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MalakOff 1975 The Hear ofdpe ae Terr/an7 of Single Copy YEAR - Number 46 MALAKOFF, HENDERSON COUNTY, TEXAS THURSDAY - December 4, 1975 Crowds Turn Out To See Santa Arrive In Malakoff Crowds lined the streets of Malakoff Tuesday afternoon as Malakoff's fourth annual Christmas parade reeled off, climaxed by a jolly candy- throwing Santa waving gaily from the back of the city's fire truck. Schools, churches and civic groups united to provide a string of charmingly original floats embracing the parade's theme "Spirit of Christmas, 975." First Assembly of God with a scriptural theme float decorated with thousands of flower-shaped tissues and a crib scene, won the first prize in the theme category. The float also won first prize in the church category. The church got $100 ($50 in each cate- gory) as a cash prize. First United Methodist marching group took second Church, also featuring a crib place. The Junior High got a scene, won the second place $50 prize and the Sixth prize of $30 in the church Graders took a $30 prize. category. In the civic category, $50 In the schools category, first prize went to Cub Pack Malakoff Junior High 352, and second prize went to School's float about an Brownie Troop 909. Third old-fashioned school room went to Malakoff 4-H Club. took first place, and the Sixth In the bicycle category, grade, with an animal- Kalah Brown took first prize bedecked truck and a See PARADE, Page 5 Paint, New Facade In Works For Malakoff Public Library Schod's Old Faddoned lameem (Left) Was A Mnna As Was Santa On A Fire Truck Cub Scout Pack 352 Wen A Fret lind This Mmome Pair Wm On Third Place 444 Club Float Gift Packages Containing Brownies (Troup 909) Were Big Hit Along Parade Route Caney City Council Members Resign possibility of changing the council's meeting date. The city fathers grappled last month with a feud between the city's two police- men, one of whom was hired under a federal grant. In a lengthy meeting at which both police officers Chief Herman Kite and officer Bill Bearden were represented by attorneys, conflicts between the two over the use of a squad car, coffee breaks in Malakoff, and Kite's carrying One problem now facing the five cents per day, but during  library is that of failure to the month of December, the : return books, Mrs. McLain library will observe a said. She said many books are "forgive-and-forget" policy on :: out. Theoretically, books long-overdue books. Anyone :!' accumulate fines at a rate of having library books in their nembers of the Caney mayor. W.H. (Ted) Rogers city council have " " " indicating thezr wilhngness to and the remaining continue to work with and for will grapple with the the city, but resigned effective of when and how to the date of the letter. A them in the regular decision on whether to call a of the council at 7:30 special election is expected.  (Thursday) at City Also on the agenda of Thursday's meeting will be a Smothers and discussion of the guidelines B. Roberts each drawn up by the attorneys for effective Nov. 20th the police department and the and business determination of the "authority" of the police. has sent a letter to Also to be considered is the his wife with him in the squad car were aired. Muddying the conflict was the quasi-federal status of Bearden, who was hired through ETCOG under the terms of the Manpower program which makes the procedure for dismissal com- plicated. The resignations leave the council with only three members, Glen Owens, Charlie Hubbard and Melvin Langley in addition to Mayor Roberts. If anyone sees a cloud of dust boiling around on Mitcham Street, it might be coming from Maiakoff Public Library. Members of the Library Board met at the library Monday night to discuss plans for the library, along with Mrs. J.A. McLain, acting librarian. A refurbished facade: rearranged, painted shelving, weeding out of unusable and undesirable volumes were among the priorities listed and to which the group subscribed at the meeting. A1 Inmon indicated he would be able to obtain funding for five gallons of paint for painting the shelves from Rotary and Chamber of Commerce sources. Jim Harris indicated he thought he could obtain con- tributions of all or part of the materials for redoing the facade of the library. Members were looking for a donor for a large circulating heater, as the small heaters in the building now are not adequate. Anyone wishing to donate a heater may do so by calling the library at 489-1818, or Mrs. McLain at 489-0247. An old soda-fountain counter with stools that took up much of the room in the library is being removed, and a streamlined checkout area is being set up utilizing desks and library tables, Mrs. McLain said. She also told the board membe the shelving needs ta: pced at a 45-degree mlb, 7lanted toward the front of the library building, and that she intended to do this as the shelves are painted. She suggested a light green decor for the library shelving. The library continues to be hampered by a lack of funds, but memorial contributions are still coming in on occasion, Mrs. McLain said. She indicated the $200 monthly underwritten by the City Council had been a big help to the library. Memorial gifts in memory of Winnie Ree Brownlow received recently include $10 from Wally