Freestone County Texas

Wed
01
Aug

Where do the two cities stand?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first part of a two-part series to help our readers get up to speed on the ongoing TDCJ project between the City of Fairfield and the City of Teague. The second part will be published next week.

An agreement between the Cities of Teague and Fairfield is being discussed during nearly every meeting either of the city governments have had for the past couple of months.

“We are asking for records and information,“ City of Teague Administrator, Theresa Prasil, said. “We are trying to get caught up on everything that has been going on with this facility for the last 28 years.”

Wed
01
Aug

Tax rate increase proposed, 2% raise given

County Treasurer Jeannie Keeney (right) was sworn in Monday morning by County Judge Linda Grant.
Courtesy photo

A proposed tax rate increase has been suggested by Freestone County Judge Linda Grant and was approved by commissioners during budget talks Wednesday, July 25. An increase of two cents is proposed, which would bring the tax rate to 0.3594 per $100 valuation if passed. Each one cent the tax rate is raised equals $235,000.

The county received preliminary values in April from the Freestone Central Appraisal District (FCAD), which reported a possible 6.74 percent decrease in taxable value; however, Judge Grant said the certified values ended up being “not that much.”

Wed
25
Jul

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Wed
25
Jul

Harvey C. Lane, Sr.

Harvey C. Lane, Sr.

Harvey C. Lane, Sr.

August 23, 1933

July 22, 2018

Wed
25
Jul

CoF talks future projects

In anticipation of August budget discussions, city council members hosted an informal workshop at Sam’s Restaurant last week to discuss upcoming projects. Residents were invited to attend the July 17 meeting although no action could be taken on matters.

Council members talked about various upcoming projects including the automated meter readers. Place 2 Councilman Randy Johnson said he is interested in moving forward with the project. “It would help us to be more efficient.”

Wed
25
Jul

Teague car thief arrested

Taylor McNew (aka Taylor Cobb)

It took Teague Police Chief Dewayne Philpott and his department and witnesses only 24-hours to catch a car thief. Philpott met with Teague residents Johnny and Tanner Ledford at the Teague Police Department Tuesday, July 17, to discuss the crime. “The Ledfords reported a blue 2002 Ford Mustang had been stolen from their residence,” he reported. “The keys for the vehicle were also missing from a nightstand, which was inside an upstairs bedroom inside the residence. Clothing inside the room was strewn about.” On Wednesday morning, July 18, witness Jeff Allison, reported seeing the stolen vehicle at the Teague Lake and described a white female matching the description of the suspect Taylor McNew (aka Taylor Cobb) as the occupant. McNew is a relative of the vehicle owners. “Mr.

Wed
25
Jul

New people at library

Jennifer Kilkenny

As our summer “Libraries Rock” Story Time program winds down, we want to take a chance to introduce you to our new staff member, Jennifer Kilkenny. Kilkenny is the smiling redhead who began greeting everyone who came to the library on Tuesday, June 12. She not only greets you as you enter the main library, but also helps get patrons signed into a computer, checks books in and out, and does whatever she can to make your trip to the library both enjoyable and productive. Kilkenny and her husband, Lance, have three children, Jeremy (14), Ben (11), Ashley (married to an Army man currently stationed in Afghanistan), and one grandson, Troy. She is also a member of the Civil Air Patrol in Corsicana with Lance and Jeremy making it a family affair. She and Lance are both 2nd Lieutenants, and Jeremy has recently passed the tests and qualifications to be an officer.

Wed
25
Jul

Faith Academy enrollment begins

Board members with Faith Academy of Freestone celebrated their venture with a ribbon cutting Tuesday, July 17, at the Christian Life Center in Fairfield. Pictured are (front row) Chamber Executive Director Brenda Pate, Nature Study/Technology teacher Amber Weitner, Treasurer Jane Phillips, Vice President/co-founder Jessica Henderson, President/co-founder Julie Steward, and Assistant Treasurer Tony Adkins; (back) New Life of Fairfield Pastor Andrew and Caleb Weitner, English/Language Arts teacher Kayla Lupo, Secretary Leon Thomas, and Accessories, Etc. owner Mary Small. Not pictured was board member Dexter Barnes.
Photo by April Walker

Enrollment began last week for a new private school in Fairfield. Faith Academy of Freestone is a non-profit Christian school whose mission is to partner with parents to provide a quality, Christ-centered education to students while developing the whole child – mind, body, and spirit.

The school – housed in the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church of Fairfield – accepts student’s kindergarten through 6th grade. The plan is to begin as a K-6 school and add a grade every year in order to retain current sixth graders until they are high school seniors.

Wed
18
Jul

Now and Then

July 22, 1943

Fifth Case Of Polio Develops East Of Fairfield – The 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Cox, living at the Humble Pump Station, nine miles east of Fairfield, was carried to a Dallas hospital, Sunday, and is pronounced to have infantile paralysis. This makes five recent cases to develop about nine miles east of Fairfield, two being at the pump station, two of the Bishop children and one Crouch child. All are being treated in hospital.

Wed
18
Jul

Municipal annexation on Nov. ballot

Freestone County Commissioner's met Wednesday, July 11, to discuss the addition of municipal annexation to all countywide ballots for the Nov. 6 election. For some time, Freestone County residents have been circulating a petition regarding the annexation of outlying areas. These residents have gone through the steps needed to see this item on the ballot in the upcoming election.

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