Freestone County Texas

Fri
16
Feb

A'Draya Lynn Peyton Roberts

A'Draya Lynn Peyton Roberts

A’Draya Lynn Peyton Roberts

September 6, 2017

February 7, 2018

Fri
16
Feb

Book signing planned

Gail Allison Griffin, children's book author, is hosting a book signing on Sunday, Feb. 18, for her latest book The Ghost of the Old Red Barn. Griffin found moderate success with her first book The Ghost of the Yellow Two-Story House. The book signing is slated for 2 to 5 p.m. in the home of Jane Moore, 181 County Road 820 in Teague. Griffin is a 1976 Teague High School graduate and has been the intermediate school librarian for 25 years.

 

 

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Fri
16
Feb

End of an era as plant closes

Coal trucks at Big Brown are permanently parked after dumping what coal was left at the mine. The plant and mine closed forever Monday, Feb. 12, after dropping prices caused its decline.

Photo by April Walker

Years of rumors came true Monday, Feb. 12, as Big Brown plant finally went offline forever. More than 200 employees are now without jobs and the nearly 47-year-old mine is empty.

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Wed
31
Jan

21 indicted by Freestone County Grand Jury

Freestone County Grand Jury members returned 21 true bills against individuals on Friday, Jan. 26, for charges of possession, evading, and child endangerment. Indictments were returned against:

  •  Ali Rivera – 28-year-old female, of Garland, out on bond; charged with possession of controlled substance, pg 1, <1G; date of offense: Nov. 27
  •  Jorge Zapata – 24-year-old male, of Fairfield, out on bond; charged with possession of controlled substance, pg 1, <1G; date of offense: Oct. 26
  •  Douglas Hart – 49-year-old male, of Denton, released to Denton County on Jan. 9; charged with evading in motor vehicle; date of offense: Sept. 12

 

Wed
31
Jan

J.R. Corne retires after 25 years, honored with plaque

The board room at Freestone Medical Center is now known as the J.R. Corne Meeting Room. Corne is pictured next to his honorary plaque.
Photo by April Walker

After 25 years of faithful service, J.R. Corne announced his retirement from the Fairfield Hospital District board last week. Corne was honored by a private ceremony at Freestone Medical Center Thursday, Jan. 25, during which time the board officially recognized him and revealed his name plate and bronze portrait that will forever identify the boardroom with his name. Board President George Robinson, now the longest serving board member, said Corne has always promoted the hospital and been concerned with the health and well-being of the community.

 

Wed
10
Jan

2017 ends with normal rainfall, temperatures

Total rainfall for 2017 was slightly above normal at 45.60 inches. We did have a three-month drought period – September through November – for which we received only 5.24 inches of rain and only five days with measurable rainfall. Normal rainfall for that period is 12.23 inches. August was the wettest month of the year with 5.41 inches, while November was the driest with only 1.17 inches of rain. Rainfall for 2017 was 1.79 inches above normal. We did have some frozen precipitation with a trace of sleet on Dec. 6, as well as a trace of snow on Dec. 7 and Dec. 31. December closed out the year with 5.13 inches of rain and nine days with measurable rainfall. Normal rainfall for December is 3.97 inches. Temperature-wise, 2017 was our hottest year since 2011 with 25 triple-digit temperature days.

 

Wed
10
Jan

Pct. 1 voting box moved, court talks opioid litigation

Precinct 1 voters in the Oakwood area will now cast their ballots at Lone Star Baptist Church, 110 County Road 280 in Oakwood.
Photo by April Walker

The Liberty voting box – used for precinct 1 voters in the Oakwood area – will be moved to a local church after a September discussion showed just how bad the condition of the building had gotten. Pct. 1 Commissioner Andy Bonner discussed the move with Democrat chair Opal Oliver and commissioners agreed. Voters will now head over to Lone Star Baptist Church on County Road 280 to cast their ballot.

“It's a good place to move it,” said Bonner. “Opal's a member of that church.”

Voters will have electricity, restrooms, and parking areas at the church. The current building has no electricity, no restroom or air conditioning, and the floor is rotting.

Commissioners voted to enter the agreement with The Beckham Group regarding opioid litigation. County Attorney Brian Evans suggested commissioners go ahead with the proposed opioid litigation after reviewing the agreement, which was presented by Dallas-based attorney Patrick McShan at the court's Dec. 20 meeting.

Thu
28
Dec

Market Days future rocky

City Administrator Jeff Looney presented Market Days information he compiled himself over the last few years to City Council last week. Also pictured is (seated from left) Public Works Director Clyde Woods, Police Chief Kenny Bulger, and Accessories Etc. owner Mary Small.

Photo by April Walker

Fairfield City Council discussed the future of Market Days during last week's Tuesday night meeting. According to information compiled by City Administrator Jeff Looney, Market Days has been losing $20,000 per year for five years – a total of $100,000.

Market Days Director Darlene Jones says the problem isn't vendors and shoppers, it's the city cutting her funding and a lack of visible signs to draw shoppers to the market.

Councilman Place 5 Kenny Hughes, who is running for mayor in 2018, suggested – with the support of the council – a workshop to discuss the market, its needs, and more in January.

Looney alleges the city is losing roughly $900 per month in private rentals of the Green Barn and Civic Center, which is where many vendors set up their wares; however, City Secretary Misty Richardson said she only receives “three or four calls a year about renting the Green Barn.”

“So, what's causing the decline?” asked Councilman Place 2 Randy Johnson.

Thu
28
Dec

Store Front decor winner announced

Creations Flowers & Gifts, 305 E. Commerce in Fairfield, took first place in the annual Store Front Decorating Contest held by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Second place went to Scott's Collision Center, 1380 U.S. 84 West in Fairfield, and Dapper Designs, 207 E. Commerce in Fairfield, took third. A total of nine businesses entered the contest. Pictured are Creations owner Gail Farish and Demar Hill.

Courtesy photo

Thu
28
Dec

Year in Review

The 1936 Ford fire truck -- hidden away in a garage at the Freestone County Historical Museum -- was renovated by Carroll Embry, Bill Green, and Steve White.

Archive photo

At the beginning of each new year, The Fairfield Recorder combs through out archives from January through October to bring you a recap of the biggest news headlines.

January 2017

January 5 – Change is coming to Freestone County – Nine candidates were pictured at the swearing-in ceremony at the courthouse. Five were newly elected, while four were re-elected.

January 5 – New beginnings for local hospital – Freestone Medical Center officially began the new year Jan. 1 after transitioning from ETMC.

January 12 – Breaking ground on new pantry – River of Life Family Worship Center broke ground on a new site for their food pantry.

January 19 – Library seeks to modernize space, services – After hiring Gary Wiggins as library director, board member Tammy Gawryszewski applied and was awarded a grant for remodeling the library.

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