Author: Karen Leidy

Powerful Package Delivered to Courthouse: No Bomb, Just Bibles

Taking delivery of some powerful stuff, in a manner described as “mysterious,” law enforcement blocked off the west side of the Freestone County courthouse square early Tuesday morning, January 9, 2018 to investigate a box left on one of the benches. Discovered at approximately 2:30 a.m. by a Freestone County DPS Officer, Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley states that law enforcement made the decision to play it safe. The fact that the public would soon begin to arrive to work, along with employees of the county, contributed heavily to that decision. McLennan County Bomb Squad was dispatched to the...

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Bank Employees Collect Items for Local Cancer Patients

COLLECTING SOFT, WARM FUZZIES for cancer patients are the folks at Wells Fargo Bank in Fairfield, Texas. The brain child of Brittany Rodgers (seated middle) and Jackie Mares (seated right), bank employees collected hats, socks, throws, and blankets to be given to friends and neighbors who are currently fighting the disease. Bettye Trask (seated left) and her husband, Trask (standing behind) accepted the items on Thursday, January 4, 2017 on behalf of the Freestone Cancer Support Group. Also on hand from Wells Fargo are (left-right): Julian Mendoza, Linda Measles, Frank Freeman, Shari Stallones and Bracey Liner. FCSG assists local...

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Good Bye to 2017! Top Ten Good-News Stories of the Year

In just four more days, we will say “good-bye” to 2017 and ring in the New Year. It has been an interesting twelve months, to say the least. There have been several good-news stories to happen in Freestone County, Texas. Here are ten of our favorites: 1. The “birth” of Freestone Medical Center. As midnight chimed in on January 1, 2017, Fairfield Hospital Board member, Sherry Brackens, and CEO Stace Holland, marked the transition from ETMC to Fairfield’s new hospital. 2. Celebration of gospel-blues musician, George Washington Phillips. Following several years of research, author and music critic, Michael Corcoran, introduced his new book, “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams,” to the people of Teague, Texas. Unbeknownst to his friends and neighbors, the late jack-leg preacher from the Simsboro community had recorded 18 songs with Columbia Record between 1927 and 1929. Phillip’s unique music, created with an instrument he called a Manzarene, has garnered fans from around the world and, recently, a Grammy nomination. 3. Teague High School Senior Raises Funds for Law Enforcement. Through raffles, bake sales and various donations, Megan Martin of Teague raised enough funds to outfit every full-time law enforcement officer in Freestone County with special ballistic plates. Designed to protect against high-powered munitions, a total of 96 plates were purchased. 4. Freestone County Museum Observes 50-Year Anniversary. Celebrating with music, stories and new exhibits, Freestone...

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Guns and Churches: Attorney General Clarifies Open Carry Law

The right to carry in Texas churches was officially clarified by Attorney General Ken Paxton, in an Opinion issued last week on December 21, 2017. The request for clarification came from Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who did so in the wake of last month’s shooting at a small rural church that left twenty-six congregants dead. “Following the shooting in Sutherland Springs in November, everyone in the state was very thankful for the brave Texan who stopped the attack through the exercise of his Second Amendment rights,” stated Lt. Governor Patrick. Two issues were addressed in the Attorney General’s Opinion: First, a licensed gun holder is allowed to carry their handgun on the premises of a church, unless the church posts signs excluding handguns. The Texas Penal Code makes it a criminal offense for a license holder to carry a concealed handgun, and openly carry a handgun, on property of another without consent, when the license holder has received notice forbidding carrying a handgun on the property. Notice may be given orally or by written communication, from the owner of the property, or by someone with apparent authority to act for the owner. The second issue involved the waiving of the private security fees for churches. The State of Texas requires any private business that employs a commissioned security officer, to first obtain a letter of authority from the Texas...

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New Vehicles Added to FCSO Fleet

ROLLING OUT FOUR NEW PATROL UNITS this week was Freestone County Sheriff’s Office. These much needed Chevy Tahoes will replace units of different makes and models that are ten-plus years old with high mileage and continuous maintenance issues. Commissioners approved the purchase of these vehicles earlier this year after realizing the need to update the fleet. (Courtesy...

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