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Wed
21
Mar

CC Farms grand opening

Jesse and Darlene Jones, owners of CC Farms, hosted a grand opening event and tasting Saturday, March 17, at Lazy Texan Trading Company in Teague. The Jones' have been in business for several years and recently opened a booth to sell their products at the Lazy Texan. Jams and jellies, pickled vegetables, dressings and salsa's make up the majority of their business. Find CC Farms on Facebook or stop by the Lazy Texan.

Photo by Mimi Brown

Wed
21
Mar

State meet

These four girls headed to the state powerlifting meet in Waco Saturday, March 17, with two competing and two as alternates. Senior Jamie Wilkinson lifted well and was in fourth place going into her deadlift when judges ruled she did not make her lifts. Sophomore Madi Isaacs placed 8th of 12 lifters in her weight class. Pictured are (from left) Daeja Harris, Madi Isaacs, Jamie Wilkinson, and Ashlyn Garcia.

Photo by Shae Garcia

Wed
21
Mar

Rotary attends PETS

Pictured are District 5870 Assistant Governor Landis Bayless and Fairfield Rotary President Elect Lynn Simpson at the Lone Star PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) in Dallas this month.

Two local Fairfield Rotary Club members attended a training seminar recently in which they were prepared for their upcoming roles in the club. District 5870 Assistant Governor Landis Bayless and President-elect Lynn Simpson enjoyed provocative plenary speakers, in-depth breakout sessions, and informal fellowship and networking at the Rotary Lone Star Presidents-Elect Training Seminar (PETS). This event is a joint effort of 10 Rotary International districts in the State of Texas.

Wed
21
Mar

Teen hosts "walk out" at FHS

Fairfield High School students participated in a "walk out" Tuesday morning to show their support of the victims of the Florida school shooting. Students prayed and had a moment of silence. Pictured above is Morgan Treece, the student responsible for planning the event. Treece urged her fellow classmates to take a few moments each day to be kind and make an effort to talk to someone they don't know. "It's simple to be kind," said Treece. Look for a follow up story on this event in a future edition.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
21
Mar

FVFD boasts new gear

Fairfield VFD volunteer Cody Blair and Chief Matt Foree gave city council members a demonstration of their new gear at the March 13 meeting.
Photo by April Walker

Fairfield Fire Chief Matt Foree and fellow volunteer Cody Blair gave a presentation of their new gear at the March 13 city council meeting. The department finally received the gear after numerous council meetings to discuss the need versus the cost.

Foree explained the department changed the color of their jackets and pants to black in lieu of the previous beige. “Everybody's in favor of the darker gear,” said Foree. “But it still takes the same amount of heat.”

Foree said the department's motto is “Two minutes or less.”

“That's part of the training,” he explained. “Get dressed in two minutes or less. Some can do it in less than a minute.”

The jackets have a removable outer shell which can be cleaned in an extractor to remove chemicals and other health hazards. Each fireman received custom fit gear along with the new air packs.

Thu
15
Mar

Good fishing on Richland Chambers Lake

Fishing Friends,

We began our Spring Break week last Friday and Saturday with both boats out and some dads and sons on board. Normally we fish for the white bass and hybrid stripers during Spring Break but the large numbers of fish have not shown up yet as they are probably up the creeks finishing off their annual spawn. We've heard a couple of reports of fishermen catching a few white bass so it won't be long til everyone is! In the mean time, we continue to catch blue and channel catfish! We had a very good Friday with some nice cloud cover and south wind and then a little slower Saturday with the sunshine and calm breeze. The best bite is always associated with cloud cover and a nice south wind, but you can't have perfect conditions every outing! We still managed a nice ice chest of fish for all our customers!

 

 

Thu
15
Mar

Oversize load

Crews with Oversize Escorting Service – a pilot car company – along with a police escort stopped traffic briefly at the intersection of U.S. 84 and Mount Streets in Fairfield while an oilfield separator made its way through town Friday, March 9. The equipment separates the water from the gas.

Photo by April Walker

Thu
15
Mar

Taize event at FUMC

Rebecca Garrett Pace is slated to be the special guest at the Taize event slated for 6 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at First United Methodist Church in Fairfield. Pace has been singing, drumming, and creating art since before she could walk and has been participating in Fellowship events for the last 27 years, beginning as a tiny tot at Lake Junaluska Music & Worship Arts Week with her mom. She holds a Master of Sacred Music degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a Bachelor of Music from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. At White Rock UMC, Pace leads chancel choir, folk band, and children’s worship arts. In addition, Pace leads TAIZE’ services throughout Dallas each month with a team of worship leaders from the Dallas area.

Thu
15
Mar

Traveling group returns from Southern Charm

The travelers enjoyed visiting the Angel Tree on Johns Island in Savannah, Georgia. Group members are (from left) Judy Wardle, Donna Mitchell, Benny Shaunfield, Cindy Shaunfield, Jerri McBay, Carol Chappell, Dawn Price, Barbara Rhodes, Joyce Campbell, and Mike Chappell.
Photo submitted by Jerri McBay

Collette’s Southern Charm tour was definitely full of southern charm. As the group traveled through South Carolina, Georgia, and a little bit of Florida, they were welcomed and entertained with that charm. The first stop was Charleston, South Carolina. The city tour was guided by a true Charlestonian. Those words describe a person who has lived in the area for at least nine generations. A stop was made at the Chapel on the grounds of the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. After lunch at the City Market (where ladies were making the popular sweet grass baskets), everyone spent the afternoon at the Boone Hall Plantation. Boone Hall remains a working plantation. Tourists are allowed on the main floor of the antebellum style mansion. They may also walk through the slave houses, to the cotton dock, and the gardens.

Wed
07
Mar

February damp, cold in Freestone County

February came in and went out on the damp and chilly side with above normal rainfall and below normal temperatures. We had eight days with measurable rainfall for a total of 4.58 inches with a trace of sleet on Sunday, Feb. 11. Normal rainfall for February is 3.36 inches. Total rainfall for the year now stands at 5.32 inches. Normal rainfall at this point in the year is 6.98 inches. The 2018 Farmer's Almanac did predict below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall in February for East Texas. February temperatures, for the most part, were slightly above normal with a low of 20 degrees on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and a high of 82 degrees on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The coldest three months of the year are now behind us and spring is just around the corner.

 

 

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