Monday, April 24, 2017

Thought to be 103 years old and appraised at $56,000... Stained Glass dedicated in new Forney home

THE BEAUTIFUL STAINED GLASS WINDOW that adorned the front of the old First Presbyterian Church of Teague has been completely restored and installed in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Forney. The work of art left an impression in the hearts and minds of many Teague residents who attend the church and will continue to do so as it looks to serve the citizens of Forney for many more years to come.

On Sunday March 26, 2017, at a special evening service to install the Rev. David Ivie as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Forney, the stained glass from First Presbyterian Church of Teague was dedicated to the glory of God. The special service began at 4:00 PM and was conducted by a 7-member commission of Grace Presbytery. After Rev. Ivie was duly installed as Pastor, he invited the congregation to dedicate to God the work of art from Teague. Former Pastor Rev. Kathy Collier, now retired and living in Corsicana, read John 20:11-18, the scriptural basis for the scene depicted in the stained glass where Jesus greets Mary at the empty tomb, calls her by name, and charges her to go and tell others she has “seen the Lord.” Then Rev. Collier told the story of how the stained glass serendipitously came to Forney through the work of Jo Nita Cannon of the Teague Historical Preservation Society and Terry Cunningham of Cunningham Construction (Hillsboro), who felt the stained glass should be donated rather than sold for profit. A connection was made through Grace Presbytery and Mr. Cunningham moved the piece to Forney for $400 in February 2012; it remained in storage until August 2016 when work began. After Rev. Collier’s comments, ruling elder Don DeJong of FPC Forney led the gathered in a Litany of Dedication and Prayer. Of the 97 people attending, special guests were Margie Davis Pate, her sister Susan Davis Lancaster, and Mr. & Mrs. Carl Dean Shields who had grown up in the Teague Presbyterian church. Ms. Pate said they were “pleasantly overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and gratitude shown for the stained glass”. Attending the service allowed them to turn what was a bittersweet moment of leaving the church in 2003 to an assurance that now the beloved stained glass is in the right place and will be treasured and well-maintained for years to come. The restoration was completed by Willet Hauser Architectural Glass Company of Winona, Minnesota. Project Manager was Reed Oliver, who said there was “something special” about this piece and it became “more than a project” for him. Several pieces were badly damaged, and parts had to be painted by hand. Restorers were able to keep the original wood frame, but it had to be painted to hide sections which needed substantial repairs. The Teague church was constructed in 1914, so it is thought that the stained glass is now 103 years old. It is appraised at $56,000 for replacement. In the Teague church, the work of art was used as a window in the front of the building and was thus exposed to weather. In Forney, the glass is completely protected, installed on the inside wall of the sanctuary. Unfortunately it is no longer visible from the outside, yet it is the now the centerpiece in the church’s worship, directly behind the communion table and pulpit. It is backlit with a 12 strands of LED lights. Rev. Ivie said, “I am proud that my first act as pastor...

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Pool fund drained for new fire hydrants

NINTY-FIVE YEAR OLD Lord’s Community Storehouse Volunteer Florence Barker received the Citizen of the Year Award at the Teague Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Banquet held Thursday evening, April 13th. Pictured presenting the award to Barker, who worked for 24 years as an assistant for Drs. Gage and Halbert, is Bro. Scott Matthews, pastor of First Baptist Church of Teague. The Teague Historical Preservation Society was named the Organization of the Year and Carter Enterprises (Pizza Hut and Subway) was named the Business of the Year. See related photos on page 9.

