Author: Karen Leidy

Come Dig Our Stuff Brother & Sister Team Offer Antiques, Art and More at Armadillo Emporium

Very much an Emmons family affair, the Armadillo Emporium has been selected as Business of the Month for December by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Visitors are welcomed to “Come Dig Our Stuff” as they browse several local vendor booths in the historic Parker building on the courthouse square in downtown Fairfield, Texas. Opening their doors on Tuesdays through Saturdays, siblings, Julee and Andy, are often assisted by their mom, Linda Emmons. First opened in 2012, the Armadillo Emporium offers antiques, collectibles, vintage toys, reclaimed furniture, yard art, spirit wear, boutique clothing, jewelry, and more. This Fairfield establishment recently...

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Color Contest Entries Due Friday, December 29th

Here’s something for the kiddos to do during Christmas break. Freestone County Times is sponsoring a coloring contest. Look for the Santa Claus color page in this week’s edition (on newsstands, now). Have your child add their artistic flair, and then return the colored page to The “Times” office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2017. Be sure to include the child’s name, age, and contact information. Our staff will choose their favorites to receive a gift certificate from one of the following sponsors:  Bobby Jo Donuts, Bush’s Chicken, Hometown Pharmacy, In Thee Beginning, Plaid Peacock, and Sonic Drive-In. Merry...

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Freestone’s Late George Washington Phillips Nominated for Grammy Award

One of Freestone County’s celebrated musicians may just win a Grammy this year. Nominated for Best Historical Album of the Year is “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams,” compiled by producers Michael Corcoran, April G. Ledbetter, and Steven Lance Ledbetter; Michael Graves serving as mastering engineer. Teague native, Doris Nealy, joined Corcoran for an interview with NPR/Atlanta on Monday, December 18th to discuss her personal reflections of Mr. George Washington Phillips, who was her neighbor in the Simsboro Community. They spoke with Celeste Headlee, the host of the Georgia Public Broadcasting program “On Second Thought.” The folks of Freestone...

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Big Checks to Fairfield Teachers – Almost $13K in Funding

The police sirens went off, the band played, and the student cheered as members of Fairfield ISD Education Foundation visited each campus to personally award nearly $13,000 in grants on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Competition was fierce this year, as seven grants were awarded from a pool of fourteen applications. According to Asst. Superintendent Melissa Cox, this year’s amount was increased from the annual $10,000 because, “There were some things we couldn’t just, not grant.” Grants awarded this year include: –Rock Climbing Wall – $1,350 Presented to Coach Daniels and her students, the new rock climbing wall will be...

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Market Days Analysis: Fairfield Council Discusses Event’s Future

Although a bit heated at times, a productive discussion developed around making Market Days profitable, during last week’s Council Meeting at Fairfield City Hall. An analysis of expenses and sales tax revenue for Market Days was presented by City Administrator Jeff Looney during regular session on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Expenses for Market Days, including salaries, advertising, and supplies totaled over $37,000 in 2017. On the other hand, revenues from Market Days only amounted to $12,000, including vendor rentals and estimated sales tax. “I’m pro-Market Days, pro-anything that will grow Fairfield,” remarked Councilman Landis Baylis.  “But, it needs to be profitable.” Coordinator Darlene Jones expressed her belief that the City is not doing enough to support and promote Market Days. One recommendation includes increased out-of-town advertising. According to Jones, residents of Fairfield are not shopping Market Days.  She sees more visitors from out-of-town.  “Most of the customers see the signs coming down the road.” Improved signage was the second recommendation. “We don’t have signs saying we are inside,” stated Vanessa Kohler, a long-time vendor at Fairfield Market Days. A large portion of the vendors are housed inside the Green Barn Civic Center, allowing Market Days to continue year-round, even during cold or inclement weather.  “The building is just about full every month,” said Jones. Market Days biggest problem, said Jones, is limited resources. “We have the same problem,” stated...

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