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Detective: Freestone County area could be target for sex-trafficking

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MeLennan County detective Joe Scaramucci presents a program July 12 about human-trafficking.

Photo by Thomas Leffler/The Fairfield Recorder

The topic of human trafficking throughout Texas and the Freestone County area was brought to the attention of Fairfield citizens this past week.

McLennan County detective Joe Scaramucci, representing trafficking awareness program Unbound, was a guest speaker July 12 at Enforcer Educational Services, detailing the ways trafficking has affected the communities of Texas and beyond.

Human trafficking, broken down into the categories of labor and sex trafficking, is a $150 billion industry annually, with 313,000 victims in Texas alone.

More than 79,000 of these victims are minors or youth, brought in by traffickers to provide labor or sexual acts through force, fraud, or coercion.

During the presentation, Scaramucci outlined the systemic trafficking taking place in Texas, which contains 20 percent of victims throughout the United States.

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18
Jul
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‘All Hail Dogan’

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Bobby Cooper, third from left, who was a member of the final 8th grade class of Dogan School, won second place for his car entry in the parade on Saturday. Helping him accept his trophy are, l-r, his classmates Stephanie Cornish Whitfield, class salutatorian Joyce Ransom Bennett, Mr. Cooper, Glenda Coleman, Margaret Andy Scott and class valedictorian Rose McCullough Lewis. There were a total of 23 students in the class.

Photos by Mary Cryer Awalt/The Fairfield Recorder

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Leading her fellow alumni in a chorus of the Dogan alma mater, “All Hail Dogan”, is Sherry Andy Brackens.

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Winning third place parade float for his entry in Saturday’s event was Minister Clifford Estell McIlveen, left, who is also this past year’s president of the Dogan Alumni Association. He is awarded the trophy by parade chairman Kennard Bowen.

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Winning the trophy for First Place Car at Saturday’s Dogan Alumni Reunion parade was the entry from Joan Ransom, above.

Scores of Dogan Wildcats returned to Fairfield this past weekend for the 2019 Dogan Alumni Reunion, which spanned three days and included a talent show, a parade, a business meeting and picnic, a dinner and dance, and a memorial service.

The reunion was the 16th held by the group, this year featuring a theme of “Royal Blue and Gold Legacy Soiree” at Saturday night’s dance.

Events kicked off Friday night with the Big Broadcast talent show at the Fairfield High School auditorium.

After a processional led by Dogan alumni Tony Brackens and T.J. Gatson, and a prayer by Elder Melvin Gatson, the official welcome was offered by Sandra McIlveen Goosby, Edward Johnson Jr. and Minister Clifford Estell McIlveen.

Thu
18
Jul
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Air quality problem forces City Hall to Conference Center

A bevy of concerned citizens listened to the details behind the temporary shutdown and relocation of City Hall at the July 15 Special Meeting of City Council, held in the city Conference Center at 839 E. Commerce St.

Beginning July 16, City Hall will be officially open with the Conference Center as its new location, a decision made after a July 12 shutdown of the 222 S. Mount St. location. A failed air quality test of City Hall, taken by Texas Mold Solutions consultant Brett Lewis, prompted the relocation.

Lewis’ testimony revealed that mold concentration levels in multiple areas within the Mount St. building were vastly higher than a control sample taken from outside the facilities.

In the area housing the Fairfield Police Department and 911 dispatching services, concentration was over 100 times the amount of the outside sample. The council’s chambers were 60 times the concentration of the sample.

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Fairfield’s auditor claims city overpaid Teague more than $1 million

Forsenic auditor William Brown of W.D. Brown and Associates PLLC was the featured guest at Fairfield City Council’s July 9 meeting, presenting analysis of the interlocal definitive agreement between the city of Fairfield and the city of Teague.

Presenting a recalculation of amounts owed to Fairfield under the agreement with Teague for the Boyd Prison unit, Brown made several assertions on the payment process between the two cities.

Tasked by the city to look over audited financial statements dating back to 1995, Brown’s presentation found an overpayment by Fairfield to Teague in the amount of $1,063,703. The amount comes from a difference between annual bond payments made from Fairfield and Teague’s share of adjusted excess revenues.

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04
Jul
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Pretrial date set for man accused of Allen’s murder

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Dabrett Black is transferred into the courtroom by a deputy.

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A gathering of court officials and state troopers entered the Freestone County Courthouse on Friday morning, June 28, for an update on a high-profile case.

Dabrett Black, charged with capital murder of a peace officer after the death of State Trooper Damon Allen in November 2017, appeared in court with his legal counsel. The court announced an intended pretrial date and time for the Black case, which will be at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26.

 

 

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Lots to fireworks to choose from these days

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Simpson Fireworks owner Evan Simpson, center, poses behind the stand’s biggest collection, described as a “fireworks show in a box.” The assemblage contains 18 items that set off 782 separate explosions of color and sound. With Simpson are Jera Keithley and Riley Simpson.

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Fireworks stand owner Evan Simpson knows the biggest rush is yet to come.

The trailer parked beside his fireworks stand at the intersection of FM 27 and Interstate 45 in Fairfield is full of boxes yet to be unpacked. Although his inventory still needs constant replenishing as customers drop by, the family-run stand will be its busiest on July 4, after the big fireworks show that evening.

His cousin and coworker, Riley Simpson of College Station, explains.

 

 

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She’s a busy bee-keeper

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ABOVE: Melinda Richardson checks on her bees she keeps in hives on her property in Teague.

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LEFT: Melinda Richardson fills her smoker with fuel. The smoke from the device helps remove bees from structures.

Photos by Thomas Leffler/ The Mexia News

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Attics are popular with bees, and one of those areas tough to remove them from.

Most people would be at least a little nervous, if not downright terrified, if surrounded by thousands upon thousands of bees.

Melinda Richardson is not like most people.

A single mother of three, Richardson thrives in the bee-infested areas in which others fear to trek. She began Richardson Bee Removal in 2016, providing a chance for landowners to rid themselves of the insect and an opportunity to collect bees and honey for herself.

 

 

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Auditor reports Fairfield finances could get better

The financial health of Fairfield was the top discussion during the June 25 City Council meeting at Fairfield City Hall.

Frank Steele, of Anderson, Marx & Bohl P.C., brought the September 30, 2018 annual audit report to the council’s attention, breaking down the city’s various funds, payments and overall condition of the Fairfield economy.

Fairfield’s general fund, which covers about 90 percent of government activity, has $76,000 in free funds. The balance was at $258,000 before the council committed $182,000 to street work in 2019. Government activity covered through the general fund includes fire and police department costs, as well as street and park upkeep. Helping out with the fund was a $289,000 reimbursement from the enterprise fund, which covers water and waste water services.

 

 

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Jun

6 teams move forward in Iron Chef

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50 Shades of Food was just one of the teams moving forward in this week's Iron Chef competition.
Photo courtesy of Laura Craddick

Six teams are moving forward in the first annual Iron Chef competition at Fairfield High School after competing against other class periods last week in the appetizers round. Judging this event are nine community members. During the first round of cooking, the winning teams created various appetizers based on the mystery ingredient, which was avocado.

Moving on to the next round and their winning dish are:

Wed
13
Feb

Election filings underway

Although the county has no election this year, city council and school board are gearing up for early voting in April as each have three seats open.

Up for council re-election are Place 3 Keith Daniels, Place 4 Landis Bayless, and Place 5 Jason Bosley. Although election packets have been picked up for city council, none were turned in by presstime Tuesday.

The deadline to apply for the election is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

FISD Interim Superintendent Tony Price reported three places up for election on the school board, for which one application has been submitted

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