Author: Megan Hempel

Spend Some, Save Some: Aldermen Weigh Expenditures

The West waste water treatment plant will have a generator installed following the appropriation of funds at the Teague City Council meeting Monday, December 18th. Aldermen voted to amend the 2017-2018 budget to use $80,800 of fund reserve monies for the needed generator. The January and February 2018 Council meetings will be moved to the third Tuesday of the month. March through December’s meetings will continue to be held on the third Monday of each month. Due to financial concerns, the Council decided not to approve a request to seek bids for the installation of a fire alarm system at the city-owned Texas Workforce Solutions/Community Center buildings on Main Street. According to City Administrator Theresa Prasil, “Their [Aldermen] concerns are focused on all additional funds being spent on infrastructure improvements and repairs.” Following executive session, it was announced that Teague Ventures, LLC had defaulted on the reporting requirements outlined in the 380 Agreement made between the city and the company in 2016. To correct the issue, the company will receive a notice of default and the opportunity to remedy the matter as detailed in the agreement. The Teague City Council will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, January 16, 2018....

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Send Your Story for the New Year

Happy New Year, Freestone County! The “Times” family wishes you a new year filled with success and happiness. It’s your paper, and we want to tell your story! Send us your story from the past year, and your hopes for the New Year.  Share this year’s achievements; and your goals for yourself, your family, your Freestone County. Submit a brief paragraph and your favorite photo of 2017 for publication in our January 3, 2018 edition of the Freestone County Times. Email us at, reach out to us on our website, message us on Facebook, or submit your...

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Teague Parade Lights Up Downtown

Santa cruises through Downtown with the Teague volunteer Fire Department during Teague’s Christmas Parade, Thursday, December 7th. The Edge Dance Company (below, left) made their way through the parade, along with Brookshire Brothers’ staff (at top), ‘Ole Pearl’ and the Junkin’ for Joy crew (below, right), and many festive trucks, trailers, scooters, and more! (Photos by Megan...

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Teague PD Equipment Purchase Approved

The Teague Police Department will soon receive new equipment following the Council’s vote to purchase eight patrol rifles, slings, and vehicle mounted gun locks. At their Monday, November 20th meeting, Aldermen approved spending $8,200 from the fund reserve to cover the new safety equipment. Interim Chief of Police DeWayne Philpott shared that with the recent attacks and active shooter situations throughout the nation, officers must properly prepare. “Expecting an officer to go in to that situation unprepared is a mistake,” said Philpott, who added that all officers will receive the yearly training, and more, required to operate the rifles. Also on the agenda for the Police Department was the completion of their new headquarters downtown. With over $50,000 already spent to renovate the old Halbert Building, Aldermen voted last month to take the necessary steps to complete the project. The City will appropriate $45,000 from the fund reserve to finish the renovation by January 31, 2018. Teague’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is making preparations for the New Year with new projects in the works. Aldermen unanimously agreed to two EDC Board approved projects, including a donation of $2,000 for the Main Street Christmas Lights, and sewer taps for Hair Razor’s move to their new location on 4th Avenue. Also approved was the appointment of Nanette Harwell to the EDC’s Board of Directors. City Secretary/Administrator Theresa Prasil led discussion regarding...

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Black Friday Sale at One Stop National Security

One Stop National Security hosted a day of food and fun at their Black Friday Sale November 24th. The Open House event featured karaoke, face painting, and giveaways. Visitors learned how to protect their homes with smart home security and tips from the pros. One Stop National Security offers high-tech home automation security and monitoring. Call them at 903-389-3045, or stop by 315 W. Commerce Street in Fairfield to fid out how One Stop National Security can help you protect your home or business. (Photos by Megan...

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