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Wed
01
Jun

Buzzards in Wortham

This article was written by A.C. Black some years back and appeared in the Mexia Daily News. I only knew Mr. Black a short time before his death, but I am sorry I didn’t know him much longer as I really enjoyed our short friendship.
Mr. Black a World War II Navy veteran with service in the South Pacific. “I grew up in Wortham during the 1920-30’s. The big oil boom had followed on the heels of the big one in Mexia and was approaching an end about 1926. The large influx of oil field workers and others began departing
rapidly. Soon the town had settled back down to a thriving little farming community of about two thousand or so citizens.

Wed
01
Jun

Great thing about my job: meeting interesting people

Several years ago, one of our nieces spent part of a day riding around with Life Mate Julie while she tracked down news. After a while she said “You have a great job; you get to get in everyone’s business and you get paid for it.”
Perhaps that’s how some people might see it, but one of the very best things about our business is the interesting people we get to meet. And, if we’re lucky, we get to know them well.
One of the first interesting and delightful people I met when I moved to Jasper was attorney Joe Tonahill.
Tonahill was a personal injury-trial attorney with quite the reputation for winning big sums of money for his clients. Most of his cases were of a personal injury nature.
Of course, I’d heard of him before we met. His time in the headlines had little to do with the majority of his cases. What got him the big headlines was a national trial.

Wed
01
Jun

Henry Wynne

Henry Wynne

Funeral services for Mr. Henry Ellis Wynne were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Kirvin Baptist Church with Bro. Dale Hergett officiating. Interment followed the services at Woodland Cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.

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Wed
01
Jun

Gary Mennerick

Gary Mennerick

Gary Wayne Mennerick, 57, of Fairfield, passed away Saturday, May 28, at his residence. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Lake Chapel Cemetery. Gary was born August 22, 1958, in Dallas, to parents John Wayne and Ethel Carra Hancock Mennerick. He had been a resident of Fairfield over 15 years having moved from LaRue, Texas. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator with Zoch Construction. He and his wife, Sharon had been married since December 3, 2001.

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Wed
01
Jun

Search on for suspect

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is investigating a hit and run crash, which killed a 21-year-old man on May 26.
Dalon McVey, of Corsicana, was hit by what authorities are describing as a truck tractor carrying a white box trailer. McVey was moving belongings from a disabled motor vehicle on the outside improved shoulder when the vehicle struck him and did not stop.

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Wed
01
Jun

Founder's Day lunch had by Tau

Tau Chapter members of Delta Kappa Gamma attended the Founder’s Day Luncheon at the Hilton in Waco with sister chapters, Epsilon Chi, Zeta, and Eta Sigma. The founders of Delta Kappa Gamma were honored in a special presentation using the portrait in the picture. Those members of Tau Chapter attending were (left to right) Sunnie Schwass, Patty Manley, Dr. Anna Pat Alpert, Vicki McDougal, Alicia Smith, Margaret Day, Belinda Cotton, Dr. Lisa Rogers, and Martha Kirgan.
Photo submitted by Martha Kirgan

Wed
01
Jun

Retirements abound at FISD

Alicia Smith (center) talks retirement plans with her party guests last week at the elementary school. Smith, pictured with her husband, Ed (left) are planning to travel and spend more time with their grandchildren.

Photo by April Walker

Five of Fairfield ISD's beloved staff have retired after at least 30 years in the teaching game. Retirements include Alicia Smith, Betty Gentry, Dennis Walsh, Melinda Black, and Brenda Hagen.
Smith spent 25 years as the P.E. teacher at the elementary school.

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Wed
01
Jun

2 dead, 1 critical after Dew wreck

Freestone County - Two people are dead and two are in critical condition, including a 14-month-old, after an SUV struck another vehicle at mile marker 188 on I-45 near Dew last week around 5 p.m.
A 2000 Toyota SUV was traveling northbound in the southbound lane and struck a 2001 Chrysler minivan almost head on, DPS reports show.

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Fri
27
May

Present meets future at elementary school parade

Fairfield Kindergarteners enjoyed a parade given by the Class of 2016, complete with their cap and gown, Tuesday morning. The kindergarten class made "diplomas" - to which they signed their name and included a photo - and handed it out to the graduates as they passed by. School is officially out for summer on Thursday, June 2, and graduation ceremonies are slated to begin at 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Eagle Field.

Photo by April Walker

Fri
27
May

4-H members head to state competition

Freestone County 4-H members Morgan Jackson, Riley Simpson, and Preston Simpson head to state competitions in June after placing first in the district Beef Quiz Bowl event recently.

Photo submitted by Erin Davis

Several Freestone County 4-H members are headed to state competitions after placing first at the recent District 8 Roundup. The state event is slated for June 6-10 in College Station. Attending are (from left) Morgan Jackson, Riley Simpson, and Preston Simpson. The three placed first in the district Beef Quiz Bowl event. They will compete against other qualifying teams on Tuesday, June 7. Riley Simpson also advanced to state with her Beef Educational Presentation “Beef Cattle Breeding Systems.” She placed first at district and will compete at state on Thursday, June 9. Preston advanced to state with his Sheep and Goat Educational Presentation “Urinary Calculi,” placing third at district. He will compete at state Thursday, June 9.

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