TVCC Sports Notes: Lady Cards notch record win

Trinity Valley Community College softball coach Ashley Johnston was presented a plaque commemorating her 100th career coaching victory prior to Monday’s doubleheader against Paris Junior College at Cain Park. Johnston recorded the milestone win on March 13, a 1-0 decision against Navarro at Cain Park. Making the presentation were President Dr. Glendon Forgey (right) and Athletic Director Brad Smiley. (BENNY ROGERS/TVCC PHOTO)
Trinity Valley Community College softball coach Ashley Johnston was presented a plaque commemorating her 100th career coaching victory prior to Monday’s doubleheader against Paris Junior College at Cain Park. Johnston recorded the milestone win on March 13, a 1-0 decision against Navarro at Cain Park. Making the presentation were President Dr. Glendon Forgey (right) and Athletic Director Brad Smiley. (BENNY ROGERS/TVCC PHOTO)

By Benny Rogers/TVCC Sports Information

The Lady Cardinals matched a school record for wins in a season Monday afternoon with a split in a conference softball doubleheader against Paris Junior College at Cain Park.

Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad fell 4-1 in Game 1 and bounced back in the second game to post a 4-0 shutout.

The split improved the Lady Cardinals to 29-18 on the season. The 29 wins equal the total posted last year, which set a school record. The Lady Cardinals are 9-5 in conference.

Chyna Phipps, Erica Jordan, Celeste Montoya, Jazmine Hicks and Tessa Thomas each had a single in the first game.

In the second game, Jordan went 2-for-3 with a home run and single. She drove in two runs. Hicks was also 2-for-3 with a double and single.

The Lady Cardinals and Paris are scheduled to play against Wednesday in Paris. Action starts at 1 p.m.
Saturday, the Lady Cardinals travel to Corsicana to take on Navarro in doubleheader action, starting at 1 p.m.

FOOTBALL

Four Cardinal football signees have been selected to participate in the annual THSCA All-Star Game in Fort Worth this summer in July.

They are: Mark Roman (WR, Ridge Point), Darius Floyd (RB, Franklin), Garrett Gunter (OL, Smithson Valley) and Demarcus Ayers (QB, Lancaster).

Congratulations to these young men and we look forward to having them be a part of the family here at The Valley.

Obituary: Fannie ‘Elmira’ Logan

Fannie Logan
Fannie Logan

Funeral services for Fannie “Elmira” Logan, 66, Athens are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Cross Roads Baptist Church with Rev. Frank Upchurch and Chaplain Victor Willman officiating. Burial will follow in Judson Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Mrs. Logan passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013 in Cayuga.

She was born in Hunt County to the late Wesley Clayton and Alice Ivirne Lawrence . She married Jerry Gene Logan on Nov. 16, 1963. She enjoyed flower gardens, fishing, reading and taking care of her dog R. J. She loved all her family and friends and turned no one away. She was an excellent cook and caretaker. Mrs. Logan had a three-year long battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by husband Jerry Gene Logan; brothers Delmer Lawrence, James Lee Lawrence and Elmer Lawrence.

Survivors include her children, Jerry Glenn Logan and wife Christina, Gun Barrel City, Dana Logan and Nick Hall, Cross Roads, Stacie Jean Ross and husband Darrell, Cayuga; grandchildren David Logan and wife Misty, Trinidad, Justin Logan and wife Katie, Mexia, Jeremy Logan and wife Melissa, Fairfield, Brittany Walker and husband Shelby, Cross Roads, Shelby Tucker, Brownsboro, Trinity Hall, Cross Roads, Matthew and Natalie Ross, Cayuga, Dalton Logan, Mabank, Hunter Strebeck and Hannah Harris, Gun Barrel City; great-grandchildren Maison Logan, Mexia, Emily and Dalton Hill and Hayden Glenn Logan due in July, all of Fairfield, Conner Logan, Mexia, Kaleb Holt, Halye Logan and Mackenzie Logan, Trinidad and baby Walker due in November, Cross Roads; brothers Raymond Lawrence and wife Charolete, Clayton Lawrence, Grady Lawrence and wife Kim, sisters, Louise Pendleton, Iverne Allen and husband Melvin Lee; numerous nieces, nephews and frields that she dearly loved.

Pallbearers are Darrell Ross, Jerry Logan, Justin Logan, Jeremy Logan, Nick Hall, and Shelby Walker.

The family would like to thank Dr. Maung OO and his staff and Dr. Ted Mettetal and his staff for the care they provided. The family appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers during their mother’s care.

Visitation for family and friends will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

GBC man gets 20 years for drug dealing

Kevin Ray Rust
Kevin Ray Rust

Press release from District Attorney’s Office

Kevin Ray Rust, 38, formerly of Gun Barrel City, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday, April 8, for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. Rust was sentenced by Judge Dan Moore of the 173rd Judicial District Court after a punishment hearing took place that afternoon.

Assistant District Attorneys Nancy Rumor and Justin Weiner prosecuted the case on behalf of Scott McKee’s District Attorney’s Office.

Rust was convicted earlier this year by a Henderson County Jury that took only four minutes to deliver a verdict. The swift verdict came at the conclusion of a trial taking place in the 173rd Judicial District Court with Judge Dan Moore presiding.

In his closing argument Weiner said: “In his closing statements at trial, the defense attorney argued that it didn’t matter what the jury did because would not make a difference. I could not have been more proud of our citizens on the jury that came back so quickly with a verdict in four minutes. It should send a clear message that Henderson County jurors are not willing to put up with drug dealers in our community.”

ADA Rumar followed up by adding: “If we don’t come down hard on drug dealers like Rust then they will just look at a short prison sentence as simply the cost of doing business.”

At trial, the jury heard testimony that shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2011 a search warrant was executed on Rust’s residence. Entry was made into the home and Rust was found in the hallway leading from his bedroom. Inside the closet in Rust’s bedroom members of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Offices’ Narcotics Task force what appeared to be a business setup. But this wasn’t just any small business; Rust had a desk and shelves filled with narcotics, distribution supplies, and paraphernalia.

Among the various illegal substances that were found were methamphetamine in power and crystal form, marijuana, and several different types of suspected narcotic pills. The closet contained every tool necessary to be a successful drug dealer: scales, marijuana grinders, one hit boxes, razors used to apportion methamphetamines, and over 50 brand new little baggies. Additionally, several baggies were found prepackaged with methamphetamines ready to be purchased. A safe was even found on top of the desk which stored a large amount of cash, drugs, and a little black notebook. The little black notebook served as a buy/sell log listing the names of Rust’s clients and the amounts they owed or had paid him.

A cell phone was recovered from the closet which contained multiple pictures of stacks of money that had been spread out for display. Other photos revealed significant amounts of drugs on a tray found in Rust’s closet.

District Attorney Scott McKee thanked Sheriff Ray Nutt and his Henderson County task force and indicated that his office will continue to vigorously prosecute those that make and distribute meth and other illegal drugs in our county. “We have come a long way in the past four years.” Said McKee. “However, we cannot let our guards down when it comes to rooting out those that poison our community with dangerous narcotics.”

Pinnacle Women donates to CASA

PWCPinnacle Women’s Club (PWC) recently donated $1,000 to the Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA). The CASA organization provides independent, highly trained volunteer advocates for children in the custody of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. They empower volunteers to advocate for the children’s best interests, to insure that their needs are met, and to secure a permanent, safe and nurturing home as soon as possible. Their goal is to get children out of the foster care system quickly. Pictured are Lee Ann Millender (right), CASA Executive Director, and Patsy Dehn, PWC’s Philanthropy Chair. (COURTESY PHOTO)