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Big Plans for September in City of Fairfield

“We are very pleased to come back to Fairfield after a twelve-year absence,” exclaimed Floyd Daniels, of the Texas State Coonhunters Association. “We came here because of our love of the sport, but also because of the people,” he shared of the hunters’ recent return to Fairfield for the Texas State Coon Hunt in April of this year, “We were welcomed here.” Councilmen granted their approval for the Coonhunters to return to the historic W.L. Moody Reunion Grounds in Fairfield to host their next hunt September 9th – 11th. “People are looking forward to coming here,” Mr. Daniels expounded. “We can say thank y’all [Fairfield City Councilmen] but the hard part is thanking land owners for sharing their blessing with us.” As a way of saying thank you, the Texas State Coonhunters Association plans to host a barbeque for the City Council, staff, and local landowners prior to the hunt. With an exciting weekend of events already planned, including the City-Wide Garage Sale and the 19th Annual Show of Wheels, Fairfield Market Days will host an additional sale at the Reunion Grounds. “They had a successful hunt, we had a successful market,” said Darlene Jones, Market Days coordinator, of the City’s decision to extend the September Market Days schedule. “It’s a boost not only for our market, but for our community,” she said. Engineer Mike Tibetts, of Hayter Engineering,...

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Pigskins: Countywide Preview

 Freestone County athletes begin two-a-day training…        ABOVE: Running the new Eagle team through their daily drills are the superlative  coaching staff of Fairfield High School, as Two-a-Days gets started this week. (Photo by Karen E. Leidy)   The summertime breeze will bring about the sound of whistles and water cans as teams prepare for the 2016 football campaign.  The local teams have new districts and high hopes for the season ahead.EAGLES The Fairfield Eagles advanced a couple of rounds in the 2015 edition.  Head coach and athletic director John Bachtel will lead the Eagles to potentially another postseason bid and a deep run if the bracket works out for them. The Eagles will miss Charles Oliver, heading onto the practice fields at Texas A & M, but bring a few starters at key positions.  The 2016 version of the Fairfield Eagles will be young but that method has worked well for the maroon and gold with a continuous streak of playoff appearances. Kameron Ransom and Tarrence Rischer will return to the Eagle lineup and play key roles on both sides of the ball.  Zac Barlow and Akeem Jackson are multi-sport players and should factor in the skill positions.  The Eagles have always had solid lines on both offensive and defensive fronts and should be able to perform well. After two scrimmages, the Eagles head straight to...

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County Employees Pick Their Own Plan

 Commissioners work to meet county employees insurance needs…                                  “There is no way to pick one plan that works best for all 95 employees,” explained Freestone County Auditor, Donna Williams. “Changing our health plan to a private exchange allows the employee to choose which plan works best for their own personal needs, and those of their family.” Freestone County Commissioners voted to change the employee health plan to a private exchange plan through Texas Association of Counties (TAC) with Blue Cross Blue Shield at a meeting held Thursday, July 28, 2016. Currently, every employee opting to have county insurance is on the same exact health plan; of which the county pays $706.82 per employee. If commissioners had voted to keep that same plan, the cost would have risen to $735.08 per employee, a total increase of $2,684.70 per year. Changing to the private exchange allows each employee to choose their own plan. The county will contribute a set amount, the same for each employee. The employee is responsible to pay the difference should they choose a plan costing more than that set amount. The dollar number has yet to be determined, but should be close to what the county currently pays. Williams noted that the private exchange does offer a plan that is comparable...

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County Employees Pick Their Own Plan

 Commissioners work to meet county employees insurance needs…                                  “There is no way to pick one plan that works best for all 95 employees,” explained Freestone County Auditor, Donna Williams. “Changing our health plan to a private exchange allows the employee to choose which plan works best for their own personal needs, and those of their family.” Freestone County Commissioners voted to change the employee health plan to a private exchange plan through Texas Association of Counties (TAC) with Blue Cross Blue Shield at a meeting held Thursday, July 28, 2016. Currently, every employee opting to have county insurance is on the same exact health plan; of which the county pays $706.82 per employee. If commissioners had voted to keep that same plan, the cost would have risen to $735.08 per employee, a total increase of $2,684.70 per year. Changing to the private exchange allows each employee to choose their own plan. The county will contribute a set amount, the same for each employee. The employee is responsible to pay the difference should they choose a plan costing more than that set amount. The dollar number has yet to be determined, but should be close to what the county currently pays. Williams noted that the private exchange does offer a plan that is comparable...

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Dear Editor: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump This Week

Dear Editor, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump This Week The media had a feeding frenzy yesterday when Trump publicly asked the Russians to “find” Hillary Clinton’s erased emails.  Pundits from the left accused him of asking the Russians to commit espionage against America.  That’s laughable.  The Russians and certainly the Chinese communists already possess the deleted 30,000 emails from Clinton’s unprotected server. If an unemployed Romanian taxi driver with an outdated laptop could hack into her files, which he did, does anyone seriously think that enemy governments with IT geniuses and super computers have not already done so?  The security breach happened when Ms. Clinton assumed that she was above the law and her own State Department regulations and used her at-home computer for secret communications about America’s business.  The actual espionage that has already happened is Clinton’s baggage. Mr. Trump has also come under fire for saying that Mr. Putin is a stronger leader than Mr. Obama whose legacy Hillary promises to continue.  Saying unpleasant things like that does not make them untrue; it just makes them unfortunate.  Putin is a strong leader, albeit a Mafia-type criminal one. Mr. Obama has still never had the moral courage to say aloud the name of our main enemy – Islamic terrorism. Coincidentally, Islamic terrorism is also a key enemy of the Russians as well.  Mr. Putin has a vision of...

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