Sunday, April 1, 2007




Hulsey resigns as Malakoff ISD superintendent
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

MALAKOFF–Malakoff ISD Superintendent Larry Hulsey announced during a school board meeting Monday he was tendering his resignation, effective at close of the school year.
“A job opportunity came up that doesn’t come up very often,” Hulsey told The Monitor.
In the last three years at the 1,114-student district, Hulsey has overseen two large building projects, including adding a new elementary school at Tool to the district.
Another new elementary school building is under construction at the Malakoff Elementary campus to replace the one destroyed in a pre-dawn fire March 9, 2005.
Both buildings should be near completion by the time Hulsey departs.
Hulsey, 59, was considering retirement altogether, and had given himself a December date, he told The Monitor.
But then an opportunity to move to a New Mexico-Texas border town and live at the 4,000-foot level overseeing a K-12 school of 160 students was just too good to pass up.
“The move brings us (he and wife Joan) closer to the area we plan to retire to,” Hulsey said.
“This decision was all about us, and had nothing to do with the (Malakoff) students, teachers or trustees. I’ve no problems with anyone,” he said.
This year makes Hulsey’s 20th year in education. He’s served four school districts – Boyd ISD, where he coached and taught; Happy ISD, another Panhandle district where he served as a school principal; Lovelady ISD, where he first served as superintendent; and Malakoff.
“Looking back, I was happiest in Happy. It was the most stress-free place I’ve ever been,” he said.
Happy is located 30 miles south of Amarillo.
His next job takes him to Hartley ISD in Harley County, a few miles west of Happy on the route most Texans travel to get to the mountains of Colorado.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the sunrise and sunset on the horizon,” he said. “I really miss seeing that sight.”
Hulsey’s last day in the district is June 30.
Malakoff ISD school board president Clyde Tinsley said he hates to see Hulsey leave.
“He’s done an exceptional job improving the district,” Tinsley said.
“Together, we’ve raised the scores for Malakoff schools during his tenure and the teachers’ salaries have increased substantially,” Tinsley added. “He’s just done an excellent job.”
The board is accepting applications for the superintendent post through Thursday, May 10.
The board is confident it will be able to hire a superintendent before the new school year starts, Tinsley said.

Gaters presents Charlie Robison
Special to The Monitor
GUN BARREL CITY–It’s no surprise to hear Charlie Robison describe his first release for Dualtone as “my favorite record that I’ve ever made, the one I’ve been wanting to make for a long, long time.”
He’s developed a reputation as brash and cocksure, a little ornery, a maverick within a country music industry that prefers artists who are easier to manage, package and promote.
Hit songs include, “Right Man for the Job,” “Photograph,” “Always,” “Magnolia,” “New Year’s Day,” “Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Hungry,” “Flatland Boogie” and “The Bottom.”
Robison will be performing at the Gaters Sports Bar and Grill Saturday, April 7.
It is located at 6235 Gun Barrel Lane, Suite A, in Gun Barrel City.
Also, Todd Fritsch rolls into Gun Barrel City for one show at Gaters Bar and Grill Friday, April 6.

Commissioners create new deputy treasurer position
By Mary Landrie
Monitor Staff Writer

ATHENS–Henderson County Commissioners approved the creation of a new position, the first addition in 10 years, for the county treasurer’s office.
With the county now testing the acceptance of credit/debit card payments and getting ready for a computer system conversion, the office’s workload is expected to double, County Treasurer Karin Smith told the commissioners.
“We are about to go through a forced conversion, and we have been chosen as a statistical test site for data collection for the Department of Labor for 2007, which is going to create twice the normal workload,” Smith said.
The new position will be for a Deputy Treasurer. According to Smith, a current employee will fill the slot, receiving a raise to $29,532.75 plus benefits.
In other business, commissioners:
• accepted a reimbursement check for $915.30 for the installation of four culverts.
• accepted a donation from Wal-Mart store No. 412 to the sheriff’s department for Crime Watch and Safe Neighborhood programs.
• renewed a contract with the city of Payne Springs for labor and equipment on roads not to exceed $5,000.
• approved a request from Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative to install power lines across County Road 3918 in Precinct 3.
• approved the closing of 186 feet of County Road 4229 in Precinct 4.
• approved a request to set a speed limit of 30 mph on certain roads in the Cedar View Estates subdivision.
• accepted the re-plat of three lots in the Sanctuary at Cedar Creek Lake in Precinct 1, and a plat of 23 residential lots in Harborlight Villas Phase I in Gun Barrel City, Precinct 2.
• renewed a contract with Terminix for termite protection at the tax office
• approved budget amendments.
• paid bills totaling $326,327.10.