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Thu
11
Oct

TRTA director speaks

A bleak picture was painted earlier this month when the executive director of Texas Retired Teachers Association spoke in Fairfield regarding public school employees and the upcoming election. Tim Lee said at the Oct. 2 meeting that there is no plan at this time to address the short fall due to the lowering of the assumption rate as it was voted on this past summer. The consequence of this action for active teachers is that they will continue to contribute to a system that might not have funds for their own retirement. Lee also said currently retired teachers should not expect a cost-of-living raise for the next 50 or up to 100 years. The teachers have not received a cost-of-living raise in the last 15 years.

Wed
10
Oct

Spooky October planned at Fairfield Lake

With Halloween just around the corner Fairfield Lake State Park is planning several spooky events for area youth. A pumpkin decorating contest is planned with Fairfield Library. This is a no carving contest for ages 18 and under with a family friendly theme. Groups and individuals are welcome to participate. Participants should clearly label their pumpkin with a name and phone number. Pumpkins can be displayed at the Fairfield Library beginning Tuesday, Oct. 23, and must be picked up by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. To enter the contest, participants must drop off pumpkins on the courthouse square at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, during Boo on the Square. Each person is responsible for submitting their pumpkins to the courthouse square. Judging begins at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be given to the winners. The state park is also hosting the following chilling events:

 

Wed
10
Oct

Veterans Day photos wanted

The Fairfield Recorder is recognizing local veterans for our annual Veterans Appreciation section to be published in November. Freestone County residents are encouraged to send in photos of family members who served in any branch of the military, along with name, rank, branch, and years of service. Photos can either be emailed to April Walker at news@fairfield-recorder.com or dropped off at the Recorder office at 101 E. Commerce in Fairfield. The deadline to submit photos is Friday, Oct. 28.

Wed
10
Oct

Pink Out 2018

Despite the Eagles loss, this year's Pink Out event was a success with varsity cheerleaders raising $4,000 for the Freestone Cancer Support Group. The team gave the donation check to FCSG members during last week's Pink Out Pep Rally.

Photo courtesy of Tammy Gawryszewski

Wed
10
Oct

Dogan Bi-Annual 5K Walk-A-Thon slated for Saturday

Dogan Alumni Association is hosting their 3rd Bi-Annual 5K Walk-A-Thon Saturday at the Fairfield High School football field. The event kicks off with registration from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Dogan cafeteria. Late registrants can pick up a packet. Alumni are also hosting a reunion, kick off party, most creative sign, banner, or poster contest, and a basket raffle.

 

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Wed
10
Oct

Freestone County coalition supports Prop A

FAIRFIELD – Freestone County residents have formed a grassroots coalition to stop cities from forcibly annexing property. Freestone County resident coalition spokesman Ed O’Neill said his group is encouraging voters to support Proposition A on the November 6 ballot, which would change Freestone County to a Tier 2 county. Cities in Tier 2 counties must get approval from the impacted residents before they can annex property, according to the Texas Annexation Right to Vote passed in 2017 by the state Legislature. Freestone County is currently a Tier 1 county, which means cities can forcibly annex property, subjecting people to increased taxes and regulations.

Wed
10
Oct

Carter Enterprises donates to FCSG

Carter Enterprises last week donated to the upcoming Fall Style Show, sponsored by the Freestone Cancer Support Group. The Style Show is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Depot X. Pizza Hut employees are Christian Stanley, Ricardo Ramirez, Vicki Lane, Arlie Jones, Hillary Diaz, Jose Tula, and Manager Luis Vera pictured with FCSG members Jeannette Cornett, Diana Lewis, and Janet Bulger. FCSG members also accepted a donation from Texas Burger employees Melissa Zuniga, Manager Constance Alexander, and Stacey Vaughn.

Photos by April Walker

Wed
10
Oct

Freeport goods exemption considered

FEDC Director David Fowler presents commissioner's with information regarding the freeport goods exemption.
Photo by April Walker

Commissioners are considering exempting freeport goods in Freestone County in an effort to attract manufacturing companies. Fairfield Economic Development Corporation Director David Fowler presented the information to the court last week and said he is also working with the school district and the City of Fairfield to obtain a triple freeport exemption.

“This will attract businesses to come here, build a warehouse, create jobs here because it’s an incentive for them to come,” said Fowler. “The City of Fairfield has exempted. I have met with FISD and are pretty sure they will approve it in November.”

Wed
26
Sep

Black pre-trial Thursday

A pre-trial is slated for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, for the man accused of killing local DPS Trooper Damon Allen last Thanksgiving Day during a traffic stop on I-45 near Dew. Dabrett Black and his lawyer, Susan Anderson, will face 77th District Judge Patrick Simmons in court. Black is still held in jail on capital murder charges for the death of Allen, as well as aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest or detention, both in Smith County, and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle in Anderson County.

Wed
26
Sep

Teague, Fairfield lawsuit update

The City of Teague, represented by the municipal law firm of Messer, Rockefeller & Fort PLLC, filed a lawsuit against the City of Fairfield Tuesday, Sept. 18 as well as a temporary restraining order against the Fairfield City Council meeting that was to take place that same evening.

This lawsuit has been filed in the District Court of Freestone County 87th Judicial District to be heard by District Court Judge Deborah Oakes Evans.

This suit spells out breaches in a 1990 facilities agreement and 1992 Interlocal Definitive Agreement (IDA) between the cities and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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