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rs. UoDuctte ,,, tcon tioei & ons Dook Llnccr 3prin:port Elch, 4926} 10 Single Copy MALAKOFF, HENDERSON COUNTY, TEXAS THURSDAY- June 9, 19t. i i .. i r i m Junior Little captured in the State Fairfield last winning their first two games, the team lost two in a row to miss out on an opportunity to attend national competition at Levelland. Pictured after their regional I. Richardson, assessor-collector County, was tlne 3 by the grand on one count onduct. were by foreman at 11:30 than 10 hours by the grand Lawrence set and issued a Richardson's Brownlow Y that the warrant ichard- bond. down the the grand jury its term be June 22 when of the audit of , courthouse known. polled the as to their their terms would have , June 13. Each grand jurors voted SHORT SUBJECTS be a meeting 12, 1977, at 2 School Gym elect new lJittle officers for the of 197. If you parent This is the to thSUggestions and e organization. COokin' Volunteer Fire- do the cooking the Community raising effort fire station. the Firemen famous fried dishes, but the has planned entertain- the afternoon. and dunkin' set up adjacent center, and will be a for a homemade victory at Brownsboro are [front row, from left] Sandy Shook, Shicaire Ward, Mary Herline, Vassandral Dawson, Mandy Rogers, [back row] School Officials Seek Applicants For Principal Malakoff School Superin- be held at the Junior High Sherry Gable from sixth tendent Jack Murray is School building, grade to high school business accepting applications for the Following executive session teacher for the 1977-78 term. position of high school princi- the board accepted the resig- James Holland and Harold pal after members of the nations of Jack and Ann Rusk of Pritchard and rd of trustees accepted the Benton and moved Mrs. Abbott, along with Tax resignation of Jack Benton Monday night. ' Applications are being taken at the school admini- stration office. Trustees labored once again on the problem of the high school roof, a problem which they all agreed would have to be contended with during the summer months prior to the opening of school for the fall term. Murray was instructed by the board to contact several architects capable of deter- Yolanda Jackson, Lezli mining the necessary work to Shultz, Toni Fisher, Lucillia repair the leaking roof, and Johnson, Dee Ann Holt and Board President Tanner Paige Surls. [Staff Photo by appointed a committee of Tom Herline] three to review architects prior to a meeting set for June Richardson d Jury Indicts Trustees also requested that meetings be set at different school plants so that they can keep a closer watch for the extension, amounts from $5 to $505, took and not confirmed-- that an on needed repairs to the District Attorney Bill green place between October 29, investigation of the county's buildings. told the court he was making 1971, and December 28, 1976. delinquent tax rolls should be The next meeting of the no recommendations to the Richardson was defeated for made. board, scheduled June 20, will grand jury in the Richardson reelection in 1975 and left lira m "dad:To Vote case in order to avoid any office just three days after the irlnl political implications, last misappropriation of The charge of official funds is alleged to have misconduct was clarified by occurred. Green who read from a A shortage of $16,000 was On Bond lawbook of official state revealed in the tax office in statutes as follows: Jan. 1977 after Keith Hearn, Richacison's l-epTacement,. an offense, if with intent to took office. Rumors of the Trinidad School District " citizen, the bond issue obtain a benefit for himself or shortage reached Tom residents will go to the polls to harm another, he inten- Herline, general manager of this Saturday to vote on a tionally or knowingly takes or Territory Times Publica- $300,000 bond issue for repairs misapplies anything of value tions, who promptly and additions to school belonging to the government investigated the matter, buildings. that may come into IllS The shortage and Richard- A small group of residents custody or possession by son's attempt to repay part of was on hand last Friday night virtue of his employment." the money was reported first at a community meeting The indictments were all in the Mabank Banner. Hearn called by the board of trustees worded identically and and County Auditor Tom to review the bond issue charged that Richardson did Simmons at first denied there proposal and answer intentionally and knowingly was a shortage and it questions from citizens. take and misapply certain appeared that some Board president Larry D. amounts of cash belonging to agreement had been made to Estes, reviewed the projects the government which had allow Richardson to repay the the district plans to spend the come into his custody and amount, money on. These include: possession by virtue of his News of the shortage *Construction of an addition employment, reached a Dallas metropoli- to the high school consisting The 69 incidents, involving tan newspaper and the whole of four classrooms, additional story finally broke after a restrooms for boys and girls ii::i Dallas reporter telephone and a principal's office and iil the courthouse asking for record storage area. details of the tax office *Relocating and repairing shortage, the existing main structure ::: At present Richardson has and refurbishing dressing repaid all but $3,600 of the rooms in the gymnasium. Cabrito C0ok0ff $16,ooo. Richardson served as *Improvements to athletic count tax assessor-collector facilities if funds