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Wed
31
Oct

Share ideas in Our Town survey

An idea was sparked this summer during, of all things, a budget meeting at Fairfield City Hall. It began with percentages and statistics (yawn) and ended with an anecdote about using a life-long dream of parachuting to stage a publicity stunt. Although it may have sounded silly at first, the presenter explained that the idea met all the state’s requirements for using hotel/motel funds, as it had the expectation of bringing tourists to town, while at the same time promoting the local hotel/motel industry. This story was followed by the statement that the state requires at least one-seventh of hotel/motel revenues collected by Texas cities to be spent on advertising and promotion – a requirement backed by research that shows, for every

 

Wed
31
Oct

Donations needed for local family

Donations are needed for a local family after a weekend fire took their home in the Westwood Addition of Fairfield. Kaylee Crook, Greg Stewart, and their two children were not home at the time of the fire.

Fairfield Fire Chief Matt Foree reported Engine 83 arrived at the double-wide home and found heavy smoke and fire. As Foree’s crews began attacking the fire, Teague VFD, Dew VFD, and Wortham VFD arrived on the scene and began working to

 

Wed
31
Oct

We're all mad here: Consumer Science classes host Mad Hatter tea party

By Nereyda Espinoza, FHS junior and Eagle Beat reporter.

Photos contributed by Laura Craddick and Eagle Publications

The modern life often takes away from traditional meal-time customs. Family and consumer science teacher Laura Craddick holds an annual Mad Hatter Tea Party for her classes to just have a “polite conversation” without any technology. 

Craddick’s classes held this year’s Mad Hatter party on October 5. The skills developed for this party will apply to both social and private settings.

Wed
31
Oct

Lady Eagles head to state

Fairfield girls are advancing to the State cross country meet after winning regionals by a mere 50 points last week. The state meet is slated for Saturday, Nov. 3, at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock. Madison Smith came in second place of the 168 runners. Other placings were:

Wed
31
Oct

TSAC plans A Night at the Races

Pictured are TSAC patrons Amy Evans and Ashlee Daniel, event co-chairs; Kendra Young; Carrie Herren; Nicole and Kenny Hughes; and Beverly Awalt accepting a $500 donation from Incommons Bank Branch Manager Eli Pratt.
Photo by April Walker

There’s still time to get tickets to A Night at the Races, sponsored by Trinity Star Arts Council (TSAC), which will benefit TSAC student scholarships and arts programs presented throughout the year in local schools and communities in Freestone County. Men and women are encouraged to sport their fanciest outfits and hats for this event at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Twisted Vines. A Style Stakes competition will be held.

Prizes range from $100 to $400, raffles, and silent auction items donated by local businesses, said event co-chair Amy Evans.

Highlights of the evening include video horse races, food, music, and a cash bar. Guests can wager friendly bets on the horses using play money.

Wed
31
Oct

Plans begin for disc golf

Standing at right are Pastor Andrew Weitner and professional disc golfer Casey Wright. The two presented their disc golf plans to the city last week.
Photo by April Walker

Councilmembers gave the go-ahead to a group of local men wanting to design a disc golf course at the city park. Mayor Kenny Hughes told the group to plan the course and bring the design back for council approval at the next meeting.

Andrew Weitner, pastor of New Life Church in Fairfield, and business partner Casey Wright – who also happens to be a professional disc golfer – plan to build a tournament ready 18-hole disc golf course.

The duo explained there are four courses of nine holes or less within 45 minutes of Fairfield, but their dream is to design one that will draw competitions – and, ultimately, revenue – to Fairfield.

Wed
31
Oct

The legacy of Case Robinson

Students and teachers at Fairfield Intermediate School wore their Be Kind T-shirts to kick off the #kindness4case challenge.
Facebook photo

In honor of Case Robinson, Fairfield Intermediate School is challenging each homeroom to make a 100-link kindness chain as part of their Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) project. Robinson, a fifth grader, passed away recently in a tragic ATV accident.

“Case was a respectful, kind, and enthusiastic student,” said FIS Principal Shetonia Scires in an email. “He never met a stranger and always had a smile on his face.”

The school created the RAOK in his honor to spread kindness throughout the school and community. The school created the challenge for students to have something positive on which to focus in the days following Robinson’s death.

Thu
25
Oct

Another bridge project for Pct. 4

Pct. 4 Commissioner Clyde Ridge got approval from the court to seek bids in another bridge project on which he is busy working. The court okayed his request Wednesday, Oct. 17, for a bridge on County Road 1070.

“It’s on a bus route,” Ridge explained. “It’s in bad, bad condition.”

The plan is to widen the bridge, add a concrete deck, and drop more pilings to ensure a safer crossing. This bridge is part of the state program in which Ridge is involved where the state will renovate a bridge on County Road 1100 in exchange for his renovating this one.

Thu
25
Oct

Early voting begins

Polls opened Monday morning, Oct. 22, for early voting in the November election. Early voting is slated to continue through Friday, Nov. 2, across the county.

Early voting ballots can be placed at the following times and locations:

Thu
25
Oct

FHS junior awarded

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