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Church Property Recovered, Suspect Arrested in Wortham

by Police Chief Kelly Butler   Two search warrants, on two separate residences in Wortham, were executed on Friday, March 17, 2017 by officers from the Wortham Police Department and Deputies from Freestone County Sheriff’s Office. The search warrants were a result of an almost 3-month investigation involving the burglaries of three churches. Two churches were in Wortham and one was in Streetman. As a result of this investigation, felony warrants were issued for two local suspects. While conducting the searches we were able to recover approximately $1,000 in stolen property and arrested one of the suspects. Acting on...

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Fire at Scarborough Destroys One Building

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at approximately 3:45 pm fire broke out at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival® site.  First responders arrived at the site within 5 minutes of the fire being discovered and it was contained within 30 minutes. One two-story building, artisan shoppe “Pendragon Costumes” which sold Renaissance style apparel, was completely destroyed and another, “Broom Sticks” sustained moderate damage.  The Ellis County Fire Marshall determined that the fire started in the electrical system of the building destroyed. The management of Scarborough Renaissance Festival® wishes to thank the Ellis County Volunteer Fire Department Districts One and Six along with the Volunteer Fire Departments of Maypearl, Forreston, and Avalon for their quick response and containment of the fire.  We are extremely grateful that no one was injured and that only two structures out of the 200+ buildings at the Scarborough site were affected by the fire. The Pendragon Costume shoppe (and it’s free standing building) is owned by Nicole Fullerton and Shawn Carnes.  Fortunately none of the stock of beautiful, handmade Renaissance style apparel was at the shoppe at the time of the fire.  Pendragon Costumes has been a part of Scarborough Renaissance Festival® for 23 years and we will work with the owners and their local artisan and longtime shoppe manager, MaritaBeth Caruthers, to enable them to open their shoppe in a temporary structure for the upcoming 2017 Festival...

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Proposed Bill to Bring UIL Events to Area

SB 1981 would allow cities to bid competitively for high school athletic, academic, and music competitions hosted by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). On Friday, March 10, 2017, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed SB 1981, a bill that could have a big impact on the future of competitive high school events in Texas.  Under SB 1981, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) would be required to undergo a competitive bidding process in selecting host cities for statewide competitions in high school high school athletics, academics, and music. “Some of the finest athletic and academic facilities in Texas are right here in the Brazos Valley,” said Schwertner.  “Our central location makes us an ideal location to host UIL competitions, and as the UIL makes decisions regarding where to host state championships in high school football, basketball, debate, or marching band, it’s only right that they give our community the consideration it deserves.” In 1910, the University Interscholastic League was created by the University of Texas at Austin to provide leadership and guidance to public school debate and athletic teachers. Since that time, the UIL has grown into the largest interscholastic organization of its kind and has assumed responsibility for facilitating all official high school athletic, academic, and music competitions in Texas. Due to its longstanding history with the University of Texas, the UIL remains headquartered in Austin to this day.  As...

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The Race is On: School and City Elections Set for May 6th

This year, one school district and two city councils are expected to hold elections on May 6, 2017. ELECTIONS Wortham ISD has two candidates vying for Place #6 on the Board of Trustees:  Russell Black and Michael Gargis. Running unopposed are Micheal Dunn (Place #5) and incumbent Jeff Jones (Place #7). City of Teague also has two opposing candidates.  Incumbent Marilyn Michaud will face off against Jack Hansel for Place #5. Running unopposed are incumbents Ron Rasbeary (Place #2) and Chris Nickleberry (Place #4). City of Fairfield has contested races for all three positions. Place #3 will see incumbent...

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Rehab & Widening Work on I-45 Frontage Roads Between US 84 and FM 27

The Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) has begun rehabilitation and widening work on the I-45 frontage roads between the entrance and exit ramps from US 84 to FM 27.  This project has nothing to do with the proposed project to improve traffic flow on I-45 frontage roads and ramps that was discussed on February 23, 2017. TxDOT would like to remind all motorists who travel this area to obey all warning signs, watch for worker and equipment, buckle up, and drive safely. This $2.5 million rehab and widening I-45 frontage roads is contracted to Big Creek Construction out of...

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