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Wed
26
Mar

New Eagle cheerleaders

The Fairfield High School Varsity Cheerleaders for the 2014-15 school year are (in no particular order): Captain Jaida Smith, Jocelynn Johnson, Lori Neill, Shelby Wallace, Mallory Fuller, Ivy Robinson, Cali Gawryszewski, mascot Rachel Crouch, Kourtnee Awalt, Sarie Hill, Kelsie Adams, Jessica Sloat, and Abbie Judd.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
26
Mar

Fleeing from officers lands suspect in jail

Brandon Michael Cole

A 29-year-old Streetman man was arrested March 19 after a six-hour manhunt in the Steward’s Mill area, which brought DPS helicopters, Freestone County Sheriff’s deputies and tracking dogs, said a Freestone County Sheriff’s deputy.
Brandon Michael Cole was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle - a third degree felony, according to FCSO jail records.
The suspect is still in custody under a $20,000 bond, records show.
On March 18, Trooper Dedrick Wimberly attempted a routine

 

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Wed
19
Mar

FEMA assesses flood damage

Freestone County had between $400,000 and $500,000 damages from the October flash floods while Fairfield is showing about $150,000 in damages.
Those estimates were obtained as part of the county and city’s efforts to gain Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant money for repairs.
Freestone County, with the help of Emergency Management Coordinator Loren Miller, applied for funds to fix

 

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Wed
19
Mar

Grant OK’d for welding program in Fairfield

Navarro College Career and Technical Center at Fairfield will benefit from a $350,000 grant the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Advisory Board approved March 6 to buy equipment for the center’s welding program.
The money will be spent purchasing needed equipment such as ventilation equipment and electrical upgrades to the building, said

 

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Wed
19
Mar

VFW gives to Pleasant Hills

From left: Arne Henderson, VFW Quartermaster; David Graham, VFW Member; Leslie Killough, VFW Senior Vice Commander; Serenity Daniels; Kayli Daniels, Children’s Home administrative assistant; Tommy Robinson, VFW service officer; and Patricia Robinson, VFW Ladies Auxiliary member.

Contributed photo

Tommy Robinson, the service officer of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5872, led a group of Post members to the Pleasant Hills Children’s home in Fairfield March 13, bearing gifts for the children’s home residents.
The group brought

 

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Wed
19
Mar

United Way accepts Luminant donations

Gary Trammell (far right), Luminant community affairs manager, presented a $5,205 donation check to Ryan Claytor (far left), president of East/Central Texas United Way, and Mary Raum (center), executive director of East/Central Texas United Way. Luminant also donated more than $1,000 to the Henderson County United Way.

Photo submitted by Caroline Atkins

Wed
19
Mar

Former Fairfield residents indicted

Kay and Sandy Jenkins

A federal grand jury handed down more than 20 indictments last week against a former Collin Street Bakery employee and his wife alleging $16 million was embezzled

 

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Wed
19
Mar

Arson investigator looks at fatal mobile home fire

The body of the resident was found inside this fire-destroyed mobile home.

Photo by April Walker

The body of a 54-year-old woman was found in her East Freestone County mobile home that was destroyed by fire March 11. The body was that of Donna McKinney, who lived in the residence on Freestone County Road

 

 

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Wed
19
Mar

Wood carver uses 2 chainsaws to fashion sculptings in pine

David Willard works on a small bear – his specialty – in front of the Quik Lube last week.

Photo by April Walker

Fairfield native David Willard is doing something many people can’t – carving wood with a chainsaw.
Make that two chainsaws.
He began one winter day in 1996 while living in Montana. The 68-year-old Willard had just sold a piece of property to a wood carver and was busy selling that man’s carvings.
After his wife, Claudia broke her hip in an accident with her dog

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Thu
13
Mar

Freeze may be benefit to Cooper’s peach orchards

Cooper Farm peach trees in bloom.

Photo by April Walker

The recent freeze across Freestone County may have been beneficial to local peach crops, according to information from Tim Cooper, owner of Cooper Farms. Cooper said it was still too early to tell if his peach crop sustained any damage from the freeze.
“We have to thin the trees anyway, so it could be beneficial,” said Cooper. Thinning controls the number of fruit per tree to increase the size of the peaches.
AgriLife Extension Horticulturist Dr. Larry Stein

 

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