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Four hours for 23 minutes

Fairfield Police Sgt. David Utsey has been named interim police chief as of Tuesday, Dec. 11, at $30 per hour and city council members approved the placing of a formal ad to replace retired police chief Kenny Bulger. There were three items on the new business agenda for the council Tuesday night, yet two of them were removed from the agenda because the individuals referencing these items were unavailable at the time of the meeting.

The third item was a discussion and possible action on a report from Contract Service Innovations LLC regarding the final report on the internal audit of the Fairfield Police Department. Mike Alexander with Contract Service Innovations LLC requested this item.

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FIS celebrates club

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Fairfield Intermediate School Birthday Book Club celebrated November and December birthdays with lunch and birthday snacks in the library. These students' families donated a book to the library in honor of their birthday. The members celebrating this month are Michael Zachry, Loressa Covert, Kaylee Williams, Austin Archibald, Prestin Clark, Braylen Collett, Landon Morrison, Logan Freer, Owen Lane, Finn Smith and Jace Clark. The Fairfield Intermediate School is very grateful to these families for their donations.

Photo courtesy of Teresa Minze

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Big cats being caught on Richland Chambers

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Rick, of Killeen, caught this huge catfish while fishing with Gone Fishin' Guide Service.
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Fishing Friends,

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Education Foundation awards over $11K

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FISD teachers and Education Foundation members paraded through the halls while awarding more than $11,000 to various staff members recently.
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Excitement was in the air Friday, Dec. 14, as the Fairfield ISD Education Foundation awarded over $11,000 in grant money. The grants were presented to all four Fairfield campuses in dramatic fashion as the band marched through the halls while the Education Foundation Board of Directors handed out checks to the recipients. “It is the absolute best day for the board. We are always excited to see the faces on the faculty and students when they receive the grants,” said FISD Education Foundation President Brian Evans. Jennifer Chavers’ junior high students will receive funds for digital discovery programs to connect students with the outside world and learn to problem solve through teamwork.  Fairfield Junior High School was also awarded orb robots that target problem solving and creative thinking through a coding application. This program will be implemented by Kristen Dunlap.

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Dec

Numerous problems reported in FPD

 

Troubling information has been brought to light after a five month investigation into the Fairfield Police Department showed issues with the municipal court and a lack of leadership, among other problems. The audit began in July after former Fairfield police officer Natalie Wilson filed a report in May against recently retired Chief Kenny Bulger citing a “hostile work environment.”

Bulger was placed on paid administrative leave by Mayor Kenny Hughes before returning to his post in July.

Wed
05
Dec

Lawsuits, pleas continue between cities

In case No. CV18334, the City of Fairfield (CoF) filed a plea to the jurisdiction against a lawsuit filed against them by the City of Teague (CoT) back on Sept. 18, which was scheduled to be heard Wednesday, Nov. 28. However, the attorney for the CoT requested a continuance of the case Monday, Nov. 26.

Freestone County's 77th District Court Judge Patrick H. Simmons ruled in favor of the continuance for the CoT and will be heard on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

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Dec

Commissioners canvass votes, find discrepancy

After finding a small discrepancy between the number of total ballots cast and the number of provisional, or paper, ballots while canvassing, County Judge Linda Grant asked County Clerk Linda Jarvis to have a representative call the court.

Jarvis said the ballot board manually tallied the provisional ballots.

“They [the voter] may have made a mark or left it blank and because they [the ballot board] doesn’t know what was intended they [the ballot board] put marks for all the overvotes,” Jarvis explained. “That is their explanation of how they make the choice, what the voter intended.”

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Dec

Faith Academy honor roll, awards

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Laura Lindsey and Triston McAlpine

Faith Academy of Freestone announced their first trimester honor roll recipients, as well as awards given for honorable character. Laura Lindsey and Triston McAlpine were chosen for the Honorable Character Award for showing Christ-like character qualities.

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Bella Voce to perform

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Bella Voce members Joanna Fritz, Cathy Kjellson, and Janet Martin.

Renowned local trio, Bella Voce, is known for their delicate harmonies and wide variety of musical styles – including '50s and '60s favorites, patriotic and gospel. But this month, most of their performances are, for good reason, Christmas-inspired. Southern Oaks subdivision is presenting a Christmas greeting to the entire Richland Chambers Lake community in the form of a free concert featuring Bella Voce at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Concert guests will hear a variety of lively, festive holiday music – with a full evening of songs ranging from novelties like “No Time to Diet” to such traditional numbers as “O Holy Night.”

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Calvary children's choir performs

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It was a night of great singing and performances Sunday as Calvary Baptist Church's children's choir presented the musical “The Colors of Christmas.” The talented young singers and actors explained the meaning of the red, white, blue, green, and brown colors associated with Christmas. The group performed in front of a large crowd of Calvary's congregation, families and many friends from the community with everyone receiving a tremendous blessing. The choir was directed by Calvary's Education and Music minister Shelby Race and LaDonna Mullen.

Photo by Billy Patterson

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