Freestone County Texas

Wed
04
Oct

Court tables items, leaves on burn ban

The two main discussion items were tabled at the Sept. 27 commissioners meeting for various reasons. The court was slated to approve a purchase for materials for the district courtroom renovation, but instead took no action on the agenda item.
Also tabled was a presentation by Sandersen & Scheffer, PLLC, for their 2016 fiscal audit, of which the county has already paid $6,500 – and still owes $10,000. This item has been on the agenda since Sept. 13, but no discussion has been held.
This item is once again on the agenda for the Oct. 4 meeting.
In other court news, commissioners:

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Wed
04
Oct

FJH students released following power outage

Parents began lining up to pick up there children from Fairfield Junior High School after a power outage shut the school down for the day Monday, Oct. 2.

Photo by April Walker

Fairfield junior high students were rejoicing Monday morning when an unexpected power outage allowed them an early release at 12 p.m. The power was reportedly down in one half of the building, while the other half worked.
“The power is expected to be out for most of the day,” said FJH Principal Bryan Gawryszewski in a mass email sent to parents. The power outage only effected the junior high campus, but phone lines were down throughout the district, as well.

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Wed
27
Sep

Cotton Gin members honored

Eleven members of the Cotton Gin Masonic Lodge No. 154 in Krivin were recently honored for their years of service. These members earned 25- and 40-year service awards on Monday, Sept. 18. Standing (from left) are Mark Taylor, Ralph Billings, Wade Bottoms, Jr., Joe Barrow, Carl Alexander, Fred Carter, Roger McCrary, Larry Davis, and Willie Williams; seated is Ed Prasil and Ray Forrester is kneeling. The charter for the Lodge was granted Jan. 18, 1855, and members meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

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Wed
27
Sep

County talks closure of Pct. 1 voting box

Like a scene out of the 1972 film Deliverance, the Liberty voting box stands at the intersection of County Roads 300 and 302 in the Butler area. Because the building is so neglected, commissioners are discussing the possibility of closing it down. Voters will not cast their votes at this box again until the March primaries in 2018.
Photo by April Walker

County commissioners are discussing the permanent closure of the Liberty voting box which stands at the intersection of County Roads 300 and 302 in the Butler area of precinct 1. The one-room building could use some renovation work, but Pct. 1 Commissioner Andy Bonner thinks it should be closed.
“There's no electricity, no restroom or air conditioning, the floor is rotting, it's not handicap accessible,” explained Precinct 1 Commissioner Andy Bonner at last week's county meeting. “It needs to be closed.”
Election judge Opal Oliver, however, disagrees.
“They're [the voters] wanting at least their voices heard,” said Opal. “They want to keep that box open. It would cost them to drive the 18 miles to Fairfield and the 18 miles back just to vote. That's an inconvenience.”
The Liberty voting box only saw 10 voters during the May run-off elections last year.

Wed
13
Sep

Recorder donates to museum

The Fairfield Recorder donated archive books from 1925 through 1989 to the Freestone County Historical Museum last week. The archive books have one edition from each week of the above specified years. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Pictured are (from left) Linda Mullen; Curator Patty Pratt; Publisher Richard Nelson; Nancy Rula; and Brad Pullin.
Photo by April Walker

Wed
13
Sep

Knife bandit strikes again

No one was injured when a man robbed the Fred's store in Fairfield at knifepoint Friday night. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Photo by Tanya Lee

Two more Fairfield businesses were robbed by a knife-wielding man - fitting the same description of the Family Dollar robber - over the weekend. The Exxon gas station and Fred's Dollar Store were both hit after dark. According to reports, Fairfield Police Department received a 911 call at 9:44 p.m. Friday night, Sept. 8, of a robbery.

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Wed
06
Sep

Robbie Irene Slaughter Blacknall

Robbie Blacknall

Robbie Irene Slaughter Blacknall
December 10, 1959
August 14, 2017

Wed
06
Sep

FCSO has no leads in missing man case

Kevin Long

Texas Rangers are assisting Freestone County Sheriff's Office in the search for a missing 61-year-old man who has a history of Bi-Polar Disorder. Kevin Long was reported missing from his home on FCR 275 about 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15.
FCSO, with the help of Texas prison system Beto Unit K-9 and horses, searched the residence and surrounding area to no avail. FCSO initially received information that Long had spoken with his mother by telephone the day before.

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Wed
06
Sep

Rotary donates to Harvey evacuees

Fairfield Rotary Club donated $500 to Rotary District 5930 in McAllen to help with hurricane relief efforts in the Valley. In addition to this, the club is purchasing $200 worth of gasoline cards to help with local efforts for evacuees coming north from the flood and hurricane areas. Pictured are Past Assistant District Governor David Huffman, Club Treasurer Angela Oglesbee, and Club President Donna J. Tyus.
Photo submitted by Donna Tyus

Wed
06
Sep

Event center opens

Jennifer Daniel entertains guests at the grand opening of Twisted Vines Event Center in Fairfield. She and her husband, Sonny, opened the event center in August and already have a packed schedule of events.
Photo by Richard Nelson

Gilbert "Sonny" and Jennifer Daniel have spent a lot of time together over the past 26 years. From high school sweethearts through college, 20 years of marriage and raising six children. Now they're officially in business together as owners of Twisted Vines Event Center. The couple purchased the old VFW building in January, started remodeling in March and finished in August. "We've wanted a large venue for parties and caterings for several years. When the VFW approached us about buying their building we jumped at the opportunity," said Sonny Daniel.

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