Fairfield Texas

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Mary Claridge

Mary Claridge

Mary Claridge

November 20, 1936

March 26, 2018

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Active shooter course planned

As a sign of the times, Freestone County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free active training course for civilians in two weeks. Teaching the course is Sgt. Darrell Coslin, of the Smith County Sheriff's Office, who has 33 years of law enforcement experience. The course is slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Fairfield High School auditorium, 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield. This subject is graphic and some portions of the training may not be suitable for children. Parents are strongly encouraged to not bring children younger than 13 to the training. The training, 'Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events,' teaches what happens during such an event. The human response both physical and psychological, common actions of the actor, law enforcement response, and actions civilians can take to help themselves or loved ones survive the attack.

 

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Spring Book Giveaway planned

Freestone County Retired Teachers Association (FCRTA) recently elected officers for the 2018-19 term. Officers are:

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Apr

Fairfield Fest dates set

Amy Ralstin and partners David Butler and David Fairly have set the dates for the newly formed Fairfield Fest. Ralstin is in charge of the Downtown Market, while both David's are heading the Flea Market. Both are slated for the third weekend of each month, with Ralstin's as a one day event and the other as a two day.

Dates are set through November:

 

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March rainfall above normal, temps below

By Barney Leach

March, normally our third wettest month of the year, was our wettest month of the year so far at 5.83 inches of rain. We had five days with measurable rainfall with a greatest one-day total of 3.60 inches on Wednesday, March 28. Normal rainfall for March is 4.33 inches. Total rainfall for the year now stands at 11.15 inches. Normal rainfall through March is 11.31 inches. March temperatures were slightly below normal with high temperatures only in the mid- to upper-70s during the latter part of the month. High and low temperatures of the month were 87 degrees on Saturday, March 17, and 32 degrees on Wednesday, March 14.

Rainfall by the month

 

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Teen charged with evading after pursuit

Freestone County Sheriff's deputies arrested and charged Jordan Briggs, 19, with evading arrest after the suspect led officers on a high speed chase, ending in a crash on the FM 27 West bridge Friday, March 30.
Photo courtesy of FCSO

A Fairfield teen led officers on a high speed chase on a white 2001 Honda CBR 600 – with speeds reaching 163 MPH – before a crash took the suspect down and ended with him in Freestone County Jail. Nineteen-year-old Jordan Briggs was arrested by Freestone County Sheriff's Lt. Robert Willis at around 4 p.m. Friday, March 30, after leading deputies through a residential neighborhood, up and down service roads, and through traffic.

Once arrested, the teen allegedly told Willis he “did not stop because he didn't want a ticket.” Briggs was arrested for evading arrest with vehicle and is being held on $10,000 bail at Freestone County Jail.

Arrest affidavits show Willis attempted to stop the suspect on FM 27 West after observing him speeding at 72 MPH in a 60-MPH zone. Reports show the driver accelerated, turned down County Road 1171 in the Westwood Addition, before again accelerating and taking a right onto County Road 1220.

 

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28
Mar

FCSO plans civilian course

As a sign of the times, Freestone County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free active training course for civilians in two weeks. Teaching the course is Sgt. Darrell Coslin, of the Smith County Sheriff's Office, who has 33 years of law enforcement experience. The course is slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Fairfield High School auditorium, 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield. This subject is graphic and some portions of the training may not be suitable for children. Parents are strongly encouraged to not bring children younger than 13 to the training. The training, 'Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events,' teaches what happens during such an event. The human response both physical and psychological, common actions of the actor, law enforcement response, and actions civilians can take to help themselves or loved ones survive the attack. As witnessed in a number of tragic events, terrible acts of violence continue to affect our lives and the lives of those we love.

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Calvary feeding community during Celebration

A Fairfield church is offering a host of events and activities Saturday, March 31, as they participate in the citywide Resurrection Celebration event. Calvary Baptist Church has activities planned at the church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and every member of the family will find something to enjoy. For a second year, church members will be providing a free catfish dinner with all the trimmings. Last year’s event was regarded as a tremendous success as more than 400 people were served a fried catfish meal. Plenty of tables will be provided for everyone to enjoy the sit-down meal and fellowship with old friends and make new acquaintances. Live music will once again be part of the celebration outside Calvary’s Life Center complex. Children will have numerous games to participate in with plenty of candy given by church members. Many of the church’s well-known bakers are providing cakes for a cake judging contest.

 

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No cause yet determined in Bulger house fire

Fairfield VFD has not determined the cause of the fire which took the home of Fairfield Police Chief Kenny Bulger and his wife, Janet, last week.
Photo by April Walker

The home of Janet and Kenny Bulger, chief of Fairfield Police Department, was a total loss despite firefighting efforts. Neighbors reported hearing an explosion in the garage of the Lakewood Addition home when it caught fire around noon Wednesday, March 21.

By the time the department arrived the house was burning throughout and firemen reported taking offensive measures in response.

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Student now vet assistant

Fairfield High School senior Kaitlin Newman recently passed a grueling exam and is now qualified as as level one veterinary assistant while volunteering at Buffalo Animal Hospital in Buffalo.
Photo by Ag teacher Darcy Stutts

By FHS senior and Eagle Beat editor in chief, Brittani Oglesbee

After passing a vigorous and grueling exam, senior Kaitlin Newman was certified as a level one Veterinary Assistant.

Newman worked in class and during the summer break of 2017 in order to get practice and experience to take her exam.

I had 200 classroom hours and 300 vet clinic hours,” Newman said. “I also had a checklist of skills I had to complete.”

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