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19
Dec

Education Foundation awards over $11K

FISD teachers and Education Foundation members paraded through the halls while awarding more than $11,000 to various staff members recently.
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Excitement was in the air Friday, Dec. 14, as the Fairfield ISD Education Foundation awarded over $11,000 in grant money. The grants were presented to all four Fairfield campuses in dramatic fashion as the band marched through the halls while the Education Foundation Board of Directors handed out checks to the recipients. “It is the absolute best day for the board. We are always excited to see the faces on the faculty and students when they receive the grants,” said FISD Education Foundation President Brian Evans. Jennifer Chavers’ junior high students will receive funds for digital discovery programs to connect students with the outside world and learn to problem solve through teamwork.  Fairfield Junior High School was also awarded orb robots that target problem solving and creative thinking through a coding application. This program will be implemented by Kristen Dunlap.

Wed
19
Dec

Numerous problems reported in FPD

 

Troubling information has been brought to light after a five month investigation into the Fairfield Police Department showed issues with the municipal court and a lack of leadership, among other problems. The audit began in July after former Fairfield police officer Natalie Wilson filed a report in May against recently retired Chief Kenny Bulger citing a “hostile work environment.”

Bulger was placed on paid administrative leave by Mayor Kenny Hughes before returning to his post in July.

Wed
05
Dec

Lawsuits, pleas continue between cities

In case No. CV18334, the City of Fairfield (CoF) filed a plea to the jurisdiction against a lawsuit filed against them by the City of Teague (CoT) back on Sept. 18, which was scheduled to be heard Wednesday, Nov. 28. However, the attorney for the CoT requested a continuance of the case Monday, Nov. 26.

Freestone County's 77th District Court Judge Patrick H. Simmons ruled in favor of the continuance for the CoT and will be heard on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

Wed
05
Dec

Commissioners canvass votes, find discrepancy

After finding a small discrepancy between the number of total ballots cast and the number of provisional, or paper, ballots while canvassing, County Judge Linda Grant asked County Clerk Linda Jarvis to have a representative call the court.

Jarvis said the ballot board manually tallied the provisional ballots.

“They [the voter] may have made a mark or left it blank and because they [the ballot board] doesn’t know what was intended they [the ballot board] put marks for all the overvotes,” Jarvis explained. “That is their explanation of how they make the choice, what the voter intended.”

Wed
05
Dec

Faith Academy honor roll, awards

Laura Lindsey and Triston McAlpine

Faith Academy of Freestone announced their first trimester honor roll recipients, as well as awards given for honorable character. Laura Lindsey and Triston McAlpine were chosen for the Honorable Character Award for showing Christ-like character qualities.

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Wed
05
Dec

Bella Voce to perform

Bella Voce members Joanna Fritz, Cathy Kjellson, and Janet Martin.

Renowned local trio, Bella Voce, is known for their delicate harmonies and wide variety of musical styles – including '50s and '60s favorites, patriotic and gospel. But this month, most of their performances are, for good reason, Christmas-inspired. Southern Oaks subdivision is presenting a Christmas greeting to the entire Richland Chambers Lake community in the form of a free concert featuring Bella Voce at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Concert guests will hear a variety of lively, festive holiday music – with a full evening of songs ranging from novelties like “No Time to Diet” to such traditional numbers as “O Holy Night.”

Wed
05
Dec

Calvary children's choir performs

It was a night of great singing and performances Sunday as Calvary Baptist Church's children's choir presented the musical “The Colors of Christmas.” The talented young singers and actors explained the meaning of the red, white, blue, green, and brown colors associated with Christmas. The group performed in front of a large crowd of Calvary's congregation, families and many friends from the community with everyone receiving a tremendous blessing. The choir was directed by Calvary's Education and Music minister Shelby Race and LaDonna Mullen.

Photo by Billy Patterson

Wed
05
Dec

Minor injuries in Teague rollover

A side view of James Barrentine's truck after he overcorrected while traveling on U.S. 84 West in Teague last week.
Photo by Timothy O'Malley

At 5:40 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30, 38-year old James Barrentine III, of Teague, found himself facing the opposite direction after a scary ordeal.

Barrentine said, “[My vehicle] rolled three times. I am not sure how I got facing that way. I just closed my eyes and held on.”

Wed
05
Dec

End of an era as chief retires

Kenny Bulger sits in his near-empty office at the Fairfield Police Department on his official last day, Friday, Nov. 30.
Photo by April Walker

Police Chief Kenny Bulger ended an 11-year career with the Fairfield Police Department last week. The career lawman had been with the department since Sept. 1, 2007, when he retired from service with the Department of Public Safety as a state trooper.

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Wed
28
Nov

Testing planned for county Emergency Alert System

The Freestone County Office of Emergency Management will test the county emergency notification/alert system around 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Most residents of Freestone County with “hard line wired” telephones will receive a telephone call during this time from 903-389-8884. In addition, residents or businesses that have registered their other contact information, such as cell phone, text message and/or email address for the emergency notification system should receive the test notification. The call will state “Greetings, this is a message from the Freestone County Alert System.” They will then receive the test message information. The emergency notification system is able to send emergency or public warnings to citizens by county and city officials. It has a database of hard line wired phone numbers for most of the residents and businesses in Freestone County.

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