Simpson Fireworks owner Evan Simpson, center, poses behind the stand’s biggest collection, described as a “fireworks show in a box.” The assemblage contains 18 items that set off 782 separate explosions of color and sound. With Simpson are Jera Keithley and Riley Simpson.

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Fireworks stand owner Evan Simpson knows the biggest rush is yet to come. The trailer parked beside his fireworks stand at the intersection of FM 27 and Interstate 45 in Fairfield is full of boxes yet to be unpacked. Although his inventory still needs constant replenishing as customers drop by,... + continue reading

ABOVE: Melinda Richardson checks on her bees she keeps in hives on her property in Teague.

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LEFT: Melinda Richardson fills her smoker with fuel. The smoke from the device helps remove bees from structures.

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Attics are popular with bees, and one of those areas tough to remove them from.

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Most people would be at least a little nervous, if not downright terrified, if surrounded by thousands upon thousands of bees. Melinda Richardson is not like most people. A single mother of three, Richardson thrives in the bee-infested areas in which others fear to trek. She began Richardson... + continue reading

50 Shades of Food was just one of the teams moving forward in this week's Iron Chef competition.
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Thursday, June 20, 2019
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Six teams are moving forward in the first annual Iron Chef competition at Fairfield High School after competing against other class periods last week in the appetizers round. Judging this event are nine community members. During the first round of cooking, the winning teams created various... + continue reading

Fairfield Mayor Kenny Hughes took time to pose with third graders after reading them a book last week.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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Mayor Kenny Hughes read to Fairfield third graders last Friday as part of the school’s mystery guest program. In honor of Black History Month, Hughes entertained students with a reading of As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson. The story follows Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King,... + continue reading

Joining Pinky Walia is (from left) Candice Ford, Fairfield Nursing & Rehab; Brenda Finley, Brenda’s Closet; Mary Anne Masiel, FISD; Ashley DeVillier, chamber administrative assistant; Pinky Walia; Brenda Pate, chamber executive administrator; Eli Pratt, Incommons Bank; and Adriana Izquierdo, Barn Stop.
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After owning the Barn Stop for nine years, Jolly and Pinky Walia joined the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and celebrated with a ribbon cutting last Friday. The Walia’s own two other convenience stores in Fairfield: the Short Stop and the newly-renovated Jolly’s. The Barn Stop offers a variety of... + continue reading

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A gathering of court officials and state troopers entered the Freestone County Courthouse on Friday morning, June 28, for an update on a high-profile case. Dabrett Black, charged with capital murder of a peace officer after the death of State Trooper Damon Allen in November 2017, appeared in... + continue reading
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The financial health of Fairfield was the top discussion during the June 25 City Council meeting at Fairfield City Hall. Frank Steele, of Anderson, Marx & Bohl P.C., brought the September 30, 2018 annual audit report to the council’s attention, breaking down the city’s various funds,... + continue reading

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Combined efforts of McLennan County and Freestone County Sheriff’s Offices have led to the arrest Wednesday, Jan. 2, of a Mexia teacher, accused of trafficking a child online to people in Morocco. Amber Parker, 37, is employed as an eighth-grade reading teacher, according to the Mexia ISD... + continue reading

Signing with local colleges for National Signing Day Feb. 6 were (from left) Jaise Oliver, University of Tulsa; Joshua Arrington, McPherson College; JaShaughn Hatcher, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; and Kameron Ransom, Tyler Junior College.
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  Four student athletes at Fairfield High School celebrated the next phase of their lives by signing with their chosen college last week in front of friends, family, and mentors for National Signing Day. Jaise Oliver, Joshua Arrington, Kameron Ransom, and JaShaughn Hatcher each signed... + continue reading

Cole's BBQ owners Megan and Ben Cooper smile in front of the license plates - all from Texas - and huge selection of jams and jellies, vegetables, salsas, and more.
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Cole’s BBQ has been named February’s Business of the Month by Fairfield Chamber of Commerce officials. Ben Cooper purchased the existing store in September 2016 from Mark and Irene Cole. Mark’s father, Monte, opened the barbecue joint more than 30 years ago. Cooper still uses the recipes –... + continue reading
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A lone finalist has been named for the Fairfield ISD superintendent position. The district has been advertising this since late 2018. Dr. Jason Adams has a state-mandated 21-day waiting period before he can officially be hired in Fairfield. He is currently the superintendent of North Lamar ISD in... + continue reading

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Fairfield Eagle Jaise Oliver drives in for a layup in a game against Mexia earlier this year. Oliver scored nine points in a 50-49 loss to Mexia on Friday night.
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Mexia scored with seven seconds left and dealt Fairfield a heartbreaking 50-49 loss in a District 19-4A game at Mexia on Friday night. The teams battled back and forth in a see-saw fourth quarter... + continue reading

Fairfield's Breyunna Dowell dribbles into the lane during a game earlier this season. Dowell scored 24 points combined in victories over Rusk and Palestine last week.
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Fairfield High School junior Richard Charlson placed first in the 132 pound weight class during Thursday night's Fairfield powerlifting event. Head Coach JOhn Bachtel is seen cheering for Charlson.
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Justin Abram attempts to stop a Gilmer Buckeye during Friday night's game, which the Eagles lost 24-14 in Round 2 of the playoffs.
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Migrants, immigrants and political propaganda The mostly liberal media, especially the press, seem fixated on the southern border “crisis” we are currently experiencing. The Dallas Morning... + continue reading

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From the files of The Fairfield Recorder. July 3, 1941 Frank Dunbar Still Unconscious In Teague Hospital – Frank Dunbar, injured Monday of last week when his horse fell on him, is still... + continue reading

The first winners of an RCA Victor Portable Color TV set is the E.M. Bowers Family. L to R are wife, Janie; daughter, Caroline, and E.M. Bowers. The prize had a special significance because - as Janie said - "it came to us just before Christmas, and just before my birthday, and just before our 61st wedding anniversary." Fairfield winners was Warren D. Awalt Family.
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