Wed
08
Jun

May rainfall normal, June slated to be hot

The walking trail at Fairfield City Park was completely underwater Thursday, and a few city roads - including Bateman - were closed after a huge storm passed through the area dumping several inches of rain in a short amount of time. Roads were reopened later in the day.

Photo by April Walker

May rainfall came in a little above normal at 5.83 inches. Normal rainfall for May is 5.04 inches. There were seven days with measurable rainfall with a greatest one-day total of 1.94 inches on May 27. Rainfall amounts over the past three months have been generous, but we are fortunate we have not had the heavy rains many areas of Texas have experienced.
Temperature wise, several days of cloud cover kept May temperatures fairly mild with highs only in the upper 80s. Past history has shown that years in which May temperature did not reach the 90s, average temperature for those years was normal to slightly below normal.
2016 rainfall by the month:

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Wed
08
Jun

2016 FHS graduates head into the future

Fairfield ISD Superintendent Rick Edwards (left) shakes hands with smiling graduate Kaitlyn Diaz (right) at last week's commencement exercises. Although graduation was moved indoors at the last minute due to a round of storms that swept through the area, FHS Principal Von Wade said everything went smoothly. It was the first time a graduation event had to be moved inside since 1987.

Photo by April Walker

After several bouts of rain through the week caused flooding, school administrators changed to a dryer venue for Friday night's commencement exercises. At a first come, first serve basis, seating in the Johnson Activity Center was limited, and graduates family members filled the event.

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Thu
02
Jun

Roads closed due to flooding

This is the entrance to Steward Lane at the U.S. 84 and FM 27 intersection.

Photo by April Walker

City officials closed several roads in Fairfield today due to flooding issues. City Administrator Jeff Looney says the water is receding, which means the drainage is working, but urges people to take precautions when driving.
Closed roads include:
Bateman Street - these barricades are still up at the corner of Reunion and Renee streets. There is also a barricade up at the corner of U.S. 84 and Main Street, next to Dollar General.
Talford Street
Old Palestine Road
S. Texas 75 - TxDOT crews and City Police Officers are said to be on scene
Oak Street entrance to Thousand Oaks neighborhood
Several residents have reported flooding at the following:
FCR 540
FM 489 in Dew near CR 411
U.S. 84 East near Wildwood Addition
For more information, contact the City of Fairfield at 903-389-2633 or the Fairfield Police Department at 903-389-3901.

Wed
01
Jun

2 dead, 1 critical after Dew wreck

Freestone County - Two people are dead and two are in critical condition, including a 14-month-old, after an SUV struck another vehicle at mile marker 188 on I-45 near Dew last week around 5 p.m.
A 2000 Toyota SUV was traveling northbound in the southbound lane and struck a 2001 Chrysler minivan almost head on, DPS reports show.

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Wed
01
Jun

Grads earn $1.4 million in scholarships

Students awarded the prestigious Citizenship Awards are (from left) William Jones, Hayward Eatmon Citizenship Award; Ivy Robinson, Dennis Gilbreath Memorial Award; Jane Turchi, Brison Hearron Memorial Citizenship Award; Lori Neill, Ben Capps Jr. Citizenship Award; Kaci Bachtel, Beverly Ivy Gamble Citizenship Award; and De'Erika Canady, Sally Rose Awalt Spirit of Fairfield High School.

Photo by April Walker

Graduates took home $1.4 million in scholarships last week following the annual senior awards ceremony. Students earned scholarships from a variety of local businesses, military, universities, and more.
Valedictorian Rowan Prihoda, who will graduate with a 5.62 GPA, was awarded a certificate of academic achievement, as well as the State of Texas Honor Graduate Certificate which authorizes the president of any state-supported college or university to provide a scholarship consisting of the payment of tuition for the first two semesters following high school graduation.
Salutatorian Jennifer Reed was also awarded the certificate of academic achievement and several scholarships.
Other award recipients include:

Wed
11
May

FISD announces val, sal of 2016 class

Valedictorian Rowan Prihoda and Salutatorian Jennifer Reed were officially announced at Monday night's academic banquet. Look for an interview with them in an upcoming edition of the Recorder.

Photo by April Walker

Rowan Prihoda and Jennifer Reed were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at Monday night's Fairfield High School Academic Banquet. Prihoda will graduate with a 5.62, while Reed earned her spot with a 5.50.
There are 35 students graduating with honors, including:

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Wed
04
May

Students place at regionals, head to state

Five Fairfield High School students placed at the Regional Academic Meet at the end of April, with two advancing to State Academic Meet on May 23-25 at University of Texas at Austin. Pictured are (front) junior Payton Carter, placed 4th in poetry; senior Lori Neill, placed 6th in poetry; and junior Matt Mooneyham, placed 1st in poetry; (back row) junior Nathan Davis, placed 6th in computer applications; and senior Rowan Prihoda, placed 5th in math. Both Mooneyham and Carter will advance to the state meet.
Photo by April Walker

Wed
04
May

Council OK's $394,000 road project

Ray Street (pictured above) is one of the worst streets in Fairfield. The street has been patched and re-patched many times as shown in the photo.

Photo by April Walker

Councilmen approved a $394,780 road project slated to rehabilitate seven residential streets in Fairfield. After a tenuous workshop discussing prices and roads with councilmen and contractor Hayter Engineering, members voted to approve the following streets for repair:
n East Reunion Street – repairs will begin at the entrance of the Friendswood Addition and end at Oak Street. Also included in this is Ray Street. Total cost is $147,750
n Moody Street – repairs will cover the entire street for a cost of $80,623
n Carter Street and Jefferson Street – these streets will be repaired for a cost of $83,683
n Bateman Street – repairs will begin on Bateman from U.S. 84 to Reunion Street for a cost of $39,635
n Dogan Street – this will cover the entire street for a cost of $43,089

Thu
28
Apr

ESL students visit district court

The 87th District Court had quite an audience last week when a local ESL (English as a Second Language) class visited and learned the ins-and-outs of the legal process. ESL students from Fairfield Junior High School were given the opportunity to role play the court process with one student acting as judge, one as plaintiff, one as defendant, one as court reporter, and so on. Deborah Oakes Evans, 87th District Court judge, spoke to the students about different courthouse jobs the students may want to consider one day, as well as how knowing more than one language is an asset to them with certain jobs – such as being a courthouse interpreter. ESL teacher Melinda Black said the students learned a lot of valuable information.

Thu
28
Apr

Alumni celebrate 50 years

Attending the Dogan Class of 1966 50th reunion was (front row, from left) Carolyn McGee Sopher, Rita Palmore Lewis, Doris Dorham Small, Irene Slaughter, Lenda Cooper Dabney, Sherline Willis Green, Gloria Johnson English, Matilda Blair Lewis, Judy Sanford James, Joan Sanford Washington, and Howard Malone; (back row) Gloria Tippens Brackens, Harvey McDaniel, Linda McIlveen, Clifton Henry, Lawrence Woodard, Johnny Titus, Darlene Willis Brackens, Tyree Gatson, and Debra Brackens Davis. Not pictured was Frederick Abram.

Photo submitted by Gloria English

Approximately 20 people attended a class reunion in Fairfield this past weekend, some coming from as far away as Seattle, Washington. The Dogan High School Class of 1966 met at Sam's Restaurant to celebrate its 50th reunion. "It was a truly successful and beautiful occasion," said event coordinator Gloria Johnson English. The former students' third grade teacher, Irene Slaughter also attended the event. "What a joy to see and greet our wonderful classmates, some of whom we have not seen since graduation," said English.

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