Author: Karen Leidy

Full House For Santa Claus

More than 100 children of all ages joined Santa for a pancake breakfast on Saturday, September 30th in Fairfield, Texas. They had their faces painted, played “Pin The Nose on Rudolf,” made Christmas ornaments and had a “Crazy Sock” exchange. The kids also penned their wish lists, delivering them personally to the Jolly Old Elf. This annual event is hosted by Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by several local businesses, who supplied snacks and door prizes. The Chamber says, “THANK YOU to all our volunteers, sponsors and all those that donated door prizes.” Business Sponsors:  Kennedy’s Korner,...

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Budget Reduced $500K: Fairfield Tax Rate Raised by Eight Cents

Although not a unanimous vote, the 2017-2018 Budget for the City of Fairfield was officially approved earlier this month. Starting with a “bare bones” budget, and reducing expenditures by nearly $500,000 over last year, Council approved the new budget on September 12, 2017 with a tally of 3-2.  Council members Randy Johnson and Keith Daniels cast the dissenting votes. The City budget is separated into three parts: –Hotel/Motel:  Used mainly for events promoting tourism, which the State of Texas has extended to include historical preservation and the arts. Overall, the City is budgeting approximately $12,000 more than last year. It is important to note that Hotel/Motel monies are funded by Hotel/Motel taxes, and may not be used for any other purpose. –Enterprise Fund: Includes sanitation, water, and wastewater. Total expenditures decreased slightly over last year. –General Fund: Incorporates everything else, including administration, emergency services, parks & recreation and streets & drainage, among others. This fund received a significant decrease over last year’s budget. Also finalized was the Property Tax Rate, raised for the first time in ten years to 42 cents per $100 valuation.  This passed with only one dissenting vote, cast by Randy Johnson.   Note:  This article has been corrected, as the wrong tax rate number was typed in,...

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From the Editor – Commending Fairfield City Council & Mayor

I want to recognize, and commend, all the Fairfield City Councilmen and the Mayor for the work they have done in setting a budget for the City for the coming year. As Editor, I lost count of the numerous workshops held while Council members hammered out a way to squeeze every drop they could from each penny they had. Every department, every program, and every organization receiving City funds was asked to bring a “bare bones” budget, and then asked to find even more ways to cut expenses. They were asked about the benefits the organizations provided to Fairfield citizens. Then, they were asked about what was being done to find alternative revenues, whether through grants, sponsorships, fundraisers, and more. Councilmen heard from the Police Department, the Fire Department and Fairfield EMS.  They got the run down from the City Administrator about water, wastewater, streets and garbage. They listened to the Market Days Director, the Chamber Director, the Library Director, the County Museum curator, and members of the Fairfield History Club, who serve as custodians of the historic Moody-Bradley House. They talked to the Eagle Club about basketball tournaments, the Arts Council about musical events, and a special needs group about BBQ Cook-offs. Through it all, I was impressed, and proud, to hear of all the work being done by so many of our citizens, in making my hometown...

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Fall Exhibits Celebrate the Lone Star State & Quilting Superstar!

New exhibits at the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas will feature a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit from one of quilting’s most unique and passionate voices, along with works that celebrate the culture and citizens of the Lone Star State. The exhibits will run from October 5 through December 22, 2017. With an instantly recognizable personal style and subject matter that tackles political, social, and historical issues of the past and present, the quilts of Ohio-based Susan Shie are a force to be reckoned with. The Way I See It: The Narrative Art of Susan Shie will showcase 15 of...

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Jonathan Hardin Chapter Begins New Year

The Jonathan Hardin Chapter, NSDAR, met September 13, 2017 at the Gibbs Memorial Library in Mexia, Texas. Regent Aleece McBay introduced guest Susan Johnston, Madeline Lively, Glenda Buck, and welcomed all members to our meeting. State Chaplain, Kay Alston informed members about the Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts sponsored by Texas Daughters of the American Revolution. Gift card donations will be accepted for Veterans, Texas Classrooms, and Texas Daughters affected by the flood and storms produced by Hurricane Harvey. Kay Alston, Co-Chairman of Constitution Week noted that it will be observed during the week of September 17-23. Daughters began the observance in 1955 when they petitioned the US congress to dedicate this week each year to commemorate the events that led to the framing of the Constitution. New member Glenda Diane Stark Buck of Teague was inducted into the chapter by Chaplain Ann Bonner Gokey, this brings our chapter membership to 180. We are always excited to welcome new members. Susan Johnston, TXDAR American Heritage Committee Chairman, from the Fort Graham Chapter, gave the program on “Exploring America Through the Arts”. Mrs. Johnston gave a wonderful program telling about the contest and the divisions in each category. This committee was established to preserve our rich American heritage in the fields of arts, sculpture, crafts, drama, literature, fiber arts, and music. She had examples of winners from last year either photographs...

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