Category: Community

It’s Official! Dollar General Celebrates Open House in Wortham

The ribbon is cut (below) as Dollar General is welcomed by Wortham Area Chamber of Commerce during their Grand Opening Saturday, September 10, 2016. The first 50 customers through the door on Saturday morning at Dollar General in Wortham received a $10 gift card from District Manager Matt Farmer (at right). (Photos by Jennifer...

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Starting New Year with Freestone County 4-H Clubs

  September 1st marks the first day of Freestone County 4-H! Club meetings start in September and run until May 2017. To be a 4-H Member you must be in 3rd grade and can continue being a member until you are in 12th grade or reach your 19th birthday. Freestone County 4-H has 5 area 4-H clubs the club meeting dates, times and locations are:–Dew 4-H meets 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at Dew ISD 4-H building – Club Manager: Julie Jordan–Eagle Country 4-H meets 2nd Monday of every month at 6pm at Fairfield Conference Center – Club Managers: Melissa Benner & Tiffany Serrato–Fairfield 4-H meets 1st Monday of every month at 6:30pm at Fairfield Civic Center – Club Managers: Maggie Bonds & Misty Lewis–Freestone Community 4-H meets 2nd Sunday of every month at 6pm at Freestone Community Center – Club Managers: Marsha Morgan & Christi Jo Kimball–Wortham 4-H meets 1st Wednesday of every month at 6pm at Wortham Chamber Building – Club Managers: April Kofnovec & Mandy Henderson We encourage any youth interested in learning what Freestone County 4-H has to offer to attend a meeting and learn more about projects and activities.  To enroll in Freestone County 4-H you can do so online at tx.4honline.com. If you would like more information contact the Freestone County Extension Office at...

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‘Hank the Cowdog’ Month at School

  As part of Hank the Cowdog Month in Freestone County, 4th graders from Fairfield Intermediate school participated in a writing program on stage.  Using puppets, musical instruments, their Google drive, and audio recording equipment, they wrote, orchestrated, and produced a song in typical Hank the Cowdog fashion.  This original song, You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks, was sent to Mr. Erickson with Fairfield ISD compliments.   Our Elementary school 1st graders will create their own song this Friday.  Trinity Star Arts Council is bringing in John Erickson, author of Hank the Cowdog, for the Art Fest, on the Courthouse Square, Saturday, Oct. 1. All county libraries, consisting of Fairfield ISD, Teague ISD, and Wortham ISD,  the Fairfield City Library, and the Teague City Library have declare September as Hank the Cowdog Month in preparation.  The libraries invite the county to the square to see John Erickson’s program plus puppets, music, art, the Aggie Wranglers, food trucks and much...

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Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million

Bank Ordered to Make Restitution Last week, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. was hit with a record $185 million in fines and penalties in connection with what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) describes as the “widespread illegal practice of secretly opening unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts.” According to the bank’s own analysis, employees opened more than two million deposit and credit card accounts that may not have been authorized by consumers. According to the CFPB, Wells Fargo developed an incentive-compensation program, but did not monitor the program carefully.  Thousands of employees of the bank created unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts across the country in order to collect financial bonuses for themselves. “Our entire culture is centered on doing what is right for our customers,” stated John Stumpf, Chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo & Company, in an email message to Wells Fargo team members.  “However, at Wells Fargo, when we make mistakes, we are open about it, we take responsibility, and we take action.” Wells Fargo reached agreements with CFPB, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, from whence the civil action originated.  A $100 million fine will go to the CFPB’s Civil Penalty Fund.  An additional $35 million penalty goes to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and another $50 million to the City...

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Proud Supporters of the Fall Arts Fest

Lonestar Chevrolet & Freestone Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Donate to TSAC The folks at Lonestar Chevrolet and Freestone Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram each presented checks totaling $500 to the Trinity Star Arts Council (TSAC) to help with their preparations for the 2016 Fairfield Fall Arts Fest on October 1st.  With live music, local artists and kids activities, the event will have something for everyone.  Owner Stacy Dodd (middle right) gives their donation to TSAC member Beverly Awalt with the support of Justin Hullum, Trey Shultz, Luis Rosales, Jason Banks, Susie Garcia, Jay Welch, Health Schick, Michelle Watterson, Warren Self, Cortney Redic and Chad Ivie.  Representing TSAC are Christie Harper, Jane Morrison, Janie Richards, Dianne Murden, George Boyd and Rachel Bossier (fresh off the stage with her cowdog mascot).  John Erickson, author of “Hank the Cowdog” series, will be a special guest at the Fall Arts Fest.  In conjunction with the event, Freestone County libraries are celebrating “Hank the Cowdog” month during September.  (Photo by Karen...

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