Year in Review

The 1936 Ford fire truck -- hidden away in a garage at the Freestone County Historical Museum -- was renovated by Carroll Embry, Bill Green, and Steve White.

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At the beginning of each new year, The Fairfield Recorder combs through out archives from January through October to bring you a recap of the biggest news headlines.

January 2017

January 5 – Change is coming to Freestone County – Nine candidates were pictured at the swearing-in ceremony at the courthouse. Five were newly elected, while four were re-elected.

January 5 – New beginnings for local hospital – Freestone Medical Center officially began the new year Jan. 1 after transitioning from ETMC.

January 12 – Breaking ground on new pantry – River of Life Family Worship Center broke ground on a new site for their food pantry.

January 19 – Library seeks to modernize space, services – After hiring Gary Wiggins as library director, board member Tammy Gawryszewski applied and was awarded a grant for remodeling the library.

January 26 – WPD nab three in high-speed chase – Three Madisonville men led Wortham police on a high-speed chase from Wortham through I-45 and were eventually stopped by a spike strip on FM 833.

January 26 – FEMS names Sanders 'Star of the Year' – Fairfield paramedic Steven Sanders was named the 'Star of the Year' for 2016, a position previously held by paramedic Blake Ryan.

February 2017

February 2 – Kirgan earns Lifetime Achievement Award – Joe Lee Kirgan, Jr. was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by his grandson at the Chamber of Commerce's annual awards banquet.

February 2 – Council takes no action against accused city admin – Fairfield City Administrator Jeff Looney was accused of verbally abusing several people.

February 9 – Wreck leaves two dead, more injured – A two-car accident on U.S. 84 East killed 62-year-old Charline Wallace, of Meridian, and her 38-year-old son Dwayne McCain, of Plano. Driving the other vehicle was 17-year-old Joshua Williams, of Palestine.

February 9 – Teague man gets sentenced to maximum – Bobby Burrell was sentenced to 20 years in the TDCJ Institutional Division for six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after began shooting at a high school basketball game in Palestine.

February 23 – Cucklebur celebrates 20 years – Cucklebur Trading celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 50 percent off sale and a giveaway contest.

March 2017

March 2 – Deputies greet students after threat – After a threatening message was found scrawled on a bathroom stall wall, Freestone County deputies welcomed students in the halls and entrance and exit doors throughout the high school campus. The message said “I'm going to shoot up the school on Feb. 27th.”

March 2 – Tony Price welcomed as FISD superintendent – Tony Price took back his old post after exhausting searches were made for a superintendent for Fairfield ISD. Price had served as superintendent in the past and was welcomed by staff once again.

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