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13
Jul

Man brought in on attempted capital murder of a child

Benjamin Barlow

A 21-year-old male was arrested and charged with attempted capital murder after allegedly trying to suffocate a 17-month-old child. Benjamin Barlow, of Wortham, was charged last weekend after a nurse reported possible child abuse to Wortham Police Officer Robert Willis.

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Wed
13
Jul

Residents outraged over possible annexation

Approximately 100 Oak Forest residents attended Monday night's annexation discussion hosted by the City of Fairfield. Residents are outraged at possibly being forced into the city.

Photo by April Walker

Anger and outrage greeted the mayor and city council members Monday night during a town hall meeting to discuss annexation. Oak Forest residents were urged to attend the meeting to discuss an annexation plan after the City of Fairfield (CoF) recently purchased Westwood Utility Corporation, a company which provides water to residents on West FM 27.

 

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Wed
06
Jul

NASA weather balloon had area talking

It may not look like much, but the sight of it had area residents thinking of the 1977 movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Facebook was in an uproar last week when people reported seeing something shiny flying through the sky. Turns out, it was just a weather balloon - the first one launched from NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine since 2007. The facility launched at 8:13 p.m. Thursday, June 30. The huge helium-filled balloon lifted the more than 1,500 pound payload to higher than 100,000 feet in altitude to perform astronomy in the near-space environment, according to the NASA Wallops Flight Facility's Facebook page. The balloon was seen locally here in Fairfield and Teague, and as far north and south as Centerville and Gun Barrel City.

Photo by Gabe Garde/NASA

Wed
29
Jun

Various courthouse uses over the years

Written May 2006
Courthouse Uses
A recent inquiry from Molly Fryer at the Freestone County Museum on past uses of the courthouse and if there ever a concession stand in the courthouse hall? When advised her yes, she asked me to write on this and it’s other uses.
During the hard years of the Depression before all the government welfare programs that are available today, the Commissioner’s Court approved letting a disabled person operate a small stand. The cold drinks sold for 5 cents and candy bars for a nickel and some penny candy. Located on the first floor in the hallway near the stairs, the drinks were cooled in an old type drink box with block ice that was delivered by the iceman.

Wed
29
Jun

What kind of news do you like? -- Blood and gore?

In more than half a century in the news business (and still counting), it seems inescapable that the general public is drawn to “bad news.” It just seems to be in our nature to gawk and almost revel at scenes of misery and tragedy.
One of the best arguments showing folks propensity for “blood and gore,” is a car wreck on a busy, major thoroughfare.
Naturally, the traffic on the side where the accident occurred is either stopped or crawling along. On the opposite side of the road, for no apparent good reason, traffic is creeping its way past the scene.
Why?
It is my contention that most of us are, if not downright bloodthirsty, drawn to “bad news.” That is, I believe we seem to thrive on someone else’s troubles.
And, that, brothers and sisters, is why the news media will almost always go with the most horrific news as the headline lead story. Morbid curiosity. It’s in every one of us.

Wed
29
Jun

Golf Scramble slated for July 4

Tri-County Golf Club at the Vineyards, on U.S. 84 between Fairfield and Teague, is hosting an 18-hole Golf Scramble Monday, July 4. Registration for the event ends at 8:45 a.m.; the scramble will begin at 9 a.m.

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Wed
29
Jun

Butler parade July 2

The Butler Alumni Association will be sponsoring its Bi-Annual Parade to kick off the July 2 reunion activities. This year's theme is Celebrating Our Communities; therefore, the association is encouraging each community to participate by entering a community presentation in the parade. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1410 FM 489 E. in Oakwood, and proceed to the Butler Community at the E.E. Wheat Memorial Center, 1604 FM 489 E. Everyone is encouraged to participate by riding horseback, or any other creative manner that will enhance the event.

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Wed
29
Jun

FSB Travelers enjoy 9-day Cali tour

Enjoying the tour of Northern California are: (front) Paula Wade and Lindsey Cummings; (middle) Katie Wade, Alicia Smith, Patsy Sunday, Carolyn Hancock, Joy Cummings, Mary Jane Jones, and Jerri McBay; (back) Linda Dagle and Ed Smith.

Photo submitted by DJ McBay

Members and friends of FSB Travelers spent two days and nights on a tour of San Francisco recently. Activities included a city tour with a wonderful step-on guide, delicious food, riding a cable car, riding down one of the most crooked streets in the nation, eating at the Boudin Bakery where sourdough began, shopping for special souvenirs on Pier 39, and riding through and learning about Golden Gate Park.
The travelers crossed the Golden Gate Bridge several times. They had the opportunity to walk on the bridge after one crossing and become one of the 16,000 people who cross the bridge daily. One afternoon was spent walking through Muir Woods National Monument. Muir Woods is a peaceful forest of ancient coastal redwoods. The walking paths made it possible to walk several miles through these beautiful trees.

Wed
29
Jun

Fireworks show planned for July 4th

Residents are gearing up for the annual fireworks show at the W.L. Moody Reunion Fairgrounds. The fun begins at dark Monday, July 4. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets for fireworks, music, and good food. The chamber will have hot dogs, nachos, candy, pickles, and more goodies for sale during the event, as well as glow-in-the-dark necklaces.

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Wed
29
Jun

Pizza for Lexie earns $1K

Lexie Neptune (bottom left) and her family were given $1,000 by Carter Enterprises after the Pizza for Lexie fundraiser received record attention in Fairfield. Lexie was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011 which hasn't responded well to treatments. Pictured with Lexie is Carrie Rose, community relations for Carter Enterprises; Anah, sister; and Sarah Neptune, mom.

Photo courtesy of Carrie Rose

The family of Lexie Neptune can consider themselves pretty blessed for a lot of things – the community in which they live, their families, and now a generous donation. The Neptune's last week received $1,000 from Carrie Rose, community relations for Carter Enterprises, to help with medical care for the cancer stricken tot.
Carter Enterprises, which owns the Pizza Hut chain, chose to donate 25 percent – or $1,000 – to the family for Pizza with Lexie.
After word got out about the fundraiser at Fairfield Pizza Hut, orders spread like wildfire. “We had a record day,” said Rose. “Total sales just for Lexie were $3,220, but total sales for the day were more than $6,000.”

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