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e [1 TEXAS PRESS  [I ASSOCIATION t[ 1974 00alakoff The Hea of t m Toitory of 10 Single Copy - FOURTH YEAR - NUMBER 28 MALAKOF F, HENDERSON COUNTY, TEXAS THURSDAY . ,July 24, 1975 Short Jblects :iii, For Malakoff County Meals Senior Citizens is into Malakoff. are 60 or over and like to have a hot meal weekly, plus the of meeting with senior citizens, please Beaird, or Val at 67-2115, or ;Rev. David Hut, chins at 489-1439, as as possible for more group, operating Henderson County hopes to start Aug. 4. activitie.s, such and handicrafts Promoted Savings & Loan ttion of Athens, with in Malakoff, has Clark Cain as presi- board of directors of promoted Cain vice president post at its regular meeting last Thurs- has held the vice position since when he joined Was formerly branch of the Exchange & Loan Association years. of Irving High , Cain attended Ruther- Business the University of Austin and Southern University. Aid States Coast Guard Flotilla 5-14 based Creek Lake has, in with Mr. Harold Superintendent of 1, Tarrant County completed the of a navigational on a tower on the the south end of Cedar aid, the first of its kind lake, is a blue high flashing light In an 180 degree arc of 151A miles. It toward the center that residents of t Trinidad or airplanes Over will not be It will serve navigational aid Operating on the lake In Your Items 489:0531 NEW LOOK-Workmen are koff. The Kirby's paint job is Street business district. Local changes, and other visual shown hard at work putting a the first visible signs of a merchants met recently to improvements. Also coming new coat of paint on Kirby's general facelifting planned for plan improvements that in- at Kirby's is a new sign for Department Store in Mala- most of the North Terry clude painting, facade the store's front. Sewer, Water Project To Start In Few Weeks Trustees Chip At School "Budget By Tom Herline Working from a proposed budget called "a working tool only," members of the Mala- koff Independent School Dis- trict went over the school's needs for the 1975-76 school year last Thursday night. The budget proposals, showing little in the way of additional programs or pur- chases, reflects added costs as a result of inflation, and additional salary burdens re- suiting from the Texas Educa- tion Agency's new financing laws, which give teachers increased wages, and increase hope to do. "I feel the budget is exceedingly tight and if our collections aren't good, we will be in trouble," Murray said. The council again worked on the budget this Monday night and was expected to have still another work session on the budget Aug. 11. Trustees went over the initial budget proposal item by item and earmarked cer- tain areas which they want to study further with a view to possibly making cuts in:the proposed budget. The instructional budget the trustees are studying includes $504,704 for teacher salaries, compared to Attorneys File Injunction Against Property Increases the number of teachers in the Malakoff Independent system. School District trustees, Dis- Superintendent Jack trict Tax Collector Gary Murray provided an outline Lewis and members of the budget for operations and Equalization Board for the maintenance that was only district, awaited official noti- $6,714.35 over the amount the fication Monday of a suit filed district can expect if it holds last Wednesday afternoon in the tax rate at $1.03 per 100 district court in Athens. for operations and main- The suit, filed by attorneys tenance. The bond and John Key and Jimmy D. sinking fund has even less Brownlow, was filed on behalf slack, with all its expendi- of Frank Jones, Kelly Brown- tures set for the next two low, Bruggermer and Wolfe, years. A two-year balance of Inc., and Cedar Creek Enter- $3,630 is all that is expected prises, Inc., and seeks a in that area, if funded by 22 temporary injunction against cents per $100 as the trustees the district to prevent further This Corner By Tom Herline in wolves has been to the core. raised on fables, fairy and the like the wolf as a guy. what I heard in ioners Court re- 'll bet Little Red is spinning in y's up in arms about population. They hired to because innocent chickens, or standard wolf fare. not these wolves.' their water- so? Can the ate Red Riding she-wolf who nursed them as infants had been living on nothing stronger than water- melons? Do you think the towns- people would have given two whoops in Hell the first time the little boy in the Aesop fable cried "Wolf," if the only thing endangered was water- melons? And finally, is it possible that all those thieving teen- agers accused of watermelon theft during the days of my youth were unjustly accused? Do you reckon, just maybe, an ancestor of today's Hen- derson County Wolf was to blame, and the names of generations of teenagers were blackened unfairly? At any rate, my mind can't quite accept a watermelon- eating wolf. Please, Mr. Reagan, say it ain't so! Hood's grandma been so affected by this generation's