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4-County Hay Show September 20th

Landowners in Freestone and adjoining counties have submitted hay samples to their local County Extension Offices. Hay Show results and Educational Program will be given on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Associate Professor and Extension Forage Specialist. During this program, Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Professor and Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist, will also discuss Pond Management. For more information regarding the Hay Show and Pond Program, and/or to RSVP, contact the Extension Office at 903-389-3436 by September 16,...

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Reflections from Red Oak Ranch

I have decided that the Red Oak Ranch must be on the flight path for many a flock of birds.  We have had Geese land in the lake, the North East Pond, and even in the Hay Meadow.  We’ve had Eaglets that strutted their stuff in the pasture around the house and when they grew up a little, had perches in the tall trees on the edge of the Hay Meadow.  Lately we have had beautiful White Cranes with black tipped wings come in a flock of six, go to the edge of the lake, fly to the North East Pond, fly back over the lake and land in the trees there.  Most unusual for the Cranes we usually have around here to land in trees but these do. Of course the flocks of Hummingbirds are here now and keep me busy making the nectar to fill the feeders for them.  The Wrens are still around and Egrets too.  The Egrets sometimes sit on the backs of the cows and that makes a funny sight especially when the cows move forward in their grazing with this white bird on their back!  We have an Owl that has a nest some place in the Sweet Gum Grove and he flies with his wings full out which is amazing to behold. I often wonder what the cows think of all these...

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Joe Max Wilson Labor Day Weekend Golf Scramble

Tri-County Golf Club at the Vineyards is hosting the 1st Annual Joe Max Wilson Labor Day Weekend Golf Scramble on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Tee off is at 10:00 a.m. and entry fees are $15 for members and $30 for non-members. Non-members entry fee includes cost of green fee, entry fee, ½ cart, and entitles family access to all activities. The swimming pool will be open to members and players families in the scramble. There will be a horse show throwing contest, washer tournament, putting contest, and a sand pit with money in it for the kids. Free wraparounds and snow cones will be offered. Come out and join the fun and help a great...

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Freestone County Sheriff’s Report

Deputies investigate burn ban violation, unable to determine responsible party, no damage to any property. Fairfield EMS and Butler Fire respond to elderly man with stomach troubles, subject taken to ER for observation.Deputy investigates report of threat to destroy caller’s property. Trooper responds to call of two motorists on interstate stopped in the middle of the roadway, out of the vehicles and arguing, it’s okay to argue, just get out of the middle of the road. Couple out for a drive on county road, spot a deer and back up to get a better look, now car stuck in the ditch, Deputy out to assist and get wrecker service enroute for them. Deputy responds to loud music call. Fairfield PD to call of two people arguing in the parking lot of local business, must be all the rain. Deputy and Dew Fire to vehicle that hydroplaned off the interstate. Greyhound bus driver calls dispatch to report passenger complaining of severe chest pains, Fairfield EMS and Dew Fire respond. Passenger flown by air ambulance to Waco hospital. Caller needs to speak to a Deputy, says was on the phone just now with someone who admits taking things from his house, Deputy out to investigate. Deputies respond to caller report of intoxicated relative at the house causing trouble and refusing to leave. Troopers, Fairfield EMS and Fairfield Fire to another weather...

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Continuance Granted in Capital Murder Trial

A motion for continuance has been granted in the case of The State of Texas vs. Lawson Lee Abram. Previously set for August 29th, the trial has been rescheduled for October 3, 2016. Defense Attorney, Steve Keathley, previously filed several motions and addressed each one during a special hearing held on Friday, July 29, 2016. Judge Patrick Simmons put the motion “on hold” until a status hearing held August 23rd where he revisited the issue and decided to grant the continuance. Abram, along with co-defendants Amber Hope Halford and O’Jarion McClenon, is charged with Capital Murder for his alleged involvement in an incident occurring in March of 2015 that resulted in the death of Teague resident, Douglas Carr Hurst. Amber Halford’s trial is scheduled for September 19, 2016; and O’Jarion (O.J.) McClenon’s trial is set for October 31,...

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