Tuesday, July 07, 2015

DPS Increasing DWI Patrols through July 7

THE “HOE-DOWN” kicking-off the festivities of Western Week in Teague was held at the Teague City Park on Saturday evening, June 27th. Many country music lovers came out to listen to the great country music of Robert Lawhon and watch the boot scooters kick up their heels.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols for a 12-day period that includes the July 4th holiday. From June 26 – July 7, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

“As Texans make their plans for the Fourth of July, DPS is urging everyone to enjoy the holiday responsibly,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Driving while impaired can have deadly consequences, so Texans who plan to drink alcohol should always designate a sober driver or choose alternate forms of transportation. During the holiday, DPS troopers will be increasing patrols to help keep travelers safe and take dangerous drivers off the road.”

During the 2014 July 4th enforcement period, DPS troopers made more than 1,050 DWI arrests during the enforcement period. Of those arrests, 219 were the direct result of a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant, which allowed increased patrols in high-risk locations during times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. During the same period, DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 15,000 speeding citations and more than 2,500 seat belt/child safety seat citations.

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Ruth Brown's life has been full of family, good times

Ruth Brown

Ruth Sikes was born at home on Halloween, in 1937, to Odell and Clarice Sikes. She spent her early years out in the country near Cotton Gin. For a short time her father worked for a shipyard in Houston but was drafted into the United States Army and she and her brother, Leroy Sikes, moved to Mexia with their mother.

While her father was deployed to France, her mother worked at a packing plant and things were pretty good. “On Saturday mother would take us to town to see a movie and get popcorn and cokes,” said Ruth.

Following her father’s discharge, life changed again and became very hard. “My father was a strict man who could be cruel at times to my brother and I and my mother,” said Ruth. “He worked us very hard.”

When she was 15 years old, while in high school at Wortham...

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Collins to represent Teague In TGCA All-Star Basketball

Caitlyn Collins

Caitlyn Collins will get a chance to represent Teague one more time as she will participate in the TGCA All-Star Basketball Game in Austin. The game will be played Friday, July 17th at the Burger Activity Center in Austin, Texas beginning at 10:00 am.

Caitlyn leaves Teague as the all-time girls leading scorer and won two District Championships as a Lady Lion. She will further her education and basketball career at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

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County Clerk plans to issue same sex marriage licenses

Beginning July 1

ALUMNI FROM BOOKER T. WASHINGTON/J.A. Brooks Schools will be holding their biennial school reunion Friday, August 7th through Sunday morning, August 9th, 2015. Many of the “Tiger” alumni came in to see Mayor Pack sign the Proclamation making August 7th –August 9th Booker T. Washington/J.A. Brooks School Weekend. Pictured at the signing are (back row, l to r) Roger Nealy, Lovie Whyte, Loisey Mims, Barbara Jean Plummer, Mildred Dixon, Doris Nealy; (front row, l to r) Marie Jordan, Mayor Pack, Melba Price.

The new Same Sex Marriage law that was approved by the United States Supreme Court Friday is causing upheaval in Texas. Many Texans are opposed to this law claiming religious objections and their rights not to be involved in the process.

In a phone call to Freestone County Clerk Linda Jarvis, she said that the system for marriage licenses had to be revamped prior to being able to issue a license to same sex couples seeking to be married. “We have had calls concerning licensing for same sex marriage and I have given them the option to go to other counties where the systems are already set up for issuing that license,” she said. “Our system should be ready by the first of July.”

When asked about issuing the licenses Ms. Jarvis said, “I signed an oath to honor and uphold the laws of the land. Our office will issue marriage licenses to same sex couples wishing to be married.”

A statement released on Sunday, June 28, 2015, from the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, stated: “I made a request to Attorney General Ken Paxton for a legal opinion on how local elected officials would be impacted if the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage the law of the land. I commend Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for his quick and comprehensive opinion on the very important issue regarding protecting public employee’s rights. As I had hoped when I requested this opinion...

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