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VOLUME 93 NUMBER Around Serving The Southern Gateway To Cedar Creek Lake 23 2002 The MalakoffNews MALAKOFF, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2002 i City to honor lifesaving police, fire the Town Well, I'm back, and we've given Jim Wright his own spot. He's calling it The Wright Wing. Jim is an ardent political conservative, as that name implies. For this column, however, I believe he will be writing light stuff that has little to do with politics. However, we don't mind if he preaches a little conservatism. We'll just get Richard, our ardent liberal, to balance it with something to the left. Personally, I'm pretty much a middle-of-the-road person. Probably because I don't know enough to By Lou Antonelli The City of Malakoff plans to honor a police officer and a fire fighter at the City Council meeting Monday, June 10, for saving the life of a woman who went into cardiac arrest before the ambulance arrived when she suffered a major heart attack on May 16. Sandra Monroe "coded out" righ t after Malakoff Po- lice Officer Don Covey and nurse at a juvenile detention facility in Corsicana, had open heart surgery for a triple bypass in 1998. She says she only remembers getting up that morning and logging onto a computer, be- fore waking up later in the hospital. She said she saw when she came home from the hospital her uniform was laid out on the bed, so she must have been getting ready for work - but she Firefighter :Joe McGee ar- doesn'.t remember any of rived at her home that morn- ing. The pair performed CPR and kept her alive until the ambulance arrived moments later, r Monroe, who works as a that. She did call 911 and Of- ficer Covey was the first on the scene. He notes that so often similar medical calls turn out to be angina or indi- gestion, but this time, when he arrived at her home on Maryland Street, he could tell "this was the real deal. It was obvious from the scar she had open heart surgery, and she said she wasn't feel- ing well." Monroe then grabbed a garbage can and vomited violently. Covey says he realized he might need to do CPR and stepped outside to get a breathing bag from his squad car. McGee and a passenger who was in the truck with him when the call went out were pulling into the drive- way. "I hollered at him to bring his squeeze bag and Continued on page 6 have any strong political opinions. If I hadn't thought that email my son forwarded me was a call for a little family togetherness, I wouldn't have gone. But if I hadn t gone4 sure would have missed something. The email said: " Paganini Sunday 2 P.M. CALL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO COME SEE THIS PERFOR- MANCE!!!!!!!!!!! Tickets are $5 each. Per- formance is at the theatre .... forward this email to everyone you know .... " It went on to explain that, this was a fundraiser, but it didn't tell me what a Paganini was. I thought maybe I was going to hear violin music. As it turns out, Paganini is a play put on by YES, the young actors group of the Henderson County Per- forming Arts Center. They are going to enter it in the Texas Non-profit Theatre conference at College Sta, tion June 6, and this perfor- mance was to help pay for their trip. I wanted to tell you about the play, but I couldn't quite get a grip on all I saw. So I looked it up on the Internet and found this quote, "Paganini defies clas- sification. The author refers to the play as a comedy; the licensing agency calls it a farce, Based on the life of vir- tuoso violinist Nicolo Paganini, the show is a wild assortment of lusty musicians, passionate but doomed women, mysteri- ous strangers, and a go, Continued on page 5 County Commissioners approve purchase of bullet proof vests By Lou Antonelli The Henderson Cougty Com- missioners M0ndayapproved the purchase "of. bulletproof vests for all county Sheriff's Department and Constable em- ployees. Chief Deputy Sheriff Tony Allison reported to the commis- sioners that the county has re- ceived a matching funds grant of $13,740.75 to pay for the vests. That amount, along with the county's matching share, should purchase approximately 54 vests;he said' Allison noted the commission- ers had asked the Sheriff's De- partment earlier/his year to look into getting vests for sheriff's deputies and constables because of the increase of crime in the county. Currently, the