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Malakoff New00 The Hrtbe.o[  Progresd Tm'itor of Single Copy YEAR- Number 47 MALAKOFF, HENDERSON COUNTYI TEXAS THURSDAY - December 11, 1975 $100,000 Federal Grant Sought By City Council Monday night to apply for a :': $100,000 Community Devel- .# opment Act grant under Title " : I for improvements bene- low and moderate DISTRICT HONORS three all-13AA-district teams team defensive linebaek Hawkins, Blake Grimes, Mike members of the named by coaches recently, honors. Others named to one Chandler, Larry Graves, High School Tiger Bill Townley [ront} was of the squads were [front, left Barry Brim and Scott Estes. squad were honored named a first-team offensive to right] Jerry Garrison, Wes [Staff Photo by Tom Heriine| selection to one of the tackle and gained second- Holt, Mike McDowell, Jerry 10 Malakoff Tiger Gridders iii:: Stow school tax are running 10 behind last year Malakoff High School Tiger to SuPt. Jack tackle Bill Townley was He attributed this in named to the first team to the fact that some 13-AA district offensive foot- waiting on ball squad by coaches in the of a suit filed by district, and nine of his 300 taxpayers, team-mates were named to taxes become delin- second-team or honorable February 1, 1976 mention spots on the involved in litigation mythical team. Murray said. Two of the nine were named this time last year, 30 in dual roles on offensive and cent of the district's defensive spots, and Townley taxes had been paid himself was named second- to 20 per cent this team defensive linebacker by the coaches at a recent meeting. Others in dual roles Tree included Jerry Garrison, who was named a second-team dress rehearsals for offensive and defensive and Chrismon Tree end, Wes Holt, named second will be held in the team defensive linebacker and Methodist Church honorable mention as an evening, Dec. 10. offensive running back. public is invited to Garrison tied for defensive this beautiful end spot with Michael Brown pageant which of Brownsboro. the lighting of the Others honored included: Tree with its Mike Chandler, who tied of Chrismon with Cluck Lide of Grand and the music of four Saline as offensive wide receiver on the second team. is free to the Larry Graves, a running '.and will be presented in back on the second team. at 6 p.m. Sunday Blake Grimes who tied with Dec. 14. Thomas Swinney of Van as second team guard. Mide McDowell was named 14andbell Choir from defensive back on the second First Presbyterian team defensive squad. Honorable mentions went Athens, -dnder the to Jerry Hawkins, a tackle, of Mrs. Carol will present some of music at the United Methodist Malakoff, Sunday, 14, at the 11 a.m. service. By Tom Herline is cordially to attend this special Bob and Fern Deason retired from jobs in Dallas On All-District Teams and quarterback Barry Brim Robert Chambers, Browns- on the offensive squad. Scott boro, center; James Mathies, Estes gained honorable Brownsboro and Jay Lee, mention on the defensive Canton, guards; BillTownley, squad. Malakoff, and (tie) William Here's the entire first team Cheek of Mabank and Roy offensive squad picked by the Vannov, Van. tackles: Ray coaches: See TEAM, page 7 School District Audit Accepted The Malakoff Independent School District's annual audit, conducted by Park, Smith & Moore, was pre- sented to the board at a special meeting last week, with only minor criticisms in one or two areas. The board approved the audit following its presen- tation. The auditors said the board maintained its bookkeeping in a manner to allow an expedi- tious audit. The auditor did note that the tax assessor-collector's bond was inadequate at one point during the year, but that arrangements have been made to increase the bond. Law requires that twice any one day's tax receipts must be the amount of the bond for the tax assessor-collector. At one time last year, the amount received in a single day exceeded $20,000, Supt. Jack Murray explained. The board at that time was carrying only $40,000 bond on tax collector Gary Lewis. The school district pre- pared, adopted and amended the budget as required, the auditors said in their report. However, due to audit adjust- ments, the budget was exceeded in three categories. The budget went over $405 in instruction service, $15,679 in administration, with $12,777 of this in capital outlay, and $9,096 in plant maintenance and operation with $6,409 of this in other operating expenses and $2,125 in payroll costs. The City of Malakoff voted other small cities applied for cities got most of last year's funded this year," he said. the funds they were passed grants. The funds are discretion- over because of personal bias "We