Freestone County Texas

Wed
22
Aug

County ups tax rate, adopts budget

The proposed 7 percent increase on the property tax rate was unanimously approved by commissioners last week. The tax rate is now .35947 – 2 cents higher than last year – and will bring in approximately $560,634 more in revenue.

County employees – several of whom have requested raises – were given only a 2 percent cost-of-living raise. Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Cinnamon Archibald has asked for her clerk’s pay to be raised every year during budget talks, as has County Clerk Linda Jarvis.

Wed
22
Aug

Grand Band welcomes new leaders

With the new school year comes new faces to perform at halftime during football season. Leading this year’s Grand Band from Eagle Land will be Drum Majors (from left) David Thomas, Jack Ezell, Anna Kay Williams, and Head Drum Major Conner Jackson.

 

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Wed
22
Aug

Dollar Tree now open

Bargain shoppers in Freestone County no longer have to drive 20 miles or more to visit a Dollar Tree. The dollar store chain officially opened last week and has been busy every day as residents stop by to see what they might (or might not) need. The manager was unavailable for a story, but the store is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, give them a call at 903-389-2666.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
22
Aug

2 locals win bass tourney

Teague resident Wayne Loven took first place in the Lake Fairfield Tuesday Night Bass Tournament.
Photos by Billy Patterson

Seventeen anglers faced a tough night for fishing during the weekly Lake Fairfield Tuesday Night Bass Tournament held Tuesday, Aug. 14, with only two legal bass were brought to the scales. Fairfield resident Wayne Loven took first place with a 4 pound, 3 ounce bass, while J.D. Hancock, of Teague, grabbed second place with a 3 pound, 14 ounce fish. Loven left with $153 for his top spot finish while Hancock took home $102 for second. Entry fee for the event is $15 per person with 100 percent of the entry fees being paid back to the winning fishermen. Payout on a field of 1-20 entries is 60 percent of the pot for first place and 40 percent for second. If 21 or more anglers participate, the pot is split 50 percent for first, 30 percent for second and 20 percent for third place.

 

Wed
15
Aug

Letter to the editor

My heartfelt thanks to all of the VFDs in Freestone County:

Have you ever had a short Fire Department Captain walk up to you and say "Get out of your house!" I did and I was glad and was made to feel very thankful. We had an experience at my home in Lakewood that I wouldn't wish on anyone.

 

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Wed
15
Aug

Wortham volleyball season opens

Wortham's Ashley Mao leans forward to pass the ball to her setter during the season-opening match against Mexia Tuesday. Mexia won three consecutive games to take the match.
Photo by Skip Leon/The Mexia News

With just two practices under its belt, the Wortham volleyball team was out of sync in its season-opener, losing to Mexia in three sets at Wortham Tuesday. Game scores were

25-16, 25-23, 25-18.

Wortham coach DeAnna Whaley said her team was not sharp in their season opener. But in addition to having just two practices, they also played without setter and team captain Jayde Hamilton, who sat out due to an injury.

Wed
15
Aug

Local boy gets big movie role

When Wortham’s Luke Winters, then 10, and his father, Shane, heard last summer about an open-casting call in Waco for boys to be in a movie they were intrigued enough to go, but did not have much hope that Luke would actually get a part.

That was in late August 2017, during the time Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, and they were already planning to go to Waco the day of the audition. 

“We got up early that morning, and it was raining out,” Shane said, “and I told the kids, ‘Hey, do you want to have some fun?’ So we ran to Waco, went to the hotel and we were one of the first ones there.”

Wed
15
Aug

Commissioners face budget

Commissioners continue to work on their budget, facing tough decisions such as department raises, travel allowances, and the upcoming capital murder trial. A public hearing was held on the tax rate at the Aug. 8 meeting. The court has budgeted $700,000 for the capital murder trial and it seems the trial may run upwards of $1 million.

Commissioners have proposed a two cent tax increase of 0.35947 cents per $100 valuation; the current tax rate is 0.339. Commissioners voted on the tax rate at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Wed
15
Aug

Fred Gerhard Albers

Fred Albers

Fred Gerhard Albers

January 17, 1930

August 10, 2018

Wed
15
Aug

Now and Then

August 19, 1943

Negro Children Burned To Death – It is reported that two Negro children, one about three months old, the other about three years, were burned to death in a tenant house on the Williams place in the Winkler community a few days ago. It is reported the parents had left three children in the house alone, and that the oldest got out when the house caught fire from matches they were playing with.

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