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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

To help with medical expenses...Fundraiser for Kassidy Griffith is this Saturday at The Point

220 POUNDS OF CHILI was served to many Teague citizens who came out to help the Teague Volunteer Fire Department raise money to pay off the new fire truck as well as maintenance and up-keep on the fire station, equipment, fire fighting gear and vehicles. The delicious chili and a drink was offered for a donation and the TVFD raised $2400 to keep them going and to keep the citizens of Teague safe.

A fundraiser for Kassidy Griffith, who was severely injured in an automobile accident on the night of January 19th, will be held on Saturday, February 18th, 2017, at The Point Bar, 2838 FM 1365, between Teague and Mexia. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and will remain open until 1:00 a.m. Barbecue Plates will be served as long as supplies last. Other events including a horseshoe tournament, a dart tournament, and a silent auction will also be held during the daylong activities. According to Stacy Griffith, Kassidy’s mother, she is improving everyday. She is speaking and does many things for herself. She has a great attitude and is working very hard to defeat her current deficits. Her mother reports, “She is working very hard to get her legs moving. We are still at Baylor Rehab in Dallas, however, she will be moved to another Dallas facility as she progresses. The road back will still be a long one but the doctors say that she is young and healthy so they are expecting a full recovery.” Kassidy’s family would like to thank everyone from the bottom of their hearts for the caring, love, support and prayers they have given for Kassidy.

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Teague FFA to compete at State Tractor contest

TEAGUE HIGH SCHOOL FFA placed 3rd in the Area 8 Texas FFA Association Tractor Technician Career Development Event at Texas State Technical College in Waco. The team qualified to advance to the State FFA tractor competition in March at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Teague team members are (l to r) Cole Smith, Will Allison, Dillon McAdams, and Colton Gore.

The Teague FFA Ag Mechanics Team qualified to advance to the State FFA tractor competition in March at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo after placing third in Area 8 Competition in Waco on February 8th. Texas State Technical College’s Diesel Equipment Technology program hosted the Texas FFA Association Tractor Technician Career Development Event involving seven high school teams from North and Central Texas. Teague FFA team members include Cole Smith, 16, junior; Will Allison, 18, senior; Dillon McAdams, 18, senior; and Colton Gore, 18, senior. Finishing in first place in Area 8 was Academy High School in Bell County and finishing in second place was Frost High School in Navarro County. Teams of three students took a written test, did a parts identification test and troubleshot John Deere and Kubota tractors donated for the competition by Brazos Valley Equipment and Tipton International, both in Waco. Students drove the tractors once the teams found and fixed the problems. TSTC’s Diesel Equipment Technology program instructors and students created the problems the high school students found in the tractors and served as contest judges. John Bufford, 21, a TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology - Off-Highway Specialization major from Cleburne scheduled to graduate in May, said he enjoyed working with the high school students.

“It’s a pretty fun event,” Bufford said. “I was surprised the students came in and started the tractors up.” John Goebel, a TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology instructor and event organizer, said he wanted the high school students to learn about tractor models and consider the technical college in their academic future. He said several current DET students were in FFA in high school. TSTC offers Diesel Equipment Technology at the Waco, Fort Bend County, Marshall, North Texas and Sweetwater campuses.

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Sales tax... Rebate check increases 19.73%

LADY LION CADY DRAKE nails a 3-pointer during Bi-District action Monday night in Corsicana against Blooming Grove. The Lady Lions won the game 53-39 and will play the winner of Tuesday night’s game between West and Jarrell in Area competition. Date and location was unknown at press-time.

