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1975 Malakoff 00ems Single Copy YEAR - NUMBER 36 MALAKOFF, HENDERSON COUNTY, TEXAS TttURSDAY - September 18, 1975 FIREWORKS -- from Fourth of July fire- Friday's Tiger clash with the Lisa Hughes, and Bo Jordan. it looks like it, works. Rather it's a slow- Teague Lions. From left are David Scheibe caught this aren't motion pictue of them waving Donna Hughes, Andre White, view from the sidelines. engulfed by a burst their pom-poms during last rs Stalk Eagles After 20-6 Win worked on final play of the first half. yard line beofre coughing up watched the centered ball this week in prepare- Malakoff showed its muscle the ball on downs, float over his head. He Friday night's game Fairfield's Eagles an impressive 20-6 over the brawny e Lions last Friday Game time is 8 p.m. defense figured Y in that victory, up all three scores recoveries or John Smith praised front wall of the then put them to redoubled efforts in preparation for offensive he from the Eagles. The equally well off a and wish- . Coadk "Smith Eagles were drubbed 33-0 by Kerens Bob- week, but they were without the services first string quarter- lill Manning, who is and can throw. tyear, the Eagles pulled victory away with a 60-yard play in the waning of the ball game to Tigers 19-13. proud of our boys' weel.," Smith said. You go against some backs and a you have to be Our kids ate them really got after got out of the any injuries, in high spirits at this week. 2 and 0 is a real new for them." Coach "I'm real ickeled hustle and quick- Fairfield is still  this year. Coach Said the team has Clad is loaded with s, but "they just yet." He Manning will see against the Mala- ade a lot of mistakes se last week." Smith y," he said. gave us good so we could Seventh. Eighth and teams journey to tonight tThursdayl and the 9th Grade ) Palestine Westwood ht. Tigers on Teague turn- naolding their 20-6 twice in the and icing the a wrapup tally in quarter. was very much game until that by virtue of a up on the early in the game after Larry But on the third play of the covered it on the three yard Graves covered a Randy second quarter, Kenneth line, where Malakoff took Millender fumble on the 15 Beasley, the Lion punter, See FOOTBALL, Pae 8 4 Tiger Mike McDowell Stops Lion Ball Carrier Legal Roadblock ToWater, Sewer Project Removed; Contract Near Malakoff's water and sewer project moved a step closer this week after a possible legal roadblock was removed, reports City Manager Ron Turner, One of the bidders had objected to the city accepting a telephoned bid, which was sealed along with the other bids, after the firm's represen- tative had been delayed by auto mechanical trouble. James Main's bid was phoned in, placed in a sealed envelope and read along with other bids. As it turned out, water mains as well as the the Hurst firm was low with a water well and water pump bid ranging from $499,293.05 stations and sewer lift to $596,663.65, depending on stations. materials used. Bob Hayter engineering is checking the bid specifica- tionS, and plans this week to submit the bids to the Texas Water Quality Board for their study and approval. If there are no problems in that area, it is likely the council will consider and award the contract for the If the specifications are cleared by the TWQB in time, the council will consider letting the bids Monday night. If they aren't approved by then, a special session of the council will be called. Turner estimates actual construction work can begin within three weeks of the approval of the contract. MISSION ROCK -- These ladies posed for this picture to give Malakoff area residents an idea about what they'll all be up to this Saturday when the Assembly of God Church at Malakoff holds a Rock- athon in front of Citizens State Bank from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Different merchants and individuals are "sponsor- ing" some 15 rockers who will keep the chairs creaking for an agreed-upon sum per hour. From leR in the picture are Patrida Call Debbie King and Diana Weeks. Anyone wishing to sponsor a rocker can call 489-0188, pastor Sam Calk said. Proceeds will go into the church Youth fund for mission projects. Lignite Leasing Act'ivity Reported On In Area By Tom Herline Henderson and adjoining counties. At least three companies are contacting property But a new, concerted drive owners within the flood by Penn-Burro, a subsidiary contour of the proposed of North American Mining Tennessee Colony Lake in an Co., Dow Chemical Co., and attempt to lease up vast Texas Utilities Co., has seen deposits of lignite, it was an influx of equipment learned by the Malakoff News making core samples and this week. electric loggings of depasits Texas Utilities has already under area farms and ranches. over a period of many years Tenneco is also reported leased sizable deposits in interested in area leases. Lease agreements that ofier $7 per acre bonus for explora- tion the first year, and $30 per acre per year advance royalty after a lease contract is signed, and 23-cents-per ton coal royalties are being offered, it was disclosed. One area of intense interest is that area that will be flooded by the Tennessee Colony Reservoir, an in- formed source said. Malakoff School Market Value Adjusted; Trustees Not Satisfied The Texas Education Agency and a special five- member panel appointed by the governor of Texas have placed a market value on the Malakoff School district of $80,560,000: Supt. Jack Murray pre- sented a letter from M.L. Brockette, commissioner of Education, Monday night, listing the new value, down from $111,000,000, listed earlier by the office of the governor. "I called Dr. Brockette and told him this is still not right," Murray said, "and he , told me he would let me submit new material. But I am going to have to go down there {to Austin) to talk to him." Murray indicated chances for a change from the $80.5 figure were slim. This amount would cost taxpayers of the district a sizable increase in local fund assignment in the third year of the new financing plan. Trustee Ben Woolverton said he felt that in the final analysis, the district would have to file suit in the matter. Earl Luna, who is handling Malakoff School District's current legal hassle with the Fair Tax Association, is also representing Farmers Branch district which is trying to get before a federal court with a direct assault against the constitutionality of the school financing law. Members of the board voted unanimously to appeal the $80,560,000 valuation. The members of the board also voted to permit the Fair Tax Association to obtain a copy of the district's 1975 tax rolls at a cost of 50 cents per copied page. In other action, the board voted to hire a first grade teacher and an aide. and purchase necessary supplies for the addition using Title I funds, providing the funds are made available. Murray said the TEA had assured him the school would be eligible