Category: Community

Armadillo Art: Campers Display Work

Inspired by the face jugs of Brother Carl Block and the memory jugs of Brother Bruce Lee Webb, Parker and Emory Black display their finished pieces, made during Art Camp at the Armadillo. “We had a fun group at this year’s camp,” says Andy Emmons, co-owner of Armadillo Emporium in downtown Fairfield, Texas.  A folk artist by trade, Emmons teaches drawing, painting and sculpture during their summer Art Camp. According to Emmons, the sculptures made on Day 3 were inspired by the face jugs of creative potter, Carl Block, and the memory jugs of salvager artist, Bruce Lee Webb. Assisting during the three-day camp was the Emporium’s co-owner, and sister, Julee Emmons. Located on the courthouse square, the Armadillo Emporium regularly offers art classes, as well as selling unique gift items and collectibles from over thirty vendors.  They are open Tuesday thru Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   GIVING THE THUMBS UP on a job well done is Armadillo Art Camper Aaron...

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Celebrating Centennial with New Members, Officers for Fairfield Lions Club

“Small, but powerful,” are the words used to describe Fairfield Lions Club, by last week’s guest speaker, International Director Sam Lindsey. Lindsey, a former Texas District 2-X3 Governor, was elected to serve a two-year term as International Director during the 99th International Convention held in Fukuoka, Japan last month. Director Lindsey joined the Fairfield group during their regular meeting at Sam’s Original Restaurant to induct new members and install this year’s officers.  “There is nothing more exciting than inducting new members,” he said. His excitement was infectious, as Lindsey spoke of the Lions Club Centennial Year. The world’s largest service club, the Lions Club is in 201 countries – more than are members of the United Nations. The club’s motto is simple, “We serve.” Although they serve their communities in many ways, Lions are known for their service to the blind, which came about following a speech from Helen Keller who challenged them in 1925. Lions Club programs include Leader Dogs for the Blind, Eye Banks, Eyeglass Recycling, and in Texas, the Texas Lions Camp. Director Lindsey served as the 44th President of the Texas Lions Camp. Texas Lions Camp began in 1949 as a summer camp for children with polio (which can cause blindness).  It has expanded over the years to include children with all manner and types of physical disabilities, diabetes and cancer. These children attend a...

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Cash Mob Business Chosen: Brenda’s Closet the Place to Shop This Month

Brenda’s Closet is this month’s Cash Mob business, as announced Tuesday by the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, Cash Mob is an event where a group of people descend on a local business to make purchases. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall community. The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce announces a new Cash Mob Business each. The announcement will be made on their Twitter feed, Facebook page and through their member email list. Once the word is out, Cash Mobbers will have Tuesday – Saturday to shop and enter the $100 (Chamber Bucks) drawing.  For every $20 spent with the local Cash Mob business, your name will go into the pot. The Cash Mob business for August, Brenda’s Closet offers women’s fashion, accessories, infant clothing, gift items and more.  They are located on the courthouse square at 113 S. Mount Street in Fairfield. A Cash Mob winner will be drawn at noon on Saturday, August 6th. The winning Cash Mobber, if present, will receive $100 dollars (Chamber Bucks) to be spent with local retailers. If not present for the drawing, the winning Cash Mobber will receive $50 in Chamber Bucks. Cash Mobbers are encouraged to stay a while and enjoy spending time in our Local Businesses.Join the Cash Mob and spread some Shop Local Love! For...

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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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