Cardinal Pride luncheon scheduled

By Benny Rogers, TVCC Sports Information

The next Cardinal Pride Luncheon is scheduled Monday at Ole’ West Steak House, starting at noon.

The price for the all-you-can-eat buffet lunch is $9.

The event provides boosters, fans, staff and the community the opportunity to hear from our coaches and interact with our athletic staff and athletes.

There will be door prizes.


Coach Tosha Spain has announced five signees:

  • Victoria Hesson (5-11, RS/S, Porter High School)
  • Alexis Bogiorno (5-5, S, Rains High School)
  • Ashlynn Caldwell (6-2, M, Cypress Creek High School)
  • Lauren Fernandez (6-0, RS, Oak Ridge High School)
  • Brittney Griffith (5-0, M, Archer City High School)

The Lady Cardinals were 18-12 last year and qualified for the regional tournament for the first time.

The 2013 season will be the fourth year of the program.


The Lady Cardinals begin a three-date home stand today. They play Grayson at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Cain Park.

Coach Ashley Johnston’s squad is 6-4 on the season.

Saturday, the Lady Cardinals are also scheduled to be at home, facing Grambling State in doubleheader action at 1 and 3 p.m. Former Lady Cardinal Amanda Lester plays for Grambling State.

The Lady Cardinals are also scheduled to be at home Monday against North Central Texas. Action starts at 1 p.m. Game 2 will begin at 3 p.m


The No. 1-ranked Lady Cardinals take to the road for the final time during the regular season Saturday, going to Jacksonville for a 4 p.m. tipoff.

Coach Elena Lovato’s squad is 25-1 on the year and 12-0 in conference. Jacksonville is 13-11 and 6-5 after a 60-50 win against Panola at home Thursday night.

In the first meeting at Cardinal Gym last month, the Lady Cardinals nabbed a 74-53 win against Jacksonville.

The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to be at home next Wednesday against Angelina at 5:30 p.m.


The Cardinals do not play Saturday. Next up for the Cardinals is a trip to Carthage next Wednesday to face Panola at 7 p.m.

Coach Kris Baumann’s squad is 16-10 on the year and 7-8 in conference.

DAILY BRIEF: Top 5 Stories of the Week

Tuesday, Feb. 12, was Athens Day at the Capitol. Above, State Rep. Lance Gooden poses with members from the Athens community. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Tuesday, Feb. 12, was Athens Day at the Capitol. Above, State Rep. Lance Gooden poses with members from the Athens community. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Story No. 1 – Athens Day at the Capitol: Tuesday, members of the Athens community traveled to Austin for Athens Day at the Capitol.
Why it is important: Face time with elected officials is one of the most important factors in government.
Learn more: There was a story in the Review. 

Story No. 2 – County lawmakers file legislation: State Reps. Jim Pitts and Lance Gooden have both filed legislation that is drawing attention.
Why it is important: There is a reason we call them “law-makers” … it is sort of what they are supposed to be doing.
Learn more: I wrote about this issue. 

Story No. 3 – Local connections to Carnival Triumph: The country watched in fascination as a crippled cruise ship limped its way into port this week.
Why it is important: Besides the media attention the story received, we learned that a Kemp resident with ties to Malakoff was onboard.
Learn more: Rather than giving you a link, just Google “Carnival Triumph.”

Story No. 4 – Lady Cards are No. 1: The Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals moved into the top spot in the national ranking this week.
Why it is important: Because the Lady Cards have a legitimate shot to repeat as national champions.
Learn more: In the TVCC Sports Notes. 

Story No. 5 – Big honor for Railway Cafe: The Railway Cafe in Athens was named in the Texas Monthly recommendations section.
Why it is important: Because we love Texas Monthly .. and we love the Railway Cafe.
Learn more: Rich Flowers over at the Review had a good story. 


Our first birth announcement. Nice to meet you Alexis Faith Crye.

The Athens ISD February Teachers of the Month were named.

We had some photos from a sweet bake sale for Valentine’s Day.

