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Wed
06
Feb

Luminant rep says "no plans" to drain lake

Fairfield Lake was built in the 1970s as a way to cool the Big Brown Power Plant. Big Brown closed in February 2018.
Archive photo

Rumors that Fairfield Lake will be drained have thrived with the February 2018 closing of Big Brown, but a representative with Luminant says the rumors are not true.

“I hope I can clear up some misinformation,” said Meranda Cohn, Director of Media Relations with Vistra Energy, in an email interview. “No, there are no plans to drain the lake.”

Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, closed the location after dropping natural gas prices forced the company to shut down the mine. Big Brown is currently still being decommissioned.

Wed
06
Feb

Lady Eagles beat Mexia for 7th district win

Fairfield’s Braiden Bossier, 34, tries to block a shot during a game against Mexia earlier this season as the Lady Eagles’ Jada Clark, 2, looks on. Fairfield beat Mexia for the second time this season Friday night to remain unbeaten in district play.
Photo by Skip Leon

The Fairfield girls’ basketball team won its seventh consecutive District 19-4A game Friday night with a 53-47 triumph at Mexia.

The victory improved the Lady Eagles’ record to 7-0 in district. They had already clinched the district championship and went for a sweep of district play Tuesday when they hosted Madisonville.

The Lady Eagles used a 12-0 run in the first quarter to take a 16-6 advantage at the first break.

However, Mexia battled back throughout the game and took the lead early in the fourth quarter.

Wed
30
Jan

Superintendent pool narrows

Fairfield school board has narrowed down the superintendent candidates to two, said Interim Superintendent Tony Price Tuesday morning. 

"We had 47 candidates of which four had first interviews," said Price.

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Wed
30
Jan

District closes for sickness

After 293 students were reported absent Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, school officials decided to close each campus for cleaning at Fairfield ISD. Interim Superintendent Tony Price said he has "determined it is in the best interest of students, staff, and community to cancel Fairfield ISD classes for Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1."

"Our cleaning service has been doing extra cleaning, but with the staff and students out of the buildings on those days they will be able to do even more," said Price Wednesday morning. "It is my hope and prayer that four days of separation will help break the cycle and allow our students and staff to reunite on Monday, Feb. 4, as a much healthier unit."

Price said all extracurricular activities are canceled with the exception of varsity.

Wed
30
Jan

Bond counsel talks to CoF

City of Fairfield Administrator Nate Smith (seated in center frame) discusses the pros and cons of switching to iPads for council meetings during the Tuesday, Jan. 23, meeting.
Photo by April Walker

Several Fairfield citizens – including former mayor Roy Hill – voiced their opinions at Tuesday night’s council meeting regarding the possibility of a $4 million bond. All four speakers are concerned about the bond amount, as well as payments and the length of the bond. Don Thornton compared the bond to a suffocating person and asked the city to reconsider before “burying Fairfield in debt.”

“Is it morally or ethically right for Fairfield citizens to be strapped with that kind of debt?” asked Barry Capps, owner of Capps True Value. “In my opinion, the council should walk away from this bond.”

Wed
30
Jan

CNB donates to TSAC

Community National Bank of Fairfield donated $500 to the upcoming FISD Education Foundation Gala event. Pictured are (from left) Tammy Moore, CNB; Demar Hill; Chifawn Johnson; Teresa Duke, CNB; Pam Chavers; Shari Dickens, CNB; Muriel Morton, CNB; and Jason Hullum, CNB.

Photo by April Walker

 

Wed
30
Jan

Calvary Baptist staff honored

Calvary Baptist Church of Fairfield honored four staff members Sunday evening with a crock pot dinner in recognition of their service to the local organization. Congregation members prepared 34 different dishes, along with desserts, which certainly gave everyone plenty to choose from. Those honored during the evening were Devin DiGuilio, Director of Student Ministries, four years of service; Charlotte Mullen, secretary, 42 years of service; Shelby Race, music and education minister, 34 years of service; and Donald Mullen, maintenance superintendent, one year of service.

Photo by Billy Patterson

Wed
30
Jan

FHS principal named

Sonya Gibson will officially take over principal duties July 1 at FHS.
Photo by April Walker

Fairfield High School staff is welcoming a new principal after news of Von Wade’s retirement after 42 years with the district was made public. Sonya Gibson officially takes the position July 1 and she says she is overwhelmed for the opportunity.

“I cannot express the gratitude I have,” said Gibson. “I have huge shoes to fill.”

Although Gibson graduated from Longview High School in 1993, she is originally from Fairfield and attended the schools until sixth grade when her family moved. Gibson began her career with FISD in 2005 after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in mathematics from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Wed
30
Jan

Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Leach

Fairfield resident Barney Leach was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at last week's Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Leach is pictured with (from left) Lisa Schick, Chamber Executive Director Brenda Pate, and Mary Small.
Photo by Shelly Pope

Peace and love abounded at last Thursday night’s annual Chamber of Commerce banquet where local businesses, teachers, and residents were awarded for various achievements. Taking home the well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award was Fairfield weatherman Barney Leach.

Leach’s life is filled with amazing feats. He worked for NASA on the Apollo 11 moon landing and was selected as a team member to receive America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, for his role in the Apollo 13 rescue. Leach also writes a monthly weather column for the local newspapers.

Thu
24
Jan

Jail Administrator placed on leave

Freestone County’s jail administrator has been placed on leave after an HR assessment found she is not licensed as a jailer, Sheriff Jeremy Shipley announced at last week’s commissioner’s meeting. Sheena Wimberly has been the jail administrator since Dec. 3, 2017. She is the third administrator since Shipley took office.

“It was an oversight on my part because TCOLE said I could designate anybody as a jail administrator,” Shipley explained.

“She didn’t work in the jail so I didn’t realize she had to have a jailer license.”

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