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Thursday, January 19, 2017

TSAC performances set Jan. 28th and 29th... ALWAYS...Patsy Cline

TRINITY STAR ARTS COUNCIL Community Theater actors and musicians are busily preparing for their production of “ALWAYS…Patsy Cline,” to be presented on January 28th & 29th in the Teague High School Theater.

George Drayton Boyd will direct the Trinity Star Arts Council’s production of ALWAYS...Patsy Cline, set for two performances in Teague on January 28th and 29th

Created and written by Ted Swindley, ALWAYS...Patsy Cline is based on a true story about the legendary Patsy Cline (played by Joyce Nichols) and her friendship with housewife, Louise Seger. The relationship which began as fan worship, evolved into one of mutual respect. Louise, played by Rachel Bossier, narrates the story of the day in 1961 when she meets Patsy at Houston’s Esquire Ballroom. Afterward, Patsy keeps in touch with her number one fan by writing long, hand-written letters cementing their friendship until the day she dies tragically in a plane crash. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters which were signed, “(Love) ALWAYS...Patsy Cline.” The musical play, complete with down home country humor and real emotion, includes many of Patsy’s timeless hits such as CRAZY, I FALL TO PIECES, SWEET DREAMS and WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT - over two dozen songs in all according to Jeff Harrison, musical director. The cast will be joined by musicians, Daron Stone, keyboard; Samuel Bounds, percussion; Marlis Coursey, fiddle; Steve Partain, guitar and Jeff Harrison, bass. Also appearing will be vocalists Scott Bossier, John Lamb and Larry Weber, all of whom played in the production of Forever Plaid at Palestine’s Texas Theater. Produced by Trinity Star Arts Council, ALWAYS...Patsy Cline opens Saturday, January 28th at 7 p.m. at the impressive Teague High Theatre, US Hwy 84, Teague, TX. A second performance is scheduled for Sunday, January 29th at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $10.00 each and available at Armadillo Emporium in Fairfield, The Teague Chronicle or online at www.TrinityStarArtsCouncil.org. For more information call 903-388-4765.

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2nd Annual... Alumni Basketball games set

NINETEEN TEAGUE LION VARSITY FOOTBALL PLAYERS have been named to the 2016 District 9-3A Division 1 All-District Football Team for their play on the gridiron this past season. Pictured standing next to THS Athletic Director/Head Coach on the back row are (l to r) AJ Weathers, 1st team Wide Receiver; Cooper Jones, 1st team Linebacker; Cooper Richie, 1st team Defensive Line; Tayvis Coleman, 1st team Running Back; Antonio Heard, 1st team Quarterback; Tyrese Heard, Utility Player of the Year; Marcus Williams, Offensive Line Player of the Year; BJ McQuirter, 1st Team Defensive Back; and Jacob Maggard, 1st team Offensive Line. Kneeling (l to r) are Hayden Roberts, 2nd team Linebacker; Mylan Shed, 2nd team Defensive Back; Nakia Scott, 2nd team Offensive Line; Corde Patrick, Honorable Mention Wide Receiver; Jacovy McWilliams, 2nd team Running Back; Lawson Allison, 2nd team Offensive Line; Trevor Cooper, 2nd team Defensive End; and JQ McDaniels, 2nd team Defensive Back. Not pictured are Nathan Vick, 1st team Linebacker; and Ismael Diaz, Honorable Mention Kicker.  

The 2nd Annual Teague Lions Alumni Games will take place Saturday, January 28th, 2017 in the Teague High School competition gymnasium. There will be five games: two Teague Alumni Women’s Games, two Teague Alumni Men’s Games, and an Old School (half-court) Veteran’s Game. There will be odd vs. even graduation year games. The women’s games will start at 3 pm and at 4 pm. The old school veteran’s game will start at 5 pm. and the two men’s games will start at 6pm and 7pm., respectively. (Formats of the games are subject to change depending on the number of participants.) There will also be a 3-point shooting contest (best out of 10 shots), a slam-dunk contest, and a free throw shooting contest (best out of 10 shots) taking place in between games. The 3-point and free throw contests will consist of two rounds, with the top three former students from each contest from round one advancing to the final round. There is a fee of $20 per player to participate in the alumni games and a $5 per person fee to enter the 3-point and free throw shooting contests. All proceeds raised will go to the Teague Lions Activity Fund. (Donations are also welcome if not wanting to participate). There will also be a concession for food, a live DJ with music, and raffle drawings for various prizes throughout the event. Varsity Lion Basketball Coach Dexter Patrick said he wanted to do something for the community again this year. “ I just thought this would be a great way to bring the community together again to do something fun with the whole family. Last year’s alumni game weekend was a success, and we’re looking forward to making this an annual event.” Coach Patrick added that he’s looking forward to seeing all the Teague Alumni and their family members back in action on the court on January 28th. SIGN-UP NOW!!!!!!!! Come out and support a good community event in Teague, on Saturday, January 28th, 2017. For sign-ups or additional information, contact Coach Dexter Patrick at (903) 249-8600 or Coach Shaun Moore at (214) 392-1681. The 2nd Annual Teague Lions Alumni Games will take place Saturday, January 28th, 2017 in the Teague High School competition gymnasium. There will be five games: two Teague Alumni Women’s Games, two Teague Alumni Men’s Games, and an Old School (half-court) Veteran’s Game. There will be odd vs. even graduation year games. The women’s games will start at 3 pm and at 4 pm. The old school veteran’s game will start at 5 pm. and the two men’s games will start at 6pm and 7pm., respectively. (Formats of the games are subject to change depending on the number of participants.) There will also be a 3-point shooting contest (best out of 10 shots), a slam-dunk contest, and a free throw shooting contest (best out of 10 shots) taking place in between games. The 3-point and free throw contests will consist of two rounds, with the top three former students from each contest from round one advancing to the final round. There is a fee of $20 per player to participate in the alumni games and a $5 per person fee to enter the 3-point and free throw shooting contests. All proceeds raised will go to the Teague Lions Activity Fund. (Donations are also welcome if not wanting to participate). There will...

