Author: Karen Leidy

Hackers Target Fairfield Business

“Watch what you respond to,” cautioned Fairfield Mayor Roy Hill, during last week’s City Council Meeting. According to Mayor Hill, one of his businesses dodged an expensive bullet about six weeks ago, when they received confirmation from a local bank concerning a large money transfer that had not been authorized. Apparently, hackers used their system to send an emailed request that appeared legit. Thankfully, the mistake was caught within 30 minutes. “We got it back,” says Mayor Hill, although it took 72 hours “of total panic” before the issue was completely resolved. Hill advises citizens to be careful with emails and, if the wording sounds off, to call the sender to confirm. Hacking is a pervasive problem, and has made the news several times this year. On April 6, the City of Dallas had all 156 of their emergency sirens go off during a two-hour period, beginning around 11:30 p.m.  As a result, their dispatch center was inundated with four times the normal amount of calls.  Hacking was identified as the culprit. Earlier this year, Northside ISD in San Antonio announced a major breach in their system caused by hacking into teacher emails.  At risk may be personal information such as names, addresses and dates of birth. Approved by Fairfield Council during this meeting include the following: –Resolution regarding rate change for Oncor Electric. –Annual contract with Freestone County...

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Upcoming Fairfield Projects Talked Over During Workshop

The City of Fairfield has their work cut out for them, following last week’s Council Workshop on pending projects. “I believe that makes number five,” remarked Mayor Roy Hill, as one more meeting was added to the list. While no action was taken, there was plenty of discussion among the council members and City Administrator Jeff Looney. First, the group discussed the benefits of becoming a Municipal Court of Record.  “This would put more teeth in what they can do,” says Looney, explaining that a formal proceeding would be taken more seriously by those being ticketed or fined. Becoming a Municipal Court of Record would require the hiring of a City Attorney, a position previously filled by long-time attorney, Reed Jackson. The council also gave input as to the benefits of utilizing their current law firm out of Waco, versus seeking someone locally. The consensus was that, while a larger, out-or-town firm might specialize in municipality regulation, travel costs would likely make them more expensive. However, as one councilman pointed out, “If you’re 30 miles away from home, you’re an expert!” Mayor Hill interjected that about 85% will entail traffic issues.  He further stated that the City could go to the larger law firm “when we had bigger issues.” “We’ve been talking annexation for how many years?” asked Councilman Joe Lee Kirgan, when the discussion flowed to the next...

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Busy Easter Weekend Planned

There will be lots to do this Easter weekend in Fairfield, with egg hunts, live music and sunrise services. EGGSTRAVAGANZA Make an Easter hat, and join the parade. Play the Bunny Trail, and take home a live bunny. There will be heaps and leaps of fun at the annual EGGSTRAVAGANZA on the courthouse lawn this year. Join the City of Fairfield and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce in celebrating Easter with family fun on Saturday, April 15th. Event will kick off beginning at 10:00 a.m. with kid’s activities, including: –Bunny Trail –Easter Egg Dye –Hat Makers booth –Face Painting...

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Dogan Alumni Join Fairfield Chamber: Plans Biennial Reunion

JOINING THE FAIRFIELD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE recently are members of the Dogan Alumni Association. The group is hard at work, planning for their biennial reunion, set for July 7-9, 2017. This year’s board and committee members include (in no particular order):  President – Joyce Ransom Bennett, Vice-President – Billy Betts, Treasurer – Glenda Coleman, Committee Chairperson – Joan Ransom, Committee Chairperson – Benny R. Gabriel, Faculty – Irene Marie Carroll-Slaughter, West Coast Representative – Mack Alvin Hunter, Sherry Brackens, Romona Terry Tanksley, Lee Bertha Beck, Gertrude Keeton Green and Bobby Cooper. Welcoming them to the Chamber is Executive Director...

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43rd Annual Rotary Talent Show: Music, Dance, Comedy & Magic on Stage

Joy was evident on the faces of the kids who took the stage of Friday night’s Talent Show, when they were applauded for their efforts. This was Fairfield Rotary Club’s 43rd Annual Talent Show, which is held to raise funds for their scholarship program. There were dancers and singers, magicians and jokesters, as well as a couple of budding gymnasts. http://freestonecountytimesonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Rotary-Talent-Show-magician.mp4 Chris George kept the crowd going, as Master of Ceremonies.  You may recognize him from his other gig – as pastor of Round Prairie Baptist Church. Theresa Farris had even the audience dancing to some funky sounds, as...

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