Fairfield Texas

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

Lady Eagles place 1st at powerlifting

FHS junior Bailey Jones braces herself for a dead lift. Jones earned the Outstanding Heavy Platform Lifter award.
Photo by Shae Garcia

The Fairfield girls’ powerlifting team won the Darrell Piske Memorial Powerlifting Meet at Fairfield High School on Thursday, Jan. 17, with 60 points. The Lady Eagles outdistanced runner-up Corsicana, which had 31 points.

Fairfield had four weight-class champions at the meet and had multiple scorers in a number of divisions.

Bailey Jones led a 1-2-3 sweep by Fairfield in the 165-pound weight class. She finished first with a total of 685 pounds lifted. That included a 255-pound squat, a bench press of 145 pounds and a 285-pound dead lift.

Thu
24
Jan

3rd place brought by Eagles at powerlifting

Fairfield High School junior Richard Charlson placed first in the 132 pound weight class during Thursday night's Fairfield powerlifting event. Head Coach JOhn Bachtel is seen cheering for Charlson.
Photo by Shae Garcia

The Fairfield Eagles finished third at the Darrell Piske Memorial Powerlifting Meet at Fairfield High School on Thursday, Jan. 17.

The Eagles scored 30 points and were edged out by one point for second place by Rice. Corsicana won the meet with 47 points.

Fairfield had two weight class winners. Richard Charlson took first place in the 132-pound weight division and Jacob Espinoza was first at 114 pounds.

Charlson lifted a total of 700 pounds. That included a 275-pound squat, a bench press of 115 pounds and a 310-pound dead lift. He beat runner-up Jakob Jankowski of Dawson by 110 pounds.

Thu
24
Jan

EMS names Star

Fairfield EMS Director Billy Perez is pictured with the 2018 Star of the Year, Rhonda Craig. Craig has been with both Fairfield EMS and Teague EMS since 2015.
Courtesy photo

Fairfield EMS recently named Rhonda Craig as their 2018 Star of the Year. Craig, of Wortham, became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in 2015 and began working for Fairfield and Teague EMS the same year.

“I have always wanted to pursue a career in EMS, but the timing was just not right with a husband and three kids,” said Craig. “So I waited until my kids were grown and decided it was my time. I wanted to make a difference in my community, by providing the best pre-hospital care.”

Craig is married to Kelly Craig and is mother to Cord and Kayla Samuels, Whitney and MD Tucker, Kately Craig, and special person Leonard Smith. She has three

Thu
24
Jan

Celebrating one year of volunteerism

Pictured are several of the Freestone Medical Center volunteers after a luncheon to celebrate their one-year anniversary. From left is Caroline Ivy, Caroline Fisher, Pat Robertson, Phillip Ivy, Coordinator Sherry Brackens, Betty Jones, Margie Conner, and Sid Ivy. Members not pictured are Amelia Williams, Janice Faulkner, Aldess Bass, Ruby Gatson, Kendall Crawford, Riley White, and Martha Finney.
Photo by April Walker

Celebrating one year since their formation, the volunteer group of Freestone Medical Center enjoyed a lunch last Tuesday, Jan. 15, as they discussed their goals for their second year. There are 15 members in the group, with eight main volunteers. Two of the volunteers are in high school.

“The small group has been very good to work with,” said Coordinator Sherry Brackens.

The volunteers are set up in the front entrance of the hospital from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday-Friday to greet patients. Each volunteer has different responsibilities. Some serve breakfast in the hospital cafeteria from 7 to 8:30 a.m., while others care for plants.

Thu
24
Jan

$4 million bond talked at city council

City Administrator Nate Smith presented plans for the possible renovation of the Navarro College campus. The city council is hoping to move their offices to the location.
Photo by April Walker

Streets, bathrooms, and a new city hall were among the top projects discussed by councilmembers during a workshop Thursday night, Jan. 17. The council is considering taking out an almost $4 million bond for these projects – which comes with a possibility of raising the city’s tax rate.

Bond counsel attended the Tuesday night meeting to discuss the stipulations of a 20-year bond. See that article in the Jan. 31 edition. City Administrator Nate Smith advised the council to “get as much input [from the public] as you can.”

“This is something we’ll be paying for for 20 years,” said Smith.

Projects included:

Wed
09
Jan

Iigurubando Con confirms guests, plans for new activities

David Doub is just one of the returning panelists at this month's Iigurubando Con.

Plans are being laid for the 5th Annual Iigurubando Con with six returning panelists and two new artists planned for the event later this month. This one-day fundraiser will aid Fairfield’s Grand Band from Eagle Land in transportation needs to their annual Disney World trip. Iigurubando Con is slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Fairfield Junior High School commons area. Tickets are $20 and can be paid in advance on the website or at the door.

Featured guests include:

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