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PRESS cents 1982 "The Voice of the Lignite City" single copy n st Year, Number 21 Box 509. Mnlakoff. Texas 751,18 ,189-0531 Thursday, Juneg, 1983 Simmons. White asked Simmons'what Oran Wh/te portion of county taxes went to the road the Henderson County and bridge fund. The auditor replied Court Monday to that 12 cents of each 33 cents the county taxpayers be givenlevied per $100 property valuation went in distribution ofto the road and bridge fund. road and bridge Then White demanded to know where most of the tax dollars come from; the White sparked an incorporated cities or rural areas. session of the Simmons replied that most tax questions "about revenues come from oil companies and of the roads" thatutilities. needs to know the White subsequently turned his at- tention to the individual county cam- of queries was missioners asking each the same Auditor Thomas question: "Is every taxpayer entitled to @ chief appraiser for the Henderson County Appraisal District, resignation to a member of the board, according to Larry president. special meeting of the board for 7:30 p.m. Thursday to interim work schedule." out of town last week and then when he returned message to phone Monroe. He was told at that time of the chief appraiser in October, 1960, during the for- lawsuit recently filed Tyler alleges three sheriff's officers md the Curtis B. Judge William in behalf of a Jail David Charles Car- as dofenden- , chief Jailer investigator Jim In order to obtain a confession, the suit alleges Brewer put a gun to Car- ter's head and slapped him with enough force to knock him out of a chair. Brewer could not be contacted for comment. Fields said he could not reply to the allegations becuase "I haven't seen the suit yet." The first-term sheriff, who opened a remodeled jail facility his first month in office, noted officials from the Texas Jail Standards Commission had repeatedly given the Henderson County held in lieu of $200,000 Jiai "a clean bill of health." The Jail w/th capital murderhas always been certified as being in the Dec. 21, 1982 compliance during annual inspectionst of a Mexican national, by commission agents. Arrendondo, 36. Other allegations against the defen- the same consideration from the road and bridge fund?" Precinct 4 Commissioner Leliand Tarrant responded with an unequivocal "yes." Precinct 3 Commissioner W.E. "Saint" McLean likewise pronounced "all taxpayers are equal." However, Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Stegall decreed he "aided the cities in my precinct whenever I could in keeping with the law." Precinct 1 Commissioner Jim Blakeney also said he had a policy of "helping" the cities in his area, but later noted "my cities help themselves and don't expect me to help." County Judge Winston Reagan of- fered the opinion that the com- missioners court could assist municipalities by contract. White countered that the commissioners "have a tendency to do only what you have to do." The former Tool mayor further contended that the county discriminated against municipalities by not including the mileage of city roads in a proposed tally of county mileage upon which future road and bridge funds will be allocated. He cited as an example the city of Tool, which he claimed had 51 miles of roads within its boundaries. Auditor Simmons pointed out to dents contend Carter was denied family visits, was placed in solitary con- finement without notification of charges, had mall opened, was denied medical treatment and had not had complaints investigated. Tim class-action nature of the suit ~ makes it represent, all farmer and" future jall inmates. Stuckey also claims prisoners have been held for long periods without court appointed coun- Sell have been locked up for 24 hours without breaks; have had inadequately furnished cells and meals; have been denied access to legal materials; have not been screened properly for com- municable diseases; and, the mentally ill had been housed with the general jail peculation. H.COX The child died in Corsicana's examination of a blood clot. of Health officialsNavarre County Memorial Hospital two "We were lucky" said Tanner "that Friday that days after treatment was begun for an the samples had not deteriorated to a l Spotted Fever caused unknown illness, point where they were useless. We are of a 10-year-old Tool Drs. Mason Gilfotl and Michaelstillawaitingclotconflrmation." SMith, Corsicana pediatricians, atten- All officials said parents should take administrator, Dr. dad the child, extra care this summer in examining a serumology "True, that's possible," said Smith their children for ticks. the department's when contacted Monday about Rocky Melinda Hun-Mountain Spotted Fever causing the "Because of the mild winter, we are death. He said he was told the child had expecting heavier than normal tick in- Dr. Jim high fever and diarrhea six days prior festations," said Tanner. "The Hunter to May 28th when he ordered death is the second one in Region Five. So far we have had 23 confirmed Rocky samples from week to determine medication to begin. of Hen- An autopsy, recommended by Smith, Mountain Spotted Fever diagnoses this with Rocky was ova'ruled by the child's parents, year compared to 21 during all of last carriers. Tan- Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hetherington. year." where Therefore, the serumology test High fever, diarrhea, swelling rash prior to (analysis of whole blood's clear on lower extremities were specified by yellowish fluid) was ordered as well as Smith as symptoms of the disease. White that the pendulum swung both ways. "I live and pay taxes in the City of Athens, so why should I pay for road repairs in Tool?" Stegall claimed part of