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12A--The Malakoff News, Thursday, Sept. 15, 1983 t. EDITOR'S NOTE: The following ar- ticle is the second in a series of three being submitted by the Lake Trails Chapter of American Business Women's Association in observance of American Business Women's Day, Sep- tember 22. The purpose of the series is to acquaint the local community with women who are involved in the business world in this area and with the local chapter of this national service organization. A new day dawned, back in October of 1979, and Carliss Hopkins was thrust into a new world. The death of her husband sent her into the business world-whether she wanted to go or not l Carliss and Jeff Hopkins had been married 28 years when he became ill and passed away. The Hopkins, who moved into this area about ten years ago, had enjoyed a typical marriage. Jeff worked and, for the most part, his wife stayed home with the children. He h, CARLI&q HOPKINS was a Special Education instructor at were physically involved in the plant things she ever had to do was to learn to meet with prospective clients and con- vince them that she could produce. The years that followed were a period of "self-improvement;" a time when she learned new things about the business-and about her own abilities. The Hopkins children, Debbie and Mark, currently work within the com- pany and Carliss emphatically states that she "could not have done it without their help." She recalls that her daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Richard Wolfe, kept her going with emotional support. At this point, Carliss describes the business as "holding its own" and "finally, out of the red." Sort of a room-and-pop operation, K&K employs, at full strength, 12 local men and women. Although the em- ployees punch a clock, the similarity to other large plants ends there. Era- ployee and employer call each other by first names. Everyone is equally con- cerned about their work and each other. The conversation throughout the day is Malakoff High School. In 1975, along and it needs to be noted that Carliss somewhat similar to that heard across with three others, the Hopkins put- knew nothing about ordering supplies; backyard fences in any neighberhood. chased K&K Konting, a telephonekeeping a running inventory; But the work is turned outl refurbishing company located east of bookkeeping, payroll and/or tax repor- Malakoff. ts. Jeff had always done these things. She recalls that everything was a constant struggle as she worked daily and learned new-things about the business. A major obstacle that she ran into was that she was viewed, by many, as a "woman with no experience." She says that she was "on a sort of probation with Western Electric for about a year." They just weren't sure she could do the job. After all, in the past, it had been Jeff who met with company officials, worked out the details of their arrangements and made all the right social gestures...she had unloaded and loaded the truck ! She admits that one of the hardest Birth Announcement WILLIAM RAYMOND PULLEY A few years before his death, Jeff quit his position with the school and he and C, arliss concentrated exclusively on the refurbishing company. Like many other husbands, Jeff had always "taken care of everything." He paid the bills, registered the cars, ten- ded to the insurance and other financial aspects. As their children began to mature, Carliss did some work in sewing fac- tories and from this learned about production. This knowledge allowed her to take charge of the production part of their company. K&K Koating is a business concerned with re-working telephone chassis and parts. They sub-contract with Western Electric and at the current time handle all their work for the entire state of Texas. They receive, by the truck load, boxes of parts: casings, finger wheels, number and dlal plates and button boards. These are sorted according to style and color. The process that follows in- cludes sanding, cleaning and mini Jennifer Pulley of Athens announces repairs and finally, shipment back to the birth of a brother, William the supplier. Raymond, born Aug. 14 at I~keland Back in 1979 when she faced life MedicalCenter. alone, Carllss remembers that she had He weighed eight pounds. spent the last two months of Jeff's life Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Mike working until noon and then staying Pulley of Athens. with him until midnight. When the end Maternal grandparents are Mr. and came, she "just went back to work." Mrs. Carl Jones of Ennis. She recalls that she "knew everything Paternal grandparents,are Mr. and would end up back in her lap, anywby. Mrs. Dean Pulley of Athens. In the process of growing, the corn- Maternal great-grandmother