pacification movement that he's gone vegetarian? Can the huffin', puffin', wolf that found a diet of three little pigs so inviting have come to the conclusion it is more fun to see how far he can spit seeds? Can the proverbial "wolf at the door" really have been over-rated, and only looking for a little something for his sweet tooth? Can all those werewolf movies I saw as a kid have been that wrong about the bloodthirstiness of the wol Really, am I supposed to believe that wolf silhouetted against the moon in paintings was really howling for a good cold slice of watermelon? Could Romulus and Remus have founded Rome if the increases in property values and relief from properties they allege have already been raised in value. The suit claims the pro- perty values in the district have been raised unequally by failure to include some tax- able property and by carrying other property at a lower tax value. School district trustees dis- cussed the pending suit in an executive session last Thurs- day night after spending a major portion of the meeting discussing the proposed 1975-76 school district budget, which is based in part on the new valuations and a tentative tax rate of $1.25 per See SUIT, Page4 $411,632 for last year. The increase in salaries is blamed on the finance bill. Other areas in the instruc- tional budget remain about the same or less, but the trustees are planning to ex- amine more closely some $10,000 budgeted for supplies for the three schools. Murray said he had asked department heads to provide budget requests, but indi- cated they had not been of much value as all asked for increases. "I have had to cut every- thing they asked for," Murray said. No new buses are included in the transportation budget. The trustees will look further at money budgeted for field trips, athletics, band trips and the like, they decided at the Thursday night meeting. The budget sessions are open to the public, and interested citizens may attend. Monday night Murray was still concerned that the dis- trict had not received con- firmation of federal emer- gency school assistance funds it had expected. Most indica- tions are that the funds will be approved, but the late con- firmation caused him to be reluctant to budget them, See BUDGET, Page 4 Actual construction of Mal- akoff's proposed water and sewer additions should get under way within a matter of weeks, according to reports received by the council mem- bers at last week's {Wednes- day, July 16) council meeting. A delegation from the Dads Club of the West End was present at the meeting and questioned the council at length about what changes were anticipated in the water program. The entire sewer project has been funded, but the water portion of the program will be reduced dramatically at this time, with the city seeking funds through the Farm and Home Administration for ex- panding the water program as the work progresses. Earlier last week the city was given approval by the Texas Water Development Board for $775,000 in second lien bonds for sewer line construction. This will be added to a $675,000 Environ- mental Protection Agency grant to provice some $1,450,000 for sewer improve- ments. But the TWDB voiced doubts the City of Malakoff could handle the debt service for the additional water im- provements. However, the city is going ahead with the first step in the project by peddling some $325,000 in general obligation bonds in the open market. With this money, the city plans to drill another well on the east side of town and run a minimum of an 8-inch feeder line as far west as the Transhelter plant. Calvin Grayer, represen- ting the Dads Club, asked the council to explain what cuts were being made, since the last time the club had come before the council they were told the project would be completed in its entirety within a year. Mayor A.M. Thompson told the delegation about the Austin decision and of the city's decision to go with the main water line down High- way 31. The line will have fire plugs installed at 500-foot intervals, unless there is no residential area at the particu- lar point, he said. The fittings for fire plugs would be included, however, it was pointed out. The city hopes to get some Idella Fowler Retires not retired," Idella said jokingly. Asked about her plans, Mrs. Foster indicated she was just going to take it easy at her home at 403 E. Royall. It's a safe bet there'll be some visiting with her children along the way, though. They include M.D. {Jack} Fowler Jr. of Port Neches, Jill Husted of Houston and Jeri Smith, who teaches school here in Malakoff. The Post Office occupied in 1966 is a far cry from the one located in the Odd Fellows Hall with a leaky roof, no air conditioning and cramped space. But the move in November of that year on short notice was probably one of the most hectic {imes in Idella's postal service career. She still remembers the mass confusion that ensued as the Post Office changed sites overnight and every person in Malakoff had a new Post Office box number. recognize the