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Tue
20
Nov

DAR officials announce local essay winners at meeting

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Essay winners (from left) are River Champion, Andrew Lawrence, Vanessa Hernandez, Rene Lehman, and Hannah DeFriend pictured with DAR Regent Nancy McSwane.
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Five area students were named winners in the Jonathan Hardin Chapter essay contests. Hannah DeFriend, a junior at Groesbeck High School, earned first place in the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. This contest was sponsored by NSDAR and the National Italian American Foundation for students in grades 9-12. The essay theme was “Comparing Ship Technology: The Ships Columbus Used Versus the Ships of Today.” Winning the American History Essay Contest were:

Tue
20
Nov

Keeping busy at Faith Academy

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Pictured are Bri Myers, Triston McAlpine, Laura Lindsey, Zechariah Smith, Lily Steward, Logan Smith, Deris Talbert, Evan Rikard, Logan Smith, teacher Kayla Lupo, and Julie Steward.
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After opening their doors Sept. 4, Faith Academy of Freestone has welcomed nine students ranging from 3rd through 6th grade. The school opens each day with a Bible study class led by Vice President Jessica Henderson using the Apologia curriculum.

“Our intimate group is a safe place for the children to speak up, ask questions, and voice their concerns without ridicule,” said President Julie Steward. “As teachers, it is such a blessing to see the innocence and the thirst in each child to learn about God.”

On Friday mornings the classes host chapel time with worship at 8 a.m., where guests are welcome to volunteer their time to lead. Recently, the students attended

Tue
20
Nov

FISD plans projects

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FIS Principal Shetonia Scires gave an update on her first two months in her new position during last week's school board meeting.
Photo by April Walker

Several projects will be starting soon at FISD campuses including a handicap platform at the football field. School board trustees unanimously voted to accept bids from Supreme Fixture Company for a junior high freezer at $40,689 and a high school freezer for $44,140 with a 30 percent down payment.

Superintendent Tony Price said he will ask the company to begin June 1.

The board also agreed to begin rehabilitate the old weight room for junior high students to use during inclement weather. Price said the floor needs to be redone, which will cost approximately $10,000.

Tue
20
Nov

Digital Media class tours SMU, WFAA

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Fairfield's seventh and eighth graders proudly pose at the WFAA desk where anchors film the news. The students also toured Southern Methodist University during their Dallas trip.
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Digital media students got hands-on training last week when the group of Fairfield seventh and eighth graders toured the WFAA studios and Southern Methodist University. While visiting the SMU broadcasting class, students enjoyed learning how to man the cameras, anchoring on-air with one class, and using the vocal training lab with Pam Hackett, who is a broadcast executive-in-residence at SMU.

“My favorite part was anchoring at SMU and working in the vocal lab,” said seventh grader Avery Thaler.

The students traveled from the college to WFAA studios where they met longtime anchor John McCaa. WFAA was the first studio to broadcast the news of John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963 in Dallas.

Wed
14
Nov

"The run for those that don't" is Saturday

“Runners” still have time to train for the upcoming .5K race – about 1,637 feet – planned for Saturday, Nov. 17. The “run for those that don’t” kicks off at 9:30 a.m., with packet pickup at the energy station with coffee and donuts on the courthouse square.

Participants can register for two levels: Underachiever and VIP. The Underachiever is $25 and includes a backpack, a .5K sticker, a race T-shirt, and refreshments. The VIP package is the crème de la crème. For just $50 this package offers couch potato transportation. Kids 12 and under can register for just $15.

VIP entrants will ride the race route via VIP Couch Potato Transportation along with a VIP completion medal and entry to the VIP tent area.

Wed
14
Nov

Prop A passes, re-elections abound

The 2018 Mid-Term Election is over and now the people of the country and affected counties will have to accept the voice of the people and move forward. In Freestone County, 55.14 percent of total voters turned out to the polls. According to the unofficial summary of the general election from Freestone County Court Clerk Linda Jarvis, only 6,592 of the 11,956 registered voters in Freestone County exercised their right to vote.

Wed
14
Nov

Sheriff Sessions' book on sale Dec. 1

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Pictured with the hardbound book, Freestone County Past and Present, are Museum Board President Linda Mullen and Peggy Sessions.
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Freestone County Historical Museum proudly announces the publication of former Sheriff J. R. “Sonny” Sessions, Jr’s book, Freestone Past and Present. The book was compiled by Museum Board President Linda Mullen. Book sales officially open Saturday, Dec. 1, at the museum with a book signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot cocoa and Christmas cookies will be served while you wait. On hand for signatures will be Linda Mullen, transcriber Eric Wood, and possibly Peggy Sessions. Admission is free for the day. Freestone Past and Present contains seven and a half years of Sonny Sessions’ weekly historical newspaper columns written after he retired from office in 2003 until just before his death in 2010. Eric Wood, of the Freestone County Archives website, transcribed the majority of the articles, as Sonny had previously given permission to Eric to post them on the website.

Wed
14
Nov

Man kills massive buck

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Terry Jones killed this massive 4-and-a-half year old buck in Freestone County Tuesday, Nov. 6. Jones is having the deer processed at J&S Meats and said a Texas Parks and Wildlife officer aged the animal. "He is at the taxidermist now," said Jones in an interview earlier in the week.

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Wed
14
Nov

Dr. John Beck, Jr. joins Adkins' Fairfield clinic

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Dr. John Beck, Jr., D.V.M., is pictured with Dr. Jess Adkins', D.V.M., longtime assistant Joey Briery at Adkins Veterinary Clinic in Fairfield. Beck joined the clinic in August and splits his time between his Corsicana practice and Adkins'.
Photo by April Walker

After owning and operating his own successful practice for 19 years, Dr. John Beck, Jr., D.V.M., is now splitting his time between his Corsicana office and Dr. Jess Adkins’, D.V.M., office in Fairfield. The veterinarian is a mixed-animal practitioner and officially started at Adkins’ office Aug. 1.

“I’m excited to be here,” said Beck in an interview Monday. “What drew me is it’s busier here, but I spend my time between both [offices].”

The Kerens native earned his D.V.M. at Texas A&M, graduating in 1997. From there he spent two years with a veterinarian in Jacksonville

 

Wed
14
Nov

Von Wade earns award

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Von Wade cradles his award from the FHS cheerleaders, an Eagle head on a wooden base. The award reads: "With appreciation and gratitude to Von Wade for his continual support of the FHS Cheerleaders. 42 consecutive Homecoming Pep Rallies 1977-2018."
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After attending a record 457 consecutive football games, Fairfield High School Principal Von Wade was awarded Friday night for his perfect attendance by six student representatives.  Wade was also awarded by the FHS cheerleaders at the Homecoming Pep Rally for attending 42 consecutive Homecoming Pep Rallies from 1977-2018.

Wade, who has been with the district since 1977, received awards in the past for attending his 250th and 400th pep rallies.

“The 400th was actually for the state semifinal game,” he explained, smiling at the memory.

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