Obituary: William Everett Gage

William Everett Gage, 56, of Kemp, was born on Jan. 9, 1957 in Dallas to the home of Lawson Everett Gage and Joyce Nell Hukill Gage. He passed away at his home on April 13, 2013.

He is preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Shirley Gage; children Joyce Marie Gage, Stacy Leann King and husband Joshua, Rebecca Gwen Newman and husband Jeremy; father Lawson “L.E.” Gage; brothers Michael Lynn Gage, Johnny Wayne Gage, Kenneth Lee Gage and wife Nicole; four grandchildren William, Matthew Quinsey and Rylan, and numerous other family and friends.

Obituary: Nancie Carroll

Graveside services for Nancie Carroll, 70, of Athens, formerly of Johstown, Pa., are scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Oaklawn Memorial Park, Athens, with Rev. Erick Graham officiating.

Mrs. Carroll was born Sept. 21, 1942 in Johnstown, Pa. to the late John William, Sr. and Catheryn Lovemma Eberson Zitsch.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, James A. Mitchell, Sr., Henry Jones, and Milton (Cookie) Carroll, Sr.; son, David William Mitchell; brother, John W. Zitsch, Jr.; sister, Lillian Cole.

Survivors include her sons, James A Mitchell, Jr. and wife, Sherry, Athens, Bradley Mitchell, Leesville; daughters, Debra Blackwell Mitchell and husband, Robin, Beaumont, Deionna Walter, Athens; daughter-in-law, Marie Mitchell, Houston; 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Ranson Zitsch and wife Eve; sister, Jane Robbins and husband Tonis.

Family will receive friends Tuesday from 1 p.m. until service time.

TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cardinals on a hot streak

softball 4By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

The Lady Cardinals are riding a five-game winning streak after back-to-back doubleheader sweeps Friday and Saturday.

Friday at home, the Lady Cardinals posted 14-1 and 4-3 wins against Bossier Parish. Saturday, they went on the road to Mount Pleasant and took care of Northeast Texas in 2-1 and 8-3 fashion.

The two sweeps improved the Lady Cardinals to 28-17 on the year and 8-4 in conference.

The Lady Cardinals have two school records in range. They are one win away from matching the school record for most wins in a season, set last year. They are also one win away from matching the school record for consecutive wins, which they matched earlier this season after having previously set the mark last year.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to be at home today against Paris. Doubleheader action at Cain Park starts at 3 p.m.

Against Northeast Texas, Kim Leschber threw a three-hitter in Game 1. She was backed up by Candise Wise, Chyna Phipps and Melissa Billingsley with one hit each.

Wise went 3-for-5 and drove in a run in the second game. Erica Jordan, Jazmine Hicks, Shelby Reddington and Billingsley had two hits each.

Kayla Cosby started on the mound and gave us six hits.

Jordan had a three-hit game in the first game against Bossier Parish with a double and single. She drove in two runs. Hicks had two hits, including a three-run home run.

Also collecting hits were Tessa Thomas, who went 3-for-3, Billingsley and Wise.

Marci Seymour and Celeste Montoya had two hits each in Game 2 to lead the way. Melissa Boland and Phipps also had hits.


The Cardinal Cheerleaders finished at nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Friday.

Coach Khris Franklin’s squad scored a 95.95 in the finals to finish second to Navarro, which scored a 97.45. Weatherford was third and Wallace State fourth.

Congratulations to the Cardinal Cheerleaders for another outstanding representation of the college and thank you for your support of all our teams.

Final results of the national competition can be found at


The Cardinals will practice Saturday morning at Bruce Field starting at 10. The public is invited.

The annual spring game is scheduled Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. at Bruce Field.


Check out an interview with Lady Cardinal softball coach Ashley Johnston on this week’s “Cardinal Weekly” at

Sen. Nichols: My five cents

State Sen. Robert Nichols
State Sen. Robert Nichols

Press release from Sen. Robert Nichols’ Office

The hardest part about this stage of the legislative session is needing to be three places at one time. This happened several times this week as I needed to be in one committee to hear testimony, present a bill in a different committee, and cast a vote in a third committee. The only way to be everywhere I need to be is to work fast and coordinate with other senators who also need to be several places at once. My great Senate staff keeps me organized as well. As you can tell, it’s a busy time for everyone here in Austin.

Five important things that happened this week at your Texas Capitol are:

A vote for schools in Senate District 3

This week the Texas Senate tackled a piece of legislation that would increase the number of charter schools in Texas. After careful consideration, I decided to cast my vote in opposition of the bill which passed 30-1. I am not opposed to the concept of charter schools; in fact, we have several great ones in Senate District 3. However, prior to each legislative session, I make a point to visit with all 102 school superintendents in Senate District 3. One thing I have learned is that most public schools receive less funding per student than charter schools statewide. Additionally, public schools have more rules and state regulations than charters.

