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Wed
29
Jun

Wreck causes grass fire on I-45 south

No serious injuries were reported in a major accident last weekend on I-45 southbound at the 202 mile marker at 6:45 p.m. Sunday evening. A vehicle crashed into the center cable barrier and caught fire. Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD) arrived to find the vehicle fully engulfed, which subsequently caused a grass fire. No occupants were in the vehicle at the time of the fire. Reports show Fairfield Engine 83 began extinguishing the vehicle fire while Brush 85 began extinguishing the grass fire.

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Wed
29
Jun

Butler parade July 2

The Butler Alumni Association will be sponsoring its Bi-Annual Parade to kick off the July 2 reunion activities. This year's theme is Celebrating Our Communities; therefore, the association is encouraging each community to participate by entering a community presentation in the parade. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1410 FM 489 E. in Oakwood, and proceed to the Butler Community at the E.E. Wheat Memorial Center, 1604 FM 489 E. Everyone is encouraged to participate by riding horseback, or any other creative manner that will enhance the event.

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Wed
29
Jun

FSB Travelers enjoy 9-day Cali tour

Enjoying the tour of Northern California are: (front) Paula Wade and Lindsey Cummings; (middle) Katie Wade, Alicia Smith, Patsy Sunday, Carolyn Hancock, Joy Cummings, Mary Jane Jones, and Jerri McBay; (back) Linda Dagle and Ed Smith.

Photo submitted by DJ McBay

Members and friends of FSB Travelers spent two days and nights on a tour of San Francisco recently. Activities included a city tour with a wonderful step-on guide, delicious food, riding a cable car, riding down one of the most crooked streets in the nation, eating at the Boudin Bakery where sourdough began, shopping for special souvenirs on Pier 39, and riding through and learning about Golden Gate Park.
The travelers crossed the Golden Gate Bridge several times. They had the opportunity to walk on the bridge after one crossing and become one of the 16,000 people who cross the bridge daily. One afternoon was spent walking through Muir Woods National Monument. Muir Woods is a peaceful forest of ancient coastal redwoods. The walking paths made it possible to walk several miles through these beautiful trees.

Wed
29
Jun

Pizza Hut joins Chamber of Commerce

Chamber members attended a ribbon cutting for Fairfield Pizza Hut last week. The business officially joined the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce after being open for more than 30 years. Pictured are (back row) Shane Tindall, Pizza Hut; Lisa Schick, Fairfield Chamber of Commerce; and Brenda Shultz, Fairfield Chamber of Commerce; (front) Gail Farish, Creations Flowers and Gifts; Alyah Beck, Pizza Hut; Carrie Rose, Community Relations for Carter Enterprises; Jessica Ramirez, Pizza Hut; Vicki Thompson, Pizza Hut; and Michelle Castillo, Pizza Hut.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
29
Jun

Fireworks show planned for July 4th

Residents are gearing up for the annual fireworks show at the W.L. Moody Reunion Fairgrounds. The fun begins at dark Monday, July 4. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets for fireworks, music, and good food. The chamber will have hot dogs, nachos, candy, pickles, and more goodies for sale during the event, as well as glow-in-the-dark necklaces.

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Wed
29
Jun

Family fights to save historic Oakwood property

Moses and Betty Daniels Henry's descendants are pictured in front of the Freestone County courthouse (from left) Zavinah Washington, Las Vegas, fifth generation; Angela Luckey, Grand Prairie, third generation; Cecilia Canada, Seattle, fourth generation; Kyana Saline, Seattle, sixth generation; and Lateef Saleem, Seattle, sixth generation.

Photo by April Walker

What if you were told that you were heir to more than 100 acres of land of which you had never heard? And what if this land – which you knew nothing about – was being taken by the State of Texas for back taxes? Family members of Moses and Betty Daniels Henry were told just that. Now, the family is fighting back.
“We are prepared to pay the base tax amount as a family,” said Angela Luckey, of Grand Prairie. Luckey is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Moses.
“We're hoping the judge will grant us a TRO on the tax lien to allow our family attorney to look at tax records,” she continued. A TRO – or Temporary Retaining Order – will grant the family the time it needs to come up with the money.
The total amount owed on the property is $104,000 – just $40,000 of which is taxes. The remainder is from penalties and interests.

Wed
29
Jun

Pizza for Lexie earns $1K

Lexie Neptune (bottom left) and her family were given $1,000 by Carter Enterprises after the Pizza for Lexie fundraiser received record attention in Fairfield. Lexie was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011 which hasn't responded well to treatments. Pictured with Lexie is Carrie Rose, community relations for Carter Enterprises; Anah, sister; and Sarah Neptune, mom.

Photo courtesy of Carrie Rose

The family of Lexie Neptune can consider themselves pretty blessed for a lot of things – the community in which they live, their families, and now a generous donation. The Neptune's last week received $1,000 from Carrie Rose, community relations for Carter Enterprises, to help with medical care for the cancer stricken tot.
Carter Enterprises, which owns the Pizza Hut chain, chose to donate 25 percent – or $1,000 – to the family for Pizza with Lexie.
After word got out about the fundraiser at Fairfield Pizza Hut, orders spread like wildfire. “We had a record day,” said Rose. “Total sales just for Lexie were $3,220, but total sales for the day were more than $6,000.”

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Thu
23
Jun

Rep. Byron Cook seeks AG opinion to defend private property rights

AUSTIN -- In an ongoing effort to protect Texas House District 8 and surrounding counties from the property takings by the proposed high speed rail, State Representative Byron Cook requested an attorney general's opinion, on June 10, 2016, to determine whether the Texas Central Railroad and Infrastructure, Inc. ("High Speed Rail") possesses the power of eminent domain to condemn property.
In the letter, which can be accessed on the link below, Cook remarks that, surveyors purporting to work for High Speed Rail have been approaching landowners in House District 8 requesting the right to survey the landowners’ properties for the purpose of planning, building, maintaining and operating an electric railroad. The basis for the request to survey is that High Speed Rail is purporting to have the power of eminent domain, therefore has the right to examine and survey property in anticipation of establishing a route and acquiring property to build the railroad.

Thu
23
Jun

CHC announces hospital change

Fairfield – The Fairfield Hospital District Board has approved a new name for the hospital in Fairfield, Texas — Freestone Medical Center. The new name marks the transition of hospital operations from ETMC to the Fairfield Hospital District which will occur in December 2016. “We appreciate the community’s involvement, patience, and support, and we’re excited to move ahead as we transfer hospital operations to the District,” said Fairfield Hospital District Board Chair George Robinson, adding, “Freestone Medical Center is a valuable community resource. We look forward to preserving and improving health care services as we move into the future.” Community Hospital Consulting (CHC Consulting) of Plano, Texas, is working with the Board and hospital leaders to help coordinate and smooth the transition process through the end of 2016.

Thu
23
Jun

Volume Buyer Buckle awarded

Greg Sustaire (center) was awarded the volume buyer buckle following Saturday's livestock sale at the fairgrounds. Sustaire spent $26,125 at the sale as part of GDR Holdings, LLC, owned by Sustaire and Rick Hare (not pictured). Sustaire is pictured with Sale Committee members Will McSwane (left) and Clint Minchew (right).

Photo submitted by Will McSwane

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