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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

School Drug Tests: Not Just for Athletes? S

hould random athlete and other student drug testing be performed at Fairfield Junior High and High School? This is the question Trustees were asked to consider during the Fairfield Independent School Board meeting held March 19, 2013. According to Superintendent Katie Ryan, Athletic Director John Bachtel had made the suggestion to her recently. Dr. Ryan indicated Bachtel felt this could relieve peer pressure for athletes who were being put under duress by other students to do Sliding into home during the Friday, March 22nd match drugs, as they could lose against Palestine is Fairfield Lady Eagle senior Katie Gardener. their privilege to play sports, For the best high school sports coverage, turn to Section C in if tested positively. this week’s edition (Photo by Melissa Lee) Dr. Ryan brought Coach Bachtel, High School Principal

Von Wade, and Junior High Principal Bryan Gawryszewski together. They then devised a tentative policy proposal for the board to review. Dr. Ryan advised that this matter would have a large impact on a lot of kids and that

they should go slow in making this decision. However, she indicated, that if they do decide to move forward, it should be in put place by May

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ith Phase I, the completely redone stateof-the-art Emergency Room and Phase II, Doctor’s Office Complex and attractive, new front waiting entrance, the Fairfield Hospital Board turned their attention to Phase III, the infrastructure of the original hospital and the renovation of the hospital patient rooms. However, early into the presentation by architect Steve Fitzpatrick, Board President George Robinson asked why the project was costing almost a half-million dollars more than the original estimate. The revised costs

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total $3,696,039. Robert Layton admitted that the first quote was significantly under estimated, with the “Chill Water” System being what took up most of the extra cost. “Did we know that about the Chill Water System at the time of the estimate?” Robinson inquired? With an affirmative answer, Robinson, called an immediate, executive session to discuss the new costs and asked Layton and Fitzpatrick to attend that session. Emerging from the meeting, the board approved $478,000 to be committed to the Phase III project that will be added to the 2014 budget. In addition to the Chill Water System for heating and cooling, fourteen patient rooms will be converted into eight semi-private rooms, with upgrades to the corridor and exit and the addition of equipment and utility rooms. A new bed wing addition will be added with 6 patient rooms. It will also have two intermediate care, one isolation, disturbed patient,

accessible, medication, clean utility, nutrition, and dictation rooms. The remaining “west” wing will be left alone and not used unless a situation comes up that would warrant more beds. In other action, ETMC Administrator, Raz Cook, introduced Michelle Adams, WHNP, who has joined the Fairfield ETMC Hospital team. (See page 3-A for picture) Cook announced that Dr. Darryl White has relocated to Fairfield and will begin seeing patients on April 1st. Norman Rubin, MHNP, will begin seeing patients in a week or so. Cook provided that the first quarter had been “very rough” for ETMC system wide. Hospital Board Administrator, Tony Price, gave a financial overview. Price noted that there are additional documents regarding the 1115 Medicare waiver that will require approval at a special meeting in the near future. Mary McDonald reporting. _____________________


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Sports News (Section C) Modern Day Abolitionist (Page 3-B)

April Fool’s Day Contest (Page 3-D)

Judge Eases Pastor’s Restrictions


Hospital Board Questions Half Million Overage

Hospital Construction Exceeds Estimate

New FHS Cheerleaders

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Kneeling down to tend to his herb bed is Wolfgang Kraus. He has two spots in the Fairfield Community Garden. (Photos by Mary McDonald)

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he fifteen Fairfield Community Garden spots are almost all taken up; but don’t despair, more will be added as needed. It is a bit early for planting. Only Opal Oliver, Wolfgang (Wolf) Kraus, and James Coker have planted anything yet in the rectangular shaped beds

filled with compost and sand. Four spaces were donated to the Food Pantry. Kraus has pledged 100 Romaine lettuce plants for these beds. Volunteers are needed to tend these spots. Among the very interesting beds will be a “Butterfly

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nthony Thibedeaux appeared before 87th District Court Judge Deborah Oakes Evans on Thursday, March 21, 2013 for a status hearing with a motion to modify his current bond restrictions. Thibedeaux, who was originally ordered to check in with bondsmen on a weekly basis, along with lawyer Justin Reed, petitioned Judge Evans to decrease the regularity of these visits to only once a month. Judge Evans consulted with both attorneys addressing Thibedeaux’s compliance with the existing bond restrictions. With no opposition from County Attorney Chris Martin, Evans granted the motion, stating that she believed Thibedeaux would continue to check in as required. The court is still awaiting evidence from the Department of Public Safety’s Computer Forensics Lab before a trial date can be set. Megan Hempel reporting. ______________________

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Beware of Employment Scams Recently, one of our readers alerted us to a possible employment scam that was published in the help wanted section last month. The ad was for an assistant property manager and gave just an email address for job seekers to respond. While it can be exciting to be contacted for a job interview, job seekers should take a step back and look closely at all the details before responding. It’s common for the unemployed to use social networking sites, newspapers, and online postings to look for jobs, including Craigslist, but

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pay for short hours or minimal required experience. If it By: Chief of Police Kenny Bulger sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Avoid Work-at-Home Offers. Monday, March 18th arrest subject for driving on Most jobs that imply you can 9:23 AM-Officer Hartley on suspended license and other work from home or rake in storages burglarized. traffic violations. cash are a ploy to trap you 11:00 AM-Officer Gallegos Thursday, March 21st into giving away your credit on minor wreck. 5:57 AM-Officer Frasier on card information, cashing fake 2:33 PM-Officer Hartley to suspicious vehicle. checks, or paying for training PD to meet a complainant. 8:42 AM-Officer Lawrence that should be free. Job seekers 4:40 PM-Officer Hartley and Sgt. Utsey to motel should understand employees and Gallegos assist fire parking lot where a truck working from home generally department on hot water driver had his fuel stolen go through the traditional infire. from his fuel tank. person interviews and hiring 7:17 PM-Officer Gasaway on 9:15 AM-Officer Lawrence process and often have prior suspicious vehicle. assist Fairfield EMS on experience in what they are Tuesday, March 19th medical emergency. doing, work for a salary, or have spent time and money 5:38 AM-Officer Hartley on 2:33 PM-Officer Lawrence developing the market for alarm going off. to meet a complainant on their work. 7:51 AM-Officer Hartley on missing property. Tips to Avoid Falling for Fake report of reckless driver. 7:22 PM-Officer Frasier Job Scams: 12:55 PM-Officer Hartley on on truck parked in the --Job postings with grammatical report of credit card abuse. roadway. errors, misspellings and lots of 11:23 PM-Officer Gasaway 7:25 PM-Officer Frasier being exclamation marks are likely on report of donkeys in the broke down in the middle of scams. Ads promoting jobs with roadway the exit ramp. generic titles, such as admin Wednesday, March 20th 8:07 PM-Cpl. Green on assistant or customer service 6:19 AM-Officer Lawrence rep, and containing the phrases on civil stand by. “Teleworking OK,” “Immediate 10:35AM-Officer Lawrence to Start” and “No Experience PD to meet a complainant. Needed” are popular in scam 1:40 PM-Officer Lawrence ads. --If a job looks suspicious, search for it in Google. If the result comes up in many other cities with the exact same job post, it is likely a scam. CHIEF INVESTIGATOR --Be very cautious of any job ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CRIMES that asks you to share personal information or hand over Below is listed this week and last week’s Calls for money. Scammers will often Service: use the guise of running a Illegal Dumping: County Roads 300, 200, 764, 481, credit check, setting up direct 790, 971, 240, 121, 195, 890, 495, and 161. deposit or paying for training. Check out the business’ Dog, Cat, Horse, and Goat Complaints: County Roads website to make sure the 480, 970, 790, 421, 996, 961, 995, 110, and 520. opening is posted there. If Nuisance Complaints: County Roads 521, 841, 960, you are still skeptical, call the and 114. The Wortham Police business. Septic Complaints: FM 416 and County road 161. Source: Better Business Department Reserves will Health Complaints: County Roads 950 and 960. hold “War on Drugs Tank Bureau Septic Inspections: None. Hop” fishing tournament on _______________________ Animal Cruelty Complaints: County Road 300 and

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Garden” of flowers belonging to the Girl Scouts. Ace Hardware donated a yellow rack and hoe. Kraus Farms donated a bucket and hand tools. The Freestone County Extension Office provided a wire basket, large gloves, and other items. Contact Opal Oliver at Fairfield City Hall, 903-3892633 for information or to arrange a donation of your own. Mary McDonald reporting. ______________________

Saturday, April 6, 2013. There will be 2 man teams only for large Mouth Bass. Teams are to fish in stock tanks only - no lake fishing. Fishing may begin at daylight Saturday morning. Weigh-in is at 5:00 p.m. at the Police Department, for the heaviest 5 fish stringer. Prizes: $40 per team and $20 side pot for the heaviest fish. Pay outs will go to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Teams must register by 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning. For early registration, contact the Police Department at 254765-3444 or 254-765-3319. ______________________

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Bake Sale, Door Prizes at Eggstravaganza Drop by the Big T’s Buddies Autism Support Network Easter Bake Sale during the Eggstravaganza on the Freestone County Courthouse Square, March 30, 2013, to get your Easter goodies, i.e., pies, cakes, cookies, etc. Big T’s will also be hosting a food drive for the local pantry. Anyone donating two cans of food will receive a ticket for the drawings to be held each hour.

On April 1st, to celebrate Autism Awareness Month, there will be balloon releases at Fairfield Elementary and Intermediate schools. The Elementary release will be at 2:00 p.m.; the Intermediate at 3:00 p.m. Luminant is providing the balloons. During the day, fake tattoos will be sold at lunch. The kids are also encouraged to wear blue shirts. _____________________

Michelle Adams, WHNP, recently joined the Fairfield ETMC Hospital team and was introduced to the Fairfield Hospital Board during last week’s meeting. (Photo by Mary McDonald)

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Continued from Page 1-A for implementation in the coming year, so the students will be fully aware of the policy before practice begins in August. “I think the time has come [for drug testing],” Trustee Tracie Ezell stated, but then indicated that the matter should be reviewed by the district’s legal counsel. Trustee Kevin Benedict agreed that legal advice was necessary. He also asked what the cost per drug test and was told $4.00. It was discussed that this amount could be significant, if enough testing were done. A lot of the discussion centered on what drugs would be included in the testing. Also tossed around was whether teachers should be drug tested. Currently, only employees who drive students to school or events are drug tested. Most of the trustees did not favor teacher drug testing. Dr. Ryan stated that she would find out what drugs are tested at other schools and if other schools test their teachers. Some discussion was given to including students with parking passes in the random testing. Dr. Ryan asked the Trustees to review the proposal and provide input in time to draw up a second draft on random drug testing before the next board meeting in April. In other matters, the Board approved the Texas Agency Expedited Early Release Waiver for School Years 20132014, 2014-2015, and 20152016. The waiver allows the school to call for an early release, such as for bad weather, without having to get board approval. Trustees declined to approve Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) request to place an air monitor on school property. TCEQ asked about three site possibilities: the baseball field parking lot, beside the administrative building, or near the tennis courts. Dr. Ryan informed Trustees that the baseball parking lot did not belong to the school, and the space beside the administrative building is used for parking. The only space that could be considered, according to Ryan, was beside the tennis court. She said that the tennis coach was okay with it. Benedict did not feel that this was a school issue and advised that the City of Fairfield should determine a location that was not on school property. Ezell voiced that she thought it would diminish the beauty of the campus.


