Crochet/knit group provides
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MABANK–Residents in area nursing homes, the Mid-Cities Hospital in
Dallas and the Athens Oncology and Hematology office are the recipients
of hand-made afghans and other creations from the Giving Hands to Warm
Started by Annie Folts, 83, the Giving Hands to Warm Hearts group
provide knitted or crocheted caps, warmers and other items.
If you have the time to knit, we have the yarn. Crochet gatherings are
held at 10:30 a.m. every Monday at the Tri-County Library in downtown
For more information, contact Pauline Moore at (903) 477-3847, or Ms.
Dolly at (903) 451-3570.
Pauline Moore gives a new afghan to a young teenager at the Mid-Cities
Hospital in Dallas.
VZ Sheriff’s Office make
drug offender arrests
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CANTON–The Van Zandt Sheriff’s Office recently made two arrests
following a short car pursuit on County Road 4614, according to
information released from that office this week.
Joseph Wayne Simpkins, 38, and Royce Ray Sides, 41, both of Canton were
booked into the county justice center and charged with
manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, 4-200 grams. The pair
were also charged with evading arrest.
On Nov. 6, 2008, patrol officers noticed a suspicious vehicle. When the
officers attempted to investigate the vehicle tried to elude them.
After a brief pursuit, officers stopped the vehicle and the passenger
jumped out and fled on foot.
The driver of the vehicle continued to flee, but came to a stop again
During a search subsequent to the arrest, officers found approximately a
half ounce of methamphetamines along with scales used to weigh
narcotics, spent needles and various other drug paraphernalia.
Also, methamphetamine residue was found on the driver’s seat.
Bonds were set at $100,000 on each suspect for the drug charge and
additional bonds were set for the attempt to evade arrest.
Move it, or lose it – trustees
Malakoff Historical Society given nine months
and up to
$60,000 to move Rock Building off school property
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer
MALAKOFF–One way or the other, an end to the Old Rock School controversy
is in sight.
Malakoff ISD trustees voted 6-0 (Rick Vieregge was absent) to give the
old elementary school building – commonly known as The Old Rock School –
to the Malakoff Historical Society as long as the group will move the
building off school property.
During the Dec. 15, 2008, meeting, trustees gave the historical society
nine months to move the building, and also agreed to donate what it
would cost the district to demolish the building, about $60,000, to help
the historical society with the move.
It wasn’t exactly the help the historical society was looking for.
Historical Society President Shane Surls started the discussion by
asking the district to sell the building to the group for $10.
The Historical Society would then have five years to find funding to
complete the restoration, turning the building into a museum and home
for the Red Waller Community Library. If at the end of five years the
work wasn’t done, the building would revert back to the district.
The Historical Society’s plan also called for an option to extend the
time, if work on the building was near completion at the end of the five
The Society also would fence off the structure, provide insurance and
put in a four-hour firewall between the Old Rock School and the new
Malakoff Elementary, which opened in August, 2007.
These plans were very similar to a proposal tentatively approved by
trustees in February, 2008 – and that was part of the problem.
“You asked (in February) for three years, and were supposed to come back
in one year and tell us how much money you raised,” Trustee Clyde
Tinsley reminded the group. “Now, you are asking for the building to be
sold. We’ve waited almost a year under the other proposal – waiting for
you to generate funds.”
Last February, the board directed Superintendent Dr. John Spies to work
out the details of that plan with attorneys to, in effect, give the
building to the Society, and also allow the Society three years to raise
the money for the project.
At that time, trustees also favored establishing benchmarks for the
Historical Society to meet, hence Tinsley’s comment about the Society
coming back to update the board on funding.
The motion to direct Spies to work out the details passed, 6-1, with
Tinsley voting no, but the devil was apparently in those details, and
the contract never came back to the board.
The original intent was to lease the building for the three years.
However, Spies reported that the district’s attorney said any lease
would have to include a clause allowing the district to take back the
building if it was needed.
That clause, Historical Society officials said, would kill any chance of
getting grant funding.
“Who is going to give us grant money if the building can be taken away
at any time?” asked Malakoff Historical Society member Pat Isaacson.
“I understand the Historical Society’s frustration with the lease,”
Spies told board members.
So, the Historical Society came back in December to ask to purchase the
building so that it could look for grant opportunities.
That idea caused a problem with several of the trustees, because it
would mean giving up control of a building on school property.
“In good conscience, this district can not give up control (on its
property),” board president Todd LaRue said.
Another issue, which was discussed for the first time, concerned
expansion of the new elementary school.
When a new building was constructed to replace one destroyed by a
pre-dawn fire in March, 2005, it was designed with an eye toward
expansion – and that expansion was planned without the Old Rock School
in the way.
Tinsley said the elementary school population has grown 11 percent just
this year, and the campus is currently at 90 percent of capacity.
“We are going to have to expand in three to five years,” he said. “It
would be a gross injustice to make a decision that would stop that
Just like the community, the school board was split over the
Trustees Homer Ray Trimble and Jan Shelton were both passionate in their
desire to see the building saved.
“Either we are going to let them have it, or we are not, and I am in
favor of letting them have it,” Trimble said.
“Every one of us who went there has feelings for that building,” Shelton
Tinsley, LaRue, Belinda Brownlow and Gary Woolverton all expressed
reservations over safety issues and giving up control of a building on
“We have some very, very concerned elementary school parents,” Brownlow
said. “I would love to see the Historical Society get it. It would be a
wonderful thing. But it would not be a wonderful thing for (the
building) to sit there for another five years.”
Woolverton seemed to capture the feeling of many of the trustees when he
said, “I went to school there and I don’t want to see it torn down, but
I am afraid of just postponing this argument for five more years.”
“I have never liked the idea of something on our campus we didn’t have
control of, but I would like to see us pursue all possibilities to have
the building moved,” he said.
The idea of using the demolition money to help with the move – an idea
proposed by Tinsley – seemed to help the board reach a compromise.
Officials with the Historical Society were to meet later to discuss
their options, given the board’s latest decision.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at