Author: Nicole Schaefer

Firefighters Battle Blaze in New Year’s Eve House Fire

For one Fairfield family, 2017 ended in flames when their home caught fire on New Year’s Eve. At about 9:00 p.m. that evening, a call was received at 911 dispatch reporting a single story home on fire on North Fairway (Highway 75). Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department responded with automatic aid from Teague Volunteer Fire Department. Upon arrive to the scene, firefighters found heavy fire venting on the North side of the home. Bobby Harris and Avery Aultman made a quick, aggressive attack on the fire, which saved 90% of the home from burning and kept fire damage to a...

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Rob’s Drive-In Robbed Again in Similar Fashion

For the second time in just a matter of months, Rob’s Drive-In convenience store in Fairfield was broken into. Early Saturday morning, January 6, 2018, someone using a brick broke the glass on the front door of the business, entered and stole several packages of Black & Mild Cigars. “No money was taken because we don’t keep money here overnight,” says owner Danny Robertson. A few months ago, the store was broken in to; and according to Robertson, it was the exact same situation, down to using a brick to break in and only the cigars being taken. “Unfortunately,...

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Opioid Crisis Blamed in Part on Pharmaceutical Companies: Freestone County Joins Class Action Suit

“It’s my belief that the best action for the County is to jump on board with these other counties and move forward by engaging with The Beckham Group for Opioid litigation,” states Freestone County District/County Attorney Brian Evans at the January 3, 2018 meeting of county commissioners. During the December 20, 2017 meeting, Patrick McShan with the Dallas based law firm, The Beckham Group, presented an agreement to Commissioners, explaining that it is critical to enter into said agreement before the State of Texas begins any litigations against Pharmaceutical companies. Commissioners had tabled the subject at this meeting, giving...

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Liberty Voting Box Relocated

Freestone County’s Liberty voting box in the Butler area of Precinct 1 has officially been relocated to the Lone Star Baptist Church of Oakwood. The previous Liberty box location was in a tiny portable building with no electricity, restrooms, handicap access, or proper parking. Much discussion was had at several previous Commissioners Court meetings as to the probability of closing this location; however, there are many elderly residents in that area that would be unable to vote if they were required to come into Fairfield to exercise their rights. Democratic Chair, Opal Oliver, received approval from Lone Start Baptist...

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Color Experts Named

CONGRATULATIONS TO SIBLINGS, Kaylie and Kyler Ridge, for their winning entries in the Christmas Coloring Contest, sponsored by Freestone County Times. The kids each won a gift certificate for one of their favorite local businesses. A big “thank you” to our sponsors:  Sonic Drive-In of Fairfield, The Plaid Peacock, Hometown Pharmacy Gift Shop, Bobby Jo’s Donut Palace, Bush’s Chicken and In Thee Beginning. (Photo by Nicole...

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