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Ryan shared that there was a fear that the Ag building, being so close to the monitor, would adversely impact the readings. President Teresa Vandiver put it this way, “Thank you, but no thank you.” The 2013 - 2014 School calendar was accepted by the Board. The first day of classes for students will be August 26, 2013; the last day will be on June 5, 2014, with 1 week off for Thanksgiving, 2 weeks for Winter Break, and one week for Spring Break. Since Trustee LaCharles Bass, Tracie Ezell, and newcomer Kim Whitaker are seeking election to the School Board with no opponents, the election was cancelled by unanimous vote. Legal and Local Policies Update 96, as disseminated by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), was approved. Numerous students were recognized for participating in State completion in band, (which includes twirlers) and CX Debate, as well as three football players by the All State Texas Sportswriters association. Campus reports were given for each campus with STARR testing begins in early April. Following executive session, the Board approved professional educator contracts as presented by the superintendent. Mary McDonald reporting. ______________________

Community Works Together to Recycle The first monthly community recycle event is a great success despite the inclement weather. Pictured (L to R) are FHS Interact Club members Haylee Worley and Madison Schick. The students volunteered to help citizens put recycle into the Progressive Waste truck. In the background, Fairfield resident Chad Morgan was dropping off recycle from his home and business. Members of Progressive Waste, FISD, and the Fairfield History Club were also on hand to assist residents. The next community recycle day is scheduled for April 27, 2013. (Submitted Photo) FREE ESTIMATES




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Childcare Provider Training The Bi-Stone Childcare Conference will take place on April 6, 2013 at the First Methodist Church, 201 North Mount Street, Fairfield, Texas. Registration fee is $40 and participants will receive 8 hours of in-service credit. Twice each year, the bicounty childcare conference committee plans an event that provides up-to-date training and information for area childcare providers. Dr. Rick Peterson, Associate Professor and Extension Parenting Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension “Children with Challenging Behaviors”; Kathy Boozer, CFNP, with the Parkview Rural Health Clinic “Shaken Baby & Brain Development-SIDS”; and Dr. Elizabeth Lasley, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education with Sam Houston State University, “Think Alouds” will be featured as keynote session speakers. There will also be three breakout sessions during the day’s training:

“Make & Take,” “Stress,” and “Dinner Tonight! For Families with Infants to Pre-School Children.” For more information, please contact the Limestone County AgriLife Extension office at (254) 729-5314 or the Freestone County AgriLife Extension office at (903) 3893436. These conferences allow childcare providers and directors to meet some of the state-mandated training clock hours. Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating. _____________________

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Local Ducks Unlimited Earns Place In President’s Elite

Mexia Chapter Recognized Nationally I suppose buzzards are a necessary evil, after all there is to be a purpose for everything right? They do seem to be getting more aggressive as time goes on. I am not sure if this is because their source of food is declining or they didn’t finish their anger management classes. Newborn calves are a favorite target of theirs. Mothers will literally run themselves into exhaustion trying to defend their calf and unfortunately most of the time the mother will lose the battle. A few days ago we had a newborn calf that drew a whole flock of buzzards. The calf wasn’t even born yet and the buzzards were already lined up on the ground waiting. The mother left the area before having the calf in a desperate move to save it. The buzzards followed her and some more of their friends joined in the wait. We also waited and watched. As The Colonel drove down to the pasture where she was, he noticed buzzards moving in from one side and the mother chasing them off at the same time buzzards moved in from the opposite side. This runs the mother from side to side until she can no longer keep up and the buzzards win. However, this mother had an ace up her sleeve!! The Colonel saw another cow standing on the dam with her head lowered. She made a sound like a warning and charged the buzzards. He said she must have been the best friend of the new mother! He fired some shots and chased the buzzards completely out of the pasture and then locked the cows in that pasture so they wouldn’t go off and leave the new Momma and her baby. As soon as the baby was able to walk and keep up, he opened the gate and we welcomed another baby to The Red Oak Ranch!!

The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU’s habitat conservation work. The Mexia chapter made the list as one of the organization’s best fundraising chapters over the last year. “These fundraising events are the backbone of DU’s habitat conservation efforts, and the volunteers who make up these chapters are the grassroots force making a difference for North American waterfowl populations,” said DU President John Newman. “It takes a great deal of effort to achieve the President’s Elite level, and these chapters deserve to be congratulated by every person who enjoys the outdoors.” The Mexia chapter earned a spot in the President’s Elite out of the more than 2,650 DU chapters nationwide. DU’s

organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided “DU chapters across the by science and dedicated country are showing that to program efficiency, DU the future of waterfowl works toward the vision of populations and the wetlands that filter our drinking water and protect us from flooding are important to them and to their communities,” Newman said. “The more money we raise, the more The Texas A&M AgriLife habitat we can conserve Extension Service will conduct and the closer we are to their annual Texas Deer Study preserving our waterfowl Group April 18-19 at Glen Rose. hunting heritage. I would The first day’s classroomlike to personally thank all style program will be in the our President’s Elite chapters Somervell County Expo and for their achievement and Texas Amphitheatre, 202 Bo look forward to seeing them Gibbs Blvd. Activities start at among our distinguished 7:30 a.m. with registration and last until 8:45 p.m. with breaks chapters next year.” scheduled during the day for Ducks Unlimited is the lunch and dinner. A tour of the world’s largest non-profit Quail Ridge Ranch the second event fundraising system has become a model for other conservation organizations around the world and has funded a significant portion of the more than 13 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat DU has conserved since 1937.

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TSCRA Special Rangers Recover Millions In Stolen Livestock & Equipment Stolen livestock and ranch equipment worth more than $4.4 million were recovered or accounted for in 2012 by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers. The Fort Worth-based producer group was founded 136 years ago to fight cattle theft in Texas, a problem that still plagues ranchers today. In 2012, more than 10,400 head of cattle and horses were reported missing or stolen to TSCRA, a large jump from 2011 when the number reached 7,600. “Livestock and ranch equipment theft is a big problem in Texas and Oklahoma,” said Larry Gray,

the association’s executive director of law enforcement. “The good news is that a lot of these thieves get caught because of the hard work and dedication of the special rangers.” In 2012, TSCRA Special Rangers investigated 980 cases in Texas and Oklahoma, primarily involving stray or stolen livestock. The total market value of all recovered livestock and property reached $4,474,479. Convicted thieves received a total of 279 years of prison, state jail, probated and suspended sentences and deferred adjudication. Thieves paid more than $3.8 million in restitution, fines and court costs.

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Though the association’s rangers are commissioned by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, they are not funded with taxpayer dollars. TSCRA membership dues, paid for by ranchers and landowners, provide the rangers with funds for salaries, equipment and training. The 30 rangers are stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma. In addition to being trained in all facets of law enforcement, each ranger has in-depth knowledge of the cattle and ranching industry, making them a true asset to fighting crime in rural Texas. The rangers are aided by TSCRA market inspectors. Market inspectors collect brands and other identifying marks on four to five million cattle sold at 104 Texas livestock markets each year. The inspectors report their findings to TSCRA headquarters where the information is entered into the nation’s largest

brand recording and retrieval system. This database is the first source checked when a special ranger receives a theft call. Gray says ranchers should brand their cattle to help prevent theft and to aid in the recovery if their livestock is stolen. Locking gates and counting cattle regularly are other tips that can prevent livestock theft. Parking trailers and equipment out of roadway site and marking saddles, tack and other equipment with the owner’s driver’s license number is not only a deterrent, but also aids in the recovery and return of stolen property. “Becoming a TSCRA member and displaying the blue gate sign on your property where it can be seen from the road is one of the best deterrents to theft,” said Gray. “Thieves know what the blue gate sign means and they are less likely to come onto your property.” _____________________

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day will convene at 8 a.m. “This year’s theme is Navigating the Deer Management Continuum, which reflects the spectrum of deer management intensity and technologies,” said Dr. Dale Rollins, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo and steering committee member. “A growing trend towards more intensive deer management, including deer breeding, illustrates some managers’ goals, while others believe such intensive management diminishes the overall value of deer in the eyes of the hunter and the public.” The slate of speakers assembled for this year’s meeting is a who’s who among deer biologists. Topics will range from biology to ethics. Several veterinarians will lead the group in a handson deer dissection which will help set the stage for the other presentations. The hands-on teaching method will continue during the second day’s tour of

the Quail Ridge Ranch where participants will be trained on proper habitat management. The Texas Deer Study Group was initially known as The West Texas Deer Study Group when it first began in 1997. The name changed a decade later to better serve deer managers across the entire state. Rollins said its original purpose of serving as a forum for information exchange among like-minded deer professionals remains the same. “Since its inception, the program has been a collaboration among AgriLife Extension, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Wildlife Association and Wildlife Systems,” Rollins said. “The teamwork developed among these partners not only brings a multifaceted approach to an educational meeting, but other spin-offs, like the Buckskin Brigade Wildlife Leadership Camp for youth for example, have helped raise awareness on deer management to audiences of all ages.” Individual registration is $75 before April 10 and $100 thereafter. Registration is available online at w w w. t e x a s - w i l d l i f e . o r g . For more information on the study group, email Helen Holdsworth at hholdsworth@


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Goats 9:00 a.m. SALE EVERY TUESDAY Cattle 12:00 p.m. Receipts from Groesbeck Auction & Livestock Co. LLC showed a total of 330 head of cattle on Thursday, March 21, 2013 with 81 sellers and 35 buyers. Stocker & Feeder Calves & Yearlings Steers Good & Choice 300-400 lbs-----------------------------------------190-220 400-500 lbs-----------------------------------------180-200 500-600 lbs-----------------------------------------160-172 600-700 lbs-----------------------------------------140-155 Heifers Good & Choice 300-400 lbs-----------------------------------------175-195 400-500 lbs-----------------------------------------155-165 500-600 lbs-----------------------------------------140-155 600-700 lbs-----------------------------------------133-140 Slaughter Cows & Bulls Boner Light--------------------------------------------81-85 Boner Medium----------------------------------------83-87 Breaker Heavy ---------------------------------------87-91 Canner Cows Medium-------------------------------72-78 Thin Cows Light--------------------------------------70-76 Bulls Yield Grade 1 & 2---------------------------103-109 Bulls Yield Grade 3 & 4----------------------------98-103 Stocker Cows Young Bred Cows-------------------------------1250-1675 Older Plain Bred----------------------------------900-1100 Good Choice Pairs------------------------------1400-1700 Common Medium Pairs------------------------1000-1300 Lower class #2 & 3 calves and yearlings $.05 - $.20 CWT Lower on each weight.

