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Dangerous Flames Extinguished by Dew Volunteers

Dew firefighters responded quickly to the Lucky J Saturday morning, April 15, 2017 to extinguish a car fire sandwiched between two gas pumps. Flames were visible under the vehicle, making for a dangerous situation. According to the photographer, the two young women who owned the car attempted to put out the flames with a borrowed fire extinguisher while a trucker, barefoot and shirtless, ran toward the burning vehicle with his extinguisher.  When the first Dew fire truck arrived, they turned their hoses onto the car, even before coming to a complete stop.  Firefighters had to use an axe to raise the hood, before the flames were completely put out.  “It was quite frightening and, at the same time, gratifying to see strangers come together in the crisis,” says photographer Mary McDonald.  Also responding to the scene was FCSO Deputy Lawrence. (Photo by Mary...

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Teague Chamber Awards Banquet

A beautifully renovated Community Center was the backdrop for this year’s Teague Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, held Thursday, April 13, 2017. Crowd favorite, Ricky Sims, served as Master of Ceremonies. Taking the stage for the first time was the Teague Police Department, who presented two awards. —Officer of the Year is Jason Morgan. (Pictured Above) Officer Morgan is a 2011 graduate of Teague High School. He and his wife, Jessica, recently welcomed the Teague Police Department’s K-9 Zelda into their home. Zelda, and her partner Officer Morgan, have reinstituted the K-9 program with great success. Morgan also leads...

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Limestone County Judge Arrested for DUI

Limestone County Judge Daniel Lee Burkeen, 59, was arrested Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in McLennan County on a Class B Misdemeanor for driving while intoxicated, according to a Mart Police arrest affidavit. Burkeen was stopped after a Mart PD officer saw the muffler of a white Chevy Impala dragging on the street as the vehicle traveled east in the 400 block of West Texas Avenue shortly after 2:00 p.m. According to the affidavit, the officer observed the driver had slurred and slow speech; and when he was asked what the date was, he have the wrong one and explained that he had asthma. The officer reports that initially he thought Burkeen was in medical distress; but when he spoke with him, he could smell alcohol on him. Burkeen failed a standard field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of DWI, taken to McLennan County Jail, and his vehicle was impounded. According to the affidavit, Burkeen’s initial breath test measured a blood alcohol level of .112 percent. A blood sample was also taken and will be analyzed by the Texas Department of Public Safety lab. The judge was released Wednesday night on a $1,000 bond. He later released this statement regarding his arrest: “I was arrested on Wednesday, April 12 for driving while intoxicated,” Burkeen said. “I made a mistake and accept responsibility for it. I don’t normally drink....

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FISD Board Approves Updates to District Technology

A $66,875 bond for updating computers and technology for each school library, PreK and Kindergarten classes, and Junior High and High School teachers was approved last week by Fairfield ISD Board of Trustees. Technology Director, Arland Thill, explained the district’s needs; and after viewing bids for the project, Trustees voted to approve the bid from WBCS – Wayne Bonner, who is not only a local business, but gave the best bid price. With Fairfield ISD in the process of becoming a School of Innovation, pending acceptance in June, the 2017-2018 school year’s proposed first day of school is August 16, 2017. The proposed school calendar includes 11 Teacher In-Service Days, 4 Staff Development Comp Days, 24 Holiday/No School Days, 4 Early Release Days, and 9 STAAR Testing Days. Graduation 2018 is slated for Friday, May 25, 2018. Current student enrollment is at 1,833 as of April 1, 2017. It breaks down as follows: High School has 526 students, Junior High has 401, Intermediate has 432, and Elementary has 474. Fourth Grade has the highest number of students with a total of 156. Average attendance rate is 95% and above. During this meeting, Trustees voted on meal prices for the 2017-2018 school year. The district is required to gradually increase prices for those not receiving free or reduced benefits so they are not subsidizing meals with federal funds. Prices were...

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Early Voting Starts Monday, April 24

Early Voting begins in local City Council and School Board Elections.  Early voting will be held from April 24 thru May 2, 2017. Wortham ISD –7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closed 12-1 for lunch) April 24 thru May 2 at Wortham City Hall, 108 E. Main Street in Wortham, Texas. Teague City Council –8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on April 24, 26, 28 and May 1-2 at City Hall Council Chambers, 105 South 4th Avenue in Teague, Texas. –7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on April 25 and 27 at City Hall Council Chambers, 105 South 4th Avenue in Teague,...

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