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Reflections Of 2011 Recorded In The Teague Chronicle

January 6th:

Lauren Evans earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Sam Houston State University during the December 18th commencement exercise. Evans graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA and ranked number one out of 1,082 students in her graduating class.

Volunteers at the Lord's Community Storehouse were kept very busy on Tuesday, December 29th when the food pantry had to double up on the number of clients receiving food due to the New year Holiday.

January 13th:

The new Teague Jr./Sr. High School is completed but construction is in full swing for the new athletic facilities.

Teague Intermediate School hosted an Elementary/Intermediate UIL Met on December 12th through the 16th. Teague Leon and Buffalo Schools were competing for District Champions. Teague came away with the title of District Champions.

January 20th:

The Teague Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to officially open the Freestone Veterinary Hospital with new owner Dr. Mary Ann Adams.

The old bleachers on the visitors side of Lion Stadium were taken apart and are lying on the grass waiting to be moved to the Teague Rodeo Arena. This will make room for new bleachers expected to hold 900 more visitors than the old ones.

January 27th:

The investigation of an armed robbery at Daniel's Exxon on N. 4th Avenue in Teague on thursday evening January 20th is currently underway by the Teague Police Department.

The Teague High School Tractor Technician Team consisting of Tyler Harris, nathan Jones an Cory Reid took second place at the Area 8 Tractor Technician Contest held January 18th on the campus of TSTC in Waco.

February 3rd:

On Saturday afternoon, January 29, Cotton Gin Lodge No 154 in Irving, Texas, hosted a cake and punch reception in honor of Golden Trowel Award recipient Mr. Olen Ceals Clary, Jr.

With a great smile and an exuberant voice he said, ?my name is Brother Scott; just Brother Scott. This energetic, outgoing man is the new Pastor at First Baptist Church in Teague and there is something about him that you instantly like.

February 10th:

Khloe Kristine Pugh is the first baby born in Freestone County in 2011 and the winner of The Teague Chronicle 1st Baby of 2011 contest. She is the daughter of Ivan McWilliams, Jr. and Corley Pugh of Teague.

T.H.S. Senior Jake McClain has signed an athletic scholarship to play football at Southern Arkansas University.

February 17th:

Ryan Lawrence and Masyel McSwane are Mr. and Miss T.H.S. For 2010-2011. this award is given for scholastic achievement, character, participation in school activities and a willing, positive attitude.

Work is nearing completion at the new Teague Farmers Market set to begin operation this spring. The Teague Economic Development Corporation had the facility built in the 500 block of Main Street in an attempt to bring extra business to downtown.

February 24th:

Joyce Gonzales and miniature horse, Snickers, visited former Teague resident Chad Thomas in Groesbeck for some Equine Smile Therapy.

Congratulations for the 2011 Teague Lion Varsity Boys Basketball Team for winning the District Championship.

March 3rd:

The ?Smokin Hot Pit Stop? Barbecue Team from Freestone County placed in three categories at the 2011 World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest held at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last Weekend. Team members are Brandon Smith, Kevin Gauntt, and Paul Wagoner.

Tommy Wright was honored with a retirement party after 37 years of service with Brookshire Brothers Grocery Stores.

March 10th:

Congratulations to the Teague High School Band for receiving the Sweepstakes Award following the Region 8 UIL Concert & Sight Reading competition in Groesbeck on March 3, 2011.

Chad Thomas was thrilled when THS Athletic Director, Josh Finney and TJHS Principal Donny Osborne visited Chad in Groesbeck LTC. They brought him some Football clothes and a Teague Lion Helmet.

March 17th:

Teague Rotary cLub presented pins to three new members on Tuesday, March 8th. They are Benjamin Neeley, Karen Bayless and Scott Matthews.

The Class of 1961 is celebrating their 50th year as graduates of Booker T. Washington High School. They are eager to share the events of their journey since 1961 and recall the time spent together.

March 31st:

Teague cowboy and PRCA member Scott Kormos recently took second place in the Tie-Down Roping event at the Houston Rodeo and came away with winnings of $26,350.00.

