Freestone County Texas

Thu
28
Dec

Fiery crash leaves 1 dead, 1 critical

Classmates, family, and friends released blue and green balloons at a memorial service for Gebhard the Saturday following his death.
Photo by April Walker

Two Freestone County families are in mourning this holiday season after a two-car collision last week left one dead and one in critical condition. Landon Gebhard, 17, was killed Thursday, Dec. 21, when his 2002 BMW hit a vehicle driven by Lilly Taylor, 22, on FM 27.

Reports taken by DPS Trooper Matthew Poole show Gebhard was traveling east on FM 27 when he began to overtake another vehicle in a no-passing zone.

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Wed
29
Nov

Donie couple charged with smoking drugs with child

Crystal Rose Wilkins

Responding to a request for a welfare check last month on a child alleged to be smoking marijuana with his mother, Freestone County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested the mother and stepfather and turned the child over to other relatives. According to reports, deputies arrived at the residence in Donie and about five minutes later Crystal Wilkins, 37, and Thomas Wilkins, 35, drove up in a van from a wooded area behind the residency.

 

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Wed
29
Nov

'Local hero' loses life

Damon Allen

More than 200 people attended the Sunday night vigil for DPS Trooper Damon Allen, who was killed in the line of duty on Thanksgiving Day.

 

The funeral is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and in expectation of the large crowd, will be held at the Mexia Black Cat football stadium. A viewing is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.

 

Allen, who would have celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary Monday, was shot multiple times with a rifle by 31-year-old Dabrett Montreal Black during a traffic stop at Mile Marker 194 on Interstate 45.

 

Allen’s family, friends, and co-workers were emotional as they each took to the microphone Sunday night to remember the man who has been dubbed a local hero by so many who knew him.

 

Fri
24
Nov

Trooper Allen brought back to hometown

State Troopers and other law enforcement officers lined up outside Bowers Funeral Home about 4 p.m. Nov. 24, to carry the body of Damon Allen into the funeral home.
Photo by April Walker

The body of slain DPS Trooper Damon Allen was delivered to Bowers Funeral Home Nov. 24. Residents lined U.S. 84 in Teague to show their support for the fallen officer. Allen was shot and killed during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop at mile marker 194 on I-45 outside of Dew.

After an hours-long manhunt, suspect Darbrett Black was found in Liendo, Waller County, and captured after officers released K9 Unit Odin on man as he hid in the tree line of a field.

Funeral services are planned for Allen at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Mexia High School football stadium in Mexia. Visitation is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.

Wed
08
Nov

Harris announces run for county treasurer

Tammy Harris

My name is Tammy Harris, and I am proud to announce my candidacy for Freestone County Treasurer. I am a lifelong resident of Freestone County, as were the seven generations of my family before me. I live in between Fairfield and Streetman on the same land upon which my great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents worked and lived. When I was 8-years-old I showed my grandfather exactly where I wanted to build my house when I grew up, and I consider myself blessed to have done exactly that. Freestone County is not just my home; it's a large part of who I am. My parents are Ollie and Sandra Young and Glynn Harris and Linda Grant, all of Freestone County. I have one sister, Tracie Ezell and husband, Darrell, who also live in Freestone County. My stepbrother and stepsister, James Grant and Jami Lowry, also grew up in Freestone County. James and his wife, Averie, still live and work here. I am the proud mother of three children.

Wed
08
Nov

Sexual assault trial begins

James Minefee

Jury selection began Monday this week in the trial of a Teague man accused of sexually assaulting his young granddaughter. Defendant James Minefee, 64, is being represented by Groesbeck attorney David Moore. Testimony and opening arguments began Tuesday morning in the 87th District Court of Judge Deborah Oakes Evans. Minefee was arrested on two counts of

 

 

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Wed
08
Nov

Historic Bonner Cemetery vandalized

Numerous headstones at Bonner Cemetery were damaged -- some more than 150 years old. Police are investigating possible suspect(s) and have sent evidence to the DPS Crime Lab in Waco.

Photo by April Walker

Police are investigating vandalism at a historic cemetery in the Steward's Mill community north of Fairfield. Bonner Cemetery, one of the oldest in Freestone County, fell victim to destructive forces during the weekend of Oct. 28, and numerous headstones were uprooted and broken.

Police say substantial evidence was collected at the scene and has been submitted to the DPS Crime Lab in Waco for analysis.

The vandalism was reported by Tommy Robinson and Sheriff's Deputy Jack Wright responded to the graveyard on County Road 151.

 

 

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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