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Plans for Transition Continue to Develop at Fairfield Medical Center

  Fairfield Medical Center (FMC) is moving right along in its transition from ETMC Fairfield. The Fairfield Hospital District Board met on Wednesday, July 27th to discuss the most recent updates from Community Hospital Corporation (CHC), as well as other possible changes for the medical center. After a presentation from Michael Morgan of CHC, it was determined that FMC will need to take a line of credit for $3.3 million over a three year period to make sure all costs are covered, as well as being able to maintain at least two months worth of payroll in the bank at all times. The hospital is currently debt free; and according to Morgan, financial projections show that FMC should be turning a profit by the end of year three. The next step in funding is to continue financing the IT costs as the new network lines and programs are set up. Board members took initial steps toward choosing a logo for FMC. Mock-ups depicting several different font types and colors were distributed to the members to look over and choose. No voting has taken place yet, but plans are to have the basic information chosen by the end of August so they can begin to print letterhead, applications, forms, and etcetera. Also discussed at the meeting was the possibility of taking part of an unused wing of the facility and...

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Freestone County Sheriff’s Report

  Deputies respond to domestic dispute, situation under control and Deputies depart. Parties begin arguing again as soon as Deputies leave, everyone back to residence for further discussion. Wortham PD and Mexia PD respond to elderly lady bitten by snake. Transported by air to hospital. DPS arrests subject on interstate for violating protective order. Donie Fire, Teague EMS and Troopers to vehicle reported of the road and in the trees on county road. No injuries. Teague Fire to report of residential air conditioner on fire. No fire but a lot of smoke. Teague PD conducts a narcotics investigation at local trailer park. Butler Fire and Dew Fire to report of grass fire in east end of county. Deputy takes report of possible stolen horse. Teague, Kirvin and Wortham Fire battle hay fire. Deputies respond to report of shoeless man being chased by folks who want to hurt him. Subject located and situation resolved. Teague PD responds to physical altercation at local convenience store, must be the heat. Teague PD responds to burglary alarm, accidentally set off by delivery man. Deputy investigates report of threat by text. Deputy responds to report of loose cattle, owner located and notified. DPS and Teague EMS respond to one vehicle rollover near county line. Deputies and Fairfield PD attempt to locate car reported stopped in the middle of the road, gone upon arrival. Fairfield...

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Fairfield Police Report

  Due to the recent vehicle burglaries in the city and surrounding areas the Fairfield Police Department request that everyone make sure that their vehicles are locked at all times. Monday, Aug. 18:31 AM-Officer Markham on report of disabled truck in the roadway.11:27 AM-Officer Markham on report of burglary of motor vehicle.12:11 PM-Officer Markham on report of burglary of motor vehicle.12:39 PM-Officer Markham to PD to meet a complainant.7:20 PM-Officer Palacios on alarm going off.10:15 PM-Officer Weinmann on report of subject trespassing, all was ok.Tuesday, Aug. 211:10 AM-Officer Markham on report of suspicious vehicle.9:15 PM-Officer Weinmann to PD to meet a complainant.11:10 PM-Officer Weinmann arrest driver for DWI.Wednesday, Aug. 31:18 AM-Officer Palacios assist other agency with translating.1:26 PM-Officer Orms to PD to meet a complainant over burglary of motor vehicle.3:35 PM-Officer Orms on report of dogs locked in vehicle, was unable to locate.5:57 PM-Officer Alexander assist another agency in locating subject.Thursday, Aug. 42:11 AM-Officer Alexander assist deputy with subject on disorderly conduct.8:13 AM-Officer Orms and Palacios on alarm at business going off, all was ok.10:24 AM-Officer Palacios, Orms, Sgt. Utsey and Chief Bulger assist on funeral escort.1:18 PM-Officer Palacios on report of missing generator.9:24 PM-Officer Gallegos on report of cows out.11:23 PM-Officer Gallegos on report of unwanted person at store, subject gone on officer arrival.11:40 PM-Officer Alexander on reported disturbance.Friday, Aug. 512:33 AM-officer Gallegos and Alexander on report of...

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County Commissioners Prespare for Upcoming Budget Talks

  Voting to contribute $735.00 per month, per employee, toward the new private exchange healthcare, Freestone County Commissioners approved the measure following much discussion. The private exchange, through Texas Association of Counties (TAC) and Blue Cross Blue Shield, offers 10 individual plans for employees to choose from to match their specific needs. Should an employee choose a plan that costs more than the $735.00 provided by the County, said employee will be responsible for covering the difference. This change will take effect on October 1, 2016, the beginning of the next fiscal year. Commissioner Pct #1, Luke Ward, Sr. resigned his position as Floodplain Administrator after many years serving in that capacity. Craig Oakes, Commissioner Pct #2, was voted in to take Ward’s place. The duty of the Floodplain Administrator is to maintain maps and records, to determine if a location is safe from flooding, and to review & approve applications. Monies from the annual Capital Credit Funds have been received in the amount of $9,424. Commissioners voted to use the money to help with air conditioning and other updates for the Child Advocacy Center’s building. In regard to the new Cintas contract, the company still has not supplied Form 1295. Per a new law, businesses must provide this form at the same time they submit a contract to any governmental entity. As this has yet to be done,...

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TPWD Graduates 46 Texas Game Wardens and State Park Police Officers

AUSTIN — After seven months of rigorous training, the 60th Texas game warden cadet class graduated today at the Texas State Capitol. The cadet class includes 41 game warden cadets and five state park police officers. This is the second cadet class with state park police officers training and graduating alongside state game wardens after the two academies were combined last year. Following their preparation at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County, the newly-commissioned peace officers were recognized during a special ceremony this morning at the Texas State Capitol. “Today, you are joining a select group of men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our state’s lands, waters, borders, fish, game, environment, property and our lives,” said TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith. “The people of Texas will expect you to be pillars of strength and leadership, resolute in character and virtue, fair beyond reproach and unfailing in response in times of disaster and duress. And, when you are called for help, day or night, weekday or weekend, irrespective of the need or the cause or the caller for help, you will go and you will go dutifully.” The graduates will begin their new careers stationed in counties and state parks throughout the state. The duties of a Texas game warden include the enforcement...

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