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Home Away From Home: Hurricane Evacuee Grateful to Open Arms of Community

“This community is fantastic! I can’t say enough about all the love we have been shown here. This is the only time in my life I have ever been at a loss for words,” explains Mr. Roberto Rubio, a Hurricane Harvey evacuee from Angleton, Texas. Mr. Rubio and his family (wife, son, daughter, and two grandchildren) spent time in Fairfield at the Holiday Inn Express as it was the closest available room to family they have in Centerville. The family left their home prior to the storm hitting; and are one of the lucky ones with very little damage. “I’m pretty sure we will have to repair the fence and clean up some downed trees, but I don’t think we had any flood damage,” he says. “We are located on a pretty elevated location.” He continues, “Our main concern when we get back is that of our youngest daughter who stayed. She is pregnant with twins; and her new house got four feet of water. We are anxious to get home to take care of her.” He says that while going through this rough time, his and other evacuee families were well cared for. “We never went without a hot meal. That has been the biggest help with saving money. Finances will be tight when we get back home for a while, and not having to pay for every...

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New Precinct 3 Commissioner Works to Reverse Budget Deficit

Hard at work are the Precinct 3 crew, led by County Commissioner Michael Daniels, including Sonoma Adkins, Hollis Dainel and Casey Storey. (Photo by Nicole Schaefer)   “Many people thought we would overspend our budget in the first eight months of being in office, having such little funds to work with, but we actually saved about $140,000 and were able to do a tremendous amount of work,” says Commissioner Pct. 3, Michael Daniels. According to Daniels, when he took office, his budget had a deficit of $160,000, of which half was due to unpaid bills from the previous administration....

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County Burn Ban Lifted, Courtroom Undergoes Remodel

FREESTONE COUNTY’S DISTRICT COURTROOM is being refurbished, back to its original look and adding roomier seating for Jury box. Work began September 1st and is slated to be finished by the end of the month. District Court proceedings are currently being held on the second floor of the courthouse during this renovation. (Photo by Nicole Schaefer)   Freestone County Commissioners lifted the burn ban for the time being at their September 6, 2017 meeting. The burn ban is an issue that is addressed at each meeting, and therefore is subject to change on a weekly basis. To keep up-to-date,...

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Former Superintendent Named Interim at Teague ISD

Teague ISD Superintendent, Dr. Nate Carman, has been selected as the new Superintendent for San Benito CISD. TISD Board of Trustees voted to accept Carman’s resignation on August 31st. President of the Board, Jeff Gonzales, explained that retired superintendent, Ray Matthews, has been hired to serve as interim until a new superintendent can be found. The district has entered a contract with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Service and plan to hire by November 30th. “The process is very preliminary at this point,” says Gonzales. “We are asking the public to get involved in setting the requirements for our new superintendent.” Teachers and parents are encouraged to fill out a survey that can be found on the district’s website at www.teagueisd.org before September 21st. “Dr. Carman was very beneficial to our district,” says Gonzales. “The shape we are in with the curriculum, instruction, and financials has a lot to do with him and all his hard work.” Gonzales continues saying, “We plan to continue to move forward. Our goal is to employ a superintendent that will work well with the students, technology advancement, and the district.” “Teague is truly blessed to be led by a school board whose members want the very best for all Teague students,” says Carman. “The TISD faculty and staff are a hardworking, dedicated group of people who work together to...

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Winners of Annual Show of Wheels Drive Away with Trophies and Cash Prizes

Congratulations, and a big thank you to all who participated in the 20th Annual Show of Wheels event, sponsored by the City of Fairfield and Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.     Winners are as follows: Mayor’s Choice – Gary & Cathy Wright of Marlin TX ’62 Chevy Impala SS Sheriff’s Choice – Jack Broussard of Lake Charles LA ’57 Chevy Bel Air Fire Chief’s Choice – David Grey of Huntsville TX ’55 Chevy Bel Air Police Chief’s Choice – George Burrow of Huffman TX ’55 Ford Crown Victoria Best Ford Motor Company Entry – Mike & Patsy Dartez of...

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