handful of vests in circulation are either those bought for the Sheriff's Department over ten years ago, which are badly outdated, or those purchased by individual Jessica Cox delivered the Address as the Malakoff High School Class of 2002 graduated at liger Sta- dium on Friday, May 31. Ag students raise roof Hancock said some of the stu- dents who helped with the project learned enough and en- joyed it so much they have got- ten summer jobs working as carpenters - and at least one student is helping an electrician. Last fall a homeowner vol- unteered his property for the construction of a 12x 12 build- ing and poured the base. Continued on page 11 By Lou AntoneUi They say Ihere's no experi- ence like hands-on experience. In which case, some of the stu- dents in vocational agricultural classes at Malakoff High School just finished a semester with a lot of experience. This spring they built a small accessory building from the ground up at a home in Star Harbor. Ag teacher Ken law enforcement officers for themsei'ves. .... Allison received permission from the commissioners to go out to bid for the vests. He noted the price per vest may vary slightly and the amount ap- proved for the grant maY not be exactly the amount. Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney said he supported buying the vests because of the increase in the number and kind of crimes in the county, and sug- gested Allison come back later for an adjustment if more money is needed. Allison said the number of vests needed at the time of bid- ding might vary by one or two depending on how many offic- ers are on the county payroll at that time. Precinct 4 Commis- sioner Jerry West said "it would make me feel real bad if some- thing happened to an officer because we didn't buy these vests." The letting of the bid and matching grant money was approved unanimously. ihi"h'h,,,Ih,lh,lh,,,,Ih,hllh,,i SMALL TOWN PAPERs "h,,hhlh,,h,II 5026 Ca!ifomia Ave SW oatte WA 98136-1208 AI Gusner again did his part in commemorating Memorial Day this year as he put out his display of patriotic flags and handed out copies of the poem, "'Our Country is in Mourn- ing for a Veteran Died Today" Monday afternoon in the park- ing lot of Brookshires. Gusner is a 40-year Marine Corps veteran and served in Korea. Each year he hands out copies of the poem dressed in his fatigues. He started the day with 500 poems which began handing out at the entrance to Star Harbor. He knocked off for lunch at the Star Harbor golf tournament, and then picked back up in Malakoff at the Brookshires. Russell Phillips was among the many people who took copies of the poem from Al. /, Math'a-thon raises ,lollars for canCerres earc',la .... Students in Malakoff Elementary fourth and fifth grade math classes recently completed a Math-a-Thon fundraiser for children's cancer research at St. Jude's Hospital. Students participating in" this year's Math-a-Thon were (1.r) front: Paden Anguiano, Alex Monroe, Caitlyn Dawson, Tara Dawson, Jamie Bearden, and Travis Perez; second row: Jes- sica Hinckle, Courtney Hanks, Morgan Coker, Megan Wessel, Laci Mullins, and Traci Mason; back row: A.J. Pustejavsky, Jerry Lockaby, Brandon Ott, and Matthew Hernandez. Students in Malakoff El- Dennis' and Mrs. Cook?s ementary fourth and fifth fourth grade math classes, as 'grade math classes recently well as Mrs. White's fifth completed a Math-a-Thon grade math class, participated fundraiser for children's can- cer research at St. Jude's Hospital. Math-a-Thon, now in its 23rd year, is an educationally- based fund raising program in which students obtain spon- sors and raise money based on the number of math prob- lem completed in a special workbook. The project is sponsored nationally by Six Flags theme parks, which pro- vide free passes for every stu- dent raising $35 or more. Seventeen students in Mrs. this year at Malakoff Elemen- tary and raised a total of $1,100. Fifth grader Brandon Ott was the top fundraiser, bring in $155. In addition to his Six Flags ticket, Brandon re- ceived a personal CD player, a Math-a-Thon t-shirt, a sports bag and a certificate for his effort. "We are very proud of our students for working so hard on the Math-a-Thon," said Coordinator Ralinda White. "With their help, St. Jude Hos- Continued on page 6 B [GG [ST IL ,t OverH elai52  Tacoma Corolla Smallertt just as powtil All new size& sportiness Cam, Brand New