Monday, April 27, 2015

Watson, Skinner named THS Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Alie Watson and Austin Skinner

Alie Watson and Austin Skinner took top honors as Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, for the Teague High School Class of 2015. Alie Watson was named Valedictorian with a grade point average (GPA) of 4.774 and Austin Skinner was named Salutatorian holding a GPA of 4.75.

Alexandra K. Watson (Alie) is the daughter of Cliff and Janet Watson and has attended Teague schools since moving here in the third grade. She plans to attend Texas A&M University, at College Station, in the fall, to study Kinesiology and hopes to later further her education to become a Physician’s Assistant or a Speech Pathologist. About THS, Alie said, “It’s been a good learning experience. I’m blessed to be in this school. The coaches and teachers have taught me valuable lessons that I can take with me through my college years.”

During her years at Teague High School, Alie has been a member of the National Honor Society from 2013 to the present and president in 2014. She is a member of the Hispanic Honor Society; Student Council and president of her class 2011 to 2014. She is a Lions for the Lord member and on the Journalism Staff...

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A Story of Faith, Hope, Character, and Irony

Once Act Play 2015 at Teague High School

Cast members of Teague High School’s One Act Play “Ville du Harve”, will perform for the last time for the community on Thursday, April 23 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the THS Auditorium. Admission is free!  All are welcome to come celebrate the success of these awesome students and their amazing director.

A group of Teague High School kids and their director taught us a lot this spring. Through hours, days, weeks, and months of preparation, they were able to put together a 40 minute play teaching us a life lesson that inspired everyone who has witnessed it. Ville du Harve, a play written and directed by our own theatre teacher Amanda Guthrie, is based on the hymn “It Is Well”. The play tells the story of two families who struggle through and overcome great tragedies and tremendous heartache through Faith and Hope.

This play was not just a performance where the students put on a show then went back to their everyday lives. These kids lived it! They showed so much character throughout every part of the process. From the commitment of hours and hours of rehearsal, to building a family atmosphere within the cast and crew, to winning at District and Bi-District with humility and grace, to drying their tears while giving a standing ovation to the other plays that advanced from the Area round, our kids showed class in every sense of the word…the same class shown by Horacio Spafford, who inspired the hymn and play.

Irony abounds in the real life story of these OAP kids...

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Plug pulled on pool project by City Council

UTSA STRONGMAN COY JORDEN deadlifted 635.5 pounds in the USA Powerlifting Nationals held recently in Atlanta, Georgia. Coy took first place in the 181 pound weight class with 1703.5 pounds after adding 639 pounds on the squat and 429 pounds on the bench press. Read more in this week's hard copy issue of The Teague Chronicle.

Looks like it’s going to be another long hot summer in Teague. Area citizens who were planning on beating the heat this summer by taking a cool dip in a newly refurbished Teague City Pool that City Council members unanimously voted to reopen during their March 16th meeting might wind up playing with a water hose at home instead.

With time a factor in having the pool reworked, Council members held a special meeting on March 23rd to approve advertising for bids to repair the facility, which has been closed the past two summers, and have it brought up to American Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

With only three of five council members present at the Monday evening, April 20th meeting, the consideration of approving the low bid of $145,460 was tabled until the May meeting. Voting to table the item were council members Marie Hertenburger and Chris Nickleberry. Voting against was Marilyn Michaud. According to City Administrator Judy Keally, had the bid been approved and work began right away the opening of the pool would have fallen in mid June. With the item tabled for a month, the pool project stands a good chance of fading away, like it has the past two summers.

The council has sought bids and made plans to overhaul and bring the swimming pool up to ADA standards since 2013, but have failed in all their attempts due to one reason or another.

With the approval of the low bid tabled, council members tabled the next agenda item, which called for possible action on appropriating funds and amending the 2014-2015 fiscal budget ...

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Traynham was born in Teague in 1926

Used to roller skate in Teague City Park

Jane Traynham

Lela Jane Hartley was born at home in Teague, on October 6, 1926, the fourth child of five children born to James Edward Hartley and Frances Mozelle Cook Hartley. She grew up on the corner of Spruce Street and 6th Avenue with her sisters, Evelyn Hartley Hunt and Marie Hartley McSpadden and her brothers James E. Hartley, Jr. (Buddy) and Joe Hartley.

The children attended O.M. Roberts Elementary School. Jane’s cousin Earle Wylie was in her class as were Bob Compton, Betty French and Velva Jo Magness, to name a few. As a young girl, she and her cousin Earle even took dance lessons together.

They didn’t live far from the city park so the kids went there often. “There was a long sidewalk all the way down the front of the park at that time and we would go there and roller skate,” said Mrs. Traynham. “We had the kind of skates that went on your shoes. Sometimes the skating rink would come to Teague and we all went to that. My brother, Buddy, was a teenager and a very good skater. He could dance and do everything on skates.” Sadly, Buddy was killed serving his country in the Korean War. It was a horrible time for Jane and her family, her parents never completely recovering from the loss.,,

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