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Close Family Torn Apart by Allegations of Indecency with Child: Step-Grandfather Found ‘Not Guilty’

James Minefee, 64, of Teague, Texas has been acquitted of both felony counts of Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact at his jury trial, presided over by 77th District Judge Patrick Simmons, came to an end last week. Minefee was accused of touching his step-granddaughter, now 9-years-old, on her breasts and genital area on December 30, 2016 when she and her older step-sister were spending the night at their grandparents’ home. “I’m a God fearing man who attends church regularly,” stated Minefee, as the defendant took the stand in his own defense. “I never even thought about doing anything...

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TISD Board Names Superintendent Finalist

A finalist for the position of superintendent has been named for Teague ISD:  Chris Skinner. Chris Skinner has been with Teague ISD since 2007. He has served as Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director of Facilities during his time with Teague ISD. The Teague Independent School District (ISD) Board of Trustees, at its November 7th meeting, named Chris Skinner as finalist for superintendent. By law, the Board must now wait 21 days before voting to hire Skinner. Chris Skinner is slated to replace Interim Superintendent Ray Matthews. The Board has followed a lengthy process in determining the finalist. In September, the Board hired Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services to direct the search. TASB consultants developed a profile of what characteristics the community and staff desired of the new superintendent from the online survey that was available. The profile developed was the yardstick used by the Board and consultants in evaluating the applicants for the position. TISD Trustees selected four applicants for initial interviews. Two applicants were invited back for a second interview. With the second round of interviews completed, the Board voted to name Chris Skinner as the lone finalist on November 7th. The Board is scheduled to vote to offer a contract to Skinner November...

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FMC Announces New ER Group

Freestone Medical Center is pleased to announce a new relationship with Concord Medical Group for physician care coverage in the Emergency Department. “We are pleased to provide valued service to our community through the addition of Concord Medical Group’s board-certified physicians,” said Freestone Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Stace Holland. “Concord brings a high level of quality care and customer service to each and every emergency department patient encounter.” Concord Medical Group has been helping rural hospitals serve local community healthcare needs since 2001, initially in Texas and more recently in neighboring states as well. “The goal of the emergency care team is to stabilize emergent patients as quickly and completely as possible,” Holland added. “We are committed to delivering the quality of care that area families have come to expect from Freestone Medical Center.” Expansion and renovation of the emergency department was complete in the fall of 2011. Now, Concord emergency-trained physicians work alongside Freestone’s highly trained nursing professionals who are certified in advanced cardiac life support for adults and children, and who have obtained special training in trauma care. “We take great pride in providing round-the-clock emergency care for patients of all ages,” said Freestone Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Nicki Hagen, RN, BSN. “We are here when our community may need us most.” About Freestone Medical Center Freestone Medical Center is a 37-bed community hospital serving...

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Election Results: All Propositions Approved

All seven propositions on the ballot were approved during last week’s election on November 7, 2017. Amendments approved to the Texas Constitution include the following: –Prop. 1 – Broadening the scope of homestead ad valorem tax exemption for disabled veterans, and their spouses. (85.99% in favor) –Prop. 2 – Prescribing conditions, fees, refinancing options, and eligibility for home equity loans. (68.61% in favor) –Prop. 3 – Limiting the service of certain gubernatorial appointees after expiration of term. (83.14% in favor) –Prop. 4 – Relating to notice requirements to Attorney General regarding challenge to constitutionality. (64.34% in favor) –Prop. 5 – Permitting additional professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct raffles. (60.34% in favor) –Prop. 6 – Providing homestead exemption for deceased (line of duty) first responder’s surviving spouse. (84.62% in favor) –Prop. 7 – Permitting financial institutions to award random prizes to customers to encourage saving. (59.67% in...

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Train Trestle Catches Fire on Halloween Near Oakwood

Oakwood and Butler Volunteer Fire Departments teamed up to battle a train and bridge fire on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. A Union Pacific bridge that crosses the Keechi Bottoms, about 4-miles Southeast of Oakwood, was on fire as the train crossed, igniting the train’s engine. “The cause of last week’s bridge fire is still undetermined,” states Jeff DeGraff, Union Pacific Director of Corporate Relations and Media in Texas. “Investigators have reviewed the video from the train that was involved in the fire, as well from trains that previously passed through the area. Inspections of the locomotives and rail cars...

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