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Good Bye to 2017! Top Ten Good-News Stories of the Year

In just four more days, we will say “good-bye” to 2017 and ring in the New Year. It has been an interesting twelve months, to say the least. There have been several good-news stories to happen in Freestone County, Texas. Here are ten of our favorites: 1. The “birth” of Freestone Medical Center. As midnight chimed in on January 1, 2017, Fairfield Hospital Board member, Sherry Brackens, and CEO Stace Holland, marked the transition from ETMC to Fairfield’s new hospital. 2. Celebration of gospel-blues musician, George Washington Phillips. Following several years of research, author and music critic, Michael Corcoran, introduced his new book, “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams,” to the people of Teague, Texas. Unbeknownst to his friends and neighbors, the late jack-leg preacher from the Simsboro community had recorded 18 songs with Columbia Record between 1927 and 1929. Phillip’s unique music, created with an instrument he called a Manzarene, has garnered fans from around the world and, recently, a Grammy nomination. 3. Teague High School Senior Raises Funds for Law Enforcement. Through raffles, bake sales and various donations, Megan Martin of Teague raised enough funds to outfit every full-time law enforcement officer in Freestone County with special ballistic plates. Designed to protect against high-powered munitions, a total of 96 plates were purchased. 4. Freestone County Museum Observes 50-Year Anniversary. Celebrating with music, stories and new exhibits, Freestone...

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Rose Part of Aggie History

by Scott Batts The last time the New Mexico State Aggies were in a bowl game, Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the oval office. This year, a Rose is in the mix. The Aggies are in the Arizona Bowl for the first time since 1960 and they will take on the Utah State Aggies on December 29. The New Mexico State Aggies are led by the familiar face of Larry Rose III. He is the leader in rushing for the 6-6 Aggies with 807 rushing that put him fifth in the Sun Belt Conference. The Aggies last played in...

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County High School Athletes Named to All-District Football Teams

Members of the Teague and Fairfield High School football teams have been selected to the All-District Teams. District 9-3A All District Team 2017 includes the following Teague players: –District MVP: Tayvis Coleman – Senior, RB –Offensive Lineman of the Year: Marcus Williams – Senior, OL –Returner of the Year: Tyrese Heard – Senior, WR/DB –1st Team Offense: Zack Satterwhite – Junior, QB; Azaya Patrick – Junior, TE; Jacob Maggard – Senior, OL; Lawson Allison – Senior, OL; Travis Lemons – Sophomore, OL –1st Team Defense: Trevor Cooper – Senior, DL; Tyrus Busby – Senior, DL; Santos Estrada – Junior, LB –2nd Team Offense: Gelico Green – Sophomore, RB; Antonio Heard – Senior, WR; Rodney Kuykendall – Junior, WR –2nd Team Defense: Isaiah Bell – Junior, DL; Kade Collins – Senior, LB; Dayveon Dixon – Junior, LB; T.C. Canady – Sophomore, DB –Honorable Mention: Fred Harper – Senior, DL; Rion Heard – Senior, OL; Logan Escobar – Senior, WR/DB; Roberto Escobedo – Sophomore, Kicker District 9-4A All District Team 2017 includes the following Fairfield players: –Outstanding Offensive Lineman of the Year: Tucker Davis – Senior, OL –Newcomer of the Year: Chad Rushin – Junior, QB –1st Team Offense: KaDarrius Walker – Junior, RB; Kolbe Branch – Senior, Inside WR & Kick-returner; Miller Smith – Senior, Center –1st Team Defense: Johnn Owens – Senior, Outside LB; Trevan McWilliams – Senior, End;...

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Send Your Story for the New Year

Happy New Year, Freestone County! The “Times” family wishes you a new year filled with success and happiness. It’s your paper, and we want to tell your story! Send us your story from the past year, and your hopes for the New Year.  Share this year’s achievements; and your goals for yourself, your family, your Freestone County. Submit a brief paragraph and your favorite photo of 2017 for publication in our January 3, 2018 edition of the Freestone County Times. Email us at, reach out to us on our website, message us on Facebook, or submit your...

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‘Not a Done Deal’ – Texas High Speed Railway

Hailed by investors as a major step toward getting final federal clearance for the High Speed Railway project, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) signed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) this past Friday. The document is set to be published in the Federal Register on December 22, 2017. Analyzing six proposed routes, as well as a no-build alternative, the Draft EIS favors the more westerly Utility Line route that runs in our area through Navarro, Freestone, Leon, and Limestone counties. The other potential route, which was dropped from consideration, would have completely traversed Freestone County, avoiding Limestone County entirely....

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