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Thu
21
Jun

I-45 wreck yields no injuries

A two-vehicle accident was responsible for closing the interstate last Thursday, June 14, in Freestone County. The roadway was closed for hours, with traffic being rerouted to Texas 75 and Fairfield Police Department busy directing the flow through Fairfield.

No injuries were reported and both accident victims refused treatment. Howard Lee, 43, was traveling northbound on I-45 in an 18-wheeler when he reportedly changed lanes and struck a 2003 Toyota Camry, driven by Dallas resident Jordyn Johnson.

According to reports, when Lee switched lanes

 

Thu
21
Jun

89th annual Teague rodeo planned

Teague's Fourth of July UPRA-CPRA Rodeo is celebrating its 89th year June 28-30. The Teague Fourth of July Rodeo and Rodeo Parade will begin on Thursday, June 28. Line-up begins at 5:30 p.m. with the parade starting at 6 p.m. The rodeo parade will come down Main Street and march their way to the rodeo grounds.

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Thu
21
Jun

FHS graduates gather for 60th reunion

From left are classmates John Sanders, Wanda Sanders, Mary Jane Alexander, Preston Bonner, June Slagle, Joe Neal Baker, Emma Jean Vande Streek, Jeanette LaFrentz, and Buddy Aultman.
Photo courtesy of Emma Jean Vande Streek

The graduating class of 1958 celebrated the 60th anniversary of its graduation on April 7. The group met for lunch at Sam’s Restaurant in Fairfield, and traveled out to Chambers Creek Reservoir to the lake house of Mary Jane Alexander’s great-niece.

There they spent an afternoon of coffee and conversation. Attending classmates included Joe Neal Baker; Jeanette (Davis) LaFrentz and husband, Ralph; Preston Bonner; Mary Jane (Anderson) Alexander and husband, Phil; Buddy Aultman and wife, Jeanette; Emma Jean (Ivy) Vande Streek and husband, Wayne; June (Bray) Slagle and husband, Peter; Felicia (Speed) Lemons with sister, Margie (Speed) Carrigan; and Wanda (York) Sanders and husband, John Sanders, both from our class.

Thu
21
Jun

Let it reign

The "old" and the "new" pose together after the crowning last Tuesday night. Miss Freestone 2018 Emi Bonner, Miss Freestone 2017 Peyton Daniel, Miss Teen Freestone 2017 Morgan Coleman, and Miss Teen Freestone 2018 Kennedee Stroade.

Photo by Ashlyn Garcia

Thu
21
Jun

Exhibitors rack up blue ribbons at Home & Garden Show

Pictured are the winners of the Freestone County Home & Garden event. Exhibits included photography, artwork, food, quilts, and more. Winning the prestigious Go Texan award for quilting was Carolyn Hughes. Her husband, Pete, was awarded the Best in Division ribbon, as well as first place in the quilting category. From left, Breckyn Waggener with her handmade top; Carolyn Hughes with her Go Texan quilt; Chloe Cook with her baked goods; Olivia Robinson with her food preserves; and Avi Hughes with her painting. Winners not pictured were Barbara Carter, Heather Pope, and Kylie Reed.

Photo by April Walker

Thu
21
Jun

More than $500K netted in livestock sale Saturday

Fairfield FFA member Logan Todd poses with his grand champion market steer and buyers NIP Ranch, who purchased the animal for $14,000 at Saturday's livestock sale.
Photo by Tim O'Malley

The weather cooperated this year for the annual livestock sale held Saturday for Freestone County youth and buyers who came to support them. Gross purchases totaled $385,425 with an additional $120,000 in add-ons for the event, bringing the days total to $505,425.

Logan Todd once again sold his grand champion market steer – weighing in at 1,317 pounds – to NIP Ranch for $14,500.

NIP Ranch is owned by Nadine and Ivy Phillips, of Fairfield. The ranch also purchased his steer last year for about the same price. Todd is a junior at Fairfield High School and a member of Fairfield FFA.

Fri
08
Jun

Young Farmers Goat Show winners

Dawson Grissett and Avery Waters earned awards at the Saturday, May 26, Teague Young Farmers Goat Show. Grissett (left) was awarded Grand Champion, while Waters (right) took home the Reserve Champion title.

Photo courtesy of Mitchell Pate

Fri
08
Jun

Local man rides to fight kids' cancer

Hugh Thornburg, of Freestone County, takes part in the Great Cycle Challenge to raise money for children's cancer research.
Courtesy photo

Freestone County resident Hugh Thornburg has taken the Great Cycle Challenge and will be biking 200 miles during the month of June. What began as just a way to stay fit, bicycling became a passion and has now turned into a way to help kids across the country.

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Fri
08
Jun

Calpine donates to organizations

Pictured is Calpine Plant Manager Ty Pate, PHCH Development Director Martha Thomassen, and Capine Business Manager John Taylor.

Calpine Freestone Energy Center made several donations totaling $21,500 last week to various organizations in Freestone County. Calpine Plant Manager Ty Pate and Calpine Business Manager John Taylor presented the donations. Accepting the $500 check for Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department was Chief Matt Foree. Martha Thomassen, Pleasant Hills Children’s Home development director, gratefully accepted a $20,000 donation to provide for the children. A $500 check was given to Freestone Cancer Support Group members. Accepting their check was Jane Morrison. Also pictured are (back row) John Fry and Spain Trask; (center) Diana Lewis and John Taylor; (front) Bettye Trask, Morrison, and Ty Pate. Southern Oaks Volunteer Fire Department Treasurer Bill Drozd and Asst. Fire Chief Tom Blake also accepted $500 from the two. Photos by April Walker and courtesy of John Taylor

Fri
08
Jun

Summer Reading Program begins

Fairfield Library is full of excitement this summer, especially on Wednesday mornings for the annual Story Time event led by Mary King. The library's Summer Reading Program – which continues through July – kicked off at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, with Kayla Lupo as the guest reader.

During Freestone County Fair week the program's guest readers will be:

  •  Miss Texas Morgana Wood – Tuesday, June 12
  •  Fairfield Fire Department – Wednesday, June 20
  •  County Judge Linda Grant – Wednesday, June 27

“We are looking forward to a great time of reading, crafts, and meeting new friends,” said library representatives.

 

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