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Wed
01
Aug

ABC Daycare joins CoC

Celebrating their joining the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce are several children and (from left) Whitney Wills, Ashley Salvato, owner Kellie Croft, Asst. Director Darian Batey, Director Dacia Phillips, and Chamber Executive Director Brenda Pate.
Photo by April Walker

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a blessing from him.” – Psalms 127:3. This is the mission of a newly opened daycare in the area. Academy for Blessed Children (ABC) is currently enrolling students, whose goal is to provide an early childhood program with superior care for all children.

Owner Kellie Croft runs the center Director Dacia Phillips and Assistant Director Darian Batey.

“We just did it to instill a Christian background and teach them,” said Croft.

Wed
01
Aug

Where do the two cities stand?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first part of a two-part series to help our readers get up to speed on the ongoing TDCJ project between the City of Fairfield and the City of Teague. The second part will be published next week.

An agreement between the Cities of Teague and Fairfield is being discussed during nearly every meeting either of the city governments have had for the past couple of months.

“We are asking for records and information,“ City of Teague Administrator, Theresa Prasil, said. “We are trying to get caught up on everything that has been going on with this facility for the last 28 years.”

Wed
01
Aug

Tax rate increase proposed, 2% raise given

County Treasurer Jeannie Keeney (right) was sworn in Monday morning by County Judge Linda Grant.
Courtesy photo

A proposed tax rate increase has been suggested by Freestone County Judge Linda Grant and was approved by commissioners during budget talks Wednesday, July 25. An increase of two cents is proposed, which would bring the tax rate to 0.3594 per $100 valuation if passed. Each one cent the tax rate is raised equals $235,000.

The county received preliminary values in April from the Freestone Central Appraisal District (FCAD), which reported a possible 6.74 percent decrease in taxable value; however, Judge Grant said the certified values ended up being “not that much.”

Wed
01
Aug

Bosley takes empty council seat

Fairfield Mayor Kenny Hughes, right, administers the oath of office to newly appointed City Council member Jason Bosley Tuesday, July 24, during the regular meeting of the Fairfield City Council.
Photo by Shelly Pope

Fairfield resident Jason Bosley was appointed to the empty seat at the table Tuesday, July 24, by the Fairfield City Council. The council met Tuesday evening in a regular scheduled meeting to take nominations and hear about three bids to replace air conditioning in the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department. Interested citizens for the position on the council were Gary Toothman, Sissy Ivy, and Bosley. Each individual had an opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions from the council. Toothman, retiree and former council alderman said, “I would like to help make Fairfield the best it can be. We are the county seat and we need to take advantage of that.” He continued with the fact that he has served on the council before and knows just how much work it can be. Ivy introduced herself as a resident rooted in the community. “I love Fairfield and the people,” she said.

Wed
25
Jul

CoF talks future projects

In anticipation of August budget discussions, city council members hosted an informal workshop at Sam’s Restaurant last week to discuss upcoming projects. Residents were invited to attend the July 17 meeting although no action could be taken on matters.

Council members talked about various upcoming projects including the automated meter readers. Place 2 Councilman Randy Johnson said he is interested in moving forward with the project. “It would help us to be more efficient.”

Wed
25
Jul

Herrera recognized for phenomenal work

Eleanor Herrera has been recognized by Brookshire Bros. of Fairfield for her phenomenal cake decorating. Herrera works in the bakery at the Fairfield store. Store Director Brian Ingram said, "Eleanor is just one of those people. You know the ones - the person that's always first to work in the morning and last to go home. The person you always call to cover shifts because she never turns you down. The one who takes pride in her work so it's always amazing. Eleanor is first class!"

Facebook photo

Wed
25
Jul

Teague car thief arrested

Taylor McNew (aka Taylor Cobb)

It took Teague Police Chief Dewayne Philpott and his department and witnesses only 24-hours to catch a car thief. Philpott met with Teague residents Johnny and Tanner Ledford at the Teague Police Department Tuesday, July 17, to discuss the crime. “The Ledfords reported a blue 2002 Ford Mustang had been stolen from their residence,” he reported. “The keys for the vehicle were also missing from a nightstand, which was inside an upstairs bedroom inside the residence. Clothing inside the room was strewn about.” On Wednesday morning, July 18, witness Jeff Allison, reported seeing the stolen vehicle at the Teague Lake and described a white female matching the description of the suspect Taylor McNew (aka Taylor Cobb) as the occupant. McNew is a relative of the vehicle owners. “Mr.

Wed
25
Jul

New people at library

Jennifer Kilkenny

As our summer “Libraries Rock” Story Time program winds down, we want to take a chance to introduce you to our new staff member, Jennifer Kilkenny. Kilkenny is the smiling redhead who began greeting everyone who came to the library on Tuesday, June 12. She not only greets you as you enter the main library, but also helps get patrons signed into a computer, checks books in and out, and does whatever she can to make your trip to the library both enjoyable and productive. Kilkenny and her husband, Lance, have three children, Jeremy (14), Ben (11), Ashley (married to an Army man currently stationed in Afghanistan), and one grandson, Troy. She is also a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Corsicana with Lance and Jeremy making it a family affair. She and Lance are both 2nd Lieutenants, and Jeremy has recently passed the tests and qualifications to be an officer.

Wed
25
Jul

Faith Academy enrollment begins

Board members with Faith Academy of Freestone celebrated their venture with a ribbon cutting Tuesday, July 17, at the Christian Life Center in Fairfield. Pictured are (front row) Chamber Executive Director Brenda Pate, Nature Study/Technology teacher Amber Weitner, Treasurer Jane Phillips, Vice President/co-founder Jessica Henderson, President/co-founder Julie Steward, and Assistant Treasurer Tony Adkins; (back) New Life of Fairfield Pastor Andrew and Caleb Weitner, English/Language Arts teacher Kayla Lupo, Secretary Leon Thomas, and Accessories, Etc. owner Mary Small. Not pictured was board member Dexter Barnes.
Photo by April Walker

Enrollment began last week for a new private school in Fairfield. Faith Academy of Freestone is a non-profit Christian school whose mission is to partner with parents to provide a quality, Christ-centered education to students while developing the whole child – mind, body, and spirit.

The school – housed in the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church of Fairfield – accepts student’s kindergarten through 6th grade. The plan is to begin as a K-6 school and add a grade every year in order to retain current sixth graders until they are high school seniors.

Wed
18
Jul

FISD teacher roster finalized

School board officials finalized the teacher roster for the upcoming school year. There have been several new hires and position changes in recent weeks throughout the district. School is slated to begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, for Fairfield ISD. Fairfield Junior High School is hosting a 6th grade orientation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 30, for all incoming sixth graders.

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