Fairfield Texas

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.

Wed
29
Nov

Local student accepted to scholars program

Jack Ezell

After a five hour tour of NASA in Houston, Jack Ezell has been interested in space exploration. The Fairfield junior was recently honored by being accepted as part of the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program – a first in the history of Fairfield High School.

“I didn't realize I was the first student from FHS to be chosen for the program until Mr. Price said it the other night,” said Ezell. “I'm very honored to have been selected, and I will do my best to make FHS proud.”

This program caters to youth with specialized interest as an interactive online learning experience ending with an all-expenses-paid, week-long visit to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston next summer.

Although exact plans haven't been made available, Ezell will join other like-minded students to plan a mission to Mars and work with NASA astronauts.

 

Wed
29
Nov

'Local hero' loses life

Damon Allen

More than 200 people attended the Sunday night vigil for DPS Trooper Damon Allen, who was killed in the line of duty on Thanksgiving Day.

 

The funeral is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and in expectation of the large crowd, will be held at the Mexia Black Cat football stadium. A viewing is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.

 

Allen, who would have celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary Monday, was shot multiple times with a rifle by 31-year-old Dabrett Montreal Black during a traffic stop at Mile Marker 194 on Interstate 45.

 

Allen’s family, friends, and co-workers were emotional as they each took to the microphone Sunday night to remember the man who has been dubbed a local hero by so many who knew him.

 

Fri
17
Nov

Multi-agency ALERRT training held at FES

Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley practices tying a tourniquet on the leg of Keo Fujimoto, of Anchorage, Alaska, at the recent ALERRT training held at the Fairfield Elementary School.
Photo by April Walker

Multiple agencies gathered in the old wing of the Fairfield Elementary School last week to earn TCOLE credits and practice specialized tactics against possible active shooters. ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) instructors hosted the training class for local and out-of-town law enforcement officers.

 

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Wed
08
Nov

Local business offering flexible hours

Jimmy Lane

There's a new plumber in town – and he wants the chance to earn your business. Jimmy Lane, of Fairfield, has been a master plumber for more than 21 years and is now taking calls for Fairfield, Teague, Buffalo, and the surrounding tri-county area. Lane's offered services include, but are not limited to:

 

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Wed
25
Oct

Lindale "Foots" Granberry

Lindale Granberry

Lindale “Foots” Granberry
July 27, 1956
October 20, 2017
Lindale "Foots" Granberry, of Fairfield, passed away on Friday morning, Oct. 20, at Medical City in Dallas at the age of 61. He was born in Fairfield on July 27, 1956 to Glen Haydon Granberry and Maxine Armstrong Granberry. He married his wife, Jennifer, on July 30, 1976 in Fairfield and shortly thereafter began working at the Big Brown Mine. He worked there for 37 years as a fuel mechanic and retired officially on March 31, 2015 after 37 years. Lindale enjoyed anything that involved being outside. When he was not at work you could find him on a tractor and, every now and then, hunting.

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Wed
25
Oct

Area woman announces candidacy

Renee Gregory Reynolds

Editor's note: The Fairfield Recorder will publish free-of-charge an introductory letter from each candidate running for local office. Story location within the paper is not guaranteed. Political advertising is offered at standard rates.

Wed
25
Oct

Officials plan, assess area needs at HOTCOG meeting

About 50 area officials learned planning techniques to assist the community in the event a tornado or other storm hit Fairfield. In this photo, Boyce Wilson (standing) discusses various options with County Judge Linda Grant and Sheriff Jeremy Shipley.
Photo by April Walker

Various area officials met last week in a HOTCOG-sponsored emergency management meeting to discuss the possibility of a storm decimating the town. Scenarios were given and groups of local officials -- from police chiefs to firemen to medical personnel -- planned the first step to make in the wake of the storm.

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Wed
04
Oct

Eagles lost to Cougars in valiant defensive effort

Fairfield Coach John Bachtel greets his kicker, Tyler Haynes (20) after the Eagles' first touchdown of the game.

Photo by Shae Garcia

Fairfield’s gridiron fortunes fell to 2-3 in non-district games Friday night, Sept. 29, in China Spring, but the Eagles are nevertheless approaching their bye week and district schedule with much-deserved confidence and anticipation. The Eagles have played one of the top-10 toughest non-district schedules in all of Class 4A (186 teams), according to the computer rankings of Max Preps. Now, as Fairfield Coach John Bachtel noted, “We have almost two weeks of practice to prepare and get healthy for the district-opener in Salado, on October 13.” He also said, “The area football experts tell us that the Eagles from way down south I-35 are the district’s best team.” Last Friday at Cougar Stadium, the Fairfield Eagles came out like they were Jack, the proverbial “Giant Killer,” especially on defense, as Coach Kevin Childers’ charges forced last year’s Class 4A-DI quarterfinal champions to punt three times in the first quarter.

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