Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

May 31, 2013

Familiar Faces

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Davis Blooming Grove girls track MVP

What a season it has been for Blooming Grove’s three-time varsity track letter winner Karley Davis. Since her freshman year Davis has been breaking school records at BGHS. After placing first in the 100m hurdles, second in the 800m relay and third in the sprint relay at the District Meet in Reisel, she advanced on with teammates Tre Wiggins, Sydni Horner, Davisha Starling and Berni Ross to the Area Meet held in Buffalo. She placed fourth in hurdles and in the sprint relay, which helped them advanced on.

Davis made her third trip to the Regional Meet held at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Davis broke three school records in one season.

“This is such a huge accomplishment for me, if it were not for the encouragement and support of my mom at every meet it would have been hard to do,” Davis said.

At the Blooming Grove Sports Banquet, Davis was presented with the MVP award for her accomplishments this season from coach Jody Hawkins.



Local man honored by Tarleton State

Corsicana native Rodney Payne was among those who recently received the All Purple Award as a supporter of Tarleton State University athletics.

Payne, a Texas Farm Bureau agent in Dublin, is actively involved in helping Tarleton athletes.

He is the volunteer Team Chaplain for the Tarleton Football Team. He and wife, Debby, lead the College Ministry at Harvey Baptist Church in Stephenville. In addition, Payne is a member of the Tarleton Texan Club Board of Directors and a member of the T Club, Tarleton ex-lettermans’ association.

Payne attended Tarleton from 1977-1981, was a member of the 1977 Conference Championship football team and a member of the 1978 National Play-off Football Team at Tarleton.

He is the son of  Elroy and Merle Payne and his sister and brother-in-law Cindy and Paul Asby still live in Corsicana.

Payne is a 1977 graduate of Corsicana High where he was a three-year letterman in football and track and was all-district in football.

Dallas Baptist University

Emily Suzanne Davis, a Blooming Grove native, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology from Dallas Baptist University during spring commencement. While at DBU, she was a member of Alpha Sigma Omega honor society, a Bible study leader and named to the Dean's list.

Laura Rhea Bennett, a Corsicana native, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies from Dallas Baptist University during spring commencement.

Scott Edwin Ackley, a Corsicana native, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical studies from Dallas Baptist University during spring commencement. While at DBU, he served as a youth pastor at the Dwelling Place Church.

The three were among were among the 651 graduates receiving undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees from DBU.

Of those graduating, 368 received bachelor’s degrees, 276 earned master’s degrees, and seven earned doctoral degrees.