Receipts from Waco Livestock Auction showed a total of 1005 head of cattle sold on March 19, 2013. No. 1 Steers Under 300 lbs--------------------------------195-265 300-400 lbs-----------------------------------185-225 400-500 lbs-----------------------------------165-195 500-600 lbs-----------------------------------135-165 600-700 lbs-----------------------------------13-155 700-800 lbs-----------------------------------125-145 No. 1 Heifers Under 300 lbs-------------------------------185-225 300-400 lbs----------------------------------165-185 400-500 lbs----------------------------------145-175 500-600 lbs----------------------------------135-160 600-700 lbs----------------------------------120-145 700-800 lbs----------------------------------110-125 Slaughter Cows High Yielding-------------------------------85 to 94 Low Yielding--------------------------------70 to 77 Fats------------------------------------------72 to 80 Thin & Shelly-------------------------------62 to 69 Packer Bulls (1250-2075 lbs) Yield Grade 1&2 -----------------------------92-109 Cow & Calf Pairs Young Choice-------------------------1500 to 2010 Young Fair-----------------------------1250 to 1500 Aged Pairs------------------------------1000 to 1250 Young Pregnancy Test Stocker Replacement Cows 935 to 1525 Sale Every Tuesday

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-Home/HealthFamily United in Marriage In the presence of family and friends, Rachel Renee Sarmiento and Joseph (Joe) Theodore Toldt were joined in marriage on March 9, 2013 at the Big Cedar country Club. Officiating the exchange of vows and double ring ceremony was Jason Lyle Reeves, cousin of the bride, from Cloqnet, Minnesota. Also included during the wedding ceremony was a Family Blending Ceremony in which Joseph presented Alexis Renee Woodruff, daughter of the bride, with a silver heart-in-a-heart necklace. The bride is the daughter of Gay Reeves Sarmiento of Fairfield, Texas and Gerby

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Is It Forgetfulness or Something More Serious? Your mind is busy with tasks or perhaps a mental list and you walk into a room blank, so you have to retrace your steps and hope the thought comes back to you. This is a common occurrence and happens even in younger individuals. As we age it is common to occasionally forget things. Physical changes occur and it takes longer to learn and recall information. Menopausal women often suffer from memory loss due to hormonal changes but usually it is transient. It becomes more concerning when memory loss affects your ability to function on daily basis and disrupts your work, hobbies, and relationships. There are several causes of memory loss and some are reversible. It is important to know when it is nothing to worry about and when to seek help. Reversible causes of memory loss may include medication side effects, depression, thyroid problems, alcohol and drug abuse, dehydration, or a urinary tract infection in the elderly. When the underlying problems are addressed and corrected, the memory loss goes away or decreases. It becomes more concerning when one has difficulty performing simple tasks such as cooking, become disoriented in familiar settings, repeats stories in the same conversation, or may have unusual behavior around others. Sometimes an individual is aware of the problem and may try to mask it for as long as possible before a family member notices. Medical help should be sought if memory lapse increases in frequency and affects the daily life of the family member with memory loss. There are tests that the healthcare provider can administer to provide clues as to how severe the memory loss is. Important things to know is whether or not the memory loss was gradual or sudden onset, medications the patient is taking, their eating and sleep patterns, or assess for depression. Labs will be ordered and either a CT scan or MRI needs to be done which will show changes in the brain matter in dementia. There are things that can

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March 26, 2013 Freestone County Times

Letters The 50 Percent Solution to the Editor Charles Krauthammer Letters to the Editor do not necessarily reflect the views of the Freestone County Times

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the front page top story in the March 21st edition of the Teague Chronicle. The story states that Ms. LaShane Criddle, the former Executive Director of the Teague EDC is under criminal investigation for “financial improprieties.” I am wondering where Ms. Criddle’s response is in the story or a response or quote from a Freestone County official? I was curious, so I asked myself. It seems there is no official investigation of Ms. Criddle and that any questions that have been asked of her have been answered. I also believe that the EDC had a board that had to approve all financial reports monthly, and that the EDC was audited yearly by an outside agency. Has anyone thought about all the things that happened during Ms. Criddle’s tenure as EDC director? New stadium seating and other improvements at the Teague Rodeo Arena, a Farmers Market, Donut’s and Chinese

Fast Food, Rancho Nuevo Mexican Restaurant, Pizza Hut, Family Dollar and many smaller things too numerous to mention. It seems to me that someone is trying to ruin this good woman’s name. Small town politics at its best. Shame on you Teague for allowing this kind of thing to continue in your town. Bobbie Reynolds Teague, Texas _____________________

The proposition that entitlement curbs are the key to maintaining national solvency is widely accepted, though not by many congressional Democrats. President Obama, however, has endorsed it on various occasions. And he could make it happen. If he wants. I remain skeptical that he does. But national solvency is important enough to test this proposition at least once more. The obstacle is Obama’s current position that entitlement cuts must be “balanced” with new revenue from closing loopholes. Republicans are adamantly opposed. No more revenues, Mr.

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President. You got your tax hike on Jan. 1. Is there a solution? Yes: tax reform with a twist. The problem begins with definitions. By tax reform, Obama means eliminating deductions, exclusions, credits of various kinds with all the money going to the Treasury. That’s radically new. The historic 1986 Reagan-O’Neill tax reform closed loopholes with no extra money going to the Treasury. The new revenue went directly back to the citizenry in the form of lower tax rates. This is called revenue-neutrality. The idea is that tax reform is a way not to fatten the Treasury but to clean the tax code. It means eliminating specialinterest favors and behavioraltering deductions that create waste and inefficiency by inducing tax-preferred rather than market-oriented economic

activity. And it introduces fairness by removing breaks and payoffs for which only the rich can afford to lobby. As a final bonus, tax reform’s lower rates spur economic growth. A unique win-win-win: efficiency, fairness, growth. Obama’s own Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission offered a variant. First, it identified an astonishing $1.1 trillion per year of these “tax expenditures.” That’s more than $11 trillion in a decade. In one scenario, it knocked them all out and lowered marginal tax rates to just three brackets of 8 percent, 14 percent and 23 percent. But here’s the twist. Using the full $1.1 trillion annually of newly redeemed “loophole” revenue, Simpson-Bowles could have dropped the rates a bit below 23 percent. But instead it left some of that money in the

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Our March meeting began with the pledges to the American and Texas flags & opening prayer by Henry Horton. Our distinguished speaker, former TX State Representative, District 9 Wayne Christian (served 7 terms) is a Conservative Christian Evangelist for Common Sense.  He spoke about his experiences in the Texas House and discussed faith, family and freedom.  This Republican Christian discussed how money and power always seems to rule.  Usually the people who spend the most money in the last 90 days of an election win.  The election of Senator Ted Cruz was a great victory where money was not the ruling factor.  The TEA Party played a big role in the election of Senator Cruz.  What happened to the government of the people, by the people and for the people?  We allowed politics to be taken out of the church and God to be taken out of the government, yet we wonder what went wrong.  Rep. Christian explained the important position of the Speaker of The House who appoints every committee and chairman.  These committees make or break the passing of legislation.  A great question & answer session followed.  The meeting was closed in prayer by Ann Gokey. Our next meeting, Monday, April 15, 6:00 PM at The River of Life Church will be blessed to have John Griffing, investigative journalist.  John writes compensated news and commentary content for World News Daily (WND) as well as Bruges Group, a respected London-based think tank comparable to Heritage.  He has been a featured guest on many radio shows and his work has been discussed on Rush Limbaugh’s “Stack of Stuff.”  John is the author of “America’s Last Chance” which is in final stages of editing.  He will speak on CSCOPE.  We hope all educators, parents, etc will come to hear this important information! God Bless America!

Treasury, an average of almost $100 billion a year, or about $1 trillion over a decade. It was a reasonable compromise, so reasonable that even the Senate’s most fierce spending hawk, commission member Tom Coburn, signed on. Now, Simpson-Bowles is not on the table but it could be a model. Obama’s “tax reform” would send 100 percent of the revenue to the Treasury. Reagan-O’Neill sent 0 percent. Simpson-Bowles fell somewhere in between. So should any grand compromise. Before deciding exactly where to locate that compromise, however, we have to decide which deductions to cut, yielding how much revenue. The bad news is that, given all the lobbying and haggling this would occasion, it could take years to work out. The good news is the formula proposed by Harvard economist Martin Feldstein. Before even picking and choosing which deductions should remain permissible, it simply allows no one to reduce his tax bill by more than 2 percent by using any or all of the deductions and loopholes in the current tax code (except charitable contributions). There should, of course, be separate negotiations over which of the hundreds, thousands, of loopholes/deductions should be tossed out as corrupt or counterproductive rent-seeking. But the 2 percent ceiling means that we don’t have to wait until full tax reform — because the Feldstein formula significantly and immediately reduces the impact of all the loopholes. Feldstein calculates that his tax reform would yield $2.1 trillion in new revenue over a decade. Now we can cut the pie. Obama wants the government to keep it all. The GOP wants to give it all back to reduce tax rates. Let’s be Solomonic. Divide the revenue in half — 50 percent to the Treasury for reducing debt, 50 percent to the citizenry for reducing rates. That’s roughly $1 trillion each. Everybody gets something. Republicans unexpectedly get a rate cut, minor but symbolic after having had to swallow the “fiscal cliff” rate hike. The country gets the first significant tax reform in a quarter-century. Obama gets $1 trillion worth of “balance,” his price for real entitlement reform. And if he turns out to be serious about that, we get the Holy Grail — tax and entitlement reform all at once. Which means a deal that manages to simultaneously promote efficiency, fairness, growth, debt reduction and a return to national solvency. In other words, the best deal since the Louisiana Purchase. Read more from Charles Krauthammer’s archive, follow him on Twitter or subscribe to his updates on Facebook. _________________________


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Fairfield Market Days... In spite of adverse weather conditions, there was a flow of more than 800 people attending the first Market Days of the season. Kids enjoyed jumping in the Castle Bounce House, having their faces painted, and buying baby chicks for Easter. Local residents and out of town shoppers had 30 vendors’ booths to browse and make purchases. A variety of items such as antiques, western boots and buckles, monogrammed blankets, Easter crafts, embellished t-shirts, Origami Owl Jewelry, knives, ball caps, vintage garden art, clothing, wooden planters, candles, flags, and Pampered Chef were sold.

