Category: Community

Registration Open for Great American Clean-Up

The Great American Cleanup (GAC) is the nation’s largest community improvement program, taking place annually from March 1 through May 31. Volunteer groups and individuals of all ages are invited to register to participate in the event, which mobilizes thousands of Texans to improve the beauty and health of their community. Activities can include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning waterways, handling recycling collections, picking up litter, removing graffiti, planting trees and conducting educational programs and litter-free events — anything that keeps your community beautiful! The Great American Cleanup is part of a nationwide effort with Keep America Beautiful that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each spring. Any Texan can participate in the Great American Cleanup! Online registration is now available at for local organizations to schedule events in their communities and gain access to valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event. Participants are encouraged to register their GAC events with Keep Texas Beautiful in order to receive trash bags, volunteer giveaways, promotional items, and more, to assist in facilitating their cleanup event. Participants may also elect to post their event information on the Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) event calendar. KTB will be leading individuals and community groups looking to volunteer to the KTB event calendar to find an opportunity in their area.   In 2016, 105,814 Great American Cleanup volunteers across Texas:–Contributed 462,315...

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Quilting for a Good Cause

Making a quilt to benefit New Leash On Life (NLOL) rescue are members of Freestone Quilt Guild and the Happy Scrappy Kitties. Tickets one for $2 or three for $5, and are available from Sharon Speering of NLOL. Guild members showing off the handy work are: seated – Molly Cire, and standing (left to right): Amy Rigsby, Loy Newberry, Gloria White, Paula Wade, Carol Chappell, Hazel Sanders, President Sandy Smith, Becky Pickens and Mary Jo...

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Chili Cook-Off Stirs Up Success

TAKING HOME THE FIRST PLACE prize for his outstanding chili is Mark Thompson. Congratulating him are Auxiliary Ladies Shirley Pickens (left) and Genny Guthrie. “The Auxiliary truly appreciates all of the businesses and community members for their generous donations,” exclaims Genny Guthrie. “We also thank the community for a great turn out and for their support this, and every, year.” The Fairfield VFW Auxiliary’s Annual Chili Cook-off, held Saturday evening, November 12th, was a success, according to Genny. After expenses, the group will be able to donate about $1,000 to the Cancer Research Center for Veterans in Temple and to St. Jude’s. Chili judges, Sheriff Elect, Jeremy Shipley; Prior Sheriff, Ralph Billings; Commissioner Pct #1, Luke Ward, Sr.; and Fairfield Lions Club’s Past District Governor & Current Tail-Twister, Gilbert Gatlin tasted nine chili entries and chose their top three favorites as winners. Taking First Place was Mark Thompson, winning Second Place was Terry Hogan, and Third Place went Sandra Rankin. Each winner received a plaque to honor their win. Following the judging and awards, Mr. Billings auctioned off 15 donated cakes and pies. The offerings consisted of pecan pies, cheese cake, Italian cream, red velvet, strawberry cake, coconut pie, and more. There was also a large raffle with items donated from area businesses and community members including: Accessories Etc, Bella Nails, Creations, Jax & Charlie’s Car Wash, Déjà Vu,...

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Ready for the Holidays: Fairfield Market Days This Weekend

It’s a Pre-Christmas Sale at Fairfield Market Days this weekend! Come for Indoor and Outdoor shopping at Fairfield Market Days, held at the historic W.L. Moody Reunion Grounds in Fairfield, Texas. Each month, Market Days vendors offer such things as Arts & Crafts, Jewelry, Bling, Clothing, Food, Furniture, Antiques, Fresh Produce, Tools, Toys and more. Market Days will open Friday, November 18th with limited vendors from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.  All vendors will be open for business on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free of charge. Vendor inquires for Market Days are always welcome.  Call 903-388-9845, 903-389-2633, or send an email to RV hookups are available. All vendors are expected to stay until closing. Mark your calendars for the next Fairfield Market Days on December 16-18.  See you at Market...

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DAR Moving Forward: Veterans, and New Pathways of Service

MEMBERS OF THE DAUGHTERS of the American Revolution, Aleece McBay, left, Jonathan Hardin Chapter Regent and Marcy Carter-Lovick, right, State Organizing Secretary. Jonathan Hardin Chapter Regent Aleece McBay opened the 10:30 a.m., November 9, 2016 meeting at the Mexia Gibbs Memorial Library and welcomed guests and new members followed by the DAR Ritual. Chapter members extended a special welcome to Judy Taylor, recently retired from the U.S. Navy, attending her first DAR meeting as the Chapter’s own veteran. She became a member of the chapter in May 2014 while stationed at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and recently left her final post in Guantanamo Bay to retire to Limestone County. Chapter members were reminded by DAR Service to Veterans Chairman JoAnn Slauson that the December 7th meeting will be the completion of the chapter project to provide gift bags to almost 70 veterans in seven Freestone and Limestone nursing homes for the holiday season. After completing the gift bags and dividing for delivery by chapter members, there will be a potluck holiday luncheon at the library meeting room. On this 75th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, all veterans are invited to share lunch with Daughters of the chapter. If, as a veteran, you would like to attend or you know of a veteran to whom an invitation may be extended, please contact JoAnn Slauson at 254.385.6214...

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