Thursday, September 6, 2007






  Bad smell leads to dead body
Monitor Staff Reports
TRINIDAD–Henderson County Sheriff’s deputies came upon a badly decomposed body of a man while making a welfare concern call in Trinidad last Thursday.
Positive identification of the deceased has not been confirmed, however, preliminary evidence suggests they found the body of Charles Robert Moose, 61.
A concerned neighbor reported that no activity had been observed in or around a residence at 300 Boot Ranch Rd. in the Key Ranch Estates subdivision for about six weeks.
Deputy Sheriff Brian Hall checked out the residence at about 7 p.m. when he smelled a strong odor or decomposing flesh.
He was soon joined by three more officers and a forced entry was made.
The body was found in the hallway at the bathroom door.
Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Tommy Barnett ordered an autopsy, and the body was transported to Southwest Forensic laboratory in Dallas.

Malakoff schools cut $40,000 off budget
The average taxpayer to save about $200 over last year
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer

MALAKOFF–The final tally is in, and the Malakoff ISD tax rate will fall nearly 22 cents per $100 valuation this year.
The MISD Board of Trustees last week approved a tax rate of $1.16 for Fiscal Year 2007-2008, down from last year’s $1.377.
This year’s tax rate breaks down into $1.03 for Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and 13 cents for Interest and Sinking (I&S), which is set aside to pay the district’s bond debt.
The tax rate will help fuel a budget of $13.8 million for the general fund, food service account and debt service, about $40,000 less than last year.
Included in the budget is a 3 percent increase for non- teachers, and a state-mandated $425, plus their annual step increase for teachers.
Superintendent Dr. John Spies told trustees that employees account for 71 percent of MISD’s M&O.
Only one taxpayer, Phil Tucker, was on hand for the district’s public hearing on the budget Aug. 30.
Spies said that the lower tax rate should mean lower taxes for district residents, even after taking into account rising property values.
Using the average home value in the district, $135,752, and the average value increase of 3.1 percent, Spies showed that the average homeowner would see a savings of about $217.
Spies also told trustees the school district will spend 65.86 percent of its budget on instruction in the coming year, crossing the 65 percent mark the state will make mandatory next year. This year’s state-mandated level is 60 percent.
MISD was above the state mandate last year as well, Spies said. Last year, 64.86 percent of the budget was aimed at instruction with the state mandate being 55 percent.

Seven Points hosts Saturday Car Show
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
These kids can hardly believe that ’Mater from Disney Pixel movie “Cars” is at the car show in Seven Points. ’Mater is a 1947 original Chevy pick-up, owned by Dan Summerall. It took second place in the original ’40s pick-up truck category.






Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
This 1949 Ford street rod, owned by Seven Points resident Tommy Taylor, took first place in its division. Notice the drive-in service clipped to the driver's side window. It's a "Tweety". See full photo coverage in Sunday’s edition of The Monitor, Sept. 9.