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Wed
18
May

American History winners announced at DAR

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Jackie Tidwell (far right), chairman of the American History Committee, Jonathan Hardin Chapter of NSDAR, is shown with this year's winners in the Christopher Columbus essay contest. The winners were special guests along with parents and teachers at the April meeting. The winners are Jackson Tacker, Wortham 8th grader; Ella Samford, Groesbeck 7th grader; and Keylan Asberry, Groesbeck 6th grader.

Photo submitted by Beth Hawkins

Sixth grader Keylan Asberry, of Groesbeck; seventh grader Ella Sanford, of Groesbeck; and eighth grader Jackson Tacker, of Wortham, were named this year's American History essay contest winners by the Jonathan Hardin Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Because this year is the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act, essays were written on how a colonial family would have reacted to the provisions of this act. Winners were welcomed by DAR member Jackie Tidwell, American History Committee chairman.
Each winner read his essay and was presented with a certificate by Tidwell.

Wed
18
May

FES book club celebrates summer birthdays

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Fairfield Elementary School students had a big party in the library recently to celebrate its May and summer birthdays. Students from left to right, top to bottom are: Robbie Williams, Alaina Baker, Landon Cockrell, Jaevion McElroy, Austin Bitting, Jesus Pina, Walker Scherer, Blake Brackens, Bryson Myers, Davie Pickens, Sydney Martin, Hadlie Morrison, Madyn Mitchael, Ruby Rodriguez, Chrystal Rodriguez, and Logan Williams. Not pictured are Mika Taffola and Hudson Little.

Photo submitted by Betsy Monico

Wed
18
May

Local student presents stroke info to school board

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Cooper Craddick placed first in the District 8 4-H competition with her presentation "Kids have strokes too." She presented this to the FISD school board last week.

Photo courtesy of Melissa Cox

In recognition of Pediatric Stroke month and in honor of Fairfield resident Alex Ward, Cooper Craddick gave a presentation on the disease at last week's school board meeting. Craddick, an intermediate school student, discussed how strokes occur, what it can do to your body, and symptoms of a stroke.
Craddick is a Fairfield 4-H Club member and recently competed at the District 8 4-H Round Up in an educational presentation about health to let everyone know that “Kids have strokes, too.”
She placed first in this competition and was eager to do the presentation again during the month of May.
Strokes can happen at any age – young, old, and even to unborn babies. Strokes are one of the top 10 causes of childhood death and can have lasting effects. There are two main types of strokes, Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. Craddick also talked about TIA – or mini-strokes – which do not cause lasting damage, but should be a warning that a full blown stroke can occur.

Wed
11
May

Alcohol, prohibition in Freestone County

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Alcohol in Freestone County
Published November 2006
Probably the most controversial issue ever in our county from its beginning to now is the use and sale of alcoholic beverages, legally or otherwise. Earliest criminal records involve this problem with charges filed for offenses such as selling less than a quart of whiskey, giving or selling to a slave – it was legal to make and sell with certain restrictions.
Saloons were very common and in most areas, Teague had quite a few in its early years. Carrie Nation, the old gal with the hatchet who fought alcohol, visited here. Not sure why but Teague voted dry the next year, not sure if she had anything to do with this as not much information available.

Wed
11
May

Hill wins election by 3 votes

Mayor Roy Hill fought a close race with competitor Jack Wright when voters headed to the polls Saturday, May 7. Hill retained his seat by a mere three votes. Place 1 Councilman Joe Lee Kirgan kept his current place, beating front runner Patrick Williams by 76 votes. Unopposed Place II Councilman Randy Turner was re-elected with a total of 292 votes. Total votes shown are:

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Wed
11
May

U.S. 84 accident leaves 4 dead, 1 injured

Teague residents are in mourning this week after a tragic car accident between Teague and Fairfield took four from the community. The three-car accident happened around 5:17 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, on U.S. 84, about one mile east of Teague.
Pronounced dead on the scene was Martha Turner, Janice Turner, and Linda Huffman, all of whom were traveling home together in a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Huffman. Also pronounced dead was Michael James Jackson, driver of a 2001 Mercury Sable. Joshua Bradley Thompson, driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, was transported to ETMC Fairfield where he was treated and released.
According to DPS reports, Jackson was heading west on U.S. 84 at an unsafe speed, when he rounded a curve and lost control of the vehicle. Jackson is reported to have hit the Tahoe head on, causing both vehicles to spin.

Wed
11
May

Students let off steam with Fun Run

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Fairfield second graders enjoyed a day of freedom at the city's walking trail and park last week. Students were released from the bus at the walking trail for the annual Fun Run, where they ran five laps. Following their run, the students headed to the city park for fruit and play time. The school provided seven watermelons, 50 oranges, several pounds of bananas, and bottles of water. Alicia Smith, and her husband, Ed spent the night before the run chopping the fruit.
Photos by April Walker

Wed
11
May

Purple Pinkie for polio

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Fairfield senior Lori Neill (seated right) dyed two fingers on kindergartner Marli Walker's hand last Friday as part of the Interact Club's annual Purple Pinkie fundraiser for polio awareness.
Photo by April Walker

Wed
11
May

New business joins chamber

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Alfredia and Kenneth Griffin celebrated joining the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce last week with a ribbon cutting for their business KNA Enterprise, LLC. The couple owns a commercial janitorial franchise through Jani-King, the world's largest commercial cleaning franchise. The Griffin's bought the franchise 10 years ago and recently moved their business to the Fairfield area from Dallas. “We're not opposed to cleaning homes, but we'll have to give a quote after seeing it,” they explained. KNA Enterprise, LLC can be reached for quotes or more information by calling 903-389-3627.

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Wed
11
May

Local woman celebrates 80 years

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Surrounded by her family and friends, Mertha Ransom celebrated 80 years loved on Saturday, April 30, in Fairfield. The celebration was held at the Fairfield Civic Center with approximately 120 guests attending from near and far. The event was hosted by her children, Joyce, Joan, Janice, and James Marcus. Musical tributes were performed by Bobby Cooper, of Fairfield; The Henry Family, of Austin; and the Scott Family, of Waco. A special “Happy Birthday to You” tribute was performed by her children.

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