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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Man considers ending life in Courthouse

Possibly by “suicide-by-cop” scenero

Chief of Police Daniel Ramsey and Teague FFA Secretary, Jakari Levels, met in the Teague Police Station on Friday, July 15th. Jakari said, “I believe that the Teague Police need to know that many people in Teague are “Backing the Blue” standing beside our police department.” In his blue FFA jacket it is literally Blue Backing Blue.

At approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday evening, July 17th, 2016, a DPS Trooper assigned to Freestone County was entering the Freestone County Courthouse when a loud noise was heard from the upstairs interior of the building.

The Trooper immediately alerted the Freestone County Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher and requested backup. During the search of the interior of the Courthouse, a subject was located in one of the rooms and taken into custody. According to FCSO reports, the subject appeared emotionally distraught and made statements to the effect that he wanted to end his life, apparently in a “suicide-by-cop” scenario.

The individual was transported to Fairfield Emergency Room for evaluation and referral to a psychiatric facility for further evaluation and possible treatment. An inspection of the Courthouse by law enforcement personnel and Freestone County Officials revealed a broken window, minor damage to some office equipment, and the apparent release of the contents of a fire extinguisher in the District court room. The subject had small cuts to his hand that did not require medical attention. No injuries were sustained by responding law enforcement personnel. This event is under investigation by FCSO at this time.

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PFC Brice finally receives deserved respect

Mrs. Betty Brice is pictured receiving the American Flag following the traditional Military Flag ceremony at the Mexia VFW. Her husband Willie C. Brice passed away two years ago and never received the honor of a flag ceremony. The Vietnam Vets conducted the ceremony and Gary Erwin presented the flag to Mrs. Brice.

Mr. Willie C. Brice, Sr. finally received the respect that he deserved on Saturday, July 16, 2016, when he was honored with a full military United States Flag Presentation Ceremony.

PFC Willie Brice served in the United States Army from August 17, 1953 to July 17, 1955 including a tour in Vietnam. Mr. Brice passed away recently and the family was presented a certificate to go and pick up a United States flag.

The Brice family was disappointed that this dedicated husband, father and soldier was not honored in the way that our service men and women should always be honored. They came in contact with the Mexia Peer Support Center and a proper flag presentation ceremony was arranged at the Mexia VFW, who allowed them to have the service in their building.

Several family members were in attendance including his widow, Betty Brice and daughter; Anita Boston; and son-in-law Kenneth Baker. Taps was played and the Vietnam Vets out of Waco conducted the ceremony. The Flag was presented to Mrs. Brice by Gary Ervin.

The Mexia Peer Support Center is available to help all veterans with benefits, legal aid, medical assistance, lost paperwork, jobs, clothing, food and many other services. They work hand in hand with the Veterans Service Officers located in cities all over Texas.

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The beginning and end of First National Bank of Teague

In 1906, the First National Bank was heralded as being the first fine brick establishment in Teague. The building began in 1906 and the bank opened in 1907. Teague was considered one of the most modern cities in Texas at the time.

Editor’s note: At the time the late Miss McVey wrote this article the First National Bank was still in business, however, on November 14, 1985 the Washington D.C. Office of the Comptroller of Currency declared the 58 year old bank insolvent. The following are two articles, the first article is about the fine new bank in the new City of Teague and the second article tells about the fall of the First National Bank of Teague.

The First National Bank opened for business on April 11, 1906. Built on the northwest corner of Main Street and 4th Avenue, this bank building was also Teague’s first brick business establishment. The bank facilities occupied the lower floor while the telephone company and professional offices were housed on the upper floor.

Serving as president of this bank in 1906 was W.E. Richards, who, at that time was also president of the valley Route Townsite Company. Mike Sweeney of the “Boll Weevil” was vice-president and E.B. St. Clair, cashier. Bank directors included Gorden King, W.J. Lott, T.J. Hall, Mike Sweeney, Joseph Nussbaum, William Malone and W.E. Richards. There were 33 shareholders in this bank, many of whom were officials of the T. & B.V. Railway, bankers from other cities in addition to many local business men. In April, 1907, W.M. Peck of Corsicana was elected vice-president and E. B. St. Clair was made a director...

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Longtime newsman Willis Webb passes away at age 79

Word has come down from the mountain that Teague native and journalist extraordinaire Willis Webb passed away Monday, July 18th in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he and “life mate” Julie have lived for the past several years. Willis, who became my friend some five years ago, had a newspaper career that spanned close to...

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Rebate checks shows decrease

The City of Teague has received a check in the amount of $31,803.24 for their portion of the state sales tax rebate sent out each month by the State Comptroller’s office. The July rebate check is a 44.45 percent decrease from the $57,256.62 check sent to the city at this time last year. For the seven months of 2016 the City of Teague has...

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XTO donates funds to TVFD and 34 other departments

XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation announced that volunteer fire departments in Teague, Fairfield, Dew, Donie Groesbeck, Jewett, and Streetman are seven of 35 fire departments throughout East Texs that have received contributions totaling $57,500. to help fund emergency services. “Volunteer fire departments play an...

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