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Thu
24
Jan

Alley Cats slated Feb. 8

Karl Berkebile

*EDITORS NOTE: The headline in this week's edition states the event is Feb. 9. This is incorrect.*

Veteran Dallas performers Karl Berkebile and Arch Hooks will face off during TSAC’s Alley Cats Dueling Pianos on Friday, Feb. 8, at Depot X. Singing and playing all your favorite music (rock and roll, classic rock, top 40, R&B and country) on two grand pianos, the Alley Cats performance includes singalongs, comedy and interaction with the crowd; a great time to get together with friends for a casual night out.  Tickets are available at Armadillo Emporium or online at www.TrinityStarArtsCouncil.org. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.; the show begins at 7:30 p.m. A buffet dinner and cash bar is slated for 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the City of Fairfield.

 

Thu
24
Jan

Lady Eagles place 1st at powerlifting

FHS junior Bailey Jones braces herself for a dead lift. Jones earned the Outstanding Heavy Platform Lifter award.
Photo by Shae Garcia

The Fairfield girls’ powerlifting team won the Darrell Piske Memorial Powerlifting Meet at Fairfield High School on Thursday, Jan. 17, with 60 points. The Lady Eagles outdistanced runner-up Corsicana, which had 31 points.

Fairfield had four weight-class champions at the meet and had multiple scorers in a number of divisions.

Bailey Jones led a 1-2-3 sweep by Fairfield in the 165-pound weight class. She finished first with a total of 685 pounds lifted. That included a 255-pound squat, a bench press of 145 pounds and a 285-pound dead lift.

Thu
24
Jan

EMS names Star

Fairfield EMS Director Billy Perez is pictured with the 2018 Star of the Year, Rhonda Craig. Craig has been with both Fairfield EMS and Teague EMS since 2015.
Courtesy photo

Fairfield EMS recently named Rhonda Craig as their 2018 Star of the Year. Craig, of Wortham, became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in 2015 and began working for Fairfield and Teague EMS the same year.

“I have always wanted to pursue a career in EMS, but the timing was just not right with a husband and three kids,” said Craig. “So I waited until my kids were grown and decided it was my time. I wanted to make a difference in my community, by providing the best pre-hospital care.”

Craig is married to Kelly Craig and is mother to Cord and Kayla Samuels, Whitney and MD Tucker, Kately Craig, and special person Leonard Smith. She has three

Thu
24
Jan

Celebrating one year of volunteerism

Pictured are several of the Freestone Medical Center volunteers after a luncheon to celebrate their one-year anniversary. From left is Caroline Ivy, Caroline Fisher, Pat Robertson, Phillip Ivy, Coordinator Sherry Brackens, Betty Jones, Margie Conner, and Sid Ivy. Members not pictured are Amelia Williams, Janice Faulkner, Aldess Bass, Ruby Gatson, Kendall Crawford, Riley White, and Martha Finney.
Photo by April Walker

Celebrating one year since their formation, the volunteer group of Freestone Medical Center enjoyed a lunch last Tuesday, Jan. 15, as they discussed their goals for their second year. There are 15 members in the group, with eight main volunteers. Two of the volunteers are in high school.

“The small group has been very good to work with,” said Coordinator Sherry Brackens.

The volunteers are set up in the front entrance of the hospital from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday-Friday to greet patients. Each volunteer has different responsibilities. Some serve breakfast in the hospital cafeteria from 7 to 8:30 a.m., while others care for plants.

Thu
24
Jan

$4 million bond talked at city council

City Administrator Nate Smith presented plans for the possible renovation of the Navarro College campus. The city council is hoping to move their offices to the location.
Photo by April Walker

Streets, bathrooms, and a new city hall were among the top projects discussed by councilmembers during a workshop Thursday night, Jan. 17. The council is considering taking out an almost $4 million bond for these projects – which comes with a possibility of raising the city’s tax rate.

Bond counsel attended the Tuesday night meeting to discuss the stipulations of a 20-year bond. See that article in the Jan. 31 edition. City Administrator Nate Smith advised the council to “get as much input [from the public] as you can.”

“This is something we’ll be paying for for 20 years,” said Smith.

Projects included:

Wed
09
Jan

Operation Game Thief tips needed

Texas Wildlife Crime Stoppers are asking for the public’s help in identifying an individual responsible for illegally killing a deer in Freestone County. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the individual. Officials say only the head of the deer was taken, while the carcass was left to waste sometime between the evening of Nov. 22 and the early morning hours of Nov. 23. The poacher allegedly shot the whitetail deer without landowner consent from a high-fence property near the intersection of FM 1366 and FM 27, approximately five miles outside of Wortham. If anyone saw or heard anything about this crime, they are urged to call 1-800-792-GAME (4263). Operation Game Thief is Texas’ wildlife crime-stoppers program, a function of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Law Enforcement Division. OGT offers rewards

 

Wed
09
Jan

Emergency response agreement tabled

After Pct. 4 Commissioner Clyde Ridge voiced his concerns over an interlocal agreement, commissioners chose to table the item placed on the agenda by Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley during the first meeting of the year Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Groesbeck Police Department and Mexia Police Department have formed an Emergency Response Tactical Team and invited FCSO and several other agencies to join. The agreement is for assistance in the event of a large scale emergency.

“It could provide the necessary manpower to successfully handle an issue without depleting our own staff and allowing us to continue to handle our regular duties,” said Shipley.

Wed
09
Jan

Iigurubando Con confirms guests, plans for new activities

David Doub is just one of the returning panelists at this month's Iigurubando Con.

Plans are being laid for the 5th Annual Iigurubando Con with six returning panelists and two new artists planned for the event later this month. This one-day fundraiser will aid Fairfield’s Grand Band from Eagle Land in transportation needs to their annual Disney World trip. Iigurubando Con is slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Fairfield Junior High School commons area. Tickets are $20 and can be paid in advance on the website or at the door.

Featured guests include:

Wed
09
Jan

2-car wreck injures one

Pictured is Tammy Cochran's 2015 Ford Explorer following an accident on FM 27 Thursday, Jan. 3.
Photo by April Walker

One woman was taken via ambulance to a Waco hospital after an accident Thursday afternoon, Jan. 3, in front of Cole’s One Stop on FM 27 West. Patricia Guess, 61, was injured when witnesses say her vehicle hit 45-year-old Tammy Cochran, of Fairfield. Cochran was not seriously injured and Guess was reportedly home from the hospital by midnight, reports show. According to Fairfield Police Department, Cochran was crossing the bridge on FM 27, headed into town in her 2015 Ford Explorer when Guess hit the driver’s side door. “Witnesses said they didn’t know if the van stopped or just didn’t see her,” said Interim Police Chief David Utsey. Guess was driving a 2018 Dodge Ram van and reports show she is from the Spring area.

Wed
09
Jan

Allen, Enforcer Education donates trauma kits

The Freestone County Sheriff's Office, Freestone and Limestone County DPS officers, and Freestone and Limestone County Game Wardens will be well-equipped into the new year with new trauma kits donated courtesy of Enforcer Educational Services with Kasey Allen and Tara Feltgen Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the Freestone County Courthouse.

Allen, with Enforcer Educational Services, will also work in the near future to make sure the Limestone County Sheriff's Department will receive these trauma kits also.

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