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Feb

Hughes reads to 3rd grade

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Fairfield Mayor Kenny Hughes took time to pose with third graders after reading them a book last week.
Photo by April Walker

Mayor Kenny Hughes read to Fairfield third graders last Friday as part of the school’s mystery guest program. In honor of Black History Month, Hughes entertained students with a reading of As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson.

The story follows Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr. on their quest for civil rights for all people. Hughes explained the significance of Black History Month to students and discussed key figures named throughout the book.

During each reading, students are given a list

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13
Feb

Barn Stop joins CoC

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Joining Pinky Walia is (from left) Candice Ford, Fairfield Nursing & Rehab; Brenda Finley, Brenda’s Closet; Mary Anne Masiel, FISD; Ashley DeVillier, chamber administrative assistant; Pinky Walia; Brenda Pate, chamber executive administrator; Eli Pratt, Incommons Bank; and Adriana Izquierdo, Barn Stop.
Photo by April Walker

After owning the Barn Stop for nine years, Jolly and Pinky Walia joined the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and celebrated with a ribbon cutting last Friday. The Walia’s own two other convenience stores in Fairfield: the Short Stop and the newly-renovated Jolly’s. The Barn Stop offers a variety of food dishes, including catfish, burgers, burritos, and more. Barn Stop, 440 E. Commerce in Fairfield, is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call in your order at 903-389-5511.

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Feb

National Signing Day

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Signing with local colleges for National Signing Day Feb. 6 were (from left) Jaise Oliver, University of Tulsa; Joshua Arrington, McPherson College; JaShaughn Hatcher, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; and Kameron Ransom, Tyler Junior College.
Photo by Shae Garcia

 

Four student athletes at Fairfield High School celebrated the next phase of their lives by signing with their chosen college last week in front of friends, family, and mentors for National Signing Day. Jaise Oliver, Joshua Arrington, Kameron Ransom, and JaShaughn Hatcher each signed football scholarships Wednesday, Feb. 6. The player’s respective colleges and positions are:

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Wed
06
Feb

Council canceled

The Jan. 30 noon meeting of Fairfield City Council was canceled approximately 20 minutes after it began because no quorum was present. According to the Texas Municipal League (TML), a quorum is three or more members of the council. The council met again Tuesday, Feb. 5, to hire officer Markeisha Cox for the police department. “Due to the flu and other commitments, we were not able to secure a quorum for last Wednesday’s meeting,” City Administrator

Wed
06
Feb

16 indicted by Freestone County Grand Jury

A new set of jurors serving on the Freestone County Grand Jury indicted 16 individuals Wednesday, Jan. 30, on various charges including possession, DWI, and family violence.

Indictments include:

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06
Feb

Cole's named Business of Month

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Cole's BBQ owners Megan and Ben Cooper smile in front of the license plates - all from Texas - and huge selection of jams and jellies, vegetables, salsas, and more.
Photo by April Walker

Cole’s BBQ has been named February’s Business of the Month by Fairfield Chamber of Commerce officials. Ben Cooper purchased the existing store in September 2016 from Mark and Irene Cole. Mark’s father, Monte, opened the barbecue joint more than 30 years ago. Cooper still uses the recipes – handwritten by Monte – for his side dishes and famous barbecue sauce.

The restaurant serves a typical barbecue menu with a few twists on old favorites.

“Our most popular dish right now is the brisket grilled cheese,” said Cooper.

Wed
06
Feb

Lone finalist chosen

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A lone finalist has been named for the Fairfield ISD superintendent position. The district has been advertising this since late 2018. Dr. Jason Adams has a state-mandated 21-day waiting period before he can officially be hired in Fairfield. He is currently the superintendent of North Lamar ISD in Paris and his career spans more than 22 years with stops in Madisonville, Huntington, Kerens, and Paris. He has served these districts in the capacity as teacher, coach, high school principal, and superintendent. Dr. Adams received his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University, and completed his doctorate at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Adams, along with his wife, Crystal, and son, Kolby, are excited about becoming active members of the Eagle

Wed
06
Feb

Pct. 1 bridge project out for bids

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A culvert on County Road 253 allows drainage into Batsmith Creek in precinct 1 of Freestone County; however, due to recent floods, Commissioner Andy Bonner is seeking bids on a bridge for the area.
Photo by Laura Robinson

Commissioners approved the bid process for a bridge over Batsmith Creek in northeastern Freestone County at the Jan. 30 meeting. The 24-by-50 bridge will be built on County Road 253 in the Antioch community where the creek passes under the road in Commissioner Andy Bonner’s precinct.

The area where the bridge will be constructed has been damaged by flooding over the last few months. There is currently a culvert allowing drainage into the creek below. Bonner was unavailable for comment as of presstime Tuesday. Bonner was also given the go-ahead to purchase a backhoe with Sourcewell – a price-competitive website similar to BuyBoard, from which the county usually makes large purchases. The JCB backhoe will be purchased from Austin Turf and Tractor through Sourcewell.

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Feb

Luminant rep says "no plans" to drain lake

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Fairfield Lake was built in the 1970s as a way to cool the Big Brown Power Plant. Big Brown closed in February 2018.
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Rumors that Fairfield Lake will be drained have thrived with the February 2018 closing of Big Brown, but a representative with Luminant says the rumors are not true.

“I hope I can clear up some misinformation,” said Meranda Cohn, Director of Media Relations with Vistra Energy, in an email interview. “No, there are no plans to drain the lake.”

Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, closed the location after dropping natural gas prices forced the company to shut down the mine. Big Brown is currently still being decommissioned.

Wed
06
Feb

Lady Eagles beat Mexia for 7th district win

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Fairfield’s Braiden Bossier, 34, tries to block a shot during a game against Mexia earlier this season as the Lady Eagles’ Jada Clark, 2, looks on. Fairfield beat Mexia for the second time this season Friday night to remain unbeaten in district play.
Photo by Skip Leon

The Fairfield girls’ basketball team won its seventh consecutive District 19-4A game Friday night with a 53-47 triumph at Mexia.

The victory improved the Lady Eagles’ record to 7-0 in district. They had already clinched the district championship and went for a sweep of district play Tuesday when they hosted Madisonville.

The Lady Eagles used a 12-0 run in the first quarter to take a 16-6 advantage at the first break.

However, Mexia battled back throughout the game and took the lead early in the fourth quarter.

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