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Wed
05
Dec

Minor injuries in Teague rollover

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A side view of James Barrentine's truck after he overcorrected while traveling on U.S. 84 West in Teague last week.
Photo by Timothy O'Malley

At 5:40 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30, 38-year old James Barrentine III, of Teague, found himself facing the opposite direction after a scary ordeal.

Barrentine said, “[My vehicle] rolled three times. I am not sure how I got facing that way. I just closed my eyes and held on.”

Wed
05
Dec

End of an era as chief retires

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Kenny Bulger sits in his near-empty office at the Fairfield Police Department on his official last day, Friday, Nov. 30.
Photo by April Walker

Police Chief Kenny Bulger ended an 11-year career with the Fairfield Police Department last week. The career lawman had been with the department since Sept. 1, 2007, when he retired from service with the Department of Public Safety as a state trooper.

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Wed
28
Nov

Testing planned for county Emergency Alert System

The Freestone County Office of Emergency Management will test the county emergency notification/alert system around 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Most residents of Freestone County with “hard line wired” telephones will receive a telephone call during this time from 903-389-8884. In addition, residents or businesses that have registered their other contact information, such as cell phone, text message and/or email address for the emergency notification system should receive the test notification. The call will state “Greetings, this is a message from the Freestone County Alert System.” They will then receive the test message information. The emergency notification system is able to send emergency or public warnings to citizens by county and city officials. It has a database of hard line wired phone numbers for most of the residents and businesses in Freestone County.

Wed
28
Nov

Old Fashion Christmas Celebration is Saturday

This December local families will have a plethora of events to attend in Fairfield thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fairfield. There is something for everyone – shopping, running, elves, and food. The chamber has events planned through the month.

December 1 Old Fashion Christmas Celebration

Wed
28
Nov

Letters to Santa asked

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A special North Pole mailbox has been set up in the front foyer of the Fairfield Recorder office to ensure immediate delivery of letters to Santa Claus. Bring your little ones by to drop their letters to Santa!

Letters to Santa Claus are now being accepted at The Fairfield Recorder, 101 E. Commerce in Fairfield, for publication in our annual Christmas issue. Letters from all Freestone County children will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 10, and will be published in our Dec. 20 edition. Letters may be dropped at the office where a special mailbox has been set up in the office entryway for all Freestone County children to hand deliver their letters. For more information, call April Walker at 903-389-3334 or email news@fairfield-recorder.com.

Wed
28
Nov

Pre-K Thanksgiving parade

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Lots of little turkeys filled the halls of Fairfield Elementary School during the pre-k's annual Thanksgiving parade. Students designed their own turkey outfits and paraded through each hallway with balloons prior to their holiday break.

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Wed
28
Nov

Christmas events planned

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A young boy smiles as he tells Santa Claus his Christmas wishlist during the Fairfield Library's first Christmas at the Library event in 2017.
Photo by April Walker

We would be out of order if we didn’t mention the library has been having a logo contest, which ends Tuesday, Dec. 4, for a Fairfield Library logo. Previously announced on the library’s Facebook page, a $50 Amazon card will be given to the creator of the design judged most appropriate by the library. That logo will be used on library information, including letterheads, business cards, and more. Just like everywhere else in town, the library staff is planning lots of activities to celebrate the Christmas season. Beginning on Monday, Dec. 3, the staff and any interested volunteers will decorate campsite number 52 at the Fairfield Lake State Park in conjunction with their Christmas in the Park event. Visitors to the park are invited to enjoy all the Christmas lights from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

Wed
28
Nov

Traveling exhibit boasts county history

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The four-panel exhibit can be seen in the lobby of the Freestone County courthouse through the month of December.
Photo by April Walker

A traveling “museum” has been installed in the lobby of the Freestone County courthouse for visitors to enjoy for the month of December featuring photos from days past of Fairfield, Teague, Wortham, and Streetman. Freestone County Historical Museum Curator Patty Pratt and Board President Linda Mullen created the four-panel exhibit, showing the history of the county since its inception in 1851.

Over the years, the county has had five jails and four courthouses – the first of which was built in 1851 and described as an “old shanty.” There is a short history and photos of each courthouse in the exhibit, as well as a cost estimate of the construction.

Wed
28
Nov

TxDOT traffic study planned

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The intersection U.S. 84 West and Post Oak is a mess of traffic during peak times: 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m. This photo was taken at 7:40 a.m. Monday morning.
Photo by April Walker

After numerous complaints from citizens and concerned parents, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has decided to conduct a Signal Warrant Analysis at the intersection of Post Oak and U.S. 84 West in Fairfield.

There have been accidents at the intersection over the years because of the current flashing caution light combined with a speed limit of 55 MPH. The study will be performed by the TxDOT Traffic Office during February.

“February is a date selected to ensure that school is in session outside of holidays and resources are available to conduct the study,” said Bobby Colwell, TxDOT public information officer.

Tue
20
Nov

My favorite part of Thanksgiving is...

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Ava Campbell

The Fairfield Recorder interviewed 12 first graders at Fairfield Elementary School, asking what is their favorite part of Thanksgiving. Here are their answers:

Ava Campbell - "Helping others and pumpkin pie!"

Hannah Smith - "Ham, broccoli, and chocolate pie!"

Zoe Dunbar - "Family and eating the chicken!"

Mariah Frazier - "Salad, turkey, and cake!"

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