Teague FFA member Drake Chambers recently showed his heifer, Millie, in the Houston Livestock show. He placed 4th in the scramble heifer show and 7th in the junior heifer show.

April 7th:

Citizens State Bank is a new team sponsor for the Teague Relay for Life. The Teague bank has donated $1,000.00 to Teague Relay for Life.

Construction is underway on improvements to the City of Teague's West Wastewater Treatment Plant.

April 14th:

The Boyd Service cup, the highest award given at the Teague Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet, was presented to Brian David Bowers.

Mr. Ross Provost, President of the Lord's Community Storehouse food pantry in Teague, was chosen to the the Teague Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year a the Awards Banquet.

April 21st:

Emily Faqua and Ryan Lawrence were chosen by juniors and seniors attending the 2011 Teague High School Prom to be their Prom King an Queen.

The Teague Junior High School 8th grade band took the Sweepstakes winners title at the Midway high School UIL Concert competition.

April 28th:

The beautiful landscaping at the home of Beth Cooper will be on the annual Teague Garden Tour to benefit the Teague Volunteer Fire Department.

A father, his son and a friend of the son will live to tell about crashing a plane shortly after takeoff on Monday afternoon from a dirt airstrip on the Krazy Creek Ranch in northeastern Freestone County.

May 5th:

New Leash on Life members presented Mrs. Cindy Phillips, past president, a plaque of appreciation for all her hard work and dedication to abandoned amimals through New Leash on Life Organization.

Second grade students from Teague Elementary School were treated to a tour of the B-Ri Railroad Museum last week.

May 12th:

The Teague Relay for Life does an awesome feat each year in raising money and hope for The American Cancer Society. Most years Teague has been number one in fundraising per capita.

Teague PTF City Mail Carrier Ollie Brock, Jr. is retiring from the Post Office after nine years of service.

May 19th:

After four years serving as Teague City Administrator, Don Doering has decided to move onto greener pastures and submitted a letter of resignation effective May 26, 2011.

Have you ever seen adults running after an ice cream truck? Well, they run after LuBaby's Ice Cream truck!

May 26th:

Katelyn Mehringer and Ryan Lawrence are the Teague High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Miss Mehringer was named 2011 Valedictorian with a GPA of 4.64. Mr. Lawrence took second in a class of 81 students with a GPA of 4.63.

The Al Holland Jr. Integrity Award was presented to Ryan Lawrence at the Senior Awards Night held May 19th. The award is the highest award presented to a graduating senior each year.

June 2nd:

Teague Junior High School students Meg Taylor and J.T. Jones wee named recipients of the Sean Stansbury memorial Award during the Junior High wards Assembly on May 26th.

The 2011 Teague Library Summer Reading Program will kick off on Saturday, June 4th at the Teague City Park.

June 16th:

The Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl in the 2011 Freestone County Fair and Rodeo Parade were named on Monday, June 13th at the parade. Best Dressed Cowboy is three year old Blaine Black of Teague and the Best Dressed Cowgirl is two year old Katelynn Dazey of Cotton Gin.

American Legion Post 238 retrieved the United states Flags for the grave sites of veterans interred at Greenwood west of Teague and Antioch Cemetery North First Avenue in Teague.

June 23rd:

Miss Freestone County for 2011 is Brittany Wilki of Fairfield and Miss Teen Freestone County is Meagan Lott of Fairfield.

Freestone Community 4-H member Maysel McSwane exhibited the Grand Champion Market Steer at the 2011 Freestone County Fair.

June 30th:

Freestone County Constable Buck Bonner and Chief Deputy Constable Bill Madding recovered approximately $1,352.00 in stolen city, county and state road signs from a barn off of FM 1366.

Kraz'd Kountry, a local band, played for the Teague Fourth of July Rodeo kick-off Street Dance on Friday, June 24th in downtown Teague.

