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CANCELED: Square Affair & Wellness Festival is Canceled Due to Bad Weather

NOTE:  This event has been canceled due to the unpredictable weather.  Next Square Affair will be held in November.   It’s all about health…and shopping, of course! This year, the Summer Square Affair will include a Wellness Festival.  The two events will be held this Saturday, May 20th on the courthouse square in Fairfield, Texas. Freestone Medical Center will offer blood pressure and blood sugar checks. Other health-related booths will include Corsicana Pediatric Dentistry, consultants from Thrive and Melaleuca, One Spirit, and Freestone Cancer Support Group (FCSG). Fitness classes will be presented by Adrenaline Fitness. Shopping vendors will sell...

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New Council Members, School Trustee

At least one incumbent was ousted during Saturday’s City and School Elections. Keith Daniels won a place on Fairfield City Council, beating his closest opponent, Place 3 incumbent, Davie Steward, by 11 votes. Incumbents Landis Bayless and Kenneth Hughes retained their seats. Bayless received 56% of the vote, securing Place 4 with 24 votes. Kenneth Hughes kept Place #5 with just 6 votes. Official canvassing of the votes is set for the Tuesday, May 9, 2017 during a regular session of Fairfield City Council.  New council members are expected to be officially sworn in during this meeting. In the Teague Council election, incumbent Marilyn Michaud (Place 3) garnered 62% of the vote to retain her seat.  Fellow incumbents, Ron Rasbeary (Place 2) and Chris Nickleberry (Place 4), were unopposed. The official canvassing of the Teague Council Election will be conducted on Monday, May 15, 2017. Russell Black swept into Place 6 on Wortham ISD Board of Trustees with 98 votes to opponent mike Gargis’ 9 votes. Incumbents Michael Dunn (Place 5) and Jeff Jones (Place 7) were unopposed. Below is a breakdown of election results for May 6, 2017.  All three of the Elections show zero (0) mail-in ballots. FAIRFIELD CITY COUNCIL                                                            Early Voting      Election Day      Totals Place #3 David Steward                                44                          30                          74 Kevin Childers                                31                          33                          64 Keith Daniels                            42                        43                        85 Place #4...

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Citizen Activist Arrested While Videotaping House Affairs Committee Meeting

After repeatedly ignoring the Sergeant-At-Arms requests to stop videotaping, Waxahachie resident, Amy Hedtke, was physically removed from a March 22, 2017 hearing of the House State of Affairs Committee in Austin. DPS Officers subsequently arrested Hedtke, charging her with Criminal Trespass, after she refused to leave Capitol grounds, when asked to do so. The House State of Affairs Committee is chaired by Texas Representative Byron Cook, District 8. Hedtke maintains that she has a right to videotape proceedings, citing Texas Open Meeting laws that allow any person to record “all or part of any open meeting of a governmental body.” However, the law also stipulates that the same governmental body “may adopt reasonable rules to maintain order at a meeting.” These may include location of recording equipment and how a recording is made. Currently, Texas House rules allow for filming and recording ONLY by those with Capitol Media Credentials. The application process requires employment verification with an independent news organization. “The House Committee on State Affairs has required a capitol media credential for filming or recording the proceedings since July, 2013,” states Rep. Cook. “It was implemented to help ensure the safety of the public and the members of the committee.  The Texas Constitution gives the Texas House the power to determine the rules of its proceedings, including committee meetings.” Signage is posted outside the committee room, notifying attendees...

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Four Fender-Benders in One Shift

It was a day of wrecks on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in the Fairfield area, with a total of four within a six-hour period. The first wreck of the day was called in at about 10:10 a.m. Officer Mary Bates responded to the scene on Highway 84, just east of the I-45 bridge. Gabriella Izquierdo, driving a 2008 Avalanche, pulled out of a private drive in front of Paul Barker in a pickup truck, striking his left rear quarter panel. No injuries were reported in this incident. Wreck number two was called in right around noon; and Officer Weldon...

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Teacher Appreciation Week at FISD: Teachers Given Period Off

Fairfield ISD celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week the week of May 1-5, 2017. In honor of this special week, administrators drew names at random from the four Fairfield campuses and taught a class, giving the teacher a period off. “Sometimes when we go about our days, doing the same thing day in and day out, we forget what it’s like to be on the other campuses,” says Interim Superintendent Tony Price. “This was a way to give our teachers a break and for us to be reminded what are peers do on a daily basis.” FAIRFIELD ISD INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT Tony...

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