is Mrs. party was not in good financial shape. H.M. Jones of Ennis. She admits that it was "in fact, in the Paternal great-grandparents are red." Mrs. Charlie Dean of Athens and Rev. Of the fo~ p~rtaers, oni~. J~ Ho~=~;~Ju~d Mrs. Adith Pulley, of Trinidad. Due to the different types of telephone parts, a knowledge of plastics and its properties is essential and Carliss has acquired that knowledge. She has come up with a way to remove scratches from a certain type Df dial plate...it's her trade secret and don't ask her how she does It...she won't tell l Innovation is apparant within the plant. A vital part of the work is simply cleaning the parts. In the past, drying the cleaned parts was done by hand. Before his death, Jeff constructed a way of drying the parts, by the thousands, using a central heating system. After his death, perhaps still taking the lead from him, Carliss and Mark converted and old wringer-type washing machine into a way to spin-dry other components. Behind the main building is the paint room. It is here that another major part of the refurbishing takes place, the painting of re-done parts. She says that at one time they had a $27,000 automatic painting system. However, they just could not keep up with it and it sat idle most of the time. "This simply didn't make sense" to her so they got rid of it and now the spray painting is done by hand and provides a "much better quality, tool" During this period of transition, all of her efforts have not been directed at the business. She and Jeff were in the process of building a home and it was only a shell at the time of his death. Today, it is a finished home, which she shares with Sonja Streater. SonJa is a senior at Malakoff High School. Her parents work elsewhere. Since she wants to finish school here she has lived with Carliss for the past twoyamrs. SALE INCLUDES M IN NO DOWN PAYMENT! UP TO 90 DAYS TO PAY! SALE EN ,SEPT. 17th Heritc~v.~q. 675-5721 A very special part of her home is a (Dabble will be marrying next mon~) 20'x40' room running along the back and with Dana and her family working side of the house in Star Harbor. in Turkey for the next two years, Several sliding glass doors open onto a Carllss is looking forward to putting the wooded lot. She recalls that the carpen- finishing touches toherheme. tars "liked to have had a fit" when she Carliss is typical of the current insisted that a portion of the outer wall woman in today's business world. She is be indented to accomodate a tree not afraid to reach out and try; she is growing along the house line. The room not locked into one aspect of life and also features a katy-corner fireplace, a she's ready to tackle any new project. pool table and an extensive stereo To borrow words from a popular system, television commercial, she's "come a long way, Baby~" With Debbie and Mark married As a member of the Lake Trails Chapter of ABWA, the organization has bee~ tomorrows better for actiVe! cerned business knows that the primary c organization has been professional educational, social and that it has helped her nltch in the community and{ For more information contact the Lake President Peggy Henderson, adjoining counties A Houston operator has filed for Baen-Moore Oil and Gas of Addison County's West Purr permit to drill an 8,000-ft. Henderson starts making hole for a pair of 3,500-R. southwest of the County wildcat 7.5 miles south of Woodbine Sand tests. Designated as the munity. The well is Trinidad. Designated as the No. 1 W.R. No. 2 and No. 3 Wilkinson, the wells are No. 2 Elrod. It Kinabrew, the well is in a 1,076-acre in a 150-acre lease in the M. Boren acre lease in the lease in the Jose Ysidro Perez Survey. Survey, about two miles southeast of and is aims( It is aimed at either oil or gas Richland. ------'-- production. Dallas-based Petrus Ballard Exploration of Houston is the Mike Breedlove Co. of Tyler will be has fried for permit . operator, the operator at a wildcat venture four well in Navarro County's miles southwest of Tyler. The well will Ingram-Trinit Tyler-based Farrington Energy has staked location for an oil or gas wildcat in Kaufman County, three miles north of Prairieville. The explorer well will be known as the No. 1. John E. Chance and Associates. It is scheduled for 5,500- ft. total depth, with driLlsite in a 320- acre lease in the Thomas Henson Survey. Texas City Refining Inc. has decided to write off a Kaufman County wildcat venture as a dry hole. The well in question is the No. 1 Brin-Mathis Unit, located two miles west of Prairieville. It was spudded July 22 and went to dry bottom at 4,200-ft. TD in the Richard O. Brown Survey. A 5,~0-fl. oil wildcat is scheduled for spudding in Kaufman County, seven miles east-southeast of Kaufman. APD Co. of