Berry Patch sold strawberries and CC Farms sold gardenfresh onions. Many people bought beautiful plants and hanging baskets. Food vendors served barbeque, hot wings, Girl Scout Cookies, funnel cakes, brisket tacos, and ice cream. Cowboy Church Band’s talented musicians and vocalists played on Saturday afternoon. They inspired and engaged the crowd with new gospel and traditional hymns. “One of the primary goals of the Market Days is to stimulate economic activity, “said Liz Thornton, Community Development Director. The City of Fairfield provided door prizes from

local businesses to promote Shop Fairfield. Drawings were held throughout the day”. Brandi Fuentes, Fairfield High School Horticulture teacher, gave many helpful tips in her ‘How to Design an Easter Floral Arrangement’. A drawing was held from among the audience members, and one of them was pleasantly surprised to walk away with a beautiful Easter floral display. Because of high winds on Sunday, the Tin Top Road Bluegrass Band was postponed until the next Market Days, April 27 & 28. Be sure and attend the next event. ______________________

New Bus Ministry River of Life Family Worship Center has a new bus ministry. They will pick up anywhere in the County on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Call 903-389-5433. If calling by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday or 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the bus will come back to pick you up. __________________

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science and fine arts projects and public speaking practice. Find out more at their Information Meeting on Thursday, March 28th from 7-8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Fairfield located at 303 Mount St. The meeting will be held in the CLC Dining Room. Students will recite facts and vocabulary including a historical timeline. Contact Jennifer Crow, Foundations and Essentials Director at thecrowsnest95@, 254-214-3159 or Carla Sessions, Classical Conversations Mom at, 903-3881588 for more information. ______________________



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Mildred Wolters Simmons, 91, formerly of Wortham and Dallas, went to be with her Lord March 24, 2013, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church – Wortham, Texas with Reverend Thomas Q. Robbins officiating. Visitation will be held at the church at 2:00 p.m. until service time. Interment will be at Wortham Cemetery. Mildred was born July 21, 1921 in Lewisville, Texas to Leona Uecker and John Hugo Wolters. She was an only child who was raised in the Round Grove Community by her mother and grandparents after her father passed away when she was just a child. She graduated

Annie E. Meachum The Angelic Hosts came for Mrs. Annie E. Meachum on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at her residence in Teague. Funeral Services were held Friday, March 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM in the Church Of Christ, 1001 N. 8th Street, Teague, Texas 75860. Officiating was Bro. Charles Dailey of Teague and Bro. Benjamin Nealy of the state of Arkansas. Interment followed in the Antioch Cemetery on N. 1st Street in Teague. Mrs. Meachum was born in Roosevelt, Oklahoma to Evans “Bud” Anderson and Lucille Watson Anderson on January 6, 1923. She graduated from the Roosevelt Public Schools.

from Lewisville High School in 1937 and moved to Dallas to work. There she met and married Franklin Simmons in 1942 and moved to Wortham. They had two daughters, Karla and Cynthia. She was actively involved in the community, church, and was editor of the Wortham Journal and owned Simmons Gift Shop. Mildred also worked for years as a Real Estate Broker. She loved pretty clothes and loved her shopping trips to Dallas. She always took great care of her appearance. She will be remembered for her outgoing personality and love of people. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents andhusbands,FranklinSimmons and Bill Davis in addition to her stepson, Franklin Simmons, Jr. and step grandson, Randy Simmons. She is survived by her daughters, Karla Friedman & husband, Joe of Addison and Cynthia Gage & husband, Bob of Streetman; granddaughters, Alisha Alexander of San Francisco, California and Kathryn Gage of Washington, D.C; grandson, Brent Gage of Houston; step daughter Nancy Simmons Benfer & husband, William, step daughter-in-law, Jay Simmons and grandchildren Sherry Little & husband, Robert, Patti Ellis & husband, David and Paul Benfer & wife, Kristin; 9 great grandchildren and many friends. The family wishes to send special thanks to her care givers, Bernice Henry, Anita Sandoval, Malika Muhammed and Annette Bryant, in addition to Cedar Lake Hospice. Please visit www. to sign the guestbook & leave a message for the family. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

When she lived in Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Meachum owned and operated a dry cleaning business and was married to Bro. W. H. Meachum, a Church Of Christ Preacher. She was a member of the 1001 N. 8th Avenue Church Of Christ. Proceeding Mrs. Meachum in death are: Her parents, husband, brothers: William Bill Coleman, J. W. Anderson, and Charlie Evens Anderson; and a sister: Dorothy “Kate” Jones. Those who are left to cherish her memory most are: Her son: Joseph Meachum, Livingston, Texas. Her grandson: Dante Young, Teague, Texas. Her sisters: Louise Walton, Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Pearlie Anderson, San Francisco, CA; and Margaret Anderson, Chicago, Illinois. Her nieces: Betty Ford and Husband, Rev. Joe Ford, Morristown, New Jersey; Terecia Price, Dallas, TX; and Valerie Lewis, Atlanta, Georgia. Her nephews: Kenneth and Clarence Lewis, San Francisco, CA. Her Brother-InChrist: James R. Phillips, West Covina, California. Her special friends: Jenina Jones; and the Church Of Christ Family. Moore’s Angelic Funeral Home 406 Monroe Street Teague, Texas is serving the Meachum family. Visit our website: www. mooresangelicfuneralhome. com to sign the guest book and light a candle. ______________________


March 26, 2013 Freestone County Times

My Purse, My Life: Members ‘Weigh In’ Purses for Scholarship Fund The Tau Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met on March 4, 2013 at the Fairfield Public Library. The meeting was called to order by President Virginia Riddle. During the refreshment and visiting time preceding the business meeting and speaker, members “weighed in” their purses. For every pound, members owed $1 to the scholarship fund. A fun scavenger hunt, “Let’s Make A Deal Tau Style”, through purse items netted some members a candy prize from Alicia Smith who designed the hunt. Betsy Monico, a Fairfield ISD staff member, addressed the members on “My Purse Is My Life”. She showed members how their selection of purses based on size, color and design correlates with their personalities. Not only was the Virginia Riddle, Tau Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma program fun and interesting, Society International President, confers with Speaker Betsy but members also found the Monico at the March 4th meeting. correlations to be very true. _________________________________________________ During the business meeting members mourned the recent

loss of longtime member and past Tau Chapter president, Betty Reese. A white rose representing DKG was presented at her funeral. Members celebrated the recent news that Tau Chapter will receive two awards at the June 2013 State Convention to be held in Austin, TX. The awards are the Early BirdAward and the Exemplary Rating for the 2012-2013 Yearbook. An Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented to Yearbook Chairperson Goldia Liles at the April meeting for her leadership. The next meeting will be a brunch held at Virginia Riddle’s Lake Mexia home at 10:00 on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The program will be presented by Tau member, Martha Kirgan. She will speak about her trip to India to visit an orphanage that is named for her. All women educators, retired or active, in Limestone, and Freestone Counties are invited to attend. _____________________

Tau Members and Speaker, Betsy Monico, hold their purses, highlighting Betsy Monico’s presentation, “My Purse is My Life.” (Photos submitted)

Kirvin Columns Returns For anyone who has missed reading the publication, Kirvin Columns, there is some really good news. Linda Carter has recently become the new editor, taking up the torch from the late Richard Smith, its creator. Linda’s roots run deep in Kirvin, Texas. She lived there most of her life, attending

school her first three years, until it shut down in 1949. Her mother was Ollie Allen; her dad, Joe Hogan. Wilmer Allen, the town’s blacksmith, was her grandfather. The March 4, 2013 edition gives a good description of the Kirvin school building, contains names of schoolmates, and mentions

teacher, Mrs. Childs. She describes some of the homes and businesses in Kirvin, as told to her by her mother and “Mama” Allen. The paper has several stories including one titled, “The Last Medicine Show That Came To Kirvin.” Linda, returns the reader to a hot summer when she was twelve years old. A

United Nations Operation in Somalia II (UNOSOM II) United Nations Operation in Somalia II (UNOSOM II) was the second phase of the United Nations intervention in Somalia, from March 1993 until March 1995. UNOSOM II carried on from the United States-controlled (UN-sanctioned) Unified Task Force (UNITAF), which had in turn taken over from the ineffectual United Nations Operation in Somalia I (UNOSOM I) mission. All three of these interventions were aimed at creating a secure enough environment for humanitarian operations to be carried out in tile increasingly lawless and famine-stricken country. The UNOSOM II intervention is well known for the Battle of Mogadishu and the resulting events portrayed in the book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, and its associated film Black Hawk Down. The end of UNOSOM On October 7 in a nationwide television address. President Clinton "effectively ended the US proactive policy in Somalia" and "called for the withdrawal of all US forces no later 1I1an March 31, 1994." Resolution 954, passed on November 4, extended the UNOSOM mandate for a final period until March 31, 1995. American soldiers completely withdrew on March 3, 1994. 28 days earlier than expected. “Other nations, such as Belgium, France and Sweden, also decided to withdraw at this time. On November 4, 1994, after "peacemaking" efforts by the 1.900 UNOSOM II troops failed, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) voted unanimously to withdraw all forces In Resolution 954. On November 16 the UNSC authorized Resolution 897, placing new emphasis on peacemaking and reconstruction and returning to a less reactive role. UNOSOM II's mandate ended in March 1995 when US ships off the coast of Somalia assisted in the safe departure of the remaining UNOSOM troops. In early 1994 the Security Council set a deadline for the mission of March 1995.” The withdrawal of UN troops from Somalia was completed on March 28, 1995. Various reconciliation talks were carried out over the next few months providing for a ceasefire, the disarmament of militias and a conference to appoint a new Government. However, preparations for the conference were repeatedly postponed and many faction leaders simply ignored the agreements at will. Aidid's son, Hussein Mohamed Farrah, look over after his father's death in a battle in August 1996. He was a former US Marine who served during Operation Restore Hope in 1992. Somalia participated in talks in December 1997 held in Cairo, Egypt, where Aidid and Mahdi, another Somali warlord, signed a "Declaration of Principles." The declaration promised to launch reconciliation conferences in February, 1998 and to prepare a transitional government charter. Overall, UNOSOM II was a failure. II failed to address tile root of the problems in Somalia, failed to disarm or capture Aidid, and made no progress in restructuring the government. Submitted by VFW Post 5872

visitor to the town dressed up like a clown, told jokes, sang, played a guitar, and, yes, sold “medicine.” The event included a talent contest that Saturday night which was won by the Baker Twins. An excerpt from March 4th reads: “People were everywhere. Some standing around, some sitting on car fenders, but were all fighting mosquitoes and June bugs and fanning to keep cool. But it was worth it all. This was the only medicine show I ever saw and I’m glad I did. This was a memory to treasure.” Kirvin Columns contains news of current events, as well such as Kirvin Volunteer Fire Department’s recent chili supper fundraiser. Contact Linda Carter, 903599-4233 to subscribe. The publication runs periodically. There is no cost, but you may want to chip for ink and postage stamps. Mary McDonald reporting. ______________________

