Friday, August 26, 2016

TISD opens new Technology Facility

THE NEW TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT facility is housed in the former Athletic Field House

Teague ISD is proud to announce the opening of a new Technology Department Facility on August 1, 2016. The Technology Department is now housed in the former Athletic Field House building. The building is located adjacent to the Agriculture Building on the south end of the Junior High/High School campus. The district has repurposed the building by remodeling the interior to accommodate office areas for technology staff, technology repair areas, warehouse storage, and a Technology Training Lab.

The Technology Training Lab is a 630 square feet area with twenty computer workstations and a presentation station. The presentation station consists of a presenter laptop, interactive projector, and document camera. The Training Lab is used to conduct technology related staff development sessions for Teague ISD staff and provide overflow computer lab access to students as needed...


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First Responders Bar-B-Que Cook-Off to be at Parkfest

TEAGUE LION COACHES moved up and down the field with their players during the Lion’s first scrimmage of the year last Saturday morning against Robinson. The Lion’s will host Troy in the second and final scrimmage of the year this Thursday at 7 p.m. in Lion Stadium. School in Teague starts Monday morning, August 22nd.

It’s official. The Teague Chamber of Commerce will hold the first annual All First Responders (Firemen - EMS - Police Department) Bar-B-Que Cook-Off Competition in conjunction with Parkfest 2016 on Saturday, October 29th.

The event is open to all emergency service providers within driving distance. The four categories in the cook-off are brisket, chicken, ribs and cook’s choice. A jack pot bean contest will also be held. First place teams in all four events will receive super-sized trophies and bragging rights for a full year, at which time they will have to compete to defend their titles.

Cash prizes and “better luck next time” trophies will be awarded to 2nd and 3rd place teams. Cost to enter the cook-off is $80 per team, which does not include entry into the jackpot bean contest, which is held separately and just between participating teams.

So if your emergency service provider group is interested in a little friendly competition while having a big time under the Oak trees at the Teague City Park, start making your plans now.

RV sites will be available on a first come first serve basis.

For more information, contact Steve Massey at 903-388-6511 (cell) or 254-739-2141 (work).

Entry fees can be sent to: Teague Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 484, Teague, TX 75860.

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Audit Report is “Spectacular”

FOUR YEAR-OLD CASE WILLIAMS with TPD Chief Daniel Ramsey presented a $2,500 donation to Mayor Earnest Pack (right) to help purchase a drug dog for the Teague Police Department. The presentation was made at the Teague City Council meeting Monday evening, August 15th. Case has had two lemonade stands to collect money for the dog and had collected a whopping $2,500 so far.

Teague City Council members received compliments on their 2014-15 audit, adopted the 2016-2017 proposed budget, approved a $22,500 EDC Grant to Rancho Nuevo and agreed to relocating the Teague Police Department to the Halbert Building on Main Street during action taken Monday evening, August 15th at City Hall.

“This is the kind of report you want to mark on your wall, it’s a spectacular report,” said Frank Steele, C.P.A., representative from Anderson, Marx and Bohl, Certified Public Accountants about the city’s 2014-2015 fiscal year audit presentation and findings. Steele went through the report noting items where the city increased revenues and where they didn’t spend everything budgeted in several departments. He said the budget showed a $400,000 increase in the general fund and an increased fund balance of some $255,000 in the water and sewer fund.

Steele said he would consider Teague’s audit report to be the best he’s seen from the dozen or so rural towns his company performs audits for.

After the audit report, Council members agreed to employ Anderson, Marx and Bohl to conduct the audit for the City’s 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Following a short budget hearing with no participation by community members in attendance at the meeting, Council members approved and adopted the 2016-2017 proposed budget. While the council held the tax rate at the same as last year, increases in water and sewer rate for customers were included in the budget to make up a shortfall of some $400,000 to balance the budget.

It was estimated that the increases in the rates for a family of four would be approximately $15 to $20 per month. The increases include bumping the cost of the first 2,000 gallons of water use from $17.33 to $20 per month, sewer rates for the first $2000 gallons of water from $19.58 to $20 per month and a dollar increase for each additional 1,000 gallons of water used from $3.10 to $4.10 per month.

Council members then amended the budget they just approved to include $86,000 in fees for the South FM 80 water project. The FM 80 project is part of keeping a commitment to residents in that area, which were annexed into the city limits a number of years ago. The project calls for replacing small water lines with larger one that will support the use of fire hydrants.

Council members gave TPD Chief Ramsey the authority to relocate the Teague Police Department to the Halbert building...

