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i II II _ _ I[, Page 12 - The News Back Page 7. Friday, October 31, 2014 ':: : By Russell Slaton The News Correspondent MALAKOFF- Malakoff High School now has a theatre arts program, and students in December are staging a musical ren- dition of Footloose, MalakoffRotary members were told during their weekly luncheon Tuesday. Jessica Bentley, MalakoffHigh School the- atre arts teacher and UIL coordinator, brought three students to share their the- atre experiences during the first year of the theatre arts program, which is more than just a one-act play. Footloose lead Lazarus Salinas, a senior who plays Ren McCormack, said it was "a blast." "I never thought I'd be able to sing and dance at the same time," Salinas said, adding that the 35 cast members and six technicians represent a di- versity of high-school life, ranging from athletes to band members. Raylee Stearman, a se- nior who went to state UIL last year in prose, plays Ariel Moore. Stearman said the recent $70,000 lighting, wireless mics and stage flooring upgrades at the high-school cafetorium have already paid divi- dends with her academic experience, as well as added a touch of profes- sionalism. "This is no ama- teur night at high school," she said. Savannah Lewis, a sophomore who is stage manager (and also niece of Rotary member Beverly Huckabee), said students were diligently preparing for December's production. "It's really hectic at times," she said. Lewis also thanked her teacher: "I think it's going to be a really good year with Mrs. Bentley here." Bentley is the wife of Malakoff High School band director Chad Bentley. She hails from Wills Point. "l was raised a Tiger, and I'm a Tiger again," Bentley said. Bentley earlier told Rotary members that the Malakoff community has pitched in for the theatre arts program, including an actual truck bed for use on stage. MalakoffHigh School's musical production of Footloose will be per- formed at the high school Dec. 11-14 at 7 p.m. each night, with that Sunday's matinee starting at 2 p.m. A dinner theatre will be hosted one of those nights, depending on the playoff progress of Malakoff HS football players taking part in the production, Bentley said. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Sponsorships and presale tickets are available by contacting Bentley at 903- 489-1527, ext. 818. Malakoff Rotarians also finalized the club's annual barbecue. It will be held Fri- day, Nov. 7 (today) from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the former Anders Furniture building across Highway 31 from Brookshire's grocery. THE NEWS PHOTO/RUSSELL SLATON Malakoff High School has restarted its theatre arts program, and Rotary members met a few students taking part in the musical production of Foot- /oose. Included are (left to right) Rotary member Beverly Huckabee, female lead Raylee Stearman, theatre arts teacher and UIL coordinator Jessica Bentley, male lead Lazarus Salinas and stage manager Savannah Lewis. Barbecue will be served by Danny's Smokehouse of Athens. Tickets are $10 each, while children under 5 years old eat for $5. MalakoffRotary club presi- dent Randy Perry, superin- tendent of Malakoff ISD, told members he joined KCKL radio's Tim Howard Tuesday morning at 7:30 to discuss the barbecue. • ~'7 i J | ,1 q i i" •9 ,,,’ c % ’ j,• Continued from Page I est exporter of the com- modity. According to Bailey these are the good times and as the U.S. continues to ship its supply to buyers willing to pay top dollar, prices will inevitably rise. In response, Commissioners agreed to accept the new contract to ensure they keep a predictable, low price. Henderson County will begin using the new rate of 5.0770 cents per kilowatt hour beginning Sept. 16, 2015, totaling a Savings of 34,761.88 over a five-year period. The county cur- rently pays 5.899 cents per kilowatt hour. Besides the surefire sav- ings the county will receive when the new contract kicks in, commissioners signed the deal because of the uncertainty of the mar- ketplace. Energy providers also know the market can fluctuate quickly and won't offer contracts longer than five years. "I don't know where the market will go in the future," Bailey told commissioners. "Right now you can lock in savings for over $34,000." Precinct 2 Commissioner Wade McKinney and Pre- cinct 4 Commissioner Ken Geeslin were the first to favor the move. "It would be prudent" to sign something now, Geeslin said. "Doing something right now in this market for the long term would be in our best interest," McKinney agreed. Commissioners also ac- cepted an award from the Texas Association of Counties Risk Manage- ment Pool (TAC RMP). Henderson County was a founding member of the RMP in 1974. Its ongoing membership was recog- nized by the group that ad- dresses the 'unique and changing dynamics of county risk.' In other business, Commissioners; • refunded an overpay- ment of property taxes. • agreed to enter an interlocal agreement with the East Texas Council of Governments for the fiscal year 2014-15 Regional Solid Waste Grant Pro- gram; • agreed to make Pecan Avenue in Sportsman's Paradise in Precinct 3 a public road and accepted it into the county mainte- nance program. It also ac- cepted a donation from Sportsman's Paradise POA for material and fuel cost; • accepted alt officiaI records from Van Zandt County concerning the Slater Creek Subdivision to be placed in tlenderson County records. Commis- sioners then approved filing tees of $1,495. • accepted a grant of $50,353 from the Athens Economic Development Corporation for lighting renovations at the Hender- son County Regional Fair Park and executed a perfor- mance agreement between the AEDC and Henderson County. Precinct 1 Com- missioner Scott Thomas and McKinney are planning to tour the facility Nov. 8. • paid three bills, includ- ing a state fee of $148,354.25, the second a transcript cost for the po- tential capital murder cases of $2,666.95 and regular bills totaling $74,457.65. Continued from Page 1 proval to allocate half the funds from the Rainy Day fund to the Department of Transportation to maintain roadways, but not to fund toll roads or develop light rail systems. Other Republicans win- ning state posts include: • Ken Paxton, Attorney General, • Glenn Hagar, Comp- troller, • George P. Bush, Land Commissioner • Sid Miller, Ag Com- missioner, • Ryan Sitton, Railroad Call for All Your Propane Needs Commissioner, and • Nathan Hecht, Chief Justice, Supreme Court. In Henderson County the voter turn out ran at 37 percent or 17,351 of 46,371 registered voters. In Kaufman County, voter turn out ran at 32 percent with 20,014 out of 61,966 boliots. I n Nearly $3,000 to be given to the HC Humane Society, ET Crisis Center and Rainbow Room COURTSY PHOTO Halloween at the Hatchery provides a safe, enjoyable evening of trick-or- treating for Athens-area families. Special to The News ATHENS-The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center's annual Halloween at the Hatchery Oct. 30 raised nearly $3,000 for Henderson County chari- table organizations. The 2,973 attendees do- nated $1 each and received a bounty of candy and en- tertainment in return. The proceeds will be di- vided among the Rainbow Room of Henderson County, Henderson County Humane Society and the East Texas Crisis Center. Halloween at the Hatch- ery is supported by the Friends of TFFC and local businesses and organiza- tions. Organizations that handed out candy at the event include Specialty Res- toration, Mary Kaye Cos- metics, Southside Bank, Crestway Park Dental, First State Bank, Back RV, Ath- ens Home Health Care, Athens Screen Printing, Henderson County Farm Bureau, Rent-a-Center, Dallas Manufacturing, Suddenlink Communica- tions, Sonic, Henderson County 4-H Club, Purtis Creek State Park, Ken's Pizza, KCKL FM 95.9, Texas Trust Credit Union, Walmart Supercenter in Athens, Best Western Plus Royal Mountain Inn, Lakeland Medical Associ- ates, Brookshire's Grocery, Serving the Cedar Creek Lake Area Competitive Prices 903-489-7713 Kemp 972-551-1099 Terrell -- j Subscribe to The Hewsl Savo 3Q% oO of tho rack or storo prico! Call TODAY to start your subscription! 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