Fairfield Texas

Wed
10
Jan

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Wed
10
Jan

FJH seeking community votes for National Education Contest

Fairfield Junior High's Digital Media class, taught by Tammy Gawryszewski, has entered a $200,000 national education contest hoping for a chance at one of 13 prizes that will be awarded to recognize the most unique and inventive K-12 program. In addition to completing an online application for the annual Follett Challenge, FJH Digital Media students also submitted a short video to promote its program that teaches the 21st century skills needed to be prepared for life.

 

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Wed
10
Jan

Lady Eagles earn champion title

The Lady Eagles softball team was named champions in the Small School Division of the 19th Annual Round Rock Invitational pre-season tournament last weekend. Competing high schools included Burnet, Dripping Springs, Frenship, Gateway, Grandview, Lake Travis, Lubbock Coronado, and Round Rock. The Lady Eagles played five games on Saturday, Jan. 6, including two pool games, and then two games on Sunday, Jan. 7. The team won all bracket games, affording them the opportunity to continue playing into the championship. This pre-season team is coached by Craig Dunlap and Brent Judd, both of which have daughters currrently playing.

Photo by Shae Garcia

Wed
10
Jan

Gift of Bibles thought to be bomb

A suspicious package was discovered at the Freestone County courthouse early Monday morning. McLennan County Bomb Squad was called in to investigate, while DPS and Freestone County deputies closed the entrances to Mount Street on the square.
Photo by April Walker

A gift box containing Bibles was thought to be a bomb by a DPS Trooper early Tuesday morning on the courthouse square resulting in the closing of surrounding offices and Mount Street entrances. 

A press release issued by Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said a trooper discovered the box on a bench on the west side of the courthouse at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.

An investigation ensued with McLennan County Bomb Squad leading the way.

A card left inside the package explained the Bibles were for Fairfield police and the person referred to police as “Impoverished Smurfs.”

Shipley said in the press release:

“At approximately 2:30 a.m. a Freestone County DPS officer, while coming to the DPS office in the courthouse, observed a box that was sitting on a bench on the west side of the courthouse.

“At that time, an investigation ensued and as further information developed it was determined that the

 

 

Thu
28
Dec

Market Days future rocky

City Administrator Jeff Looney presented Market Days information he compiled himself over the last few years to City Council last week. Also pictured is (seated from left) Public Works Director Clyde Woods, Police Chief Kenny Bulger, and Accessories Etc. owner Mary Small.

Photo by April Walker

Fairfield City Council discussed the future of Market Days during last week's Tuesday night meeting. According to information compiled by City Administrator Jeff Looney, Market Days has been losing $20,000 per year for five years – a total of $100,000.

Market Days Director Darlene Jones says the problem isn't vendors and shoppers, it's the city cutting her funding and a lack of visible signs to draw shoppers to the market.

Councilman Place 5 Kenny Hughes, who is running for mayor in 2018, suggested – with the support of the council – a workshop to discuss the market, its needs, and more in January.

Looney alleges the city is losing roughly $900 per month in private rentals of the Green Barn and Civic Center, which is where many vendors set up their wares; however, City Secretary Misty Richardson said she only receives “three or four calls a year about renting the Green Barn.”

“So, what's causing the decline?” asked Councilman Place 2 Randy Johnson.

Thu
28
Dec

Landon Gebhard

Landon Gebhard

Landon Gebhard

September 28, 2000

December 21, 2017

Thu
28
Dec

Store Front decor winner announced

Creations Flowers & Gifts, 305 E. Commerce in Fairfield, took first place in the annual Store Front Decorating Contest held by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Second place went to Scott's Collision Center, 1380 U.S. 84 West in Fairfield, and Dapper Designs, 207 E. Commerce in Fairfield, took third. A total of nine businesses entered the contest. Pictured are Creations owner Gail Farish and Demar Hill.

Courtesy photo

Thu
28
Dec

Year in Review

The 1936 Ford fire truck -- hidden away in a garage at the Freestone County Historical Museum -- was renovated by Carroll Embry, Bill Green, and Steve White.

Archive photo

At the beginning of each new year, The Fairfield Recorder combs through out archives from January through October to bring you a recap of the biggest news headlines.

January 2017

January 5 – Change is coming to Freestone County – Nine candidates were pictured at the swearing-in ceremony at the courthouse. Five were newly elected, while four were re-elected.

January 5 – New beginnings for local hospital – Freestone Medical Center officially began the new year Jan. 1 after transitioning from ETMC.

January 12 – Breaking ground on new pantry – River of Life Family Worship Center broke ground on a new site for their food pantry.

January 19 – Library seeks to modernize space, services – After hiring Gary Wiggins as library director, board member Tammy Gawryszewski applied and was awarded a grant for remodeling the library.

Thu
28
Dec

Fiery crash leaves 1 dead, 1 critical

Classmates, family, and friends released blue and green balloons at a memorial service for Gebhard the Saturday following his death.
Photo by April Walker

Two Freestone County families are in mourning this holiday season after a two-car collision last week left one dead and one in critical condition. Landon Gebhard, 17, was killed Thursday, Dec. 21, when his 2002 BMW hit a vehicle driven by Lilly Taylor, 22, on FM 27.

Reports taken by DPS Trooper Matthew Poole show Gebhard was traveling east on FM 27 when he began to overtake another vehicle in a no-passing zone.

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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.

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