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Feb

16 indicted in county

Freestone County Grand Jury returned 16 indictments against various individuals this month, including James Minifee, of Teague, for two counts of indecency with a child. Other indictments included:

Wed
01
Feb

TxDOT open house planned

FREESTONE COUNTY – The Bryan District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is developing plans to improve the traffic flow of I-45 frontage roads and ramps within the Fairfield area. An informal open house is scheduled for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Fairfield Elementary School. A proposed project layout will be available for viewing and TxDOT staff will be available to discuss the project. Since this meeting will be conducted as an open house, no formal presentation is planned. Attendees may come and go at their convenience.

 

 

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Fairfield stings the Hornets in thriller 67-65

Fairfield junior Kolbie Branch, 4, looks for an outlet pass last week in the Eagles' complete domination of the Madisonville Mustangs, 75-38! Branch, a great all-round player, had 12 rebounds and several steals for the week as he and his teammates increased their district record (4-0), one game ahead of Mexia.

Photo contributed by Sha-Wanda Ransom

As the only undefeated team in 18-4A through the first half of the district race, the Eagles literally flew circles around the Madisonville Mustangs last Tuesday, Jan. 24, almost doubling them, 75-38! Then, on Friday, they fell behind early in the game to Athens, 10-2, then came back to take a 21-20 lead just before the first quarter ended.

They eventually won a fiercely fought battle on the very last possessions of the game by two points! Fairfield goes into their Tuesday night, Jan. 31 rematch with second place Mexia, ranked No. 27 in the state in Class 4-A (188 schools) by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and 11th by the computer formulas of Max Preps. They currently stand (22-5) for the season!

 

Wed
01
Feb

Packed house supports FMC

A large crowd packed the lobby of the new Freestone Medical Center last week during the open house event. Freestone Medical Center CEO Stace Holland introduced the staff and board. "It takes a great team to make a great hospital. ETMC left us a great team and a great hospital to do great things," he said. Attendees were offered tours of the hospital and refreshments were served. For more information about Freestone Medical Center, visit www.freestonemc.com.

Photo by April Walker

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01
Feb

Local LEOs enjoy luncheon

Local boutique Brenda's Closet hosted a luncheon for the local law enforcement officials last week on the square in an effort to show them support. Joining the lunch were Larry Jones, David Utsey, Rich Howertson, and Kristy Lawrence.

Photo submitted by Jeremy Shipley

Wed
01
Feb

Kirgan earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Joe Lee Kirgan IV (right) awarded his grandfather, Joe Lee Kirgan, Jr. (left), with the Lifetime Achievement Award at last week's Fairfield Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Photo by April Walker

It was an emotional night for one family when their patriarch was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his selfless contributions to this community. “He has impacted me more than he will ever take credit for and more than I can ever describe,” Joe Lee Kirgan IV said about his grandfather.

Joe Lee Kirgan, Jr. took home this prestigious award from last week's Chamber of Commerce Banquet for his work in journalism and various other roles in the community.

“He doesn't speak of his accomplishments or contributions, which goes to show how selfless and humble he is,” said Kirgan's grandson.

Kirgan, who owned and operated The Fairfield Recorder from 1960-1985, said he was totally shocked and humbled. “No way I expected it,” said Kirgan in a phone interview. “I am very proud and didn't feel like I deserved it.”

Wed
11
Jan

Museum sponsors contest for celebration

The Freestone County Historical Museum is excited to announce the museum’s 50 Year Celebration. The museum staff and board would like to make Freestone County 7th graders a part of the celebration by sponsoring a Freestone County History Museum Display Poster Board Contest for all county 7th grade social studies and language arts students. The winning board will be displayed in the Poster Display Area at the museum throughout 2017. There is a $50 prize for the winning student or group and a $50 prize for the teacher, plus a pizza party for the classroom that submits the winning poster! The teacher will also receive a $100 gift certificate for the purchase of historic fiction and non-fiction books/materials for the classroom! Each 7th grade classroom will be able to submit two boards to be judged at the museum. We hope you will approve this project for your 7th grade students and encourage the teachers and students to participate.

Wed
11
Jan

Freestone Medical Center opens 70 years after county hospital began in 1947

This article about opening of Freestone County Cooperative Hospital was published in the Fairfield Recorder on July 10, 1947. The original article was provided by Pat Robertson (aka Nurse Pat), and The Fairfield Record has authorized and approved re-publishing it. January 1, 2017 was the opening day of operation of the new Freestone Medical Center. This is a timely reminder that we have been fortunate to have local medical services for 70 years.

County Hospital Is Opened – Long Cherished Dream Realized When Badly Needed Institution In Operation

Wed
11
Jan

Grease wows crowd

Danny Zuko (played by Josh Folsom) and Marty Maraschino (played by Jenna Swinburn) took a breather after the three-day performance of Grease Live! produced by the Teague High School Theater group.

Photo by Helen Pickett

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11
Jan

FES, FIS named District UIL winners

With a total of 610 points, Fairfield elementary and intermediate school teams were awarded first place in the 2016-17 UIL Competition held in December against Athens, Palestine, Madisonville, and Mexia. Students competed in various events including Art, Chess Puzzle, and Creative Writing. Sonya Gibson was the UIL coordinator for the elementary school, while Andrea Roller served as the intermediate school coordinator. Winning teams are as follows:

 

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