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City & School Candidate Forum: Thursday, April 27th

Voters are invited to attend a Candidate Forum on Thursday, April 27, 2017 for the upcoming City Council and School Board elections. The event will be held at the Green Barn Civic Center in Fairfield, Texas beginning at 6:00 p.m. Candidates have been invited for Fairfield City Council, Teague City Council and Wortham School Board. Freestone County Times is hosting the event; Editor Karen Leidy will serve as moderator. After a brief introduction of the candidates, questions will be asked of each individual running for office.  Challengers will have an opportunity to respond, as well. If you have any...

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Hackers Target Fairfield Business

“Watch what you respond to,” cautioned Fairfield Mayor Roy Hill, during last week’s City Council Meeting. According to Mayor Hill, one of his businesses dodged an expensive bullet about six weeks ago, when they received confirmation from a local bank concerning a large money transfer that had not been authorized. Apparently, hackers used their system to send an emailed request that appeared legit. Thankfully, the mistake was caught within 30 minutes. “We got it back,” says Mayor Hill, although it took 72 hours “of total panic” before the issue was completely resolved. Hill advises citizens to be careful with emails and, if the wording sounds off, to call the sender to confirm. Hacking is a pervasive problem, and has made the news several times this year. On April 6, the City of Dallas had all 156 of their emergency sirens go off during a two-hour period, beginning around 11:30 p.m.  As a result, their dispatch center was inundated with four times the normal amount of calls.  Hacking was identified as the culprit. Earlier this year, Northside ISD in San Antonio announced a major breach in their system caused by hacking into teacher emails.  At risk may be personal information such as names, addresses and dates of birth. Approved by Fairfield Council during this meeting include the following: –Resolution regarding rate change for Oncor Electric. –Annual contract with Freestone County...

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Fairfield Market Days This Weekend – Flower Garden & Herb Fest

Flower Garden and Herb Fest at Fairfield Market Days this weekend, held at the historic W.L. Moody Reunion Grounds. Vendors will be open Friday-Sunday, April 21-23, 2017. Fairfield Market Days includes Indoor and Outdoor shopping at the historic W.L. Moody Reunion Grounds in Fairfield, Texas. Each month, Market Days vendors offer such things as Arts & Crafts, Jewelry, Bling, Clothing, Food, Furniture, Antiques, Fresh Produce, Tools, Toys and more. Market Days will open Friday, April 21st with limited vendors from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. All vendors will be open for business on Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00 a.m....

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Park Rangers Keep the Peace: Meet the Folks of Fairfield Lake State Park

Keeping park visitors safe as they enjoy the beautiful outdoors are the light-hearted staff at Fairfield Lake State Park.  They include (in no particular order) Tim King – Park Superintendent / PPO, Kris Simmons – Office Manager, Nick Nicholas – CSR, Judy Haynes – CSR, Wendell  LeGalley – Maintenance Ranger / Backup UPO, Joey Burks – Lead Ranger / UPO and Barry Schattel – Maintenance Ranger.  Not pictured is Shade McCord – Maintenance Ranger and Daniel Stauffer – Asst. Office Manager.  (Photo by Karen Leidy)       Set along the shoreline of a 2,400-acre lake, Fairfield Lake State...

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Annual Fairfield Eggstravaganza – Huge Easter Crowd

It was a beautiful day for Easter fun on the courthouse square this past Saturday, April 15, 2017. Kids off all ages enjoyed egg hunts, cake walk, live bunnies, hula hoop contests, hat making and parade, and more. This annual event is hosted by the City of Fairfield and manned by volunteers of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. (Photos by Megan Hempel)    ...

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