Monday, October 20, 2014

Early voting begins Monday, October 20

THE TEAGUE CHAMBER OF Commerce has chosen the Booker T. Washington Alumni Association as the October 2014 Chamber Member of the Month. BTW alumni pictured are (l to r) Loisey Mims, Dena Brown, Bobbie Plummer, Christene Wilson, Melba J. Price, Marie Jordan, Doris Nealy, Billie Stephens Reed, Janice Dawkins, Lovie Whyte, Linda Ingram, Homer Brown, Carolyn Milton and Travis A. Howard.

Early voting in the November 4th General Election begins next Monday, October 20th and runs through Friday, October 31st at the Freestone County Courthouse Annex II building in Fairfield. Early votes can be cast Monday – Friday at the Fairfield location at 440 East Main Street from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In Teague, early ballots can be cast at Teague City Hall, Monday, October 20th – Friday, October 24th from 8a.m. – 5 p.m. In Donie, Wortham and Dew, early ballots can be cast on Saturday, October 25th at the Donie Community Center, Wortham Community Center and Dew School from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m at each location.

Statewide, Texans will be asked to fill a number of state offices including Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Comptroller, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of the General Land Office, and Railroad Commissioner. Voters will also fill numerous other State Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals positions.

On the County level, only one race is contested and that will only appear on the ballot of voters in Precinct 3. The contested race is for Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace and is between Democratic incumbent Beth Gibson Ireland and Republican challenger Cinnamon Archibald...

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Judy Bottoms has enjoyed a full life

Judy Bottoms

Julia McCollum was born March 25, 1930, in Teague, to George and Alma McCollum, the third of eight children. She attended O.M. Roberts and Teague High Schools for all of her schooling, until the last six months of her senior year.

“It was the thing to do at noon, to eat your lunch and then several friends would go down Main Street to see if the stores had gotten anything new,” said Judy. “It was post-war and still news when they did.” It was on one of those “noon walks” that Judy first saw Wade Bottoms, her future husband. He was on crutches and she told her friends, “Ah, that’s the one – I can catch him!” She had no idea who he was.

Wade had spent his first year home in military hospitals after being in a Japanese prisoner for three years and almost six months. He was on Corregidor and General Wainwright surrendered all of them. He was not released until after Japan was defeated...

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