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Wed
07
May

Taxing agencies face drop in property values

Approximately 4,300 property owners received notices regarding their property’s valuation for 2014 property taxes from the Freestone Central Appraisal District this week.
Property owners may review those appraisals with district staff and file formal protests of those valuations until June 2, said Chief Appraiser Bud Black.
“We don’t anticipate a lot of activity this year,” Black noted, “because many property owners will see a reduction in the taxable value in their real property this year when compared to 2013.”
Black says that declining prices and gas production have a noticeable impact

 

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Wed
07
May

Mt. Zion celebrates with memorial service

A memorial gathering was held at the Mt. Zion Cemetery - in the Turlington community - Saturday. Families from various generations, all with ties to Turlington, enjoyed a lunch and fellowship throughout the day. The cemetery is on FM 415, off U.S. 84 east. The area was originally known as Doddy Hollow, and later Sugar Hill.

Photo by Mike Reddell

Wed
07
May

Wilson wants his students to experience life in books

Caleb Wilson and his students in Fria, Guinea.

Contributed photo

Caleb Wilson’s words on the blackboard at his school in Guinea, in
West Africa, are often the only words his students see.
There are almost no books for Guinea’s classrooms – it’s a country
with a 30 percent literacy rate.
Wilson is a Fairfield native who’s nearing the end of his Peace Corps tenure in mostly French-speaking Guinea.
The 24-year-old Wilson

 

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Wed
07
May

4-Her chosen to represent state

Livestock Ambassador Morgan Jackson, of Fairfield, has been selected to attend the 2014 National 4-H Congress from November 27 through December 2, in Atlanta, Georgia, to represent Texas 4-H. This program will allow Jackson to meet new people, learn about 4-H programs from all over the country and become involved in excellent educational opportunities. Jackson is a member of the Freestone County 4-H.

Photo submitted by Erin Hensley

Wed
07
May

Purple Pinkie raises funds to end polio

Caitlynn Stone (right) dyes the fingers of a Fairfield Elementary School student May 2 as part of the Interact Club’s annual End Polio Now fundraiser. The club raised $909 and the and the Gates Foundation donated $2 for each dollar raised. Each student paid $1 per finger for the program. To date there are three countries - Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan - still struck by this crippling disease.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
07
May

Time honored tradition

Fairfield High School students act in the annual melodrama Sunday that’s performed each year during the 44th annual Queen of the Trinity Star Pilgrimage. The melodrama was written in 1971. History Club member Kathleen McKee said 273 meals were served. Nicole Hughes was this year’s Pilgrimage chairman.

Photos by April Walker

Fri
02
May

FHS among nation's top schools

Fairfield High School is nationally recognized by the “US News and World Report” as one of the best high schools in America.
Fairfield High School received the bronze level medal for being a high-performing school based on their 2011-2012 state exam performance. That designation places FHS among the nation's top 27 percent of high schools.
"We have really good faculty and staff plus great students and leadership on our campuses," said Fairfield school board president Blake Robinson.
"That combination is one of our formulas for success," Robinson added.
The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
Gold — Top 500 schools based on highest college readiness

Wed
30
Apr

ETMC open house May 8

The public is invited to attend an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for new facilities at ETMC Fairfield at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8.
Fairfield Hospital District Board of Directors and ETMC Regional Healthcare System representatives will observe the completion of a six-room north wing,

 

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Wed
30
Apr

Big Brown owners file bankruptcy

There will be little impact on Big Brown operations in the wake of Energy Future Holdings (EFH) filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday in Delaware.
Dallas-based EFH and certain subsideraries, including Big Brown owner Luminant, filed the voluntary bankruptcy filing after working out an agreement with key creditors to reduce about $40 billion in debt.
“Our existing capital structure has become unsustainable,”  EFH President and CEO John Young said in the company’s press release about the filing Tuesday.
 

 

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Wed
30
Apr

Sons & Daughters Day

Fairfield Elementary School held the first Sons & Daughters Day April 24, allowing teachers to bring their children to school with them for the day. Pictured are (back row): Megan and Owen Lane, Jill and Addison Shipley, Christi and Easton Kleinert, Raeanna and Lyndsee Green, Vicki and Grace Stephenson, Jessica and Sariah Henderson, and Emily and Reese Beaver; (front row) Shonda and Hunter Isaacs, April and Ava Campbell, Shelley and Dallas Baxter, Erin, Cullen and Evyn Pickens, and Lupe and Ruby Rodriguez.

Photo by April Walker

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