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Pigskins: Countywide Preview

 Freestone County athletes begin two-a-day training…        ABOVE: Running the new Eagle team through their daily drills are the superlative  coaching staff of Fairfield High School, as Two-a-Days gets started this week. (Photo by Karen E. Leidy)   The summertime breeze will bring about the sound of whistles and water cans as teams prepare for the 2016 football campaign.  The local teams have new districts and high hopes for the season ahead.EAGLES The Fairfield Eagles advanced a couple of rounds in the 2015 edition.  Head coach and athletic director John Bachtel will lead the Eagles to potentially another postseason bid and a deep run if the bracket works out for them. The Eagles will miss Charles Oliver, heading onto the practice fields at Texas A & M, but bring a few starters at key positions.  The 2016 version of the Fairfield Eagles will be young but that method has worked well for the maroon and gold with a continuous streak of playoff appearances. Kameron Ransom and Tarrence Rischer will return to the Eagle lineup and play key roles on both sides of the ball.  Zac Barlow and Akeem Jackson are multi-sport players and should factor in the skill positions.  The Eagles have always had solid lines on both offensive and defensive fronts and should be able to perform well. After two scrimmages, the Eagles head straight to...

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County Employees Pick Their Own Plan

 Commissioners work to meet county employees insurance needs…                                  “There is no way to pick one plan that works best for all 95 employees,” explained Freestone County Auditor, Donna Williams. “Changing our health plan to a private exchange allows the employee to choose which plan works best for their own personal needs, and those of their family.” Freestone County Commissioners voted to change the employee health plan to a private exchange plan through Texas Association of Counties (TAC) with Blue Cross Blue Shield at a meeting held Thursday, July 28, 2016. Currently, every employee opting to have county insurance is on the same exact health plan; of which the county pays $706.82 per employee. If commissioners had voted to keep that same plan, the cost would have risen to $735.08 per employee, a total increase of $2,684.70 per year. Changing to the private exchange allows each employee to choose their own plan. The county will contribute a set amount, the same for each employee. The employee is responsible to pay the difference should they choose a plan costing more than that set amount. The dollar number has yet to be determined, but should be close to what the county currently pays. Williams noted that the private exchange does offer a plan that is comparable...

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County Employees Pick Their Own Plan

 Commissioners work to meet county employees insurance needs…                                  “There is no way to pick one plan that works best for all 95 employees,” explained Freestone County Auditor, Donna Williams. “Changing our health plan to a private exchange allows the employee to choose which plan works best for their own personal needs, and those of their family.” Freestone County Commissioners voted to change the employee health plan to a private exchange plan through Texas Association of Counties (TAC) with Blue Cross Blue Shield at a meeting held Thursday, July 28, 2016. Currently, every employee opting to have county insurance is on the same exact health plan; of which the county pays $706.82 per employee. If commissioners had voted to keep that same plan, the cost would have risen to $735.08 per employee, a total increase of $2,684.70 per year. Changing to the private exchange allows each employee to choose their own plan. The county will contribute a set amount, the same for each employee. The employee is responsible to pay the difference should they choose a plan costing more than that set amount. The dollar number has yet to be determined, but should be close to what the county currently pays. Williams noted that the private exchange does offer a plan that is comparable...

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Fairfield Police Report

Monday, July 252:15 PM-Officer Orms on report of kids playing in roadway.6:00 PM-Officer Gallegos on stalled vehicle in the roadway. 6:27 PM-Officer Gallegos on report of combative patient at ER.Tuesday, July 2612:54 AM-Officer Alexander on suspicious vehicle.8:03 AM-Officer Hartley on report of unwanted subjects in residence.9:55 AM-Officer Orms on alarm going off.3:27 PM-Officer Hartley on alarm going off.7:03 PM-Officer Gallegos on cows out in roadway.7:56 PM-Officer Gallegos and Alexander to ER on unruly patient.8:19 PM-Officer Alexander on 911 call, all was ok, possible phone problem.9:36 PM-Officer Gallegos assist stranded motorist.11:50 PM-Officer Gallegos and Alexander on report of possible drunk subject at gas station, subject was not drunk.Wednesday, July 279:23 PM-Officer Weinmann arrest driver on traffic stop on warrants.10:47 PM-Officer Palacios on report of wreck on IH 45, was out near DewThursday, July 282:03 AM-Officer Weinmann assist Trooper on major wreck on IH 45.10:30 AM-Officer Markham and Sgt. Utsey assist on funeral escort.12:23 PM-Officer Markham to meet a complainant concerning a criminal trespass notice.7:20 PM-Officer Weinmann and Palacios on reported assault.8:09 PM-Officer Palacios to meet a complainant.9:38 PM-Officer Weinmann and Palacios on major wreck involving a pedestrian.10:14 PM-Officer Palacios on report of kids trying to buy cigarettes, Kids were escorted to parents.Friday, July 292:10 AM-Officer Weinmann on 911 call, was phone problems.9:51 AM-Officer Gallegos and Sgt. Utsey to store to meet a complainant.11:50 AM-Officer Gallegos to PD to meet a...

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Freestone County Sheriff’s Report

Deputy takes report on possible charity phone fraud case. A reminder to all, check and do your homework before donating anything to someone claiming to be a representative of a charitable organization. County Deputies, Teague PD and DPS assist Mexia PD with vehicle chase from Mexia into Freestone County, one subject taken into custody. DPS, Dew Fire and Fairfield EMS to one vehicle wreck on Interstate. Deputies to ER to contain combative patient. Teague EMS to report of patient at home with difficulty breathing, subject flown to hospital by Air Evac. Deputies and Fairfield EMS to report of young man having a seizure, transported to ER for evaluation. Dew Fire and Deputies to tree fallen on power lines, all of which now on fire. Precinct One Commissioner notified of a tree across county road. Deputies, DPS and Fairfield EMS to Streetman area on report of subject at local gas station trying to put gas in vehicle, doesn’t know how to put gas in vehicle. Subject taken to ER where discovered lives out of state and has long history of mental illness/instability. Family contacted , relieved to know whereabouts and makes arrangements to come get. Butler Fire to report of smoke detector that won’t shut off. Fairfield PD to report of visitor invited to stay the night, now won’t leave. Don’t feed em, they’ll leave pretty soon on their own....

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