Author: Karen Leidy

Texas Joins The Call for Constitutional Convention

Earlier this month, the Texas House of Representatives approved a Senate Joint Resolution, which calls for an Article V Convention of the States. The House vote was 94 to 51. This makes Texas the 11th of 34 states needed to call the convention. Texas joins such states as Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Passage of the measure was listed as a priority by Governor Greg Abbott during his State of the State Address on January 31st. The Texas call for a convention would be to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would –impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, –limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and –limit the terms of office of federal officials and members of Congress. This measure will be forwarded to Vice-President Mike Pence (who resides over the U.S. Senate) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (who resides over the U.S. House of Representatives). Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, the legislatures of two thirds of the states can call for a convention to draft amendments to the Constitution, and any amendments approved by the convention would then require the support of three-quarters of the states to become part of the Constitution. In its history, the U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times. So far, none of those were amendments generated by a convention of...

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Community Backs the Blue, Raising More Than $3,000

Fairfield Police Association held their first Back the Blue BBQ on Saturday, May 13, 2017, raising a total of $3,267. Fairfield Police Sergeant David Utsey was the designated BBQ cooker for the event; and the group sold more than 200 plates. “The members of the association worked very hard to make this a great event,” says association President, Albert Gallegos. “We want to thank the citizens for coming out to support our benefit. We look forward to doing this again next...

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Movie Review: Alien Covenant

By Bob Garver I’ve never been the biggest fan of the “Alien” franchise, including the original film from 1979. Maybe it’s because I’ve been raised on movies that rip it off, or maybe it’s because that big surprise scare was spoiled for me long before I saw it, but I see it as little more than characters skulking around a spaceship waiting to be picked off like in any number of unimaginative horror movies. So I’m probably not the best candidate for “Alien: Covenant,” which, after the misguided highbrow affair that was 2012’s “Prometheus,” gets the franchise back to...

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Speeders Take Note: Fairfield Council Approves Purchase of New Signs

With speeders clocked at over 70 mph in a residential area, Fairfield Police Department asked council for approval in purchasing special traffic monitors during the May 9, 2007 regular session. “It’s becoming an issue,” Police Chief Kenny Bulger told council members. “Someone’s going to get hurt.” Many residents use Reunion Street in Fairfield as a back way for traveling through town. It runs parallel to much of Highway 84, and does not include any stop lights or stop signs. The speed limit for this road is 30 mph. Council member David Steward, who lives on Reunion near Anderson Lane, shared that he has observed fast traffic in the early morning. “At least four cars have run up into my yard,” he says, as a result of driving too fast. The hours before and after school were also cited as heavy traffic times. “It’s a blessing that we haven’t had anyone killed,” commented Council member Randy Johnson, as the group remarked on the number of children who live, and play, along the problem areas. City Administrator Jeff Looney recommends portable traffic signs that display a driver’s speed, as they pass by. The plan, according to Chief Bulger, is to set up these signs at either end of Reunion Street, to serve as a warning. Then, position a police car in the middle. “They will know they are speeding,” says Chief...

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Rescheduled: Kid Fish Derby Will Be Held June 3rd

NOTE:  This event has been RESCHEDULED due to inclement weather.   Fairfield Lake State Park hosts its annual Kid Fish Derby on Saturday, JUNE 3, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. The derby is open to grades Pre-K through Eighth. Admission is free. Lunch, bait, and fishing poles will be provided. Registration begins 8:00 a.m. The event is made possible by their sponsors: Sonic of Fairfield, Fairfield Young Farmers, Jolly’s #4, L&M Trophies, and Friends of Fairfield Lake State...

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