december 29, 2009 - the “times”
Year End Review
caused road damages with Fairfield elected Eric Chavers
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costs sky rocking in the to the Independent School
hundreds of thousands of District board, and Wortham
were held across the country, dollars. Heaviest hit was ISD saw Bill Capers and Doug
on tax day April 15th, with Precinct 4, completely Miller filling board seats.
Congressman Joe Barton depleting Commissioner Dew ISD’s bond election of
speaking at the gathering in Clyde Ridge’s Road and Bridge $3 million passed.
Arlington, Texas. Account. Buffalo approved EMS
Sarah Mote became The rising waters left several services, and the sell of beer
Freestone County’s Family Freestone County residents and wine in stores.
Consumer Agent - Texas stranded in trees for several The Fairfield South Baseball
Agrilife Extension. hours before being rescued, Park was renamed Hugh Reed
When a Union Pacific Railroad including Gloria Harrison. Field after the late Mr. Reed,
train encountered a burning Our Freestone County who dedicated over 40 years
bridge over Keechi Creek residents that passed away of service to area youth
and subsequently derailed, were: Reatha Ray, Bobby baseball teams.
Oakwood was transformed for Coleman, Troy N. Huffman, Senior Citizen Kings and
several days with work crews Jewell Lee Padgett, Betty Queens were named at the
to clean up the aftermath Hutto Barnett, Robert Lee annual Spring Fling. They
and officials investigating Clark, Jr., Sandra Gale were: for Butler, Magelean
the incident. Thankfully, Triplett, Roy Lee Nichols, Watkins and Lencon Dinkins;
no one was injured in the LaWana Marie Winn-Carter, for Wortham, Kynita Craig
BEnny MizE (CEnTER) iS ThE guEST SPEAKER of Ken Pruitt (right) at the October 13, 2009,
derailment. Gleno Faye (Hagen) Jaecks, and Dicky Thornton; for
Fairfield Rotary Club meeting. Mr. Mize told the club of his daughter’s desire to make a
Neighboring Navarro County Shelby Eugene Steele, Nelson Teague, Lillie and Bill Roane,
difference in the world. Emily Mize, teaches special education at the Dakar Academy in
received an air monitor, W. Seeber, Jr., Lois Marie and for Fairfield Jean and
Senegal, West Africa. She has always been involved in mission work and feels this is her
courtesy of the State of Texas, Flynn, Cindy Brooks, Versie Jack Patterson, also named
calling to help those less fortunate. Also pictured is Landis Bayless, Fairfield Rotary Club
while Freestone continues to Ann (Pretty) Thomas, and Freestone County’s Royalty.
President. (Submitted Photo)
battle for one of its own. Jesse Edgar Abston, II. The Relay for Life run was
Three days of heavy rains May held and brought in around
Freestone County schools $76,000 for cancer research.
took action to reduce the Pleasant Hills Children’s 2 weeks. judged at a location off the The “Times,” the tiger has
spread of H1N1 by suspending Home dedicated one of four The family of Johnnie Cornish fair grounds. not been captured.
extracurricular activities and new cottages for resident installed a monument in the Freestone County lost the Friends Freestone County
sending home information “parents.” The home was Fairfield Baptist Cemetery, following citizens in June: said good-bye to in July were
sheets detailing self- named in honor of Gena complete with a ceremony Lewis Ray Davis, Jr., Myldred Dr. Benny Jack Eppes, Carol
protection techniques. Reaud, who had contributed where Monte Akers, author Burleson Hill, Bennie Halford, Carter Phillips, Lillie Kay
The results of the May faithfully to Pleasant Hills of “Flames After Midnight,” James E. Stearns, Betty Ann (Memaw) Sipe, Robert Fred
elections found that Fairfield since 1969. spoke. Mr. Cornish was one Clary, Gladys E. Carr, Adophus Tucker, Lois Viola Cochrum,
Councilwoman Linda York Teague High School of three individuals taken McIlveen, Hazel Schill, Mary Albert Frank Hibbs, Jr.
