Author: Karen Leidy

Multiple Wrecks Last Day of March

Several car accidents kept Fairfield police and emergency services busy on Friday morning, March 31, 2017. Thankfully, everyone walked away with only minor injuries. First, a three-car pileup took place at the Highway 84 stop light at the fairgrounds, about 7:45 a.m. Driver Sally Wallace was stopped at the light in a 2012 Mercedes with Melissa Nelson directly behind, driving a white Ford Expedition. According to the incident report, Elijah Ransom, driving a 2000 Lexus, failed to control his speed, causing a chain reaction. All three vehicles were towed from the scene. Later that morning, at about 8:30 a.m.,...

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Should Legal Notices Be Posted on Social Media

Last week, when searching through Facebook, something unusual was noticed on the Freestone County Sheriff’s Office page. It was a picture of a horse (shown above), along with text of what appeared to be an official Notice of Estray. Traditionally, such legal notices have always been published in the local newspapers in Freestone County, Texas. There has been a push, in recent years, by governmental entities, all over the nation, to post public notices online, rather than in local newspapers. The benefit, they say, is saving taxpayer money, as the cost of publishing legal notices, charged by the word, can quickly add up. Opponents contend that not all citizens have access to the internet, and that it is unreasonable to require them to visit several different governmental websites to find public legal notices. Publishing legal notices in the local newspaper is relatively inexpensive for a reader to access. It is also convenient, as public notices from several different entities may be found, all in one place. The Agriculture Code (Section 142.009.d), which regulates how estrays are handled, requires that a county sheriff’s office post a notice of impoundment in one of two places: –In a newspaper of general circulation in the county (twice during the 15 days after the date of impoundment), or –On the county’s Internet website (for at least 15 days after the date of impoundment). Freestone...

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Fun, Fit and Fabulous! Square Affair and Wellness Festival Coming May 20th

Make plans to attend this year’s Summertime Square Affair and Wellness Festival, being held in downtown on the square in Fairfield this coming May. Do a little shopping, have a little fun, and get educated on staying healthy. Event will be held Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Local vendor booths set up in front of the courthouse, for shopping opportunities. Health stations will be available for such things as blood pressure and blood sugar. A 5K Fun Run will be hosted by Freestone Cancer Support Group. The event is being sponsored by the City of Fairfield and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber office at 903-389-5792 to sign up for a vendor booth, or for more...

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Fairfield Day at the Capitol Planned by Chamber for April 20

Giving an overview of what’s going on at the State Capitol is Ariel Traub, District Representative for State Senator Charles Schwertner, who spoke with members of Fairfield Chamber of Commerce during a recent board meeting, in preparation for Fairfield Day at the Capitol. Several Chamber members, and their children, will be traveling to Austin on Thursday, April 20, 2017 to learn about the laws that affect our community and meet with local and state representatives. Children, ages 8-18 years, will participate by working on the Senate floor as a Page. Must pre-register to participate. On tap for the day...

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