Fairfield Recorder

Fri
16
Feb

End of an era as plant closes

Coal trucks at Big Brown are permanently parked after dumping what coal was left at the mine. The plant and mine closed forever Monday, Feb. 12, after dropping prices caused its decline.

Photo by April Walker

Years of rumors came true Monday, Feb. 12, as Big Brown plant finally went offline forever. More than 200 employees are now without jobs and the nearly 47-year-old mine is empty.

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Fri
16
Feb

4-alarm fire rages, family displaced

There is nothing left of this beautiful home but a shell of the outside brick walls. Local citizens pitched in to help firefighters during the fight to save the house.

Photo by April Walker

A local family was displaced after their home on North Mount in Fairfield went up in flames around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, with firefighters battling the blaze for more than seven hours. At 11:30 p.m. the fire was thought to be extinguished, but fire departments were called back at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9 because the fire reignited under a second story window.

 

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Wed
31
Jan

Paul Harris Award given

Fairfield Rotary Club member Gene Chavers earned the prestigious Paul Harris Award -- Sapphire Level -- for his generous giving. Chavers is pictured with Club President Donna Tyus.

Courtesy photo

Wed
31
Jan

Letter to the editor

Dear editor,

Wed
31
Jan

21 indicted by Freestone County Grand Jury

Freestone County Grand Jury members returned 21 true bills against individuals on Friday, Jan. 26, for charges of possession, evading, and child endangerment. Indictments were returned against:

  •  Ali Rivera – 28-year-old female, of Garland, out on bond; charged with possession of controlled substance, pg 1, <1G; date of offense: Nov. 27
  •  Jorge Zapata – 24-year-old male, of Fairfield, out on bond; charged with possession of controlled substance, pg 1, <1G; date of offense: Oct. 26
  •  Douglas Hart – 49-year-old male, of Denton, released to Denton County on Jan. 9; charged with evading in motor vehicle; date of offense: Sept. 12

 

Wed
31
Jan

Girls take 4th, boys 10th at Emory Rains Invitational

Coaches Kevin Childers, John Bachtel, and Joel Kuehl congratulate A.J. Polk for making his lift during last weekend's powerlifting competition.
Photo by Shae Garcia

Fairfield was well-represented Saturday, Jan. 27, as the powerlifting team competed against 15 other schools at the Emory Rains Invitational Powerlifting Meet. Girl powerlifters placed 4th, while the boys placed 10th overall.

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Wed
31
Jan

Candidates slated to speak at Monday night forum

Twenty-one candidates are slated to speak at a forum sponsored by the Freestone County Retired Teachers Association (FCRTA). The group has planned a chili supper to be at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 6 p.m. forum on Monday, Feb. 5, at the Fairfield High School cafeteria, 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield. Candidates slated to speak are:

 

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Wed
31
Jan

J.R. Corne retires after 25 years, honored with plaque

The board room at Freestone Medical Center is now known as the J.R. Corne Meeting Room. Corne is pictured next to his honorary plaque.
Photo by April Walker

After 25 years of faithful service, J.R. Corne announced his retirement from the Fairfield Hospital District board last week. Corne was honored by a private ceremony at Freestone Medical Center Thursday, Jan. 25, during which time the board officially recognized him and revealed his name plate and bronze portrait that will forever identify the boardroom with his name. Board President George Robinson, now the longest serving board member, said Corne has always promoted the hospital and been concerned with the health and well-being of the community.

 

Wed
31
Jan

Brittani Oglesbee named Student of the Year

Senior Brittani Oglesbee earned the Student of the Year award from FISD Superintendent Tony Price.

Fairfield Superintendent Tony Price named four teachers of the year and a student of the year who is on her way to becoming valedictorian of her graduating class at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet held last Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Depot X -- a business which was awarded Business of the Year.

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Wed
10
Jan

Letter to the editor

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