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Since the resolution of the Civil War, slavery is no longer a news-worthy topic for most Americans. However, it is still a very real and very extensive worldwide criminal industry which many now seek to abolish. Fairfield United Methodist hosted modern day abolitionist Reverend Diane McGehee, Director of Missional Excellence for the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church during their Tuesday Mission Bible Study held March 19th. Local parishioners, and even one traveling from as far as Eustace, Texas, attended the church’s bible study and enjoyed a meal of beans and rice, a menu selected to reflect the limited diets of those living in poverty stricken areas. Rev. McGehee presented “Setting the Captives Free: Putting an End to Human Trafficking” to raise awareness of contract slavery, forced labor and sexual exploitation. Modern slavery is referred to as human trafficking and is the second largest criminal industry in the world after the drug trade. The United Nations (U.N.) defines human trafficking as the recruiting, transporting and harboring of persons by use of threat, force, or deception for the purpose of exploitation. “It’s hard for us to think about slavery, however more people are enslaved now than ever before,” stated McGehee. Currently the number of adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor and forced prostitution is 2130 million, according to the U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report, with approximately 200,000800,000 here in the United States and 14,500-17,500 being brought into the U.S. from other countries. Of that number, women and children comprise over 80% of those victimized. McGehee also revealed that surprisingly 83% of victims are actually U.S. citizens. Worldwide, 1.8 per 1,000 persons is a victim of human

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Meet the 2013 – 2014 Fairfield Varsity Cheerleaders: Top row (left to right) – Jocelynn Johnson, Kourtnee Awalt, Jessica Sloat, Mallory Fuller, Brooke Bossier, Sarie Hill, and Lori Neill. Bottom row (l-r) - Mascot Rachel Crouch, Kelsie Adams, Head Cheerleader Jaida Smith, Shelby Wallace, Allie Edwards, and Abbie Judd. (Jocelynn and Brooke came straight from One Act Play performance and are still in costume) __________________________________________________________________________

Freestone County Declares The 2013 – 2014 Junior Varsity Cheerleaders are: Top row (left to right) – Jasmine Osuna, Taylor Johnson, Alyah Beck, MiKaela Stamper, Linda Cain, Dameka Shed, and Jade Mora. Bottom row (l-r) – Emily Thompson, Kacie Carroll, Bethany Pruitt, Cali Gawryszewski, Brandi Carter, and Mascot Claire Partain. (Photos by Mary McDonald) ___________________________________________________________________________


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Autism Awareness Month Freestone County Judge Linda Grant and Fairfield Mayor Roy Hill (center of picture) sign proclamations proclaim the Month of April to be Autism Awareness month in Freestone County as individuals from Big Ts Buddies Autism Support Network look on. Back row (left – right); Shannon Margraves, Butch Margraves, Randy Johnson, Anthony McHenry, President Jo Ann Carine, and Carla Ruiz. Front row (l-r): Sarah McHenry, Jenna Hadon, Ressie Margraves, Suzanne Taylor, J.B. Haden, and Caitlyn McHenry. (Photo by Mary McDonald) ____________________________________________________________________________

Recognizing Big T’s Buddies... Autism disorders (ASDs) affects nearly one percent of the children and one percent of adults in the United States. The estimated cost annually is $60 billion dollars. Big Ts Buddies’ Autism Support Network was named for the late Terry Lair. His grandson, J.B. has autism; they were very close. J.B. is referred to as the “original buddy.” The group was organized in Fairfield, Texas in the

summer of 2010 to serve the local community by providing a broad range of resources and support services to meet the needs of families and individuals affected by the Autism Spectrum Disorder. They have participation from residents of Freestone County and the surrounding counties of Navarro, Limestone, Leon and Anderson. There is no charge for membership or admission fee to any of our activities.

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The group meets once a month for an educational program and again for an informal gathering to provide a safe, comfortable, nonjudgmental outlet where families can come together to share a meal and their common experiences. Child care is provided during the meetings by qualified adults so parents can focus their attention on the program. Their long-term goal is to purchase land and build a state-of-the-art facility containing classroom space, an event hall, a resource center, a motor skills laboratory, office and workshop space for visiting therapists and an ASD-friendly playground. Serving on our Board of Directors are the following individuals: President Jo Ann Carine (teacher at Fairfield Intermediate School), Vice President Marilyn Murdock (great-­grandmother of school age boy with autism), Secretary/Treasurer Bill Capers (supervisor of Instructional Services at the Freestone Navarro Bi-County Co-Op), Kevin Benedict (local business man and civic leader), Joseph Berger, DO (physician), and Jill Merrick (counselor and diagnostician at the Freestone Navarro BiCounty Co-Op). The State of Texas and the Internal Revenue Service recognized the group as a non-profit organization, and they are 501c3 approval. ______________________


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Big District Win for Eagles Baseball The Fairfield Eagles moved into position for a playoff spot at early season district action continues. Fairfield notched a 4-3 win over Palestine and now sit in a tie for third in the District 19-3A standings A light week for Fairfield netted a big win for the Eagles as District 19-3A finished the first round of district play. With the 4-3 win over Palestine Friday night, Fairfield (10-7, 2-2) forged a tie for third place with Palestine while Groesbeck and Rusk are tied for first. Fairfield and Palestine were locked in a pitcher’s duel with the Wildcats nursing a 10 lead going into the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Chase Jones worked a walk and moved to third on a single by Justin Campbell. Colby Minze loaded the bases with a walk. Chance Carroll tied the game with a ground Justin Campbell runs the bases in the game against ball out to score Jones. Plaestine Friday night.

Luke Rachel gave the Eagles a lead that turned out to be insurmountable for the Wildcats after he hit a threerun homerun, giving Fairfield a 4-1 lead. Palestine would keep the game interesting as they scored one in the fifth inning and one in the seventh. Cooper Cole pitched a complete game, allowing seven hits while striking out four. Fairfield’s JV lost 7-4 to Palestine. Groesbeck and Rusk sit atop the district standings at 3-1 and Fairfield and Palestine are tied for third at 2-2. Mexia is close to being out of contention early, having dropped all four district games. The Eagles have a big week coming up with district contests against Rusk and travel to Groesbeck to open the second of three rounds of district play. Scott Batts reporting Luke Rachel hits a homer. The final score was Fairfield ______________________ 4 - Palestine 3. (Photos by Melissa Lee Photography- 903389-7612)

Eagles at Battle Lake Golf Course The golf teams at Fairfield High School took to the links at Battle Lake Golf Course at Mart for a tournament on March 18th. The Lady Eagle linksters claimed the first place prize at the tournament and the Eagle golfers finished fifth. Fairfield’s Lauren Knight and Haylee Worley tied for the overall lead with each shooting 93. Knight claimed first place on a scorecard playoff. Other ladies performing well were Hannah Worley scoring 108 and finished tenth and Morgan Prihoda scored a 113. Fairfield’s team total of 407 was 15 better than the Riesel team total of 422. Rounding out the team totals were Bruceville-Eddy at 427, Mart at 430, Thrall at 433 and Whitney at 441. Aaron Heers shot a 91 which was tenth overall among 70 golfers. Drew Qualls was

close behind Heers with a 93, Brandon Craddick shot a 99 and Ryan Knight had a 101. The Eagles finished fifth with a total score of 384. Normangee and Whitney tied for top honors and the

Panthers edged Whitney on a scorecard playoff. Riesel was a distant second with 366, Thrall finished with 378, then Fairfield. Bremond was one behind the Eagles at 385, Mart had a 398, Groesbeck shot a 409, Teague 412,

Super Centex & TABC Teams Teague Lions Daryl Brooks was named First Team Super Centex and Lane Scruggs was named TABC First Team All-Region. Lane Scruggs holds a District Average of 16.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.7 steals, and 5.2 assists per game, 65% FT, 1st Team All-District. Daryl Brooks holds a District Average of 18.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 steals, and 1.2 assists per game, 60% FG, 1st Team All-District. Congrats to these two athletes.

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Kassie Davis State Finalist National American Miss TX Pageant Eleven year old Kassandra (Kassie) Davis has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Texas Pageant. Kassie is a 6th grade student at Dew School where she has a perfect attendance record since her Pre-K year. She loves all her teachers and friends and takes her activities seriously. Her goal in life is to attend medical school and care for her grandmother. She prays that her great-grandmother, Mrs. Lola Guynes is looking on from Heaven and proud of all her accomplishments. She attends church at Grace Tabernacle in Dew and invites everyone to attend services. She looks forward to church camp every year. As her community service project she is planning to collect clothing for needy children by placing collection boxes at various locations. Ms. Davis’ activities include cheerleading, tumbling, karate, basketball, volleyball and cross country. She school, going swimming and to the waterpark, being with friends and playing computer games. Sponsoring Ms. Davis are Linda Heughan of Houston, Ellen Weaaks of Dew ISD, Robert Allen of Dew, Kayla Spafford of Palestine and Hillary Burns of Flippin Fun in Fairfield. The pageant will be held July 27-28, 2013 at the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel in

Addison, Texas. The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. Pageants are held for girls, ages four to eighteen, in five age groups. The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the pageant awards thousands in scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of young women nationwide. All activities are age appropriate and family-oriented. These pageants are for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leaders” and based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, offering an “All-American spirit of fun for family and friends.” Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes, about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future. Families interested in learning more about this unique and outstanding program may visit ______________________

Free Computer Classes April Schedule Sign up now for April computer classes! Technology For All is offering FREE Computer Classes at the following locations and times: Oakwood ISD Adm. Building (903) 545-3600 on Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Buffalo Public Library (903) 322-4146 on Monday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Ward Memorial Library in Centerville (903) 5636-7261 on Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.; Roberta Bourne Memorial Library in Marquez (903) 5291104 on Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - noon; Jewett Public Library (903) 626-5872 on Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.; and Madison County Library in Madisonville (936) 348-6118 on Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.. Classes being taught at the various locations are: Basic computer for Beginners; Internet Basic; Email Basic; MS Word 2010; MS Excel 2010, PowerPoint Basic and Digital Photography. New classes being offered are: Introduction Windows 8; eGov Drivers License Course; and eGov USA Jobs. Also, One-OnOne Proficiency instruction is available upon request. ALL

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Teague High School senior Kelton Henderson signs letter of intent to play football at Texas Lutheran University. (Pictures courtesy of Melissa Johnson Photography)

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Named All District Teague High School Seniors Lane Scruggs, Daryl Brooks, and Trae Bell were named 1st Team All-District in the District 23- AA basketball meeting last week. Scruggs, Brooks, and Bell were all unanimous picks for 1st Team All District. Scruggs has a district average of 16.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.7 steals and 5.2 assists per game, 65% FT. Brooks has a district average of 18.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 steals, and 1.2 assists per game, 60% FG. Bell has a district average

of 7.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game, 51% FG. Teague Lions Second Team All-District Senior Jordan Maggard has a district average of 7.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.8 assists per game, 64% FT. Honorable Mentions were Sophomores John Love, Austin Skinner, and Xavier Dixon. Congratulations to these guys for all the hard work!! ________________________________

Art Competition Applicants Sought U.S. Congressman Bill Flores (RTexas) invites high school students residing in the 17th Congressional District to participate in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition; with the theme for this year’s competition being “America’s Greatest Generation.” The Congressional Art Competition is an annual contest which encourages and recognizes the artistic talents of students from each participating Congressional District. Since 1982, high school students from around the country have competed in the competition to have their artwork shown in the U.S. Capitol. “The Congressional Art Competition creates a great opportunity for aspiring and passionate Central Texas high school students to showcase their artistic talents,” Congressman Flores said. One winner will be chosen in represent the 17th Congressional District. The winner will receive two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the unveiling of their artwork in the Capitol and a reception honoring the winners in June. The deadline to submit artwork is Friday, April 19, 2013. All entries submitted must be original in concept, design and execution. For further information, guidelines and submission forms for the Congressional Art Competition you

may contact Miranda Henderson in Congressman Flores’ Bryan/ College Station District office at 979-703-4037 or visit Flores. Congressman Bill Flores

represents the 17th District of Texas and is an entrepreneur, former energy executive, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and member of the House Budget, Natural Resources and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.