July 7th:

The Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl in the Teague Fourth of July Rodeo Parade were four year old Yancey Beene and three year old Payton Thompson. Yancey is the son of Randy and Reene Beene of Kirvin and Payton is the daughter of Jason and Kami Thompson of Donie.

The Teague City Council voted unanimously to hire Vince DiMaggio as Teague's new City Administrator and Mayor Earnest G. Pack swore the 41 year old Monterey, California native into office last week at City Hall.

July 14th:

Team T-Fizzy and Carter Blood Services held a blood drive on July 8th at Teague Church of Christ for Tanner Perales, who was recently injured while spending time with friends at Lake Limestone.

First Baptist Church North Teague is offering the WAG government program to make summer lunches available to all children in the Teague.

July 21st:

With this issue of the newspaper, The Teague Chronicle celebrates a birthday and turns 105 years old.

Construction workers were busy last week putting the finishing touches to the concrete work in the new parking lot where the old Teague Jr./Sr. High School building stood for many years.

July 28th:

In anticipation of things getting worse before they get better, the City of Teague is implementing a Voluntary Water Restrictions Drought Contingency Plan for city water customers.

Mr. Stan Waldrip of Donie was rewarded for 30 years of dedicated service to the United States Postal Service in Jewett, Texas.

August 4th:

Teague is buzzing in anticipation of the 15th Booker T. Washington/J.A. Brooks School Reunion. Downtown is decorated in BTW/JAB purple and gold and all the activities are set.

The Lord's Community Storehouse served a record number of families during the month of July. Records show 278 families consisting of 850 individuals were helped to make ends meet last month.

August 11th:

the Booker T. Washington/J.A. Brooks 15th School Reunion in Teague was attended by beloved educator and coach Arzo Burnim and his family. Mr. Burnim Taught at BTW/JAB and at Teague High School from the 1940s until retiring in the 1980s.

The Teague Historical Preservation Society reminds area residents that their Thrift Store in the 300 block of Main Street has a large selection of very good clothes and other items at extremely low prices.

August 18th:

Mr. and Mrs. Wayland and Helen Oakes will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary Saturday, August 20, 2011.

Teague took second place in the Dixie Youth Baseball Association's Texas Series State Championship held recently.

September 1st:

Archie Mae Brooke was honored with a Retirement Party on Thursday, August 25th, at the Senior Citizens center in downtown Teague, after 25 years of service to the Center.

The Wortham Blues Festival is coming back! Hundreds of people looked forward to the Wortham Blues Festival every year until a few years ago when it was stopped. This year it will be held on Saturday, September 10th in downtown Wortham.

September 15th:

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held by the Teague chamber of Commerce for the new 3W Automotive Sales.

Texas power giant Luminant announced Monday that it will close the Turlington Mine that feeds the Big Brown Power Plant north-east of Fairfield and switch to a cleaner burning coal.

September 22nd:

A BBQ Supper benefitting the local fire departments was held on Saturday in the Teague City Park. Organizers planned enough food for 500 people. They were out of food by 7:00 p.m.

If you remember bring a teenager in the 50s and 60s you will remember driving up and down the main drag in town, playing you ?Rock & Roll? radio loud, laughing with your friends and making new friends.

September 29th:

Mr. Homer Barger, former Teague Fire Chief (1970-1971), celebrated his birthday by presenting the Teague Volunteer Fire Department with a donation. Mr. Barger was 96 the day of the presentation.

Frank DeVillier celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday, September 17th with family at his home in Teague.

October 6th:

Carol's Answering Service owner Buck Freeman turned out the lights and locked the doors after 33 years of service to the Teague community and others. Buck's wife Carol who passed away two years ago started Carol's Answering Service.

Few people living in Freestone County know that the toy, GI Joe, Marketed by Hasbro, was patterned after World War II hero, Riley Tidwell of Fairfield, Texas.

October 13th:

Feral hogs in Freestone County and all across the state are being targeted by the Texas Department of Agriculture's Hog Out Program.

