Fairfield Texas

Wed
07
Mar

FJH named 2nd in Follett Challenge

Fairfield Independent School District (FISD) was named the second place People's Choice winner – with a total of 3,520 votes – of the recently held Follett Challenge, bringing home $8,000 from the foundation for books to libraries and classrooms. Through the national contest winners could receive up to $60,000 in prizes. In December Fairfield Junior High School students, led by Digital Media teacher Tammy Gawryszewski, entered a five minute video and five written components describing how the district's innovative program prepares students for the demands of the 21st century.

Wed
07
Mar

Jarvis holds position, Keeney new treasurer

Candidates and family members gathered at the Green Barn in Fairfield Tuesday night for election results.
Photo by April Walker

County Clerk Linda Jarvis held her position in the local government, winning with 1,727 votes against Renee Gregory Reynolds' 1,174 votes. The new Freestone County treasurer is Jeannie Keeney, who won with 1,444 votes while her opponent Tammy Harris came in with 1,329. A runoff election will be held in May for Democrat Pam Whitt and Republican Incumbent Debra L. Hamilton for justice of the peace precinct 2. Whitt had 100 votes and Hamilton totaled 493. Former Teague Police Chief Dan Ramsey came in second in the republican race against Hamilton with 150 votes.

 

Wed
28
Feb

City, school elections underway

The filing deadline to seek election for the Fairfield ISD school board, as well as Fairfield city council ended Friday, Feb. 16, with four individuals filing for school board and ??? filing for city council. There are two places on FISD's board of trustees and the following individuals have filed for election:

  • n Incumbent Eric Chavers
  • n Kirby Capps Flandry
  • n Willie Dowell
  • n Tony Leadbetter

Fifteen year incumbent Blake Robinson announced he will not seek re-election this year. After Mayor Roy Hill announced the end of his mayoral career, two men vye for the seat.

Wed
28
Feb

FMC volunteers finish 6th week of service

The Blue Birds of Freestone Medical Center (FMC) recently completed their sixth week of volunteer work. Sherry Brackens, who formed the group, said the patients and the community are really enjoying the program. Responsibilities include:

  • n Taking patients to the lab or x-ray department
  • n Helping patients in wheelchairs or greeting them at their cars
  • n Learning the PBX system to transfer calls in the clinic or hospital
  • n Filing paperwork, if needed, for various departments

Brackens said she is especially proud of the two high school freshman who have joined the group. Both girls have learned the PBX system and assist with patients.

 

Wed
28
Feb

FIS honors birthdays

Fairfield Intermediate School Birthday Book Club celebrated February birthdays with lunch and birthday snacks in the library. These students' families donated a book to the library in honor of their birthday. The members celebrating this month are Reese Beaver, Madelyn Morrison, Sariah Henderson, Bethany George, Lyndsee Green, and Elian DeVillier. The Fairfield Intermediate School is very grateful to these families for their donations.

Photo courtesy of Theresa Minze

Wed
28
Feb

2015 graduate named to Dean's Honor Roll

Caitlynn Stone

Fairfield graduate Caitlynn Stone was recently named to the Dean's Honor Roll at Texas A&M University where she is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Stone is currently carrying a 3.7 GPA at the university. Students named to the Dean's Honor Roll must achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher. The university said in a letter to Stone that this prestigious designation is “particularly noteworthy considering the rigorous and demanding nature of the engineering curriculum.” Stone is expected to graduate Texas A&M in May 2019. She graduated Fairfield as valedictorian in 2015. She is the daughter of Steve and Cheryl Stone, of Fairfield.

Wed
28
Feb

Donations given to FCSO

Sheriff Jeremy Shipley (far right) shows his appreciation to Modern Outfitters for their donation of patrol rifles. Deputy Scott Shaw (far left) and Rick Manning (left center), who was instrumental in the donation, are also pictured.
Courtesy photo

Freestone County Sheriff's Office has been busy this past month grabbing donations and awarding deputies. Recently, Fairfield resident Rick Manning and several business associates donated seven Modern Outfitter 300 Blackout rifles to the department. Commissioner's accepted the donation of guns – worth $6,371 – at the Feb. 14 meeting.

Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said Manning and the group have donated in the past to both Dallas SWAT and Las Vegas SWAT teams.

“These are very good looking guns,” said Shipley. “This will be a huge improvement over what we carry.”

Shipley has a description and serial numbers for each gun.

“Donations such as this allows our office and our county an opportunity to acquire needed equipment and be able to use our available funds in this year's budget on other equipment that is needed or needs to be upgraded,” said Shipley in a Facebook post.

Wed
28
Feb

City Council to seek bids on forensic audit

Alan Nelson (center standing), of Nelson Forensic & Advisory Services LLC, gave a presentation to city council members last week regarding a request for a forensic audit.
Courtesy photo

After hearing a presentation from a Dallas CPA, Fairfield city council voted to seek bids from other auditing firms for a forensic audit of the City of Fairfield. Councilman Place 2 Randy Johnson contacted Alan Nelson, of Nelson Forensic & Advisory Services LLC in Dallas, who gave a presentation to the council on Feb. 20 regarding forensic audits.

 

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Wed
28
Feb

Dabrett Black to be arraigned Thursday

Dabrett Black

 

Dabrett Black, 33, will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the 77th District Court of Judge Patrick Simmons, according to trial dockets. Black stands accused of the Thanksgiving Day murder of DPS Trooper Damon Allen. He is also facing charges of aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest. Black allegedly shot and killed Allen during a traffic stop on I-45 north in Fairfield. He was arrested four hours later in Waller County after fleeing the scene. County Attorney Brian Evans was unavailable as of presstime Tuesday.

 

Wed
21
Feb

Letter to the editor

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