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Jr High Eagles Soar at Fairfield Track Meet Fairfield Junior High Eagles soared at the Fairfield Junior High Track Meet held Tuesday, March 19, 2013. The eighth grade girls, the seventh grade girls, and the seventh grade boys teams came in first place overall. The eighth grade boys came in second place. The stats were as follows: Eighth Grade Girls: Fairfield – 240; Mexia – 136.5, Groesbeck - 135.5. Eighth Grade Boys: Palestine – 197, Fairfield - 153, Mexia – 122. Seventh Grade Girls: Fairfield – 263, Groesbeck 135.5, Mexia 114. Seventh Grade Boys: Fairfield – 185, Palestine 164, Groesbeck – 120. Other schools participating were: Crockett, Fairfield B Team, Dew, Wortham, and Groesbeck B Team. Fairfield eighth grade female athletes placing in the various contests were: Makayla Thurman, Cali Gawrsyszewski, Brandi Carter, De’Meka Shed, Courtney Bugg, Kara Doyle, Alexis Bonner, Kacie Carroll, Shelby Waltmon, Denis Izquierdo, Abby Teer, Elena

Gallegos, Leah Huff, Delanna Martin, Abby Knight, and Claire Partain. Fairfield eighth grade male athletes placing in the various contests were: Alex Mata, Zack Snider, Slade Harkcom, Johnny Cabrera, Nathan Davis, Cody McQueen, Jesus Lazano, Zac Barlow, E.J. Ransom, Nick Mooneyham, Tarrance Rischer, Austin Hale, Cameron Banks, Hunter Haynes, Clayton Childs, Grant Hubbert, Kyle Kirgan, Junior Nunez, and Monta Tippen. Fairfield seventh grade female athletes placing in various contests were: Lauren Adcock, Sarah Richmond, Grace Jones, Madelyn Gallegos, Eyrli

Townes, Carly Coffman, Joanna Zamora, Madison Akers, Kyndall Crook, Blair Harris, Randi Ward, Britain Bossier, Robyn Nesbitt, Emily Knight, Kelsey Waltmon, Alexis Rodriguez, Kaylee Barrett, Marisol Garcia, Katie Henricks, Tanna Lide, Paola Ramirez, and Kaytlyn Brewer. Fairfield seventh grade male athletes placing in various contests were: Tye Haynes, Timarco Cordon, Marcus Hayes, Jose Rodriguez, Ulises Ramirez, Victor Delgado, Noah Van, Jailyn Tatum, John Owens, Titus Townes, Sergio Rodriguez, Karim Caro, C Adams, and Blayne Stauffer. _____________________


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March 26, 2013 Freestone County Times

Visiting Court Fairfield Junior High’s English as a Second Language class, along with teacher Melinda Black, were on hand during Freestone County District Court held Thursday, March 21st for a first-hand experience of the court system. Students were put through a mock security check before entering the court room and allowed to observe from the jury box as Judge Deborah Oakes Evans presided over the court’s civil and criminal docket. Judge

Evans called a short recess and introduced students to Bailiff Rick Howerton, County Attorney Chris Martin and Assistant County Attorney Ryan Palmquist, and court stenographer Helen Wooten, explaining the importance of each job and its role in the court. The class also met with County Judge Linda Grant who detailed the role of the county court. Students ended their visit with a tour of the courthouse. Megan Hempel reporting. ____________________



Pursuant to Section 134.128-.134 of the Texas Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act, TEX. NAT. RES. CODE ANN. (Vernon 2012) and Texas Coal Mining Regulations, TEXAS ADMIN. CODE §§12.312-12.313, Texas Westmoreland Coal Company, 4336 FM 39 S., Jewett, Texas 75846 has submitted its application to the Railroad Commission of Texas for various releases of reclamation performance bond obligations for portions of its Jewett Mine, Permit No. 32F in Leon, Limestone and Freestone Counties, Texas. The Jewett Mine area is located approximately 5 miles northwest of Jewett, Texas. Permit No. 32F was approved December 21, 2004. The applicant requests a Phase I partial release of reclamation obligations for backfilling, regrading, and drainage control on 436.8, Phase II release of reclamation obligations for revegetation on 20.7 acres, and a Phase III completion of extended responsibility period and surface water and ground water requirements on 483.9 acres (463.2 acres, plus 20.7). The areas requested are located in mine blocks A, C, D and E and are shown in black on the attached figure. Mining operations were conducted between 1986 and 2005. Final grading was accomplished on this area between 1987 and 2006. Switchgrass, Indiangrass, Kleingrass, Wilman lovegrass, Sideoats grama, Old world bluestem, Common bermudagrass, Coastal bermudagrass and various approved tree species were planted between 1987 and 2007. The five-year Extended Responsibility Period was initiated on portions of the area on November 7, 2000 and October 1, 2007. The postmine land uses include pastureland and developed water resources. In all, four permanent drop structures, four permanent ponds, one road and one small area depression is located within the proposed bond release area. The accepted bond for Permit No. 32F is $71,000,000.00. The applicant does not seek adjustment to the approved bond as a result of this application; however, an eligible bond reduction amount may be determined. Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the application within thirty days after the last date of publication of this notice in a local newspaper. All written comments, objections, or requests for public hearing or informal conference on the application should be directed to: John Caudle P.E., Director Surface Mining and Reclamation Division Railroad Commission of Texas P.O. Box 12967 Austin, Texas 78711-2967 A copy of the complete application may be inspected in the main office of the Railroad Commission of Texas at 1701 North Congress, William B Travis Building, Austin, Texas 78711; and at the County Clerk Offices listed as follows in the notice. The application may be supplemented and should be reviewed periodically. PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION RELEASE OF RECLAMATION LIABILITY FOR SURFACE COAL MINING AND RECLAMATION PERMIT PERMIT NO. 32F, TEXAS WESTMORELAND COAL COMPANY, JEWETT MINE DOCKET NO. C13-0008-SC-32-F PHASE I ON 436.8 ACRES PHASE II, III ON 20.7 ACRES PHASE III ON 463.2 ACRES Limestone County Clerk Office 200 W. State St Groesbeck, TX 76642

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Judge Deborah Oakes Evans takes a short recess from District Court on Thursday, March 21st to explain the judicial process to Melinda Black’s English as a Second Language class from the Fairfield Junior High. Students were put through a mock security check before entering the court room and allowed to observe as Judge Evans conducted the court’s business. Judge Evans introduced students to Bailiff Rick Howerton, County Attorney Chris Martin, Assistant County Attorney Ryan Palmquist, and Helen Wooten, the court’s stenographer, explaining the importance of each job and its role in the court system. (Photo by Megan Hempel)

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Bake Sale March 28th Project Graduation is having an Easter Bake Sale Thursday, March 28, at the Courthouse Square. Come by from 7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (or until sold out) and purchase your Easter goodies.

Statewide Awards Offered to Youth & Educators

Texans Encouraged to Apply for Statewide Awards Honoring Youth and Educators Applications now being accepted for the Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) is now accepting applications for the 2013 Keep Texas Beautiful Youth and Educator Awards. The award program honors extraordinary students, educators and volunteers working to improve and beautify their communities. Awards are given in a number of categories to elementary through college-level youth, as well as educators and youth organizers. The Ruthe Jackson Youth Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding efforts made by youth whose accomplishments are bringing about cleaner, more beautiful campuses, parks and communities. The Sadie Ray Graff Awards recognize those in the field of education who encourage or demonstrate efforts to promote the Keep Texas Beautiful mission of educating and engaging Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. In addition to the award recognition, all first place winners also receive a $100 cash prize. KTB will

formally present the Youth and Educator Awards during its 46th Annual Conference in San Antonio, scheduled for June 17-20, 2013. Applications are available online at the Keep Texas Beautiful website at h t t p : / / w w w. k t b . o r g / programs/awards/youthand-educator-awards.aspx or call 1-800-CLEAN-TX to request a copy. Applications are due to Keep Texas Beautiful on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by 5:00 pm. Keep Texas Beautiful, a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement nonprofit, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than 360 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. For more information on programs and events, call 1-800-CLEAN-TX or visit ____________________


March 26, 2013 Freestone County Times


FHS One Act Play Shines Students Advance to Area Fairfield High School students performed their One Act Play, “To See the Stars” by Cynthia Mercati in a UIL competition held Saturday, March 23rd in Palestine. The play takes place in 1909 at Johannsen’s Shirtwaist Factory in New York and tells the story of Anya Rosen (Rachel Thiesen) a young immigrant fighting for the equal rights of women in the workplace. During their struggle the women endure beatings, starvation and even prison but ultimately prevail, winning the first industrywide strike in American labor history. Directed by Susan Walsh and Jeff Wright, the play features cast members Morgan Joe Russo (Jared Schlabra) passionately supports the cause of Anya Rosen and the women of Johanssen’s Shirtwaist Prihoda, Hannah Worley, Factory. Schlabra’s performance earned him a spot on the All Star cast. Fairfield One Act Play will advance to the Area Sarah Wehe, Ashley Kethley, Tournament at Midway High School on April 8th. (Photo by Megan Hempel) Tristan Rumsey, Bradley

