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22
Aug

Grand Band welcomes new leaders

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With the new school year comes new faces to perform at halftime during football season. Leading this year’s Grand Band from Eagle Land will be Drum Majors (from left) David Thomas, Jack Ezell, Anna Kay Williams, and Head Drum Major Conner Jackson.

 

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Wed
22
Aug

Dollar Tree now open

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Bargain shoppers in Freestone County no longer have to drive 20 miles or more to visit a Dollar Tree. The dollar store chain officially opened last week and has been busy every day as residents stop by to see what they might (or might not) need. The manager was unavailable for a story, but the store is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, give them a call at 903-389-2666.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
22
Aug

2 locals win bass tourney

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Teague resident Wayne Loven took first place in the Lake Fairfield Tuesday Night Bass Tournament.
Photos by Billy Patterson

Seventeen anglers faced a tough night for fishing during the weekly Lake Fairfield Tuesday Night Bass Tournament held Tuesday, Aug. 14, with only two legal bass were brought to the scales. Fairfield resident Wayne Loven took first place with a 4 pound, 3 ounce bass, while J.D. Hancock, of Teague, grabbed second place with a 3 pound, 14 ounce fish. Loven left with $153 for his top spot finish while Hancock took home $102 for second. Entry fee for the event is $15 per person with 100 percent of the entry fees being paid back to the winning fishermen. Payout on a field of 1-20 entries is 60 percent of the pot for first place and 40 percent for second. If 21 or more anglers participate, the pot is split 50 percent for first, 30 percent for second and 20 percent for third place.

 

Wed
15
Aug

Local boy gets big movie role

When Wortham’s Luke Winters, then 10, and his father, Shane, heard last summer about an open-casting call in Waco for boys to be in a movie they were intrigued enough to go, but did not have much hope that Luke would actually get a part.

That was in late August 2017, during the time Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, and they were already planning to go to Waco the day of the audition. 

“We got up early that morning, and it was raining out,” Shane said, “and I told the kids, ‘Hey, do you want to have some fun?’ So we ran to Waco, went to the hotel and we were one of the first ones there.”

Wed
15
Aug

Commissioners face budget

Commissioners continue to work on their budget, facing tough decisions such as department raises, travel allowances, and the upcoming capital murder trial. A public hearing was held on the tax rate at the Aug. 8 meeting. The court has budgeted $700,000 for the capital murder trial and it seems the trial may run upwards of $1 million.

Commissioners have proposed a two cent tax increase of 0.35947 cents per $100 valuation; the current tax rate is 0.339. Commissioners voted on the tax rate at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Wed
15
Aug

A mission of mercy and love

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On approximately 140 acres of beautiful ranch land on the outskirts of Teague, live 19 horses, two mules, 11 donkeys, two llamas and a host of dogs, cows, goats and pigs.

The Hoof Prints and Paw Prints Rescue and Sanctuary is home to animals that have been abused or abandoned for the last year and a half.

Mary Crisp and her daughters Elizabeth Bourassa and Bella Lopez make sure the animals are taken care of and happy.

Wed
15
Aug

Locals' grandson wins 6th in world rowing event

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From left are teammates Zac von Appen, Kane Grant, Alexander Clarke, and Fraser Pensini rowing in the 2018 Under 23 World Rowing Championship in Poland.
Photo by ‘Copyright Rowing Australia’

Fraser Pensini, grandson of Burt and Janie Richards of Fairfield, recently represented Australia in the 2018 Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland July 25-29. Fraser occupied the bow seat in the Men’s Coxed Four that earned a place in the A Final finishing sixth in the world. Fraser was introduced to rowing in high school, which he continued while attending university. Inspired by the Australian Rowing team in the 2012 London Olympics, Fraser set his sights on one day rowing for Australia. Fraser completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Western Australia in Perth in 2017. Fraser took 2018 off to concentrate on rowing which proved extremely fruitful. He plans to begin studying medicine in 2019 in Perth to fulfil his dream of becoming a rural doctor.

Wed
15
Aug

Farmers State Bank welcomes Moller

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Farmer’s State Bank recently welcomed Kevin Moller as their new AVP/Branch Operations Manager/Lender. Moller is a member of the Fairfield Rotary Club and Fairfield Lions Club. Born and raised in Ft. Worth, Moller has lived in Fairfield for the last 15 years with his wife, Carol. The couple has two children and two grandchildren. He has been in banking for 44 years, with the last 39 in rural banking. Moller is a military veteran, serving in the Army from 1972-1975. He is also a former director with the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and Trinity Star Arts Council, and a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Moller enjoys golfing and community service.

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Wed
15
Aug

Low-Frequency noise: A problem no one pays attention to

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Charles Morgan met with Gov. Abbott in Leona at the Leona General Store on Aug. 8. While there he had an opportunity to express his concern, regarding House Bill 1818, to question the decision why the Railroad Commission did not include noise in the Strategic Plan required by HB 1818.
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Teague resident and former professional engineer, Charles Morgan, spoke with Texas Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday, Aug. 8 regarding House Bill 1818. Morgan questioned the decision to not include noise in the Strategic Plan required by HB 1818.

Wed
15
Aug

Oilfield thefts end in arrest

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Michael Allison

After a four month investigation, a Freestone County man has been arrested for oilfield thefts. Reports show that Michael Allen Allison, 47, was arrested by Freestone County Deputy John Steele at Limestone County Jail on Thursday, Aug. 2.

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