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Wed
14
Nov

Roads closed, people rescued Monday

A section of County Road 1051 is missing after flash floods washed through the Kirvin area Monday. The road has been closed by Pct. 4 Commissioner Clyde Ridge.
Photo by Robin Woodall

Several county roads are closed and high-water rescues were performed in the early morning hours of Monday, Nov. 12, by area firemen after a line of heavy thunderstorms swept through the area. According to local “weatherman” Barney Leach, approximately 3.52 inches of rain was received at his home west of Fairfield. Teague VFD reported

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Thu
08
Nov

Wreck victim admits to drunk driving

A driver rescued from his vehicle Friday, Nov. 2, allegedly told DPS Trooper Hanson that he had been drinking beer, accident reports show, and witnesses reported erratic driving prior to the accident. Michael McPherson, 26, of Sulfur Springs, was traveling northbound on FM 488 in a white Lexus, according to DPS reports. McPherson’s vehicle allegedly left the road and ran into a bar ditch where the driver hit a Stop sign before continuing to travel northbound

 

Thu
08
Nov

Night at the Races enters homestretch

Trinity Star Arts Council (TSAC) is placing all bets for a win at Saturday’s A Night at the Races. The fundraiser features video horse racing and friendly wagering, good food, music, raffles, a silent auction and prizes for best hats and costumes. All proceeds directly benefit scholarships and arts programs for schools and communities in Freestone County. Sponsors for the event are:

Thu
08
Nov

Wortham students chosen for area

Pictured are TaTa Felder, alto; Parker Fautt, tenor; Taylor Montgomery, alto; and Kaleb Hook, alto.
Courtesy photo

Saturday proved to be a successful day for four members of the Wortham High School Choir Program. Since July, students of the state of Texas in high school programs have been working on selections chosen by the Texas Music Educators Association for advancing students to the state level choirs. Though Wortham ISD is a 2A classification, it is proud to have both a junior high and high school choir program. There are currently 35 students studying to benefit from the classes and maintain a busy calendar schedule for performance.

Thu
08
Nov

Tornado risk doesn't dampen spirits

This little cutie took home a first place ribbon with her incredible Wicked Witch pumpkin, which she entered in the Fairfield Lake State Park's first annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest.
Facebook photo

Warnings of tornadoes, hail, and strong winds are not enough to stop Halloween! Masked children took advantage of a break in a line of storms that moved through Freestone County late Halloween afternoon. Because of the weather the annual Boo on the Square event was moved into the Green Barn at the fairgrounds, but Fairfield churches still hosted their trunk or treat events.

“There’s no way I could count how many kids attended,” said Chamber Executive Director Brenda Pate. “One man said he thought all of Freestone County was there!”

Thu
08
Nov

Opening Day yields kills

Ty Baker shot his first buck on Opening Day.
Photo courtesy of Cindy Thompson

Hunters across the state took to the woods this weekend as they searched for the perfect buck for their wall – and freezer. General season opened Saturday, Nov. 3, for area hunters and ends Jan. 6. Hunters are allowed four deer, no more than two bucks and no more than two antlerless.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife hunters guide, the bag limit in this county is two legal bucks, but only one may have an inside spread of 13 inches or greater. A legal buck deer is defined as a buck deer with at least one unbranched antler; or an inside spread of 13 inches or greater (does not apply to a buck that has an unbranched antler). A hunter

 

Thu
08
Nov

Police seek bank robbery suspect

Police are currently searching for this man who allegedly robbed the Donie Bank Monday morning.

On Monday, Nov. 5, at approximately 10:04 a.m., an armed robbery occurred at the Donie Bank, 235 Main St. in Donie. The suspect was described as a white male of unknown age, wearing a fake beard and wig (black in color) dark sunglasses, and a baseball cap. The suspect was wearing a gray sweatshirt/Hoodie that bore the lettering "Maine East Athletic Dept" that was displayed in blue or purple lettering. The suspect brandished a long barreled blued steel revolver. The suspect fled the scene in a gray or silver 4-door passenger car that appeared to

 

Thu
08
Nov

Jolly's celebrates joining CoC

After recently renovating one of their three convenience stores, Jolly and Pinky Walia celebrated their success with a ribbon cutting Thursday, Nov. 1, with the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. The newly christened Jolly’s Country Store & Deli officially opened in August and features a brighter floor plan, 12 flavors of gelato, and a deli that serves street tacos, burgers, and more.

The couple’s convenience store career began in 1998 when they operated a Shell station in Athens. In 2007, they bought the Valero – which they sold in 2014 – and settled in Fairfield where they began purchasing their other businesses.

The Walia’s currently own and operate

 

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

 

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