Author: Megan Hempel

Peace Officers Staying ALERRT

Freestone County law enforcement officers recently participated in specialized training provided by Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). The two, 2-day classes focused on active shooter response training and solo officer deployment, equipping the officers with the skills necessary to respond to active shooter situations. Deputies of the Freestone County Sheriff’s Department, Wortham Police Department, and Constable Buck Bonner joined by fellow officers from agencies all over Texas, and even as far as Anchorage, Alaska, attended extensive training last week in Fairfield. Participants reviewed response protocols and learned tactics for handling active shooter situations, as well as training...

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Water Woes: Too Much, or Not Enough? Teague Makes Plans for Infrastructure

Water – and the lack thereof, was a chief concern among Teague Aldermen during this month’s regular Council meeting Monday, October 16th. An ongoing issue for many years, Teague’s infrastructure is once again at the forefront as the Council takes steps to meet the City’s needs, and address long term problems. Public Works Director Jacob Cowling spoke about the South FM 80 Water Project, requesting the necessary funds to complete the long overdue project that will see 6 inch water lines and fire hydrants installed. Cowling explained that any Public Works project costing over $20,000 requires engineer specifications and supervision. With that in place, the bid was awarded in September to FH Management for $282,630. The City has already invested $60,000 in the project. Homeowner Mr. W.L. Lindsey owns five homes in the area, and was first promised a speedy completion of the project in 2004 after the City annexed part of South FM 80. Thirteen years later, Lindsey reports that his home insurance has risen 15%, while the infrastructure project remains unfinished. With unanimous support from the Council, Alderman Ron Rasbeary made the motion to take the necessary steps, including allocation of monies from the City’s fund reserve, to complete the project immediately. Another water infrastructure project on Northline Road and Parkwood Street may come with a hefty price tag, with the cost of the project estimated to...

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Teague National Night Out

Teague Police Department reports over 200 people attending their National Night Out event, held last week at the Teague City Park. “It was very nice to see our community come together and share in the festivities,” read a post from the department’s Facebook page.  “Citizens coming together is what makes our community strong and better than others!” Teague PD extends their thanks to the Teague VFD, Teague EMS and Freestone County Sheriff’s office for attending. They also thank all who helped in the planning, as well as the businesses and organizations who participated. (Photos by Megan Hempel and Monte...

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Philpott Named Interim Chief Approved by Teague Aldermen

New appointments and resignations led the discussion of the Teague City Council Monday, September 18, 2017. Lieutenant DeWayne Philpott was officially voted in to his new position as Interim Chief of Police following the departure of former Chief Dan Ramsey on August 25th. As the highest ranking officer, Lt. Philpott was appointed to the interim position on the same day and has since been serving in that capacity. Lt. Philpott and the Council now seek to add two new officers to the force following the September 13th resignation of Officer Kayln Tieman. The position of lieutenant will remain open until a new Chief is found, however Aldermen decided to postpone the search until the first of the year. Among the other employee resignations accepted during the meeting were that of Dennis Covert, Public Works Tech, and Assistant Public Works Director Lance Kamp, dated for August 26th and September 23rd respectively. A proclamation designating October 3, 2017 as National Night Out in the City of Teague was signed by the Council. National Night Out is a nationwide initiative designed to encourage partnerships between law enforcement agencies and their communities. Former Chief Dan Ramsey introduced the event to Teague in 2016 with much success. This year’s event will take place Tuesday, October 3rd from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Teague City Park and will feature free food and games, music...

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FHS Nominates Homecoming Court

FHS HOMCOMING QUEEN NOMINEES AND COURT FOR 2017 are (front, l-r) Sophomore Cate Scott, Queen Nominees Victoria Donohoo and Abby Garcia, (back, l-r) Queen Nominee Jasmine Gomez, Freshman Jenny Pina, Queen Nominee Tanna Lide, and Junior Ashley Sanchez. Homecoming festivities and Queen crowning begins at 7:00 p.m. on the field. (Photo by Megan...

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