Author: Nicole Schaefer

New Way Home Sober-Living House in Freestone County

Freestone County now has a sober living home for persons who have recovered from drug and alcohol addiction. Located in Cotton Gin, the four-bedroom home is privately owned by Shelly and Kip Reiserer and managed by Stu Morton. This newly renovated home has a community living room, kitchen, and dining area. Each room will have a separate keyed entry and will be furnished as needed. The transitional program will require the tenant to attend at least two counseling classes per week, and to have a job. The goal is to have like minded persons residing together to help keep...

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Cafe’ Around the Corner Newest Chamber Member

CAFÉ AROUND THE CORNER joins the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce & commemorates with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Gathered for the celebration are (seated, l-r) employees – Randi Ward; Lisie Thomas, Manager; and Holly Kersten; (standing, l-r) Lisa Schick, Chamber Administrative Assistant; Brenda Pate, Chamber Executive Director; Kathy Beaver, Loyal Customer; Sheila Raye, owner; Mary Small, Accessories Etc.; Keri Northcutt, employee; Ann Markham and Lea Ann Schmidt, Loyal Customers; Jill Schick, employee; Evelyn Leach, Loyal Customer; Gail Farish, Chamber Vice Chair, Creations Flowers & Gifts; and Bobbi Bonner, Loyal Customer.   “It has been a dream of...

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Train Trestle Catches Fire on Halloween Near Oakwood

Oakwood and Butler Volunteer Fire Departments teamed up to battle a train and bridge fire on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. A Union Pacific bridge that crosses the Keechi Bottoms, about 4-miles Southeast of Oakwood, was on fire as the train crossed, igniting the train’s engine. “The cause of last week’s bridge fire is still undetermined,” states Jeff DeGraff, Union Pacific Director of Corporate Relations and Media in Texas. “Investigators have reviewed the video from the train that was involved in the fire, as well from trains that previously passed through the area. Inspections of the locomotives and rail cars...

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Death Verdict Upheld by Texas Court of Appeals in Kaufman County Murders

One step in the legal saga of convicted killer, Eric Williams, concluded Wednesday, November 1, 2017, when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the State’s Highest Court for criminal cases, unanimously upheld the trial court’s guilty verdict and death sentence. Williams, former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace, was convicted in the death of Cynthia McLelland, the wife of former Kaufman County District Attorney, Mike McLelland, who was also killed in the couple’s Forney, Texas home on March 30, 2013. Williams was charged, but not tried, for the deaths of Mike McLelland and Mark Hasse, who was fatally shot approximately two months earlier near the Kaufman County courthouse. According to the Prosecution, the McLellands, originally from Wortham, and Hasse, were gunned down by Williams in retaliation for an earlier conviction for theft. Williams was charged with the theft of computers when he served as JP in Kaufman County in 2012. He received two years’ probation and loss of his law license in that case, in which McLelland and Hasse served as prosecutors. Court of Appeals Judge, Michael E. Keasler, issued a 110-page opinion, stating “After reviewing Williams’ 40-points of error, we find them to be without merit. Consequently, we affirm the trial court’s judgment and sentence of death.” Williams, in his appeal, states prosecutors did not prove either of its capital murder theories, murder in the course of committing...

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Do-Gooder Witches Take Inaugural Ride

Working to make the world a better place, the Do-Good Witches work behind the scenes, striving to produce happiness throughout Freestone County. Riding on the eve of Halloween, the Fairfield Witch Bike Patrol looked for those who needed a smile and a sweet treat! These lovely ladies set out from the Freestone County Courthouse and rode all over town, taking time to visit Fairfield Nursing & Rehab Center, Fairview Healthcare Residence, and the FHS Football Field (where a flag football game was in progress), handing out lots smiles and candy along the way. The crew ended their evening at...

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