Fairfield Recorder

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05
Dec

Now and Then

December 9, 1943

Wed
28
Nov

Letters to Santa asked

A special North Pole mailbox has been set up in the front foyer of the Fairfield Recorder office to ensure immediate delivery of letters to Santa Claus. Bring your little ones by to drop their letters to Santa!

Letters to Santa Claus are now being accepted at The Fairfield Recorder, 101 E. Commerce in Fairfield, for publication in our annual Christmas issue. Letters from all Freestone County children will be accepted until Monday, Dec. 10, and will be published in our Dec. 20 edition. Letters may be dropped at the office where a special mailbox has been set up in the office entryway for all Freestone County children to hand deliver their letters. For more information, call April Walker at 903-389-3334 or email news@fairfield-recorder.com.

Wed
28
Nov

Marker For Magnolia Landing Dedicated In Anderson County

STEAMBOATS COMING -- Sheriff Charlie Jenkins claims a boats coming, pointing down the river from Magnolia Landing, where one day barges will ply the Trinity River. After the marker dedication, the group wanted to see the landing site. Old Magnolia stood on the high rocky bluff to the left of this scene.
Archive photo

Published in the Fairfield Recorder Nov. 28, 1968

Historic old Magnolia Landing, which harbored flatbottom steamboats on the Trinity River a century ago, will live long in the hearts of Texans now sure that towboats and barges will be plying the river within the next few years.

Governor-elect Preston Smith was the principal speaker at a program in Palestine, Nov. 19, dedicating a historical marker and pointing up things to come with navigation of the river all the way from the Houston Ship Channel to Fort Worth.

Wed
10
Oct

Veterans Day photos wanted

The Fairfield Recorder is recognizing local veterans for our annual Veterans Appreciation section to be published in November. Freestone County residents are encouraged to send in photos of family members who served in any branch of the military, along with name, rank, branch, and years of service. Photos can either be emailed to April Walker at news@fairfield-recorder.com or dropped off at the Recorder office at 101 E. Commerce in Fairfield. The deadline to submit photos is Friday, Oct. 28.

Wed
26
Sep

Local teen dies in fire

Pictured is an older photo of Victoria Smith (left), her mother Diana Smith, and a younger sister.
GoFundMe photo

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family of a young woman who died in a house fire Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Clay Hill community of Freestone County. Victoria Smith, 19, died in the home while firemen attempted to break through an exterior wall into the bathroom where she was trapped.

It is not yet known how the fire began or why the teen was unable to get out of the house. Texas State Fire Marshals are investigating.

Wed
05
Sep

Eagles beat Rusk in opening game 36-28

Fairfield Eagles lead the way onto Eagle Field Friday night to kick off the fall football season against the Rusk Eagles.
Photo by Shae Garcia

The Fairfield football team is slated to compete against the Brownsboro Bears at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at the Fairfield Eagle Football Stadium. In last week’s Friday night game which kicked off the long-awaited football season, our Eagles won against the Rusk Eagles with a final score of 36-28. “Brownsboro is a good football team,” said Head Coach John Bachtel. “They have two really good running backs, and they play good defense. It will be a great challenge for us as a team.” While Fairfield did make the first touchdown, they would later lose control of the first half and enter halftime with a score of 8-20. “The first half we had the big turnover,” said Bachtel. “They scooped and scored on us. Then we gave up two long touchdown passes.

Wed
05
Sep

Departments present budgets to CoF council

Several departments presented their budget proposals to Fairfield city councilmen Monday, Aug. 27, but no decisions will be made until closer to October. Leslie Tate, Freestone County Historical Museum board treasurer, presented their budget requesting $40,000 – the regular $15,000 operating costs plus an additional $25,000 for the 1880s Freestone County Jail project.

Tate said the board is hoping to continue with the project by removing any interior walls not original to the building, relocating the stairs to the original place, and stabilizing the floor.

Freestone County gave the museum $10,000 in operating costs, but chose to give none for the project.

Wed
30
May

Keep kids active through summer with FISD camps

Another school year has come and gone and FISD is preparing for a full summer of athletic, drama, art, and music camps for the students. Camps will be taught by FISD coaches and teachers beginning in June. Camps are as follows in date order:

 

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Wed
30
May

FCSO shows new uniforms

Freestone County Sheriff’s Office began donning new uniforms on May 14 in an effort to bring a more prideful and professional appearance, while carrying out duties to serve the citizens of Freestone County. “We would like to thank our county commissioner’s for their approval in our 2018 budget that provided financial assistance in purchasing these uniforms, as well as say thank you to several private donors and businesses who donated funds as well,” said Sheriff Jeremy Shipley. “We received numerous calls and comments from our citizens around the county this week that were very pleased with the new professional look. Things all around us are continuously changing and we hope to continue changing at the FCSO for the better.” Pictured is the full staff of FCSO led by Sheriff Shipley.

Wed
09
May

Now and Then

May 13, 1943

Twister Strikes New Providence; Three Injured – A twister swept through the New Providence community, west of Freestone, about 10:30 Monday morning, devastating a strip of three or four miles long. Mr. and Mrs. Delmer Wren and Mrs. Wren's mother, Mrs. Rogers, lost their homes and were seriously injured and are in a Teague hospital. Jim Rockey's house was completely demolished. Considerable damaged was done to homes and outbuildings on the farms of W.B. Bond, Green Miller, John Stephenson, and Ben Cockrum. Other damage was done throughout the path of the storm.

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