Freestone County Texas

Fri
08
Jun

Calpine donates to organizations

Pictured is Calpine Plant Manager Ty Pate, PHCH Development Director Martha Thomassen, and Capine Business Manager John Taylor.

Calpine Freestone Energy Center made several donations totaling $21,500 last week to various organizations in Freestone County. Calpine Plant Manager Ty Pate and Calpine Business Manager John Taylor presented the donations. Accepting the $500 check for Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department was Chief Matt Foree. Martha Thomassen, Pleasant Hills Children’s Home development director, gratefully accepted a $20,000 donation to provide for the children. A $500 check was given to Freestone Cancer Support Group members. Accepting their check was Jane Morrison. Also pictured are (back row) John Fry and Spain Trask; (center) Diana Lewis and John Taylor; (front) Bettye Trask, Morrison, and Ty Pate. Southern Oaks Volunteer Fire Department Treasurer Bill Drozd and Asst. Fire Chief Tom Blake also accepted $500 from the two. Photos by April Walker and courtesy of John Taylor

Fri
08
Jun

Summer Reading Program begins

Fairfield Library is full of excitement this summer, especially on Wednesday mornings for the annual Story Time event led by Mary King. The library's Summer Reading Program – which continues through July – kicked off at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, with Kayla Lupo as the guest reader.

During Freestone County Fair week the program's guest readers will be:

  •  Miss Texas Morgana Wood – Tuesday, June 12
  •  Fairfield Fire Department – Wednesday, June 20
  •  County Judge Linda Grant – Wednesday, June 27

“We are looking forward to a great time of reading, crafts, and meeting new friends,” said library representatives.

 

Fri
08
Jun

Local man gets 10 years in TDCJ

Keith Bonner

After making headlines in 2017 with his role in the vandalism of a historic family cemetery, Keith Bonner entered a plea deal Thursday, May 31, to spend 10 years behind bars.

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Wed
30
May

Keep kids active through summer with FISD camps

Another school year has come and gone and FISD is preparing for a full summer of athletic, drama, art, and music camps for the students. Camps will be taught by FISD coaches and teachers beginning in June. Camps are as follows in date order:

 

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Wed
30
May

Rally set for Saturday

A political rally involving four area counties is planned for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Butler Community Center. Wesley Ratcliff, District 8 State Representative and a member of the Democratic Party, will speak. Candidates from Freestone, Navarro, Hill, and Anderson counties will also make an appearance.

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Wed
30
May

FCSO shows new uniforms

Freestone County Sheriff’s Office began donning new uniforms on May 14 in an effort to bring a more prideful and professional appearance, while carrying out duties to serve the citizens of Freestone County. “We would like to thank our county commissioner’s for their approval in our 2018 budget that provided financial assistance in purchasing these uniforms, as well as say thank you to several private donors and businesses who donated funds as well,” said Sheriff Jeremy Shipley. “We received numerous calls and comments from our citizens around the county this week that were very pleased with the new professional look. Things all around us are continuously changing and we hope to continue changing at the FCSO for the better.” Pictured is the full staff of FCSO led by Sheriff Shipley.

Wed
30
May

Faith Academy now taking applications

Serving on the Faith Academy board is (front) Treasurer Jane Phillips; President Julie Steward; and Vice President Jessica Henderson; (back row) Assistant Treasurer Tony Adkins; Secretary Leon Thomas; and member Dexter Barnes.
Photo submitted by Jane Phillips

A small group of parents have worked hard to open a new Christ-centered school for Freestone County children. Faith Academy of Freestone County is slated to open this fall and is currently taking applications for students. The school will provide a quality, Christian-based education to students and develop the whole child – mind, body, and spirit. This non-profit school seeks to partner with parents, teachers, and the community for returning God to education with a chapel and Bible classes.

 

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Wed
30
May

Awards given to FJH students

Ally Robinson is pictured with one of her awards, the Elton Moore Humanitarian Award.
Photo by Tammy Gawryszewski

Eighth grader Ally Robinson was awarded three prestigious awards last week during the end of year award ceremonies at Fairfield Junior High School. Robinson earned her name on the following plaques:

  •  Elton Moore Humanitarian Award
  •  Jeff McBay Academic Award
  •  American Legion Post 288 Citizenship Award

Fellow 8th grader Valeria Ramirez was awarded the John Perona Citizenship Award, while Gage Lane also earned a spot on the American Legion Post 288 Citizenship Award plaque. Seventh grader Jonathan Thomas was given the Johnnie Pye Citizenship Award and Andrew Fantroy, 6th grade, earned a spot on the Suzann Leadbetter Citizenship Award.

Fri
18
May

FJH enters ILPC contest

By Jordan Maciel

The Fairfield Junior High EGLZ News team recently entered the Interscholastic League Press Conference (ILPC) State Broadcast Contest. They competed against 1A through 4A high schools and middle schools across Texas. ILPC is a UIL Academic competition for journalism. The team received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Broadcasting. They competed in eleven categories, placing in seven. FJH EGLZ News received 1st place in Announcements, 2nd place in Documentary, and 2nd place in graphics. 

Wed
09
May

Now and Then

May 13, 1943

Twister Strikes New Providence; Three Injured – A twister swept through the New Providence community, west of Freestone, about 10:30 Monday morning, devastating a strip of three or four miles long. Mr. and Mrs. Delmer Wren and Mrs. Wren's mother, Mrs. Rogers, lost their homes and were seriously injured and are in a Teague hospital. Jim Rockey's house was completely demolished. Considerable damaged was done to homes and outbuildings on the farms of W.B. Bond, Green Miller, John Stephenson, and Ben Cockrum. Other damage was done throughout the path of the storm.

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