Freestone County Texas

Thu
25
Oct

Clara Marie Childs

Clara Childs

Clara Marie Childs was born June 12, 1926 in Freestone County to Alvin Thomas and Alice Winkler. She married Aubrey Childs on February 5, 1946. They were married a little more than 72 years until Aubrey’s recent passing in June. They had two children: a daughter, Alice May Waldrop, of Fairfield, and a son, Robert “Bobby” Childs, of Teague. Together Marie and Aubrey were very active members of VFW Post #5872 in Fairfield, serving in many different capacities. Marie was very active in the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She served as District president, State President and held a National Office. She and Aubrey were dedicated volunteers at the VA Hospital in Marlin. Marie spent much of her life fundraising for cancer aid and research. She was also active in the Buddy Poppy fundraiser that benefitted veterans, their families and other veteran’s programs.

Thu
25
Oct

Another bridge project for Pct. 4

Pct. 4 Commissioner Clyde Ridge got approval from the court to seek bids in another bridge project on which he is busy working. The court okayed his request Wednesday, Oct. 17, for a bridge on County Road 1070.

“It’s on a bus route,” Ridge explained. “It’s in bad, bad condition.”

The plan is to widen the bridge, add a concrete deck, and drop more pilings to ensure a safer crossing. This bridge is part of the state program in which Ridge is involved where the state will renovate a bridge on County Road 1100 in exchange for his renovating this one.

Thu
25
Oct

Early voting begins

Polls opened Monday morning, Oct. 22, for early voting in the November election. Early voting is slated to continue through Friday, Nov. 2, across the county.

Early voting ballots can be placed at the following times and locations:

Thu
25
Oct

Style Show Tuesday

Freestone Cancer Support Group (FCSG) members Diana Lewis, Janet Bulger, and Jeannette Cornett are pictured with Bobby and Tracy Lewis, owners of Ridge Creek Services LLC, who donated $500 to the event.

Doors open at the annual Fall Style Show & Dinner at 6 p.m. for attendees to do a little shopping before the 6:30 p.m. meal. This annual event will be held at the Depot X in Fairfield this year and is one of the main fundraisers for the Freestone Cancer Support Group. Local boutiques modeling this year are:

 

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Thu
25
Oct

1st Responders honored

Area First Responders and their families enjoyed a special dinner in recognition of all they do for this city.
Photo courtesy of Vanessa Kohler

Area First Responders were honored Friday night, Oct. 19, with a dinner sponsored by several area churches. Attending the dinner were EMS, police, sheriff’s deputies, game wardens and park rangers. Members of Jones Chapel Church, First Baptist Church, and Alpha Omega Church fed the area responders and awarded door prizes, also sponsored by area businesses. Fairfield Police Chief Kenny Bulger accepted a statue depicting an angel protecting an officer on behalf of the Fairfield Police Department. On hand and leading the dinner was greeter Muriel Morton and Master of Ceremonies and former sheriff Ralph Billings. Elder Conrell Lockett, of Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, led the prayers and blessings, while Akewa Tieman sang the National Anthem.

Wed
17
Oct

Now and Then

Airman James E. Jackson

October 21, 1943

Ira’s – Crime Doctor starring Warner Baxter and Margaret Lindsay; So Proudly We Hail starring Claudette Colbert and Paulette Goddard; Mister Big starring Donald O’Connor and Gloria Jean; So This Is Washington starring Lum & Abner and Mildred Cole’s

First Grade – Reported by Patty Sue Smith – The first grade can read all their reading charts and know all the flash card words taken from their charts. They will get a reader soon. Kenneth Clary was absent yesterday. Glenda Owens bought a real pretty bouquet of pink roses yesterday.

Wed
17
Oct

Night of the twisters

A low shelf cloud settled over Fairfield last Tuesday night, Oct. 9. This photo was taken between the Fairfield junior high and high school campuses at around 7:30 p.m. that night after a day filled with rainstorms and high winds.
Photo by April Walker

A line of storms moved in Saturday evening, Oct. 13, bringing several confirmed tornadoes in both Freestone County and Corsicana. Reports began rolling in about 4 p.m. Saturday of a tornado sighting about eight miles northwest of Buffalo, southeast of Teague, moving at 30 miles per hour. Dew ISD officials opened the campus for area residents to take shelter. A tornado also reportedly touched down in Limestone County north of Mexia. Fairfield residents Kelly and John Salter were out running errands during the height of the storm warnings Saturday. While in Wal-Mart in Corsicana, they were instructed to take shelter. “Walmart made us go to the middle of the store for about 10 minutes,” Kelly Salter said. “I was actually a little perturbed to start with, ya know? If I wanna take a chance and get my stuff and get out of there it should be my choice.

Wed
17
Oct

Night of the twisters

A low shelf cloud settled over Fairfield last Tuesday night, Oct. 9. This photo was taken between the Fairfield junior high and high school campuses at around 7:30 p.m. that night after a day filled with rainstorms and high winds.
Photo by April Walker

A line of storms moved in Saturday evening, Oct. 13, bringing several confirmed tornadoes in both Freestone County and Corsicana. Reports began rolling in about 4 p.m. Saturday of a tornado sighting about eight miles northwest of Buffalo, southeast of Teague, moving at 30 miles per hour. Dew ISD officials opened the campus for area residents to take shelter. A tornado also reportedly touched down in Limestone County north of Mexia. Fairfield residents Kelly and John Salter were out running errands during the height of the storm warnings Saturday. While in Wal-Mart in Corsicana, they were instructed to take shelter. “Walmart made us go to the middle of the store for about 10 minutes,” Kelly Salter said. “I was actually a little perturbed to start with, ya know? If I wanna take a chance and get my stuff and get out of there it should be my choice.

Thu
11
Oct

TRTA director speaks

A bleak picture was painted earlier this month when the executive director of Texas Retired Teachers Association spoke in Fairfield regarding public school employees and the upcoming election. Tim Lee said at the Oct. 2 meeting that there is no plan at this time to address the short fall due to the lowering of the assumption rate as it was voted on this past summer. The consequence of this action for active teachers is that they will continue to contribute to a system that might not have funds for their own retirement. Lee also said currently retired teachers should not expect a cost-of-living raise for the next 50 or up to 100 years. The teachers have not received a cost-of-living raise in the last 15 years.

Wed
10
Oct

Spooky October planned at Fairfield Lake

With Halloween just around the corner Fairfield Lake State Park is planning several spooky events for area youth. A pumpkin decorating contest is planned with Fairfield Library. This is a no carving contest for ages 18 and under with a family friendly theme. Groups and individuals are welcome to participate. Participants should clearly label their pumpkin with a name and phone number. Pumpkins can be displayed at the Fairfield Library beginning Tuesday, Oct. 23, and must be picked up by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. To enter the contest, participants must drop off pumpkins on the courthouse square at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, during Boo on the Square. Each person is responsible for submitting their pumpkins to the courthouse square. Judging begins at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be given to the winners. The state park is also hosting the following chilling events:

 

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