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Band Students Advance to State The Wortham High School Band, along with Wortham ISD, would like to recognize some of the students for their participation and accomplishments in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest held at Temple College in Temple Texas on February 23rd 2013. They students prepared a selection from the UIL Prescribed Music List to perform in front of a judge in which they would be rated. Each Solo or Ensemble is given a ranking, and pending on the grade level of the selection, is eligible to advance to state level hearings held in Austin Texas at the beginning of June. The following students received a rating of superior: Flute: Brook White(Solo), Scarlett Miller(Solo); Clarinet: Randle Chambers(Solo), Rowan Miller(Solo); Saxophone: Michael Anderson(Solo), Tyler Baird(Solo); Trumpet: Cooper Thompson(Solo and Ensemble), Haven Proulx(Ensemble), Sean Ridge(Solo and Ensemble); Trombone: Drew Jenkins(Solo and Ensemble), Cody Beck(Solo and Ensemble); Tuba: Bryce Buchmeyer(Solo and Ensemble), Caleb Lewis(Solo); Percussion: Madison Van Der Kroon(Solo). These students advanced to state competition: Randle Chambers (Solo), Rowan Miller (Solo), Cooper Thompson (Solo and Ensemble), Haven Proulx (Ensemble), Sean Ridge (Solo and Ensemble), Michael Anderson (Solo),

Drew Jenkins (Ensemble), Cody Beck (Ensemble) Bryce Buchmeyer (Solo and Ensemble). Wortham Band Director, Jose’ Sanchez, is a 2009 graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Music with an emphasis in Tuba. He was the Assistant Director of Bands at Rosebud-Lott ISD prior to joining Wortham ISD in 2012. WISD Superintendent, Dr. Bruce Tabor said, “The Growling Bulldog Band has accomplished much under the new direction of Director Sanchez this year and we are very proud of them.” ______________________

Jones, Rachel Crouch, Rachel Thiesen, Cullen Lyles, Nathan Hergett, Jared Schlabra, Dalton Barker, Melanie Torres, Brooke Bossier, and Kaytlin Graham, and set crew Brandon Price, J.D. Robinson, Daisy Mireles, Jonathan Cain, and Josh Johnson. Award winners include Tristan Rumsey, lighting technican; Jonathan Cain, technical lighting; Sarah Wehe, honorable mention; Cullen Lyles, Dalton Barker and Jared Schlabra, all-star cast; and Rachel Thiesen, best actress. The cast and crew will advance to Area competition on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Midway High School in Waco. Tickets are $5.00 at door. Megan Hempel reporting. _____________________

The Growling Bulldog Band and Wortham ISD are proud to announce the accomplishments of the Wortham High School Concert Band. On March 6th 2013, the Growling Band travelled to Groesbeck Texas to compete in the annual UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest held at Groesbeck High School. The Growling Band was awarded 1s (Superior) from six state recognized judges. Bands are graded on a scale of five: 1 (Superior) 2(Excellent) 3 (Average) 4(Below Average) 5(Poor). “This marks the first time since 1996 that the Growling Bulldog band has been awarded the superior rating in Marching Band Competition and in Concert and Sight-Reading competition which marks the band first

Sweepstakes award in over a decade,” said Wortham Band Director, Jose’ Sanchez. Director Sanchez is a 2009 graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Music with an emphasis in Tuba. He was the Assistant Director of Bands at Rosebud-Lott ISD prior to joining Wortham ISD in 2012. Director Sanchez, said, “Thanks to all the students that have put many hours in preparation for this event and thank you to the parents that help support their children’s musical growth.” WISD Superintendent, Dr. Bruce Tabor said, “The Growling Bulldog Band has accomplished much under the leadership of Director Sanchez this year and we are very proud of this latest honor.” _______________________

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March 26, 2013 Freestone County Times

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Game Warden Visits Girl Scouts On Monday, May 18th, the Fairfield and Dew Girl Scout Troops joined together in Fairfield for a guest speaker. Game Warden John Thorne of Freestone County visited with the girls to share duties of his job, water safety,

and introduced the girls to Sunny, one of his two working K-9s. Sunny is a cadaver dog and a drug dog.  The girls had the opportunity to watch Sunny locate a simulated “find” during the visit. 

In addition, the girls learned about predator-prey relationships through a game. This activity helped them understand the need for wildlife laws and restrictions to protect animal populations. (Photo by Megan Hempel)

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Kristen Gore All-Region Band & Scholarship Recipient Kristen Gore has participated in All-Region and Area band the past 4 years. She has represented Teague every year. To make the All-Region band a student must audition on two etudes and all their major scales. She competes with other schools from all around our area. Kristen has always made the Symphonic (top band) and has usually made a high enough chair to qualify for Area Band as well. This is a great accomplishment for a band student. Because of her hard work she has also received a band scholarship to Jacksonville Baptist College. Kristen is the daughter of Greg and Jeri Gore of Teague, and the granddaughter of Ronnie and Helen Marek, both of Teague, and Ida Munday of Whitehouse. She is the private student of Mykle Ann Wright. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5. (Photo submitted)

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The Wortham Band Boosters will sponsor a cake auction and concert to benefit the Growling Bulldog Band. The event will take place in the Bulldog gym on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. There will be performances by the Growling bulldog Bands!! Cake purchases will go to help with band trips, equipment, and supplies.

Scholarship Deadline April 15th The Texas Hill Country Dorper Sheep Association again will award two college scholarships this fall in memory of one of the state’s pioneers in the Dorper sheep industry. The scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, are open to any Texas resident. One will be awarded to a high school senior graduating this spring and the other to a college student who will be at least a junior in any Texas college or university this fall. Scholarship requirements include involvement in agriculture, and especially the Dorper sheep industry in Texas. Applicants with agriculture-related majors in college will be given special consideration. Deadline for applications to be received is April 15, 2013. Applicants may complete a scholarship application form online or find out more about the two scholarships by going to the THCDA website at For more info, contact THCDA scholarship committee chairman Garet von Netzer at 830-9973210 or or scholarship committee liaison Connie Bernhard at 830-864-4695 or at

Field Trip Made Possible by Grant

HS Art Students Tour Kimbell Art Museum Wortham High School Art students will attend the special exhibition Bernini: Sculpting in Clay at the Kimbell Art Museum this Wednesday, March 27. This field trip was made possible by a grant through the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust’s sponsorship of the Kimbell Art Museum. Wortham High School was notified by a letter to Jennifer Paden, WHS Art Teacher, from Katie Perroni, Tour Programs Coordinator at the Kimbell Art Museum. Paden had successfully applied for the grant, which will cover costs relating to transportation

and substitute teachers. Forty–three students will attend the guided tour and will visit the permanent collection as well. The grant was made available by the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, through the Kimbell Art Museum. Born to a ranching family, Crystelle Waggoner raised cattle and thoroughbred horses. A patron of the arts and supporter of medical charities during her lifetime, she established a 50-year trust to benefit charitable organizations in the arts and social services. _____________________

Fairfield Elementary Birthday Book Club birthdays for March are (left to right: Top Row - Kaitlyn Shepherd, Andrew Fantroy, Claire Carroll, and Riley Ralstin. Middle Row - Jake Higgs, Monica Diaz, Lily Beaver, and Grayson Holcomb, Bottom Row - Keith Hernandez, Nadia Thomas, Preston Scott. (Photo submitted)


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Beene Motors Grand Re-Opening The glassed-in showcase, shining vehicles, attached clean maintenance shops, and large white rocks surrounding Beene Motor Sales on Highway 84 in Mexia, Texas, provide an inviting, “Come on in and look around” feel. Add to that, the open, friendly smile of Brett Beene, the dealership’s head, and you are in for an enjoyable buying experience. Beene strives to exceed the customer’s expectation from the initial test drive to taking delivery of a vehicle. The entire sales team is committed to a no-pressure, high-integrity approach to sales. Some of these team members have been with Beene for a long time: Robert Williams – since 1965; Gary Barkouskie – since 1971, and Phil Easterling – since 1989. The longevity of the sales team is matched by their customer base.

Beene Motors founder, Elmer Beene, Jr. and his wife, Martha, along with Chana and Brett Beene show off this bright red Corvette at the Grand Reopening Event Friday, March 22nd. (Photos by Mary McDonald) John Flynn, Chevrolet District Manager (left) and John Kricfalusi (right), Zone Manager Chevrolet Motor Division, congratulate Brett Beene at the Grand Reopening Event Friday, March 22nd.


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The Beene quality is carried on in the Parts Department and Body Shop, as well. Elmer has been married to Martha since 1963, and Brett has been married to Chana for almost 25 years. Brett and Chana have two children: Blair, a high school senior and Chet a high school sophomore. Beene Motor Sales is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Visit online to see new and used inventory and get a price quote at Contact Brett Beene at; Edwin Plummer, Jr. at ep@beenemotorsales,com; or Roger Hall at to schedule a test drive or have questions answered. They can also be reached at 254562-2846. Mary McDonald reporting.


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The Ballard Company team and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce come together for a ribbon cutting on March 20, 2013 to celebrate the companies’ Grand Opening of their new locations. They are from Ballard (front row,– left to right): Justin Harris, Javier Rosas, Melvin Ballard, (owner) Elmer Ballard, (owner) Patti Ballard, Rebekah Ballard, baby Canon Ballard, Phillip Ballard, and Sudie McAdams. Chamber members (back row, l-r): Darlene Jones, Brenda Isaacs, Brenda Shultz, Tina Williams, Mary Small, Sharon Fox, Pam Freeman Chavers, Gene Chavers, Julie Emmons and Susie Cates. (Photo by Mary McDonald

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Sheriff’s Report Trooper Conner to IH45 to check on subject sitting on the shoulder of the road. Deputy Brewer out on CR 520 to meet with complainant concerned about a vehicle driving up and down the road. Sgt. House visited with citizen concerned that trash collector was going to take their trash cans. Citizen advised that they had cancelled the service to go with another trash collector. The citizen advised that they owned the trash cans, not the trash collector. Deputy Jones reported that he got a black cow put up off the southbound side of IH45 around the 188 mile marker. Still trying to determine the owner. Game Warden Hernandez to the Richland Chambers Lake to assist a boater that was stuck on a rock. The caller stated that he had made it to shore but the boat was still stuck. Deputy Howerton out on FM2547 on a welfare concern. Caller advised that a worker left for town to pick up medicine. The caller was concerned that worker could be having a heart attack. When located, the worker informed Deputy Howerton that he was not having a heart attack and was simply going to get his medicine. 1216 Dossey to a missing dog call. Dog was not found. Sgt. Harrison to CR 360 on a report of someone on 4wheelers doing donuts in the church parking lot with rocks hitting the church. Sgt. Aultman to FM 80 South on a report of cattle in the roadway. Cattle were put up with the assistance of a neighbor to the owner. Deputy Howerton took a

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theft report of missing tools and a cut fence. Sgt. Aultman took a report of a stolen welding lead. Owner advised that the last time he used it was a week ago. Deputy Howerton to assist a home owner who had been informed by Oncor that his electricity box was open and the wires had been cut. The owner wanted to make sure that his house was okay. Deputy Howerton did welfare check on citizen after dispatch received a phone call with no one on the other end. Deputy Howerton reported that it was just problems with the phone. Sgt. Shipley checked on an 18 wheeler parked to close to the edge of the roadway on FM1580. Sgt. Shipley to the Oakwood area to take an identity theft report. Dew VFD to CR 477 on a power line down in the roadway. Deputy Howerton to assist subjects over property dispute. Southern Oaks VFD assisted Navarro EMS with a subject having trouble breathing. Dew, Fairfield and Teague VFD’s to Dew area on a report of a roof on fire. Dispatch was advised the roof was not on fire and that the owner was burning a brush pile behind the house. Deputy Cordova put up two red cows on CR 947. Trooper Conner to IH45 at the 192 mile post to assist motorist with a flat tire. Sgt. Harrison, and Deputy Cordova were assisted by Game Warden Thorne with subjects arguing. One was jailed on Terroristic Threat. And so it goes… _____________________

