Author: Megan Hempel

Teague Parade Lights Up Downtown

Santa cruises through Downtown with the Teague volunteer Fire Department during Teague’s Christmas Parade, Thursday, December 7th. The Edge Dance Company (below, left) made their way through the parade, along with Brookshire Brothers’ staff (at top), ‘Ole Pearl’ and the Junkin’ for Joy crew (below, right), and many festive trucks, trailers, scooters, and more! (Photos by Megan...

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Teague PD Equipment Purchase Approved

The Teague Police Department will soon receive new equipment following the Council’s vote to purchase eight patrol rifles, slings, and vehicle mounted gun locks. At their Monday, November 20th meeting, Aldermen approved spending $8,200 from the fund reserve to cover the new safety equipment. Interim Chief of Police DeWayne Philpott shared that with the recent attacks and active shooter situations throughout the nation, officers must properly prepare. “Expecting an officer to go in to that situation unprepared is a mistake,” said Philpott, who added that all officers will receive the yearly training, and more, required to operate the rifles. Also on the agenda for the Police Department was the completion of their new headquarters downtown. With over $50,000 already spent to renovate the old Halbert Building, Aldermen voted last month to take the necessary steps to complete the project. The City will appropriate $45,000 from the fund reserve to finish the renovation by January 31, 2018. Teague’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is making preparations for the New Year with new projects in the works. Aldermen unanimously agreed to two EDC Board approved projects, including a donation of $2,000 for the Main Street Christmas Lights, and sewer taps for Hair Razor’s move to their new location on 4th Avenue. Also approved was the appointment of Nanette Harwell to the EDC’s Board of Directors. City Secretary/Administrator Theresa Prasil led discussion regarding...

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Black Friday Sale at One Stop National Security

One Stop National Security hosted a day of food and fun at their Black Friday Sale November 24th. The Open House event featured karaoke, face painting, and giveaways. Visitors learned how to protect their homes with smart home security and tips from the pros. One Stop National Security offers high-tech home automation security and monitoring. Call them at 903-389-3045, or stop by 315 W. Commerce Street in Fairfield to fid out how One Stop National Security can help you protect your home or business. (Photos by Megan...

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Dear Santa…Send Letters to The “Times”

  Freestone County Times is looking forward to sharing your students’ letters to Santa with our readers! Letters must be received by Wednesday, December 6, 2017 to make one of this year’s Christmas editions. They may be delivered to our office at 401 E. Commerce in Fairfield, Texas or emailed to Thank you for continuing the tradition of Santa letters this year!...

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Peace Officers Staying ALERRT

Freestone County law enforcement officers recently participated in specialized training provided by Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). The two, 2-day classes focused on active shooter response training and solo officer deployment, equipping the officers with the skills necessary to respond to active shooter situations. Deputies of the Freestone County Sheriff’s Department, Wortham Police Department, and Constable Buck Bonner joined by fellow officers from agencies all over Texas, and even as far as Anchorage, Alaska, attended extensive training last week in Fairfield. Participants reviewed response protocols and learned tactics for handling active shooter situations, as well as training...

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