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August 13, 1971

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Nation's Most Vmatile Indmtdal Climate he Malakoff 00Tetua The Heartbeat of tl Pr,euitv Terri of Located at the Dam of Text' Largest Lake Year Malakoff, Henderson County, Texas 75148 -- Friday August 13, 1971 Number 32 EW SUPT. LOOKING AT $34,398.37 DEFICIT Malakoff School Board met in session Monday night, August the last regular meeting before begirming of the new school term the first meeting with the new Frank Don Moates. order of business on the agenda that of interviewing an applicant the High School Principal vacancy, of bills and financial state- setting up a budget meeting, of improvement at Junior and various other faculty Moates introduced recommendation for the High Principal position. He had met Harlan Lowe only last Wednesday he came to apply for the job and been favorably impressed with his as a school mn. Mr. Lowe, cur- High School Principal of Olney, where he has been for the past in this capacity, was inter- by the board and subsequently by a unanimous vote. He was to board know Wednesday whether he would accept the position. discussion of the bills, several were brought up which had been at various local business estab- by various students in the without the required purchase or approval of the board. i The superintendent was instructed by the board to instruct the teachers prior to the beginning of school that no pur- chases will be charged without the proper requisition. Also, a letter will be sent to all merchants with whom the school does business, advising them that no statement of credit will be ho- nored by the school unless the person charging the purchase has an authoriz- ed purchase requisition from the school purchasing agent. In discussing the school's financial position, school Purchasing Agent Gor- don Stoguer, reporting from his records and those that his office receives from the state, stated that the balance on hand in the operating fund at this time is $24,935. After paying current bills in the amount of $9,333, a balance of $16,602 will be left, which will leave a deficit of $18,398.37 after the August payroll is met. According to his r- cords, the school has already received all the money allotted by the state for this year, and since state money for the coming school year will not be re- ceived until the latter part of Septem. her (if it follows normal procedure) the school will be $34298.37 in the red in September. In other words, somebody is going to have to come up with $34,- 398.37 to meet firmncial obligations for August and September, and as was % f 31 pointed out by one school beard mem- ber, "We don't have a kitty to pull it out of this time," referring to the $30,- 000. which was taken out of a fund last year which had been set aside for a building program. The former school board president brought to the board's attention the fact that they had money in the Interest & Sinking and Trans- portation funds, but Stogner pointed out that these funds are obligated for pay- merits prior to the time the taxes for the coming year would be available to replenish the accounts. Mr. Moates and Mr. Stogner are to seek information from former school superintendent H. O. Durra about the additional state funds he'd assured the board were forthcoming when matters of overspending were mentioned dur- ing his tenure as superintendent here. Board members Ben Woolverton and Homer Ray Trimble, who had previous- HCJC Adopts 1971-72 Budget A budget of $1,703,574 was adopted by Trustees of the Henderson County Jun- ior College Monday as they met at the college in their regular monthly meet- Ing. Total income was shown as $1,724,- 776 for an estimated balance of 5102 for the 1971-72 operation. Dr. T. M. Harvey, pcesldent-elect of the college explained the budget. He pointed out that the minimum of 1,- 202 would be applied toward the deficit at the school, caused primarily by past building of new buildings and equip- ment purchases being made with tax revenue rather than bond programs. The income, as broken down by Har- vey, included the following: State funds, $894,541.00; federal funds, $18,650.00; local funds, $557,735; and auxiliary in- come such as athletic receipts, book store sales, etc., $283,850. Largest re- ceipt shown was the state appropri- ations of $706,250 for academic and $148,491 for technical vocational courses. Local taxes amounted to K/6,- 000, while tuition and fees accounted for $266,500. Projected expense was as follows: Administration, t55,885; Business of. rice, $24,797; Student admission and registrar, $19,500; Student services, $72,213; General Institutional Expense, see HCJC, Page