The City of Teague has received a check in the amount of $61,302.93 for their portion of the state sales tax rebate sent out each month by the State Comptroller’s office. The February rebate check is a 19.73 percent increase from the $51,197.66 check sent to the city at this time last year. So far this year, the City of Teague has received $101,100.85, 18.76 percent higher than the $85,128.85 received for the first two months of 2016. Three quarters of all sales tax rebate checks sent to the City of Teague are deposited into the general fund for local operations and the remaining twenty-five percent of the check is deposited into the Teague Economic Development Corporation’s fund account. According to Texas Comptroller, Glenn Hegar, the State of Texas has distributed total net payments of $858.6 million in monthly sales tax revenue to Texas cities for the month of February. The number is 1.0 percent more than the total from 2016. The City of Fairfield received a check in amount of $177,237.03 this month. The check is 18.94 percent less than the $218,668.20 check received at this time last year. So far this year, the City of Fairfield has received $298,677.46 a decrease of 14.00 percent from the $347,338.01 received in January and February of last year. The City of Wortham received a February check totaling $15,121.64. . So far this year, Wortham has received a total of $23,640.38, a 137.57 percent increase over the $9,950.71 received by at this time last year. The City of Streetman received a check in the amount of $3,731.00 this month. The check is 21.15 percent less than the $4,731.78 check received at this time last year. In 2017 Streetman has received a total of 6,726.18, a decrease of 17.41 percent from the $8,144.63 received thru February of 2016. The February sales tax allocations as a whole in Freestone County totaled $257,391.00, a .06 decrease from the $274,596 collected in February of last year. Anderson County February sales tax allocations totaled $643,513.66, a .00 percent increase from the $690,761.13 received at this time last year. So far this year allocations for Anderson County total $690,761.13 a decrease of 00 percent from the 2016 total of $104,897.58 at this time last year. February sales tax allocations for Leon County totaled $176,002.69, 00 percent lower than the $270,553.66 received in February 2016. The 2016 total for February last year was $346,804.16 00 percent higher than the 270,553.16 received in February of this year. Limestone County received sales tax allocations in the amount of $348,800.12, a decrease of .00 percent from last years total of $353,303.38. So far this year Limestone County has received 621,938.85, a 00 percent decrease from the 609,832.35 collected last year. February sales tax allocations for Leon County totaled $176,002.69, a decrease of .00 percent from the $270,553.66 received in February of last year. for the first two months of 2017, Leon County has received $329,607.99, a decrease of 00 percent from the $346,804.16 received at this time last year.

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Co. Attorney Brian Evans releases pleas made February 6 - 7

TEAGUE QUARTERBACK CLUB is selling raffle tickets for their 2017 drawing. The drawing will be held during the Junior High track meet on March 31st. Prizes to be drawn for are: a Savage Axis .243 Rifle with 3x9 Scope; a Remington 870 20ga shotgun; a 32” Flat Screen TV; a K2 Ice Chest and other prizes. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. You need not be present to win. All proceds benefit THS girls and boys Athletics. Pictured are (standing, l to r) Benny Walker, Bill Gauntt, Jackie Dillon; (seated l to r) Charles Bonner and Boomer Johnson.

The following list of pleas were released from the office of Freestone County Attorney, Brian Evans. They were ordered last week in the 77th Judicial District Court with Judge Patrick Simmons presiding. Monday, February 6, 2017: Robert Lee, 2 years deferred probation/Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1<1G; Letina Sims, 7 years TDCJ/Assault Public Servant; Lakedra Green, 3 years deferred probation/Credit/Debit Card Abuse; Jared Parton, 5 years deferred probation/Assault family/House Impede Breath; Colton Harris, 15 years TDCJ/Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child; Edward Adams, 5 years deferred probation/Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1<1G; David Kennedy, 8 years TDCJ counts 1-10/Possession of Child Porn. Tuesday, February 7, 2017: Russell Wiesemeyer, pled to 3 years TDCJ on 3 Bail Jumping Cases and 18 months State Jail on Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1<1G MTA; Kevin Greene, 4 years deferred probation/Theft Property $2,500 - $30K; Jesse Acreman, 15 days County Jail/lesser included Deadly Conduct; David Beachum, 5 years deferred probation/Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1<1G; Jason Sterling, 4 years deferred probation/Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1<1G; Jonathan Simmons: 8 years straight probation/ Assault Family Violence/Impede Breath; Tressa Harrison, 1 year State Jail/Theft of Material/ Motion to Revoke Probation; Melissa Jones, 3 years deferred probation/ Tampering; Charles Powell, 5 years TDCJ/ DWI 3rd or more; Norman Cromeens, 1 day County Jail/Lesser included Assault Bodily Injury.

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