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National Safe Boating Week Reminds Texans to Stay Safe on the Water

In 2016, there were more than 35 boating fatalities and hundreds of boat accidents and injuries on Texas waters. As part of National Safe Boating Week May 20-26, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department boater education and law enforcement staff are reminding Texans to be safe Memorial Day weekend and all summer long by following the law and taking basic safety precautions while on the water. One of the main concerns during Memorial Day weekend and throughout the boating season is the dangerous and illegal consumption of alcohol by drivers on the road and on the water. Last year, Texas game wardens arrested 155 people who were operating a boat with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 percent, an offense that can lead to fines and the loss of license, not to mention the increased risk of accidents or fatalities on the water. “Drinking and boating do not mix,” said Cody Jones, TPWD Assistant Commander for Marine Enforcement. “Not only is it the law, refraining from drinking alcohol while operating a vessel could save your life and the life of your loved ones.” While boating accidents can be caused by a variety of circumstances, including drinking while boating, surviving an accident on the water boils down to one important precaution: wearing a lifejacket. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three- fourths of...

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Disaster Preparedness Workshop May 23 in Butler

Principles of Disaster Preparedness, a workshop provided by the Heart of Texas Council of Governments (HOTCOG) Homeland Security Division, will be presented on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. This program will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Butler Community Center, located at 1604 FM 489 East in Butler. The event is free and will touch on Planning for Disaster, Building a Preparedness Kit, and Taking Action after Disaster. To register, visit For more information, please contact Boyce Wilson at 254-292-1892 or...

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Rescheduled: Kid Fish Derby Will Be Held June 3rd

NOTE:  This event has been RESCHEDULED due to inclement weather.   Fairfield Lake State Park hosts its annual Kid Fish Derby on Saturday, JUNE 3, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. The derby is open to grades Pre-K through Eighth. Admission is free. Lunch, bait, and fishing poles will be provided. Registration begins 8:00 a.m. The event is made possible by their sponsors: Sonic of Fairfield, Fairfield Young Farmers, Jolly’s #4, L&M Trophies, and Friends of Fairfield Lake State...

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Popular Library Storytime Event Led by Mary Kitchens

LEADING KIDS IN CREATING OWLS are Fairfield Library Director Gary Wiggins and Storytime Leader Mary Kitchens. Recently selected by the Library Board, Kitchens brings a lot of energy to the 30-minute program.  Her love of reading is evident. Storytime will be held each Wednesday in May, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  This week featured the book, “I Don’t Want To Be A Frog” by Devorah Petty. For more information, contact the Fairfield Public Library at 903-389-3674. (Photo by Karen Leidy)   Summer Reading Moves to School Campuses in June In support of the Fairfield Library’s temporary closure for renovations, both...

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New at the Museum: Buy the Book, See Newly Housed Exhibits

SHOWING OFF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY publication she created is Freestone County Historical Museum Board President Linda Mullen. These books may be purchased at the museum for $25.00. You may contact the museum at 903-389-3738 or   THESE NEWLY COMPLETED METAL STRUCTURE on the museum grounds was completed by Don McLeod Construction. The new building houses the Linda Emmons Yellow Rose of Texas Cadillac, the late Deputy Sheriff Hugh Whitaker’s patrol car, trap door for gallows from the 1914 jail ( the fourth Freestone County jail), old farm implements, etc. and a bicycle built for two. This structure will also house the 1936 Fairfield Fire Truck once it returns from being restored. (Photos...

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