Hallsville homecoming, school reunions tonight
Sept. 20, 2012 at 10 p.m.
With this being homecoming week, we're going to start with football.
Sixty years ago in September 1946, Hallsville was gearing up for the first home football game under the lights.
Superintendent Irvin Wilson and the board had worked to save money to pay for the pole and lights. They also had to take up money. The Bobcats were in their tenth year of football and eighth year at Holloway Field on Walnut Street. The field was used for varsity from 1939-1970.
I remember those early night games; the stadium was small and wooden. The parking was limited as the parking lot had gone too far north. Cars were lined up on both sides of Walnut. New coach Burl Kiger had been working the team hard and had 28 players, the most ever, at that time.
He had a veteran backfield of Gene Grammer, Barney Reese, Jack Meaguson and Doug Floyd. Top lineman were Kirk Fisher, Elgin Pool, Jimmie Hickey, Harold Trimble, Chili Trice and Carl Rogers.
Sonny Summers had his foot knocked up over his head by Fisher in a scrimmage and had a bad knee.
Of the 28 players only Loy Justice is expected to be at the Friday night game against Lindale. In the football queen's race were Modena Jones, grade eight; Margie McLendon, grade 10; Geneva Dunn, grade 11; Levera Strong, grade 11; and Virginia Hunt, grade 12.
A good crowd enjoyed Coach Kala Jackson's first talk to a civic club on Monday. She said the young volleyball team had been working hard and would do ok in district. The first game will be at 4:30 p.m. next Friday. About the time we will gather for the Homecoming Dinner at the Jr. High School Cafeteria.
Pine Tree and Texas High have the best non-district records. Miss Jackson gave a report on a couple of stars of the last few years. Darby Graff, a walk on at Texas A&M, is being red-shirted. She did not go with the team to Delaware.
Kaci Jackson is playing in all the games at Arkansas Teach. She may not start all, but goes in on the back row and moves up.
Guests at Lions Club were Sandra Huffman, Lee Gaw, Ray Jackson and Jeff Jackson, who plans on joining. Support the Lions Club by buying a football program at the games.
Friday night is Homecoming. The Culinary Arts classes are serving a meal at the high school for $8; 5-7 p.m. They cook for the Lions Club meetings.
The last quarter of the Henderson game was very exciting. The Bobcats had gone ahead after recovering a fumble and Toney hit Navarro with a TD pass. Brown 3rd PAT made it 21-20. Both teams fumbled toward the end, but when the Lions lined up right in front of the goal post for a field goal, I thought we were goners. Yes, they fumbled, but folks, Caden Ferrell, Cody Bradford and other Cats were putting a lot on the Lions. So we defeated Henderson for the 9th time in the last 14 times we have played them.
I wore a poncho for most of the game. Lindale has been hard to beat in recent years and they laid it to us 25-12 last year. They did lose to Van last week, so we don't need to be overly confident.
The Bobcats need to get our offense clicking like we did against Van. Former Bobcat Auctioneer Ronnie Buchanan is recovering from lung surgery. Now I'll have to haul my calves to market myself. Ronnie could probably tell a thing or two about cows and swinging gates.
Billie and Jimmie Dickard of 450 N. are moving to the Kingwood area this week. They lived there nearly 20 years. The 1949 graduate is a Distinguished Alumni of Hallsville High School and married a Marshall girl.
The Hallsville ISD All School Class Reunion will be tonight. The HISD Education Foundation and the Alumni Association will host the Homecoming Dinner and program prior to the Football Game.
The Education Foundation enhances education at Hallsville ISD, by providing teacher grants, assisting in scholarships for duel credit for students and recognizes students and staff for their high level achievements. The Education Foundation is a partnership with businesses, community members and the Hallsville School.
The HHS Alumni Association works hard to provide a network of all graduates of HSD, former employees, and family and friends of HISD members. The Alumni database now has more than 8,500 students and sends out information to the members. All Alumni are encouraged to join the network to stay in touch with class members. The association provides assistance in getting information out for class reunions held each year. Read more at www.hisdfoundation.com.
Friday night we will induct two more Distinguished Alumni into the Rotunda "Circle of Honor" at the new high school. Charlie Jones '75 Class Valedictorian and Dr. Marila Dollahite Palmer, '71,
Honor Graduate and National Honor Society Secretary are two outstanding graduates who have done well. Charlie Jones has been a successful accountant at two large plants; Mansfield Plumbing, (formerly Kilgore Plumbing) and Joy Global Inc. (formerly LeTourneau Technlogies, Inc.)
Marila has taught in area high schools, was Vice President at LeTourneau University and now is an Assistant Provost and Professor at ETBU. They have both been active in church work for many years and give God the glory in all they do.
Charlie is the son of Maurice and Evelyn Jones; Marila is the daughter of Wesley and Darleen Dollahite. They will be honored tonight at the alumni dinner at 5 p.m. in the Jr. High Cafeteria and later at the pregame ceremonies at 6:30 pm.
The Bobcats will play Lindale with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Support the alumni and the Bobcats!