Fairfield Texas

Wed
21
Feb

Mayor done after 14 years

Place 2 Councilman Randy Johnson gave Mayor Roy Hill an emotional hug after Hill announced his decision to not run for Fairfield mayor again. Hill has served the community as mayor since 2004. Running for his seat is Place 5 Councilman Kenny Hughes and Luke Ward, Jr. Election day for city elections is May 5.
Photo by April Walker

Fairfield Mayor Roy Hill tearfully announced his decision last week to not seek another term in office before leaving the meeting and turning things over to Mayor Pro-Tem Joe Lee Kirgan. Hill has served Fairfield for 14 years, first as the youngest mayor pro-tem in Fairfield before being elected mayor.

“I saw my temporary job as your mayor as the 'infrastructure' mayor,” he said. “Most of our original goals have been completed.”

Hill's platform, which he considered Our People's Platform, was to:

Fri
16
Feb

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Fri
16
Feb

Degree earned by local grad

Fairfield graduate Jared Schlabra earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, as well as a business certificate, from the University of Texas in Austin. Schlabra graduated in December 2017. He is the son of Steve and Tracey Schlabra, of Livingston, formerly of Fairfield. He is the grandson of the late Tom and Peggy Tedrow.

Photo submitted by Tracey Schlabra

Fri
16
Feb

Lady Eagles district champs

These young Fairfield student-athletes and coaches have every reason to be happy as they are the District 18-AAA basketball champions for 2017-18, finishing the regular season with (17-14) (7-1) records. Standing from left are Assistant Coach Tarsha Graves, Kamri Griffin, Josey Richardson, Braden Bossier, Sarah Autrand, and Head Coach Sally Whitaker. Kneeling from left is Britain Bossier, JoAnna Zamora, Belle Johnson, Tanna Lide, Kaylee Adams, Jada Clark, and Emily Knight. Congratulations Lady Eagles and coaches!

Photo by Roy Peterson

Fri
16
Feb

End of an era as plant closes

Coal trucks at Big Brown are permanently parked after dumping what coal was left at the mine. The plant and mine closed forever Monday, Feb. 12, after dropping prices caused its decline.

Photo by April Walker

Years of rumors came true Monday, Feb. 12, as Big Brown plant finally went offline forever. More than 200 employees are now without jobs and the nearly 47-year-old mine is empty.

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Fri
16
Feb

4-alarm fire rages, family displaced

There is nothing left of this beautiful home but a shell of the outside brick walls. Local citizens pitched in to help firefighters during the fight to save the house.

Photo by April Walker

A local family was displaced after their home on North Mount in Fairfield went up in flames around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, with firefighters battling the blaze for more than seven hours. At 11:30 p.m. the fire was thought to be extinguished, but fire departments were called back at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 because the fire reignited under a second story window.

 

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Wed
14
Feb

Branch signs with Southern Nazarene University

Eagle multi-sport standout Kolbe Branch is shown signing his football letter of intent to Southern Nazarene University, in Bethany, Oklahoma last week at the film room in the Johnson Activity Center in Fairfield. Looking on with understandable pride are his mother, LaMonica Branch and his grandmother, Lois Gatson. Branch's brother, Keiston Gatson, and his college scout are seated to his right. Southern is a mid-size DII school in the Great American Conference, with a football program that is on the rise under head coach, Andy Lambert, who has seen his first three seasons improve from (1-10), to (2-9), and (4-7), from two consecutive (0-11) campaigns before he arrived. Branch's exciting brand of play should help that improvement continue.

Photo by Roy Peterson

Wed
31
Jan

21 indicted by Freestone County Grand Jury

Freestone County Grand Jury members returned 21 true bills against individuals on Friday, Jan. 26, for charges of possession, evading, and child endangerment. Indictments were returned against:

  •  Ali Rivera – 28-year-old female, of Garland, out on bond; charged with possession of controlled substance, pg 1, <1G; date of offense: Nov. 27
  •  Jorge Zapata – 24-year-old male, of Fairfield, out on bond; charged with possession of controlled substance, pg 1, <1G; date of offense: Oct. 26
  •  Douglas Hart – 49-year-old male, of Denton, released to Denton County on Jan. 9; charged with evading in motor vehicle; date of offense: Sept. 12

 

Wed
31
Jan

Girls take 4th, boys 10th at Emory Rains Invitational

Coaches Kevin Childers, John Bachtel, and Joel Kuehl congratulate A.J. Polk for making his lift during last weekend's powerlifting competition.
Photo by Shae Garcia

Fairfield was well-represented Saturday, Jan. 27, as the powerlifting team competed against 15 other schools at the Emory Rains Invitational Powerlifting Meet. Girl powerlifters placed 4th, while the boys placed 10th overall.

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Wed
31
Jan

Candidates slated to speak at Monday night forum

Twenty-one candidates are slated to speak at a forum sponsored by the Freestone County Retired Teachers Association (FCRTA). The group has planned a chili supper to be at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 6 p.m. forum on Monday, Feb. 5, at the Fairfield High School cafeteria, 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield. Candidates slated to speak are:

 

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