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20
Sep

DAR promotes Constitution Week

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DAR members witnessing Judge Linda Grant's proclamation signing are (from left) Carol Anne Biggar, DAR member; Kathleen McKee, DAR recording secretary; Dianne Pullin, DAR treasurer; Judge Linda Grant (seated); Patti Gauntt, DAR member; Nancy McSwane, DAR chapter regent; and Billie Bournias, DAR registrar.
Photo by April Walker

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the U.S Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today.

Freestone County Judge Linda Grant recently signed a proclamation promoting Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. The annual celebration began Monday, Sept. 17, across the United States.

Thu
20
Sep

Wortham man dies in motorcycle crash

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Keith Harrup is pictured on the motorcycle he won from a Harley Davidson dealership in Waco just last week.
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Two days after winning the prize of a lifetime a Wortham man passed away in a motorcycle accident on FM 80 North in Freestone County. According to DPS reports the motorcycle accident occurred at 11:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, while attempting to avoid a deer. Reports show Harrup was traveling north around a sharp curve when a deer ran into the roadway. Harrup allegedly swerved to the left and traveled into a wet barrow ditch toward a driveway when he hit a tree and died on impact. Reports say he

 

Wed
12
Sep

Bible Study Fellowship classes planned

First Baptist Church of Fairfield is hosting Bible Study Fellowship classes from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Thursday, beginning Sept. 13. Classes will continue through Thursday, May 2, with breaks for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the school’s Spring Break (March 11-15 following the school schedule in Waco). Bible Study Fellowship is a non-denominational study of God’s Word with classes all over the world, each studying the same subject and passages through 29 lessons. Bible Study Fellowship – People of the Promised Lane Part 1 begins with Joshua and the conquering of the Promised Lane. Lessons for the year take us through 1 Kings 11 and the undivided kingdom of Israel. This study is in-depth using the Scripture as the primary source material. The BSF study method incorporates individual daily study with

 

Wed
12
Sep

Car enthusiasts fill square

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Linda Mullen and husband, Marvin, took home 1st place in Original Trucks 1950-1964, as well as Fire Chief's Choice Award in the 21st Annual Show of Wheels car show at Fairfield.
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Despite the threatening weather, the 21st Annual Show of Wheels was a huge success with live music, food trucks, and great looking rides! Show of Wheels participants also gained free entry into the Friday night Men’s Poker Run with awards being given to Best Poker Hand and Worst Poker Hand.

Taking the title of Best Poker Hand was Place 1 Councilman James Tyus, while winner of the Worst Poker Hand was Fairfield Library Director Gary Wiggins. The ladies enjoyed their own Poker Stroll Saturday morning with Shelli Geer winning Best Poker Hand and Shana Skeans winning Worst Poker Hand.

Wed
12
Sep

Classes begin at Faith Academy

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Tuesday was an exciting day for Faith Academy, a newly formed Christian school in Fairfield. Students began their first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Christian Life Center at First Baptist Church of Fairfield. Pictured is teacher Kayla Lupo (left) accepting a copy of the U.S. Constitution from VFW Post 5872 Quartermaster Robbie Robertson. Robertson also led the children in the pledge of allegiance to both the U.S. and Texas. For more information about the school, contact Faith Academy via email at info@fafreestone.org or visit their website at www.fafreestone.org.

Photo courtesy of Jane Phillips

 

Wed
12
Sep

No injuries in house fire

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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

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

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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:

 

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