After approving a plan in March to begin working on an ongoing fire hydrant problem dating back almost 10 years, Teague City Council members approved $81,450 for the replacement of 12 fire hydrants scattered throughout the city. Only $10,000 was budgeted this year for fire hydrants and council members agreed quickly that the money they needed shouldn’t come out of the $1.3 million in reserved funds the city has put away, but to appropriate the funds from the city’s swimming pool account that carried a balance of $98,435. City of Teague Fire Inspector Matt Gillet presented the city a detailed power point presentation in March showing the fire hydrant issues throughout the city. He gave the city a list of 12 “crucial” fire hydrants that needed to be replaced and six that needed to be repaired. The fire hydrants on Gillet’s list to be replaced in upcoming months are located at Hwy. 179 and Red Bud Lane, North 8th and Chestnut, across from 415 Webb Avenue, North 5th and Chestnut, North 4th and Ash Street, Hwy. 84 across from Marc’s Shop, South 4th and Oak Street, Jefferson and Burnim Street, N. 5th and Maple Street, Main and 4th Street, Main and 5th Street, and South FM 80 and Adams Street. Council members approved the firm of Utility Solutions from Kayuga to perform the work on installing the fire hydrants. Council members are hoping that all 12 of the hydrants are hooked to 6-inch water line, but are not sure what they will find once construction gets underway. Teague City Council members approved the measures to perform the work and appropriated the funds to pay for it while meeting in regular session on Monday evening, April 17th at City Hall. Mayor Pro-Tem Ron Rasbeary presided over the meeting in the absence of Mayor Earnest Pack. Present were council members Melvin Mims, Marie Hartenberger, Chris Nickleberry and Marilyn Michaud. Council members approved a resolution authorizing the Mayor to adopt an investment policy for city money following information presented by City Administrator Theresa Prasil. The new City Administrator recently attended a school and discovered the city needs an investment policy to follow state and local guidelines to make sure their money is invested safely. Prasil said the policy would put standards in where the city is required to have them and put internal controls in place. Council members went into executive session to conduct an interview with Kathy Wagoner, who was an applicant for Police Department Secretary/Court Clerk. Upon reopening the meeting, Wagoner was hired for the position. In other action at the meeting, council members agreed to adopt a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) plan. They also agreed to authorize the City Administrator to develop a City of Teague Facebook page, along with closing three bank accounts with zero balances and tabled approving a contract allowing Gus Ramirez to serve as a consultant for the Public Works Department.

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Richard Dowling coming May 5th... TSAC bringing nationally acclaimed artist to county

RICHARD DOWLING performed the complete piano works of Scott Joplin at Carnegie Hall, New York City, on April 1, 2017, exactly one hundred years after Joplin’s death. He’ll be in Freestone County May 5th.

Trinity Star Arts Council proudly presents nationally-acclaimed artist Richard Dowling performing “GREAT SCOTT!—A Centennial Celebration of Scott Joplin’s Ragtime Piano Music.” This amazing program will be presented on May 5 at 7:00pm at Lakeside United Methodist Church in St. Elmo. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. Mr. Dowling performed the complete piano works of Scott Joplin at Carnegie Hall, New York City, on April 1, 2017, exactly one hundred years after Joplin’s death. He is the first pianist to publicly perform the complete cycle of the composer’s 53 rags, marches and waltzes, several of which were made famous in the 1974 movie, The Sting, such as “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag.” The program here will feature these well-known tunes, as well as many others from the collection. Throughout the current season, Mr. Dowling will be performing the all-Joplin concerts nationwide in celebration of this unique genre of music. He has just released a 3-CD set of this music, to be added to his over a dozen CD’s of classical, chamber, jazz and popular music. He holds advanced degrees from Yale and the University of Texas, including a Doctoral Degree in piano performance. As a Piatigorsky Foundation artist since 1994, he has performed over 1,000 recitals across the USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe. He is a Steinway Artist, as well, and is actively involved in editing, publishing and retailing print music. According to The New York Times, Richard Dowling is an “especially impressive, fine pianist.” With his easy charm, playful sense of humor and boyish good looks, Mr. Dowling is the perfect spokesman for ragtime. Freestone County is very fortunate to be able to experience this artist’s brilliant talent.

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On June 13th... Queen’s to be crowned

Miss Freestone County Scholarship Pageant Organization officials have announced the annual Miss Freestone County competition will be held on June 13th at 7:00 PM. The Miss Freestone County Organization is proud to welcome contestants ages 13-18 living in Freestone County to the competition, which will take place at the Fairfield High School Auditorium. The Miss Freestone County Scholarship Pageant is now under the leadership of Missy Newhouse and Anne Hunt.  “We are very pleased with the local support and the number of intelligent, ambitious, and talented young women who are interested in competing in the 2017 pageant, Newhouse said.” Contestants will compete in 4 phases of competition at the Miss Freestone County Scholarship Pageant, including interview, on stage question, formal wear, and outfit of choice. During the competition, each contestant will also discuss her chosen platform, a social or community issue of concern to herself and our society at large. Contestant entry fee is a $100.  Miss Freestone County Scholarships may be provided by local business, a family, or in honor/memory of a loved one.  Scholarships will be awarded for Top Interview, Runner Up, And Miss Freestone County Winner- in Miss & Teen division. Young Ladies ages 2-4, will be competing in formal wear & outfit of choice.  5-12 Year Old Division will compete in 4 phases: formal wear, mini interview, personal introduction on stage, and outfit of choice. Entry fee is set at $65 per contestant for ages 2-12.  “This is a great pageant for beginner” Newhouse shared.   She will be hosting a Princess Boot Camp Pageant Training on April 29th @ 4 PM in Mexia for ages 5-12.  Important dates for...

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