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County Leaders Strategize

It’s past time for all of us to come together and try to do what’s best for the community as a whole,” says Mike Daniels, Freestone County Commissioner Pct. 3, at a meeting of county leaders held Monday, February 12th, concerning the imminent loss of the area’s biggest employer and tax payer. This past October, Luminant had announced its intention of closing the Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County, expecting to cease operations on February 12, 2018. In attendance were Daniels’ Administrative Assistant, Sonoma Adkins; Sheriff Jeremy Shipley; Chief Deputy Devin Mowrey; Constable Pct. 1, Buck Bonner; City...

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Mayor Hill Will Not Seek Re-election

“I want to thank our City for allowing me the honor to serve all this time as your elected leader and mayor,” says City of Fairfield Mayor Roy Hill during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Mayor Hill opened business as usual, and then proceeded to read a letter to the crowd announcing that he will not seek re-election. He then excused himself for the remainder of the meeting. “I have reached a crossroads as to how I can best continue to serve and protect our city and community,” explains Mayor Hill. “After much reflection and...

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Early Voting Begins in Primary Elections

Early Voting in the Primary Elections began this week and will run through Friday, March 2, 2018. Several offices are up for re-election this year. Nationally, Senator Ted Cruz and District 17 Representative Bill Flores are both unopposed in the Republican Primary.  The will each face a Democratic opponent in the General Election, come November. Several State offices will be on the ballot, with several candidates from each party.  They include that of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Commissioner of the General Land Office, Commissioner of Agriculture, Railroad Commissioner, Places 2, 4, and 6 on the Texas Supreme Court, Presiding Judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals, along with Place 7 Judge, and 87th District Judge. Also open at the State level is the position of State Senator – District 5, held by incumbent Charles Schwertner; and State Representative – District 8, currently held by Byron Cook, announced his retirement following the end of this term. County positions up for election this year include: –County Judge –District Clerk –County Clerk –County Treasurer –Justice of the Peace – Pct. 1, Pct. 2, Pct. 3, and Pct. 4 –County Chairman The Primary Election is set for March 6, 2018.  Early Voting will be held at the following locations:   Fairfield Conference Center- 839 East Commerce, Fairfield Tuesday – Friday, February 20 – 23, 2018 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday – Friday, February...

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4-Alarm Fire on Mount Street

Intense heat and billowing smoke and fire consumed the home of the Richmond family of Fairfield on Thursday, February 8, 2018. The two-story home, located on the northwest corner of Mount and College streets was a total loss. Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department Chief Matt Foree says the call came in just before 4:00 p.m. that afternoon and within 12 minutes the fire grew from being inside only to raging flames coming from the roof. “The heat was so intense that it melted the protective film on our helmets and turned my white helmet black, explains Chief Foree. “Those helmets...

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Education Issues Addressed by Candidates at Forum

Candidates for County and State positions spoke to a packed house Monday night, February 5th, at a candidate forum sponsored by Freestone County Retired Teachers Association (FCRTA). Twenty political hopefuls, ranging from Governor to District Clerk, were given five minutes each to address the crowd, explaining their goals and plans if elected and (on the state level) how they plan to help strengthen the education system and support current and retired teachers. Donna Senter, President of the FCRTA, welcomed guests to the forum and chili supper; and recognized and thanked Legislative Chair, Alicia Smith, for organizing the event. Serving...

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