DAILY BRIEF: Malakoff Lady Tigers ready for playoffs

TOP PIC: The Trinity Valley Community College rodeo team hosted an event at the Fairpark Complex last weekend. (PHOTO COURTESY TVCC)
TOP PIC: The Trinity Valley Community College rodeo team hosted an event at the Fairpark Complex last weekend. (PHOTO COURTESY TVCC)

HOT TOPIC: It is time for girls basketball playoffs.

Tonight, Coach Emily Martinez will lead her Malakoff Lady Tigers into action against the Alba-Golden Lady Panthers, a team Malakoff scrimmaged at the start of the season.

The bi-district game is set for 7 p.m. at Brownsboro.

The Lady Tigers finished the regular season with a record of 15-12 overall and 10-4 in district.

This is the third consecutive year the Lady Tigers have earned a postseason berth, and Martinez hopes this is the year the girls can get their first playoff win.

“I think if our girls show up to play, we have a good chance,” Martinez said. “Alba is a good team and they play hard, but when our girls play together I think we are hard to beat.”

Henderson County Now will be at the game, so watch Facebook for updates.

Also in playoff action tonight is Mabank, which will be taking on Spring Hill. That game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Grand Saline.


The Athens City Council will be holding its regular meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers. The agenda looks pretty routine and is highlighted by getting ready for the upcoming election. 


There is a bunch of work going on at the Bartlett House in Malakoff. 

TVCC dedicated Leon Spencer Court Saturday … and coach got a standing ovation (VIDEO). 

Asley McKee has filed to run for the Eustace School Board. 

OBITUARIES: Dennis Ralph Womack and Lewis Earl Gray.


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Obituary: Dennis Ralph Womack

Dennis Ralph Womack, 60, of Eustace, was born on Oct. 3, 1952 in Weatherford to the home of Thomas Womack and Sonja Maria Meike Womack. He passed at his home on Feb. 7, 2013.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Marilou Syler Womack; children Chisum Womack and wife Erin, Forrest Womack and wife Jenny, Crockett Womack and wife Rachel, Stuart Womack and Seguin Womack; brother Jeffrey “Jeff” Womack and wife Iko; grandchildren Ann Womack, Rivers Womack, Nolan Womack and Augustine Womack.

Rosary services will be held at 8 pm on Friday, Feb. 15, at Moorhead Epps Memorial Chapel in Gun Barrel City. Mass Of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 16, 2013 at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Malakoff, with burial following at Mary Queen of Heaven Cemetery under the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home.

PHOTO: TVCC in Austin

TVCC at AustinA group of students and administrators from Trinity Valley Community College recently visited the city of Austin for Community College Day at the Texas Legislature. The group participated in a rally on the steps of the capital and met with legislators from the area concerning community college-related issues. Pictured are: (front row, from left) Dist. 4 Representative Lance Gooden (R-Terrell), TVCC students Chelsea Malone and Kensarah Lockhart, TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey, (second row) TVCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Mary Nicholson, TVCC Director of Student Activities Cortney Curran, students Madi Smith, (third row) Gage Locke, Henry LeBeau, Kallan Campbell, Trevarr Walts, (back row) Will Baker and McCae Larson. (PHOTO COURTESY TVCC)

McKee files for Eustace school board

Ashley Adams McKee
Ashley Adams McKee


Local attorney and child advocate, Ashley Adams McKee, has announced her candidacy for the Eustace ISD School Board. Ashley filed paperwork with Eustace ISD as a candidate for place 6 which is currently held by board president Diane Russ. Russ, who has been on the board for over a decade, has indicated she is not seeking another term.

McKee is a 1994 graduate of Malakoff High school. Other than her time away to attend college and law school, she is a lifelong resident of the Cedar Creek Lake area. She is a graduate of Navarro Junior College, the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Wesleyan School of Law.

Ashley is married to District Attorney Scott McKee. Ashley and Scott live on Cedar Creek Lake with their three boys Stuart- 18, Ryan-7 and Ranger-5. Stuart, a senior, will attend Texas A&M University School of Engineering in the fall. Ryan and Ranger are students at the Eustace Primary School.

Ashley practices law in Henderson and surrounding counties with a focus on family law and the representation of abused and neglected children. She is also the Eustace All Sports Association Boy’s Kindergarten basketball coach, team mom for the K-2 Football team, current board member and president elect of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Henderson County Bar Association. “I have spent my entire career focused on the best interest of children” said McKee, “I have a passion for public service and advocating for kids.” McKee wants parents and educators to know that as someone who grew up in our community, she understands the challenges and opportunities available to our kids. “A quality education is a life changer. I want to encourage an expectation of excellence in our children. Ensuring the safety of our kids and teachers, while focusing on a 1st class education, will be my top priorities.”

Eustace ISD along with other local city and school board elections will occur on May 11th.