Freestone County Texas

Thu
12
Apr

WVFD accepts $10K

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Pictured are Jamil Johnson, Sr. Manager Liquid Pipeline Operations for Energy Transfer; Wortham Fire Chief Kelly Craig; Hilda Lopez, public relations for Energy Transfer; and Bobby Davis, construction manager on Permian Express 3 for Energy Transfer.
Photo submitted by Lori Jones

The Wortham Volunteer Fire Department (WFVD) received a $10,000 donation from the Permian Express Pipeline Wednesday, April 5, at the Wortham fire station. The fire department plans to use the donation toward their expansion campaign, which includes tearing down the building next door to expand current facilities. The Permian Express Pipeline system is a joint venture between Energy Transfer Partners and ExxonMobile, comprised of crude oil trunk pipelines and crude oil gathering pipelines. Energy Transfer Partners is expanding the Permian Express 3 system which includes construction of a new storage tank in Wortham.

 

Wed
11
Apr

Local businesses donate to FCSG Style Show

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The two pictured businesses each donated $500 to the upcoming Freestone Cancer Support Group's Spring Style Show, slated for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Twisted Vines Event Center in Fairfield. Freestone Cancer Support Group members are pictured accepting the donation from Citizens State Bank in Teague and Equipment Services Company of Streetman. The upcoming show is one of the group's main fundraisers. Fashions will be modeled by:

 

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Wed
11
Apr

Team to fight forced annexation

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Fairfield residents Ed O'Neill and Mark Berend proudly display one of the petition books. Petition books have been left at four local businesses, thus far, and the men plan to have a booth at the April 21 Market Days event.
Photo by April Walker

Two local men have joined together in a fight against the City of Fairfield to circumvent annexation of two subdivisions west of the city limits. Mark Berend, Ed O'Neill, and their team are circulating petitions at area businesses to stop forced annexation.

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Wed
04
Apr

Active shooter course planned

As a sign of the times, Freestone County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free active training course for civilians in two weeks. Teaching the course is Sgt. Darrell Coslin, of the Smith County Sheriff's Office, who has 33 years of law enforcement experience. The course is slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Fairfield High School auditorium, 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield. This subject is graphic and some portions of the training may not be suitable for children. Parents are strongly encouraged to not bring children younger than 13 to the training. The training, 'Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events,' teaches what happens during such an event. The human response both physical and psychological, common actions of the actor, law enforcement response, and actions civilians can take to help themselves or loved ones survive the attack.

 

Wed
04
Apr

Remaining clerks to be trained for Nov. elections

Despite being short two employees, recently re-elected County Clerk Linda Jarvis is confident about the upcoming May runoff election. Jarvis said Chief Deputy Dianne Manning and Elections Clerk Crystal Rossiaky are no longer with her office, but the remaining employees will be trained – and cross trained – in the elections process and other office procedures. Previously, Jarvis handled the elections until turning it over to Rossiaky and Manning. Jarvis said all clerks in her office will learn the election process and one will be named elections clerk. Jarvis and that clerk will also attend Elections School this summer, a state-mandated course. Commissioner's recently approved an order of poll books for the November election and the entire staff will be trained in their usage. The runoff election is slated for May 22 for the following candidates:

 

 

Wed
04
Apr

Spring Book Giveaway planned

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Freestone County Retired Teachers Association (FCRTA) recently elected officers for the 2018-19 term. Officers are:

Wed
04
Apr

March rainfall above normal, temps below

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By Barney Leach

March, normally our third wettest month of the year, was our wettest month of the year so far at 5.83 inches of rain. We had five days with measurable rainfall with a greatest one-day total of 3.60 inches on Wednesday, March 28. Normal rainfall for March is 4.33 inches. Total rainfall for the year now stands at 11.15 inches. Normal rainfall through March is 11.31 inches. March temperatures were slightly below normal with high temperatures only in the mid- to upper-70s during the latter part of the month. High and low temperatures of the month were 87 degrees on Saturday, March 17, and 32 degrees on Wednesday, March 14.

Rainfall by the month

 

Wed
04
Apr

Teen charged with evading after pursuit

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Freestone County Sheriff's deputies arrested and charged Jordan Briggs, 19, with evading arrest after the suspect led officers on a high speed chase, ending in a crash on the FM 27 West bridge Friday, March 30.
Photo courtesy of FCSO

A Fairfield teen led officers on a high speed chase on a white 2001 Honda CBR 600 – with speeds reaching 163 MPH – before a crash took the suspect down and ended with him in Freestone County Jail. Nineteen-year-old Jordan Briggs was arrested by Freestone County Sheriff's Lt. Robert Willis at around 4 p.m. Friday, March 30, after leading deputies through a residential neighborhood, up and down service roads, and through traffic.

Once arrested, the teen allegedly told Willis he “did not stop because he didn't want a ticket.” Briggs was arrested for evading arrest with vehicle and is being held on $10,000 bail at Freestone County Jail.

Arrest affidavits show Willis attempted to stop the suspect on FM 27 West after observing him speeding at 72 MPH in a 60-MPH zone. Reports show the driver accelerated, turned down County Road 1171 in the Westwood Addition, before again accelerating and taking a right onto County Road 1220.

 

Wed
28
Mar

FCSO plans civilian course

As a sign of the times, Freestone County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free active training course for civilians in two weeks. Teaching the course is Sgt. Darrell Coslin, of the Smith County Sheriff's Office, who has 33 years of law enforcement experience. The course is slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Fairfield High School auditorium, 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield. This subject is graphic and some portions of the training may not be suitable for children. Parents are strongly encouraged to not bring children younger than 13 to the training. The training, 'Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events,' teaches what happens during such an event. The human response both physical and psychological, common actions of the actor, law enforcement response, and actions civilians can take to help themselves or loved ones survive the attack. As witnessed in a number of tragic events, terrible acts of violence continue to affect our lives and the lives of those we love.

Wed
28
Mar

FHS junior lends voice to victims

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Morgan Treece is a junior at Fairfield High School. She planned last week's walk out and said she was surprised to see how many students participated.
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“This is real life,” said Fairfield junior Morgan Treece to a group of about 50 students who participated in the walk out she planned. Treece planned the event, held March 20 at Fairfield High School, to show her support of the victims and families of school shootings.

“This has been something that has been very heavy on my heart recently,” she said. “I'm just blessed to have had such a great support group.”

Since the beginning of 2018, there have been 18 school shootings across the country, with the most recent being the Valentine's Day shooting at Florida's Marjorey Stoneman Douglas High School.

“I wanted to use my voice as an positive outlet for those who no longer have a voice,” she said. “There were parents who lost their children, kids who lost their friends, and siblings who have lost their brother or sister.”

Treece said she was really only expecting her close friends and herself to participate.

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