Freestone County Texas

Wed
07
Mar

County talks grants, agreements, High Speed Rail

Commissioner's signed a resolution against the High Speed Rail, something many other counties are reportedly also doing, at the court's Feb. 28 meeting. The resolution shows Freestone County's “intent to decline to discontinue, abandon, close, vacate, or alter a county road in connection with the proposed High Speed Rail Project.”

“All along they have told us they would not disturb any of our county roads,” said County Judge Linda Grant. “That's questionable to me. They are trying to say that they have eminent domain and what that would mean to us has yet to be defined.”

According to the project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the proposed route shows there will be at least eight country roads – state, farm to market, and private roads – in the rail's traveling area.

Wed
07
Mar

Cotton Gin honors mason

Cotton Gin Lodge member Fred Carter was honored with a Golden Trowel Award by Cotton Gin Lodge No. 154 during the regular meeting Monday, Feb. 19. This award is presented to those masons who show dedication and hard work to the lodge and masonry overall. Carter has assisted and helped many lodges around the area with building projects and fundraising efforts. He donates much of his time for lodge repairs and assists wherever he is needed. He is a 25 year mason and works hard for Cotton Gin Lodge, giving himself unselfishly. Pictured is Fred Carter (center) receiving the award from Worshipful Master Ray Forrester, with his wife Debbie Carter to his right.

Photo courtesy of Russell Keaton

 

Wed
07
Mar

Market Days ideas heard, workshop planned

Amy Ralstin (standing) discusses her plans for Market Days while David Butler and mayor candidate Luke Ward, Jr. listen. Butler and his partner David Fairly are also vying for the title of Market Days director.
Photo by April Walker

Presentations were given by two individuals who would like to take over Market Days at last Tuesday night's city council meeting, prompting an hour long discussion about the event. Amy Ralstin, owner of Kennedy's Korner, and partners David Butler and David Fairly each discussed their visions for the flea market.

Councilmembers unanimously agreed to hear more from each after they have done more research on advertising prices, vendor prices, and what would be needed from the city for this event.

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Wed
07
Mar

Jarvis holds position, Keeney new treasurer

Candidates and family members gathered at the Green Barn in Fairfield Tuesday night for election results.
Photo by April Walker

County Clerk Linda Jarvis held her position in the local government, winning with 1,727 votes against Renee Gregory Reynolds' 1,174 votes. The new Freestone County treasurer is Jeannie Keeney, who won with 1,444 votes while her opponent Tammy Harris came in with 1,329. A runoff election will be held in May for Democrat Pam Whitt and Republican Incumbent Debra L. Hamilton for justice of the peace precinct 2. Whitt had 100 votes and Hamilton totaled 493. Former Teague Police Chief Dan Ramsey came in second in the republican race against Hamilton with 150 votes.

 

Wed
28
Feb

FMC volunteers finish 6th week of service

The Blue Birds of Freestone Medical Center (FMC) recently completed their sixth week of volunteer work. Sherry Brackens, who formed the group, said the patients and the community are really enjoying the program. Responsibilities include:

  • n Taking patients to the lab or x-ray department
  • n Helping patients in wheelchairs or greeting them at their cars
  • n Learning the PBX system to transfer calls in the clinic or hospital
  • n Filing paperwork, if needed, for various departments

Brackens said she is especially proud of the two high school freshman who have joined the group. Both girls have learned the PBX system and assist with patients.

 

Wed
28
Feb

Donations given to FCSO

Sheriff Jeremy Shipley (far right) shows his appreciation to Modern Outfitters for their donation of patrol rifles. Deputy Scott Shaw (far left) and Rick Manning (left center), who was instrumental in the donation, are also pictured.
Courtesy photo

Freestone County Sheriff's Office has been busy this past month grabbing donations and awarding deputies. Recently, Fairfield resident Rick Manning and several business associates donated seven Modern Outfitter 300 Blackout rifles to the department. Commissioner's accepted the donation of guns – worth $6,371 – at the Feb. 14 meeting.

Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said Manning and the group have donated in the past to both Dallas SWAT and Las Vegas SWAT teams.

“These are very good looking guns,” said Shipley. “This will be a huge improvement over what we carry.”

Shipley has a description and serial numbers for each gun.

“Donations such as this allows our office and our county an opportunity to acquire needed equipment and be able to use our available funds in this year's budget on other equipment that is needed or needs to be upgraded,” said Shipley in a Facebook post.

Wed
28
Feb

Dabrett Black to be arraigned Thursday

Dabrett Black

 

Dabrett Black, 33, will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the 77th District Court of Judge Patrick Simmons, according to trial dockets. Black stands accused of the Thanksgiving Day murder of DPS Trooper Damon Allen. He is also facing charges of aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest. Black allegedly shot and killed Allen during a traffic stop on I-45 north in Fairfield. He was arrested four hours later in Waller County after fleeing the scene. County Attorney Brian Evans was unavailable as of presstime Tuesday.

 

Wed
21
Feb

Predator Hunt slated for March 2

The 6th Annual Predator Hunt, sponsored by Freestone County Game Management Association, is slated for the first weekend in March. Check-in will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 2. Entry fees are $200 per team. This event will be held at the Freestone County fairgrounds. Teams must hunt in Freestone County on bordering county; all hunting dogs are allowed. There is a $1,000 guaranteed payout to first place. Awards include:

 

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Wed
21
Feb

Sammie Faye Turner

Sammie Turner

Sammie Faye Turner

June 16, 1949

February 14, 2018

Wed
21
Feb

Fairfield Lake hosts kayak championship, bass tourney

James Croney and Brian Laffilowen, both of Red Oak, were among the 109 anglers at the tournament. These two men are members of the Circle J Bass Club.

Photo by Jim Sanders

The 2018 North Texas Kayak Championship was held over the weekend at Fairfield Lake State Park with 109 anglers competing for the biggest fish in five individual qualifying tournament events.

This event was the first stop of five trail events leading to a Classic at the end of the season. In this tournament, anglers head out on the lake in their kayaks beginning at 7 a.m. Weign in was at 4 p.m. and officials said there were 32 limits met.

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