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Aug

Pokemon Go! can help your business grow

The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and City of Fairfield is hosting a Pokemon Go! Lunch and Learn at the Fairfield Conference Center from 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Spencer Hancock will discuss the leading edge in potential customer growth with this informative, interactive program. Guests are asked

 

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17
Aug

Barlow bond lowered, bail requirements set

Showing their unwavering support, numerous family members attended the bond reduction hearing last week for Ben Barlow, who was accused of attempted capital murder of a child and injury to a child. District Judge Patrick Simmons chose to lower Barlow's bond from the total $600,000 – which would require the family to place a $60,000 bail – to a total of $75,000, only requiring $7,500 bail. Simmons said the strong community ties and support of the family prove Barlow is not a flight risk and will adhere to the bond requirements.

 

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Wed
17
Aug

Farmer's State Bank donates to Oct. art fest

Accepting the check on behalf of the TSAC is George Boyd (third from left). Boyd accepted the check from Farmer's State Bank Vice President and Branch Manager Cindy Rachall (third from right). Also pictured is (from left) Dianne Murden, TSAC; Jordan Rushing, new accounts representative; Boyd; Rachall; LaShun Randle, teller; and Janie Richard, TSAC.

Photo by April Walker

Farmer's State Bank in Fairfield donated $500 to Trinity Star Arts Council for the upcoming Fairfield Fall Arts Fest slated for Saturday, Oct. 1. Festival highlights include:

  • n John R. Erickson – author of the Hank the Cowdog series
  • n Aggie Wranglers
  • n Le Theatre de Marionette
  • n Tin Top Road Bluegrass Band
  • n Performances by vocalists of TSAC's Ring of Fire, Always, Patsy Cline
  • n Freestone Critters by FISD students
  • n American Landscapes at Williford Foundation
  • n Cuban mural artist Rolando Diaz

There will also be

Wed
17
Aug

Spray park met with community interest

Pictured is the splash pad met with the most community excitement. The city will find out in April 2017 if they were approved for the grant.

Photo by April Walker

Residents of all ages attended the public meeting last week regarding a possible spray park project for Fairfield. City Administrator Jeff Looney says Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) offer a matching grant for this project. “It's a 50/50 grant up to $500,000,” Looney explained. The city is planning fundraisers for the matching part of the grant.

With three variations, comments were made by attendees regarding the best splash pad for Fairfield. The one chosen is approximately 3,306 square feet with a spray area of 2,148 square feet and cost $300,000. The city will have to raise $150,000.

The pad features a variety of spray attachments. Looney said the city was hoping to build on the north end of the kiddie park. “That's probably the best because of the fence and existing water and sewer lines,” Looney explained.

Wed
17
Aug

Cheerleaders rile crowd at Eagles event

The Fairfield High School cheerleaders help the crowd get ready for the Eagle football, volleyball, and cross country teams to come out of the big Eagle tunnel in Thursday night's Meet the Eagles spectacular! Fairfield residents turned out to meet the 2016-17 teams and welcome them to a new school year.

 

Photo by Avery Peterson

Wed
17
Aug

FISD welcomes new teachers

Fairfield ISD Assistant Superintendent Melissa Cox (not pictured) welcomed 10 new teachers and coaches for the 2016-17 school year last week. Pictured are (back row) Johnny Ward, J.T. Brown, Jonathan Knowles, Amanda Leland, and Paula Cessna; (front row) Kaytie Story, Misty Towles, Gina Gilliam, Paige Slovacek, and Kayla Davis. Teacher in-service began Monday, Aug. 15, for the new school year.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
17
Aug

FHS OKs new logo for hospital

Fairfield -- Fairfield Hospital District (FHD) board members unanimously selected a logo for Freestone Medical Center at the recent board meeting after previously considering various logo treatments, fonts, and colors to complement the new theme.

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Wed
20
Jul

6th grade orientation slated

Fairfield Junior HIgh School is hosting orientation for incoming sixth graders at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, in the cafeteria. All incoming 6th graders and their parents are encouraged to attend. Any 6th graders unable to attend the orientation will be able to pick up their class schedules any day after Aug. 11 in the junior high office.

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Wed
20
Jul

Courthouse damaged, suspect apprehended

A district courtroom was damaged and a local man is now undergoing a psych evaluation at an area hospital after breaking into the Freestone County Courthouse. The suspect, whose name cannnot be released at this time, is alleged to have broken in through a side door on Sunday night. Freestone County deputies, DPS officers, and other local law enforcement

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Mission trip talked at Jones Chapel UMC

Sherry Brackens (standing) shows off one of several tapestries she purchased on a shopping trip in Haiti. Brackens bought back numerous souveniers, including carved wood statues, a T-shirt, and wall hangings.

Returning from an eight-day mission trip, Sherry Brackens hosted a breakfast at Jones Chapel UMC Saturday morning to show pictures and talk about the mission and the host church. Brackens was one of 20 members of Concord Baptist Church of Dallas to attend the trip to Haiti from June 22-29.

The breakfast was similar to a traditional Haitian breakfast: boiled eggs, croissants or toast, cantaloupe or watermelon, bacon, and fruit juice.

Brackens said the team trained for a year prior to leaving on the trip. Brackens herself was responsible for staying safe against Hepatitis and malaria. “I'm still taking malaria pills,” she said. “Doctors recommend taking them for four weeks after you return.”

When the group landed in Haiti, their host pastor met them at the airport with security, saying they should never travel around the area without security – and never at night – because crime is so prevalent.

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