewell love offering. He was also presented with a certi. ficate of appreciation for his work as an intern. Greco was severely reprim- anded by trustees at the last special meeting of the board of trustees because he did not inform the board at its regular meeting of the accreditation problem. Earlier this year the district 1976 to get the district's problems solved or lose accreditation, but the time period was abbreviated fob lowing an alleged illegal act hy the former hoard president and secretary in signing an application for a teacher certi- ficate. The two board mem- bers claimed they signed the application at the princ{pal's suggestion. Dominick claims he refused to sign the appli. cation because he (lid not think the teacher was the best qualified available. had been given until June 30, Court Again Decides To Lease Ambulances For the third time since April, Henderson County's Commissioners Court voted Monday to get out of the ambulance business. But in the process they "did what they had vowed not to do for the past three months -- they subsidized a private ambulance service. Following a highly unusual Sunday afternoon meeting jointly with the hospital board in which some two hours of discussions covering the same old ground re- garding ambulances took place, and a two-hour court session on Monday afternoon with more of the same, the commissioners voted by 3 to 2 to "lease, the county-owned ambulance to Jordan Ambulance Service through next April 1, pay Jordan Ambulance Service $300 per month for the salaries of two Jordan employes, and to provide all the maintenance and gasoline for the ambulance. The total annual cost will probably be in the neighborhood of $18,000, based on the $300 weekly and an estimated $200 per month in maintenance and operating expenses. The county, in turn, is to receive all money collected for runs by the county ambu- lance. All billing is to be done by Jordan Ambulance. Jimmy Jordan, owner of the service, estimated that the county could break even on the deal. [,ike the fable of "belling the cat" there was a general reluctance on the part. of the commissioners to do the deed. Two tentative motions of a different intent were not seconded. Leo Kinabrew moved to discontinue the county's tem- porary contract with Jordan Ambulance Service whereby Jordan was taking command of the county ambulance and providing a medical tech- nician for it in return for payment of two salaries. The motion died. imrry Everett, in turn, moved to put out the county ambulances for bids and sell them, getting completely out of the ambulance business. Again, after lengthy dis- cussion, the motion died for lack of a second. Subsequently, Everetl made the initial motion on the subsidy agreement with Jordan. J.L. Tarrant seconded the motion. Both voted yes when Judge Win- ston Reagan called for the "ayes" on the matter. Then, before any attempt was made to take the "no" votes, discussion again took place for the better part of an hour on the pros and cons of the matter. Finally after this discussiom Reagan voted yes, giving a majority of three votes. Only after a reminder from the audience, did Reagan call for the "no's" which were Ned LaRue and Leo Kinabrew. The Monday action was preceded t)y a Sunday after- noon joint meeting with the hospital board, whose presence was mainly for show, as the only person on the hoard making any appreciable comment was the board nresi- dent, A.M. (Buddy) Thompson ). This meeting, 'too, was touched t) 3, controversy. The meeting notice went out over the signature of Catherine Vaughn. hospital adminis- trator. But Thompson denied that the hospital board called the meeting, saying that it had been called at the request of Judge Reagan Thnmpson also said the meeting request had been that the whole thing be held in executive session, but Thompson said he had refused. Judge Reagan in turn had his secretary notit}/ the media Friday that he had "ahsolutely no intention of excluding the media." Reagan presided over the Sunday meeting, and after hearing comments from com- missioners, asked for Thompson's views. Admitting to haste in handling of ambulance service matters the judge corn- men ted: "We've made mistakes in the past by acting in too big a hurry, and in the future more things will be tabled, taken under advisement." The judge also said that the "court doesn't interfere with See LEASE Page 8 From This Corner By Tom Hedine A crying need, as voiced by our mayor, A.M. (Buddyl Thompson is for improved parks and more of them. So he named a park director, Eddie Souza, and allocated $2,500 in funds for improving them. He asked help, including donations of land, from the itizens of Malakoff. But we strongly doubt much help will be forthcoming as a result of a series of incidents which have taken place in connection with the parks. First, let's backtrack a little bit, Malakoff's Bicentennial Committee in reporting to the city council, and in its public planning sessions, has re- peatedly expressed an interest in improving existing parks, and has considered making this their main project for their Horizons subcommittee. To this end, preliminary contacts had been made with state, and federal people regarding matching-fund grants. So now, our new park commissioner selects a group of local folks to act as a park committee, And they hold a meeting. And what a meeting. The park director tells them right off there will be no vote by the .committee, HE will decide on how to spend funds. tie also tells them there is no way he will permit the 2,500 authorized for parks used to go toward matching funds for a grant. "I will spend that money," he declared, with his feet propped up and with a wave of his ever-present cigar. Arguments that the 2,500 could be made into $5,000 bell on deaf ears. He said he wasn't interested in the Bicen- tennial contributing to the park. As it turns out, he had already spent over half the money on picnic tables and barbecue pits. We have no argument with the expendi- ture, but do think it would have been nice for him to tell the city council what he was doing with the money, At any rate, the high- handed attitude of the park director led to what amounted to a mass resignation of the park committee after a single session. Attempts by Leo Orr, who was to have been a member of the commits, to cool tem- pers on both sides were to no avail. Mrs. Marles Drake, Mrs. Mercedes Hardy, Mrs. Amanda Thomas, Gary Ashlock, Larry Surls, and city manager Ron Turner were names given to The Malakoff News as those to serve on the park advisory commitl(e by Souza. A few days later, he told The News, "Don't use the committee names, we are going to function without a commit tee." Snuza also indicated he had named the city park on North Cedar Street KRP Park, after the first, initials of t, he original donors of the land, I,eroy Kirby, Dan Royall St. and W.E. Phillips. The name is all well and good. but it seems to me that, the city council should be the body to give the park a name, not the park director. Malakoff does need park improvements. And a West End park is needed. Bu( with this type of autonomous handling of the city's funds, and park property, we have our doubts about a donor coming forward with land any time soon. We hope we are wrong.._because park facili- ties, particularly those that: are children-oriented, are definitely needed in Malakoff. And we hope a functioning committee can be organized so that adequate input can go into the planning of our parks: