Sunday, September 25, 2016

For Virginia’s Hospice... Dr. Orms to continue as Medical Director

DR. J. MICHAEL ORMS (center), Medical Director for Virginia’s Hospice, is pictured with staff members (bottom row, l to r) Judy Angel, RN Case Manager, Jerianne Terry, RN Case Manager; Cynthia Alvarado, RN Case Manager; (top row, l to r) Casey Wilson, Administrator; Stacii Lane, Marketer; Susan Steen, RN Branch Manager; Laurie Lane, LVN Clinical Liaison.

Virginia’s Hospice is a small, family-owned Hospice company that was started by Virginia Yap, RN. Virginia worked as a Hospice nurse for 20 years where she raised her son and daughter as hospice volunteers. With Hospice care as her passion, Virginia’s Hospice was established with the main office being in Willis, TX where her husband, Romeo Yap, serves as Medical Director and her son, Nathan serves as the CFO of the company. In July 2012, Virginia’s Hospice expanded hospice services to Teague and Dr. James Michael Orms agreed to serve as Associate Medical Director and in the same year he became board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In May 2014, he achieved board certification as a Hospice Medical Director. Even though Dr. Orms has transitioned from an out-patient family medical practice in Fairfield, TX to Emergency Medical Care, he continues to practice Hospice and Palliative medicine. He now has more time to devote to his family and Hospice practice.In 2014, Virginia’s Hospice was recipient of The Best of Freestone Co. Award in the category of Best Hospice, as chosen by the readers of The Fairfield Recorder. It was also in 2014 that Lisa Wehe, LFNP signed on with the company. Joining the Virginia’s Hospice team in 2015 was Dr. Jeffrey Rettig as Associate Medical Director and in 2016 Dr. Mary Sorial joined the Virginia’s Hospice team along with Veronica Harris, FNP. Currently, Virginia’s staff in Teague has 17 employees consisting of Nurses, Certified Nurse Aides, Social Worker, Spiritual Counselor, Bereavement Coordinator, and Volunteers. All employees are from Teague and surrounding communities. When the word Hospice is mentioned, people tend to have a misconception of what it really means. Hospice is a wonderful service that provides comfort care to patients that have been diagnosed with a terminal illness as well as being a support for the patient’s family. Virginia’s Hospice has a charitable arm, the Virginia’s Hospice Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. This is funded by donations from patients...

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City sells Farmer’s Market

THE TEAGUE HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING BANQUET IN 1962 featured guest speaker, Weldon Owens.  Owens was a well-known newspaper columnist and radio personality in the Dallas area and a graduate of the Teague High School Class of 1927.  Other familiar faces in this photograph include Superintendent and Mrs. Leo Stuver and Board Member and Mrs. Bill Withrow.  This year’s homecoming dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.  Dinner registration forms were mailed out September 2, and may also be accessed online at http://www.teagueexstudentsassociation.weebly.com/ and must be received by Oct. 3.

