Category: Community

Rotarians Welcome Interact Club Members

WELCOMING LOCAL INTERACT MEMBERS are Rotary Club President, Jason Hullum (far left) and Secretary, Angela Oglesbee (far right). Interact members JoAnna Zamora, Sara Richmond, and Payton Carter (l-r) were selected to attend this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp; and they shared their experiences, struggles, and life changing moments. RYLA is a leadership development program run by Rotary. While participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals. RYLA events are typically 3–10 days long and include presentations, activities, and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including: Leadership fundamentals and ethics, Communication skills, Problem solving and conflict management, and Community and global citizenship. RYLA participants are nominated by their local Rotary clubs. To learn more about a RYLA event in your area, contact your local Rotary club. (Photo...

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Sales Tax Holiday Weekend: Information for Consumers

The new school year is just around the corner, and businesses are getting ready for the upcoming Sales Tax Holiday Weekend on August 5-7, 2016, as set by Legislature. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Subject to the criteria explained below, all sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold online, or by telephone or mail. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.Clothing During these dates, retailers are not required to collect local and/or state sales tax on most footwear and clothing sold for less than $100.00 per item; and exemption certificates are not required to participate. The exemption applies to each item eligible that sells for less than $100, regardless of how many items are purchased on the same invoice. For example, if a consumer buys two shirts for $85 each, then both shirts qualify for the exemption, even though the total purchase price exceeds $99.99. The exemption does not apply to the first $99.99 of an eligible item that sells for more than $100. For example, if a customer purchases a pair of pants that cost $115, then the sales tax is charged...

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Cruising into Fairfield: 19th Annual Show of Wheels

The 19th Annual Show of Wheels event is coming to the Freestone County courthouse square on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Sponsored by the City of Fairfield and Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, this Car, Truck and Bike Show features over 30 judged classes and numerous specialty awards, including Best of Show ($500), People’s Choice ($150) and Most Unusual ($150). Early registration is $20, and comes with t-shirts, plaques, trophies, door prizes and goody bags. Late registration is $25 for entries received after September 1st. The Show of Wheels will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on September 10th.  There will be food vendors, cold drinks, clean restrooms and plenty of shade. Bi Stone Antique Tractor Club will host their annual Tractor Show in conjunction with the event. Also being held that day will be the annual Fairfield Citywide Garage Sale. For more information on these events, contact the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce at 903-389-5792.  Or, visit them online at...

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Tools for School: FREE Event Prepares Children for Return to School

Come and join the Tools for School community event on Saturday, August 30th 20th to get ready for back to school. Kids can get FREE haircuts and trim, FREE immunizations, FREE school supplies and FREE lunch. Event will be held at the Green Barn (Civic Center) and Pavilion in Fairfield, Texas from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information, look for their Facebook page, or contact Jordan and Keith Daniels at...

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Fill the Bus with River of Life

River of Life Family Worship Center and its Community Pantry is a non-profit organization in Freestone County that has a heart so serve families in this area. They are excited to announce their second year of helping children and parents with school supplies. At this time, they are gearing up for their “Fill the Bus” campaign; and are happy to say that Fairfield Elementary School has donated the use of a bus for this event. The drive began on Monday, August 1st; but will have additional drop off dates on Tuesday, August 9th and Thursday, August 11th, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on both days. All monetary or direct supply donations will be given 100-percent towards the 2016 school year. Supplies needed are backpacks, paper, pencils, crayons, and more. The goal is to help families kick off the school year with plenty of supplies and to continue to help families throughout the school year. For more information, please call...

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