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12
Apr

FJH Eagle of the Month

Fairfield 8th grader Marcos Contreras-Gonzalez was named Student of the Month at Fairfield Junior High School.

Photo submitted by Sonya Gibson

Thu
12
Apr

WVFD accepts $10K

Pictured are Jamil Johnson, Sr. Manager Liquid Pipeline Operations for Energy Transfer; Wortham Fire Chief Kelly Craig; Hilda Lopez, public relations for Energy Transfer; and Bobby Davis, construction manager on Permian Express 3 for Energy Transfer.
Photo submitted by Lori Jones

The Wortham Volunteer Fire Department (WFVD) received a $10,000 donation from the Permian Express Pipeline Wednesday, April 5, at the Wortham fire station. The fire department plans to use the donation toward their expansion campaign, which includes tearing down the building next door to expand current facilities. The Permian Express Pipeline system is a joint venture between Energy Transfer Partners and ExxonMobile, comprised of crude oil trunk pipelines and crude oil gathering pipelines. Energy Transfer Partners is expanding the Permian Express 3 system which includes construction of a new storage tank in Wortham.

 

Wed
11
Apr

Local businesses donate to FCSG Style Show

The two pictured businesses each donated $500 to the upcoming Freestone Cancer Support Group's Spring Style Show, slated for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Twisted Vines Event Center in Fairfield. Freestone Cancer Support Group members are pictured accepting the donation from Citizens State Bank in Teague and Equipment Services Company of Streetman. The upcoming show is one of the group's main fundraisers. Fashions will be modeled by:

 

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Wed
11
Apr

Fender bender ends in arrest

Pictured is the line up the vehicles were in when the accident occurred on Texas 75 North by Napa Auto Parts Tuesday, April 3.
Photo by Mickey Ward

A three-car wreck yielded no injuries, but one woman was arrested for DWI and marijuana possession. Fairfield Police Department, after responding to a small fender bender on April 3, arrested Mekeisha Nash, of Fairfield.

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Wed
11
Apr

Team to fight forced annexation

Fairfield residents Ed O'Neill and Mark Berend proudly display one of the petition books. Petition books have been left at four local businesses, thus far, and the men plan to have a booth at the April 21 Market Days event.
Photo by April Walker

Two local men have joined together in a fight against the City of Fairfield to circumvent annexation of two subdivisions west of the city limits. Mark Berend, Ed O'Neill, and their team are circulating petitions at area businesses to stop forced annexation.

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Wed
04
Apr

Active shooter course planned

As a sign of the times, Freestone County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free active training course for civilians in two weeks. Teaching the course is Sgt. Darrell Coslin, of the Smith County Sheriff's Office, who has 33 years of law enforcement experience. The course is slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Fairfield High School auditorium, 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield. This subject is graphic and some portions of the training may not be suitable for children. Parents are strongly encouraged to not bring children younger than 13 to the training. The training, 'Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events,' teaches what happens during such an event. The human response both physical and psychological, common actions of the actor, law enforcement response, and actions civilians can take to help themselves or loved ones survive the attack.

 

Wed
04
Apr

Remaining clerks to be trained for Nov. elections

Despite being short two employees, recently re-elected County Clerk Linda Jarvis is confident about the upcoming May runoff election. Jarvis said Chief Deputy Dianne Manning and Elections Clerk Crystal Rossiaky are no longer with her office, but the remaining employees will be trained – and cross trained – in the elections process and other office procedures. Previously, Jarvis handled the elections until turning it over to Rossiaky and Manning. Jarvis said all clerks in her office will learn the election process and one will be named elections clerk. Jarvis and that clerk will also attend Elections School this summer, a state-mandated course. Commissioner's recently approved an order of poll books for the November election and the entire staff will be trained in their usage. The runoff election is slated for May 22 for the following candidates:

 

 

Wed
04
Apr

Spring Book Giveaway planned

Freestone County Retired Teachers Association (FCRTA) recently elected officers for the 2018-19 term. Officers are:

Wed
04
Apr

Fairfield Fest dates set

Amy Ralstin and partners David Butler and David Fairly have set the dates for the newly formed Fairfield Fest. Ralstin is in charge of the Downtown Market, while both David's are heading the Flea Market. Both are slated for the third weekend of each month, with Ralstin's as a one day event and the other as a two day.

Dates are set through November:

 

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Wed
04
Apr

March rainfall above normal, temps below

By Barney Leach

March, normally our third wettest month of the year, was our wettest month of the year so far at 5.83 inches of rain. We had five days with measurable rainfall with a greatest one-day total of 3.60 inches on Wednesday, March 28. Normal rainfall for March is 4.33 inches. Total rainfall for the year now stands at 11.15 inches. Normal rainfall through March is 11.31 inches. March temperatures were slightly below normal with high temperatures only in the mid- to upper-70s during the latter part of the month. High and low temperatures of the month were 87 degrees on Saturday, March 17, and 32 degrees on Wednesday, March 14.

Rainfall by the month

 

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