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Wed
10
Jan

2017 ends with normal rainfall, temperatures

Total rainfall for 2017 was slightly above normal at 45.60 inches. We did have a three-month drought period – September through November – for which we received only 5.24 inches of rain and only five days with measurable rainfall. Normal rainfall for that period is 12.23 inches. August was the wettest month of the year with 5.41 inches, while November was the driest with only 1.17 inches of rain. Rainfall for 2017 was 1.79 inches above normal. We did have some frozen precipitation with a trace of sleet on Dec. 6, as well as a trace of snow on Dec. 7 and Dec. 31. December closed out the year with 5.13 inches of rain and nine days with measurable rainfall. Normal rainfall for December is 3.97 inches. Temperature-wise, 2017 was our hottest year since 2011 with 25 triple-digit temperature days.

 

Wed
10
Jan

FJH seeking community votes for National Education Contest

Fairfield Junior High's Digital Media class, taught by Tammy Gawryszewski, has entered a $200,000 national education contest hoping for a chance at one of 13 prizes that will be awarded to recognize the most unique and inventive K-12 program. In addition to completing an online application for the annual Follett Challenge, FJH Digital Media students also submitted a short video to promote its program that teaches the 21st century skills needed to be prepared for life.

 

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Wed
10
Jan

CPB seizes liquid meth valued at nearly $300K

CPB officers at Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport seized these bottles containing over 85 pounds of liquid methamphetamine shipped from China.

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DALLAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport seized over 65 pounds of liquid methamphetamine with an estimated value of $297,000, Jan. 2. The narcotic was shipped from China to Memphis, Tenn. and destined for Fort Worth. “Intercepting illegal drugs from entering our country is a top priority for CBP,” said Dallas Area Port Director Cleatus P. Hunt, Jr. “CBP officers targeted and seized a large amount of dangerous narcotics, preventing those drugs from ending up in the hands of our community.” Two boxes of unlabeled bottles were shipped and manifested as “printing ink” with a declared value of $90.

Wed
10
Jan

GoFundMe set up for local house fire victims

A local family lost their home in a fire Wednesday, Jan. 3, and have since set up a GoFundMe campaign for their needs. Brittney and Tim Hall, of Fairfield, and their children lost their home and belongings. The fire reportedly began under the entertainment center. Requested items include clothing and gift cards to help purchase basic items. According to information found on the donation website, most of the family's belongings were either burned, smoke damaged, or a total loss.

Needed items include:

 

 

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Wed
10
Jan

Pct. 1 voting box moved, court talks opioid litigation

Precinct 1 voters in the Oakwood area will now cast their ballots at Lone Star Baptist Church, 110 County Road 280 in Oakwood.
Photo by April Walker

The Liberty voting box – used for precinct 1 voters in the Oakwood area – will be moved to a local church after a September discussion showed just how bad the condition of the building had gotten. Pct. 1 Commissioner Andy Bonner discussed the move with Democrat chair Opal Oliver and commissioners agreed. Voters will now head over to Lone Star Baptist Church on County Road 280 to cast their ballot.

“It's a good place to move it,” said Bonner. “Opal's a member of that church.”

Voters will have electricity, restrooms, and parking areas at the church. The current building has no electricity, no restroom or air conditioning, and the floor is rotting.

Commissioners voted to enter the agreement with The Beckham Group regarding opioid litigation. County Attorney Brian Evans suggested commissioners go ahead with the proposed opioid litigation after reviewing the agreement, which was presented by Dallas-based attorney Patrick McShan at the court's Dec. 20 meeting.

Wed
10
Jan

Gift of Bibles thought to be bomb

A suspicious package was discovered at the Freestone County courthouse early Monday morning. McLennan County Bomb Squad was called in to investigate, while DPS and Freestone County deputies closed the entrances to Mount Street on the square.
Photo by April Walker

A gift box containing Bibles was thought to be a bomb by a DPS Trooper early Tuesday morning on the courthouse square resulting in the closing of surrounding offices and Mount Street entrances. 

A press release issued by Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said a trooper discovered the box on a bench on the west side of the courthouse at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.

An investigation ensued with McLennan County Bomb Squad leading the way.

A card left inside the package explained the Bibles were for Fairfield police and the person referred to police as “Impoverished Smurfs.”

Shipley said in the press release:

“At approximately 2:30 a.m. a Freestone County DPS officer, while coming to the DPS office in the courthouse, observed a box that was sitting on a bench on the west side of the courthouse.

“At that time, an investigation ensued and as further information developed it was determined that the

 

 

Thu
28
Dec

Market Days future rocky

City Administrator Jeff Looney presented Market Days information he compiled himself over the last few years to City Council last week. Also pictured is (seated from left) Public Works Director Clyde Woods, Police Chief Kenny Bulger, and Accessories Etc. owner Mary Small.

Photo by April Walker

Fairfield City Council discussed the future of Market Days during last week's Tuesday night meeting. According to information compiled by City Administrator Jeff Looney, Market Days has been losing $20,000 per year for five years – a total of $100,000.

Market Days Director Darlene Jones says the problem isn't vendors and shoppers, it's the city cutting her funding and a lack of visible signs to draw shoppers to the market.

Councilman Place 5 Kenny Hughes, who is running for mayor in 2018, suggested – with the support of the council – a workshop to discuss the market, its needs, and more in January.

Looney alleges the city is losing roughly $900 per month in private rentals of the Green Barn and Civic Center, which is where many vendors set up their wares; however, City Secretary Misty Richardson said she only receives “three or four calls a year about renting the Green Barn.”

“So, what's causing the decline?” asked Councilman Place 2 Randy Johnson.

Thu
28
Dec

Family welcomes new baby

Caden Werner Pierce

Grandparents Bryan and Djuana Pierce, of Joshua, are proud to announce the arrival of their grandson, Caden Werner Pierce. Caden was born Nov. 29 at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, to parents Coy and Daysha Pierce, of Arlington. Caden weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

 

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Thu
28
Dec

Store Front decor winner announced

Creations Flowers & Gifts, 305 E. Commerce in Fairfield, took first place in the annual Store Front Decorating Contest held by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Second place went to Scott's Collision Center, 1380 U.S. 84 West in Fairfield, and Dapper Designs, 207 E. Commerce in Fairfield, took third. A total of nine businesses entered the contest. Pictured are Creations owner Gail Farish and Demar Hill.

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Thu
28
Dec

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.

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