his problem was that his precinct included more than 90 subdivisions. White, on the other hand, told Stegall "they're all paying taxes and you're glad to get it." The Precinct 2 commissioner offered to place White on a roads priority committee he was forming in his area to determine a pecking order for road repa/rs. White said he would be happy to serve on such a committee. "You're all judge and jury down here," White concluded. "You make the rules and set your own salaries. I'm just an old man." Legal opinion The state attorney general has ten- dered an opinion (1970-M-561) con- cerning Texas State Statutes defining the powers of commissioners courts (Article 6703). The opinion states: "The county commissioners have the discretionary authority to maintain a street, which is an integral part of a county or state road system, within an incorporated city, provided the city has expressly or impliedly consented to such work." Judge Reagan pointed out, however. See. TAX, page 14 John Duncan, chief administrator of the Austin branch of the American C/vii Liberties Union, said Carter wrote his office concerning legal counsel. The ACLU forwarded the letter to Stuckey who has won similar suits in Lamar, "~e" Smith codnty jd~en~ent 6r~ KALAH BROWN O the county to construct a new minimum Kalah Brown, student at Malakoff $11 million jail facility. Duncan said most jail related suits High School, was awarded a first division at the State U.I.L. Solo and En- are the result of Jail standard corn- semble Competition Monday, May 30. mission officials "not aggressively en- She was awarded her first place for forcing their standards. " her performance, "Concertina for He alleged the jail standards "rules Clarinet" by. C, M. Weber. She was ac- and regulations are not as strong as companied on the piano by Mrs. Patsy needed to ensure constitutional protec- Thompson. tions for prisoners." To qualify for the State competition, Miss Brown was awarded a first division at Regional U.I.L. Solo and En- semble competition held in Nacogdoches in February. Each May 5,000 students compete in state competition on various in- struments and twirling. Only about 2% of those entering win a first division rating. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Brown and Mrs. Thompson accom- panied her on the trip to Austin. Alfred Williams, chairman of the monument can be set in place. There Malakoff Veterans Memorial Commit- will also be a general discussion con- tee, has called for a public meeting cerning the membrial project in its en- Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. in the coun- tirety. Questions about the project will cll chamber at Maiakoff City Hall. also be answered. The main topic of discussion will be There are a number of known the erection of the Memorial Malakoff area veterans who have not Monument. To be decided is the exact yet been contacted because of unknown location and landscape design. As soon addresses. The collection of names will as the decisions are made and a con- also be discussed, so everyone is urged crete foundation is poured the to attend the meetlng. ,, ~:~ ~ MEMORIAL SERVICE SET GoodGame Cemetery Memorial Services will be held Sunday, June 12, at 11 a.m. All interested parties are invited to attend and to bring a covered dish sup- per. Contact R. H. CrisweU at 489-0783 for further details. MEETINGS Maiakoff City Council will meet in regular session Monday, June 13, at 7 p.m. at city hall. Maiakoff Masonic Lodge No. 759 will hold their regular meeting Monday, June 13, at the lodge hall. I.O.O.F. will have their regular meeting Tuesday, June 14, at the lodge hall in Malakoff. PRAIRIEVILLE SCHOOL REUNION The annual Prairieville School and Community Reunion will be held on June 12, 1983, at the Prairieville Community Center. A picnic lunch will be served starting at I o'clock followed by a program at 2 o'clock. Family and guests are invited to attend. RAINFALL REPORT Bro. E. P. Allen, official weather watcher for the Malakoff area, reports that Alrll had a total rainfall of .38 inches while May had a total of 9.97 inches. Total rainfall for the first five months, according to Bro. Allen, has 24.12 inches of rain. Average per month has been 4.83 inches. SUMMER HOMEMAKERS TO MEET Malakoff High SOhoo] Summer Homemaking Class and FHA/HERO will span- sot" a free wardrobe seminar at the high school auditorium Thursday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. The seminar will be presented by Casual Corner. FAMILY REUNION SET The Lee and Minnie Watkins Family Reunion will be held at Malakoff Lion's Den Sunday, June 19. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. A covered dish luncheon will be served at noon. ~r ~' eat and warm weather has arrived fer ~ el the area. There appears to be no better place to spend insy clays the water at R. H. Lee Park. Swimmers can look out ever the lake to watch skUers doing their trtcks, relax provided under shade trees or cool off in the brisk by Benny Rogers ) and eat at the picnic tames waters of the lake. (Staff photo COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEM[NTS To make sure people are aware of your organization's activities, contact The Malakoff News at 489-0531. For an item to appear in the Thursday publication Jt must be received at The News office by 4 p.m on the preceedinK MoMey. DEADLINE iNFORMATION Deadline for news items, classified ads and display advertising for the Thursday publicctiondate of The Mafakoff News is 4 p.m. the preceeding Monday. For further information contact The News at 489-053Z. OflqCl[ HOOnS The Metekoff News office is open from 8 e.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for customer convenience, The office is clozed both on Saturday and Sunday.