and Betty Warmack, and $10 from Carl, Nell, Sharon and Ginger Poindexter of 909 Canadian Cir., Grand Prairie. Mrs. Ollle Bateman, a part-time library worker at Henderson County Junior College, and former librarian at Baylor University and at elementary schools in Waco, is assisting Mrs. McLain with planning and organizing the library in a way it will generate more use. "My project is two-fold," Mrs. McLain told the board members. "First, I want to get the library cleaned up and fixed up. Then we need to organize our program of getting people interested in the library." home is urged'to get them back to the library. Mrs. McLain pointed with pride to the more than 250 new children's books brought See LIBRARY, page 5 County's '74.. Delinquent Tax Stands At $140,000 Nearly $140,000 in delin- quent 1974 Henderson County land and personal property taxes remain unpaid, it was disclosed at Monday's meeting of the county's Com- missioners Court. A representative of tax collectsor-assessor B.E. Richardson presented the figures for the commissioners' review. Richardson, 'who was not present when the figures were first presented, was called into the meeting to face a barrage of questions, pri- marily from Judge Winston ReAgan. Richardson said he was unsure of the number of tax suits filed this past year, but estimated them at "about 100 or so." There were $10,724.48 state taxes and $135,342.31 in county taxes delinquent on land, the report showed. There was another $376.44 in state taxes and $4.035.30 in county taxes on personal property unpaid. A supplemental assessment roll was made for 1974 showing an addition of $8,614.68 in county taxes and $667.53 in state taxes, Richardson's office reported. In addition, errors on the tax roll for 1974 shaved $29,735.74 in county taxes and $2,592.60 in state taxes from the total tax figure for 1974. The county's budgeted tax for the year had been $1,802,821.74. The court took care of a number of routine matters during the course of the meeting, including the approval of the plat of McKee Subdivision in Malakoff, a plat that had already been approved by the Malakoff City Council in November. The' county also heard a proposal by Doug Griller of the Magic Jeannie company to provide complete court house maintenance and janitorial service for $1,425 per month or $17,100 per year. The commissioners voted to table the proposal for an indefinite period. Under the terms of Griller's proposal, all janitorial tools and supplies connected with cleaning and maintaining the court house, including paper products, would be included in the $17,100 annual cost. County auditor Hubert Boyd told the court it was now paying around $16,000 annually in janitorial and maintenance salaries alone, not including supplies and repairs and general main- tenance. Griller said he did not work See COURT, Page 6 From This Corner By Tom Herline I hope by now you and yours are well along with your Christmas shopping. And if you've got it all done, don't tell me -- I hate that kind of efficiency. But be that as it may, let's consider a letter to Santa in behalf of a few people you might have missed. Dear Santa: Please ' bring Richard Wilson a shiny new patrol car car so he doesn't stay aIoot half of 1976. And bring Buddy Thompson and the rest of the City Council lots of good sweet water from that deep well so we can get on with the Christmas present for the whole town -- those new water and sewer lines. And bring County Judge Winston Reagan and his fine county commissioners a large dose of intestinal fortitude so that when they make a decision they'll stick by it. On-again-off-again decisions such as those made con- cerning ambulance service are entertaining, take up lots of newspaper space, but don't do much for the voters' con- fidence in county leadership. And Santa, bring such growth to the Malakoff area that the city and the school board can reduce the tax rate and expand the school system at the same time. Especially bring the school board a suit-free 1976. They need all the help they can et. Please bring us iore vol- unteer firemen and a truck that works all the time. Bring Transhelter Division of Reynolds Aluminum some- thing to build beside trailer siding, so they'll be busy, busy all through 1976. And bring us all enough lignite lease money to keep the cash registers ringing in Malakoff year after year after year. And Santa, I almost forgot, the city sum could use those street signs you promised last year. We've been real, real good, but so far, you haven't come across. Maybe next year? Huh? And the town could use a real honest-to-goodness traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 31 and 90. And while you're controlling traffic, Santa, couldn't you bring a few strands of barbed wire for some of our city residents whos cattle have a penchant for wandering into the streets or onto the high- ways? And Santa, bring our churches enough charity and love so they'll schedule their best programs on different nights so those of us who'd like can see them all can do so. And would you please bring along some more paint so downtown Malakoff can finish putting on the good face it started with Kirby's, Malakoff Prescription Center and La Nita's? Above all, Santa, bring peace, love, prosperity to each and every one of us in the New Year.