Freestone County courthouse

Wed
10
Jan

Gift of Bibles thought to be bomb

A suspicious package was discovered at the Freestone County courthouse early Monday morning. McLennan County Bomb Squad was called in to investigate, while DPS and Freestone County deputies closed the entrances to Mount Street on the square.
Photo by April Walker

A gift box containing Bibles was thought to be a bomb by a DPS Trooper early Tuesday morning on the courthouse square resulting in the closing of surrounding offices and Mount Street entrances. 

A press release issued by Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said a trooper discovered the box on a bench on the west side of the courthouse at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.

An investigation ensued with McLennan County Bomb Squad leading the way.

A card left inside the package explained the Bibles were for Fairfield police and the person referred to police as “Impoverished Smurfs.”

Shipley said in the press release:

“At approximately 2:30 a.m. a Freestone County DPS officer, while coming to the DPS office in the courthouse, observed a box that was sitting on a bench on the west side of the courthouse.

“At that time, an investigation ensued and as further information developed it was determined that the

 

 

Wed
20
Jul

Courthouse damaged, suspect apprehended

A district courtroom was damaged and a local man is now undergoing a psych evaluation at an area hospital after breaking into the Freestone County Courthouse. The suspect, whose name cannnot be released at this time, is alleged to have broken in through a side door on Sunday night. Freestone County deputies, DPS officers, and other local law enforcement

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Wed
29
Jun

Various courthouse uses over the years

Written May 2006
Courthouse Uses
A recent inquiry from Molly Fryer at the Freestone County Museum on past uses of the courthouse and if there ever a concession stand in the courthouse hall? When advised her yes, she asked me to write on this and it’s other uses.
During the hard years of the Depression before all the government welfare programs that are available today, the Commissioner’s Court approved letting a disabled person operate a small stand. The cold drinks sold for 5 cents and candy bars for a nickel and some penny candy. Located on the first floor in the hallway near the stairs, the drinks were cooled in an old type drink box with block ice that was delivered by the iceman.

Wed
18
May

Square Affair set for Saturday

The Summer Square Affair kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21, with approximately 25 vendors signed up and ready to sell. The event is on the courthouse square and ends at 3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Chamber of Commerce tent and register to win a $100 gift. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. and do not need to be present to win.
Vendors include:

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Fri
29
Apr

May is Pediatric Stroke Awareness month

Joining the signing were (seated) Jack Sanders, Seth Sanders, Ian Sanders, Alex Ward, Judge Linda Grant, Hayley Ward, and Hayden Ward; (standing) Krista Sanders, Kelly Barker, Willie Ward, Jennifer Ward, Cory Ward, Dickie Moore, and Gail Moore.

 

Photo by April Walker

Freestone County Judge Linda Grant signed a document proclaiming May as Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month in honor of Fairfield resident Alex Ward. Stroke occurs at a rate of 1 in 1,600 to 4,000 live births each year, and in 12 in 100,000 children per year. Stroke is the sixth leading cause of death in children. The annual Righty Run fundraiser is slated to begin at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Fairfield Lake State Park.

 

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Wed
30
Mar

Children have "eggstravagant" time at Easter event

These adorable toddlers spent time filling their Easter baskets at the Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday. Once children turned in their eggs. they got to take home a bag of goodies.

Photo by April Walker

Easter is right around the corner and the chamber is readying for the 7th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza event held on the courthouse square. This year's event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and will feature the usual activities for the family.

Attendees will have a chance to win a live bunny from the live bunny patch, sponsored by Cheryl White, by finding the golden egg hidden somewhere on the courthouse lawn.

 

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