Freestone County courthouse

Wed
05
Dec

Commissioners canvass votes, find discrepancy

After finding a small discrepancy between the number of total ballots cast and the number of provisional, or paper, ballots while canvassing, County Judge Linda Grant asked County Clerk Linda Jarvis to have a representative call the court.

Jarvis said the ballot board manually tallied the provisional ballots.

“They [the voter] may have made a mark or left it blank and because they [the ballot board] doesn’t know what was intended they [the ballot board] put marks for all the overvotes,” Jarvis explained. “That is their explanation of how they make the choice, what the voter intended.”

Wed
28
Nov

Testing planned for county Emergency Alert System

The Freestone County Office of Emergency Management will test the county emergency notification/alert system around 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Most residents of Freestone County with “hard line wired” telephones will receive a telephone call during this time from 903-389-8884. In addition, residents or businesses that have registered their other contact information, such as cell phone, text message and/or email address for the emergency notification system should receive the test notification. The call will state “Greetings, this is a message from the Freestone County Alert System.” They will then receive the test message information. The emergency notification system is able to send emergency or public warnings to citizens by county and city officials. It has a database of hard line wired phone numbers for most of the residents and businesses in Freestone County.

Wed
28
Nov

Old Fashion Christmas Celebration is Saturday

This December local families will have a plethora of events to attend in Fairfield thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fairfield. There is something for everyone – shopping, running, elves, and food. The chamber has events planned through the month.

December 1 Old Fashion Christmas Celebration

Wed
28
Nov

Traveling exhibit boasts county history

The four-panel exhibit can be seen in the lobby of the Freestone County courthouse through the month of December.
Photo by April Walker

A traveling “museum” has been installed in the lobby of the Freestone County courthouse for visitors to enjoy for the month of December featuring photos from days past of Fairfield, Teague, Wortham, and Streetman. Freestone County Historical Museum Curator Patty Pratt and Board President Linda Mullen created the four-panel exhibit, showing the history of the county since its inception in 1851.

Over the years, the county has had five jails and four courthouses – the first of which was built in 1851 and described as an “old shanty.” There is a short history and photos of each courthouse in the exhibit, as well as a cost estimate of the construction.

Thu
25
Oct

Harrup inspired scarecrow wins

Residents took to Facebook to vote in the annual Scarecrow Contest, hosted by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, choosing Cub Scout Pack 668 as the first place winner in the Youth division after the group dedicated their scarecrow to Keith Harrup. Military veteran Harrup recently passed away in a motorcycle accident and his son is a new scout this year.

“Honestly, we wanted to do it for his kids,” said scout mom Tiffany Williams. “His son is a new scout this year and we wanted to show our love and support to him and his family through the brotherhood of scouting, much like the brotherhood of all our armed forces.”

Thu
20
Sep

DAR promotes Constitution Week

DAR members witnessing Judge Linda Grant's proclamation signing are (from left) Carol Anne Biggar, DAR member; Kathleen McKee, DAR recording secretary; Dianne Pullin, DAR treasurer; Judge Linda Grant (seated); Patti Gauntt, DAR member; Nancy McSwane, DAR chapter regent; and Billie Bournias, DAR registrar.
Photo by April Walker

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the U.S Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today.

Freestone County Judge Linda Grant recently signed a proclamation promoting Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. The annual celebration began Monday, Sept. 17, across the United States.

Wed
22
Aug

County ups tax rate, adopts budget

The proposed 7 percent increase on the property tax rate was unanimously approved by commissioners last week. The tax rate is now .35947 – 2 cents higher than last year – and will bring in approximately $560,634 more in revenue.

County employees – several of whom have requested raises – were given only a 2 percent cost-of-living raise. Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Cinnamon Archibald has asked for her clerk’s pay to be raised every year during budget talks, as has County Clerk Linda Jarvis.

Wed
09
May

Lemonade Extravagana a success

Raeanne Rossiaky (left) and Casey Couture (right) were awarded the Community Spirit Award Saturday.
Photo by April Walker

Fuzzy Friends Lemonade, owned by Raeanne Rossiaky and Casey Couture, took home the Community Spirit Award with their booth at Saturday's Lemonade Extravaganza. Twenty-two students from Fairfield Intermediate School set up on the square as part of the project. Each child was raising money for a certain organization, such as their church, animal shelters, American Red Cross, and nursing homes. Crazy Craft Girls, owned by Lydia Morgan and Jenna Haden, earned the Taste Test Award with their Honey Apple Lemonade, while the People's Choice Award was Briana Thurman, owner of Kountry Girl Lemonade. FIS teahcer Gina Martin said the school plans to be back next year with more stands and invites the public to support these wonderful youth business owners.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
02
May

Lemonade Extravaganza Saturday

Several young entrepreneurs are heading to the courthouse square to sell lemonade. The students are learning what it takes to earn a dollar with this pilot program. The Lemonade Extravaganza is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Booths will be set up around the square and at the following locations:

  • Kennedy's Korner
  • Something Different
  • Napa
  • Brookshire Bros.

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Wed
07
Mar

Black pleads not guilty to Trooper Allen murder

Capital murder suspect Dabrett Black is led out of the courtroom by Freestone County Deputy Preston Cordova after his March 1 arraignment in which he plead not guilty.
Photo by April Walker

Dabrett Black was arraigned in the court of Judge H.D. Black last Thursday and pled not guilty to allegedly killing DPS Trooper Damon Allen on Thanksgiving Day. The judge, who once presided over the 77th District Court, was visiting from another district in place of current 77th District Court Judge Patrick Simmons. Simmons will be back in time for the pre-trial hearing, which is slated for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7.

The suspect is being defended by Susan Anderson, an assistant public defender with the Regional Public Defenders Office (RPDO) in Terrell. The Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases office is the largest collaborative effort between counties and a state-funded program in the formative years in the United States.

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