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Limestone County Judge Arrested for DUI

Limestone County Judge Daniel Lee Burkeen, 59, was arrested Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in McLennan County on a Class B Misdemeanor for driving while intoxicated, according to a Mart Police arrest affidavit. Burkeen was stopped after a Mart PD officer saw the muffler of a white Chevy Impala dragging on the street as the vehicle traveled east in the 400 block of West Texas Avenue shortly after 2:00 p.m. According to the affidavit, the officer observed the driver had slurred and slow speech; and when he was asked what the date was, he have the wrong one and explained that he had asthma. The officer reports that initially he thought Burkeen was in medical distress; but when he spoke with him, he could smell alcohol on him. Burkeen failed a standard field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of DWI, taken to McLennan County Jail, and his vehicle was impounded. According to the affidavit, Burkeen’s initial breath test measured a blood alcohol level of .112 percent. A blood sample was also taken and will be analyzed by the Texas Department of Public Safety lab. The judge was released Wednesday night on a $1,000 bond. He later released this statement regarding his arrest: “I was arrested on Wednesday, April 12 for driving while intoxicated,” Burkeen said. “I made a mistake and accept responsibility for it. I don’t normally drink....

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NASA Meteorologist Visits Fairfield Rotary

    GUEST SPEAKER AT THE Fairfield Rotary Club is Ross Hays, Meteorologist with NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (center). He shared interesting tales of sending off weather balloons; and of what he and his team does here at their local facility in Palestine. With him are Rotarians are David Huffman (left) and Jason Hullum (right). (Photo...

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Museum Celebrates 50 Years! – Poster Contest Winners Announced

The museum sponsored a “50 Year Anniversary Poster” contest.  Seventh graders from all area schools- Fairfield, Dew, Teague, Wortham and local home schoolers were encouraged to submit a poster. The winning poster came from Wortham Junior High. The poster is the WWII story of Army Air Corp medic, Bartley Benjamin Livingston, as told by his grandson, Wortham Judge, Ray Jones in an interview conducted by brothers, Spencer and Conner Munster. The winning poster was submitted by Conner and Spencer Munster who each received $50.00 for their 1st Place entry! A pizza party was given to the winning students/classroom of Laura Sides seventh grade...

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Early Voting Starts Monday, April 24

Early Voting begins in local City Council and School Board Elections.  Early voting will be held from April 24 thru May 2, 2017. Wortham ISD –7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closed 12-1 for lunch) April 24 thru May 2 at Wortham City Hall, 108 E. Main Street in Wortham, Texas. Teague City Council –8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on April 24, 26, 28 and May 1-2 at City Hall Council Chambers, 105 South 4th Avenue in Teague, Texas. –7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on April 25 and 27 at City Hall Council Chambers, 105 South 4th Avenue in Teague,...

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City & School Candidate Forum: Thursday, April 27th

Voters are invited to attend a Candidate Forum on Thursday, April 27, 2017 for the upcoming City Council and School Board elections. The event will be held at the Green Barn Civic Center in Fairfield, Texas beginning at 6:00 p.m. Candidates have been invited for Fairfield City Council, Teague City Council and Wortham School Board. Freestone County Times is hosting the event; Editor Karen Leidy will serve as moderator. After a brief introduction of the candidates, questions will be asked of each individual running for office.  Challengers will have an opportunity to respond, as well. If you have any...

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