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Wed
14
May

Ceremony caps ETMC Phase III

Helping celebrate ETMC Fairfield’s ribbon cutting for its Phase III completion were, from left; J.R. Corne, David Lott, Pam Chavers, Brenda Shultz, Mo Adams, Sherry Brackens, Josh Bayless, George Robinson, Jeff Taylor, Raz Cook, Andy Awalt, Jerry Henderson, Dr. Michael Orms and MaLinda Reddell.

Photo by April Walker

ETMC Fairfield celebrated the completion of the final of three construction phases at a ribbon cutting Thursday.
The newly completed Phase III includes a six-room north wing, remodeled areas at the core of the facility and a remodeled east patient wing, plus infrastructure upgrades.
 

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Wed
14
May

Assault charges filed for VFW fight

Kristopher Nowakowski

Following a bar fight at the VFW, a Fairfield man was arrested for allegedly assaulting VFW Post Commander Roger Brookes April 27.
Kristopher Nowakowski, 36, was charged with two counts of assault with bodily injury, one count for resisting arrest search/transport and one criminal mischief charge, records show.
He was released from

 

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Wed
14
May

Knight, McCully are top 2 at FHS

Fairfield High School Valedictorian Lauren Knight, left, and Salutatorian Andy McCully received their academic blankets at the annual Academic Banquet Monday night.

Photo by April Walker

cCully were announced as Fairfield High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at the annual Academic Banquet Monday night.
Knight will graduate with a grade point average (GPA) of

 

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Wed
07
May

Trustees tackle superintendent search, budget

Initial talks on the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year school budget and resuming steps to find Fairfield’s next superintendent are making school trustees burn the midnight oil nowadays.
At their meeting last week, trustees discussed budget issues with key school administrators until midnight,

 

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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

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