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Built in 1911...St. Mary’s Church

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH under construction in 1911.

Editor’s note: This article is one in a series of historical facts and stories about the beginning of Teague. –By Marguerite Wertz– In the spring of 1909, Mass was celebrated for the first time in Teague, by Father John Gallagher, in the Teague Opera House. Services were afterward held in the Brazos Hall. The first catholic church of Teague, St. Mary’s was built under the direction of Father George Apel, of Marlin, in 1911. The church was a frame building and was constructed by Hannibal Looney (contractor) and his son Charlie Looney. The first Sunday catechism classes were held in the home of Mrs. N.W. Bendy. After completion of the church, the Ladies Alter Society was organized with Mrs. L.P. Bannon, Sr. as president and Mrs. Andy Watson, secretary-treasurer. The first choir was organized under the direction of Mrs. Bendy. Father Gallagher was resident priest and also served the Mexia parish. Catholic families from Mexia and the surrounding communities would make the four hour trip by horse and buggy, bring lunch baskets and celebrate Easter Communion with a picnic after Mass. Bishop Nicholas A. Gallagher administered the Sacrament of confirmation for the first time in Teague. Later, when the Mexia church had a resident priest, Teague St. Mary’s became a mission of Mexia’s St. Mary’s Church. In 1944, Mrs. L.P. Bannon and Mrs. N.W. Bendy were instrumental in obtaining a bell for the church tower. R.E. Johnson, Division Superintendent of the T.&B.V. Railway, gave the bell to the church. The original metal frame, which held the bell had been given to the U.S. Government scrap drive during World War II, which was in progress at the time. The frame had to be replaced with a wooden one. The bell was originally a part of one of the engines brought to Teague from the Colorado an Southern Railroad in the early 1900s, when the Valley Road was being build. It dated back to 1885 (new). The engine was an old coal-burner, which was used for many year by the T.&B.V Railroad until the advent of the oil-burner engines. When the bell was given to St. Mary’s, the engine had been used for a long time as a switch engine in the Teague yards. IN 1969, after St. Mary’s was given a fresh coat of paint and the bell tower was torn down, the bell was donated to the B-RI Railroad Museum. A new metal frame was made for it and in the process of cleaning, the names of its sponsors, S. Bendy and L. Bannon were obliterated. Father Gallagher was succeeded by Father Edward Hynes who served until 1913. The other priests who served both Teague and Mexia churches afterward were: Father Weisenski, 1913 to 1916; Father Joseph Kelly, 1921-1926; Father James R. McCarthy, 1926-1927; Father John J. Casserly, 1927-1942; Father Thomas J. Prendergast, 1943-1947;Father Joseph Coffey served part of 1947 and Father Eugene Braden from January 15, 1948 to March 11, 1948;Father George Elmendorf, 1948-1953;Father F.J. O’Conner, 1953-1961; Father Bernard Mahoney, 1961-1965; Father Stephen P....

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City Administrator resigns

Teague City Administrator Judy Keally resigned from her position with the City of Teague on Friday, January 6th, although it does not become official until the City Council meets on January 16th and accepts the resignation. Mayor Earnest Pack has designated city employee Theresa Prasil as interim City Administrator until the vacant position can be filled.According to Mayor Pack, Mrs. Keally had been thinking about stepping down to City Secretary for some...

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In May Municipal election... Three City Council seats to be filled

Citizens wishing to run for City Council can officially file for one of three positions on the council to be filled this year beginning Wednesday morning, January 18th. The filing period to have your name on the May ballot officially closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 17th. Council members with seats up for election this year include Ron Rasbeary, Place 2; Chris Nickelberry, Place 4; and Marilyn Michaud, Place 5. City council members are elected to two-year terms...

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There’s no place like home

It is my observation that a heart can simultaneously hold conflicting emotions: joy and grief, excitement and dread, love and anger. As I write this, my own heart is home to a couple of contradictory emotions as my parents pack and sell my childhood home in Teague in order to move to Albuquerque, NM, where I live with my husband and little boy. The joy I feel anticipating their arrival here is indescribable. We will never be apart for the holidays and...

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