Freestone County Texas

Wed
06
Feb

Lady Eagles beat Mexia for 7th district win

Fairfield’s Braiden Bossier, 34, tries to block a shot during a game against Mexia earlier this season as the Lady Eagles’ Jada Clark, 2, looks on. Fairfield beat Mexia for the second time this season Friday night to remain unbeaten in district play.
Photo by Skip Leon

The Fairfield girls’ basketball team won its seventh consecutive District 19-4A game Friday night with a 53-47 triumph at Mexia.

The victory improved the Lady Eagles’ record to 7-0 in district. They had already clinched the district championship and went for a sweep of district play Tuesday when they hosted Madisonville.

The Lady Eagles used a 12-0 run in the first quarter to take a 16-6 advantage at the first break.

However, Mexia battled back throughout the game and took the lead early in the fourth quarter.

Wed
30
Jan

Billy Ray Godfrey I

Billy Godfrey

Billy Ray Godfrey I

July 4, 1941

January 20, 2019

Billy Ray Godfrey I passed away peacefully at his home in Streetman on January 20. Billy was born July 4, 1941, in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Rosie and Clarence Godfrey. He was the fifth child of 11. Billy was preceded in death by: his infant daughter, Anita Rose; daughter, Krista Godfrey; grandson, Eddie; parents, Rosie and Clarence; and nine siblings.

Wed
30
Jan

Bond counsel talks to CoF

City of Fairfield Administrator Nate Smith (seated in center frame) discusses the pros and cons of switching to iPads for council meetings during the Tuesday, Jan. 23, meeting.
Photo by April Walker

Several Fairfield citizens – including former mayor Roy Hill – voiced their opinions at Tuesday night’s council meeting regarding the possibility of a $4 million bond. All four speakers are concerned about the bond amount, as well as payments and the length of the bond. Don Thornton compared the bond to a suffocating person and asked the city to reconsider before “burying Fairfield in debt.”

“Is it morally or ethically right for Fairfield citizens to be strapped with that kind of debt?” asked Barry Capps, owner of Capps True Value. “In my opinion, the council should walk away from this bond.”

Wed
30
Jan

CNB donates to TSAC

Community National Bank of Fairfield donated $500 to the upcoming FISD Education Foundation Gala event. Pictured are (from left) Tammy Moore, CNB; Demar Hill; Chifawn Johnson; Teresa Duke, CNB; Pam Chavers; Shari Dickens, CNB; Muriel Morton, CNB; and Jason Hullum, CNB.

Photo by April Walker

 

Wed
30
Jan

Calvary Baptist staff honored

Calvary Baptist Church of Fairfield honored four staff members Sunday evening with a crock pot dinner in recognition of their service to the local organization. Congregation members prepared 34 different dishes, along with desserts, which certainly gave everyone plenty to choose from. Those honored during the evening were Devin DiGuilio, Director of Student Ministries, four years of service; Charlotte Mullen, secretary, 42 years of service; Shelby Race, music and education minister, 34 years of service; and Donald Mullen, maintenance superintendent, one year of service.

Photo by Billy Patterson

Wed
30
Jan

Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Leach

Fairfield resident Barney Leach was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at last week's Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Leach is pictured with (from left) Lisa Schick, Chamber Executive Director Brenda Pate, and Mary Small.
Photo by Shelly Pope

Peace and love abounded at last Thursday night’s annual Chamber of Commerce banquet where local businesses, teachers, and residents were awarded for various achievements. Taking home the well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award was Fairfield weatherman Barney Leach.

Leach’s life is filled with amazing feats. He worked for NASA on the Apollo 11 moon landing and was selected as a team member to receive America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, for his role in the Apollo 13 rescue. Leach also writes a monthly weather column for the local newspapers.

Thu
24
Jan

Now and Then

January 23, 1930

Embezzlement Case In 77th Court Delayed – The O.P. Arrington embezzlement case which was docketed to start at Groesbeck, has been delayed on agreement of the counsel. Arrington, a prominent official in Mexia, was indicted some months ago on a charge of embezzling school funds.

Child Dies Of Bright’s Disease – Alford, 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. O.P. Hagen, died of Bright’s Disease at the home of the family near Steward’s Mill, Saturday. Burial was in the Dew Cemetery, Sunday.

Thu
24
Jan

Jail Administrator placed on leave

Freestone County’s jail administrator has been placed on leave after an HR assessment found she is not licensed as a jailer, Sheriff Jeremy Shipley announced at last week’s commissioner’s meeting. Sheena Wimberly has been the jail administrator since Dec. 3, 2017. She is the third administrator since Shipley took office.

“It was an oversight on my part because TCOLE said I could designate anybody as a jail administrator,” Shipley explained.

“She didn’t work in the jail so I didn’t realize she had to have a jailer license.”

Thu
24
Jan

Celebrating one year of volunteerism

Pictured are several of the Freestone Medical Center volunteers after a luncheon to celebrate their one-year anniversary. From left is Caroline Ivy, Caroline Fisher, Pat Robertson, Phillip Ivy, Coordinator Sherry Brackens, Betty Jones, Margie Conner, and Sid Ivy. Members not pictured are Amelia Williams, Janice Faulkner, Aldess Bass, Ruby Gatson, Kendall Crawford, Riley White, and Martha Finney.
Photo by April Walker

Celebrating one year since their formation, the volunteer group of Freestone Medical Center enjoyed a lunch last Tuesday, Jan. 15, as they discussed their goals for their second year. There are 15 members in the group, with eight main volunteers. Two of the volunteers are in high school.

“The small group has been very good to work with,” said Coordinator Sherry Brackens.

The volunteers are set up in the front entrance of the hospital from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday-Friday to greet patients. Each volunteer has different responsibilities. Some serve breakfast in the hospital cafeteria from 7 to 8:30 a.m., while others care for plants.

Thu
24
Jan

$4 million bond talked at city council

City Administrator Nate Smith presented plans for the possible renovation of the Navarro College campus. The city council is hoping to move their offices to the location.
Photo by April Walker

Streets, bathrooms, and a new city hall were among the top projects discussed by councilmembers during a workshop Thursday night, Jan. 17. The council is considering taking out an almost $4 million bond for these projects – which comes with a possibility of raising the city’s tax rate.

Bond counsel attended the Tuesday night meeting to discuss the stipulations of a 20-year bond. See that article in the Jan. 31 edition. City Administrator Nate Smith advised the council to “get as much input [from the public] as you can.”

“This is something we’ll be paying for for 20 years,” said Smith.

Projects included:

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