Foot' President of the Corsicana Chamber of Commerce got Trinity River Bridge Dedication Ceremonies underway last Satur- John Tower (center) and David Brune (right) pose with before boarding a waiting jet in Corsicana following the Bridge Dedication. College Goes On With Districting The HCJC (llege Board of Trustees voted to ask the commls, sloners court of Henderson County to set the date for elections for nine trus- tees, one from each of the nine new districts, approved by the board under authority of H.B. 333, recently voted by the 62nd legislature, as they met at the college on Monday night. Various plans for redistricting had been under consideration for several months by a committee of the board, headed by chairman Andrew Gibbs of Mabank. The committee held a public hearing last week on various proposals; and presented its final recommendation to the board at the Monday meeting. Under the plan, me commissioner's court will have to set the first Satur- day of a month, from 30 to 60 days from the date of its meeting, as the election dates, with one trustee to be elected from each of the nine districts. Three of the districts encompass the city of Athens. One includes Crandail, Scurry Rosser and Pceltown. Another includes Kemp, Aley and Tool. A third district includes Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Eustace and Payne Springs. An- other includes Trinidad, Malakoff and Cross Roads. Murchlson, Brownsbero and Chandler comprise another district, while New York, Fincastla, Coffee City, Poyner and Frankston make up the ninth division. ly been appointed to a comnfittee to de- termine improvements needed at the Junior High School, made recommend- ation that dressing rooms and shower facilities be installed in the gym and that the outside wall of the hallway be repaired. These were considered the most urgent needs at this time and will be considered when the budget is made. A meeting was set for Tuesday, August 17, for a budget meeting in which the board members and admin- istration will prepare a budget for the coming school term. Also, various a- cancies will be filled at that time. Mr. Moates has received applications for all vacancies in the school and will have interviewed them all prior to the meeting next Tuesday night at which time he will present his recom- mendations to the board. A public hearing on the approval ot the budget will be held on Thursday night, August 19, at the High School. Those present at the Monday night meeting were Larry Surls, Ben Wool- verton, Homer Ray Trimble, Mrs. L. O. Robertson, Bill Bradshaw, Supt. Moates, Tax Assessor/Collector Gor- don Stogner, Junior High Principal Leo Orr, Elementary Principal Don Gor- don, and Kate Venable of the Malakoff News. I The .Fernery Traveler Shorty Reynolds, a short rod guy with a camera bouncing on his belly, could cover more ground and get to the center of activity faster t/ran any other photographer or news hound. He didn't have a car, and he carefully selected the ride offers as he bounced along the roadsides on fooL It was a continuous mystery how he could get there first -- be it Dallas or a local fire -- even though others wheeled out well in advance of his "hoof out." We don't see him anymore -- but I took over his role last Saturday -- without giving any thought to it until it was all over. The news media, all of it -- news- paper, radio, and television from all over the country- was on the spot at Trinidad last Saturday when the new high bridge wss dedicated. Borrowing live coverage from the Corsicmm Sun, The Territory Traveler, will deal with -- Shorty Reynolds like -- sidelines of the day. SPECIAL WITH TRA David Brune, President of the Tri- nity River Authority, which keeps us posted on "tow boat" progress, called long distanco to invite me to meet the officials and Senator John Tower at a private air strip -- for an exclusive news interview on their arrival. He re- lated the schedule, advising the Sena- tor would be late but I could ride in the official ear to the bridge for a pry- ceremony interview. He'd requested that I bring issues of our "unique" treatment of the dedication last week to show the Senator and other digrd- taries. (He also requested that I name a time soon for his group to meet with me in Malakoff for a special exclusive briefing about progress on the Trinity. This engagement was set for Thurs- day (yesterday) at 2:00 p.m.) I didn't know where the air strip was -- or how I would get back to my car from there if I rode to the bridge in the of- ficial car. Mr. Brune said his group could pick me up at the bridge, where I'd leave my ear to relieve me of the worry of being stranded. Gosh, I was so excit- ed that I forgot if he said be at the bridge