The City of Pineland and West Sabine ISD have come together to unveil one of several citywide projects to bring awareness and pride into our community. Our citywide sign program will span to every highway entrance and school campus of the city. As part of a larger project, the Great East Texas Outdoor Fest made key donations to Sabine County to for to kickoff these endeavors.
Today, December 8, Mayor Joe Lane, City Administrator Melissa Jones, School Superintendent Carnelius Gilder, and City Utilities Superintendent Keith McCroskey came together to roll out to the community the fruits of this vision as planned by the Sabine County Economic Development Group led by countywide leaders.
“On behalf of the City of Pineland we would like to thank the Great East Texas Outdoor Fest for purchasing the Welcome To Pineland signs and Terry McGraw for making both signs. Thank you to the City of Pineland Council for purchasing the Home of Teresa Weatherspoon sign. Each entrance into town will have these two signs displayed in unison very soon.” -Keith McCroskey, City Superintendent
The kickoff for this project comes just in time for the birthday of a Hometown Hero, Teresa Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon's worldwide accomplishments through sports and leadership have brought considerable attention to the town of Pineland as the "place where it all began."
Weatherspoon, who was most recently honored as a Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee has a litany of achievements to include but not limited to:
- Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Texas Basketball Hall of Fame
- Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 2010
- WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (Multiple)
- WNBA All Star
- Olympic Gold Medalist 1988
- NCAA National Championship 1988
- WSHS Class Valedictorian
Teresa, we are proud of the excellence that you have and continue exemplify throughout your life. We are proud to call you a "Home Grown!" of Pineland, Texas. May you continue to grow and shine light on the world. Your legacy is great and we are happy to have witnessed the marvels of your life.
Teresa is the youngest child of the late Charles and Rowena Weatherspoon of Pineland who continues to be a familiar face around academic and sporting events of the youth.
Special recognition to:
-SCEDC for the vision of the project
-Great East Texas Outdoor Fest for purchasing the Welcome To Pineland signs
-Terry McGraw for making both signs
-City of Pineland Council for purchasing the Home of Teresa Weatherspoon sign.