Teague city council members accepted a bid of $16,000 by a 2-1 vote from Brent Douglas Howard for the Teague Farmer’s Market property located on Main Street during the Council’s regularly scheduled meeting held Monday evening, September 19th at City Hall. The approval of the bid came directly after a request from the Teague Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to allow them to take back possession of the property and to build EDC new office spaces at the location was tabled. EDC Board members Stephanie Burns and Tiffany Maggard made the request and informed the council that after time on the first bidding process on the property ended with no bids submitted, the board decided to build on the property. Burns told the council they wanted to build a new Director’s office, an office for the Chamber of Commerce, and retail space that new businesses could use at a discounted price while they became established. Councilman Ron Rasbeary said that by taking the building back they would eliminate a business that’s ready to come here. “Your job is to bring business to us, not take it away,” said Rasbeary, who then made a motion to table the EDC’s request, which was seconded by Marilyn Michaud, and was approved by a 2-1 vote with Rasbeary and Michaud voting for and Marie Hertenburger voting against the motion. Burns and Maggard reassured Rasbeary and the council they are dedicated to bringing business to Teague and will continue to do so. A motion to sell the property to Brent Douglas Howard was approved by a 2-1 vote with Rasbeary and Michaud voting for and Hertenburger voting against. Howard addressed the council and said he wants to cooperate with the EDC. He said he plans to use the property for a resale shop with antiques and hopes to open within the next year. “I’d like for Teague to become a small Canton, where people will want to come and shop,” noted Howard, adding that he is helping his daughter and Mr. Satterwhite with the building next door to the Farmer’s market property. Council members approved a budget ordinance for fiscal year 2016-2017 and an ordinance adopting the 2016 tax rate of .771846 per $100 valuation. Council members agreed to allow Kickapoo Indians from El Paso, Texas to cut down cattails at the Teague Lake pending a release from liability being signed. The Indians use the cattails for a number of things including houses and roofs. Council members ratified the Mayor’s Proclamation declaring October 4th as “National...

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W.H. McSpadden Grocery Store served Teague

THE FIRST MECHANIZED Delivery truck was a new sight when it was purchased and put to work for Sheffield & McSpadden Grocery. Grandmother McSpadden is pictured with her grandchildren.

Editor’s note: This article is one in a series of historical facts and stories about the beginning of Teague compiled by the late Teague historian Dorothy McVey. Enjoy the story of W.H. McSpadden Grocery, written by his son, Billy McSpadden, and come visit the B-RI Railroad and Historical Museum and see this and many more facts and items from the history of Teague. –By W.H. (Billy) McSpadden Jr.–W.H. (Hardy) McSpadden, born June 25, 1886, came to Teague in 1907, from the small town of Cotter, in North Central Arkansas. He was employed in the grocery business there, when his employer decided to locate one of his businesses in the newly formed railroad town of Teague, in Freestone County, Texas. He was employed in this business, known as Hubbard and Hall Grocery & Mercantile for several years. Their building location was at 5th Avenue and Elm Street, later to become the Dan Green Grocery establishment. In 1911 Mr. McSpadden, with J.R. Sheffield, organized a retail grocery concern. Mr. Sheffield’s interest was bought out by R.L. Whitfield in 1918 and the business was known as Whitfield & McSpadden Grocery. It was located on Main Street, present sight of the Masonic Lodge of Teague. At a later date, McSpadden bought out Whitfield’s interest and it was known as W.H. McSpadden Grocery. He was in business for himself for many years. He retired from the grocery business to run of public office in the 1940s and was elected to six terms as Freestone County Tax Assessor-Collector during which time he lived in Fairfield. In 1911 he had married his childhood sweetheart, Eunice Ogilvie, from his hometown of Mr. Pleasant, Arkansas. They were at home in their residence on S. 8th Avenue where their children were born: J.C., Bernard, W.H. (Billy) Jr. and Garland Ray. Mr. McSpadden passed away at his home on March 25, 1970 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery beside his wife who followed him in death in 1973. He was a Ruling Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Teague for many years.

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Jay Alderman Memorial Scholarship fundraising events are Sept. 23-24

The Jay Alderman Memorial Scholarship Fund Cook-Off, and Horseshoe and Washer tournament is set for this Friday and Saturday, September 23rd and 24th at Neil Walker baseball field behind the Teague City Park. The Cook Off check-in is Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. Cost is $300/ per 3 person max team. Categories include ribs/chicken/brisket/cooks choice.Cook Off trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each catagory, along with a $1200 cash prize...

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FCGMA’s annual banquet is Saturday

The Freestone County Game Management Association will hold their annual banquet on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the VFW in Fairfield. The business meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. and doors open for the banquet at 6:30 p.m.Tickets are $25.00 (children 10 and under are free), which includes a meal, annual membership, a drawing for three different guns, 10 and under youth gun raffle and other items. Other drawings include 40+ guns, deer feeder, deer...

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