Unfortunately, SB 2 does not adequately address these two important issues. Until the playing field is leveled and school funding is addressed, I cannot support further charter expansion. I have often said the education of our students is one of the most important things we make decisions on in the state legislature. This week I was proud to stand up for the public school students of my district, even if it meant standing alone.

Gunmakers moving to Texas?

On Wednesday the Senate passed SB 1467 by Senator Craig Estes to attract more gun makers to Texas. At a time when other states and the federal government are attempting to increase gun control, this bill would create incentive programs for gun manufacturers in the state’s economic development law. In addition, Governor Rick Perry has already sent more than 30 invitations to out-of-state manufacturers to move their operations to Texas. I am pleased to have been able to vote in favor of SB 1467 and be a part of this movement.


One interesting measure under consideration this session is House Concurrent Resolution 59 by Representative Todd Hunter. Under his proposal, the state would create a joint interim committee to study seawater desalination along the Texas coast. The study would spend the next year-and-a-half analyzing the economic viability of desalination from coastal waters.

What many people do not know is that the state already has 45 desalination projects, and not just along the coast. The Texas Water Development Board estimates that there are around 2.7 billion acre-feet of brackish groundwater throughout Texas. As we begin to look for long-term solutions to our state’s water needs, desalination is one of several possible ideas deserving of attention.

House budget

After much debate, the Texas House recently approved a $193.8 billion budget for the next two years. With the Senate having already passed their own version, some significant differences have already been noticed. Some of these include the amount to be spent by the state on public education and the possibility of Medicaid expansion.

The differences between the two bills will now be worked out in weeks of meetings by a committee of selected House and Senate members. The joint bill will then have to get final approval from both chambers. Bottom line, the budget process is far from over. There will be more changes in the next few weeks as the Legislature works out how to allocate our much-sought-after state dollars.


On Thursday approximately 2,000 Texas realtors came to visit the Capitol. With approximately 80,000 members across the state, the Texas Association of Realtors is an organization that advocates on behalf of realtors and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable and to protect private-property rights. They are an important part of our capitalistic market and it was a pleasure to have them visit.

District 13-2A track meet results

By Michael V. Hannigan

The District 13-2A track meet was held Thursday, April 11, in Malakoff. Local schools involved include Eustace, Malakoff and Kemp.

The Eustace girls varsity took first place, while the boys took second. The Malakoff girls finished sixth and the boys were fifth. The Kemp girls took fourth and the boys were seventh.

The top four finishers in each event will advance to the area track meet. Those advancing include:


  • Eustace: 4×400 relay team, Samantha Crocker, (3200 meter run, 1600 meter run), Noa Taylor (800 meter run), Jaci Aiken (110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump), Caitlyn Culp (shot put), Casey Bramblitt (shot put), Grace Holcombe (discus), Chelse Oldham (discus), Mackenzie Abbott (discus), Alex Cravey (pole vault), Meagan Gunter (pole vault), Whitney Boerner (pole vault)
  • Malakoff: Erika Gilmore (110 meter hurdles), Brenda Cruz (1600 meter run)
  • Kemp: 4×100 relay team, 4×400 relay team, Kelsey Gage (800 meter run), Bree Weisinger (110 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles), Madison Allen (300 meter hurdles), Nicole Cox (200 meter dash), Madison Thompson (high jump), Madison Kerr (shot put)


  • Eustace: 4×400 relay team, Evan Arambula (3200 meter run, 1600 meter run), Mark Zimmerer (3200 meter run, 1600 meter run), Preston Schwartz (3200 meter run, 1600 meter run), Gavin Kirkhart (800 meter run), John Bradburn (300 meter hurdles, triple jump), Tyler Stokes (high jump), Thomas Hyde (shot put), Tyler Folsom (discus), Kyle Prselley (discus), Austin Givan (pole vault), Gavin Kirkhart (pole vault)
  • Malakoff: 4×100 relay team, 800 relay team, Rene Aguilar (800 meter run), Stephan Wolfe (110 meter hurdles), Demontes Dowell (100 meter dash), Jake Woolverton (300 meter hurdles, high jump), Garrian McCallister (200 meter dash), Carrington Manning (long jump)
  • Kemp: Jesus Perez (3200 meter run, 1600 meter run), Forrest Summerhill (110 meter hurdles), Morgan Webb (400 meter dash), Jordan Litts (high jump)