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Fri
08
Jun

Local man gets 10 years in TDCJ

Keith Bonner

After making headlines in 2017 with his role in the vandalism of a historic family cemetery, Keith Bonner entered a plea deal Thursday, May 31, to spend 10 years behind bars.

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Wed
30
May

Keep kids active through summer with FISD camps

Another school year has come and gone and FISD is preparing for a full summer of athletic, drama, art, and music camps for the students. Camps will be taught by FISD coaches and teachers beginning in June. Camps are as follows in date order:

 

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Wed
30
May

Rally set for Saturday

A political rally involving four area counties is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Butler Community Center. Wesley Ratcliff, District 8 State Representative and a member of the Democratic Party, will speak. Candidates from Freestone, Navarro, Hill, and Anderson counties will also make an appearance.

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Wed
30
May

FCSO shows new uniforms

Freestone County Sheriff’s Office began donning new uniforms on May 14 in an effort to bring a more prideful and professional appearance, while carrying out duties to serve the citizens of Freestone County. “We would like to thank our county commissioner’s for their approval in our 2018 budget that provided financial assistance in purchasing these uniforms, as well as say thank you to several private donors and businesses who donated funds as well,” said Sheriff Jeremy Shipley. “We received numerous calls and comments from our citizens around the county this week that were very pleased with the new professional look. Things all around us are continuously changing and we hope to continue changing at the FCSO for the better.” Pictured is the full staff of FCSO led by Sheriff Shipley.

Wed
30
May

FHS top students named

Salutatorian Kealie House and Valedictorian Brittani Oglesbee proudly display their certificates showcasing their achievement at last week's senior awards assembly.
Photo by April Walker

Following in her older sister's footsteps, Brittani Oglesbee has worked her way to the top of her graduating class, finishing as valedictorian with a 5.43 GPA. Oglesbee worked hard to keep her grades up, but never really knew that she would graduate valedictorian.

“There is a lot of competition in my grade, so I feel honored to be valedictorian,” she said.

Oglesbee said her favorite classes throughout high school were Journalism and English.

“I had Mrs. [Kathie] Maciel all four years, first for Pre-AP English I and then Journalism,” she said. “She was a great teacher and I loved her class.”

The top student also loved having Theresa Matthews as her Pre-AP English II teacher, saying she was “one of the best teachers I have every had throughout my time in Fairfield schools.”

Wed
30
May

Faith Academy now taking applications

Serving on the Faith Academy board is (front) Treasurer Jane Phillips; President Julie Steward; and Vice President Jessica Henderson; (back row) Assistant Treasurer Tony Adkins; Secretary Leon Thomas; and member Dexter Barnes.
Photo submitted by Jane Phillips

A small group of parents have worked hard to open a new Christ-centered school for Freestone County children. Faith Academy of Freestone County is slated to open this fall and is currently taking applications for students. The school will provide a quality, Christian-based education to students and develop the whole child – mind, body, and spirit. This non-profit school seeks to partner with parents, teachers, and the community for returning God to education with a chapel and Bible classes.

 

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Wed
30
May

Teachers recognized

Mary and John Gordon Small were recognized for their contributions to the students of FISD.
Photo by April Walker

After a long running career with Fairfield ISD, Mary and Gordon Small were inducted into the Educator Hall of Fame last week during the annual awards ceremony hosted by FISD. Mary Small retired in 2004 after a 25 year career teaching sixth grade science at Fairfield Junior High School.

"She made a significant contribution," said Beth Henrichs, intermediate school principal.

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Wed
30
May

Awards given to FJH students

Ally Robinson is pictured with one of her awards, the Elton Moore Humanitarian Award.
Photo by Tammy Gawryszewski

Eighth grader Ally Robinson was awarded three prestigious awards last week during the end of year award ceremonies at Fairfield Junior High School. Robinson earned her name on the following plaques:

  •  Elton Moore Humanitarian Award
  •  Jeff McBay Academic Award
  •  American Legion Post 288 Citizenship Award

Fellow 8th grader Valeria Ramirez was awarded the John Perona Citizenship Award, while Gage Lane also earned a spot on the American Legion Post 288 Citizenship Award plaque. Seventh grader Jonathan Thomas was given the Johnnie Pye Citizenship Award and Andrew Fantroy, 6th grade, earned a spot on the Suzann Leadbetter Citizenship Award.

Fri
18
May

FJH enters ILPC contest

By Jordan Maciel

The Fairfield Junior High EGLZ News team recently entered the Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC) State Broadcast Contest. They competed against 1A through 4A high schools and middle schools across Texas. ILPC is a UIL Academic competition for journalism. The team received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting. They competed in eleven categories, placing in seven. FJH EGLZ News received 1st place in Announcements, 2nd place in Documentary, and 2nd place in graphics. 

Fri
18
May

Authors welcomed at Fairfield Library

Fairfield students recently penned books as a special project, which are now displayed at the Fairfield Library. Library patrons can scan the QR code on any book to hear the story read in the author's voice or watch a movie based on the book and created by the author. Last week, students brought their parents to the library on a special Book Mobile bus, which shuttled 1st through 5th grades over from their campuses. Pictured is Library Director Gary Wiggins enjoying a book with author Anna Allen.

Photo by April Walker

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