Obituaries: Thomas Simmons. 


We need to celebrate academics just as much as athletics … and this story by Jayson Larson on an Athens boy’s gold medal in number sense does just that.

Don’t forget to check our community calendar for this weekend’s cool events: Barrel racing in Malakoff; Heart & Sole at the Cain Center; and the For the Love of Art show.

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Birth Announcement: Alexis Faith Crye

Alexis Faith Crye
Alexis Faith Crye

Jessica and Mark Crye of Athens proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Faith Crye.

Siblings Kaleb and Emma also welcomed their baby sister.

Alexis was born 8:08 a.m. Feb. 8 at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. She was 6 pounds, 5 ounces.

Her grandparents are Tim and Denice Meredith of Athens, and Dottie Crye of Cross Roads.

Obituary: Charlie Thomas Simmons

Thomas Simmons
Thomas Simmons

A memorial service for Charlie Thomas Simmons, 89, Athens is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Faulk Landrum officiating.

Burial will precede the service at 10 a.m. in Oaklawn Memorial Park under the direction of Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Thomas died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 in Athens.

He was born March 11, 1923 in Willow Springs Community to Charlie Thomas and Billie Tempie Welch Simmons and was a lifelong resident of Athens. Thomas had been controller of Texas Clay Products 14 years during which time the company sold the brick to build North Park Mall. He then retired after a 20-year tenure as County Auditor. He had a lifelong love for cattle and had been a lifelong contributor and supporter of the Willow Springs Community and cemetery. Thomas was an active member of First United Methodist Church and Builders Sunday School class. He served his community in many capacities for many years. He was very active in reconstruction of Athens Country Club in 1986.He was a lifelong fan and supporter of TVCC basketball and football programs.

Thomas was preceded in death by his wife of 63.5 years, Marcelle Simmons; son William David Simmons; and a brother John K. Simmons.

Survivors include son Gary Simmons and wife Pam; daughter-in-law Deborah Simmons; granddaughter Sheradon Waits and husband Seth, Sarah Simmons, all of Dallas, numerous nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lester Kinabrew, David Finch, Billy Norwood, Judge Jack Holland, Charles McMurry, Nick Nichols and John Simmons.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 225 Lovers Lane, Athens, Texas 75751 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 9400 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75231.

You may leave a message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family at

DAILY BRIEF: Happy Valentine’s Day

The TVCC Agriculture Club held a Valentine's Day bake sale in front of the Student Union Building today. (MICHAEL V. HANNIGAN)
The TVCC Agriculture Club held a Valentine’s Day bake sale in front of the Student Union Building today. (MICHAEL V. HANNIGAN)

HOT TOPIC: It is the day of love … so, if you’ve forgotten to get something for your significant other, you better get on it!

If you are still searching for the right gift, a Texas A&M professor gave me the following suggestions a few years ago:

  • A day at a spa
  • Pedicure and manicure
  • Lovely flowers
  • A great book to read
  • Dinner at a upscale restaurant
  • A cozy weekend at a special B&B
  • Going shopping for a new and fun outfit together

Or, you can just go for the candy like I did. However you do it, just do it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


The TVCC Lady Cardinals are now No. 1 in the polls, and they celebrated with a win last night. 

We talked about some of the interesting legislation filed by Henderson County’s lawmakers in yesterday’s Daily Brief. 

Obituaries: Wanda Kirk Davis and Betty Weatherford Lathrop.


There were donkeys on the basketball floor in Cross Roads. 

Mabank Volunteer Fire Department medical officer Kenneth Tanner was named the Firefighter of the Year, reports the Monitor.

AHS Band Director Rusty Lay was surprised by a reception given in his honor. 

Randy Daniel was honored during Athens Day at the Capitol on Tuesday. The Review has a story. 


TVCC is expecting to shut down its web access tomorrow. This is very important news for those who take online courses.

The Knights of Columbus in Malakoff have a Fish Fry scheduled Friday. 

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