Fairfield Texas

Wed
06
Feb

Pct. 1 bridge project out for bids

A culvert on County Road 253 allows drainage into Batsmith Creek in precinct 1 of Freestone County; however, due to recent floods, Commissioner Andy Bonner is seeking bids on a bridge for the area.
Photo by Laura Robinson

Commissioners approved the bid process for a bridge over Batsmith Creek in northeastern Freestone County at the Jan. 30 meeting. The 24-by-50 bridge will be built on County Road 253 in the Antioch community where the creek passes under the road in Commissioner Andy Bonner’s precinct.

The area where the bridge will be constructed has been damaged by flooding over the last few months. There is currently a culvert allowing drainage into the creek below. Bonner was unavailable for comment as of presstime Tuesday. Bonner was also given the go-ahead to purchase a backhoe with Sourcewell – a price-competitive website similar to BuyBoard, from which the county usually makes large purchases. The JCB backhoe will be purchased from Austin Turf and Tractor through Sourcewell.

Wed
06
Feb

Luminant rep says "no plans" to drain lake

Fairfield Lake was built in the 1970s as a way to cool the Big Brown Power Plant. Big Brown closed in February 2018.
Archive photo

Rumors that Fairfield Lake will be drained have thrived with the February 2018 closing of Big Brown, but a representative with Luminant says the rumors are not true.

“I hope I can clear up some misinformation,” said Meranda Cohn, Director of Media Relations with Vistra Energy, in an email interview. “No, there are no plans to drain the lake.”

Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, closed the location after dropping natural gas prices forced the company to shut down the mine. Big Brown is currently still being decommissioned.

Wed
06
Feb

Mexia edges Eagles on last-second shot

Fairfield Eagle Jaise Oliver drives in for a layup in a game against Mexia earlier this year. Oliver scored nine points in a 50-49 loss to Mexia on Friday night.
Photo by Skip Leon

Mexia scored with seven seconds left and dealt Fairfield a heartbreaking 50-49 loss in a District 19-4A game at Mexia on Friday night.

The teams battled back and forth in a see-saw fourth quarter. Fairfield’s Devin Cunningham sank a free throw with 37 seconds left to snap a tie and give the Eagles a 49-48 advantage.

Mexia called a timeout following the basket. The Blackcats missed a shot that would have put them ahead with 18 seconds left. Both teams fought for the rebound and the ball went out of bounds off Fairfield as Mexia retained possession.

Wed
06
Feb

Lady Eagles beat Mexia for 7th district win

Fairfield’s Braiden Bossier, 34, tries to block a shot during a game against Mexia earlier this season as the Lady Eagles’ Jada Clark, 2, looks on. Fairfield beat Mexia for the second time this season Friday night to remain unbeaten in district play.
Photo by Skip Leon

The Fairfield girls’ basketball team won its seventh consecutive District 19-4A game Friday night with a 53-47 triumph at Mexia.

The victory improved the Lady Eagles’ record to 7-0 in district. They had already clinched the district championship and went for a sweep of district play Tuesday when they hosted Madisonville.

The Lady Eagles used a 12-0 run in the first quarter to take a 16-6 advantage at the first break.

However, Mexia battled back throughout the game and took the lead early in the fourth quarter.

Wed
30
Jan

Lady Eagles improve 6-0

Fairfield's Breyunna Dowell dribbles into the lane during a game earlier this season. Dowell scored 24 points combined in victories over Rusk and Palestine last week.
Photo by Skip Leon

The Fairfield girls’ basketball team won two games last week to raise their District 19-4A record to 6-0. The Lady Eagles are 22-8 overall.

Fairfield edged Rusk, 40-36, on Tuesday and then defeated Palestine, 53-24, on Friday.

Fairfield ran off the first 21 points of the game against Palestine and never looked back. Jada Clark scored seven points in the opening stanza and Belle Johnson had six on a pair of three-pointers.

Fairfield led 21-2 at the first break and increased the margin to 34-9 at halftime. They were ahead 44-18 after three quarters.

Wed
30
Jan

Now and Then

The first winners of an RCA Victor Portable Color TV set is the E.M. Bowers Family. L to R are wife, Janie; daughter, Caroline, and E.M. Bowers. The prize had a special significance because - as Janie said - "it came to us just before Christmas, and just before my birthday, and just before our 61st wedding anniversary." Fairfield winners was Warren D. Awalt Family.
Recorder archive photo

January 30, 1930

Old Citizen Of Streetman Passes – U.F. Roberts, aged 78, long time resident of the northern part of the county, died Saturday. Burial was in the Birdston Cemetery Sunday, the Rev. W.H. Day officiating. Deceased is survived by his widow, eight sons and two daughters: Ben Roberts, Evansville, Ind.; Bark Roberts, McQueen, Okla.; Jack Roberts, Clovis, N.M.; Joe Roberts, Roswell, N.M.; Aubrey Roberts, Dallas; Sam Roberts, Dallas; Lish Roberts, Corsicana; Mrs. Eleanor Sibles and Mrs. Alice Sims, Dallas.

Wed
30
Jan

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

City Council members are elected to help carry the burden of local government for their fellow citizens. Adding millions of dollars to an almost paid debt seems an odd way to help carry a burden. Adding onto an existing bond, consolidating, or even a totally new bond issue may be legal, but doesn’t seem very ethical without input from our citizens. If we, the community, have no say in the matter, some of us reading this letter will be dead and gone by the time the full debt is paid, and we will have shouldered our children with the load, and our

 

Wed
30
Jan

Superintendent pool narrows

Fairfield school board has narrowed down the superintendent candidates to two, said Interim Superintendent Tony Price Tuesday morning. 

"We had 47 candidates of which four had first interviews," said Price.

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Wed
30
Jan

District closes for sickness

After 293 students were reported absent Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, school officials decided to close each campus for cleaning at Fairfield ISD. Interim Superintendent Tony Price said he has "determined it is in the best interest of students, staff, and community to cancel Fairfield ISD classes for Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1."

"Our cleaning service has been doing extra cleaning, but with the staff and students out of the buildings on those days they will be able to do even more," said Price Wednesday morning. "It is my hope and prayer that four days of separation will help break the cycle and allow our students and staff to reunite on Monday, Feb. 4, as a much healthier unit."

Price said all extracurricular activities are canceled with the exception of varsity.

Wed
30
Jan

Bond counsel talks to CoF

City of Fairfield Administrator Nate Smith (seated in center frame) discusses the pros and cons of switching to iPads for council meetings during the Tuesday, Jan. 23, meeting.
Photo by April Walker

Several Fairfield citizens – including former mayor Roy Hill – voiced their opinions at Tuesday night’s council meeting regarding the possibility of a $4 million bond. All four speakers are concerned about the bond amount, as well as payments and the length of the bond. Don Thornton compared the bond to a suffocating person and asked the city to reconsider before “burying Fairfield in debt.”

“Is it morally or ethically right for Fairfield citizens to be strapped with that kind of debt?” asked Barry Capps, owner of Capps True Value. “In my opinion, the council should walk away from this bond.”

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