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United Way accepts Luminant donations

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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.

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Wed
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Former Fairfield residents indicted

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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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Arson investigator looks at fatal mobile home fire

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

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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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Wood carver uses 2 chainsaws to fashion sculptings in pine

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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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Freeze may be benefit to Cooper’s peach orchards

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Cooper Farm peach trees in bloom.

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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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Cool show for good cause

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Downtown Wortham featured an interesting display of custom autos. The “No Regrets Texas Presents Small Town Takeover” was a fundraiser Saturday and Sunday for Multiple Sclerosis.

Photo by MaLinda Reddell

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XTO employees, Big T’s Buddies raise money for autism

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Big T’s Buddies and XTO Energy employees gathered for a picture to be published in XTO’s company-wide magazine The Flow Line. XTO is a sponsor of Big T’s Buddies.

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What began as an effort to honor a lost co-worker’s memory could someday improve the lives of hundreds of families of children with autism in and around Fairfield.
Over four years, $160,000 has been raised in memory of Terry Lair, a former production foreman in XTO’s Eastern Division.
Known to many as “Big T,” Lair

 

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Calpine donates $64,980 to children’s home

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The Calpine Corporation hosted a golf tournament fundraiser and designated the proceeds to four organizations, including Pleasant Hills Children’s Home. The Calpine Corporation donated $64,980 to Pleasant Hills Children’s Home March 5. This is a tremendous blessing as the Home is a non-profit operated by donations. From left: Norma Dunn, vice president of Corporate Communications at Calpine Corporation; David McDonald, of Calpine; Martha Thomassen, Pleasant Hills director; Debra Bullard, of Calpine; John Taylor, of Calpine; and Ty Pate, of Calpine.

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Girls Little Dribblers hold fundraiser

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Fairfield Girls Little Dribblers board members set up on the courthouse square Friday selling chicken spaghetti to raise money for their teams. By noon they had sold 25 plates of chicken spaghetti. There are 36 girls this year in the juniors, majors and seniors teams. They have played four games and are currently undefeated. Back row (from left): Secretary Amanda Sanders, Player Agent Weldon Alexander, President Billy McMillian, and Vice President Willie Dowell (sitting).

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Primary decides county, district clerks

Freestone County Republican March 4 primary voters returned incumbent County Clerk Linda Jarvis to another four years in office.
Jarvis does not have a Democratic opponent for that post in the November general election, so she is the apparent winner, with

 

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