Freestone County Tx

Thu
23
Jun

Rep. Byron Cook seeks AG opinion to defend private property rights

AUSTIN -- In an ongoing effort to protect Texas House District 8 and surrounding counties from the property takings by the proposed high speed rail, State Representative Byron Cook requested an attorney general's opinion, on June 10, 2016, to determine whether the Texas Central Railroad and Infrastructure, Inc. ("High Speed Rail") possesses the power of eminent domain to condemn property.
In the letter, which can be accessed on the link below, Cook remarks that, surveyors purporting to work for High Speed Rail have been approaching landowners in House District 8 requesting the right to survey the landowners’ properties for the purpose of planning, building, maintaining and operating an electric railroad. The basis for the request to survey is that High Speed Rail is purporting to have the power of eminent domain, therefore has the right to examine and survey property in anticipation of establishing a route and acquiring property to build the railroad.

Thu
23
Jun

Eagle Scout rank earned by local

Zachary Dietrich von Sehrwald, Fairfield Boy Scout Troop 668 member, recently celebrated earning the rank of Eagle Scout with scouts, scout leaders, family, friends, and the Fairfield Lions Club at the fairgrounds community center. Zac's Eagle Court of Honor included a review of the Scout Law as a reminder of his obligations as an Eagle Scout. He has served with Troop 668 for more than five years and earned many of his merit badges attending Trevor Reese Jones, Buffalo Trails Scout Ranch, and El Rancho Cima scout camps. Zac also graduated with the 2014 Aquatics class at Worth Ranch.

Thu
23
Jun

Buyers shell out more than $300K at sale

Hallie Davidson (far right) sold her grand champion market steer Saturday for $11,500 to NIP Ranch, owned by Nadine (far left) and Ivy Phillips (center), of Fairfield. Davidson is a member of Fairfield 4-H. The steer weighed in at 1,323 pounds.

Photo by Kalyn Ethridge

Area businesses turned out to buy animals at the annual livestock sale Saturday with purchases totaling over $300,000. GDR Holdings was named the biggest buyer of the event and was awarded the Volume Buyer Buckle by sale committee members. The company's purchases totaled over $26,000 alone.
The Best In-County Steer buckle was given to Blake Looney, while Mallorie Simms received the Best Rate of Gain buckle.
Grand champion animal sales included:

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Wed
15
Jun

Reward offered for Capps burglary

Fairfield police are investigating a burglary at Capps True Value Hardware Ag Center after surveillance cameras caught a black male stealing last week.
The store was burglarized at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, during closed hours. A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information about the suspect.

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Wed
15
Jun

Past reunions remembered at historic marker ceremony

Kathryn Davis, 98 (pictured next to the historic marker) attended the original reunion in 1920s-30s at the W.L. Moody Confederate Reunion Grounds.

Photo submitted by Linda Mullen

History buffs and lifelong residents gathered at the fairgrounds Saturday, June 11, for the unveiling of a historical marker. The dedication ceremony for the historical marker for the W.L. Moody Confederate Reunion Grounds of the UCV Camp 87 (1891-1933)

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Wed
15
Jun

Incommons takes Most Creative again

The Walking Dead have come to Freestone County! Incommons Bank Branch Manager Kevin Moller (walking) and his staff dressed like zombies for their parade theme and once again took the Most Creative award.

Photo by April Walker

The show must go on! And go on it did, with Incommons Bank once again taking the trophy for Most Creative float in the annual parade! Monday night tested residents' patience with storms blowing through just an hour before the parade began.
Other winners included:

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Wed
08
Jun

Memory jogged about those who gave me a leg up in life

Some of us are blessed to have true blood brothers. I have three, all younger, and they each can give me a giant case of puffy chest.
If you have friends so cherished that you feel they are truly brothers, then you are doubly blessed as I am.
Sometimes, things happen in life that jog my memory concerning those who have made invaluable contributions to my life.
Two natural brothers — Rigby Owen Jr. and Steve Owen — have been major players for me all of my adult life. I have been in their employment and also in business as a partner with them. What I have gained from their friendship and “brotherhood” is immeasurable. And, thankfully, it continues.
“Big brother” Steve jogged my memory a little deeper recently when he sent me a book about a man — Don Reid Jr. — who was a major influence and helper in my college years.

Wed
08
Jun

Fishing is getting good on Richland Chambers

Fishing Friends,
Adam and I are truly blessed to be able to do what we love, with people that we like, and in the best environment you can imagine! Being a fishing guide and living and working in East Texas is just about as good as it gets! That is until you experience a week like this past one where the two most critical components of being successful (and having fun) both come together at the same time.
First, and totally out of our control, is the huge amount of rainfall the lake area received between Tuesday and Saturday. Local reports of over 12 inches were mentioned by many of the residents around the marina.
Second, and pretty much out of our control, was the component dreaded by all fishermen and that is BOAT TROUBLE. There's some truth to the old question of "What does B.O.A.T. stand for?"

Wed
08
Jun

Dry Gulch searches for Vickers family after find

The family Bible, dating back to 1884, was just one of the items found in a storage building purchased by Christie and Mike Harper, owners of Dry Gulch Mercantile.

Photo by April Walker

Dry Gulch Mercantile owners Christie and Mike Harper are asking for help from area residents after stumbling upon lost family property. The Harper's purchased a storage unit and discovered Bibles dating back to the 1800s, as well as old photos, belonging to Sarah Vickers Chancellor.

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Thu
02
Jun

Roads closed due to flooding

This is the entrance to Steward Lane at the U.S. 84 and FM 27 intersection.

Photo by April Walker

City officials closed several roads in Fairfield today due to flooding issues. City Administrator Jeff Looney says the water is receding, which means the drainage is working, but urges people to take precautions when driving.
Closed roads include:
Bateman Street - these barricades are still up at the corner of Reunion and Renee streets. There is also a barricade up at the corner of U.S. 84 and Main Street, next to Dollar General.
Talford Street
Old Palestine Road
S. Texas 75 - TxDOT crews and City Police Officers are said to be on scene
Oak Street entrance to Thousand Oaks neighborhood
Several residents have reported flooding at the following:
FCR 540
FM 489 in Dew near CR 411
U.S. 84 East near Wildwood Addition
For more information, contact the City of Fairfield at 903-389-2633 or the Fairfield Police Department at 903-389-3901.

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