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1st Annual... Joe Max Wilson Labor Day Weekend Golf Scramble set

MASON MONTGOMERY, of Teague, decided that for his 11th birthday he would rather everyone brought water and Gatorade for the Teague Fire Department instead of presents. On Tuesday, August 9th Mason was able to deliver almost a full truck load of water and Gatorade to refresh the firemen when they are fighting fires. “I know that it gets hot for them out there so I thought it would be the best thing to do,” said Mason. The firemen showed their appreciation by giving Mason a ride in the big fire truck. Mason is pictured (l to r) with firemen Justin Romine, Teague Fire Chief, Jody Bodine; Ty Scruggs, Stephen Smith, Tim Hedrick and Douglas Allen.

Tri-County Golf Club at the Vineyards will hold the 1st Annual Joe Max Wilson Labor Day Weekend Golf Scramble on Saturday, September 3rd. Tee off time is set for 10 a.m.

The Golf Scramble is just part of the many activities planned by the Beaird family and club as they turn back time to the Labor Day festivities held at the club during the 1970’s an d 80’s which were enjoyed by everyone who attended.

A full list of activities should be available in time for next week’s issue of The Chronicle. Mark your calendars now to make plans to attend this special day.

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Yoakum credited with naming Teague


Editor’s note: This story about the man who named Teague after his mother’s family is one of the many historic stories written by the late Miss Dorothy McVey who was instrumental in giving the people of Teague the B-RI Railroad and Historical Museum. This interesting museum will forever teach the history of Teague to future generations.

–By Dorothy McVey–

Benjamin Franklin Yoakum, noted railroad builder, is credited for naming the town of Teague when a bunch of his Trinity & Brazos Valley Railway came through the village of Brewer Prairie in 1906.

He was the son of Narcissus (Teague) and Franklin L. Yoakum and was born near Tehuacana in Limestone County on August 20, 1859.

Narcissus Teague had a brother, John Teague, who lived in the Holman Prairie Community about two and one-half miles west of Teague. He was the father of Betty Teague who became one of the charter members of the First Presbyterian Church in Teague when it was organized in 1907.

From the obscurity of a small Texas farm, Benjamin F. Yoakum rose to fame as an empire builder, a leading railroad man, and a recognized authority as an agrarian and economist.

During the depression of 1907 when money could not be drawn out of banks and Teague railroad men could not pay for their meals at their boarding houses, they poured out their grievances to railroad Superintendent Flynn. He, in turn, appealed to B.F. Yoakum who, at that time, was President of the Empire Bond & Mortgage Company in New York. Within three days, Yoakum came to Teague in his private railroad car carrying a whole armful of money -- sacks of five, ten, and twenty-dollar gold pieces totaling $50,000. He deposited $25,000 in each of the two banks in Teague with the understanding that all checks of his men would be cashed. That ended the 1907 depression as far as Teague was concerned...

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Dallas man offers to pay for new pool

Details are still a little sketchy, but a Dallas man has reportedly offered to help financially with Teague getting its swimming pool back in order. Donna Senter of Teague spoke to City Council members Monday evening and informed them of the offer. The man, Tony Barbro, is Fenton Smith’s nephew and the grandson of Smith’s mother. Senter said that all he wants in return for possibly footing...

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State Leaders Fight to Derail Railway’s High-Speed Land Grab Key

State lawmakers signal strong support for a Grimes County ordinance to prevent a foreign-owned high-speed rail company from compromising access to county roadways.  AUSTIN, TX -- On Tuesday, the Grimes County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to require high-speed rail developers to provide sufficient proof of their eminent domain authority and acquire a county permit before constructing a rail line over county roads...

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Chamber to hold Spirit Contest at Homecoming

Hundreds of Teague High School ex-students will be returning to Teague for Homecoming this October and the Teague Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure area businesses decorate for the occasion.

As a special incentive, the Chamber will award the business judged exhibiting the most “School Spirit” with their decoration with a nice and crisp $100 bill.

Start thinking about your decorations now, Homecoming 2016 will be here before you know it.

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Lions kick-off season Friday night against Caldwell

2016 Teague High School Varsity Lion Football Team

Coming off the most successful season in school history, the Teague Lions will kick-off the 2016 football season this Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on the road against Caldwell High School. “Caldwell is going to be a good test for us right out of the box,” says third year Athletic Director/Head Coach Donnie Osborn about this year’s squad. The Lion’s are returning five starters on offense and five starters on defense from last year’s team, which went 11-2 and made it to the state quarterfinals. “We’ll know a lot more about us after Friday night, Caldwell is a pretty good team, so it should be a good game. If our offense jells together and starts firing on all cylinders then we are going to be all right”. Coach Osborn says his defense is solid and didn’t give up a touchdown during scrimmages against Robinson and Troy, while his offense scored eight times. The Lions lost four offensive linemen to graduation last year and lone returner Marcus Williams will be joined up front this season by Isaiah Bell, Lawson Allison, Jacob Maggard and Fred Harper. “We’ve got the potential to have another really good season. If we play Teague Lion football we’re going to be hard to beat,” added Osborn. Running the offense on the field will be junior quarterback Antonio Heard. “Antonio’s very talented, he just lacks experience playing the position,” noted Osborn. “He played very well in both scrimmages and will get better as he gains experience with each game he plays under the Friday night...

