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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.

Wed
26
Sep

Dew Bulldog runners set new personal best at meet

The Dew Bulldogs Cross Country team traveled to Fairfield Saturday, Sept. 7. The Bulldogs did well in both races as each runner set new personal records for themselves. The fastest boy was Aaron Valentin with a time of 15:13.

Next but not far behind was Joshua Owens with a time of 16:56.

Wed
26
Sep

Barker's donate to children's home

Dale and Eunice Daniel Barker blessed Pleasant Hills Children’s Home with a donation of exercise equipment. Eunice (pictured) donated a treadmill to the facility. She is the niece of founder J.B. Daniel, as seen in the wall photo.

Courtesy photo

 

Wed
26
Sep

Dew 4-H elects officers

Dew 4-H held their first 2018-19 meeting Tuesday, Sept. 11, and selected new officers. Meetings are slated for 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Dew ISD cafeteria. Pictured are (from left) Secretary Makenna Eppes, Treasurer Marissa Eppes, President Cooper Craddick, Vice President Lucky Jones, and Reporter Mahala Newsom.

Photo courtesy of Haley Newsom

Wed
26
Sep

9/11 remembered by area veterans

September 11, 2001 is a day that will live forever in the memories of those who watched and were a part of the tragedy that struck this country.

"This is Patriot Day," Senior Vice Commander of Fairfield VFW Post No. 5872, Arne Henderson said. "This is the day we honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11 and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety and our freedom."

The Teague Senior Center hosted a flag folding ceremony as a memorial to 9/11 Tuesday Sept. 11 during the lunch hour.

Wed
26
Sep

Local teen dies in fire

Pictured is an older photo of Victoria Smith (left), her mother Diana Smith, and a younger sister.
GoFundMe photo

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family of a young woman who died in a house fire Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Clay Hill community of Freestone County. Victoria Smith, 19, died in the home while firemen attempted to break through an exterior wall into the bathroom where she was trapped.

It is not yet known how the fire began or why the teen was unable to get out of the house. Texas State Fire Marshals are investigating.

Thu
20
Sep

Cefco armed robbery

Police are still looking for a man who allegedly robbed the Cefco gas station in Fairfield Friday morning, Sept. 14. According to Fairfield Police Department, the store manager was getting into his vehicle at about 10:08 a.m. Friday morning to take a deposit to the bank.

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Thu
20
Sep

CoT suing CoF

Messer, Rockefeller and Fort, PLLC, on behalf of the City of Teague, will file a lawsuit in Freestone County district court against the City of Fairfield for breaches of an interlocal agreement and facilities agreement between the cities regarding management of funds from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act, and for declaratory and injunctive relief.

Thu
20
Sep

Jonathan Hardin Chapter begins new year

DAR Regent Nancy McSwane (left) is pictured with new member Sherrie Clark Wilson, who gave a presentation on her new book at the recent DAR meeting.
Courtesy photo

Jonathan Hardin Chapter, NSDAR, started their new year of meetings with reports from various chairs and members. After hearing the treasurer’s report – from newly elected Chapter Treasurer Diane Pullin – the Chapter Executive Board approved the 2018-19 budget.

The opening program was presented by author, speaker, and new chapter member Sherrie Clark Wilson. In her program, entitled “Courageous Leadership, Distinctions of Powerful Leaders,” she shared her experiences as the first female firefighter and paramedic in the Dallas Fire Rescue Department, as well as how she eventually became a successful leader and business owner in a field related to her 34 year career with DFRD. Her most recent book is “Faith on Fire.”

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