permit. Waxahachie is again for 12 years after being *Improving the parking getting ready for a cabrito- elected in 1964. surface and general cooking, cow chip throwing, A reliable source has told appearance of the area in goat pill flipping time of your this newspaper that a prelim- front of the present high life. inary report from the school. On June 25, the City will auditors working on a The $300,000 bond issue will hold its second annual Cow complete audit of all Hender- he repaid within 15 years Creek Championship Cabrito son County offices has according to the proposal. Cookoff. revealed no other shortages Voters will cast ballots at There'll be so many of funds. Trinidad High School from 7 different people cooking It has also been reported a.m. to 7 p.m. cabrito so many different The tax levy will he ways that you're bound to like Light Plane increased 20 cents from $1.45 some of it. And the air will he to $1.65, with no change in the basis of assessment, filled with the sounds of Crashes music, laughter, and flying according to trustees. A cow chips, goat pills, raw person now paying $25 per eggs, anvils and even a Near lake year in taxes would pay $28.50 50-pound weight, if the bond issue ii approved. You can spectate, relate, A person paying $250 in taxes participate, elaborate or just make yourself at home. Additional information will he sent your way just as soon as the cow chips are piled, the eggs are laid, and we can find somebody strong enough to tote the anvil to Waxahachie. Be on the lookout. Rainfall Report An airplane owned by L.G. Criswell of Forney and piloted by Mark Harding of 221 Elm St in Terrell crashed Sunday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m. on property owned by Mrs. Paul Lewis of Trinidad located off Forehand Lane near Highway 274. Harding had rented the plane at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Terrell Airport and was flying to visit relatives in Trinidad when the accident occurred. Extensive damage was done to the plane on the left side, including the wing, landing gear and propeller. Henderson County Deputy Choice Lovelady investigated the accident. now would pay $285, according to figures released. It was noted that the district grants a senior citizen exemption, and that persons who qualify do not pay the first $43.50 of taxes. If no tax is paid now by a senior passage will not affect that situation, the senior citizen still will not owe taxes, Estes said. Board member Bobby Rounsavall told the gathering Friday night that 90 per cent of the items on the list for needed repairs have been needed for several years, but funds have not been available. He said that the trustees looked at continued enrollment growth when they considered the need for additions. He said the addition of the four classrooms, coupled with demolition of the old termite- riddled home ec building, would handle expected student growth for at least the next 12 years. Estes, in answer to a question about the effect of transfer students on school administrative costs, said that no increased costs in the form of additional teachers of facilities had been incurred, and that at the same time, the district receives state ADA funds because of their presence. He indicated that the number of transfers would be limited to prevent additional costs being incurred. Responding to the future possibility of Tennessee Colony Lake taking land from the school district, Rounsa- vall said that although the lake might take as much as 63 per cent of the district's land area, that represents only 4 per cent of the district's revenue, since the land involved is mostly agriculture lands which pay a minimum of taxes. He said the effect would he insignificant. Estes said that construction might start as early as 9O days from the election if the bond issue is approved. Young Readers To Journey encourages readers to use the recreational and informational materials they can find at their local library. Posters, reading logs, and bookmarks this year feature jungle animals. Each partici- pant will receive a reading log on which to record what See JOURNEY, Page 3 Young readers at Malakoff Public Library will be among more than 10,000 young Texans who will he taking a "Jungle Journey" ths summer as participants in the Summer Reading Club. Sponsored jointly by the local library and the Texas State Library, the Reading Club are on member of the or three of cakes or pies Walk are being Cleo Taylor at is cheduled to p.m. and will everyone is A dry May overrode excessive rainfalls in April, according to Bro. E.P. Allen's monthly rainfall report. May was the dryest May recorded since 1971, with 1.50 inches. Rainfall for May in 1976 totaled 9.54; 1974 was 6.00; and 1973 was 7.60. Total for the year is 23.61 with a monthly average of 4,74. Assessor-Collector Gary Lewis, also met with the board in executive session for the discussion of land value. No action was taken following the session. Commissioners Question Cost Of Coyote Trapping The costs connected with coyote trapping in Henderson County continue to rise, Bobby Chishom of Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart- ment told Henderson County Commissioners Monday as he requested an increase from $325 and $425 for the county's half of costs incurred by Coyote Trapper Tom Johnston. Johnson is paid a salary split of Henderson County and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department of San Antonio along with administration costs, supplies, mileage, and equipment. Chishom had appeared before Commis- sioners in September of last year