Wortham Texas

Thu
20
Sep

Wortham man dies in motorcycle crash

Keith Harrup is pictured on the motorcycle he won from a Harley Davidson dealership in Waco just last week.
Courtesy photo

Two days after winning the prize of a lifetime a Wortham man passed away in a motorcycle accident on FM 80 North in Freestone County. According to DPS reports the motorcycle accident occurred at 11:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, while attempting to avoid a deer. Reports show Harrup was traveling north around a sharp curve when a deer ran into the roadway. Harrup allegedly swerved to the left and traveled into a wet barrow ditch toward a driveway when he hit a tree and died on impact. Reports say he

 

Wed
29
Aug

County welcomes 2 exchange students

Two Freestone County families have welcomed a new culture into their home by participating in the foreign exchange program through Youth For Understanding (YFU). Chad and Stephanie Wood, of Wortham, are hosting Germany native Freyja for the 2018-19 school year. Freyja will attend Teague High School. Charles and Kylie Neidich, of Fairfield, are hosting Hana from Japan and she will attend Fairfield High School. Exchange students experience tremendous personal growth during their program year. At the same time, the impressions made by the students themselves will broaden perspectives of host families and ultimately ripple through schools and across entire communities. YFU, one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most respected intercultural exchange programs, has been changing the way we see

 

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

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
08
Aug

Local gets movie role

Wortham's own Luke Winters is slated to star in "First Man" opposite A-lister Ryan Gosling. Winters is pictured with Gosling while filming in Atlanta in the fall of 2017. Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong, while Winters plays his son, Rick, in the big-budget film. The movie is scheduled for release in October 2018. See the full story in the Aug. 16 edition of The Fairfield Recorder. 

Contributed photo

Wed
09
May

Patricia Evans

Patricia Evans

Patricia Evans

October 14, 1959

April 28, 2018

Wed
18
Apr

John James "JJ" Jarrell

JJ Jarrell

John James “JJ” Jarrell

March 29, 1988

April 12, 2018

Thu
12
Apr

Margaret Elizabeth (Betsy) Keller

Margaret Keller

Margaret Elizabeth (Betsy) Keller

October 17, 1932

April 9, 2018

Thu
12
Apr

WVFD accepts $10K

Pictured are Jamil Johnson, Sr. Manager Liquid Pipeline Operations for Energy Transfer; Wortham Fire Chief Kelly Craig; Hilda Lopez, public relations for Energy Transfer; and Bobby Davis, construction manager on Permian Express 3 for Energy Transfer.
Photo submitted by Lori Jones

The Wortham Volunteer Fire Department (WFVD) received a $10,000 donation from the Permian Express Pipeline Wednesday, April 5, at the Wortham fire station. The fire department plans to use the donation toward their expansion campaign, which includes tearing down the building next door to expand current facilities. The Permian Express Pipeline system is a joint venture between Energy Transfer Partners and ExxonMobile, comprised of crude oil trunk pipelines and crude oil gathering pipelines. Energy Transfer Partners is expanding the Permian Express 3 system which includes construction of a new storage tank in Wortham.

 

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