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Program for Caregivers Offered April 2-May 28 Do you provide care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias? The Area Agency on Aging of the Heart of Texas wants you to know that you are not alone. A Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers will be presented at Teague Nursing Home, located at 884 U.S. Hwy 84 in Teague, beginning April 2 through May 28, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. This free program will provide caregivers with stress management techniques, relaxation and coping strategies and respite care for loved ones. The program will be conducted in groups of eight people for 90 minutes a week for nine weeks. For more information visit www.caregiverstressbusters. org. Call 903-389-5800 to register. __________________________________________

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individual to take any of the following actions based on the protected classes of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability: --Refuse to rent or sell a home --Refuse to negotiate for a home --Make a home unavailable --Falsely deny that a home is available for inspection, sale, or lease --Persuade an owner to sell or rent to a particular buyer --Set different terms, conditions, or privileges for the sale or lease of a home Directing a client toward or away from a specific neighborhood is also a violation of the Fair Housing Act whether intentional or not. Real estate professionals should avoid offering their personal

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Available after March 15th: Remodeled 3 Bedroom, 1-1/2 Bath, quiet neighborhood, fenced back yard, single car garage on outskirts of Fairfield off Hwy 27. 105 CR 1241 Call 903-641-5879 $875/month _________________________

For sale by owner: 3/2 bath on 5 acres located West of town. Built in 2002, 1927 sq. feet. Custom cabinets, wood burning fire place, formal dining and breakfast area, office, new paint, lighting, and door fixtures. 109 PR 944 in Fairfield. Reduced $184,900. (No owner finance inquiries please).  Contact: 903-8790598 or mmshultz12@gmail. com _________________________


2/1 Updated central Heat & air, Streetman, good location. $650/month & $650/deposit. References required. 903391-3681 _________________________

Hospital has reached a significant milestone among Texas hospitals. It is a substantial achievement that says much about the partnership established by THA and Parkview to benefit Texas hospitals and patients,” Vallejo said. “The relationship between the organizations appeals to the demands of a growing patient population with ever evolving needs, and our long relationship proves the value of addressing ongoing reform in health care.”

opinion regarding or performing any activity that highlights the racial, religious, or ethnic composition of a given neighborhood or neighborhood school. Consider looking for a real estate professional whose territory covers a broad, diverse area, as opposed to one populated primarily by members of a certain ethnic or religious group. Although not specifically identified in the Fair Housing Act, anyone who shows, sells, owns, manages, or offers mortgage services for housing properties might consider providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and language assistance for persons with limited English proficiency in keeping with the spirit of the Act.

The vast majority of professionals in the housing industry are honest, law-abiding men and women who are well aware of fair housing issues. But it is important to learn and recognize discrimination. Ultimately, knowledge is your best tool to avoiding discrimination. There are multiple facets to the Fair Housing Act and all Texans should be familiar with their rights under the laws of this state and country. But don’t wait until you start your housing search. Fair housing violations — just like Fair Housing Month — can sneak up on you before you know it. ______________________

Oak Tree Realty 316 W. Hwy 84 • Fairfield 903-389-5263 Deb Manahan 903-389-6526 (Home) 903-879-2441 (Cell) Bodie Emmons Corey Hale 254-717-4174 903-879-5168 HOMES

3B/2.5B BRICK w/fp on 5 acres, 2 bldgs for shop/barn #895 $185,000.00 3B/2B BRICK w/shop commercial greenhouse on 3 acres Teague #2090 $80,000.00 3B/1.5B BRICK home on 2 lgr lots on Heather St. #2165 $65,000.00 3B/3B LOG HOME w 2fp open llv/din/kit, unique vanities, lrg closets tin ceilings, on 18 acres with lots of trees $375,000.00 3B/2.5B BRICK w fp, large master suite, lifetime deck great for entertaining separates mother-in-law house,5 stall barn w/tack rm, feed rm and wash rm, riding arena, extra pens on 20 acres $450,000.00 3B/2B DW w/2 liv areas, lg fr porch, cp, 2200sf barn on 10 ac. #560 $115,000.00 BEAUTIFUL FRAME HOME w/historical marker on Reunion #1201 2B/1B FRAME HOME on corner SOLDlot in Teague#1601B $45,000.00 2B/1B FRAME on s 9th Teague - great rental property #1601A $39,000.00 2B/1B FRAME w/lots of charm on large lot in Teague #1851


20 ACRES IN BUTLER AREA-wooded-great for recreation #1533 $62,070.00 10 ACRE TRACTS on N Hwy 75 and FM 833 #1401


NEW LISTING AT RED LAKE - lot on east side with boathouse #1212 $26,500.00 2 LOTS in West Mail Place Addition #1230


1.5 ACRES on Hwy 75 in Dew #2080 $15,000.00 RV PARK 15 rv, 5 full trailer setups on 2.46 acres, city utilities $255,000.00 LOT AT 521 E. COMMERCE .60 acre #717 $60,000.00 6.69 ACRES on Hwy 84 and FCR 941 #8058 $60,000.00

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#107 Reduced! Fairfield-3/2.5/4 Car Carport, +/-82.19 Acres, beautiful home, gated entrance, wooded acreage, built in the 1920’s, remodeled in 2005 & 2013, 1,657 sq.ft. per owner, 145 PR 507. $520,000 Behind the beautiful gated entrance you'll find a nature enthusiast's dream home! This charming 3 bedroom home is on approximately 82.19 acres. Deer, bobcats, quail, and hawks are frequently seen while enjoying one of the three porches. The house is a 1920's home that has been beautifully remodeled with many charming features including picture windows, French doors, wood flooring, and two fireplaces. Updates to the kitchen include cabinetry and tile countertops. Rooms are large and connected by a wide hall through the center of the house. A screened, enclosed, private porch is just off of the master bedroom adding to your enjoyment of the great outdoors while you sip your morning coffee. Two sprinkler systems support the maintenance of the gorgeous landscaped yard. Granting easy access to any part of the acreage is the rock road that runs nearly the length of the property. Two, approximately 500 feet deep wells, fenced and cross fenced pastures and storage building complete this great package.


With close to one hundred listings to choose from, you’re sure to find one that will meet your needs. In addition to our own listings, we are happy to show any property listed with any real estate company.

Fairfield – Great “fixerupper” house east of town on 2.56 ac. House is structurally sound but needs “finishing touches” to complete it.  Great starter home or investment.  Home is surrounded by huge oak trees for a nice setting.  $35,000, Circle T Realty, 903-536-2187, broker _________________________ 4 bdrm/4 bath log home on 14.5 ac.(+/-) at the edge of town in Fairfield. 2,507 sq. ft., all wood interior, large porches, 2 carports, shop, barn, storage building. $289,900. Matt Bonner 903389-0733. _________________________

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The Texas Hospital Association honored Parkview Regional Hospital March 21 in Mexia for 50 years of working together to exceed the needs of patients in central Texas. Parkview officials were recognized with the 50year long-time member award, presented to only seven hospitals in Texas this year. THA Membership Manager Della Vallejo (left) presented the award to Kevin Zachary, (right) Parkview Chief Executive Officer. “Parkview Regional



Clean, roomy 2 BR, 2 bath townhome w/ 2-car garage for rent in Fairfield. Quiet neighborhood on quiet street $850/mo,

April Is Fair Housing Month: Housing Choice Is Your Right Without any television specials or advertising campaigns to remind us, the fact that April is Fair Housing Month can sneak up on you. Promoting awareness of fair housing and educating people on their rights and responsibilities is essential to ensuring that we each have what the Fair Housing Act is there to provide – a choice in where we live. And because it’s Fair Housing Month, April is a good time to highlight the Fair Housing Act and how it can protect you. This is especially important for members of a minority group or anyone whose primary language is not English. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, it is a violation of the Fair Housing Act for an

March 26, 2013 Freestone County Times


Publisher’s Notice: All real estate advertised herein is subjected to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or intention to make any preference, limitation or discrimination.” We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis.

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AUCTION APRIL 6, 2013 – 10:00 A.M. CORNER OF FM3371 W & LCR820 (Lake Limestone Rd)

EQUIPMENT LIQUIDATION SALE KENNEDY AUCTONS has been commissioned to sell the no longer needed equipment for 2 prominent area farmers. Mr. Cliff Jones and Arnold Gray have decided to downsize their operations – One is quitting the cattle business and one is quitting the hay baling.. Together, they are offering a large selection of quality equipment. Terms: Complete settlement day of sale by cash or check. – NO CREDIT CARDS! Directions: Jones Farm – Corner of FM 3371 West and LCR 820 (Lake Limestone) From Hwy 164, it is 3.4 miles to the sale location. FM 3371 is located East of Groesbeck and West of FM 39. Signs will be posted. Preview Equipment Friday, April 5 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm For more information, visit our website at:

KENNEDY AUCTIONS – MEXIA, TX 76667 Phone: 254-562-7100 or 903-388-6796 Jerry Lee Kennedy/Owner/Auctioneer - License #06940



Friday, March 29th, Saturday, March 30th & Sunday, March 31st

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CUCKLEBUR TRADING 903-389-7367 2 miles East of FairďŹ eld on Hwy. 84







NOTICE TO CREDITORS NO. 8177 Notice is hereby given that on the 19th day of March, 2013, Letters Testamentary upon the Estate of Tressie Maxine Shearin Scott were issued to Charles Anderson Scott by the Honorable Court of Freestone County, Texas in Cause No. 8177 pending on the Probate Docket of said Court. All persons having claims against said Estate are hereby required to present the same within the time prescribed by law to the address being shown below: Estate of Tressie Maxine Shearin Scott c/o Randall J. Cook Hardy & Atherton, P. C. 2080 Three Lakes Parkway Tyler, Texas 75703 ___________________________


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Due to recent growth in business we are actively looking for a Service Technicians, an Oil Change Technician and a State Inspection Technician. Please come by Performance Ford at 1201 S. Highway 84, Fairfield or call (903) 389-4186.

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Shop technician Service truck driver needed. Commercial Tire and Diesel mechanic skills required. 6am-6pm MF, Nights and weekend rotation Apply in person at I-45 tire and wrecker service in Fairfield TX. Call 903-3893869 for details. _________________________

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Contact Jorge at 903-389-4036 Man wanted to work in dynamite factory. Must be willing to travel. Call XXX-555-XXXX. _________________________


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