The SWB Partners Rodeo is coming to the W.L. Moody Fairgrounds in Fairfield on October 21st and 22ndand Firestone Credit Union is supporting the event with a generous donation. Tony Brackens, Keith Brackens and Jason Smith, the Partners of SWB Rodeo, want to put on a family-oriented event that will be entertaining for everyone while supporting area children in the 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs.

October 20th:

The Flower House, Teague's new florist, was honored by the Teague Chamber of Commerce with a Ribbon Ceremony.

On October 13th Teague VFD held its annual Fire Safety day at Teague Elementary school The firefighters accompanied by Sparky the Fire Dog help teach the children about household fire safety tips.

October 27th:

?Happy Birthday to you, Leon," was the song for Leon Schrader of Leon's Garage, as he turned 89 years old.

Country Kitchen, at West Town Mall in Teague, is serving more and more people as area residents are learning about the great homemade food, cooked from scratch at the restaurant.

November 3th:

Nine month old Brody Tackett Long reminds everyone to set their clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night, November 5th as Daylight Savings Time officially ends.

The Teague Public Library unveiled the new replica of the clock that used to and on the corner of the building whey it was First National Bank.

November 10th:

Under the guidance of Director George Boyd, Trinity Star Arts Council will present the classic comedy, Arsenic & Old Lace by American playwright Joseph Kesselring.

Teague Volunteer Fire Department received a much appreciated gift Thursday when Luminant, which owns Big Brown Plant and Mine, donated $1,000.00 to be used to help with operations of the department.

November 17th:

The Teague Rotary Club had one of the many patriotic entries in the first Veterans Day parade hosted by the Teague American Legion Post #238. Riding on the float was Marine Ryan Mathison, looking handsome in his full dress uniform.

The Teague Volunteer Fire Department has placed into service a 2011 Polaris Ranger UTV that will be used for fighting grass/brush fires.

November 24th:

Mr. Emery Ross is celebrating 102 years of life. Come and celebrate with him on Saturday, November 26, 2011, at the Teague Community Center.

Teague Elementary School children arrived at The Lord's Community Storehouse with a pick-up load of food during the annual Food for Families Food Drive. Approximately 43,726 pounds of food was donated to the Lord's Community Storehouse.

December 1st:

Teague Chronicle Publisher Steve Massey is proud to announce the birth of his first granddaughter and second grandchild Abigail Grace Gerdeman.

Ten year old Brady Burnett show his first deer, a 7 point buck in November while hunting in Jack County.

December 8th:

Kenzie Sessions was named FFA Sweetheart at the Wortham Homecoming Football game on October 21st. She is a Junior at Wortham High School an is the daughter of Ken and Tina Sessions of Kirvin.

Five generations of Bargers met at Sam's Restaurant in Fairfield to celebrate W.C. Barger's 86th birthday on November 5, 2011.

December 15th:

The First Place Winner in the annual ?Parade of Lights? Christmas celebration that came down Main Street on Thursday, December 8th was Caney Creek Lodge and Shady Oaks Cabins and RV Park owned by Justin and Beth Bounds.

Forth and fifth grade students at Teague Intermediate School that joined Teague Elementary students to win the 2011-2012 UIL Elementary District Championship. Teague students received a total of 685.4 points to win the UIL meet held in Buffalo.

December 22nd:

Veteran FCSO Deputy Jeremy Shipley has been named the 2011 Deputy of the Year for the Freestone County Sheriff's Office.

The T.H.S. Spanish Club along with the teachers and staff of Teague High School donated money and new and slightly used childrens clothes to the family of Mart High School quarterback Leonard Williams after their home was destroyed by fire hours before Mart's state semi-final playoff game.

December 29th

A tragic Christmas Day fire claims the life of Teague youth, Steven Thomas Williams III. The Teague Fire Department arrived at the fire very quickly and was able to rescue other family members before the fire completely gutted the home on Filmore Street. Fire Marshall will provide more information later.

Charles Morgan is State Representative candidate on the democratic ballot; Bill Madding is seeking Sheriff's position on republican ticket.

Gerald R. Chapman is the new administrator at Teague Nursing Home.

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