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lhh'hd,ll,Ih,lh ll hll SMALL TOWN PAPERs h'd"l,hhlh,h,II o26 CALifORNIA SEATTL 8 6. 2os -- The Southern Gateway To Cedar Creek Lake -- www.malakoffnews.net * malnews(qliearthlink net Malakof[- Cross" Roads - Trinidad- Star ttarbor - Caney City - Log Cabin - PrO, he Springs - Eustace - Tool VOLUME 97 NUblBER 30 2OO6 The MalakoyNews Friday, July 28, 2006 mal.k, :n w et 50 cents /, / f f a Longhorns move ahead. Malakoff, Trinidad and Cross Roads school supply lists and calendars in B Section. Coming Hospice Volunteer training Hospice of Cedar Lake will be having volunteer training Wednesday, August 2 in our Malakoffoffice located at 104 S. Terry. Anyone interested in be- coming a Hospice Volunteer please join us for lunch at 12 noon with Iraining immediately following. For further information, please call Fran Estes or Teressa Splawn at 903-489- 2043. Season' ckets on sale Beginning August 21 sea- son tickets will be on sale at the High School office for this year's Malakoff Tiger foot- ball games. These season tickets are for reserved seat- ing. The price for season tick- ets for football only are $20, This year we will also be offering a Season Athletic Pass. The pass will enable the holder to enter all the ath- letic events at MalakoffHigh School. The pass will save you money if you attend all events. The price is $100 for individuals or $150 for a fam- ily pass which entitles two adults and their immediate family members entrance. These passes will be good for general admission seats only. We have a free SeniorAth- letic Pass that may be picked up at the Administration Of- fice located at 813 E. RoyaU Blvd. This year we also have a Dlstrtct Senior Pass that will be honored at all District away games. Don't forget sales tax holiday August 4, 5, 6 Mary Lee Pellham B.W.' Sonny' McCullough Calendar Pg. 2A Opinion Pg. 4A Obituaries Pg. 7A School Supplies Pg. IB-3B From Staff Reports Malakoff City Council members convened for a lengthy executive session Monday night for the third time in as many weeks, but still don't have a new police chief. The council is scheduled to meet again Monday, July 31. The council invited three can- didates for an interview this week: Roy Dean Graham, Billy D. Mitchell and Mike Coffman. Graham withdrew his name from consideration before Monday's meeting. Mitchell most recently worked as an officer with the Wilmer Police Department. Coffman, a resident of Malakoff for the past 15 years, is currently with the Trinity Valley Community College police department. Council members spent nearly two hours interview- ing Mitchell and Coffman be- fore deciding to ask three more candidates in to be in- terviewed next week. Those candidates include Brian Myers, Michael Free- man and Curtis Sullivan. "We're taking our time, be- cause we want to be sure we get the right person for the job," Mayor Pat lssacson said Tuesday, "who will in turn create some longevity with the chief of police posi- tion, and help with creating a police force that each citi- zen in the city of Malakoff will appreciate." Earlier in the month, the council offered the job to cur- rent Brownsboro Police Chief Ron Shields, but Shields turned down the of- fer. During this Monday's meeting, council members discussed offering Shields more money during execu- tive session, but took no ac- tion on the issue upon return- ing to open session. Another applicant, Tom Hamilton, was asked to come back during the first round of interviews, but with- See CHIEF, Page 9A II O.B. RAY PHOTO Malakoff Longhorns won Tuesday night against the Palmer Rangers in the state playoffs being held in West, just north of Waco. They played Wednesday night as they progressed in the state tournament (results not available as of press time). Watch for state tournament results in next weeks issue. See more Longhorn pictures on page 10A. From Staff Reports A grant awarded in 2004 could mean a new sewer line for selected residents of Trinidad. Resource Management & Consulting Co. this week is- sued a press release asking Trinidad residents interested in having their sewer line re- placed to apply by calling City A&ninistrator Terri Newhouse at 903-778-2525. Resource Management said the targeted sewer lines are from residences to the sewer main. According to the press re- lease: "Along with a few hours of your time, these old service lines can be replaced with new watertight lines. This will greatly assist the city in pro- viding the best sewer service possible and meet the state and f deral requirements for sewer systems." See TRINIDAD, Page 9A Special to The News Malakoff's congressman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, this week alerted Texas veterans ] to a telephone seam target- ing our nation's heroes. The seam attempts to take advan- tage of the veteran commu- nity by playing on the fears generated by a data loss by the Department of Veterans Affairs in May. Hensarling said that crimi- nals and con men are con- tatting veterans, urging them to call a 1-800 number. The veteran, believing the phony call is a resource intended to assist them, calls the 1-800 number and is directed to call a 1-900 number where a $9.99 per minute charge is incurred. "It is despicable that there are criminals out there who would do something like this to our nation's veterans," said Hensarling, who co- sponsored the Veterans Iden- tity Protection Act of 2006. "It is important that our vet- erans are aware of this ter- rible seam. If any veteran is contacted in a manner con- See SCAM, Page 9A nuisance From Staff Reports Henderson County com- missioners greeted a packed courtroom Monday morning as they sat down for the regular court meeting. Several citizens took ad- vantage of the citizens' com- ments item on Monfl y's agenda to address the court on the county's continuing nuisance enforcement prob- lem and a nomination to the county's Emergency Services District No. 4 board. Key Ranch Property Own- ers Association (POA) mem- ber Gean Holland asked com- missioner to hire an assistant for county Fire Marshal Sta,cey Glover. "We've got numerous nui- sance problems junk ears, boats that won't float," Hol- land said. "We need someone out there to write citations so we can get the junk out of there." Briarwood Bay POA member Steve Gulletson agreed. "Nuisance enforcement has gotten better recently, but it's still not up to the stan- dards the county should be seeking," Gulletson said. "I really think we need one per- See NUISANCE, Page 9A in STAFF PHOTO Students from Beaumont, Baytown, Galveston and Port Arthur help with odds and ends at Johnson Chapel A/VIE Church in Malakoff. The group, made up of sixth-,seventh-, and elghth-graders, trimmed hedges, painted a Sunday school classroom, dug around the foundation and trimmed limbs at the church on July 20. The students, who all attend Niethodlst churches in the Gulf area, also com- pleted repair projects at two other homes in the Malakoff area. The projects were part of a camp during which students t:ravel to various towns com- pleting projects. Your Home Iown Bank ww~Ki~bathens.com, Member FDIC' H~D'. 31 East. M;dakoff, 903-489-1188