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Fri
18
May

Authors welcomed at Fairfield Library

Fairfield students recently penned books as a special project, which are now displayed at the Fairfield Library. Library patrons can scan the QR code on any book to hear the story read in the author's voice or watch a movie based on the book and created by the author. Last week, students brought their parents to the library on a special Book Mobile bus, which shuttled 1st through 5th grades over from their campuses. Pictured is Library Director Gary Wiggins enjoying a book with author Anna Allen.

Photo by April Walker

Fri
18
May

Hill swears in new mayor

Former mayor Roy Hill (right) is pictured swearing in new Mayor Kenny Hughes last Tuesday night at the city council meeting.
Courtesy photo

Mayor Kenny Hughes, Councilman Place 1 James Tyus, and Councilman Place 2 Randy Johnson were sworn in Tuesday night at the city council meeting by former mayor Roy Hill. The council also canvassed the votes from the city election.

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Wed
09
May

The making of a play

You Don’t Know Me: The Cindy Walker Songbookis one of several musicals appearing recently in our area in this commemorative year that would have been the songwriter’s 100th birthday. Created by Fairfield’s own Jeff Harrison, this show is a beautiful, comprehensive story of Walker’s life and career told through narrative, drama and song. When it was suggested about a year ago by Trinity Star Arts Council that Harrison help produce a tribute to Cindy Walker, it was discovered that there was no existing packaged syndicated show to purchase or lease. No plays about Cindy Walker had been written and published. Director George Boyd suggested Harrison create one himself.

Wed
09
May

Back the Blue BBQ Saturday

The Fairfield Police Association is hosting its 2nd Annual Back the Blue BBQ Benefit - this year with a great new project for which to raise funds. The group decided to begin a scholarship fund, named after former city police officer Houston Flowers, and all proceeds will go to this project this year.

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Wed
09
May

Lyle Lovett stops by Rotary

Country singer songwriter Lyle Lovett stopped by Sam's Restaurant for lunch Tuesday, May 1, and popped in to say hello to the Fairfield Rotary Club during their meeting. Pictured are Landis Bayless, Ron Hunt, Dave Huffman, Lovette, Donna Tyus, Jason Hullum, Lynn Simpson, and Gene Chavers.

Photo submitted by Jason Hullum

Wed
09
May

Lemonade Extravagana a success

Raeanne Rossiaky (left) and Casey Couture (right) were awarded the Community Spirit Award Saturday.
Photo by April Walker

Fuzzy Friends Lemonade, owned by Raeanne Rossiaky and Casey Couture, took home the Community Spirit Award with their booth at Saturday's Lemonade Extravaganza. Twenty-two students from Fairfield Intermediate School set up on the square as part of the project. Each child was raising money for a certain organization, such as their church, animal shelters, American Red Cross, and nursing homes. Crazy Craft Girls, owned by Lydia Morgan and Jenna Haden, earned the Taste Test Award with their Honey Apple Lemonade, while the People's Choice Award was Briana Thurman, owner of Kountry Girl Lemonade. FIS teahcer Gina Martin said the school plans to be back next year with more stands and invites the public to support these wonderful youth business owners.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
09
May

Crossroads Butler Store now open

Keisha Woodard spent many hours at the Crossroads Butler Store when she was a child. And now she owns it!
Courtesy photo

After a long closure one local resident finally decided enough was enough and reopened a community landmark. Owner Keisha Woodard reopened the Crossroads Butler Store Saturday, May 5, with a community-wide celebration. Woodard and numerous family members hosted a barbecue event at the store, welcoming Butler citizens.

“We are waking Butler up from the dead,” said Woodard. “I got tired of seeing the store closed and having nowhere to go shop.”

Woodard, who grew up in the Butler community, has big plans for her small store. As a licensed real estate agent, she has set up her office in the store – a first for Butler.

“There has never been a real estate business in this area,” she said.

 

Wed
09
May

"No comment" in Looney termination

Jeff Looney (far left) sits with City Attorney Linda Sjogren at the May 1 meeting in which city council members discussed his termination.
Photo by April Walker

During the executive session April 24, city council members chose to keep Jeff Looney in his position of city administrator; however, within one week a special meeting was called in which he was fired. According to an affidavit to Mayor Roy Hill and City Attorney Linda Sjogren, Looney was instructed in the April 24 session to write a letter of resignation for his file in case "this ever happened again."

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Wed
09
May

Mayor Hughes, Councilman Tyus

Mayor Kenneth Hughes

The City of Fairfield has a new mayor after a 14-year consecutive run by Roy Hill, who announced his decision to not seek another term in March. Kenny Hughes earned the seat with 307 votes to opponent Luke Ward, Jr.'s 117 votes. Hughes said in a phone interview Tuesday morning that he was "super excited" to be elected.

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Wed
02
May

Pageant rules, dates announnced

Officials are readily planning the upcoming Miss Freestone County competition, slated for fair week next month. The annual pageant will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Fairfield High School auditorium. Freestone County girls, ages 13-23, are welcome to compete.

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