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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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Wed
20
Jul

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.

Wed
20
Jul

Teague native participates in international maritime warfare exercise

PEARL HARBOR – A 2009 Teague High School graduate and Teague, Texas native is serving in the U.S. Navy and is participating in the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC).
Petty Officer 2nd Class Bobbie Bell is a damage controlman aboard USS Chung-Hoon, currently operating out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
A Navy damage controlman is responsible for training the ship’s crew in damage control and serving as a first responder for any casualty on board, including fire and flooding.
“I'm looking forward to the experience,” said Bell. “This is my first time to do RIMPAC.”
According to Navy officials, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

Wed
20
Jul

Trustees OK track project, talk STAAR

The newly installed football field (pictured above) is ready for the 2016-17 football season thanks to Hellas Construction.

Photo courtesy of Hellas

Despite an unbudgeted setback with the track and field at Fairfield High School, trustees gave the go ahead to Hellas Construction to replace the track and asphalt after it was found that water damage had caused cracks under the surface. The project will cost a total of $179,800.

“It has a good base,” said Hellas representative Paul Schumer at the July 12 meeting. “Water soaked into the porous surface and water is a track's worst enemy. But the base is good and this should fix it for another 28 to 30 years.”

Hellas, who recently replaced the school's football field turf, is set to begin in the next week or so despite the fact that several sports and marching practices will need to be held. Athletic Director John Bachtel said he and the maintenance team have readied the practice field in preparation for the construction.

“This is best for the long-term interest of the district,” said Superintendent Rick Edwards.

Wed
20
Jul

Tax dollars at work in Fairfield

Texanna crews were busy pouring hot mix and asphalt on Moody Street in Fairfield Monday morning. Fairfield City Administrator Jeff Looney said the company will also be working on Jefferson, Carter, Reunion, and Dogan streets next. "It's necessary, but it also makes you proud to be able to do this for the community. This is their tax dollars really at work."

Photo by April Walker

Wed
20
Jul

Hospital board honors Orms, talks change

Fairfield Hospital District board members Jeff Taylor (left) and George Robinson (right) presented Dr. James Orms (center) with a plaque thanking him for his service to the district and hospital at last week's meeting. Orms will be leaving his practice - but not the area - to pursue other possibilities with his career.

 

Photo by April Walker

Bill Rohloff, of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC), provided the hospital board with an update at last week's meeting regarding the transition process from ETMC to Freestone Medical Center. “We have four candidates for the emergency services,” Rohloff explained. “The current Schumacher Group wants to put in another contract along with the others.”

Candidates include:

 

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Wed
13
Jul

Police support forum planned at True Vine

A local church is hosting a community forum for area residents to openly discuss concerns about recent police shootings throughout the country. All community leaders, pastors, ministers, and citizens of Fairfield and Freestone County are urged to attend this event. True Vine Doxa Center Pastor Michael Daniels, Minister Dexter Barnes, and other church members are slated to host the event at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at True Vine Doxa Center, 917 S. Hwy 75 in Fairfield. Attendees will have an opportunity to openly discuss concerns, as well as how to continue to maintain unity and peace in the area.

Wed
13
Jul

School board OKs new hires

Fairfield school board last week approved the hire of five new staff members for various positions throughout the district. The 2016-17 school year is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 24. New hires

 

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Wed
13
Jul

FHS junior to compete in NHSFR

Pamela Henderson, an 11th grader at Fairfield High School, earned a position on the Texas state National High School rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyoming, July 17-23 to compete at the 68th annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) in the pole bending competition. This is Henderson's second year performing in this event. Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NHSFR is the world's largest rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR World Champion. To earn this title, contestants must finish in the top 20 – based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds – to advance to Saturday evening's final round. World champions will then be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.

 

 

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