name and proper box number. Mail could be sent back to the sender for a better address. Mrs. Fowler's late husband, Maynard D. Fowler, was Malakoff postmaster from 1956 until his retirement in 1971. He died in 1973. Idella joined her husband in the local post office in 1960 as a substitute, and is now senior clerk at the re)st office. "All the Post Office boxes and addresses are locked in my head," she said. It helps that she's lived in Malakoff since she was five years old. "I have enjoyed the work, but now I'm ready to take it easy." Idella admitted the pace has quickened at the Post Office since she first started. There were some 300 Post Office Boxes at Malakoff's old Post Office down the street. Today there are 632 boxes. And fewer people are on the Post Office payroll to handle the larger load. "You might say I'm tired, Idella Fowler, a clerk in the Malakoff Post Office since 1960 retired last Friday after 15 years with the local Post Office. Mrs. Fowler's knowledge of names of Malakoff area resi- dents, and far more impor- tant, their post office boxes, is one of the reasons mail in Malakoff has speedily made its appointed rounds. When a letter comes in without the proper box number listed, it's time to "ask Idella." And the com- puter in Mrs. Fowler's brain speaks out the number immediately. Postmaster Leo Strange, commenting on Mrs. Fowler's retirement, warned local patrons to be sure people who correspond with them have their correct post office box number or rural route box number. Without Idella's computer mind, new per- sonnel won't be so swift to $500,000 or more in Farm and Home Administration funds to provide branch lines off the main line, but such construc- tion must await application and approval of such loans. No firm estimates of time factors involved in the ap- plication was given, but some hope was voiced that approval might come before the first phaze of the water project is completed. The original water plan had mapped in fire-protection lines and plugs along the residential streets in the West, End. It was noed that the existing fire protection sys- tem would tap into the new water line. Constrmqion is expected to begin within 90 days. The new ater line will begin at the new ell to be built on the east side and it will be 10 inches as far as the four-way stop, the mayor See PROJECT, Page 6 City Council Approves Utilities Rate Increase Malakoff City Council added its stamp of approval to that of some 147 other cities in the Texas Power & Light service area for an average rate increase of 11 percent at its meeting last week. The increase ranges from 8 percent for smaller users to 17 percent for heavier users, with the average rate balancing out at 11 percent, according to James Kerbo, district man- ager for TP&L. Kerbo told the councilmen the power companies are being forced to use fuels other than natural gas, primarily nuclear and lignite fuels. ,sked by councilman Leroy Rogers if there was any assurance the power company Joe R. Jones Resigns Seat On Council Joe Riley Jones has re- signed as a member of the Malakoff City Council, after moving to Kaufman. A re- placement is expected to be appointed next week. Jones is associated with the new First National Bank of Kaufman. He formerly was associated with Citizens State Bank. City Manager Ron Turner indicated that the council could either leave the post vacant, appoint a replacement or call a special election to fill the unexpired term. A check with city council members indicates that it will probably appoint a replace- ment at the next regular meeting, Monday, July 14. would not be back with still another increase request in a couple of years, l(erbo said: "I would like to say I won't be back, but realistically, yes, we'll probably be back in a couple of years, eit her here or in Austin." The vote was unanimous to accept the rate increase. There are still 90 cities in the TP&L service area who have not acted on the increase. Tommy Ray Clark appeared before the council and asked for a four-way stop sign at the mt(rsection of College and Skfies because there had been some five auto accidents involving children at the intersection. The council approved the sign, and Clark was told the signs would be put up immediately. Mayor A.M. Thompson said he would have the area checked by the police chief for the next week or 10 days to determine if there are traffic violations in the area. The council went into ex- ecutive session for a brief time to discuss a personnel matter. No indication was given of who or what the personnel matter involved. During the course of the meeting, Mayor Thompson issued a "public apology" to councilmen A1 Inmon. Ernest Wilson and I,eroy Rogers for not inviting them to a pre- Bicentennial ceremony lunch- eon attended by the Mayor, several community leaders, representatives of the Mala- koff Bicentennial Committee, the mayor pro-tern, city manager Ron Turner, Sen. Don Adams, and James P. Ragedale on July 12. Councilman A1 Inmon had See COUNCIL, Page 10 ldeHa Fowler at Wrk c