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Sunday, February 07, 2016

UIL Reclassification and Realignment

TEAGUE CHIEF OF POLICE, Dan Ramsey, swore in three new reserve officers to back-up the full-time offices on the Teague Police Department. This was an exciting time, new officers being sworn in for the first time. All three officers are December 2015 Police Academy graduates. “A lot of things are going on right now and we are turning the department around with lots of new technology to keep the Teague Police Department on top,” said Chief Ramsey. “With good officers good equipment and citizen support we can have a safe place to live.” Pictured (l to r) are David Keale, Markeisha Cox and Weldon Alexander.

Following the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL) release of their Reclassification and Realignment on Monday morning, the Teague Lions find themselves playing football for the next two years in an eight-team district instead of a six-team district as in years past.

The Lions remain in Conference 3A, Division 1, Region 3, District 9 as does Elkhart, Eustace, Malakoff, and Palestine Westwood. Kemp was the only team uprooted from District 9 and moved into District 6. New teams added to District 9 include Groesbeck, West and Whitney

“We were not expecting that to happen at all. It was a complete surprise,” said THS Athletic Director Donny Osborn, about the Lion’s playing in an eight-team district.

Osborn noted that while in a six-team district all but two teams made the play-offs, but in an eight-team district, half of the teams will be sitting at home come play-off time since only the top four teams advance to the playoffs.

The second year Athletic Director who has had the Lions in a legitimate hunt for a state championship in football the past two years says that the Lions are still the team to beat in District 9 and he doesn’t see anybody in the District he doesn’t think his football team can’t beat.

District 9 Coaches will meet this week to determine the District schedule for the next two years.

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1st Annual Teague Alumni Basketball Games are Saturday

A RETIREMENT PARTY was held for long-time Public Works Director Gus Ramirez on Friday, January 29, 2016, at the Teague Community Center. Mr. Ramirez retired with 42 years of service to communities with 14 years spent at the City of Teague. Pictured with Ramirez (far right) is the new Teague Public Works Director, Danny Thomas and Teague City Administrator, Judy Keally.

The 1st Annual Teague Alumni Weekend Basketball Games will take place at the high school gym in Teague this Saturday, February 6th.  Teague Alumni will come together and play Odd Years versus Even Years.  It’s being billed as a mini homecoming sort of speak.  Alumni from 1973 to 2015 can participate in the event, that was put on by Coach Dexter Patrick.  “When I first thought about doing this, I just wanted to do something for the community that also could help the athletic program,” said Coach Patrick. “The weekends around Teague sometimes can be a little boring, and this gives families something they can do together.” 

There will be four games (two for women and two for men) starting at 5 p.m.   There will be a free throw and 3 point contest that you can sign up for at 4pm.   There will also be a live DJ playing music and good food to eat, along with raffles for prizes and bids for homemade cakes and pies.  Come out and support the Alumni this Saturday.  

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FCSO Deputies get new bulletproof vests

Sgt. Clayton Aldrich of the Freestone County Sheriff’s Office is shown being fitted for a bullet proof vest by Robert Arbuckle with GT Distributors.

In an effort to protect his deputies, Freestone County Sheriff, Don Anderson, has purchased new Ballistic Vests to replace all of the old ones still in use. According to experts at Safari Land/GT Distributers, in Austin, vests worn on a regular shift basis has a protective life span of approximately 5 years. All of the vests at the Sheriff’s Office were more than 5 years old.

“We knew we needed them but the problem was getting the over $9,000 that the vests cost to maintain the safety of the officers,” said Sheriff Anderson. “It is so rare, in Law Enforcement, that an opportunity comes up to outfit a whole department with protective gear.”

Sgt. Dusty Brewer handled the negotiations with GT Distribution. The total cost for 13 vests and three other more protective plates that would be used when more protection was necessary. To cover the $9,000 plus, $3,000 was furnished out of the county budget and were approved during budget time. Another $6,288.33 will come out of forfeiture money that is controlled by the Sheriff. Forfeiture money comes from confiscating items as such would happen in a drug raid or other illegal circumstances. In this case, the forfeiture fund was considerably more than usual giving the Sheriff this rare opportunity of outfit every officer with a new vest....

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