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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Livestock sale totals $324,625Livestock sale totals $324,625

THE 2017 VOLUME BUYER at the Freestone County Fair Livestock Sale this year was GDR Holdings, LLC.  Their purchases totaled $22,975 in the youth livestock sale on Saturday. Pictured with the Volume Buyer buckle are (left to right) Clint Minchew (Freestone Co. Fair Board), Janet Sustaire,  David Sustaire, and Will McSwane (Freestone County Fair Board). Mr. & Mrs. Sustaire were representing GDR Holdings.

Unofficial totals from Saturday’s Freestone County Fair Livestock Sale totaled $324,625.00, down slightly from last year’s total but still a very impressive amount. After the last lot was sold and adding machines cooled down, buyers had spent $217,000 with an additional $107,000 coming as add-ons to help increase the totals to the county youths with animals in the livestock sale. The total should increase some this week or so as additional add-on money trickles in. Once again, the Freestone County Livestock Show and Sale proved to be a good yet again this year. Prior to the sale getting underway in the Ike Caren Pavilion at the Fairgrounds, Fair Board member Clint Minchew made a special presentation to the McSwane family for all the years of involvement, guidance and didication that the McSwane family had provided to the fair and youth of the county. W.R. McSwane passed away earlier this year. Buzaz Russel; l from KNES was also honored for his committment to the Freestone County Fair and Rodeo. The first twelve lots sold at the sale are the Grand and Reserve Champions.

The Grand Champion Steer, shown by Logan Todd, sold to NIP Ranch/Ivy Phillips for $14,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Steer, shown by Annie Oakes, sold to MD Construction for $8,000. The Grand Champion Hog, shown by Cole Coulfel was purchased by GDR Holdings, LLC for $5,000 and the Reserve Grand Champion Hog, shown by Shalee B. Wwarson, sold to XTO Energy for $2,800. Kade Kimball showed the Grand Champion Lamb. It was bought by Dick Scott Ford for a total of $3,500. The Reserve Grand Champion Lamb, shown by Madilyn Isaacs, sold to Texas Bit & Asphalt for $3,000. The Grand Champion Goat, shown by Rylee Stacks, was bought by Freestone County Farm Bureau for a total of $3,000. Carson Sifford was the exhibitor for the Grand Champion Poultry that sold for $2,000. The buyer for the poultry was Citizens State Bank in Teague. The Reserve Grand Champion Poultry was shown by Chloe Sifford and bought by Bush’s Chicken for $1,975. The Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits was shown by Jake Hagen and was bought by Community National Bank & Trust for $2,500. The Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits was sold to NIP Ranch/Ivy Phillips for $2,475. Blake Phillips was the exhibitor....

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Agrees not to spray for mosquitos... City receives solid financial report

CONGRESSMAN WILLIAM (Bill) Hose Flores, Sr. is the Representative for Texas 17th Congressional District. He came to Teague, Texas on Saturday, June 17, 2017, to speak at the Vietnam Era Veterans Commemoration, held at the Historic Teague Hotel. Many were gathered to honor the Vietnam Veterans and to hear Congressman Flores speak.

Teague City Council members approved the 2015-16 year end audit after receiving a good report concerning the city’s finances from Frank Steele, CPA, representative from Anderson, Marx, and Bohl, Certified Public Accountants, while meeting in regular session on Monday evening, June 19th at City Hall. “I compliment you on making the correct choices,” said Steele, while going thru the various sections of the year-end audit with council members. “You’re in good shape financially and you have done as good of a job as you could have done.” Steele added that the city has some $3.3 million dollars available to them if needed and complimented council members on making solid financial choices for the citizens of Teague. Council members approved a motion to accept the year-end audit and findings from the CPA firm by a 5-0 vote. City council members voted not to spray for mosquitoes this year due to the ineffectiveness of spraying and the adverse health conditions it could cause to area residents. Julie Dawson spoke to the council against spraying for mosquitoes adding that the CDC lists the ingredients in the spray as possibly causing cancer and dangerous for the elderly and anybody with respiratory problems. Councilwoman Marie Hertenberger was also against the spraying in the city limits and made a motion to eliminate the practice of spraying completely. The motion was approved by a 5-0 vote. In the absence of Mayor Earnest Pack, Mayor Pro-Tem Marilyn Michaud read and signed a proclamation declaring August 4th – 6th, 2017 as Booker T. Washington/J.A. Brooks School Weekend in the City of Teague. A number of former students and reunion committee members were in attendance for the reading of the proclamation and photograph, which will appear in next week’s issue. Council members approved a resolution to apply for a 50/50 Routine Airport Maintenance Program (RAMP Grant) for the Teague Municipal Airport. Council members appropriated $3,030 from the fund reserve for repair to the city pier and lights at the City Lake and $4,405 for installation of four new lights at the Neil Walker and Thomas baseball fields in the City Park. Council members also approved a sewer replacement project in the alleys between the 800 block of Pecan and Walnut to repair long-standing problems in the area.

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Teague Rodeo expands to four day run this year

Now that the Freestone County Fair and Rodeo is over, it’s time to gear up for the 88th Annual Teague 4th of July Rodeo. This year is a little different as Wednesday 28th, will be for SLACK. The Teague Rodeo Parade, that will kick off the rest of the three days of action at the rodeo, will begin on Thursday, June 29th in downtown Teague. The parade will roll down Main Street, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ends at the rodeo arena for the first night of the...

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