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By Trinity Star Arts Council... Fall Arts Fest announced

NEW TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS in the TISD this school year include (front row l to r) Cindy Ploch, Diagnostician; Megan McMullen, High School Chemistry; Tracie Ezell, High School Counselor; Dana Cotton, High School English; and Amber Brockman, 8th ELAR. Back row (l to r) are Kevin Davis, Special Education Junior High; Megan Cockerham, Paraprofessional Junior High Lifeskills; Jill Hennesey, 7th Grade Writing; Kurt Zotz, Assistant Band Director; and Curtis Chiles, Jr. High Assistant Principal.

Kick off the 2016 fall season by experiencing Trinity Star Arts Council’s unique annual Fall Arts Fest on Saturday, October 1. What began several years ago as an evening to celebrate jazz and art has evolved into a full day of family-oriented festivities including live music, art exhibits and food vendors. The event will feature readings from “Hank the Cowdog” by author John R. Erickson, along with many other exciting children’s activities. Tin Top Road Bluegrass Band, C.S.O. Lite, Aggie Wranglers, Le Theatre de Marionette, Freestone Critters by FISD students, singers, balloon twisters, face-painters, local cuisine and the crowning of Scarecrow Royalty all make this a “must-do day!” The free event will be held on the courthouse square in Fairfield and is sponsored by Trinity Star Arts Council, whose mission is to present The Arts through education and participation in our community. Major funding is provided by the City of Fairfield and Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA.) Other sponsors include Community National Bank, Farmers State Bank, Freestone Chrysler Dodge Jeep/Lone Star Chevrolet, Stan Waldrip and Incommons Bank. For more information, visit www.trinitystarartscouncil.org.

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West receives long overdue WWII Victory Medal

WORLD WAR II VETERAN E.E. West (left) was recently presented with his WWII Victory Medal and VFW Outstanding Service Certificate from Post Quartermaster Carl Robertson.

Nine members of the Fairfield Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, attended a ceremony on August 6th to present the World War II Victory Medal to Emory Everett (E. E.) West. Comrade West, who resides in Teague, saw foreign combat duty in Germany and has been a member of the Fairfield Post since the early seventies. Seventy years after the war, the well deserved and long delayed Victory Medal was awarded to E. E. West West’s biography is typical for many men of “America’s Greatest Generation” in that he not only fought for the defense of his country’s freedom during the war, but he also had a great career after the war and made a great contribution to his local community. When war broke out, E. E. West joined the US Army. He soon shipped out to Le Havre, France and went on to Bamberg Germany. There he was put in charge of a ten man Military Police squad charged with the defense of a Supply Depot and the US Post in general. During 11 months of combat skirmishes with German insurgents, West never lost any of his men. He was discharged in February 1947. Upon his return to Teague after the war, he hired on with the Rock Island Railroad Line as a fireman and was eventually promoted to engineer. In that capacity, he ferried rail shipments from Houston to Galveston for many years. As a charter member of the Fairfield VFW Post, West has held numerous offices. Most recently, he was Post Judge Advocate for the 2015-2016 operations year. Fairfield VFW Post Commander, Roger Brooke stated that E. E. West has the respect and admiration of all of the men of the VFW at the Post as well as at the District levels. He added, “We all appreciate the great war that the men of his generation waged to keep America free and we appreciate their valuable contribution to American society after the war.”

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Dew Fireman hit by vehicle while working accident on I-45 Sunday

A Dew Volunteer Fireman was reportedly struck by a vehicle while he was helping work an accident on Interstate 45 Sunday morning, August 20th. The fireman was transported to the emergency room and later released with minor injuries. “Incidents like these stress the importance of slowing down and paying attention when approaching an emergency scene,” said a post from the Teague Volunteer Fire Department about the accident. “Do not use your phone...

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In downtown Wortham... Blues Festivals set for Sept. 10th

The Wortham Area Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 2016 Blind Lemon Jefferson Blues Festival on the brick streets of downtown Wortham on Saturday, September 10th. This year’s blues festival features One Less Monkey from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Mike Morgan and the Crawl from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; and Bobbie Mercy Oliver & the Jam City Revue from 10:00 – 11:30 p.m. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. and tickets are...

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