feel the commtmities ary, that is, the city can avnlv in the regional offices. Larger of East Texas are going to get See COUNCIL, page 7 fitting income areas. To speed the application, which must be submitted by Jan. 13, the city fathers hired the firm of Thomas E. Barber & Associates of Tyler, a consulting firm, to help with the paper work. Under the terms of the agreement with Barber, the city pays the firm 5 per cent of the $100,000 if it is received. If the city fails to get the grant, Barber does not get paid. An auxiliary fund is tied to the Title I that would provide another $50,000 to $75,000 in housing funds. "If you get the $100,000 you also are entitled to the housing funds," said Pat Burk, a representative of Barber & Associates, who was present at the meeting. Burk formerly was associated with East Texas Council of Gov- ernments (ETCOG). Burk said that he felt that last year when Malakoff and Luther Ellis Appointed To City Council Luther Ellis has been ap- pointed as an interim member of the Malakoff City Council by a unanimous vote of the council. The surprise move came Monday night after the coun- cil had bypassed an appoint- ment back in October when Councilman LeRoy Rogers resigned for health reasons. Pete Dodson, himself an appointee last summer, brought up the matter. "I've had my eye on a man (Ellis) for some time," he said. "He's a good business man and real energetic." "The election is not very far off, and there's a real good possibility he will be a candi- date in April. I think if we appoint him now it would be encouragement to him to run and would give him a chance to get acquainted with the city's problems and needs." Dodson nominated Ellis, and Al Inmon seconded the nomination. The appointment was unanimous. Mayor A.M. Thompson said he concurred in the selection. Ellis has been active in Bicentennial activities and the Malakoff Lions Club. Handicrafts Keep Retired Deasons Busy CRAFT-Y COUPLE-Mr. and Mrs. Bob Deason both keep busy despite their age. He loves to "knit" yarn ropes for decorating and for making almost 12 years ago. Since then, they have made their home in Malakoff, devoting their time and attention to improving their home, handi- crafts, their yard and their flowers. At 80 and 75 respectively, they're typical of many re- tirees who leave the big city and come to the Cedar Creek Lake area to finish their appointed days away from the ratrace, traffic and stresses they faced as they earned their retirement pensions. Fern keeps her hand busy constantly -- with needl point, crocheting, flower gardening inside and outside her home, and keeping in touch with her children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Bob, his activities limited by a stroke he had in July of 1974, "knits" decorative ropes, rugs,  and fike. She's addicted to nesdle- point and crocheting afghus. [Staff Photo by Tom HerHne] Program Night the Angels music pro- by the adult and children's First ',hutch 7 p.m. church under the of Steve Cartlidge, include Carol who will sing Be Great," and who will sing I Bring You Good the snag one song, "We the Star of is pianist Lake is for the cantata. will be narrator using a spool with four nails in it and yarn. The rope is used to make rugs, pot- holders, or christmas tree decorations. In addition, he's still active in the Malakoff Lion's Club. He's a former president of the club. Mrs. Deason proudly shows visitors through their home at the corner of College and Dewey which she and Bob transformed from a ram- shackle house into a fine showplace of comfort and beauty during the past 12 years. All about are objects of art produced by her hands or the hands of her children, grandchildren or other relatives. Fern proudly exhibited two pieces of needlepoint she just completed that will be used for the seat of an antique platform rocker handed down from her parents, The all- wood rocker had a leather seat and back, long-since deterior- ated beyond repair. She'll See DEASONS, page 7 3 Councilmen Quit In Caney City Caney {ity faces a gover'- ment crisis as a result of the resignations of three council members. The three resignations left the city without a quorum of council members to conduct business, and last Thursday night's meeting consisted only of action by the two remaining couKcilmen to pay emergency bills and to call a January 17 special election to fill the three vacancies. Benjamin W. Smothers and George B. Roberts had re signed Nov. 20 and 21 res- pectively, leaving a three-man quorum of councilmen. But on Dec. 3, Glen D. Owens added his name to those already resigned, thus stripping the council of the ability to act legally. Only council men Melvin Langley and Charlie Hubbard remain