Fairfield Texas

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Edith Gillen

Edith Gillen

Edith Gillen

November 23, 1923

June 11, 2018

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

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

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.

 

Fri
08
Jun

Local man gets 10 years in TDCJ

Keith Bonner

After making headlines in 2017 with his role in the vandalism of a historic family cemetery, Keith Bonner entered a plea deal Thursday, May 31, to spend 10 years behind bars.

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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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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
30
May

FHS top students named

Salutatorian Kealie House and Valedictorian Brittani Oglesbee proudly display their certificates showcasing their achievement at last week's senior awards assembly.
Photo by April Walker

Following in her older sister's footsteps, Brittani Oglesbee has worked her way to the top of her graduating class, finishing as valedictorian with a 5.43 GPA. Oglesbee worked hard to keep her grades up, but never really knew that she would graduate valedictorian.

“There is a lot of competition in my grade, so I feel honored to be valedictorian,” she said.

Oglesbee said her favorite classes throughout high school were Journalism and English.

“I had Mrs. [Kathie] Maciel all four years, first for Pre-AP English I and then Journalism,” she said. “She was a great teacher and I loved her class.”

The top student also loved having Theresa Matthews as her Pre-AP English II teacher, saying she was “one of the best teachers I have every had throughout my time in Fairfield schools.”

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