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Wed
07
Mar

County talks grants, agreements, High Speed Rail

Commissioner's signed a resolution against the High Speed Rail, something many other counties are reportedly also doing, at the court's Feb. 28 meeting. The resolution shows Freestone County's “intent to decline to discontinue, abandon, close, vacate, or alter a county road in connection with the proposed High Speed Rail Project.”

“All along they have told us they would not disturb any of our county roads,” said County Judge Linda Grant. “That's questionable to me. They are trying to say that they have eminent domain and what that would mean to us has yet to be defined.”

According to the project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the proposed route shows there will be at least eight country roads – state, farm to market, and private roads – in the rail's traveling area.

Wed
07
Mar

Cotton Gin honors mason

Cotton Gin Lodge member Fred Carter was honored with a Golden Trowel Award by Cotton Gin Lodge No. 154 during the regular meeting Monday, Feb. 19. This award is presented to those masons who show dedication and hard work to the lodge and masonry overall. Carter has assisted and helped many lodges around the area with building projects and fundraising efforts. He donates much of his time for lodge repairs and assists wherever he is needed. He is a 25 year mason and works hard for Cotton Gin Lodge, giving himself unselfishly. Pictured is Fred Carter (center) receiving the award from Worshipful Master Ray Forrester, with his wife Debbie Carter to his right.

Photo courtesy of Russell Keaton

 

Wed
07
Mar

FJH named 2nd in Follett Challenge

Fairfield Independent School District (FISD) was named the second place People's Choice winner – with a total of 3,520 votes – of the recently held Follett Challenge, bringing home $8,000 from the foundation for books to libraries and classrooms. Through the national contest winners could receive up to $60,000 in prizes. In December Fairfield Junior High School students, led by Digital Media teacher Tammy Gawryszewski, entered a five minute video and five written components describing how the district's innovative program prepares students for the demands of the 21st century.

Wed
07
Mar

Market Days ideas heard, workshop planned

Amy Ralstin (standing) discusses her plans for Market Days while David Butler and mayor candidate Luke Ward, Jr. listen. Butler and his partner David Fairly are also vying for the title of Market Days director.
Photo by April Walker

Presentations were given by two individuals who would like to take over Market Days at last Tuesday night's city council meeting, prompting an hour long discussion about the event. Amy Ralstin, owner of Kennedy's Korner, and partners David Butler and David Fairly each discussed their visions for the flea market.

Councilmembers unanimously agreed to hear more from each after they have done more research on advertising prices, vendor prices, and what would be needed from the city for this event.

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Wed
07
Mar

Black pleads not guilty to Trooper Allen murder

Capital murder suspect Dabrett Black is led out of the courtroom by Freestone County Deputy Preston Cordova after his March 1 arraignment in which he plead not guilty.
Photo by April Walker

Dabrett Black was arraigned in the court of Judge H.D. Black last Thursday and pled not guilty to allegedly killing DPS Trooper Damon Allen on Thanksgiving Day. The judge, who once presided over the 77th District Court, was visiting from another district in place of current 77th District Court Judge Patrick Simmons. Simmons will be back in time for the pre-trial hearing, which is slated for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7.

The suspect is being defended by Susan Anderson, an assistant public defender with the Regional Public Defenders Office (RPDO) in Terrell. The Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases office is the largest collaborative effort between counties and a state-funded program in the formative years in the United States.

Wed
07
Mar

Jarvis holds position, Keeney new treasurer

Candidates and family members gathered at the Green Barn in Fairfield Tuesday night for election results.
Photo by April Walker

County Clerk Linda Jarvis held her position in the local government, winning with 1,727 votes against Renee Gregory Reynolds' 1,174 votes. The new Freestone County treasurer is Jeannie Keeney, who won with 1,444 votes while her opponent Tammy Harris came in with 1,329. A runoff election will be held in May for Democrat Pam Whitt and Republican Incumbent Debra L. Hamilton for justice of the peace precinct 2. Whitt had 100 votes and Hamilton totaled 493. Former Teague Police Chief Dan Ramsey came in second in the republican race against Hamilton with 150 votes.

 

Wed
28
Feb

City, school elections underway

The filing deadline to seek election for the Fairfield ISD school board, as well as Fairfield city council ended Friday, Feb. 16, with four individuals filing for school board and ??? filing for city council. There are two places on FISD's board of trustees and the following individuals have filed for election:

  • n Incumbent Eric Chavers
  • n Kirby Capps Flandry
  • n Willie Dowell
  • n Tony Leadbetter

Fifteen year incumbent Blake Robinson announced he will not seek re-election this year. After Mayor Roy Hill announced the end of his mayoral career, two men vye for the seat.

Wed
28
Feb

FMC volunteers finish 6th week of service

The Blue Birds of Freestone Medical Center (FMC) recently completed their sixth week of volunteer work. Sherry Brackens, who formed the group, said the patients and the community are really enjoying the program. Responsibilities include:

  • n Taking patients to the lab or x-ray department
  • n Helping patients in wheelchairs or greeting them at their cars
  • n Learning the PBX system to transfer calls in the clinic or hospital
  • n Filing paperwork, if needed, for various departments

Brackens said she is especially proud of the two high school freshman who have joined the group. Both girls have learned the PBX system and assist with patients.

 

Wed
28
Feb

FIS honors birthdays

Fairfield Intermediate School Birthday Book Club celebrated February birthdays with lunch and birthday snacks in the library. These students' families donated a book to the library in honor of their birthday. The members celebrating this month are Reese Beaver, Madelyn Morrison, Sariah Henderson, Bethany George, Lyndsee Green, and Elian DeVillier. The Fairfield Intermediate School is very grateful to these families for their donations.

Photo courtesy of Theresa Minze

Wed
28
Feb

2015 graduate named to Dean's Honor Roll

Caitlynn Stone

Fairfield graduate Caitlynn Stone was recently named to the Dean's Honor Roll at Texas A&M University where she is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Stone is currently carrying a 3.7 GPA at the university. Students named to the Dean's Honor Roll must achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher. The university said in a letter to Stone that this prestigious designation is “particularly noteworthy considering the rigorous and demanding nature of the engineering curriculum.” Stone is expected to graduate Texas A&M in May 2019. She graduated Fairfield as valedictorian in 2015. She is the daughter of Steve and Cheryl Stone, of Fairfield.

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