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Preparing for Disaster: Freestone County Learns Importance of Behind-the-Scenes Response

Determining the Command Structure for a simulated disaster exercise (above) is Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley and Fairfield Police Chief Kenny Bulger.   “Chaos happens,” states HOTCOG Homeland Security Manager, Harold Ferguson. “The question is, how quickly can you get together to start managing the situation.” Ferguson led a Tabletop Exercise in Freestone County on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Also assisting was Emergency Preparedness Manager Boyce Wilson. The exercise emphasized two goals, when dealing with a disaster: 1) setting up a Command Center to coordinate the response, and 2) proper resource allocation by Emergency Management. When done properly, setting...

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Tanker Truck Explosion on FM 488

Fairfield, Teague, and Dew Volunteer Fire Departments worked hard to extinguish a large vehicle and grass fire caused by an overturned fuel tanker truck on FM 488 on Thursday, October 26, 2017. The call came in about 9:45 p.m. that evening; and final clean-up was completed around 3:45 a.m. Friday morning. Waco Hazmat was called out to help safely clean up the spilled and burned gasoline and diesel. The driver of the truck was taken from the scene by air ambulance with unknown injuries. Also responding to the scene were Fairfield EMS, Texas DPS, and Freestone County Constable Precinct...

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Suspects Named in September’s Massive Meth Bust

The two men arrested after a Department of Public Safety Trooper found more than $2 Million worth of Methamphetamine in their Lexus SUV during a routine traffic stop on September 21, 2017 have been identified. Roberto Sanchez, 20, of California and Edgar Alberto Rojas-Ramirez, 26, of Mexico were each charged with Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1, More than 400 G and assessed a $50,000...

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 7th

Early Voting concluded Friday, November 3rd for proposed amendments to the Texas constitution. Last opportunity to cast your vote is Election Day on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. There will be five voting locations open in Freestone County that will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. –Fairfield Conference Center: Fairfield #1 and Liberty #12 –First Baptist Church of Teague Family Life Center: Donie #3, Teague #5, and Freestone #10 –Dogan Cafeteria: Fairfield #2, Butler #11, Dew #13, and Lanely #14 –Southern Oaks Clubhouse: St. Elmo #8 –Wortham Community Center: Cotton Gin #4, Kirvin #6, Wortham #7, Teague #9, and Streetman #15 UPCOMING ELECTIONS Official candidate filings begin next month for the 2018 local elections. Primary Elections for the Democratic and Republican parties will be held on March 6, 2018 for County, State and National offices. Those running for office may officially file for their respective positions starting November 11, 2017. Last day to file candidacy is December 11, 2017. School Board and City Council Elections will be held May 5, 2018. Candidates for School Trustee, City Council or Mayor may file beginning January 17, 2018. Last day to sign your name to the ballot for School or City Elections is February 16,...

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Armyworms plaguing pastures, winter forages

by Adam Russell Cool temperatures and wet weather created prime conditions for fall armyworms and major problems for forage producers around the state, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said the recent temperature drops and rainfall across much of the state after a dry, warmer September and October created conditions for the pest to emerge. This has been especially hard on emerging cool-season annual forage fields, she said. Recent crop reports from county agents around the state describe producers treating fields for armyworms, high numbers of the pest and devastated forage fields. Planting of winter forages were also delayed by infestations, and some producers were forced to replant decimated fields. “The biggest issue has been on cool-season forage fields,” she said. “Armyworms prefer the highest quality forage available, so at this point they’ll pick the cool-season annuals over the warm-season perennials. When you have seedlings coming up, they can devastate a field overnight.” Corriher-Olson said producers who planted fields for grazing or forage production should scout pastures regularly, especially if temperatures cool or rain and cool temperatures follow a warm, dry spell. Producers should scout each morning for armyworms, she said. Armyworms are night feeders that try to avoid warmer daytime temperatures. Armyworms are green, brown or black and can be identified by the white inverted Y on their...

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