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05
Sep

Calpine donates to FCSO

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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

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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

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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

 

Wed
29
Aug

County welcomes 2 exchange students

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Two Freestone County families have welcomed a new culture into their home by participating in the foreign exchange program through Youth For Understanding (YFU). Chad and Stephanie Wood, of Wortham, are hosting Germany native Freyja for the 2018-19 school year. Freyja will attend Teague High School. Charles and Kylie Neidich, of Fairfield, are hosting Hana from Japan and she will attend Fairfield High School. Exchange students experience tremendous personal growth during their program year. At the same time, the impressions made by the students themselves will broaden perspectives of host families and ultimately ripple through schools and across entire communities. YFU, one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most respected intercultural exchange programs, has been changing the way we see

 

Wed
29
Aug

Big T donates to area schools

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Big T’s Buddies Autism Support Network, together with Golden Circle Special Needs Association, donated a total of $25,000 this year to schools in Freestone, Limestone, Navarro, Leon, and Anderson counties to support the education of children with special needs. Freestone Navarro Bi-County Coop members accepted the donation for their Life Skills Classes. Funds are raised at the annual Big T Memorial event, which will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8 in Fairfield. Schools receiving money include: Blooming Grove, Buffalo, Cayuga, Centerville, Coolidge, Corsicana, Dawson, Elkhart, Fairfield, Frankston, Frost, Groesbeck, Kerens, Leon, Mexia, Mildred, Neches, Normangee, Oakwood, Palestine, Rice, Slocum, Teague, Westwood, and Wortham.

Wed
29
Aug

Road closed for bridge repair

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Construction crews began work on a bridge on County Road 961 near Teague last week. Pct. 4 Commissioner Clyde Ridge is a member of the Highway Bridge Program, sponsored through TxDOT, which helps counties rehabilitate older bridges.
Photo by April Walker

*UPDATE* Commissioner Ridge reported this morning that the road will be reopened either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. "They've poured the concrete and now we're just waiting for it to dry," said Ridge. 

 

A bridge deemed unsafe by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) engineers is currently being renovated on the southern end of County Road 961 in Precinct 4. Commissioner Clyde Ridge, who is a member of the state’s Highway Bridge Program, is using his road and bridge budget wisely by fixing the older bridges in his area.

“I just feel like if I don’t do it – get the federal money – then someone else will,” said Ridge.

Wed
22
Aug

Benefits planned for Gallegos

The good thing about small towns is everyone bands together when the going gets tough. Fairfield resident Albert Gallegos, Sr. was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and several fundraisers are planned for his medical treatments.

Gallegos is a well-known and respected in the community. He worked for Nucor Steel for 30 years, and now works for the City of Fairfield.

An enchilada fundraiser is planned at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Fairfield for Friday, Aug. 24, for $10 each. Plates must be pre-ordered by 12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, by calling Janie at 903-388-5342 or Amelia at 903-388-0702. Plates will be ready at 11 a.m. for dine-in, take out, or delivery.

Wed
22
Aug

County ups tax rate, adopts budget

The proposed 7 percent increase on the property tax rate was unanimously approved by commissioners last week. The tax rate is now .35947 – 2 cents higher than last year – and will bring in approximately $560,634 more in revenue.

County employees – several of whom have requested raises – were given only a 2 percent cost-of-living raise. Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Cinnamon Archibald has asked for her clerk’s pay to be raised every year during budget talks, as has County Clerk Linda Jarvis.

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