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Fri
09
Sep

Capital murder trial reset

Lawson Abram

The capital murder trial of a Teague man has been reset due to a key witness having a baby. Lawson Lee Abram's trial was slated to begin Aug. 29, but has been rescheduled until Monday, Oct. 3, says 77th District Judge Patrick Simmons.

The witness, Erin Mason, delivered her baby via C-section and was unable to attend the hearing. Mason, a Texas Department of Public Safety crime lab scientist, performed the forensic tests on cell phones that were taken as evidence.

 

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Fri
09
Sep

58 learn hunting basics at FCGMA

Freestone County Game Management Association (FCGMA) hosted a Hunters Education course last week to which 58 potential hunters learned a variety of hunting basics. One hundred percent of participants passed the class and are now able to get their hunting licenses. FCGMA catered a lunch for the 80 people who attended – 58 students, six instructors, and several parents who chose to stay with their children.

 

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Fri
09
Sep

FHS senior named to All-State team

Gracie Awalt

Fairfield senior Gracie Awalt was among 75 students named to the 2016 All-State Journalism staff by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). Awalt is the editor-in-chief of Eagle Beat, the high school's newspaper. Awalt has participated in newspaper, UIL, and ILPC events throughout her high school career. To qualify for the staff, students must have earned 50 points by participating and winning different journalism contests throughout the year.

 

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Fri
09
Sep

Surprise party for 8-year-old

Harley York celebrated her eighth birthday last weekend with a beautiful cake donated by Nicole Hughes, owner of MommaCakes. The 8-year-old is a second grader at Fairfield Elementary School and didn't get to have a party after the sudden death of her mother, Becky York.

Photo courtesy of Janie Haydon

In small communities such as Fairfield, residents often come together to aid one of their own. Last weekend was no different, as teachers and friends gathered to give one little girl a birthday party she would never forget. Aftre the untimely death of her mother, Becky, Harley York didn't get to have a party for her eighth birthday - until Fairfield teachers, friends, and family members stepped in with a surprise.

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Wed
17
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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Wed
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

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