Fairfield Recorder

Thu
29
Dec

New sheriff talks FCSO changes

Big changes are coming to the Freestone County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) under the direction of new Sheriff Jeremy Shipley. Shipley presented a revamped pay plan at the recent county meeting, which commissioner's tabled until Tuesday, Jan. 3. The new sheriff is asking to be allowed to allocate where the funds go in an effort to “combat a severely flawed pay scale” which has been causing problems for years. All of the money for salaries has already been budgeted for the FCSO in October 2016.

The first order of business is a pay reduction for Scott Shaw and Rich Howerton who are currently making what a lieutenant would make. Their salary will be reduced a total of $4,439. Shipley is also requesting the county recognize two sergeant positions – sergeant CID and sergeant patrol.

Thu
29
Dec

Santa visits Senior Center

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Santa Claus came early to the Freestone County Senior Center! The annual gift exchange for members was hosted by Director Stephanie Overall last week. “We had such a great time laughing and exchanging gifts,” she said. The center at

 

 

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29
Dec

Holiday hunting

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Current and former members of Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield enjoyed one of their best ever annual pheasant hunting trips to the Texas Panhandle the first week of December. Temperatures ranged from 21-40 degrees during the hunt with their Friday morning outing greeting them with wind chills in the single digits. A total of 29 ringed necked pheasants were harvested along with 10 quail during the 2-1/2 days of hunting. Pictured left to right is

 

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29
Dec

Year in Review

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Kathryn Davis, age 98, attended the historic marker dedication held earlier this year. Davis was an attender of the original reunions in the 1920s-30s.

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Another year has come and gone, and Freestone County experienced highs and lows with 2016. As is tradition, The Fairfield Recorder is bringing the top stories of 2016 back for the last issue of the year.

January 7, 2016

Streetman boy meets blood donor – Colton Harvell, of Streetman, met the man who saved his life after receiving a blood transfusion while battling leukemia. Alex Hartman had been on the donor list for three months when he was matched with Harvell.

Oliver heads to All-American Bowl – Charles Oliver, of Fairfield, played in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. He was the first ever Eagle gridiron great to play in this prestigious game.

January 14, 2016

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29
Dec

Decor winners named

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The beautifully decorated home of Perry and Lindy Neill, 502 Private Road 1280, was awarded first place in the Chamber of Commerce's annual Residential Decorating Contest, netting them $500.

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Perry and Lindy Neill, of Fairfield, took home the grand prize for their awesome Christmas decorations in the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce's annual Residential Decorating Contest. The Neill's won first place and $500 for their display. Taking second place in the contest was Jason Schick, while Dr. Joseph and Alicia Berger took third. Schick was awarded $300 and the Berger's $200. Creations Flowers & Gifts won first place in the Store Front Decorating Contest, while Brenda's Closet took second and Randall's Barber Shop took third.

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29
Dec

Communication key for new DA

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Communication will be key for the newly elected county attorney who is slated to be sworn in in January. Brian Evans, who won the election with more than 2,000 votes, is possibly the youngest to take that position. “My top priority will be to ensure that my office is on the same page with our surrounding law enforcement agencies,” said the 31-year-old. “Establishing a strong sense of communication and support between my office and these agencies is paramount to effective prosecution.” Evans beat current District Attorney Chris Martin, who has held the seat for the past eight years. Evans says his approach to serving the county will be centered around upholding the integrity of the position to the best of his ability.

 

 

Thu
10
Nov

Eagles lose "clawing" battle 25-16

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Akeem Jackson, 15, heads up field for some of his 91 yards rushing last Friday night in Lorena. Helping pave the way for him are Jacob Gomez, 50, and Austin Hale, 79.

Photo by Avery Peterson

The Lorena Leopards are the (7-3) (5-0), undefeated District 9-4A, DII Champions of 2016, but last Friday night in Lorena, they barely hung on in a fierce "clawing battle" with our underdog Fairfield Eagles! As has often been the case this season, with this young and oft injured group of Eagles gridiron warriors, they fell quickly into a 12-0 hole to start the game.

However, instead of wilting, they clawed back fiercely and outplayed the champs on their own home turf for the remainder of the game - three plus quarters of hard-hitting action!

Those first 12 points were obtained despite a great game plan and start by Fairfield. The Eagles took the opening kickoff, and methodically used 4:27 of game clock, as they earned three first downs and gobbled up 56 yards of football real estate, before turning the ball over on downs at the Leopards 20 yard line.

Thu
10
Nov

Dr. Grayson Glass

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Grayson Glass, 87, of Texas City, was born May 22, 1929, in Streetman, to Jack Glass and Belle (Steel) Glass.
 The family relocated to Old Ocean, Texas where he attended Sweeney High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Corpus Christi where he majored in music and met his future wife, Patsy Evelyn Waskow, from Damon, Texas.

After a brief courtship, the coupld married on September 4, 1951. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. During college, Grayson felt the call to preach and became pastor of First Baptist Church, Collegeport, Texas. This would be the beginning of a 65-year ministry.

Thu
10
Nov

Volunteers needed for local meal program

Freestone County Senior Services is in need of volunteers for Meals on Wheels. This program delivers meals to seniors in the Fairfield area. No experience is necessary -- just a desire to give back and impact the community.

"Volunteers are the backbone of our program, and without them, we can't serve the seniors who need a homecooked meal," said Meals on Wheels Coordinator Rachael Richardson.

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10
Nov

VFW Chili Cook-Off

The Fairfield VFW and Ladies Auxiliary are hosting their annual Chili Cook-Off at 5:50 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Fairfield Conference Center.

 

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