Fairfield Texas

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Commissioners face budget

Commissioners continue to work on their budget, facing tough decisions such as department raises, travel allowances, and the upcoming capital murder trial. A public hearing was held on the tax rate at the Aug. 8 meeting. The court has budgeted $700,000 for the capital murder trial and it seems the trial may run upwards of $1 million.

Commissioners have proposed a two cent tax increase of 0.35947 cents per $100 valuation; the current tax rate is 0.339. Commissioners voted on the tax rate at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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Aug

Fred Gerhard Albers

Fred Albers

Fred Gerhard Albers

January 17, 1930

August 10, 2018

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Aug

Now and Then

August 19, 1943

Negro Children Burned To Death – It is reported that two Negro children, one about three months old, the other about three years, were burned to death in a tenant house on the Williams place in the Winkler community a few days ago. It is reported the parents had left three children in the house alone, and that the oldest got out when the house caught fire from matches they were playing with.

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Aug

Farmers State Bank welcomes Moller

Farmer’s State Bank recently welcomed Kevin Moller as their new AVP/Branch Operations Manager/Lender. Moller is a member of the Fairfield Rotary Club and Fairfield Lions Club. Born and raised in Ft. Worth, Moller has lived in Fairfield for the last 15 years with his wife, Carol. The couple has two children and two grandchildren. He has been in banking for 44 years, with the last 39 in rural banking. Moller is a military veteran, serving in the Army from 1972-1975. He is also a former director with the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and Trinity Star Arts Council, and a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Moller enjoys golfing and community service.

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Aug

Low-Frequency noise: A problem no one pays attention to

Charles Morgan met with Gov. Abbott in Leona at the Leona General Store on Aug. 8. While there he had an opportunity to express his concern, regarding House Bill 1818, to question the decision why the Railroad Commission did not include noise in the Strategic Plan required by HB 1818.
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Teague resident and former professional engineer, Charles Morgan, spoke with Texas Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday, Aug. 8 regarding House Bill 1818. Morgan questioned the decision to not include noise in the Strategic Plan required by HB 1818.

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Aug

Oilfield thefts end in arrest

Michael Allison

After a four month investigation, a Freestone County man has been arrested for oilfield thefts. Reports show that Michael Allen Allison, 47, was arrested by Freestone County Deputy John Steele at Limestone County Jail on Thursday, Aug. 2.

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08
Aug

CoF budget workshops begin

After many problems with the current air conditioning unit, the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department will finally feel some cool air in the station. During a short meeting Wednesday, Aug. 1, Fairfield council members officially approved a bid from Wortham A/C for $4,695 to replace the air conditioning unit for the FVFD Fire Station. “Last Saturday the unit went out completely,” FVFD Fire Chief Mike Foree said. “We had a fire and came back to a station house with no air conditioning.”

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08
Aug

Locals sue fair board

A horrific accident is the subject of a lawsuit against the Freestone County Fair Association, which headed to a hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the 77th District Court of Judge Patrick Simmons. In this hearing a trial date will be set.

Vicki and Charles Allred, of Fairfield, are suing the association and rodeo company after Vicki sustained a life-threatening injury while barrel racing in June 2017. Because of this injury Vicki is now a tetraplegic, also known as quadriplegia, which is paralysis caused by illness or injury that results in the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso.

Documents say Vicki now requires round-the-clock medical care, and is at high risk of complications.

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08
Aug

Fairfield family wins shopping spree

LUFKIN – Who says grocery shopping isn’t fun? Just ask Antonia Slaughter. Slaughter won a free shopping spree at her Fairfield Brookshire Brothers. It’s all part of the grocer’s CELEBRATE Summer Rewards program. Brookshire Brothers is drawing a winner every two weeks to take part in a one-minute shopping spree. Slaughter joins customers from Trinity, Giddings, and Huntington who have gotten to fill up their grocery cart for ‘free’ thanks to their community grocer. On Thursday, Aug. 2, Slaughter had one minute, with music blasting across the store, to fill up her buggy. She opted for the high ticket items – like meat. Store Director Brian Ingram was cheering her on. “Everybody needs to sign up to Celebrate,” says Ingram.

 

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Aug

Library's Summer Reading Program wraps up

The Fairfield Library officially wrapped up the Summer Reading Program “Libraries Rock” on Wednesday, Aug. 1, with an awards program celebrating reading for all – 469 children and accompanying adults – and special efforts by three exceptional young readers.  The Libraries Rock Program began with every participating child setting a goal for their own summer reading.  In turn, during the award ceremony each child who participated in the program received a certificate and every child who completed their individual reading goal got a second certificate. There were three categories based loosely on age and reading level: Family Reading Group for younger children not yet reading on their own; Independent Reader Group for children able to read by themselves; and Independent Reader Advanced for those whose reading ability allowed for longer books (think ‘chapter divisions’).

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