Category: Community

Bank Employees Collect Items for Local Cancer Patients

COLLECTING SOFT, WARM FUZZIES for cancer patients are the folks at Wells Fargo Bank in Fairfield, Texas. The brain child of Brittany Rodgers (seated middle) and Jackie Mares (seated right), bank employees collected hats, socks, throws, and blankets to be given to friends and neighbors who are currently fighting the disease. Bettye Trask (seated left) and her husband, Trask (standing behind) accepted the items on Thursday, January 4, 2017 on behalf of the Freestone Cancer Support Group. Also on hand from Wells Fargo are (left-right): Julian Mendoza, Linda Measles, Frank Freeman, Shari Stallones and Bracey Liner. FCSG assists local...

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Texas Farm Credit Stockholders Participate in 2017 Young Leadership Program

Nathan and Amber Ryser of Honey Grove, Texas, recently learned how Farm Credit uses its cooperative structure and unique funding mechanism to lend support to rural communities and agriculture across the United States. The Rysers represented their lender, Texas Farm Credit, at the 2017 Farm Credit Young Leaders Program in Washington, D.C., and New York City. The 12th annual program began in the nation’s capital, where the 23 participants joined Farm Credit representatives from around the country in meetings with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The Rysers also discussed policy issues with USDA officials, Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Rep. John Ratcliffe. Next the group traveled to the New York area. During visits to the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation and a Wall Street brokerage firm, they learned how investors purchase highly rated Farm Credit notes and bonds, supplying steady funding for loans and related services. Together, 74 borrower-owned Farm Credit cooperatives provide $251.2 billion in financing to farmers, ranchers, rural homeowners, agribusinesses and other eligible borrowers. “Our annual program is designed to give participants insight into the ways Farm Credit supports agriculture and rural communities,” said Stan Ray, president of the Tenth District Farm Credit Council, which hosts the Young Leaders Program. “The trip is also an opportunity for these young ag producers to share...

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Students Need Your Votes: People’s Choice Votes Could Win $8,000 for FJH Students

Fairfield Jr. High’s Digital Media class taught by Tammy Gawryszewski has entered a $200,000 national education contest hoping for a chance at one of the 13 prizes that will be awarded to recognize the most unique and inventive K-12 program. In addition to completing an online application for the annual Follett Challenge, Fairfield Jr. High Digital Media Students also submitted a short video to promote its program that teaches students the 21st century skills they need to be prepared for life. Ten of the prizes, valued at $8,000 each, to be given away are from the People’s Choice category and will solely be based on how many votes applicants have received for their videos from the public. Video voting begins January 22, 2018. Fairfield Jr. High’s video is now posted on the Follett Challenge website (www.follettchallenge.com) at the following link:  follettchallenge.com/videos/1023 After registering, users can cast one vote per day through January 26, 2018, when voting ends.  Not only are the public’s votes significant in the video-voting portion of the contest, but they also will play a role in the overall rubric as twenty-percent of each school’s final score is based on the number of votes generated for their video. “We hope our community will support us by viewing our video and voting for our submission,” said Bryan Gawryszewski, FJH Principal. “Participating in the Follett Challenge recognizes our educators...

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Little Shop of Horrors Auditions Saturday, January 20

PCT will hold Open AUDITIONS for Little Shop of Horrors: The Musical Saturday, January 20, at 10:00 AM at the historic Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford in downtown Palestine. Performances for this production will be April 6-8 and 13-15, and PCT veteran, Michael Cook, will be directing. Please come prepared to sing a portion of a song from the Musical Theatre genre and do a cold read. Those auditioning will have the ability to play accompaniment tracks from a phone, iPod, or other electronic device with a headphone jack. Singing without accompaniment (a cappella) is not recommended. An upright...

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Color Experts Named

CONGRATULATIONS TO SIBLINGS, Kaylie and Kyler Ridge, for their winning entries in the Christmas Coloring Contest, sponsored by Freestone County Times. The kids each won a gift certificate for one of their favorite local businesses. A big “thank you” to our sponsors:  Sonic Drive-In of Fairfield, The Plaid Peacock, Hometown Pharmacy Gift Shop, Bobby Jo’s Donut Palace, Bush’s Chicken and In Thee Beginning. (Photo by Nicole...

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