Freestone County Texas

Wed
27
Sep

County talks closure of Pct. 1 voting box

Like a scene out of the 1972 film Deliverance, the Liberty voting box stands at the intersection of County Roads 300 and 302 in the Butler area. Because the building is so neglected, commissioners are discussing the possibility of closing it down. Voters will not cast their votes at this box again until the March primaries in 2018.
Photo by April Walker

County commissioners are discussing the permanent closure of the Liberty voting box which stands at the intersection of County Roads 300 and 302 in the Butler area of precinct 1. The one-room building could use some renovation work, but Pct. 1 Commissioner Andy Bonner thinks it should be closed.
“There's no electricity, no restroom or air conditioning, the floor is rotting, it's not handicap accessible,” explained Precinct 1 Commissioner Andy Bonner at last week's county meeting. “It needs to be closed.”
Election judge Opal Oliver, however, disagrees.
“They're [the voters] wanting at least their voices heard,” said Opal. “They want to keep that box open. It would cost them to drive the 18 miles to Fairfield and the 18 miles back just to vote. That's an inconvenience.”
The Liberty voting box only saw 10 voters during the May run-off elections last year.

Wed
13
Sep

Recorder donates to museum

The Fairfield Recorder donated archive books from 1925 through 1989 to the Freestone County Historical Museum last week. The archive books have one edition from each week of the above specified years. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Pictured are (from left) Linda Mullen; Curator Patty Pratt; Publisher Richard Nelson; Nancy Rula; and Brad Pullin.
Photo by April Walker

Wed
13
Sep

Knife bandit strikes again

No one was injured when a man robbed the Fred's store in Fairfield at knifepoint Friday night. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Photo by Tanya Lee

Two more Fairfield businesses were robbed by a knife-wielding man - fitting the same description of the Family Dollar robber - over the weekend. The Exxon gas station and Fred's Dollar Store were both hit after dark. According to reports, Fairfield Police Department received a 911 call at 9:44 p.m. Friday night, Sept. 8, of a robbery.

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Wed
06
Sep

Robbie Irene Slaughter Blacknall

Robbie Blacknall

Robbie Irene Slaughter Blacknall
December 10, 1959
August 14, 2017

Wed
06
Sep

FCSO has no leads in missing man case

Kevin Long

Texas Rangers are assisting Freestone County Sheriff's Office in the search for a missing 61-year-old man who has a history of Bi-Polar Disorder. Kevin Long was reported missing from his home on FCR 275 about 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15.
FCSO, with the help of Texas prison system Beto Unit K-9 and horses, searched the residence and surrounding area to no avail. FCSO initially received information that Long had spoken with his mother by telephone the day before.

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Wed
06
Sep

Rotary donates to Harvey evacuees

Fairfield Rotary Club donated $500 to Rotary District 5930 in McAllen to help with hurricane relief efforts in the Valley. In addition to this, the club is purchasing $200 worth of gasoline cards to help with local efforts for evacuees coming north from the flood and hurricane areas. Pictured are Past Assistant District Governor David Huffman, Club Treasurer Angela Oglesbee, and Club President Donna J. Tyus.
Photo submitted by Donna Tyus

Wed
06
Sep

Event center opens

Jennifer Daniel entertains guests at the grand opening of Twisted Vines Event Center in Fairfield. She and her husband, Sonny, opened the event center in August and already have a packed schedule of events.
Photo by Richard Nelson

Gilbert "Sonny" and Jennifer Daniel have spent a lot of time together over the past 26 years. From high school sweethearts through college, 20 years of marriage and raising six children. Now they're officially in business together as owners of Twisted Vines Event Center. The couple purchased the old VFW building in January, started remodeling in March and finished in August. "We've wanted a large venue for parties and caterings for several years. When the VFW approached us about buying their building we jumped at the opportunity," said Sonny Daniel.

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Wed
06
Sep

Company quarantined after haz-mat crews visit

Local law enforcement vehicles lined the roadway Thursday, Aug. 31, after Chris Christensen Systems were forced to call in a HAZMAT team from Waco to investigate a mysterious black powder that made employees ill. No hazardous materials were found.
Photo by April Walker

Several Chris Christensen Systems employees fell ill after coming in contact with a mysterious black powder last week and were taken to Freestone Medical Center where they were stripped and quarantined by haz-mat crews.
Haz-mat officials, who have not returned phone calls or emails left by The Fairfield Recorder, announced it was some form of a gas in the truck’s trailer making the individuals sick. Reports show there was a black powder on victims’ clothing when they were taken to the hospital. City Administrator Jeff Looney released the following Tuesday:
“Waco HAZMAT inspected the building and the freight truck, but was unable to determine any hazardous materials. However, the HAZMAT team did find traces of the fine black powder substance that came out of the freight truck.
“That material was tested and did not indicate that it was hazardous.”

Thu
10
Aug

Tax free holiday slated for this weekend

Get ready to head back-to-school shopping -- the annual Texas state sales tax holiday is Aug. 11-13. Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar reports, as in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

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Thu
10
Aug

I-45 tied up after wreck

One man was killed when the vehicle (a 2017 Nissan Rogue pictured above) clipped the end of a tractor trailer, rolled several times, and flipped on I-45 Sunday.
Photo by Richard Nelson

A one-car fatality stopped interstate traffic late Sunday afternoon after a driver reportedly rear-ended a tractor trailer at the 193 mile marker on I-45 outside Fairfield. Four people were traveling northbound in a 2017 Nissan Rogue driven by 49-year-old Farideh Khajeai of Norman, Oklahoma. Accident reports show Khajeai and two other passengers were injured, while a fourth passenger, 61-year-old Dannil Sherif, was ejected from the vehicle and killed. His cause of death was reported as blunt force trauma to the head. Reports show Sherif was not wearing a seat belt and was riding in the back seat. According to information taken at the scene, Khajeai said she was “nervous while approaching the tractor trailer” and went off the road into the center median.

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