The Mitchells earn Outstanding Cardinal Award

Martha and Jimmy Mitchell receive the Outstanding Cardinal Award from TVCC Associate Athletic Director Kris Baumann. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Martha and Jimmy Mitchell receive the Outstanding Cardinal Award from TVCC Associate Athletic Director Kris Baumann. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Jimmy and Martha Mitchell were presented the Outstanding Cardinal Award during the final Trinity Valley Community College home basketball game Saturday, March 2.

Both were born and raised in Athens and attended high school together, but they went their separate ways after graduation and each of them married and had one child before both lost their spouses.

They reunited at a basketball game they attended with their children.

They have now been married 54 years and have five children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Martha retired from Athens ISD and Jimmy from the Texas Department of Human Resources. Jimmy has announced for the Little Britches Rodeo and is currently an auctioneer. He has also served on the TVCC Hall of Fame Committee.

The couple has been season ticket holders for decades.

Obituary: Carol Yvonne Hale

Carol Yvonne Hale, 71, of Kemp was born on Oct. 6, 1941 in Snyder, Texas to the home of Leonard Roy Gill and Valerie German. She passed away in Cedar Hill, Texas on March 3, 2013.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Ronald Gene Hale.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Cheryl Standridge, Rhonda Webb and husband Shawn; sisters, Ellen Jarnigan, and Eloise Gill; grandchildren, Zachary Standridge, Miranda Webb and Marissa Webb; and many other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Moorhead Epps Memorial Chapel with burial following at Mankin Cemetery, Trinidad, under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home.

Obituary: Betty Jo Surratt Bone

Graveside services and interment Betty Jo Surratt Bone, 84, of Athens are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, March 4, under the Pavilion at Post Oak Cemetery, Athens, with Rev. R.C. Bettz officiating and under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

Mrs. Bone died Friday, March 1, 2013 at Park Highland Nursing Home, Athens.

She was a retired nurses aide that had worked numerous years at Park Highland Nursing Home.

Preceding Mrs. Bone in death is her husband Charles Bone; two sons, Philip James Bone and David Elishia Bone; son-in-law Earl Parker; and Gene McAbee.

She is survived by her daughters, Doris Parker, Dallas, Linda McAbee, Athens, Shelley Riggins, Athens, Francis Bone, Dallas; sons, Charles “Buddy” Bone and wife Ruby of Gun Barrel City, Kenneth Bone, Athens, Robbie Bone and wife Debra of Athens; numerous wonderful grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and nephews and nieces as well as a host of friends.

Around Malakoff: A great new sculpture

ball boysBy Loretta Humble, Around the Town

I’m looking out my front window at two bronze kids. One is a pitcher, with one foot in the air, ready to throw, the other with his bat swung way back, ready to hit. Right now a sparrow is perched on that bat. He seems to have a better sense of reality than my dogs, who barked like crazy at them for several hours.

The beautifully life-like baseball players are a gift to our town from Mr. Jerome James, who tells me I should give all the credit to Mike Ferguson, who used to work as chaplain for Cedar Lake Hospice. I am certainly glad to praise Mike, who read my column about how much I would love to have bronze children playing in our budding pocket park downtown, and told Mr. James, who just happened to have some bronze children to spare. He had just sold his magnificent house on the lake where they had been playing, and was wondering what to do with them. Mr. James called me yesterday and told me to come get them, as well as a very nice picnic table. I offered to put a plaque in the park, in memory of someone of his choice. He said put Mike’s name on it.

Mr. James is officially giving them to the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce and/or the Garden Club, which ever works out best, but I got to bring them home with me to keep them safe until we can figure out exactly where to put them, and then get them bolted down so nobody walks off with them.

It is a wonderful thing when people give something the whole community can enjoy. I like to brag on them every chance I get.

But there is somebody I’ve been neglecting. It is my own companies. Cedar Lake Nursing Home and Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice do a whole lot for our community, and I’ve been downplaying it because it felt like I would be self-serving if I talked a lot about it. Oh, I mention it, but not like I would do if somebody else did it.

Take for instance, those two old boarded up building downtown, across from the former Favorite Things. Cedar Lake Nursing Home sent our maintenance department down to give them new facades. We supplied the labor, and almost all of the material.

Then I bought the trashed-up lot between those buildings, and volunteers got it cleaned up and started planning to make a pocket park out of it. Although I bought it, I am supported by Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice, who pays me a salary to spend my full time running around trying to help stir up good things in this community, particularly by producing Basically that Facebook page is a small version of what Michael and Jeff are doing with Henderson County Now: I put out an online publication with one sponsor: Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice.

The Humble family’s Cedar Lake family has been taking excellent care of folks around here since 1967. I am extremely proud of our companies, both for the care they give, and what they do for this community. And I am very grateful they let me do what I do. I promise not to turn into a walking commercial, but I really should brag on them just a little more.

By the way, just to make it clear: Nothing that Michael or I do can ever take the place of your good old print-on-paper-hold-in-your-hands hometown Malakoff News. We’ve got to remember how valuable it is to our community. So please keep subscribing, and give subscriptions for gifts, and tell your friends to subscribe. We need to appreciate what we have and make sure we keep it.

Loretta Humble is the owner of Cedar Lake Nursing Home as well as their Home Health and Hospice. The former publisher of The Malakoff News, she has been covering the area for 20 years. Semi-retired for day-to-day running the companies, she is now a full-time spreader of (mostly) good news in her community through her Facebook page, Since she is supported in this endeavor by her Cedar Lake companies, she jokes that she is the inspiration for the Michael’s and Jeff’s creation of Henderson County Now.

Daily Brief: March 4

The TVCC Lady Cardinals celebrated their sophomores after their final home game Saturday. (COURTESY PHOTO)
The TVCC Lady Cardinals celebrated their sophomores after their final home game Saturday. (COURTESY PHOTO)

By Michael V. Hannigan


1. The Region XIV Basketball Championship tournament will be held this week at the Patriot Center on the campus of UT-Tyler. The TVCC Lady Cardinals are the first seed on the women’s side and will start play 1 p.m. Wednesday against Tyler Junior College. The TVCC Cardinals are the No. 8 seed on their side and will start play 1 p.m. Tuesday against Angelina. 

2. Athens High School was recognized by Carter BloodCare for its blood drive efforts. 

3. Folks from the Cedar Creek Lake area traveled to Austin last week to talk about a new bridge with area lawmakers.

4. The Martin’s Mill girls won the Class 1A state title this weekend with a 49-46 win over Smyer. 

5. State Rep. Lance Gooden filed two bills to help customers of investor-owned water utilities. 


Jeff Weinstein had some cool photos from the Athens Middle School track meet Saturday. 

AMA: Michael checked to see if Athens really is getting a Cotton Patch restaurant. 

I love it when the science folks at TVCC blow stuff up!

The Athens Chamber of Commerce is looking for award nominees. 


The final report on the airplane accident that took the lives of Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna indicates there was no mechanical failure to cause the accident.

TxDOT says “crews this week are scheduled to perform edge-repair work on FM 317 east of Athens between FM 607 in Leagueville and FM 315 in New York, and on FM 607 between FM 804 and U.S. 175 in LaRue. Daytime lane closures will be in effect in each location.”

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