for the teacher and aide, and he would go over the matter with the agency in a visit to Austin this week. He said that the TEA would not okay Title I funds for a second kindergarten teacher needed because of an unusually large group of registrants this year. but the board voted to hire the second teacher from local funds. Murray indicated that if attendance held up strong, the school would probably earn an additional teacher from minimum foundation funds. More than 60 students are enrolled in the kindergarten and more than 60 are enrolled in first grade this year, Murray reported to the board. The board also discussed the wisdom of putting part of the kindergarten class in the old school building because of a lack of bathroom facilities and the problems involved in moving them around. The trustees agreed to hire Mrs. board discussed, but rejected Bobble D. Kilpatrick as an the possibility of carpeting an additional kindergarten area in the old building for teacher. acoustical purposes. Earlier, the trustees ap- Discussion centered around proved the final 1974-75 the possibility of putting budget which reflected all music classes in the old amendments during the building, which involves older school year, but not before a students, and utilizing the lengthy discussionconcerning present music room and the method of reporting library for the kindergartners, budget items. Murray said he would con- The board asked that all sult with principal Don funds, including ESAA funds, Gordon and report back. Title I funds, cafeteria fund, Following an executive and other items be shown on session on personnel, the See SCHOOLS, Page 9 Malakoff Gets Second Police Officer Free Malakoff, protected by a single police officer for over two months, now has two policemen again. Chief of Police Richard Wilson disclosed this week that the city had acquired a second officer at no salary cost to the city through East Texas Council of Govern- ments. Bill Clark, 27, of Seven Points, was hired under the federally-funded CETA Man- power Program, Wilson said. The opportunity to hire the officer came up after the last meeting of the City Council, and and individual members were polled personally to gain approval for using the new officer, Wilson said. Mayor A.M. Thompson signed the necessary pipers to take advantage of the officer's services, and he began work last Friday. Clark has worked as a Seven Points police officer and as a part-time police officer in Caney City, Wilson said. Under the terms of the manpower program, the federal government will pay the salary of Clark for a year. It is hoped the city can then pay his salary, Wilson said. The new school patrol pro- gram at the elementary and junior high school will con- tinue, Wilson said. In addition, a volunteer "reserve officer" is being used by Wilson on patrols, he said. From This Corner By Tom Herline Can you believe it? Here we are with a perfect 2 and 0 season for the Tigers. Two solid victories and the in- ebitable comments of "maybe, just maybe, we've got a shot at the district title this year." Which brings me to my topic for the week, students. Team spirit, backing, sup- port, and interest. Now Teague is a pleasant one-hour drive to the south and west of us. But a mere handful of local camp fol- lowers made the trip. If it hadn't been for the band, there wouldn't have been enough warm bodies to shake a stick at. For that matter, they're not exactly turning them away at the gates for the local games. Season ticket sales...well you'd hardly be able to count them without at least two hands. And The Booster Club -- it took em three weeks to get enough support on hand to call the meeting to order and organize for this year. And Booster Club memberships are going begging at only $5 each. The Alma Mater. perhaps not the best piece of music in the land, but nevertheless Our Song, and there aren't a dozen students in the crowd that know the lyrics. If it weren't for a few members of the old guard alumni who remember what it was to be proud of your school, the band would be soloing. Maybe, and I hope I'm wrong, this generation is too blase, too sophisticated to get excited about a football game. to stand up and cheer when the Tigers take the field. I hope they're not. But if the football crowd comes acropper, take a good long look at the rest of our Many people have alreacly signed agreements, it was learned, but still others are taking a wait-and-see attitude pending action by larger landholders who have been contacted. A Penn-Burro representa- tive confirmed the firm was leasing coal, but would not disclose the area of concer- ration or figures on acreages leased. Under the terms of the leases, the 23 cents per ton of coal royalties would provide an estimated income when mining took place of about 400 per acre-foot, it was earned. If a vein were 5 feet deep, it could produce an additional royalty of $2,000 per acre, it was estimated. Lease salesmen indicate it is their intention to mine the lignite prior to floodifig of the reservoir. However, the lease terms being mentioned are 20 years. Anderson, Freestone and Henderson counties are the primary areas of interest in the new leasing program. Preliminary site work is already under way between Malakoff and Athens for a lignite-powered generating plant by Texas Utilities, but some of those leasing lignite deposits indicate it is their plan to mine the minerals and ship it out of this area by train and ship. One ranch owner reported that 14 core sample-logging expeditions had taken place on his land in the past two and a half weeks. Terms of the lignite leases provide for replacing the soil after the lignite is mined by a strip mining process, and planting of native grasses and trees to suit the landowner. Recontouring to the land- owners specifications is also included in the standard lease agreement, it was indicated. Lignite deposits in the area reportedly range from 3 to 18 feet in depth, it was indicated. Some of the areas currently being mined in the Fairfield area are only 18 inches deep. Penn-Burro has been taking core samples and making tests in the area since early August, it was learned, and on the basis of those tests began their leasing activities. school system's athletic pro- gram. Volleyball -- it's playing to a house packed with empty sea ts. Non-athletic events fare just as badly. A prize winning dramatic presentation last spring played to a house of less than 50, and probably no one who wasn't a relative of one of the performers. Malakoff has fine school. It's putting together a good educational program with a tight budget. The products it is turning out are good. So why the ho hums? Why can't we all dedicate ourselves to interest a support of our children who are involved with that school program? Why can't the students them. selves tear themselves away from a local grocery parking lot long enough to get inter- ested in the school's sports program? Try it, you might e it,