“Real Mexican Food”
lost her seat to Leldon Childs Valedictorian for 2009 from the Freestone County Newman, Frances A. Tyler, Patrick Anthony Titus, M.D.,
$5.95 DAILY SPECIALS by only one vote. Another was Summer Moore with Jail in 1922 and burned William Doyle “W.D.” Kindon, Elbert Dwayne Daniel, Jamie
Fairfield incumbent, Jo Olive Brittany Brown taking alive in Kirvin by a racially Robert Reed Norman, Dale E. Bautista, and Peggy Dean
Zickuhr, did not fair well Salutatorian. Wortham High charged crowd inflamed by Huffman, Laura Black Tucker, Ballard.
either, as Kenneth Hughes School’s top honors went the mutilation death of a Lavilla Ione Newton, and Mary August
unseated her. Lane Stripling to Valedictorian Amber white girl. Mr. Akers’ book Jones. Problems plaguing the
took the open position from Reece and Salutatorian Kara attempts to give an account July Southern Oaks Volunteer
with bar special @ $1.99
Jerry Brim. Sadly, Mr. Stripling Jantzen. Candise Defriend of the incident. The Dogan Alumni Reunion Fire Department’s pagers
passed away in November. earned the Valedictorian spot Funeral services were weekend took place in July were finally resolved. The
The City of Wortham got a at Fairfield High School with held for Opal F. Casey, Ruby complete with a parade, crippled communications had
1340 W. Hwy 84 new mayor, Ken Gibbs, having
Daniel Wilson becoming the Raby, Carl (C.G.) Henderson, basketball games, and several resulted in a failure to get
beat out incumbent Judy Salutatorian. Wesley Henderson, Alynda social events giving attendees critical information to the
Edwards. Emily Keathley Fairfield Elementary students Jones, Wayne Cox, Joe David a chance to catch up on each Fire Department in a timely
and C.R. “Butch” Davis with perfect attendance for Ahlfinger, Alynda Crysteen other’s lives. manner.
became Wortham’s newest the year were treated to a Ransom Jones, Rutha Mae The Fairfield Library Booker T. Washington and
Councilmen. day at Fresh Water Fisheries Fantroy Jones, Freddie Mae Association purchased land J.A. Brooks celebrated their
in Athens. Polk, D. Witt Mims, William on North Highway 75 for a 100-year anniversary in
Fairfield High School seniors, Guy Bond, Lloyd (Sonny) proposed new library. August with a weekend of
Courtney Eidson and Jack Harris, Jr. and Marlene Fay A shoplifting charge in events.
Wright displayed uncommon Meals. Montgomery County found Capps Funeral Home
courage when Tom Culwell June Brian Keith Balentine facing reopened by new owner, Joe
overturned his vehicle on The Freestone County Fair life in prison thanks to the McKibbin and managed by
Highway 84 near Butler. Ms. “Country Paradise” kicked off memory of Bill Madding of David Fox with wife, Sharon.
Eidson called 911, directed with its annual parade. Freestone County. Balentine An air monitor for Freestone
traffic, and stayed with Mr. The stabbing of Mike Crockett had spent more than 20 years County was approved by
Culwell until help arrived. at the fairgrounds marred this in prison for the death of Leroy Commissioners.
First responder Jack Wright year’s fair. Adrian Inderman, Larson. Mr. and Mrs. Larson Jack Wright of Fairfield
came on the scene soon disarmed by fairgoers, was were returning to Grapevine, became an Eagle Scout.
afterward lending valuable subsequently arrested. Texas, from their honeymoon Wortham schools get
assistance. Cheyenne Newman was in Galveston when Balentine new Principals, Kevin
Freestone County Citizens crowned Miss Freestone and his brother faked vehicle Frauenberger for the high
held a protest march at the County. Melissa Lopez problems. What ensured school and Candice Kennimer
Backhoe, Dump Trucks,
County Courthouse to draw became Miss Teen Freestone was the horrific kidnapping for the elementary.
