Author: Nicole Schaefer

County Allocates Funds to Libraries

Freestone County Commissioners unanimously voted to give $5,000 each to the Fairfield and Teague Public Libraries during a regularly scheduled meeting held Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Money for these donations come from the annual Capital Credits, funds received for right-of-way usage on County owned easements by various utility companies.  There are strict rules on how these funds may be used or distributed, and Commissioner, Pct. 2, Craig Oakes, believes the local libraries should benefit this year. Bill Madding was selected as the Local Rabies Control Authority for the county. This does not mean that he has taken over animal control duties. He will only be investigating cases where an animal bite has occurred. Also at this meeting, Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the following: –Accept bids for the 2018 Fiscal Year on road material, bulk fuel, and solid waste –Renew TAC Insurance Coverage effective October 1, 2017 for Auto Liability & Physical Damage, General Liability, Public Officials Liability, and Law Enforcement Liability –Leave the burn ban off for the time being –Lower the Private Exchange Plan Options for employee medical insurance from ten plan options, down to five; using the five that employees are currently utilizing. Ridding of the five plans not being used will save the county money. Regularly scheduled Commissioners Court meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month beginning at 9:00 a.m....

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Fairfield Nursing & Rehab Host Appreciation Lunch for Area First Reponders

FAIRFIELD NURSING & REHAB hosted an appreciation lunch for area first responders on Thursday, July 18, 2017. A meal of fried chicken and all the fixings, prepared by Sam’s Restaurant, was offered to Freestone County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), Fairfield Police Department (FPD), Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department, and Fairfield EMS. Here you see two nursing home staff members preparing plates for Sheriff Jeremy Shipley, Chief of Police Kenny Bulger, and two FCSO Deputies. (Photo by Nicole...

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Peridot Named July Business of the Month

EARNING BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce in July is Peridot Salon & The Shops at Peridot. Owner Averie Grant (center) is joined by masseur Mary King (second from left) and salon stylists Annette Gilliam (far left), Bridgett Carroll, and Marilyn Farris (on the right). Not Pictured are stylists Harly Casey and Michelle Nettle. (Photo by Nicole Schaefer)   Peridot Salon and The Shops At Peridot were selected as the July Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month. The salon, located in the back half of the building, boasts six professional stylists who offer all of your...

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Speeding Driver Forces Collision with Big Rig

The three-vehicle wreck on Monday afternoon, July 10, 2017 resulted in the driver who caused the wreck to be taken to Freestone Medical Center (FMC) with an injury to the back of the head. In last week’s edition, “The Times” reported about a wreck that occurred around 5:00 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 84 and the exit ramp from I-45 Northbound near Jack in the Box of Fairfield, but did not have all the information at press time. It has since learned that Freestone County Sheriff’s Office had received multiple calls about a tan/champagne colored car travelling east on Highway 84 near the Boyd Unit curve; and that it had possibly ran a few other vehicles off of the road. “Two to three minutes after deputies were dispatched to locate the vehicle,” says Sheriff Jeremy Shipley, “another call came in about a wreck at the Hwy 84 and I-45 bridge. It turns out that it was the same vehicle. It just happened so quickly.” Jimmy Boatwright of Oakwood, driving a 2003 tan/champagne colored Pontiac Sunfire, was headed East on Highway 84 on the bridge crossing Interstate 45 and failed to maintain a safe rate of speed. Melinda Bosley of Fairfield, driving a white 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, was stopped at the red light in the eastbound lane at the intersection when Boatwright rear ended her vehicle, pushing the front...

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Active Investigation: Three Hospitalized After Wreck on Hwy. 27

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a two vehicle crash occurred on FM 27 approximately 2 to 3 miles east of Kirvin. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to the scene. A 2000 Ford Excursion SUV was traveling east bound. A 2010 Chevrolet Suburban SUV was traveling west bound. The Ford swerved to its left in an attempt to avoid striking a vehicle in front of it which had slowed to turn off the highway. The Ford lost control and skidded off the highway to the north. The Chevrolet swerved to its right in an attempt to avoid the Ford. Both vehicles collided in the ditch to the north of the roadway. The Ford was driven by Stephanie Long, 45, of Teague. There were two passengers in the Ford in addition to the driver. Long and the two passengers were transported to various hospitals due to their injuries. The Chevrolet was driven by Gesna Davis IV (male), 36, of North Carolina. There were three passengers in the Chevrolet in addition to the driver. Davis and one of his passengers were not transported for medical attention. The other two passengers were transported to the hospital due to their injuries. This is an active and ongoing investigation. No charges have been filed. DPS would like to remind motorists to maintain a safe following distance behind vehicles...

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