at 11 until 9 (a.m.) or 9 until 11, so I didn't take chances. AT THE BRIDGE 1.1 mile of bridge is a pretty general meeting place. At 9 a.m., it looked like I was the only one up except a state highway patrolman and a few workmen. Up on the bridge's crest they were likely constructing the pu- dium. Parked at the base on the Tri- nidad side, I couldn't tell. I asked the patrolman who was to direct the of- ficial ear to the air strip ff he'd halt the official car for me, telling him that I was to ride in it. He suggested that I drive up on the bridget to meet my party, but I was seared so he'd halt the car for me when it passed. The boy SCOUTS, young parents with wide-eyed children, and a great num- ber of retired people had begun to ar- rive. They were permitted to park on the high bridge -- They'd be among the first to pass over it after the Sen- ator clipped the ribbon. As I tried to read recent correspond- enee from Senator Tower's office, I couldn't keep from looking back at that old bridge. It looked so tired, fee- ble and old compared to the one above. Forty years ago it was a jewel -- and all those who helped make it possible thought they'd mlly done something. It was a milestone in that day as this one is now- and my mind rolled on to the giant men of that day. CHASING TOM CLAYTON I was afraid that officer up there was Tom Clayton -- (that's history).: Tom or not -- he was pulling off in a hurry to catch my official ride -- zoom -- I'm rushing after them in my carl He caught it- I stopped. It was a viola- tor! Ground, please open up and swal- low me -- car and all. Slowly I found a side road, drove back to my former spot near the bridge. ESCORT TO AIR STRIP I tried not to notice when Tom Clay- ton drove up again -- or when he got out and started walking hack to my car. He'd never believe I'd served my time (3 yrs. with the insurance thing) -- requslifled for a drivers license, but didn't have R with me. I guess that's why he didn't ask. He said it was late and time for the Senator to arrive. (He didn't mention that he'd sooner not have me chasing him -- while he chased violators). He was going to the air strip -- I could follow him. Know. ing I'd be booting things up, I asked if I could ride with him. "No, follow." Gosh, it was like berdg the president or a senator -- having a police escort -- (Police usually chase, not lead.) We were nearly at Lamesa's when Bruce Smith yelled from his car -- "I've come to get you." Heck -- no time to fool with Bruce, I gotta mind Tom, and I rolled on. WAITING FOR SENATOR Parked on private prolmy I visited with the one other couple waiting there. Tom had to go to watch traffic. The Jesse Milams (Hwy. 31 Association) Charles Hawus (State Hwy. Trinity River, etc.), Bruce Smith (Mr. Tri- nity) joined us -- as did Neat Lawson and Buddy Thompson -- After the Sew ator's staff ,arrived (by plane) and the Senator's jet was circling overhead. Buddy Thompson had gotten the word that Ollie Jo Hawn was a finalist in the Blackeye Pea Cookoff over at Ath- ens. This became my hang-up. Ollla Jo couldn't be fooling arotmd with de- dicating bridges (the Senator was a- bout 55 minutes late by now) when the judges were going to pick the winners at 2:30. JET LANDS I ran with my camera to get a picture of the Senator. Heck, how do I know which one is the senator -- I didn't think he was that guy opening the door (he wasn't). I'd wait for a cue. Charlie Hawn was saying, "Hello, John," when I realized that to be the Senator's first name, but I was focused in on David Brune, whom I'd pegged for the Sena- tor. With apologies, I advised the Sena- tor how country we are down here and I asked if he'd back up to the jet and be still while I took his picture. He wasn't impressed, but did it. Gosh, I'd forgotten to bring copies of last week's paper as instructed. I couldn't remember the questions I carefully planned to ask hhe Senator -- all was blank! OFFICIAL CAR I jumped in the official car and was so thankful that Charles Hawn, who'd introduce him at the bridge -- had last minute briefings for the Senator. I could talk "black eyed peas" with Ol- lie Jo. Conversation lulled -- It was my chance -- "Senator, will you be in town for the "Blackeye" Festival acti- vities this evening? I'd already bitten my tongue off with the stupid question -- (Certainly he wouldn't -- with Ralph Yarborough, Ben Barnes and the other Demos there) when the Republican Senator said, "No." He said he'd arrived from Washing- ton at Love Field where he was brief- ly detained and would not be in the area longer than the bridge dedi- cation. By this time R was all over -- we were at the bridge. Taking notes and pictures, I was concerned with all see TRAVELER, -- Page Three