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y-First Year, Number 26 "The Voice of the Lignite City" .... Box 509'. Malakoff. Texas 75148 489-0531 ' i n cents single copy Thursday, July 21, 1983 qainst a 24-year-old Fort was accused of the a according to a 173rd Judicial Jack H. Holland. accused, Cathy Diane from the Hender- Jail Wednesday after motion by District Whitaker, dismissed against her. accused of the deaths of her "Buddy" and Della 73, respectively. were discovered in the of their home, about a mile from Trinidad's central business district, in the early morning hours. Mr. Cherry, a retired Enserch em- ployee, was found in one of the frame house's three bedrooms about 9 a.m., and his wife was uncovered in the smoldering hallway of the home six hours later. Autopsy reports from the South- western Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas showed that the Cherrys had died of stab wounds prior to a blaze that destroyed their residence of 23 years. Authorities speculated the culprit had park beautification for the city of to a release from Manager Dennis Monday that the and city of- go to Lufkin, Tex., papers to the city applied for a are received Cannon to contract for the municipal boxes along and other Projects on cry owned the release Malakoff 29 Texas cities in high unemployment to receive grant was designed for entities in counties with rater of over I0 At the time the grant program was presented to the Malakoff council in June it was noted that Henderson County unemployment rate had been 10.4 percent. The release indicates that $1.7 million in federal park beautification grants were awarded to the 29 cries in hopes to generate new employment op- portunities. Part of the federal Emergency Jobs Bill, the funds will be distributed by the Texas Department of Community Affairs for the rehabilitation of public parks, recreation areas and publicly owned or controlled land. TDCAS is administering the Texas grants for the federal Small Business Administration. Governor White said the Parks and Recreation Area Development Program will help generate ap- proximately 800 new jobs for Texans that are not now receiving unem- ployment, com .nsation. Only t h ass communities mm me highest of unemployment were allowedto aplyfor the funds. r Courthouse is first facelIR in a result of action court session Monday the low Restoration Company, bid 9,714. The latter was received in Monday's 11:15 a.m. mail run, after the bidding deadline, but was considered by the commissioners. All three compan/es bid on the same Job specifications which included: removing vines and waterblasting the by the Lone courthouse exterior, cleaning Joints and Irving masonry, removing deteriorated courthouse ex- caulking, wirebrush and sanding all 10 days. window lintels, applying water also accepted low repellant sealer, cleaning inting to the Henderson the courthouse dome, applym8 mue or Memorial other approved coating to the top of the in the Law courthouse ornamentation frieze, cleaning marble at the tops of all steps, cleaning all steps and applying non-skld s one of three opened epoxy coating and removal of all Monday. The rubbish accumulated on the job. of Benton, A representative of IBW told the a $43,976 commissioners his work crew of four or the job while a five men could begin the project within Mid Continent See COUNTY, page IZ O .4 taken the CherrYs' lives then set the house afire to cover up the act. Ms. Miller was arrainged before Pet. 5 Justice of the Peace Judy Newman on Friday, May 13. Police had been sear- ching for her since Judge Newman issued a warrant for her arrest Jan.4. But the case against the North Riehland Hills resident fell through Wednesday when Whitaker made motion to drop the charges because "the State does not have sufficient evidence to support a conviction in either case," according to the release case st from Judge Holland's office. Mr. Whltaker stated to the Court that he has so advised all the investigating of- The following is the release's conten- ricers in the case that should additional ts verbatim: evidence be found to exist, the case can "The Court ahs granted a motion, be possibly refiled. The defendant's at- presented by District Attorney Melvin torney filed a motion requesting a D. Whitaker, to dismiss the two murder speedy trial in the two eases. Mr. eases pending against Kathy Diane Whltaker further stated to the Court Miller, who has been confined in the that the only admissable evidence the Henderson County Jail since Mayl3, State possessed was testimony by wit- 1983. The motion was made by the nesses that the defendant was seen near District Attorney on the basis that the the scene of the crime, and this eviden- State does not have sufficient evidence ce alone is not sufficient to convict a to support a conviction in either case. person of a crime. HI i i ii Informed of this latest development, Henderson County Sheriff Charlie Fields stressed, "The case is still open." "We