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Wed
28
Feb

Donations given to FCSO

Sheriff Jeremy Shipley (far right) shows his appreciation to Modern Outfitters for their donation of patrol rifles. Deputy Scott Shaw (far left) and Rick Manning (left center), who was instrumental in the donation, are also pictured.
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Freestone County Sheriff's Office has been busy this past month grabbing donations and awarding deputies. Recently, Fairfield resident Rick Manning and several business associates donated seven Modern Outfitter 300 Blackout rifles to the department. Commissioner's accepted the donation of guns – worth $6,371 – at the Feb. 14 meeting.

Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said Manning and the group have donated in the past to both Dallas SWAT and Las Vegas SWAT teams.

“These are very good looking guns,” said Shipley. “This will be a huge improvement over what we carry.”

Shipley has a description and serial numbers for each gun.

“Donations such as this allows our office and our county an opportunity to acquire needed equipment and be able to use our available funds in this year's budget on other equipment that is needed or needs to be upgraded,” said Shipley in a Facebook post.

Wed
28
Feb

City Council to seek bids on forensic audit

Alan Nelson (center standing), of Nelson Forensic & Advisory Services LLC, gave a presentation to city council members last week regarding a request for a forensic audit.
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After hearing a presentation from a Dallas CPA, Fairfield city council voted to seek bids from other auditing firms for a forensic audit of the City of Fairfield. Councilman Place 2 Randy Johnson contacted Alan Nelson, of Nelson Forensic & Advisory Services LLC in Dallas, who gave a presentation to the council on Feb. 20 regarding forensic audits.

 

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Wed
28
Feb

Dabrett Black to be arraigned Thursday

Dabrett Black

 

Dabrett Black, 33, will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the 77th District Court of Judge Patrick Simmons, according to trial dockets. Black stands accused of the Thanksgiving Day murder of DPS Trooper Damon Allen. He is also facing charges of aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest. Black allegedly shot and killed Allen during a traffic stop on I-45 north in Fairfield. He was arrested four hours later in Waller County after fleeing the scene. County Attorney Brian Evans was unavailable as of presstime Tuesday.

 

Wed
21
Feb

Predator Hunt slated for March 2

The 6th Annual Predator Hunt, sponsored by Freestone County Game Management Association, is slated for the first weekend in March. Check-in will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 2. Entry fees are $200 per team. This event will be held at the Freestone County fairgrounds. Teams must hunt in Freestone County on bordering county; all hunting dogs are allowed. There is a $1,000 guaranteed payout to first place. Awards include:

 

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Wed
21
Feb

Business closes after 17 years

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Fairfield closed permanently Tuesday, Feb. 20, after 17 years of business. Employees at the combined Taco Bell/KFC said the franchise owners decided to rebuild as Taco Bell only. See the full story in the March 1 edition of the Recorder.

Wed
21
Feb

Fairfield Lake hosts kayak championship, bass tourney

James Croney and Brian Laffilowen, both of Red Oak, were among the 109 anglers at the tournament. These two men are members of the Circle J Bass Club.

Photo by Jim Sanders

The 2018 North Texas Kayak Championship was held over the weekend at Fairfield Lake State Park with 109 anglers competing for the biggest fish in five individual qualifying tournament events.

This event was the first stop of five trail events leading to a Classic at the end of the season. In this tournament, anglers head out on the lake in their kayaks beginning at 7 a.m. Weign in was at 4 p.m. and officials said there were 32 limits met.

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Wed
21
Feb

Slain trooper's wife takes a stand for law enforcement officers

On February 12, (standing, left to right) Groesbeck Police Chief Chris Henson and Mexia Police Chief Brian Bell, (sitting, left to right) Kasey Allen, Governor Greg Abbott and Brody Burks met at the Governor's Mansion to discuss future legislature that will support law enforcement statewide.
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Kasey Allen has been working hard to improve safety for law enforcement agencies statewide since her husband, DPS Trooper Damon Allen, was killed in the line of duty on Thanksgiving day, November 23, 2017. Allen, along with Mexia Police Chief Brian Bell, Groesbeck Police Chief Chris Henson and McLennan County’s Assistant District Attorney Brody Burks traveled to the Governor’s Mansion on February 12 for a meeting with Governor Abbott to discuss making changes to legislation that could benefit law enforcement officers.

After Trooper Allen was killed, Kasey looked into the case and found that the man charged with capital murder of her husband, Dabrett Black, had been indicted by a grand jury a month prior for aggravated assault against a public servant, and records show other instances in past years including evading arrest after hitting a police cruiser and another assault on a public servant.

Wed
21
Feb

FISD undergoes deep cleaning in wake of influenza

The cleaning crew of SSC Service Solutions tackled first the junior high campus before taking the rest of the week to clean the other campuses and buses of Fairfield ISD.
Photo by April Walker

Using hospital-strength disinfectants, the crew of SSC Service Solutions performed a deep cleaning of each Fairfield campus and all district buses after school officials closed the campuses last week. Students returned to school Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The flu has plagued this area since the season began in September 2017. FISD Superintendent Tony Price said there were 150 absences just last week in the district.

Cleaning crews, led by SSC Service Solutions owner Cecelia “Miss CeCe” Sweeney tackled each building, beginning with the junior high school followed by elementary, intermediate, and high school campuses. Buses were cleaned Monday, Feb. 19.

Miss CeCe said her crews wiped down door knobs, desks, counters, tables, lockers, pencil sharpeners, water fountains, and more. All sports equipment and toys were also disinfected.

“Everything we think a kid or teacher touch, we're wiping it down,” she explained.

Wed
21
Feb

Mayor done after 14 years

Place 2 Councilman Randy Johnson gave Mayor Roy Hill an emotional hug after Hill announced his decision to not run for Fairfield mayor again. Hill has served the community as mayor since 2004. Running for his seat is Place 5 Councilman Kenny Hughes and Luke Ward, Jr. Election day for city elections is May 5.
Photo by April Walker

Fairfield Mayor Roy Hill tearfully announced his decision last week to not seek another term in office before leaving the meeting and turning things over to Mayor Pro-Tem Joe Lee Kirgan. Hill has served Fairfield for 14 years, first as the youngest mayor pro-tem in Fairfield before being elected mayor.

“I saw my temporary job as your mayor as the 'infrastructure' mayor,” he said. “Most of our original goals have been completed.”

Hill's platform, which he considered Our People's Platform, was to:

Fri
16
Feb

Degree earned by local grad

Fairfield graduate Jared Schlabra earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, as well as a business certificate, from the University of Texas in Austin. Schlabra graduated in December 2017. He is the son of Steve and Tracey Schlabra, of Livingston, formerly of Fairfield. He is the grandson of the late Tom and Peggy Tedrow.

Photo submitted by Tracey Schlabra

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