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Freestone’s Late George Washington Phillips Nominated for Grammy Award

One of Freestone County’s celebrated musicians may just win a Grammy this year. Nominated for Best Historical Album of the Year is “Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams,” compiled by producers Michael Corcoran, April G. Ledbetter, and Steven Lance Ledbetter; Michael Graves serving as mastering engineer. Teague native, Doris Nealy, joined Corcoran for an interview with NPR/Atlanta on Monday, December 18th to discuss her personal reflections of Mr. George Washington Phillips, who was her neighbor in the Simsboro Community. They spoke with Celeste Headlee, the host of the Georgia Public Broadcasting program “On Second Thought.” The folks of Freestone...

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Political Races on Primary Elections Set for March

Candidate filings for the 2018 Primary Elections were officially closed last week, as of 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2017. Freestone County has three contested races for the March primaries. Former Chief of Police for Teague Police Department, Dan Ramsey, threw his hat in the ring for Justice of the Peace – Precinct 2.  Ramsey will face incumbent Debra Hamilton in the Republican primary. Winner of this race will face the lone Democratic candidate, Pam Whitt, during the General Election next Fall. County Clerk incumbent, Linda Jarvis, is up against fellow Republican, Renee Reynolds.  As there are no Democratic candidates, this race will be decided in the Primary Election in March. Vying for the position of County Treasurer are two Republican candidates:  Jeannie Keeney and Tammy Harris.  Winner of the Primary election will have no contenders in November’s General Election, as there were no Democratic candidates to file. Current Treasurer, Kay Taylor, will be retiring at the end of the current term. Primary Elections for the Democratic and Republican parties will be held on March 6, 2018 for County, State and National offices.  Early voting is set to start February 20, 2018. Those not yet registered to vote have until February 5, 2018 to submit their applications, in order to vote in the 2018 Primary Elections. Below are the offices up for re-election: County Offices –Commissioner Pct 2:...

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Big Checks to Fairfield Teachers – Almost $13K in Funding

The police sirens went off, the band played, and the student cheered as members of Fairfield ISD Education Foundation visited each campus to personally award nearly $13,000 in grants on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Competition was fierce this year, as seven grants were awarded from a pool of fourteen applications. According to Asst. Superintendent Melissa Cox, this year’s amount was increased from the annual $10,000 because, “There were some things we couldn’t just, not grant.” Grants awarded this year include: –Rock Climbing Wall – $1,350 Presented to Coach Daniels and her students, the new rock climbing wall will be...

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Market Days Analysis: Fairfield Council Discusses Event’s Future

Although a bit heated at times, a productive discussion developed around making Market Days profitable, during last week’s Council Meeting at Fairfield City Hall. An analysis of expenses and sales tax revenue for Market Days was presented by City Administrator Jeff Looney during regular session on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Expenses for Market Days, including salaries, advertising, and supplies totaled over $37,000 in 2017. On the other hand, revenues from Market Days only amounted to $12,000, including vendor rentals and estimated sales tax. “I’m pro-Market Days, pro-anything that will grow Fairfield,” remarked Councilman Landis Baylis.  “But, it needs to be profitable.” Coordinator Darlene Jones expressed her belief that the City is not doing enough to support and promote Market Days. One recommendation includes increased out-of-town advertising. According to Jones, residents of Fairfield are not shopping Market Days.  She sees more visitors from out-of-town.  “Most of the customers see the signs coming down the road.” Improved signage was the second recommendation. “We don’t have signs saying we are inside,” stated Vanessa Kohler, a long-time vendor at Fairfield Market Days. A large portion of the vendors are housed inside the Green Barn Civic Center, allowing Market Days to continue year-round, even during cold or inclement weather.  “The building is just about full every month,” said Jones. Market Days biggest problem, said Jones, is limited resources. “We have the same problem,” stated...

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Skeletal Remains Recovered… Teague Man Last Seen in July, 2016

The skeletal remains of Teague man, Dwayne Douglas Brooks, 40, were found in his home on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Brooks was last seen in Teague on July 25, 2016; and he had not been heard from since. Brooks worked as a truck driver at the time of his disappearance; and family members thought he may have traveled to Georgia or Florida and decided to stay. One family member even kept the yard mowed during this time, thinking Brooks was working over the road. This November, family reported him missing and Texas DPS put out a missing person alert throughout the U.S. On December 9th, when family decided to break into the home, they found his skeletal remains on the floor of the bedroom; and contacted Teague Police Department. Brooks’ body was sent to Dallas for an autopsy to determine actual cause of death, which was ruled a suicide by a .22 caliber gunshot to the chest. It is suspected that Brooks has been deceased since July or August of...

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