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Wed
29
Aug

County welcomes 2 exchange students

Two Freestone County families have welcomed a new culture into their home by participating in the foreign exchange program through Youth For Understanding (YFU). Chad and Stephanie Wood, of Wortham, are hosting Germany native Freyja for the 2018-19 school year. Freyja will attend Teague High School. Charles and Kylie Neidich, of Fairfield, are hosting Hana from Japan and she will attend Fairfield High School. Exchange students experience tremendous personal growth during their program year. At the same time, the impressions made by the students themselves will broaden perspectives of host families and ultimately ripple through schools and across entire communities. YFU, one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most respected intercultural exchange programs, has been changing the way we see

 

Wed
29
Aug

Big T donates to area schools

Big T’s Buddies Autism Support Network, together with Golden Circle Special Needs Association, donated a total of $25,000 this year to schools in Freestone, Limestone, Navarro, Leon, and Anderson counties to support the education of children with special needs. Freestone Navarro Bi-County Coop members accepted the donation for their Life Skills Classes. Funds are raised at the annual Big T Memorial event, which will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8 in Fairfield. Schools receiving money include: Blooming Grove, Buffalo, Cayuga, Centerville, Coolidge, Corsicana, Dawson, Elkhart, Fairfield, Frankston, Frost, Groesbeck, Kerens, Leon, Mexia, Mildred, Neches, Normangee, Oakwood, Palestine, Rice, Slocum, Teague, Westwood, and Wortham.

Wed
29
Aug

Road closed for bridge repair

Construction crews began work on a bridge on County Road 961 near Teague last week. Pct. 4 Commissioner Clyde Ridge is a member of the Highway Bridge Program, sponsored through TxDOT, which helps counties rehabilitate older bridges.
Photo by April Walker

*UPDATE* Commissioner Ridge reported this morning that the road will be reopened either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning. "They've poured the concrete and now we're just waiting for it to dry," said Ridge. 

 

A bridge deemed unsafe by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) engineers is currently being renovated on the southern end of County Road 961 in Precinct 4. Commissioner Clyde Ridge, who is a member of the state’s Highway Bridge Program, is using his road and bridge budget wisely by fixing the older bridges in his area.

“I just feel like if I don’t do it – get the federal money – then someone else will,” said Ridge.

Wed
22
Aug

Benefits planned for Gallegos

The good thing about small towns is everyone bands together when the going gets tough. Fairfield resident Albert Gallegos, Sr. was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and several fundraisers are planned for his medical treatments.

Gallegos is a well-known and respected in the community. He worked for Nucor Steel for 30 years, and now works for the City of Fairfield.

An enchilada fundraiser is planned at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Fairfield for Friday, Aug. 24, for $10 each. Plates must be pre-ordered by 12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, by calling Janie at 903-388-5342 or Amelia at 903-388-0702. Plates will be ready at 11 a.m. for dine-in, take out, or delivery.

Wed
22
Aug

County ups tax rate, adopts budget

The proposed 7 percent increase on the property tax rate was unanimously approved by commissioners last week. The tax rate is now .35947 – 2 cents higher than last year – and will bring in approximately $560,634 more in revenue.

County employees – several of whom have requested raises – were given only a 2 percent cost-of-living raise. Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Cinnamon Archibald has asked for her clerk’s pay to be raised every year during budget talks, as has County Clerk Linda Jarvis.

Wed
22
Aug

Grand Band welcomes new leaders

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

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

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.

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