Houston is the operator. The location is in a 160-acre unit in the Isaac W. King Survey. The explorer well will be known as the No. 1 Hunt-Wynne. Freestone County's Rischers Store Field will see some drilling action when Hinton Production Co. of Mount Pleasant starts making hole-for its No. 1 Florence Hanson. The well is a projected 8,600-ft. developmental try located 4.5 miles southwest of Streetman. The operation is in a 215-acre lease in the Willie Carter Survey. The target is natural gas production. be known as the No. 1 T.M. Morris Unit. Location is in It is located in a 59-acre lease in Smith Henry Survey, 12.3 County's Thomas Quevado Survey.Kerens. The well will Aimed at either oilor gas, the well is No. 1 Carpenter-row Unit. under permit for maximum hole of 9,000 feet. Flowing 21 barrels At a wildcat location 3.5 miles south 145,000 CF gas per of Mount Sylvan, Caruthers Production the No. 1 Tommy Co. and Caddo Management Inc. of finaled in Smith Shreveport are collaborating on a by Exchange Oil and venture designated as the No. 1 Gimble. Orleans. The operation is in a lease in Smith The well is in a County's J. Gimble survey. The well is Joseph Burgun Survey, designated as the No. 1 Glmble.of Lindale. Projected total depth: 9,200 feet. It probed to total Marshall Exploration Inc. of Mar- and was plugged shall has driven stake to drill a 10,200-R. produce from a developmental well in Anderson forations9,476 to9,528 D. Martin Oil Co. of Corsicana is preparing to spud an 1,10O-ft. developmental well in the Reiter Field, two miles north of Wortham. It is designated as the No. 22 Mrs. R.V. Bounds, with dr/l/site in a 140-acre lease block in the William Ritchie Survey. An Anderson County wildcat for oil or gas is scheduled to be drilled 14 miles west of Palestine by Jefferson Williams Energy Corp. of Dallas. The explorer well will be known as the No. 1 Cady-State of Texas. It is in a 698-acre lease In the Jose Ignacio Aguflera Grant and carries permit for 9,400-ft. total depth. It will test the Southwest Prairie Lake Field's Rodesea producing zone as well as wildcat strata. An unsuccessful developmental try in Smith County's East Chapel Hill (Paluxy 5600) Field has been plugged and abandoned eight miles west- northwest of Overton by David A. Schlachter, independent operator from Dallas. It bottomed dry at 5,830-R. TD in the Lewis Diliard Survey. Navarro County's Rich]and Field will see more developmental activity when II I I Speeding drivers in the lake areathrough a 55 zone at could be set back several bucks when Eustace. The paying the fines at the city hall. $46 for 25 miles over the Speeding in a 55 mph zone TOWN 65 mph 70 mph Mahank $26 $36 Tool $36 ~! Seven Points $36 $51 'T Eustace $31 Gun Barrel City ~1 $56 Kemp $34 Malakoff $41 p,6 Trinidad N/A $49 Caney City $46 Kaufman County $38 $43 Average Fine __ The fines in each municipality vary as much as $40 for the same speeding offense. The variations reflect different attitudes of city officials in each town. In most lake area cities, the judge has a list of recommended fines for various offenses in the eity. Those who do not request to appear before the judge will be charged the fine as listed. Offenders who request a hearing before the judge may find their fines raised or lowered, depending on the circumstances surrounding the case. Judging by the fines, the folks in Gun Barrel City have the most serious at- titude against speeding drivers. Driving 80 mph in a 55 zone draws a fine of $88 in Gun Barrel. The standard fine in Seven Points and Tool for driving 80 mph in a 55 zone is $81. The lowest standard fine for speeding Read All About It!!! Food prepared by Tom Maglaras (refreshments available) dommell's elaMle fashions Turk's Feminine Apparel Food service starts at 6:30 p.m. with the Fashion Show to follow Tickats are $10 each...Limited Seating donnell's in Malakoff or Turk's in Athens NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR! _ I III I II I I IL II Driving Mabank at dard fine of $106. Violating a 55 zone ty gets rougher as the: Speeders could driving 8o mph hefty $160 for tra a 55 zone. The among the limits in the area. A levied for motorists On the other violations in While it has remove the front vehicle, the offense Kaufman County. No valid liability bring an $84 fine in An $81 fine is sta feme in Seven points. No registration or a $46 fine in Seven County lists a $2S registration. If a case fines listed by The fine The accompan standard fines Conforth extension eC 4 Dr. Gerald C. named by the tension Service System, to the Cornforth September 1 and the Texas A&M Research and Overten. He will stretching from the County. The newly be programs livestock Texas, said Dr. tension Service Cornforth will ty program edueatlon l