will continue to seek to uncover any evidence in the case," Fields said. Fields said Whitaker "had no choice" except to make the dismissal motion because of the Speedy Trial Act, which stipulates a case must come to trial within 120 days after arrest. Ms. Miller was initially arrested by Athens-based Texas Ranger H.B. "Slick" Alfred, Henderson County Deputy Mauriene Pagitt, Trinidad Police Chief Kenneth Carter and some Fort Worth officers. I ! ! ~i~ ~" i NEW'SANCTUARY -- Dedication services for a new sanctuary at Malakoff First Baptist Church were held Sunday. The auditorium is an 8,651 sq. ft. ~dlng and the total project cost S478,065. The last building program prior to the new sanctuary was in 197L (Staff photo by Lisa Weaks) S .... Fwst Ba trot ~*" .......... holds services CHURCH OFFICIALS-,On hand for dedication services of the new sanctuary at Malakoff's First Baptist Church were, front row (l-to-r) James Cheatham, former pastor; Bill Rambo, pastor; Walter Jackson, Chairman of Bulldlng ~ommlttee; and Bill Reisor, former pastor, Back row (l-to-r) Ray Batson, Music and youth Director and Jerry Rainwater, Education Direc. tot. (Staff photo by Lisa Weaks) I l Ill for sanctuary Dedication sedrvices for the new sanctuary at Malakoff's First Bap- tist Church were held Sunday bringing church as well as local dignitaries to the church. The new facility totals 8,651 square feet and was completed at a cost of $470,000 which includes the cost of a new organ, chior robes and all the furnishings. The project was completed in nine months time. The church's building committee consisted of Walter Jackson, chairman, Noah Wooten, Jim Day, Arvin Johnson and Barbara Stone, - The building contractor was L.O. Bentley and Associates with Tom :: Brakel as the builder. : i i.,,,.Bill Rambo is the pastor of the : church. The old sanctuary is presently being remodeled and when com- pleted will consist of two floors of education space, a kitchen and a fellowship hall. The last time Malakoff First Baptist completed a building program was in 1971. :ii Pare said, "and Mike told me that it must have been a low flying jet air- plane. I told him that no jet makes a noise that lasts that long." Another resident, Linda Land, who lives about two miles from the site, described the scene as follows: "I guess the blast must have awakened me. I looked out and the whole sky was red. We could see flames / :i By PAT ROLLINS "Someone called me on the phone and asked which direction I was standing. I said east. He said turn around and look at the horizon and I did. I thought the end of the world was coming for an instant." These words from Athen Assistant Police Chief Run Holder described the feelings expressed by maqy persons " who witnessed the "300-foot" high fireballs and glow associated with a gas line fire which occurred near Tri- es at about 12:30 Tuesday morning, according to Shady Oaks Firefighter Brenda Sm/th and Texas Power and Light spokesperson Danny Teague. .was generated, Smith said, which caused the escaping gas to ezplode and burn. above the trees. The sound was a freight train running nearby. For an hour and ahalf emergency traffic drove by our place and it seemed like downtown Houston in rush hour," Teague said the line is owned by a TP&L subsidiary, Texas Utilities Fuel Comvany (TUFCO). He noted the line See * EXPLODES, page 12 A 16-inch pipeline buried in the earth about one-quarter mile west pf the Lone Star Gas Processing Plant (next to FM- MEETINGS 753) ruptured due to unknown causes, Malakoff City Council will meet in regular mmslon Monday, July 25, at 7 p.m, at Teague stated, the city complex. Evidently when the h/gh pressure gas MalakMf School Board tnmtem will hold a rqlular meeting Monday, July 25, at was escaping a power line framing over 7 p.m. at the administration building. the urea was cut and an electrical arc Malakoff ME Led~ will hold tl~ ~ weekly m~King Monday, July at the lodp hall. Malakoff Rotarla will hold their w ddy lunclmon meeting at noon Wednesday, July 27, at the Harbor Homm Rmtaurant. The Malakoff Lions Club will meet tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. at the The Lion's Den south of town. Describing the explosion this mor- - 0L mn[ ,m UUT ning were Pure Burton (Athens City Deadline fo~ news items, clauifie(I ads and display advertising ~x the Thursday publication date of the Makoff Secretary) and husband M/ e Burton HOWARD JULIAN (right) presents former Munielps! Judge Leo E. Orr with a plaque [e t dng (Henderson County Sheriffs Office etoth eityinthejudgespoeiUoa. The presentation was mnde at a recent city eouneilm g.orr Investigator), who live in Wagontree N and ~ family reapouibfllties and an ~emsnd eaee lead as lds reasoas. Mayor Howard Julhm Estates near the sRe. ! SWman, assockte ~udse, to fill ~e rema/~ lqs years of On"s term. (Staff phote by Ann Rsult~tvafl) "We were awakened by Q3e blast," News is 4 p.m. the preceMing Monde/. For furtt~ inf~mstion contsct The News at 489-0531.