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Thu
23
Jun

Eagle Scout rank earned by local

Zachary Dietrich von Sehrwald, Fairfield Boy Scout Troop 668 member, recently celebrated earning the rank of Eagle Scout with scouts, scout leaders, family, friends, and the Fairfield Lions Club at the fairgrounds community center. Zac's Eagle Court of Honor included a review of the Scout Law as a reminder of his obligations as an Eagle Scout. He has served with Troop 668 for more than five years and earned many of his merit badges attending Trevor Reese Jones, Buffalo Trails Scout Ranch, and El Rancho Cima scout camps. Zac also graduated with the 2014 Aquatics class at Worth Ranch.

Thu
23
Jun

Sifford, Garcia crowned Miss, Teen Freestone County

Chloe Sifford (left) of Teague was crowned the new Miss Freestone County last week, while Ashlynn Garcia (right) of Fairfield earned the Miss Teen Freestone County title.

Photo by April Walker

Named the new Miss Freestone and Miss Teen Freestone at this year's pageant was Chloe Sifford and Ashlynn Garcia, respectively. The two were crowned last Tuesday night in front of a packed crowd. Sifford, 16, is a junior at Teague High School and the daughter of Shaun and Nicole Sifford. Her activities include:
n All-American Cheerleader for two years
n Student Council Safety Director
n Vice President of Lions for the Lord
n Most Improved Actress freshman year
Sifford enjoys singing and recently began taking voice lessons and has performed at the Dogwood Jamboree. She is active in her youth group at Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague and recently led the worship at the City Wide Girls Conference. For the past seven years, Sifford has shown chickens during the Freestone County Fair. She is the founder of Be the Blessing – a Facebook page issuing monthly challenges to encourage others. She has broken

Thu
23
Jun

Buyers shell out more than $300K at sale

Hallie Davidson (far right) sold her grand champion market steer Saturday for $11,500 to NIP Ranch, owned by Nadine (far left) and Ivy Phillips (center), of Fairfield. Davidson is a member of Fairfield 4-H. The steer weighed in at 1,323 pounds.

Photo by Kalyn Ethridge

Area businesses turned out to buy animals at the annual livestock sale Saturday with purchases totaling over $300,000. GDR Holdings was named the biggest buyer of the event and was awarded the Volume Buyer Buckle by sale committee members. The company's purchases totaled over $26,000 alone.
The Best In-County Steer buckle was given to Blake Looney, while Mallorie Simms received the Best Rate of Gain buckle.
Grand champion animal sales included:

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Wed
15
Jun

Past reunions remembered at historic marker ceremony

Kathryn Davis, 98 (pictured next to the historic marker) attended the original reunion in 1920s-30s at the W.L. Moody Confederate Reunion Grounds.

Photo submitted by Linda Mullen

History buffs and lifelong residents gathered at the fairgrounds Saturday, June 11, for the unveiling of a historical marker. The dedication ceremony for the historical marker for the W.L. Moody Confederate Reunion Grounds of the UCV Camp 87 (1891-1933)

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Wed
15
Jun

Incommons takes Most Creative again

The Walking Dead have come to Freestone County! Incommons Bank Branch Manager Kevin Moller (walking) and his staff dressed like zombies for their parade theme and once again took the Most Creative award.

Photo by April Walker

The show must go on! And go on it did, with Incommons Bank once again taking the trophy for Most Creative float in the annual parade! Monday night tested residents' patience with storms blowing through just an hour before the parade began.
Other winners included:

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Wed
08
Jun

The life, times of resident John Karner

Published November 2006
One of the most colorful and historical characters to live in early Freestone and its adjoining counties was John Karner. Born in Bavaria in 1817, he was often called "Dutch John." Karner emigrated to America in 1831 with his family and, leaving them, he came to Texas in 1835. At San Augustine, John Karner joined the forces then forming the defense against the invading Santa Anna and the Mexican Army. This command joined General Sam Houston at Gonzales and was with them at the Battle of San Jacinto. At the Battle of San Jacinto, John Karner had charge of a wagon and team which was used after the battle to haul the wounded General Sam Houston and General Santa Anna, who was taken prisoner.

Wed
08
Jun

2nd Greatest Show on Earth plans underway

Activities are being planned now for the upcoming 2016 Freestone County Fair & Rodeo slated for the week of June 13-17. The annual event will kick off at 7 p.m. Monday, June 13, with the parade. This year's theme is The Second Greatest Show on Earth.
Those participating in the Home and Garden Show can check their projects in from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, June 15, for a $5 registration fee. Go Texan quilt entries need to be entered from 7:30 a.m. To 2 p.m. Home and Garden judging is from 3 to 6 p.m.
The carnival opens at 6 p.m. Monday night.
Freestone County groups, organizations, and clubs are invited to participate in the annual parade. Prize money will be awarded to the following winners:
n Spirit of Freestone County Award - $50 to the business or organization that best represents the use of the theme

Wed
08
Jun

Janie Prestridge

Janie Prestridge

Janie Newman Prestridge, 64, of Fairfield, left this world to take her place in Heaven on Tuesday, May 31. Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Capps Memorial Chapel. A memorial service followed at 2 p.m. with Mr. Mike Prude officiating. Janie was born February 10, 1952, in Fairfield, to parents Dawson and Dorothy Davis Newman. She was a graduate of Neches High School. She was employed at Fairfield Hospital, ETMC-Fairfield and ETMC-Athens for over 30 years. Her greatest joy in life was spending time and playing with her great nephew and great-nieces, Alan, Christal, and Brandy Neal. Although she had no children of her own, she loved kids and they loved her. Two that was very special to her, then and now, Kevin and Brandon Fincher. She is preceded in death by: her grandparents, Will and Ellen Davis; Sterling and Agnes Newman; her father, Dawson Newman; a brother, Alan Petri; a brother-in-law, Gus Steiner; an infant brother; and a niece Brett Steiner.

Wed
08
Jun

Janice Poynor

Janice Poynor

Janice Poynor, 68, of Fairfield, passed away Wednesday, June 1, in Fairfield. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 6, at Round Prairie Baptist Church with Rev. Chris George and Rev. Ed Ridge officiating. Mrs. Poynor was born August 8, 1947, in San Angelo, to parents Elgie and Flora Virginia Millsap Hilliard. She had been a resident of Fairfield since 2002 moving from Texas City. For a number of years prior to living in Texas City she lived in California. Janice and her husband, Robert, were married on July 18, 1989, in Texas City. She was a member of Round Prairie Baptist Church and a member of Walk to Emaus.

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Wed
08
Jun

Fairfield native earns DBU degree

Dallas – Chelsea Lynn Cherry, a Fairfield native, graduated with a Master of Arts in Sport Management from Dallas Baptist University during spring commencement. Chelsea was among the 646 graduates receiving associate, undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees from DBU.

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