Fairfield Tx

Wed
08
Jun

Local restaurant joins chamber

Texas Burger and Subway joined the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce last week and celebrated with a ribbon cutting at the restaurant. The duo is managed by Shawn Allen and assistant manager Constance Alexander. Pictured are (from left) Josh Bayless, Napa Auto Parts; Patty Pratt, Freestone County Historical Museum; Shawn Allen; Constance Alexander and her children, Davonte and Keira; Lisa Schick, Chamber of Commerce; Brenda Shultz, Chamber of Commerce; and Christie Harper, Dry Gulch Mercantile.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
08
Jun

Dry Gulch searches for Vickers family after find

The family Bible, dating back to 1884, was just one of the items found in a storage building purchased by Christie and Mike Harper, owners of Dry Gulch Mercantile.

Photo by April Walker

Dry Gulch Mercantile owners Christie and Mike Harper are asking for help from area residents after stumbling upon lost family property. The Harper's purchased a storage unit and discovered Bibles dating back to the 1800s, as well as old photos, belonging to Sarah Vickers Chancellor.

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Wed
08
Jun

2016 FHS graduates head into the future

Fairfield ISD Superintendent Rick Edwards (left) shakes hands with smiling graduate Kaitlyn Diaz (right) at last week's commencement exercises. Although graduation was moved indoors at the last minute due to a round of storms that swept through the area, FHS Principal Von Wade said everything went smoothly. It was the first time a graduation event had to be moved inside since 1987.

Photo by April Walker

After several bouts of rain through the week caused flooding, school administrators changed to a dryer venue for Friday night's commencement exercises. At a first come, first serve basis, seating in the Johnson Activity Center was limited, and graduates family members filled the event.

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Wed
01
Jun

Great thing about my job: meeting interesting people

Several years ago, one of our nieces spent part of a day riding around with Life Mate Julie while she tracked down news. After a while she said “You have a great job; you get to get in everyone’s business and you get paid for it.”
Perhaps that’s how some people might see it, but one of the very best things about our business is the interesting people we get to meet. And, if we’re lucky, we get to know them well.
One of the first interesting and delightful people I met when I moved to Jasper was attorney Joe Tonahill.
Tonahill was a personal injury-trial attorney with quite the reputation for winning big sums of money for his clients. Most of his cases were of a personal injury nature.
Of course, I’d heard of him before we met. His time in the headlines had little to do with the majority of his cases. What got him the big headlines was a national trial.

Wed
01
Jun

Lady Eagles named to All-District team

These happy Lady Eagles and their coach were named to the 2016 All-District Softball Team! Pictured are: Kerry Hand, Coach of the Year; Kaci Bachtel, First Team MVP; Banner Monico, infield; Claire Partain, outfield; Abby Garcia, Second Team pitcher; Lauran Adcock, Second Team infield; Jennifer Reed, Second Team Outfield; Meghan Peterson and Lauren Cole, Honorable Mention; Academic All-District Abby Knight, Kara Doyle, Katie Henrichs, Kealie House, Reed, Bachtel, Cole, Partain, Monico and Adcock.
Photo by Roy Peterson

Wed
01
Jun

No re-elections in county primary

The results of last week's primary run-off were surprising to say the least. No incumbent was re-elected and the county will greet five new elected officials when they are sworn in January 1, 2017. The county is looking at a new sheriff, two new constables, and two new commissioners.

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Wed
01
Jun

Founder's Day lunch had by Tau

Tau Chapter members of Delta Kappa Gamma attended the Founder’s Day Luncheon at the Hilton in Waco with sister chapters, Epsilon Chi, Zeta, and Eta Sigma. The founders of Delta Kappa Gamma were honored in a special presentation using the portrait in the picture. Those members of Tau Chapter attending were (left to right) Sunnie Schwass, Patty Manley, Dr. Anna Pat Alpert, Vicki McDougal, Alicia Smith, Margaret Day, Belinda Cotton, Dr. Lisa Rogers, and Martha Kirgan.
Photo submitted by Martha Kirgan

Wed
01
Jun

FJH winners named for various awards

Junior high students were honored with various end-of-year awards last week, as well as the prestigious awards that go to an individual from each grade level. Sixth grader Leah King earned the Suzann Leadbetter award; the Johnnie Pye award went to seventh grader Cristal Rosales; and eighth graders Emi Bonner, Erin Rachel, and Conner Jackson earned the Elton Moore award, John Perona Award, and the Jeff McBay award, respectively.
Other awards were given to:

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Wed
01
Jun

Retirements abound at FISD

Alicia Smith (center) talks retirement plans with her party guests last week at the elementary school. Smith, pictured with her husband, Ed (left) are planning to travel and spend more time with their grandchildren.

Photo by April Walker

Five of Fairfield ISD's beloved staff have retired after at least 30 years in the teaching game. Retirements include Alicia Smith, Betty Gentry, Dennis Walsh, Melinda Black, and Brenda Hagen.
Smith spent 25 years as the P.E. teacher at the elementary school.

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Wed
01
Jun

2 dead, 1 critical after Dew wreck

Freestone County - Two people are dead and two are in critical condition, including a 14-month-old, after an SUV struck another vehicle at mile marker 188 on I-45 near Dew last week around 5 p.m.
A 2000 Toyota SUV was traveling northbound in the southbound lane and struck a 2001 Chrysler minivan almost head on, DPS reports show.

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