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Halloween Face-Off 2016: October Ends with Fun in Freestone County

  October means Halloween fun, and Freestone County offers several events for families to enjoy.Boo! On the Square The City of Fairfield is hosting their annual Boo! On the Square this evening (Wednesday, October 26th).  Trick-or-Treaters are expected to descend on the event for goodies and fun on the courthouse lawn from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Trick-or-treating will be held inside the courthouse (5:30-7:30 p.m.), at the Historical Museum (6:00-7:30 p.m.) and at the First United Methodist Church (6:00-8:00 p.m.)  Fall Festivals are also being held at Harmony Presbyterian Church (5:50-7:50 p.m.) and Calvary Baptist Church (6:00-8:00 p.m.). Down the round at 932 Main St., Round Prairie Baptist Church will also be passing out candy and activity books.  They will have several inflatables and will be serving cotton candy and hotdogs. The haunted Keechi Hollow Manor will be open tonight from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., located on the east side of the courthouse square.16th Annual Spooktacular Freestone County Times will be on the courthouse lawn during Boo! On the Square, taking pictures of all the trick-or-treaters from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Pictures will be published in the November 2nd edition of The “Times.”Keechi Hollow Manor Join the haunted house fun in downtown Fairfield, Texas for the annual Keechi Hollow Manor on Saturday, October 29th.  Doors of the manor will open from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. each night.Teague Parkfest Food,...

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Early Voting Begins Monday

Two local elections will be decided in the General Election on November 8, 2016. The race for County Commissioner – Pct. 1 includes Republican nominee Andy Bonner and Write-In Candidate Gerald Manning. County Commissioner – Pct. 3 will be decided between Republican nominee Michael Daniels and Write-In Candidate Cooper Daniel. A complete list of declared Write-In Candidates will be available at all poll locations.  Voters wishing to cast a ballot for those candidates will be required to type in their names during the voting process. All other county positions each have only one candidate in the race; all Republican nominees.  There were no local Democratic candidates to file for office this year. Early Voting begins October 24, 2016 for the General Election and will end on November 4, 2016. Poll locations and dates are as follows:Fairfield Conference Center–October 24-27, Monday-Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.–October 28-29, Friday & Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.–October 31-November 4, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Butler Community Center–October 26, Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Dew School–October 26, Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Donie Community Center–October 26, Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Southern Oaks Clubhouse–October 29, Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Teague City Hall–October 26-28, Wednesday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Wortham Community Center–October 29, Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Application for ballots by mail...

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Second Murder Trial This Week

Jury selection started Monday morning, October 17, 2016 in the case of The State of Texas vs. Amber Hope Halford. Selection began at the Civic Center in Fairfield with roughly 500 persons summoned for duty. Approximately half of those returned on Tuesday, October 18, to complete selection. Defense Attorney, David Moore, and District Attorney, Chris Martin, took their time to secure the best possible jury to ensure a fair trial. Judge Deborah Oakes Evans is presiding over this trial that began on Wednesday, October 19th. Halford, along with co-defendant O’Jarion McClenon, is charged with Capital Murder for her alleged involvement in an incident occurring in March of 2015 that resulted in the death of her uncle, Teague resident, Douglas Carr Hurst. Jury selection for O’Jarion (O.J.) McClenon’s trial is set for October 31, 2016. Co-defendant Lawson Lee Abram was tried earlier this month and was found ‘guilty’ of Capital Murder; and was subsequently sentenced to Life Without...

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Major Wreck Near the Pumps on Hwy 84

FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT responded to a wreck on East Highway 84, between Cefco and Jolly’s Shamrock (Barn Stop) shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, October 16th. The driver of the red Ford Mustang failed to yield to the white Ford Truck, A Halliburton Company truck. This caused the truck to collide with the mustang’s right front. The mustang ended up in the parking lot of CEFCO while the truck ended up in the parking lot of Jolly’s Shamrock. One gas pump was hit during the incident, but there was no severe damage to the pump. No one was injured in the accident; and the driver of the mustang was cited for failure to yield. Fairfield PD Officers, Harold Markham and Brody Weinmann responded to the...

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Freestone County Courthouse News

Indictments –Carlier Lorietta Cooper, B/F, 48, Mexia, Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance PG 3<28 grams, Hydrocodone, BONDED OUT, Date of Offense: 4-19-2016–Soungie Jalyssa Craig, B/F, 24, Houston, Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 1, Cocaine, Less than one gram, IN JAIL, Date of Offense: 8-10-16–Randolph Scott Hamblin, W/M, 28, Teague, Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 1, Oxycodone, Four grams or more but less than 200, OUT ON BOND, Date of Offense:  5-16-16–Steen Troy Henderson, B/M, 44, Wortham, Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 1, Methamphetamine, Less than one gram, OUT ON BOND, Date of Offense: 7-11-16–Marcheri Renall Hughes, B/F, 30, Teague, Possession of Firearm by Felon, OUT ON BOND, Date of Offense: 7-6-16–Jeremy Odaniel Fuller, W/M, 32, Trinity, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, IN CUSTODY-HARRIS CO ON JP WARRANT, Date of Offense: 7-31-16–Evan Jospeh Niswanger, W/M, 31, Teague, Assault  Intentionally/Recklessly Impede Breath/Circulation of Family/Household Member with previous conviction, IN JAIL, Date of Offense: 7-30-16–Evan Jospeh Niswanger, W/M, 31, Teague, Assault  Intentionally/Recklessly Impede Breath/Circulation of Family/Household Member with previous conviction, IN JAIL, Date of Offense: 8-14-16–Victor Omar Sanchez – Aka Victor Omar Sanchez-Martinez, W/M, 25, Jewett, Assault Family Violence – Impede Breath, IN JAIL, Date of Offense: 7-29-16–Chester William Talbert, W/M, 63, Palestine, Theft of Property, $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, OUT ON BOND-MEDICAL RELEASE, Date of Offense: 5-21-16   Civil Cases –There are 8 In the Interest...

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