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May

A history of Freestone County's prison land

Published September 26, 2007
When Texas bought the large tract of land in Anderson County they also bought a small tract, about 600 acres in Freestone County, for the iron ore deposits to be used on roads and a low water crossing was made on the Trinity River to cut the hauling distance to Coffield. That’s another story that will come later.
Coffield was named for a generous citizen, I think, from Milam County, who was a strong supporter of Texas Department of Corrections (TDC). The land in Freestone County had served as an entrance to the river by the public since the earliest days of Freestone County.
The area known as Tyus Bluff and Board Pile was in this. It also included the old Tyus Cemetery – which created another problem – the public and friend, Bill Tyus, of Teague, was opposed to all of this being closed to the public.

Wed
04
May

Literate, brilliant, sophisticated — loaded with talent

An ad brought her to my office. She was tall, pushing 50, red-haired, freckled and had a prominent overbite. Yet, there was something very different about the woman with the ordinary name Helen Smith.
My widely cast net in the summer of 1971 called for someone to recreate our then-labeled “society” pages in the Conroe Courier. We were looking for a talent that could brainstorm with us and change the coverage and tone of the newspaper section.
Our idea and vision of the “new” section was to reflect the diverse woman emerging from the shackles of housewifedom, swirling about looking for a challenging place in a rapidly changing social and employment world for the “fairer sex.” The section, we decided, must reflect the woman’s emergence from keeping house, raising kids and waltzing from the “ladies” garden club to the grocery store to preparing a dinner for her husband’s business clients.

Wed
04
May

Aggie Muster boasts 70 guest at annual event

The 2016 Freestone County Aggies held their annual Muster April 21 at the home of Mark and Jane Phillips with approximately 70 local Aggies, families, and friends enjoying a barbecue chicken dinner, fellowship, and a guest speaker.
Karen McNeely '74 – the first female campus muster chair while attending Texas A&M – reflected on what it means to be an Aggie. The group began the Muster by singing the Aggie War Hymn, followed by candle ceremony calling the names of lost Aggies, classmates, and friends this year. A fellow Aggie will answer in their memory.
Aggie Muster started when several Aggies gathered together on June 26, 1883, to re-live their college days, the victories and defeats won and lost upon the drill field and in the classroom. By April 21, 1903, this annual gathering evolved into a celebration of Texas Independence on San Jacinto Day.

Wed
04
May

12 indicted by county grand jury

Twelve individuals were indicted by the Freestone County Grand Jury April 27 on charges including property theft, aggravated assault, and sexual assault.
n Kennedy Dean Carter – 48-year-old male, of Dallas, out on bond; charged with theft of property $2,500 or more but less than $30,000; date of offense: March 23
Juwayne Edmond Crumby – 33-year-old male, of Dallas, out on bond; charged with theft of property $2,500 or more but less than $30,000; date of offense: March 23
Giovanni Osmin Flores – 40-year-old male, of Mexia, out on bond; charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; date of offense: March 20
Jose Jesus Flores – 43-year-old male, of Hillsboro, in jail; charged with theft $30,000 or more but less than $150,000; date of offense: March 29
Jose Alfredo Galindo (aka Jose Alfredo Galindo-Gama) – 36-year-old male, of Houston, in jail; charged with driving while intoxicated felony offense; date of offense: February 2

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Apr

May is Pediatric Stroke Awareness month

Joining the signing were (seated) Jack Sanders, Seth Sanders, Ian Sanders, Alex Ward, Judge Linda Grant, Hayley Ward, and Hayden Ward; (standing) Krista Sanders, Kelly Barker, Willie Ward, Jennifer Ward, Cory Ward, Dickie Moore, and Gail Moore.

 

Photo by April Walker

Freestone County Judge Linda Grant signed a document proclaiming May as Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month in honor of Fairfield resident Alex Ward. Stroke occurs at a rate of 1 in 1,600 to 4,000 live births each year, and in 12 in 100,000 children per year. Stroke is the sixth leading cause of death in children. The annual Righty Run fundraiser is slated to begin at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Fairfield Lake State Park.

 

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Thu
28
Apr

Age, walking cane ended the fun dancing days

Age carries lots of burdens with it. Among them is “blame” for ending fun things you did as a young person. So, I have no compunction about hanging the blame turkey of “no dancing” around the neck of age and maybe lack of opportunity.

As a teenager, I got the yen to learn about dancing when I got the news of the high school junior-senior prom during my junior year. Now, I’d never danced, well except maybe a short victory jig after a ball game.

Thu
28
Apr

Good turnout at coonhunt, future hunt planned

Area residents enjoyed the coonhunt held last weekend in Freestone County for the first time in many years. Texas State Coonhunters Association President Bennie Boles said everything went as planned.

"We plan to have an appreciation dinner prior to the next hunt for current and potential landowners," Boles said in a phone interview earlier this week.

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Thu
28
Apr

ESL students visit district court

The 87th District Court had quite an audience last week when a local ESL (English as a Second Language) class visited and learned the ins-and-outs of the legal process. ESL students from Fairfield Junior High School were given the opportunity to role play the court process with one student acting as judge, one as plaintiff, one as defendant, one as court reporter, and so on. Deborah Oakes Evans, 87th District Court judge, spoke to the students about different courthouse jobs the students may want to consider one day, as well as how knowing more than one language is an asset to them with certain jobs – such as being a courthouse interpreter. ESL teacher Melinda Black said the students learned a lot of valuable information.

Wed
20
Apr

Insomnia resurrects past flirtation with abject poverty

A recent one-night bout with insomnia and the always-resulting thought swirls, resurrected some childhood experiences that steeled the determination already being forced into my young mind about “succeeding in life.”

My parents worked hard as beginner farmer-ranchers to successfully keep us a few meals above the starvation-poverty level. Their aim was twofold: providing a living and setting an example of “trying to get ahead.” That was the battle cry of most post-World War II families.

Wed
20
Apr

Lenard James Manning

Lenard James Manning was born February 5, 1936, in Oakwood, to Alfraid and Rodessa Marie (Bass) Manning. He was the second of four children. He was raised in Butler and attended Butler High School. He later attended Barber College in Dallas. He was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army.

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