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Public Meeting Set for High-Speed Rail Project

A series of public meetings are being held to review and submit comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in conjunction with the proposed High-Speed Rail project that would connect two major cities in Texas:  Dallas and Houston. Freestone County will play host to their public meeting on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Fairfield High School, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Before the public hearing presentation begins, an open house will be held to allow for comments, questions and review of project exhibits. FRA and TCR staff will be available to answer questions at that time. The public...

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Space Heaters Leading Cause of House Fires

Space heaters are popular devices for a number of reasons: They’re small, cost efficient and can keep your family warm. But it turns out, many people use them incorrectly and in an instant, tragedy can strike. Millions of people use space heaters to keep warm in winter. But according to a warning from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), space heaters are a leading cause of house fires in the United States. According to NFPA, space heaters are small, but they draw a lot of electricity. They stress the importance of plugging your space heater directly into the wall,...

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‘Holy Smokes’ Overtime Victory in Arizona Bowl – Fairfield’s RB Larry Rose III MVP

The last time New Mexico State was in a bowl game, Chubby Checker was doing the twist, but Larry Rose III prefers the Hustle.  His overtime touchdown pushed the Aggies to a historic win. New Mexico State won the 1960 Sun Bowl in El Paso and repeated in the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl 57 years later, the longest drought in all of college football.  The opponent was the same 57 years age, Utah State. The Aggies from Las Cruces, New Mexico got on the board first with a field goal, but Savon Scarver took the kickoff back for 96 yards to give Utah State the lead.  The lead was short lived because New Mexico State returned the favor.  Jason Huntley took the next kickoff 100 yards to regain the lead at 10-7 just five minutes into the game in Tucson. The remainder of the half was a defensive struggle in which both teams could not convert third downs and field goals were the order of the day.  Rose was stripped of the ball on a 25-yard run and Utah State recovered and turned it into a field goal to tie the game.  The half ended 13-13. The score remained until the fourth quarter when New Mexico State had a short punt and the Aggies from Logan, Utah took advantage.  LaJuan Hunt scored on a one-yard run and Utah...

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DWI Arrest on Main Street

Fairfield Police made a DWI arrest Monday, November 13, 2017 at 808 Main Street in Fairfield. The driver, Nafshiya Lightsey, age 34, was booked in to the Freestone County Jail, charged with driving while intoxicated. She was later released on a $1,500...

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Tragedy on Hwy 27: One Dead, One Injured in Fiery Collision

Tragedy hit Freestone County once again on Thursday morning, December 21, 2017, when a 17-year-old Fairfield High School junior was killed and a young woman was critically injured in a head-on collision. According to law enforcement, the accident occurred about five and a half miles from Fairfield. Landon Gebhard, was traveling east on Highway 27, heading to school that morning. While passing in a no-passing zone on a hill, he ran head-on into Lilly Taylor Huckstep, who was traveling west. Both vehicles caught fire upon impact. Bystanders were able to pull Mrs. Huckstep from her vehicle and she was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas via helicopter. She is currently listed in critical condition with burns and other major medical issues. Unfortunately, Gebhard was not able to be rescued from his vehicle; and he died on the scene. A memorial, hosted by the Fairfield High School Class of 2019, was held Saturday, December 23rd at the High School stadium. Funeral Services for Gebhard were held that evening at First Baptist Church in Fairfield....

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