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Thu
19
May

Back the Blue at Guardian Home Health Care

Employees at Guardian Home Health Care celebrated law enforcement last week by wearing blue to work. Back the Blue is a new "holiday" stemming from recent police shootings. "Thank you to all the men and women of law enforcement for all you do," said Guardian workers. "We pray daily that you all make it home safely at the end of each and every shift.Thank You to all of the officers who sacrifice their lives each and everyday to keep us safe in the community."

Photo submitted by Kami Ward Matthews

Wed
18
May

Not all Tabasco's products are hot stuff, some are sweet

My cowboy daddy, the late Lawrence Ray (L. Ray) Webb, saw to it that spicy seasoning was a staple around the household when he and Mom were raising four sons.
Dad spent a lot of his early childhood in Brady and spicy food — a definite Mexican influence via a significant Hispanic population — was plentiful. So, naturally he craved as much of the taste as possible. Mom, being the typical housewife and mother of the times, sought to satisfy that taste as much as possible.
While, her central Texas farm-raising gave her recipes and talents for creating in the kitchen, she was also good at old-fashioned canning. One area of canning involved relishes that were used to season everything, particularly the typically somewhat bland pinto bean and black-eyed peas dishes.

Wed
18
May

Stick Horse, Muttin' Bustin' featured at fair

The Stick Horse Barrel Racing and Bull Riding events are back this year for boys and girls. Girls ages 4 and under, and 5-7, may sign up for the Barrel Racing. Boys ages 4 and under, and 5-7, may participate in the Bull Riding. This event is slated to begin at approximately 8 p.m.

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Wed
18
May

American History winners announced at DAR

Jackie Tidwell (far right), chairman of the American History Committee, Jonathan Hardin Chapter of NSDAR, is shown with this year's winners in the Christopher Columbus essay contest. The winners were special guests along with parents and teachers at the April meeting. The winners are Jackson Tacker, Wortham 8th grader; Ella Samford, Groesbeck 7th grader; and Keylan Asberry, Groesbeck 6th grader.

Photo submitted by Beth Hawkins

Sixth grader Keylan Asberry, of Groesbeck; seventh grader Ella Sanford, of Groesbeck; and eighth grader Jackson Tacker, of Wortham, were named this year's American History essay contest winners by the Jonathan Hardin Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Because this year is the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act, essays were written on how a colonial family would have reacted to the provisions of this act. Winners were welcomed by DAR member Jackie Tidwell, American History Committee chairman.
Each winner read his essay and was presented with a certificate by Tidwell.

Wed
18
May

Local student presents stroke info to school board

Cooper Craddick placed first in the District 8 4-H competition with her presentation "Kids have strokes too." She presented this to the FISD school board last week.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Cox

In recognition of Pediatric Stroke month and in honor of Fairfield resident Alex Ward, Cooper Craddick gave a presentation on the disease at last week's school board meeting. Craddick, an intermediate school student, discussed how strokes occur, what it can do to your body, and symptoms of a stroke.
Craddick is a Fairfield 4-H Club member and recently competed at the District 8 4-H Round Up in an educational presentation about health to let everyone know that “Kids have strokes, too.”
She placed first in this competition and was eager to do the presentation again during the month of May.
Strokes can happen at any age – young, old, and even to unborn babies. Strokes are one of the top 10 causes of childhood death and can have lasting effects. There are two main types of strokes, Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. Craddick also talked about TIA – or mini-strokes – which do not cause lasting damage, but should be a warning that a full blown stroke can occur.

Wed
11
May

On small town newspapers and microphone thrusters

Folks at small town newspapers for any length of time have been subjected to “microphone thrusters” at Friday night football games.
Over the years, I have found that small town radio stations are faced with some of the same problems as country newspapers, principally a shortage of help that leads to a lot of double duty. And, despite some natural enmity, bred by the competitiveness to be the best news medium in your town, there comes a natural tendency to latch onto a little help from “the enemy” in certain situations. That enmity never seemed to spill over into real war. Some even conceded that helping each other out never seemed to be impeded by the competitiveness.

Wed
11
May

Alberta L. Harvey

Alberta L. Harvey

The Angelic Hosts came for Ms. Alberta L. Harvey, of Tehuacana, sister of Howard Harvey, Thursday, May 5 in the Parkview Regional Hospital Emergency Room among loving family and devoted friends. Services are pending at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street in Teague. Visit our website at mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.

Wed
11
May

Linda Lou Nichols Huffman

Linda Huffman

Linda Lou Nichols Huffman, 76, of Teague, passed away May 4. Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 8, at the First Baptist Church in Teague with Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment followed in the Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation with the family was from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Linda was born in Teague on February 10, 1940, to John Fred and Mary Ellen Bass Nichols. She grew up in Teague and was a graduate of Teague High School Class of 1957. She returned to Teague, after 40 plus years of working in Houston for Champion Paper, Tenneco, and as an executive assistant for El Paso Energy, where she retired. Linda was a loving, unselfish, and caring person who loved doing for people; she always put others first. She also loved animals and adopted every stray kitten that came around their home. Her hobbies consisted of playing bridge and working in the yard. Linda was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Teague.

Wed
11
May

Janice Sartor Turner

Janice Sartor Turner

Funeral services for Mrs. Janice Sartor Turner were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague with Bro. Johnny Veretto and Rev. Jerry Fulton officiating. Interment followed the services at Union Cemetery near Freestone. Visitation was held Friday, May 6, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mrs. Turner passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 4, in an automobile accident near Teague. She was born in Teague on November 14, 1937, and was a lifelong resident of Teague. She graduated from Teague High School with the class of 1956, and attended Navarro College. Janice worked in various banking jobs beginning with First National Bank in Teague. She later went to work for Bi-Stone Savings and Loan in Mexia and opened a branch in Teague as the manager. After the Teague branch closed, she returned to Bi-Stone in Mexia before moving to First National Bank of Mexia where she remained until her retirement.

Wed
11
May

U.S. 84 accident leaves 4 dead, 1 injured

Teague residents are in mourning this week after a tragic car accident between Teague and Fairfield took four from the community. The three-car accident happened around 5:17 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, on U.S. 84, about one mile east of Teague.
Pronounced dead on the scene was Martha Turner, Janice Turner, and Linda Huffman, all of whom were traveling home together in a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Huffman. Also pronounced dead was Michael James Jackson, driver of a 2001 Mercury Sable. Joshua Bradley Thompson, driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, was transported to ETMC Fairfield where he was treated and released.
According to DPS reports, Jackson was heading west on U.S. 84 at an unsafe speed, when he rounded a curve and lost control of the vehicle. Jackson is reported to have hit the Tahoe head on, causing both vehicles to spin.

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