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Wed
09
May

Crossroads Butler Store now open

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Keisha Woodard spent many hours at the Crossroads Butler Store when she was a child. And now she owns it!
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After a long closure one local resident finally decided enough was enough and reopened a community landmark. Owner Keisha Woodard reopened the Crossroads Butler Store Saturday, May 5, with a community-wide celebration. Woodard and numerous family members hosted a barbecue event at the store, welcoming Butler citizens.

“We are waking Butler up from the dead,” said Woodard. “I got tired of seeing the store closed and having nowhere to go shop.”

Woodard, who grew up in the Butler community, has big plans for her small store. As a licensed real estate agent, she has set up her office in the store – a first for Butler.

“There has never been a real estate business in this area,” she said.

 

Wed
09
May

"No comment" in Looney termination

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Jeff Looney (far left) sits with City Attorney Linda Sjogren at the May 1 meeting in which city council members discussed his termination.
Photo by April Walker

During the executive session April 24, city council members chose to keep Jeff Looney in his position of city administrator; however, within one week a special meeting was called in which he was fired. According to an affidavit to Mayor Roy Hill and City Attorney Linda Sjogren, Looney was instructed in the April 24 session to write a letter of resignation for his file in case "this ever happened again."

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Wed
09
May

Mayor Hughes, Councilman Tyus

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Mayor Kenneth Hughes

The City of Fairfield has a new mayor after a 14-year consecutive run by Roy Hill, who announced his decision to not seek another term in March. Kenny Hughes earned the seat with 307 votes to opponent Luke Ward, Jr.'s 117 votes. Hughes said in a phone interview Tuesday morning that he was "super excited" to be elected.

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Wed
02
May

Pageant rules, dates announnced

Officials are readily planning the upcoming Miss Freestone County competition, slated for fair week next month. The annual pageant will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Fairfield High School auditorium. Freestone County girls, ages 13-23, are welcome to compete.

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Wed
02
May

Lemonade Extravaganza Saturday

Several young entrepreneurs are heading to the courthouse square to sell lemonade. The students are learning what it takes to earn a dollar with this pilot program. The Lemonade Extravaganza is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Booths will be set up around the square and at the following locations:

  • Kennedy's Korner
  • Something Different
  • Napa
  • Brookshire Bros.

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Wed
02
May

FCRTA seeks help for rally

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Pro Public Education signs are for sale now. Contact Alicia Smith at als75840@yahoo.com or call 903-388-0950.

Freestone County Retired Teachers Association (FCRTA) is hoping to gather a group of individuals to share the cost of a bus as they ready for the upcoming Celebration of Public Education slated for 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in Houston. Retired teacher and FCRTA member Alicia Smith is planning to fill a bus with anyone willing to stand up for the appropriate funding for 5.4 million public school children.

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Wed
02
May

Successful Family Game Night at Fairfield Library

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Stop by the Fairfield Library for one of the many events.

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The Fairfield Library is celebrating the success of the second Family Game Night on Friday, April 20. Open to all in the community, a Friday evening will be scheduled quarterly – typically on a third Friday – for families to come and play together, bringing their own games from home or playing with those at the library. The Xbox in the teen area is available, as well as the Lego table, checkers and chest in the main area, and tables set up for small group play in the Community Room. We were excited to see two new families being introduced to the library. We may need to formally appoint 6-year-old Harper Nevill, daughter of Sara and Joni Nevill, as our official greeter/hostess because her winning smile and friendly contact definitely won some hearts!

 

Wed
02
May

You Don't Know Me: The Cindy Walker Songbook slated for May 19-20 at THS

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Members of the Trinity Star Arts Council (TSAC) accepted a $500 Cherokee Maiden donation from Chris Christensen Systems for their upcoming musical, The Cindy Walker Songbook. The production will showcase over 20 songs written by Walker, a native of Mexia, who was often called the 'greatest songwriter of country music.' The musical tribute is slated for May 19-20 at Teague High School theater. For tickets and more information, visit www.trinitystarartscouncil.org. Pictured (front) Operations Manager Jennifer Davis, TSAC member Janie Richards, TSAC member George Boyd, and TSAC member Jeff Harrison; (back) TSAC members Jane Morrison and Rachel Bossier.
Photo by April Walker

You Don't Know Me: The Cindy Walker Songbook, a new and original musical tribute to the country songwriter, will be performed for the first time onstage at the Theatre at Teague High School May 19-20. Making its debut, the show, created by Jeff Harrison and produced by Trinity Star Arts Council, will be directed by George Boyd. Featured will be Harrison’s band accompanying vocal artists from the area.

Wed
02
May

Petition filed against clerk

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County Clerk Linda Jarvis

A civil suit citing racial discrimination and wrongful termination was filed April 12 by a former employee of the county clerk's office. Dianne Manning, former chief deputy, filed the petition against County Clerk Linda Jarvis and a hearing is slated for Wednesday, May 9, in the 87th District Court. The petition is to investigate claims for depositions to see if there is sufficient evidence for a lawsuit.

Jarvis said she had no comment on the matter Monday morning and Dianne Manning was unavailable for comment.

87th District Court Judge Deborah Oakes Evans recused herself from the case. Judge Dwight Phifer, senior judge of the 2nd District Court in the 10th Administrative Judicial Region, has been assigned.

Fri
27
Apr

City of Teague researches agreement with Fairfield

*The headline "Teague to end 30-year agreeement with Fairfield" in this week's Recorder was misleading. It should have read "City of Teague researches agreement with Fairfield."

Teague's Board of Alderman received information on April 16 from Teague City Administrator Theresa Prasil that City Attorney Linda Sjogren, attorney for Bojorquez Law Firm in Austin, wants to address the council to present them with a new Interlocal Definitive Agreement for Teague to step out of a new bond that the City of Fairfield wants to take out.

 

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