Freestone County Texas

Fri
24
Nov

Trooper Allen brought back to hometown

State Troopers and other law enforcement officers lined up outside Bowers Funeral Home about 4 p.m. Nov. 24, to carry the body of Damon Allen into the funeral home.
Photo by April Walker

The body of slain DPS Trooper Damon Allen was delivered to Bowers Funeral Home Nov. 24. Residents lined U.S. 84 in Teague to show their support for the fallen officer. Allen was shot and killed during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop at mile marker 194 on I-45 outside of Dew.

After an hours-long manhunt, suspect Darbrett Black was found in Liendo, Waller County, and captured after officers released K9 Unit Odin on man as he hid in the tree line of a field.

Funeral services are planned for Allen at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Mexia High School football stadium in Mexia. Visitation is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.

Wed
08
Nov

Harris announces run for county treasurer

Tammy Harris

My name is Tammy Harris, and I am proud to announce my candidacy for Freestone County Treasurer. I am a lifelong resident of Freestone County, as were the seven generations of my family before me. I live in between Fairfield and Streetman on the same land upon which my great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents worked and lived. When I was 8-years-old I showed my grandfather exactly where I wanted to build my house when I grew up, and I consider myself blessed to have done exactly that. Freestone County is not just my home; it's a large part of who I am. My parents are Ollie and Sandra Young and Glynn Harris and Linda Grant, all of Freestone County. I have one sister, Tracie Ezell and husband, Darrell, who also live in Freestone County. My stepbrother and stepsister, James Grant and Jami Lowry, also grew up in Freestone County. James and his wife, Averie, still live and work here. I am the proud mother of three children.

Wed
08
Nov

Sexual assault trial begins

James Minefee

Jury selection began Monday this week in the trial of a Teague man accused of sexually assaulting his young granddaughter. Defendant James Minefee, 64, is being represented by Groesbeck attorney David Moore. Testimony and opening arguments began Tuesday morning in the 87th District Court of Judge Deborah Oakes Evans. Minefee was arrested on two counts of

 

 

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Wed
08
Nov

Historic Bonner Cemetery vandalized

Numerous headstones at Bonner Cemetery were damaged -- some more than 150 years old. Police are investigating possible suspect(s) and have sent evidence to the DPS Crime Lab in Waco.

Photo by April Walker

Police are investigating vandalism at a historic cemetery in the Steward's Mill community north of Fairfield. Bonner Cemetery, one of the oldest in Freestone County, fell victim to destructive forces during the weekend of Oct. 28, and numerous headstones were uprooted and broken.

Police say substantial evidence was collected at the scene and has been submitted to the DPS Crime Lab in Waco for analysis.

The vandalism was reported by Tommy Robinson and Sheriff's Deputy Jack Wright responded to the graveyard on County Road 151.

 

 

Wed
04
Oct

Court tables items, leaves on burn ban

The two main discussion items were tabled at the Sept. 27 commissioners meeting for various reasons. The court was slated to approve a purchase for materials for the district courtroom renovation, but instead took no action on the agenda item.
Also tabled was a presentation by Sandersen & Scheffer, PLLC, for their 2016 fiscal audit, of which the county has already paid $6,500 – and still owes $10,000. This item has been on the agenda since Sept. 13, but no discussion has been held.
This item is once again on the agenda for the Oct. 4 meeting.
In other court news, commissioners:

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Wed
04
Oct

FJH students released following power outage

Parents began lining up to pick up there children from Fairfield Junior High School after a power outage shut the school down for the day Monday, Oct. 2.

Photo by April Walker

Fairfield junior high students were rejoicing Monday morning when an unexpected power outage allowed them an early release at 12 p.m. The power was reportedly down in one half of the building, while the other half worked.
“The power is expected to be out for most of the day,” said FJH Principal Bryan Gawryszewski in a mass email sent to parents. The power outage only effected the junior high campus, but phone lines were down throughout the district, as well.

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Wed
27
Sep

Cotton Gin members honored

Eleven members of the Cotton Gin Masonic Lodge No. 154 in Krivin were recently honored for their years of service. These members earned 25- and 40-year service awards on Monday, Sept. 18. Standing (from left) are Mark Taylor, Ralph Billings, Wade Bottoms, Jr., Joe Barrow, Carl Alexander, Fred Carter, Roger McCrary, Larry Davis, and Willie Williams; seated is Ed Prasil and Ray Forrester is kneeling. The charter for the Lodge was granted Jan. 18, 1855, and members meet on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

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Wed
27
Sep

County talks closure of Pct. 1 voting box

Like a scene out of the 1972 film Deliverance, the Liberty voting box stands at the intersection of County Roads 300 and 302 in the Butler area. Because the building is so neglected, commissioners are discussing the possibility of closing it down. Voters will not cast their votes at this box again until the March primaries in 2018.
Photo by April Walker

County commissioners are discussing the permanent closure of the Liberty voting box which stands at the intersection of County Roads 300 and 302 in the Butler area of precinct 1. The one-room building could use some renovation work, but Pct. 1 Commissioner Andy Bonner thinks it should be closed.
“There's no electricity, no restroom or air conditioning, the floor is rotting, it's not handicap accessible,” explained Precinct 1 Commissioner Andy Bonner at last week's county meeting. “It needs to be closed.”
Election judge Opal Oliver, however, disagrees.
“They're [the voters] wanting at least their voices heard,” said Opal. “They want to keep that box open. It would cost them to drive the 18 miles to Fairfield and the 18 miles back just to vote. That's an inconvenience.”
The Liberty voting box only saw 10 voters during the May run-off elections last year.

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

Knife bandit strikes again

No one was injured when a man robbed the Fred's store in Fairfield at knifepoint Friday night. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Photo by Tanya Lee

Two more Fairfield businesses were robbed by a knife-wielding man - fitting the same description of the Family Dollar robber - over the weekend. The Exxon gas station and Fred's Dollar Store were both hit after dark. According to reports, Fairfield Police Department received a 911 call at 9:44 p.m. Friday night, Sept. 8, of a robbery.

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