Author: Karen Leidy

Making It Official: Dogan Alumni Weekend

SIGNING A PROCLAMATION IN RECOGNITION OF DOGAN ALUMNI Weekend 2017 is Freestone County Judge Linda Grant. Reunion Committee members had gathered in Fairfield over the weekend to finalize plans for the July 7-9, 2017 event. Witnessing the judge’s signature are (seated):  Billy Betts – Vice-President and Joyce Ransom Bennett – President. Other Doganites include:  Mattie Gabriel Gowans, Joe Gabriel, Hattie Bennett Johnson, Stephanie Cornish Whitfield, Glenda Coleman, Margaret Andy Scott, Sherry Andy Brackens, Benny Gabriel, Gertrude Keeton Green, Ramona Terry Tanksley, Joan Ransom, William Cooper. (Photo by Karen...

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CANCELED: Square Affair & Wellness Festival is Canceled Due to Bad Weather

NOTE:  This event has been canceled due to the unpredictable weather.  Next Square Affair will be held in November.   It’s all about health…and shopping, of course! This year, the Summer Square Affair will include a Wellness Festival.  The two events will be held this Saturday, May 20th on the courthouse square in Fairfield, Texas. Freestone Medical Center will offer blood pressure and blood sugar checks. Other health-related booths will include Corsicana Pediatric Dentistry, consultants from Thrive and Melaleuca, One Spirit, and Freestone Cancer Support Group (FCSG). Fitness classes will be presented by Adrenaline Fitness. Shopping vendors will sell...

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Summer Camps Announced at Fairfield ISD

Fairfield ISD will host several camps throughout the summer. Football Camp June 5 – 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Cost is $50.  Email with name, grade entering, and shirt size. Kiddie Camps for Twirlers & Flags June 5 – 8 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (HS Twirlers will be scheduled for July).  For info, email Softball Camp June 6 – 8 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., June 9 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.  For info, email Art Camp at the High School with Mrs. Thorne from June 12 – 16 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. for incoming 3rd – 8th Graders.  For info, email Cheer Camps at the High School Gym June 26 – 29 Kiddie Camp, and June 19 -22 for Cheerleaders.  Contact Cheer Coach Rebecca Henson at 903-389-4177. Library Reading Camp at Fairfield Elementary Library June 19-22 (two sessions: 9-11 and 12-2). $25 per kid with free vouchers for a friend. Art Camp with Mrs. Haydon at the Intermediate School July 10 – 13, Monday – Thursday, morning and afternoon sessions. Boys Basketball with Coach Worley July 10 – 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., for incoming 7th – 9th Graders.  For info, email Flag Camps at the Junior High with Mr. Large July 10 – 12, All...

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Citizen Activist Arrested While Videotaping House Affairs Committee Meeting

After repeatedly ignoring the Sergeant-At-Arms requests to stop videotaping, Waxahachie resident, Amy Hedtke, was physically removed from a March 22, 2017 hearing of the House State of Affairs Committee in Austin. DPS Officers subsequently arrested Hedtke, charging her with Criminal Trespass, after she refused to leave Capitol grounds, when asked to do so. The House State of Affairs Committee is chaired by Texas Representative Byron Cook, District 8. Hedtke maintains that she has a right to videotape proceedings, citing Texas Open Meeting laws that allow any person to record “all or part of any open meeting of a governmental body.” However, the law also stipulates that the same governmental body “may adopt reasonable rules to maintain order at a meeting.” These may include location of recording equipment and how a recording is made. Currently, Texas House rules allow for filming and recording ONLY by those with Capitol Media Credentials. The application process requires employment verification with an independent news organization. “The House Committee on State Affairs has required a capitol media credential for filming or recording the proceedings since July, 2013,” states Rep. Cook. “It was implemented to help ensure the safety of the public and the members of the committee.  The Texas Constitution gives the Texas House the power to determine the rules of its proceedings, including committee meetings.” Signage is posted outside the committee room, notifying attendees...

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Dew VFD Gets $195,000 Grant for New Truck

Dew Volunteer Fire Department recently received a grant through the Texas A&M Forest Service’s Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. The funding was used to purchase a 2016 Ford 750 brush truck that will help increase their capacity to save lives and property. The new truck is equipped with a front bumper turret, 16,000-pound wench, a slip-on unit that has an 800-gallon poly water tank and a 10-gallon foam tank. Front bumpers on fire apparatus are no longer just bumpers. They can now be out fitted with a variety of firefighting equipment that can improve the initial-attack and water delivery. Dew VFD chose to attach a water turret that will be used to discharge a high-velocity stream of water and foam to help with a quick knock down. They will be able to make a blitz attack on a fire even before exiting the apparatus. The VFD’s 114-square-mile rural service area is primarily brush, pasture and farm land but the new truck will be very beneficial when fighting any type of fire. “The primary purpose of the truck will be for wildland firefighting but we will also take advantage of the truck’s firefighting capabilities and use it for vehicle accidents on the very busy Interstate Highway 45,” said Dew VFD Fire Chief Monte Atchley. “The bumper turret adds a safety factor to the initial attack because we can stop...

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