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12
Sep

No injuries in house fire

A man rushes to help another man move a four-wheeler out of the way while black smoke billows from the roof.
Photo by April Walker

Firefighters fought a losing battle Wednesday, Sept. 5, on FM 2547 outside of Fairfield when a single story home went up in flames. Heavy smoke and flames were coming from the roof when fire departments arrived. Fairfield VFD reported the fire began in the attic of the home. The home reportedly belonged to Kelly Allison and Josh DeLeon, who were not home when the fire began. Fire officials said the crew entered the home and began an offensive fire attack. Two firefighters were treated by Fairfield EMS for heat-related emergencies. Assisting in this fire was Teague VFD, Wortham VFD, Streetman VFD, Southern Oaks VFD, Dew VFD, Fairfield EMS, and Freestone County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Wed
12
Sep

FuelMaxx slated to open Sept. 18

FuelMaxx houses Checker's, Taco Corner, and Dickie's BBQ. Business owner Mahendi Maknojia said the new location will open Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Photo by April Walker

FuelMaxx General Manager Shoaib "Sam" Miaji said his company is still hiring for Dickie's BBQ and Checkers in Fairfield. "Between the two we will be hiring 25 employees with management opportunities once trained," said Miaji in a recent interview.

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Wed
05
Sep

Departments present budgets to CoF council

Several departments presented their budget proposals to Fairfield city councilmen Monday, Aug. 27, but no decisions will be made until closer to October. Leslie Tate, Freestone County Historical Museum board treasurer, presented their budget requesting $40,000 – the regular $15,000 operating costs plus an additional $25,000 for the 1880s Freestone County Jail project.

Tate said the board is hoping to continue with the project by removing any interior walls not original to the building, relocating the stairs to the original place, and stabilizing the floor.

Freestone County gave the museum $10,000 in operating costs, but chose to give none for the project.

Wed
05
Sep

Something for everyone this wee

This weekend will be a busy one in Fairfield with six events planned throughout town. The biggest event is the 21st Annual Show of Wheels and city-wide garage sale. Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting the car show along with the City of Fairfield from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, on the courthouse square. Look for a garage sale map on Page 3 in the Sept. 6 edition of the Recorder.

A Swap Meet and Poker Run are also planned to kick off the weekend. Registration for the Poker Run is open from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Bayless Napa Auto Parts at 357 W. Commerce in Fairfield. Cost is $10 per vehicle; car show participants are free.

Wed
05
Sep

Council hears tax rules

City councilmen got a refresher course in Hotel/Motel tax usage from an attorney during the Monday, Aug. 27 meeting. Brian Sullivan, one of three attorneys for the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association, discussed rules and uses per state law regarding this revenue. “Every expenditure of hotel tax money must directly enhance and promote tourism,” said Sullivan. Sullivan explained there are eight different uses for the hotel tax money in Fairfield, including convention centers, advertising and promotion, and historical restoration. Although the state charges 6 percent tax, Fairfield also receives an additional 7 percent tax bringing the city’s total hotel tax revenue to 13 percent. In order to use that revenue, the city must spend it on events promoting tourism. Sullivan describes a tourist as anyone from outside the city or county. The different uses for the revenue are:

 

Wed
05
Sep

Calpine donates to FCSO

Calpine Corporation donated $2,000 to Freestone County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, Aug. 29, which Sheriff Jeremy Shipley says the department will use to buy two Tasers. “We have a couple of officers trained,” said Shipley. “We’ll be for sure buying two for those individuals.” Shipley said he would like to have four to six because “it’s important to have another non-lethal option.” Pictured from left are Deputy Devin Mowry, Calpine Plant Manager Ty Pate, Calpine Business Manager John Taylor, and Sheriff Jeremy Shipley.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
29
Aug

Executive session item added

After a lengthy executive session, Fairfield city council added an agenda item to be discussed in private Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The council entered into executive session for an hour and 46 minutes during which the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) discussed matters pertaining to a pending property purchase and the hiring of a police officer.

One agenda item – a request from TABC for the City of Fairfield – slated to originally be discussed during open session was also talked behind closed doors. This item was later added and assigned code 551.076, which pertains to the discussion of security measures.

Wed
29
Aug

2 arrested in pot operation

Two individuals were arrested in Kirvin after officers discovered a marijuana growth operation while following up on an alleged threat report.

Freestone County Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Willis arrested 68-year-old Richard Burton Reichert and his wife, Terri Lynn Reichert, 57, at their home in Kirvin on FM 80 North Saturday, Aug. 25.

Deputies allegedly found an active marijuana

 

Wed
29
Aug

New book mentions 2 historic churches

Of the 186 churches in a new book written by William and Mary Pamela Schaefer, Harmony Church in Steward's Mill (pictured) and Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church of Kirvin were both mentioned.

Two local historic churches were mentioned in a newly published book by Houston residents William and Mary Pamela Schaefer. Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church of Kirvin and Harmony Church of Stewards Mill each got their own page in the book featuring 186 historic churches throughout Texas.

According to the synopsis, the Schaefer’s have visited and photographed approximately 1,000 historic churches in Texas over the past 10 years.

Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church

Wed
29
Aug

Driskell wins bass tourney

Pictured are first place winner Bobby Driskell (left) and Gail Cates, who took second place in the Fairfield Lake Tuesday Night Bass Fishing Tournament. Driskell's catch weighed in at 5.51 pounds, while Cates' fish was 4.08 ounces.
Photo by Billy Patterson

Bringing in the first place spot in last week’s Tuesday Night Bass Tournament was Bobby Driskell with a 5.51 pound largemouth bass. Driskell’s son, Easton, also was a winner this week, bringing in a 2.98 pound fish and taking fourth place. Easton is a first grader at Fairfield Elementary School. Gail Cates, of Mexia, took second place with a 4.08 pounder, while Mexia resident Lane Smith took third place with his 3.09 pound fish. Driskell pocketed $108 for his placing and Cates took $72. Only 12 anglers participated

 

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