Fairfield Texas

Wed
13
Sep

Oct. events set for area

Two big events are planned for Fairfield in October. The first is the 2nd Annual National Night Out event sponsored by the Fairfield Police Association. FPA is hosting this event at Fairfield City Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. Along with the City of Fairfield, FPA will be handing out swag bags filled with goodies.

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Wed
13
Sep

Recorder donates to museum

The Fairfield Recorder donated archive books from 1925 through 1989 to the Freestone County Historical Museum last week. The archive books have one edition from each week of the above specified years. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Pictured are (from left) Linda Mullen; Curator Patty Pratt; Publisher Richard Nelson; Nancy Rula; and Brad Pullin.
Photo by April Walker

Wed
13
Sep

137 enter Show of Wheels

Gary Nunley, of Centerville, took home $150 and the People's Choice trophy for his 1966 Chevy pickup.

Hundreds of car enthusiasts filled the courthouse square in Fairfield Saturday for the 20th Annual Show of Wheels. The show featured a staggering 137 individual cars, trucks, motorcycles, and tractors.
In 2016 only 74 entered the show, while 125 entered in 2015. “This is the biggest ever,” said Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Lisa Schick. Taking home the coveted Best of Show trophy was Jack Broussard, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Broussard proudly displayed his royal blue 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, taking the Best of Show win as well as Furthest Distance Traveled, Best Interior, Best Paint, Sheriff’s Choice, and $500 cash. Gary Nunley, of Centerville, was awarded the People’s Choice trophy -- sponsored by Aztec Lube & Tire -- with his cherry red 1966 Chevy pickup. Congratulations to Bence Varga, a foreign exchange student from Hungary, who designed the winning Show of Wheels T-shirt.
Other winners included:

Wed
06
Sep

Robbie Irene Slaughter Blacknall

Robbie Blacknall

Robbie Irene Slaughter Blacknall
December 10, 1959
August 14, 2017

Wed
06
Sep

Weekend events on tap

Car enthusiasts and bargain hunters will take over the town Saturday, Sept. 9, for the 20th Annual Show of Wheels and city-wide garage sale. The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce reports 37 registered garage sales – and who knows how many didn’t register! The Show of Wheels kicks off at 8 a.m. with vintage cars, trucks, and tractors taking over the courthouse square. More than $1,000 in cash prizes, trophies, and plaques will be awarded at approximately 3 p.m. to

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Wed
06
Sep

FCSO has no leads in missing man case

Kevin Long

Texas Rangers are assisting Freestone County Sheriff's Office in the search for a missing 61-year-old man who has a history of Bi-Polar Disorder. Kevin Long was reported missing from his home on FCR 275 about 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15.
FCSO, with the help of Texas prison system Beto Unit K-9 and horses, searched the residence and surrounding area to no avail. FCSO initially received information that Long had spoken with his mother by telephone the day before.

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Wed
06
Sep

Aztec sponsors Show of Wheels

Aztec Express Lube & Tire sponsored the trophies for the 20th Annual Show of Wheels slated for Saturday, Sept. 9, on the courthouse square. Trophies will be awarded to a variety of class winners. Pictured are (from left) Chamber Executive Administrator Brenda Pate; Amy Freeman, Navarro SBDC; Aztec Manager Jerry Dotson; Aztec owner Barbara Dotson; Gail Farish, Creations Flowers & Gifts; and Josh Bayless, NAPA Auto Parts.
Photo by Richard Nelson

Wed
06
Sep

Event center opens

Jennifer Daniel entertains guests at the grand opening of Twisted Vines Event Center in Fairfield. She and her husband, Sonny, opened the event center in August and already have a packed schedule of events.
Photo by Richard Nelson

Gilbert "Sonny" and Jennifer Daniel have spent a lot of time together over the past 26 years. From high school sweethearts through college, 20 years of marriage and raising six children. Now they're officially in business together as owners of Twisted Vines Event Center. The couple purchased the old VFW building in January, started remodeling in March and finished in August. "We've wanted a large venue for parties and caterings for several years. When the VFW approached us about buying their building we jumped at the opportunity," said Sonny Daniel.

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Wed
06
Sep

Company quarantined after haz-mat crews visit

Local law enforcement vehicles lined the roadway Thursday, Aug. 31, after Chris Christensen Systems were forced to call in a HAZMAT team from Waco to investigate a mysterious black powder that made employees ill. No hazardous materials were found.
Photo by April Walker

Several Chris Christensen Systems employees fell ill after coming in contact with a mysterious black powder last week and were taken to Freestone Medical Center where they were stripped and quarantined by haz-mat crews.
Haz-mat officials, who have not returned phone calls or emails left by The Fairfield Recorder, announced it was some form of a gas in the truck’s trailer making the individuals sick. Reports show there was a black powder on victims’ clothing when they were taken to the hospital. City Administrator Jeff Looney released the following Tuesday:
“Waco HAZMAT inspected the building and the freight truck, but was unable to determine any hazardous materials. However, the HAZMAT team did find traces of the fine black powder substance that came out of the freight truck.
“That material was tested and did not indicate that it was hazardous.”

Thu
10
Aug

2% raise OK'd for county employees

A 2 percent raise for county employees was okayed at last week's commissioner's meeting. Amending his original motion, Pct. 1 Commissioner Andy Bonner said he would like to exclude all elected officials from receiving a raise.
Although the motion passed, all commissioners except Michael Daniels, precinct 3, agreed.
County Clerk Linda Jarvis wasn't happy with excluding elected officials either. Each elected official receives a travel allowance. Jarvis, who logs her mileage, does not and said, “I hate to see elected officials not get one [a raise] because of the travel allowances which goes into their salary. That needs to be considered.”
The Fairfield Recorder reported on issues with travel allowances in the July 13 edition. Travel allowances are being “paid” to several elected officials – with exception to Jarvis – at an exorbitant amount annually.

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