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Wed
24
Sep

4-H members, leaders honored at banquet

Cam McSwane (left) and Cole Beddingfield (right) received the 4-H Gold Star Award, this highest honor in the club. They are pictured with Erin Davis, extension agent.

Photo by April Walker

More than 220 Freestone County 4-H members were recognized at Sunday’s annual 4-H banquet.
Each member received a participation certificate for their completion of their project area.
Freestone County project areas completed were:

 

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Wed
17
Sep

Budget amendments topic of discussion at county meeting

Tensions ran high Sept. 10, when commissioners approved a budget amendment requested by Freestone County Sheriff Don Anderson to pay for inmate housing, groceries and medical.
The funds transferred from contingency – $4,000 to medical, $8,000 to groceries and $40,000 to housing – totaled $52,000 for the Care of Prisoners line item.
That leaves the county

 

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Wed
17
Sep

City, FIDC budgets approved

Fairfield city council members approved the 2014-15 tax rate of 34 cents per $100 valuation, as well as the budget which shows $2.5 million for the enterprise fund (water and sewer), $659,000 for TDCJ, and $4.1 million in the general fund.
The general fund includes money for animal control, the library and the requested $125,000 for EMS services.
“We will have two potential adjustments,” said City Administrator Jeff Looney.
The council plans to

 

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Wed
17
Sep

Local teachers receive Caroline C. Forsythe grant

The recipients of the Caroline C. Forsythe Grant-in-Aid from Tau Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International were: Morgan Barker, Teague; Laura Harp, Wortham; Audrey Wattles, Mexia; Shanna Gargis, Wortham; and Taylor Davis, Wortham. Not pictured are Choicetta McMillian, Fairfield, and Misty Lewis, Groesbeck. The grant-in-aid was presented by Tau members Laura Sides (left) and Belinda Cotton (right).

Photo by Martha Kirgan

Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International presented the Caroline C. Forsythe Grant-in-Aid to seven zero year teachers at their September 9 meeting at Gibbs Library in Mexia.
The teachers receiving the grant were Choicetta McMillian, Fairfield ISD; Misty Lewis, Groesbeck ISD; Audrey Wattles, Mexia ISD; Morgan Barker, Teague ISD; and from Wortham ISD are Laura Harp, Shanna Gargis and Taylor Davis.
Each recipient received a $100 stipend.
Dr. Jewel Lockridge, Area 8 Coordinator, introduced by Martha Kirgan, brought greetings from the

 

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Wed
17
Sep

Employee honored for 25 years

Rodney Watkins, of Butler, was honored with a 25 Years of Service celebration for his service to the Butler Water Supply Corporation September 9, at the Butler Community Center.
The BWSC

 

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Wed
17
Sep

Holstein voted Teacher of the Month

Jennifer Holstein

Fairfield Junior High (FJH) School has named Jennifer Holstein as the first Teacher of the Month for the new school year.
The paraprofessional has been with FJH for four years and assists

 

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Wed
17
Sep

FHS student council officers

Chosen for the 2014-15 student council are (front row, from left): Historian Kaci Bachtel, Secretary Joycelynn Johnson, Parliamentarian Colbie Cherry, and Treasurer Jennifer Reed; (back row) President Caitlynn Stone and Vice President Lori Neill. Not pictured is Reporter Ivy Robinson. See more Fairfield High School photos on page 3.   

Photo by April Walker

Wed
17
Sep

Redemption Meat Processing to open in time for hunting season

Dustin O’Bannon and his wife, Julie (left) will open Redemption Meat Processing Sept. 26. They are pictured here with owners, Jimmy and Sheila Sherber.

Photo by April Walker

Just in time for hunting season, Dustin O’Bannon is slated to open Redemption Meat Processing Friday, Sept. 26, leasing the business from owners Jimmy and Sheila Sherber.
O’Bannon, who has a family background in the business, hopes to keep the “Mom and Pop” mentality, while offering more than just meat processing.
As O’Bannon described his plans, visions of an

 

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Wed
10
Sep

Big T’s event this weekend

The Bellamy Brothers are just one of the bands slated to perform at the 5th Annual Big T Memorial Chili Cook-Off this weekend, Sept. 12-13.
Also performing are the OSR Band, Pushwater Band, and Prophet and Outlaws Band.
The event will feature a

 

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Wed
10
Sep

New company may help cut food costs

Freestone County Treasurer Kay Taylor may have found a way to keep rising food costs in the Freestone County Jail to a minimum.
During the Sept. 3 meeting, representatives with Five Star Correctional Food Services (FSCFS), of Dallas, performed a walk-through of the jail.
In March, Taylor began a six month survey to determine the real world costs of feeding a prisoner.
In one of his weekly columns, Sheriff Don Anderson said

 

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