First Baptist Church in Malakoff goes to youth camp

Montreal Pena (left) helps Rev. Rickey Barnes load East Texas Tours charter bus. (Courtesy photo)

By Delanda S. Johnson/Special to HCN

On Saturday, July 22, Rev. Rickey Barnes, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Malakoff and several adults from local area churches embarked on an advantage to a week long youth summer camp in Golden, Missouri.

Rev. Barnes stated, “being the new kid on the block, I’m just an old country preacher who came to Malakoff and I love being here. I thank God for the challenges that we have met and for the way HE has answered all of our prayers for being in this area.”

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Celebrating the Malakoff Colored/Lincoln High School Reunion

Mr. Homer R. Trimble (left) President of the Malakoff Colored/Lincoln High School Class
Reunion presents the speaker Rev. Joel McCalister with a plaque and card.

By Delanda S. Johnson/Special to the HCN

On Friday and Saturday, July 14-15, the Malakoff Colored/Lincoln High School Reunion students from the 1940’s to 1968 came together for another class reunion. These students were in the times of segregation and all though many are deceased; there are still those students carrying the reunion on. With the help of the younger generation of students who only attend school for a short time and then it was integrated, Malakoff Colored/Lincoln High School Class Reunion was in full swing with events held at the Holiday Inn Express and the Athens Country Club in Athens, Texas.

Homer Ray Trimble, President of the MC/LHSR stated that the reunion had been going on for 33 years and that it was a way for the Classes of 1940-1957 which was then Malakoff Colored High School to come together, but the name was changed in 1957 to Lincoln High School due to a tornado. “Most of the people have passed away who were older then me, however, I graduated in 1959 and this is a great way for all to come together to remember the good old days. The reunion is held every two years, so the attendance goes up and down. One year we had 85 to attend and one other time we had 105 to attend; however, the past two years we have only had about 50 to attend; but today attendance was 65.”

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City of Malakoff seeks AG opinion on open records request

By Michael V. Hannigan/HCNow

The City of Malakoff is asking Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for an opinion regarding a public information request.

The public information request was submitted late last month by Malakoff resident Brian Paris.

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Cleanup at site of train derailment going to last through June

UPDATE: Adds statement of about cleanup timeframe – 6:30 p.m., May 19.

UPDATE: Story updates throughout with statements from Union Pacific Railroad. Story edited for continuity – 4:30 p.m., May 19.

By Michael V. Hannigan

A Union Pacific Railroad spokesperson said today that the cleanup of the March 29 train derailment in Malakoff is expected to continue through June.

“The spilled diesel that remained above the ground was removed very shortly after the incident. We are now working to remove any amounts that were absorbed into the soil around the site,” said Union Pacific Railroad Director of Corporate Relations and Media Jeff DeGraff.

“At this time, there is no threat or concern for residences in the area. We appreciate the continued patience that has been shown by the community of Malakoff as we clean up and restore this area following the incident,” he said.

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Around the Town: This, that and a plant sale

Loretta Humble

By Loretta Humble/Around the Town

Here I am with another non-health column.

Here’s the deal: I’m still a part of the Around the Town column, but now usually Kristi or somebody else who is around the town more than I am writes it.

This week Kristi has a lot going on—more about that later—so I figured I could write something to take the space. I did and then discovered Pat Isaacson had sent one in last week that didn’t get printed yet. Well, we have been begging Pat for weeks to write more, so we really didn’t want to discourage her. So here I am with a sort of timely column in hand, and I don’t have another one for here written, and besides I know probably half of you get tired of me ranting about the dangers of sugar every week even though it is a very important message. So what is a person to do?

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