Freestone County Texas

Wed
15
Aug

Letter to the editor

My heartfelt thanks to all of the VFDs in Freestone County:

Have you ever had a short Fire Department Captain walk up to you and say "Get out of your house!" I did and I was glad and was made to feel very thankful. We had an experience at my home in Lakewood that I wouldn't wish on anyone.

 

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Wed
15
Aug

Wortham volleyball season opens

Wortham's Ashley Mao leans forward to pass the ball to her setter during the season-opening match against Mexia Tuesday. Mexia won three consecutive games to take the match.
Photo by Skip Leon/The Mexia News

With just two practices under its belt, the Wortham volleyball team was out of sync in its season-opener, losing to Mexia in three sets at Wortham Tuesday. Game scores were

25-16, 25-23, 25-18.

Wortham coach DeAnna Whaley said her team was not sharp in their season opener. But in addition to having just two practices, they also played without setter and team captain Jayde Hamilton, who sat out due to an injury.

Wed
15
Aug

Local boy gets big movie role

When Wortham’s Luke Winters, then 10, and his father, Shane, heard last summer about an open-casting call in Waco for boys to be in a movie they were intrigued enough to go, but did not have much hope that Luke would actually get a part.

That was in late August 2017, during the time Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, and they were already planning to go to Waco the day of the audition. 

“We got up early that morning, and it was raining out,” Shane said, “and I told the kids, ‘Hey, do you want to have some fun?’ So we ran to Waco, went to the hotel and we were one of the first ones there.”

Wed
15
Aug

Commissioners face budget

Commissioners continue to work on their budget, facing tough decisions such as department raises, travel allowances, and the upcoming capital murder trial. A public hearing was held on the tax rate at the Aug. 8 meeting. The court has budgeted $700,000 for the capital murder trial and it seems the trial may run upwards of $1 million.

Commissioners have proposed a two cent tax increase of 0.35947 cents per $100 valuation; the current tax rate is 0.339. Commissioners voted on the tax rate at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Wed
15
Aug

Fred Gerhard Albers

Fred Albers

Fred Gerhard Albers

January 17, 1930

August 10, 2018

Wed
15
Aug

Now and Then

August 19, 1943

Negro Children Burned To Death – It is reported that two Negro children, one about three months old, the other about three years, were burned to death in a tenant house on the Williams place in the Winkler community a few days ago. It is reported the parents had left three children in the house alone, and that the oldest got out when the house caught fire from matches they were playing with.

Wed
15
Aug

A mission of mercy and love

On approximately 140 acres of beautiful ranch land on the outskirts of Teague, live 19 horses, two mules, 11 donkeys, two llamas and a host of dogs, cows, goats and pigs.

The Hoof Prints and Paw Prints Rescue and Sanctuary is home to animals that have been abused or abandoned for the last year and a half.

Mary Crisp and her daughters Elizabeth Bourassa and Bella Lopez make sure the animals are taken care of and happy.

Wed
15
Aug

Locals' grandson wins 6th in world rowing event

From left are teammates Zac von Appen, Kane Grant, Alexander Clarke, and Fraser Pensini rowing in the 2018 Under 23 World Rowing Championship in Poland.
Photo by ‘Copyright Rowing Australia’

Fraser Pensini, grandson of Burt and Janie Richards of Fairfield, recently represented Australia in the 2018 Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland July 25-29. Fraser occupied the bow seat in the Men’s Coxed Four that earned a place in the A Final finishing sixth in the world. Fraser was introduced to rowing in high school, which he continued while attending university. Inspired by the Australian Rowing team in the 2012 London Olympics, Fraser set his sights on one day rowing for Australia. Fraser completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Western Australia in Perth in 2017. Fraser took 2018 off to concentrate on rowing which proved extremely fruitful. He plans to begin studying medicine in 2019 in Perth to fulfil his dream of becoming a rural doctor.

Wed
15
Aug

Farmers State Bank welcomes Moller

Farmer’s State Bank recently welcomed Kevin Moller as their new AVP/Branch Operations Manager/Lender. Moller is a member of the Fairfield Rotary Club and Fairfield Lions Club. Born and raised in Ft. Worth, Moller has lived in Fairfield for the last 15 years with his wife, Carol. The couple has two children and two grandchildren. He has been in banking for 44 years, with the last 39 in rural banking. Moller is a military veteran, serving in the Army from 1972-1975. He is also a former director with the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and Trinity Star Arts Council, and a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Moller enjoys golfing and community service.

Contributed photo

Wed
15
Aug

Low-Frequency noise: A problem no one pays attention to

Charles Morgan met with Gov. Abbott in Leona at the Leona General Store on Aug. 8. While there he had an opportunity to express his concern, regarding House Bill 1818, to question the decision why the Railroad Commission did not include noise in the Strategic Plan required by HB 1818.
Contributed photo

Teague resident and former professional engineer, Charles Morgan, spoke with Texas Governor Greg Abbott Wednesday, Aug. 8 regarding House Bill 1818. Morgan questioned the decision to not include noise in the Strategic Plan required by HB 1818.

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