Wed
23
Mar

KDT joins chamber

KDT Construction joined the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce last week and celebrated with a ribbon cutting at their Kirvin location. The company has been open since 1998 and specializes in dirt excavation, septic, dozer work, and much more. For more information about their services, contact Ken Sessions at 903-599-2319. Pictured are employees and chamber members (in no particular order) Ken Sessions, Tina Sessions, Kenzie Sessions, Devin Sessions, Earl Johnson, Blake and Roland Hutson, Dub Webb, Robbie Castlow, Charlotte Chase, Beaury Chase, Brenda Shultz, Josh Bayless, Gail Farish, and Nicole Ballard.

 

Photo by April Walker

Wed
23
Mar

This Is Country filming shows Hill Ranch, museum

Host Brian Doty (left) hosts This Is Country - airing overseas and on the Wrangler Network. Videographer Landon Whinery (right) got some shots of Doty in the historic cabin at the Freestone County Historical Museum last week

Photo by April Walker

Fairfield, Texas is being made famous by a small production company who filmed several historic spots in the area for an upcoming international TV show. Jodie Webb and Brian Doty hit the town last week, filming country life at F.E. Hill Ranch and the Freestone County Historical Museum.

The show, This Is Country, airs internationally in Great Britain, France, and Spain – just to name a few – and will air locally on the Wrangler Network.

“In other countries, the Western way of life is huge,” said host Brian Doty.

Wed
23
Mar

Silver alert ends in tragedy

Harold Nussbaum

The search for a missing Mexia man ended in horror when his son, Karl Benjamin Nussbaum, 47, was charged with murdering his father, who was found dead Saturday evening. It is believed he was beaten to death.

The body of Mexia native and longtime resident Harold Julius Nussbaum, 86, was found around 6:30 p.m. March 19, two-tenths of a mile off FM 3437 near Lake Mexia. This discovery came after a silver alert was issued for Nussbaum around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers and Mexia firefighters and police then combed areas near where Nussbaum’s vehicle was found, from dawn until mid-day Saturday.

Wed
23
Mar

Eggstravaganza set for Saturday

Chamber of Commerce members spent Monday filling approximately 350 bags with candy and trinkets for Saturday's Eggstravaganza.

Photo by April Walker

Easter is right around the corner and the chamber is readying for the 7th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza event held on the courthouse square. This year's event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and will feature the usual activities for the family.

Attendees will have a chance to win a live bunny from the live bunny patch, sponsored by Cheryl White, by finding the golden egg hidden somewhere on the courthouse lawn.

 

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Wed
23
Mar

School board talks changes, band uniforms

Grand Band Director Bill Large displays the current marching uniforms, last ordered in 2002.

Photo by April Walker

There will be changes made to the DAEP/ABP program at Fairfield in the upcoming school year. Currently, Fairfield is in a cooperative with Buffalo ISD, Dew ISD, and Wortham ISD for students in alternative classes for behavior and disciplinary issues.

Buffalo recently informed FISD of their intent to pull out of the coop due to rising costs. Rather than accept the dramatic increase in costs, the board of managers – made up of superintendents from each district – chose to dissolve the cooperative effective July 1. There will still be an alternative school in Fairfield but it will now be housed at the high school campus under Principal Von Wade and the school will hire one teacher to oversee the class.

Wed
16
Mar

TV crew films at museum

Videographer Landon Whinery (left) films at the Freestone County Historical Museum. Also pictured are Patricia Pratt, museum curator, and This Is Country host Brian Doty.

Photo by April Walker

Fairfield, Texas is being made famous by a small production company who filmed several historic spots in the area for an upcoming international TV show. Jodie Webb and Brian Doty hit the town last week, filming country life at F.E. Hill Ranch and the Freestone County Historical Museum. See the full story in the March 24 edition of the Recorder!

Wed
16
Mar

FIDC member talks at Rotary

David Fowler, of the Fairfield Industrial Development Corporation (FIDC), shared lots of information about upcoming projects for the city as well as great programs through Navarro College at the recent Fairfield Rotary Club meeting. Pictured with Fowler (center) are Angela Oglesbee (left) and Jason Hullum (right).

Photo submitted by Glenda Brooks

Wed
16
Mar

Tax Aide group offers extended hours until April 14

Tax Aide volunteers are (back row) Mark Phillips, JR Corne, Jane Morrison, and Travis Crowder; (front row) Nancy Gooch and Jane Phillips. They are trained and certified through an AARP and IRS sponsored program. Tax Aide now has over 35,000 volunteers at 5,000 sites nationwide who assist in preparing tax returns. For information, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.

Courtesy photo

The Tax Aide group has been providing free federal income tax preparation services to area residents for the second year in a row. Taxpayers from Palestine, Teague, Jewett, Buffalo, Fairfield and surrounding areas have enjoyed free tax preparation and free same day e-filing. Tax Aide encourages
area residents of all ages to have their returns prepared each Thursday through April 14, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 201 North Mount St. in Fairfield.

 

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Wed
16
Mar

Active shooter training held at FES

This group of trainees advanced down the 1st grade hallway at the elementary school during a contact team training session. This shows how a team will search for evidence of a shooter.

Photo by April Walker

Columbine 1999. Sandy Hook 2012. Lake Worth 2000. The list goes on and on. Since 2013, there have been more than 170 school shootings, and more than 160 active shooter events in America, according to a study done by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Last week, area law enforcement received free training at Fairfield Elementary School on active shooter-type situations. Agencies taking part in the training included Freestone County Sheriff's Office, Wortham Police Department, Fairfield Police Department, Limestone County Sheriff's Office, Mexia ISD, Collin County Sheriff's Office, and officials from Victoria.

The ALERRT program – Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training – is sponsored through Texas State University (TSU) in San Marcos and equips officers with the know-how to “stop the killing and stop the dying,” according to instructor Steven Mora, of San Marcos.

Wed
09
Mar

Lake re-joins CoC, holds ribbon cutting

Fairfield Lake State Park re-joined the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce last week and celebrated with a ribbon cutting at the park entrance. Friends of Fairfield Lake State Park are (in no particular order) Rodney Franklin, regional director 5; Tim King, park office assistant superintendent; Judy Haynes, CSR customer service; Edward Nicholes, clerk, Kenny Bulger, treasurer; Scooter Long, president; David and Donna Housewright; Matt Harwood, superintendent; and Kris Simmons, office manager. Fairfield Lake offers year-round activities including biking, birding, camping, fishing, hiking, and much more. To learn more about the lake's activities or events, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/.

 

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