and requested the $100 increase and engaged in a verbal agreement with County Judge Winston Reagan that the increased would not go into effect until January 1. As of ye t the increase has not been applied, according to Chishom, who requested the increase he effective immediately. Commissioners requested that Johnston he required to file a local report on the amount of work he is doing within the county, pointing out that in addition to his charges they also pay $10 bounty to wolf trappers. Following discussion Commissioners tabled the request until June 13 when a decision will be made whether to continue the service. James R. Kitties, repre- senting the Henderson County Bar Association, was granted approval for the purchase of $3,000 in law books for the County Law Library, and for an increase from $15 to $25 a per month for an employee of the Auditor's office who maintains the library. Funds for the purchase and the salary increase will be taken from the Law Library Fund which presently has a balance of $8200. Income into the fund comes from court costs, $5 from each assess- ment placed in the fund. Although the Law Library operates on its own budget, County Commissioners have approval over expenditures. A notice is to be posted on the door of the library stating that no books are to he removed. Joe Fitzgerald appeared before Commissioners requesting approval of a plat for roadwork which would include labor provided by the commissioners. Judge Reagan explained to Fitzgerald that according to the guidelines established by the court in 1974 a sub- division developer is required to build the streets and main- rain them for a period of two years before the county could accept the roads. In addition, the roads must meet certain specifications, including a width of 50 feet. Fitzgerald" also requested that the cout;t take whatever See COUNTY, Page I0 Malakoff's Utility Systems Operative A final $32,379.35 to Sheesley Winter Construction Company was approved in a special session of the Malakoff City Council Thursday at 2 p.m. after councilmen heard from Dick Myers of Sheesley Winter and Bob Hayter, city engineer, Completion of the water and sewer project, at a total contract price of $336,957.50 was established at March 30, 1977 when all facilities became operable. Completion date for the contract was set at November 21 with a fee of $150 per day leveed against the contracting firm for liquidated damages for each day after the November 21 date until completion. A total of $485,246.15 had been paid against the contract in previous payments. Terms of the contract state that the contractor will be responsible for all maintenance and warranty work for a 12 month period, beginning May 24. From This Corner By Tom Herline I had not been aloft in a long time. So I looked forward this weekend to a commercial flight to Louisiana. One forgets how beautiful" this land looks from the air, and what wondrous things cloud formations are. Our pilot chose to fly above 25,000 feet, which placed us just above a wall-to-wall carpeting of clouds interspersed with looming thunderheads that rose from the cloud blanket like giant icebergs. From up close they appeared ominous. But beautiful. Later, at lower altitudes I was able to see the different terrain below. Land carpeted with spring green presented varyirjg surfaces when seen from far above. Tree-clad land had the appearance of a sculptured shag carpet wlile pasture- land had the appearance of a tight-woven indoor-outdoor carpet. Fencerows cut much of it up into neat rectangles. We crossed and re-crossed the mighty Mississippi, and even from far up among the clouds it's easily understand- able why they call it "Father of Waters." As we winged across its snakelike route, its size often made it appear to be a huge lake, rather than a swift-running river. As we crossed over St. Francisville, La., one of the country's vanishing fleet of ferries plowed its way across the muddy waters, a half dozen cars and trucks abroad, its passengers, as always, leaning over the railing watching the water slip past and one shore recede as the other drew nearer. On the far hank, what must Dick Myer approached e council asking for a reduction in the $19,350 liquidated damages figure, citing changes in contract work and excessive rainfall as the reasons for delay n completion. The council also heard the report of Hayter, who cited additional costs to the city due to incompletion of the project. Costs estimates included the salary of an inspector for an additional six and one-half months, engineering costs, lost revenue due to lack of services, local personnel time, and interest costs on borrowed money. Hayter suggested to the council that the additional cost to the city would not vary much from the estimated costs of $150 per day. In other business the council discussed the contract for the new sewage disposal plant, but no motion was made. have been a large factory or series of warehouses presented a geometric pattern that would have done justice to a painter's brush. Nearby bulldozers had scraped a wide swathe through timber and under- brush as they prepared yet another freeway through near-virgin lands. As we approached a major metropolitan area we flew over what must have been a sewage-treatment plant. It presented a multiple pattern of starbursts as waters were circulated into a treatment pond. That, too had possibilities for a good artist. From the air, it's easy to forget how we've polluted and misused this good Earth. The distance softens the scars and emphasizes the beauty. I'm glad I made the trip,