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Fire Department Supporters Storm June 13th Council Meeting

It was standing room only as friends, family and neighbors attended last week’s City Council meeting in Fairfield on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The burning question:  Why air packs for the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department — a $152,000 project green lighted by Council 15 weeks ago — had not been delivered upon. “Actions speak louder than words.  Your actions show me nothing,” stated Assistant Fire Chief Jeffery Price, reading a previously written statement. Price went on to say that he had lost respect for members of the council, though he quickly stated that this did not apply to newly...

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FCT Takes 3rd in Texas Press Better Newspaper Contest

Three 3rd Place Awards were given to Freestone County Times for this year’s entries in the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Publisher Scott W. Marsters, Sr. and Editor Karen E. Leidy took 3rd Place for Editorials written during the 2016 election season. Well done to our sports photographers: Melissa Lee, Jennifer Lansford and Monte Calame, for their 3rd Place win in Sports Photography. Finally, good job to all the staff for their contributions in bringing home 3rd Place for General Excellence. The annual contest is open to all newspapers in the State of Texas. Individual newspapers compete among their peers...

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State’s Jury Trial Falls Flat

It took six months for County Attorney Brian Evans to put a felony case in front of a Freestone County jury. It took that jury 20 minutes to hand him his first “Not Guilty” verdict. Fairfield woman, Jamie Griffin, 38, was acquitted of the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon last week. “Self-defense was used in this incident; and I believe that the quick verdict shows the jury saw through the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon,” says Defense Attorney Justin Reed. The charge stems from an incident that took place at the Fairfield Holiday Inn on May 15, 2016 when Ms. Griffin and Latasha Fnu were in a confrontation with Marsjuanae Reese, who had seven other people with her. According to Ms. Griffin, she felt like she and Ms. Fnu were in danger for their lives. As a result, Ms. Griffin pulled a knife out in self-defense, resulting in Ms. Reese being stabbed. Ms. Griffin was indicted on January 25, 2017 by the Freestone County Grand Jury; and her trial began in the 87th Judicial District Court on Monday afternoon, June 5th, following jury selection that morning. Judge Patrick Simmons presided over the trial. “We believed the evidence showed a criminal offense was committed by Jamie Griffin,” says District Attorney Brian Evans. “The jury found otherwise and I respect their decision.” “This case presented a...

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Spirit of Freestone Trophy Changes Hands

  Grand Marshalls for the 2017 Freestone County Fair & Rodeo parade were Patricia and Tommy Robinson. Natives of Fairfield, this couple grew up, like many of us, active in 4-H and FFA, and sports.  Tommy served in the Navy, and spent over 35 years working with the kids of Freestone County.  Patricia served more than 10 years on the County Fair board, as well.  There is no place else they would rather be.  Best Dressed Cowboy is 5-year-old Hunter Isaacs, son of Shonda and Scott Isaacs of Fairfield. Best Dressed Cowgirl is 2-year-old Briley Hall, daughter of Brittany...

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Fiery Crash on the Interstate Near Dew, Texas

Rescue crews responded to a vehicle fire on I-45 near Dew on Friday afternoon, June 9, 2017 around 4:30 p.m. The two-vehicle wreck in the northbound lane at the 192/193 mile marker resulted in minimal damage to one vehicle, while the other went into the median and caught fire. When Dew Fire Department arrived, the driver was out of the vehicle; and no injuries were reported. Using their new brush truck, Dew firemen extinguished the fire. Fairfield Fire Department responded as mutual aid. (Photos...

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