The Fairfield Recorder

Wed
07
Mar

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Wed
29
Nov

Santa letters asked

Letters to Santa Claus are now being accepted at The Fairfield Recorder, 101 E. Commerce in Fairfield, for publication in our annual Christmas issue. Letters from all Freestone County children will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 11, and will be published in our Dec. 21 edition. Letters may be dropped at the office. A special mailbox has been set up in the office entryway for all Freestone County children to hand deliver their letters. For more information, call April Walker at 903-389-3334.

Wed
26
Jul

Hearts of Gladys: Like family, for family

Hearts of Gladys recently joined the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Pictured is (back) Cathlyn “Kris” Warnell and son, Thomas Johnson; (front) Chamber Executive Administrator Brenda Pate, Hearts of Gladys owner Vernetta Henry, and Creations Flowers & Gifts owner Gail Farish.
Photo by April Walker

Allowing elderly people to stay independent is important to the owners of a local care service. Hearts of Gladys, owned by Vernetta Henry and her daughters, offer in-home care services which allow patients to remain as independent as possible in their own homes.
“We like to keep everything as normal as they're used to,” said Vernetta. “We visit the house and check up on them to see how they're doing. We play dominoes with some of them, take them cake.”
The company offers numerous day-to-day living services which include:

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Wed
01
Feb

Kirgan earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Joe Lee Kirgan IV (right) awarded his grandfather, Joe Lee Kirgan, Jr. (left), with the Lifetime Achievement Award at last week's Fairfield Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Photo by April Walker

It was an emotional night for one family when their patriarch was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his selfless contributions to this community. “He has impacted me more than he will ever take credit for and more than I can ever describe,” Joe Lee Kirgan IV said about his grandfather.

Joe Lee Kirgan, Jr. took home this prestigious award from last week's Chamber of Commerce Banquet for his work in journalism and various other roles in the community.

“He doesn't speak of his accomplishments or contributions, which goes to show how selfless and humble he is,” said Kirgan's grandson.

Kirgan, who owned and operated The Fairfield Recorder from 1960-1985, said he was totally shocked and humbled. “No way I expected it,” said Kirgan in a phone interview. “I am very proud and didn't feel like I deserved it.”

Wed
17
Aug

The story of Sarah Creath

Few Texas women ever lived a harder life than Sarah Creath McSherry Hibbens Stinnett Howard. A lady with true grit and more, the way she came by her long name is one of Texas' more gripping tales.

Born Sarah Creath on Jan. 7, 1810, in Jackson County, Illinois, she grew up on her prosperous family's large plantation. Described as "a beautiful blonde...graceful in manner and pure of heart," at only 17 Sarah married John McSherry, a hard-working Irishman.

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Wed
11
May

New business joins chamber

Alfredia and Kenneth Griffin celebrated joining the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce last week with a ribbon cutting for their business KNA Enterprise, LLC. The couple owns a commercial janitorial franchise through Jani-King, the world's largest commercial cleaning franchise. The Griffin's bought the franchise 10 years ago and recently moved their business to the Fairfield area from Dallas. “We're not opposed to cleaning homes, but we'll have to give a quote after seeing it,” they explained. KNA Enterprise, LLC can be reached for quotes or more information by calling 903-389-3627.

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Wed
11
May

Local woman celebrates 80 years

Surrounded by her family and friends, Mertha Ransom celebrated 80 years loved on Saturday, April 30, in Fairfield. The celebration was held at the Fairfield Civic Center with approximately 120 guests attending from near and far. The event was hosted by her children, Joyce, Joan, Janice, and James Marcus. Musical tributes were performed by Bobby Cooper, of Fairfield; The Henry Family, of Austin; and the Scott Family, of Waco. A special “Happy Birthday to You” tribute was performed by her children.

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