attention to their belief County. of the pair resulting in the Terry Lynn McGinn accepts
Get a load of this!
that an air monitor should Fairfield High School shooting death of Mr. Larson. a plea bargain for two counts
be installed and a noise student, Derekia Coleman, Balentine was released on of Indecency with a Child,
assessment done in the won the Women’s 200 Meter parole in 2006 only to commit Aggravated Kidnapping, and
County. State competition. the crime of shoplifting. Aggravated Sexual Assault
May 29th was the last day Riley Jo Davidson of Fairfield During the penalty phase, Mr. of a Child that will make
Tommy Lynch worked for the FFA took home a cool $10K for Madding recalled the case to him eligible for parole in 30
U.S. Postal Service in Fairfield Grand Champion Steer. Other the jury who subsequently years.
PO Box 344
Ken Sessions Kirvin, Texas 75848
after 33 years, 3 months, and Grand Champion animals sent him back to prison for The first case of H1N1 was
were: Chelsea Lopez’ swine, good. confirmed in late August with
Logan Capers’ sheep, and Oakwood hires Lewis Miller 5 or 6 more suspected.
Jaelan Gilbreath’s goat, Carly as its new Chief of Police. It was standing room only
Atchley’s rabbit, and Leah Freestone County Deputy when Congressman Joe Barton
Sales Tax Collections
Townsend’s chicken. John Aultman spotted a held a town hall meeting in
A poultry respiratory tiger near Teague. In spite Wortham on August 27th in
disease had spread through of rumors of other tiger the Presbyterian Church.
Texas resulting in the loss sightings and statements of XTO Energy got the go ahead
of 1/2 million chickens. As where the tiger might be, for 4 gas wells to be drilled in
132,339.26 $ 233,823.97 $ 128,087.80 18.5%
a precaution, chickens were much to the frustration of Fairfield City Limits.
Freestone County residents
that passed away were Kamaro
36,971.46 $ 61,681.36 38,946.54 $ 10.1%
Hardnett High, Bob (Big
Boy) Crowell, Larry Donnell
12,893.12 5,633.79 18.4
Canady, Tom (Tuck) Bonner,
Ellen Gunter, Linda Beth
3,291.60 3,071.98 67.4
$ % Whiteman, Patty Manning,
Dorothy J. Barlow, Wanda
Mexia $ 201,808.73 $ 230,961.81 188,893.85 7.2$ % Gordon, Floyd Ray Burns,
Dozer & Trackhoe Work
Gayle Jan (Pinky) Crook,
Groesbeck $ 50,025.31 68,711.73 $ 51,538.82 $ 3.1%
James Thomas White, Elsie
Parish, Jose Angel Escobedo,
Buffalo $ 43,125.45 54,400.45 $ 62,328.46 23.5$ %
and Debbie Ethridge Nolan.
Centerville $ 23,214.45 22,271.52 $ 18,429.49 8.8$ %
Timber Clearing a Underbrushing Lots
Fairfield Independent School
District established its own
Jewett $ 15,620.16 22,938.84 $ 16,117.61 9.3$
Stock Ponds & Lakes
police department, and a
new law was enacted in Texas
$ % STOCK POND
prohibiting cell phone use in
Palestine $ 398,104.78 562,330.84 $ 418,640.53 17.6$
1500 Yard for
Weather dampened the
annual Show of Wheel and
Citywide Garage Sale the first
Frankston $ 14,080.92 $ 15,287.02 14,194.41 1.2$
weekend in September.
When Fairfield ISD decided
8,833.75 6,991.84 9.8
not to air President Barack
Obama’s speech to school
Corsicana $ 400,512.00 462,583.02 $ 383,481.89 5.7$
children, approximately 50
individuals attended the
Richland $ 789.01 803.16 $ $ 945.03 13.3
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