on the council along with Mayor Ted Rogers. All three gave as their reason for resigning as personal considerations and the pressures of their work. All three said they would be willing to work to help the city now and in the future. "According to the letters, they {the three resigning councilmen) vant to work with the people of the city and the council," Rogers declared during the brief meeting. "That to me is unbelievable. I can't understand why three grown, intelligent people would do this. I think they did it deliberately to try to throw the city in this turmoil we are in now." The council adjourned after acting to pay a two-month accumulation of bills, mostly some $800 in gasoline tabs. problems of the city. 'However, conversations be- Advice obtained through tween Mayor Rogers and the city's attorney from Texas residents present continued Municipal League indicated it for a short time concerning See CANEY CITY, page 7 .... ENTERTAINERS- Winnie the Pooh [Angie Allen] and The Owl [Don Norwood] confer about their roles in the special play scheduled for Maiakoff Elementary School students at next week's PTO meeting. The apedal PTO Christmas program is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Maiakoff High School auditorium. There will be no business meeting. All parents and friends of the school are invited. Refreshments will be served. From This Corner By Torn Herline certainly one of the most rewarding, and at the same time, most exasperating experiences each year is the selection and decorating of the home Christmas tree. At least it is for me. Consider first of all, the custom at the Herline house- hold. Traditionally, we have purchased and erected our Christmas tree (and related household decor) on the first Sunday in December. A little early, I'll admit, but cus- tomary, By the same token, it comes down New Year's day. Well, sir, we sallied forth Sunday in search of a tree in M    , could find had them on sale and it was closed for the Sabbath. So off to a neigh- boring town to the east of us. Again, no supermarkets fea- turing firs and pines. In fact one grocer told us they'd lost so much on their firs last year they weren't interested in trying to recoup their losses this year. Again, we finally found some, at a nursery that was closed. Before sallying forth to a city to e west of us, we made a contact with a friendly landowner who assured us we could have a cedar off his place, and a pair of teen-agers with younger 1, was sent to fetch same. After three hours of trudging and she listed about 30 degrees to dragging, there arrivedatour the port. But with some home place a magnificent judicious placing of some cedar with a beautiful shape, wood blocks, we got her to Only one problem -- it was stand erect, though pre- four feet taller than my living cariously. room and had a trunk that By this time, this master- was half again larger than the piece of engineering had base on hand to bold it. So we attracted a crowd of children, cut it off, which is no small my own and neighbors'. task. I find that cedars {and Having given my all in Scotch Pines, from memory) getting the tree erect, I retired fight back when you attack to the recliner, wrapped my them. It's awfully hard to saw hand around something cold a free-swinging limb or a to ward off rheumatism, and trunk with a limb flaying your allowed the younger set to face and the back of your decorate. neck. There I learned quickly, no But cut it off we did, and tree is decorated without a rather than buy a new base, certain amount of breakage -- we  the lmrts" of this one lins, deCativ balls, and to the tree. So far, so good. silence, Screaming is a Then we brought the floor-to- necessary part thereof-- ceiling mon#trosity to its "Gimme", "watch it", "not appointed place, set it there", "don't ball the icicles upright, stood back and watched it fall over. The base wasn't wide enough to handle the weight. So, putting the old brain to work, we decided to nail a 4x4 sheet of plywood to the base. Did you ever try to nail anything not firmly seated against a steady object. If not, don't try. Finally the first all up", "you're tipping it over", and the like. But two Anacins and a couple of noisy hours later, the work is done, the lights turned on for the first time, and the reward is complete. A beutlful, amateur production Christmas tree. Sure, many adult decor- ators do a better, more artistic nail went through the ply- job. But for a soul-satisfying wood -- mad my leg -- as Christmas addition-- work progressed, nothing beats a child- Then we set her up on her decorated tree. Don't you feet again- and she stayed! agree? And besides it es One other smallproblem -- dad off the hookl