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06
Apr

Recent rains above normal, April slated to be wet

Heavy March rain more than made up for January and February rainfall deficits pushing the total for the year to 10.94 inches or 1.52 inches above normal. Total March rainfall was 8.58 inches with all but 0.44 inches falling on five consecutive days (March 8-12). The remaining 0.44 inches fell on March 24, bringing the total days with measurable rainfall to six.

The predicted strong El Nino, which was to have brought us a lot of rain in January and February, did not come about. Conditions along the equatorial region did favor a strong El Nino, but El Nino's are difficult to predict and no two are the same.

Temperature-wise, March came in like a lamb and went out like a frisky lamb with only a couple of freezes and three or four frosty mornings.

2016 rainfall by month:

Wed
06
Apr

9th Annual Jay Alderman Memorial tourney a succes


Matt Dillon and Erick Gilbert took first place in the 9th Annual Jay Alderman Memorial Scholarship 42 Tournament held at First Baptist Church FLC on April 2. Photo submitted by Helen Pickett

The 9th Annual Jay Alderman Memorial Scholarship 42 Tournament and bake sale fundraiser was a wonderful success. It was held on April 2, at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to Teague High School seniors. Congratulations to this year's first place team, Matt Dillon and Erick Gilbert. They received High Ho silver belt buckles. Congratulations also to this year's second place team, Billy and Carol Henderson. They received custom ivory domino sets.

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Wed
06
Apr

FHS brings home #1 win in Academic UIL events

Fairfield High School has been named the District Academic champion once again after UIL recent competitions. FHS has taken this title for the past 25 of 26 years. Fairfield Academic Regional competitors will travel to Huntsville to compete at Sam Houston State University Saturday, April 23.

Placing in events for FHS are:

Wed
06
Apr

New banners welcome travelers


The banners are installed around town on FM 27 and U.S. 84, and are blue and purple with a Bluebonnet. Photo by April Walker

Parks Department Director Jerry Hughes, with the help of Roger Reeves and Byron Jones, installed new “Welcome to Fairfield” banners throughout the area last week. Chamber Executive Administrator Brenda Shultz ordered the new banners to help guide people to the downtown. “Thanks to the City of Fairfield for making the community brighter,” said Shultz. Hughes and his employees put five banners on FM 27 and five on U.S. 84. Make sure you check them out as you drive by!

Photos by April Walker

Wed
06
Apr

FVFD investigating possible arson


A Fairfield firefighter chops their way through the back of the house after safely extinguishing the fire. Photo by April Walker

A structure fire, which happened last week on Texas 75, is now under investigation by the Fairfield fire department. The building – which no one was living in – was not fully involved and it may have started in one room.

Fairfield Fire Chief Matt Foree said the departments prepared an aggressive offensive battle and achieved knock down. Aiding the department with operations and water supply were Teague, Dew, and Butler. “The area is treated as a crime scene at this point,” said Foree.

 

Wed
06
Apr

Pay It Forward Day is April 28


Chamber Executive Administrator Brenda Shultz (standing) and Fairfield Mayor Roy Hill (seated) signed a proclamation last week declaring April 28 Pay It Forward Day. Photo courtesy of Brenda Shultz

Changing the world one good deed at a time, Fairfield is now on the list of cities involved in the annual campaign. Mayor Roy Hill (seated) signed a proclamation last week declaring Thursday, April 28, Pay It Forward day. Individuals are encouraged to pay it forward by paying for someone's cup of coffee, helping someone in need, or other good deed. For more information on the event or to get some ideas for paying it forward, visit www.payitforwardfoundation.org.

Wed
06
Apr

Chamber director earns EDC certificate

Brenda Shultz is working to make Fairfield a better place, as well as bring in new residents and retailers. Shultz, who became the economic director for the City of Fairfield about two years ago, recently earned a certification from the Community Development Institute for economic development work.

“If it wasn't for Roy Hill I wouldn't have been confident to do this,” she said.

Currently, Shultz – who is also the executive director for the Chamber of Commerce – is working on new banners, brochures, maps, and more for the city. A new billboard recently went up on I-45 and city employees recently installed five new banners on FM 27 and five on U.S. 84 to “guide people into the city.”

Wed
30
Mar

Home, Garden Show needs volunteers, projects

Freestone County Fair would not be complete without the Home & Garden Show. You may be asking yourself why they are telling me this now, well it’s never too late to plan ahead. We have made some improvements to one of our categories and hoping this will get your interest. You can find the rule books and entry forms online at www.freestonecountyfairandrodeo.com. We have added an improved division for Ag Mech this year. Rules for that category can be found both in the book and online at the above website. All Ag Mech projects must be pre-registered by Friday, May 6 and fees paid to the Extension Office, 440 E. Main Street in Fairfield. All other Home & Garden Projects may be entered and checked in between 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, June 13.

Wed
30
Mar

Cynthia Freeman


Cynthia Freeman

The Angelic Hosts came for Cynthia Elaine Gabriel Freeman, 47, of Mexia, wife of Tyrone Freeman, on Thursday, March 24, in the Providence Healthcare Network of Waco among loving family and devoted friends. Services are pending at Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street, Teague, Texas 75860.

Wed
30
Mar

Style Show slated April 12

Calvary Baptist Family Life Center is the site of this year's style show. The Freestone Cancer Support Group (FCSG) is hosting the annual event as a fundraiser for cancer patients in the county. Doors open at the Spring Style Show at 6 p.m.; the meal will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Texas Outfitters and Kennedy's Korner. The following businesses will model styles:

 

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