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5K and 10K Runs... Fourth annual “Righty Run” set Feb. 25th at Fairfield Lake State Park

The fourth annual “Righty Run” will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The 10K and 5K will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the 1K starts at 8:05 a.m. To register, visit getmeregistered.com/rightyrun. Registration information can also be found on Facebook at The Righty Run. The annual event is held to raise Pediatric Stroke Awareness.

Alex Ward is a hilarious, red head, almost 10 year old boy who lives in Fairfield with his parents, Cory and Jennifer, and siblings, Hayden and Hayley. He has endured quite a bit in his little life.

At 7 months old Alex was diagnosed with Infantile Spasms, which is a rare and very dangerous seizure disorder that effects infants. That diagnosis led to an MRI, which determined that he had suffered a stroke in utero. At that time, Alex’s parents, Cory and Jennifer Ward, gave daily injections of ACTH for 7 weeks to stop the seizures and began therapy for the effects of the stroke. The stroke occurred on the left side of Alex’s brain. As a result, he has weaknesses on the right side of his body.

He was developmentally delayed, sitting at one year old, walking at about 21 months, and finally talking well between age three and four. Alex has been in many different types of therapy including speech, physical, behavioral, occupational and CI therapy since he was diagnosed. He has closed many of the gaps and has made lots of improvements but still focuses specifically on making “Righty” stronger.

After struggling with seizures, a temporal lobectomy was performed to remove the portion of brain where the seizures were originating. Alex has only had one episode of seizures since this surgery! After a major growth spurt, surgery was necessary in January of 2016 to lengthen his Achilles tendon. He recovered well from this and continues to gain strength! As he grows it is important to keep and eye on any possible changes that could occur.

Jennifer, Alex’s mother, says, “In general Alex is doing really well and is getting better since his Achilles tendon surgery with the help of occupational and physical therapy. He may have to get the other tendon done as well. They do constraint therapy by putting his left arm in a cast so he will depend on his “Righty.” Life with a stroke survivor can be full of surprises or complications, but Alex handles whatever is thrown at him like a champ!”

Sign up will still be available at the race or sign up on line.

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Couples Seminar - Relationship Building, TLC set for February 25th

Kingdom Fellowship Bible Church, Pastor Wayne Williams, cordially invites you to the 2017 Couples Seminar titled Relationship Building, TLC – Trust, Love and Communication.

The seminar will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m., at The Teague Community Center, 515 Main Street Teague, Texas 75860.

1st Corinthians 13:7, Love is patient, it is kind, it bears all things, believe all things, endures all things.

Please R.S.V.P. by February 20th via Facebook or by phone at (254) 739-5030.

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Revival Services to be held March 5th - 8th at FBC Donie

First Baptist Church of Donie will host a series of revival and spiritual renewal services beginning Sunday, March 5 and continuing through Wednesday, March 8.

The services will feature Olin Boles of LaRue, Texas and Skipper Schexsnayder of Kirbyville, Texas. Olin has served as a pastor, missionary to Brazil, missions director in the Gulf Coast Baptist Association and is currently the pastor of the First Baptist Church in LaRue, Texas.

Skipper has served as the Music Minister at First Baptist Church of Buffalo and is currently the Minister of Music and Education at the Central Baptist Church in Kirbyville. His ministry is directed at sharing the love of Christ through music.

The schedule of services for the week will be Sunday morning at 11:00 am. The evening services, Sunday through Wednesday, will begin at 6:00 pm. The community is invited to come, bring their families, and join in this time of spiritual renewal.

For more information, please contact the First Baptist Church office at 254-359-4332 or by email at doniefbc@gmail.com.

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Black History program set February 25th in Butler

The Butler Community Improvement Coordinating Council will be hosting its annual Black History program on Saturday, February 25th, at the E. E. Wheat, Butler Community Memorial Center, 1604 FM 489 E., Fairfield, Texas, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The theme this year will be, “African Americans in the Corporate World: The Next Generation.” Guest Speakers will highlight information in areas such as: The Preparation, Obstacles, Avenues and Advantages of Pursuing a Career in the Corporate Arena.

Everyone is invited.

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IH45 Open House in Fairfield Proposed Ramp Relocations & Frontage RD Improvements

FREESTONE COUNTY– The Bryan District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is developing plans to improve the traffic flow of IH 45 Frontage Roads and Ramps within the Fairfield area.  An informal open house is scheduled for Thursday, February 23rd, between 4:30pm and 6:30pm at Fairfield Elementary School, Fairfield, Texas.  A proposed project layout will be available for viewing and TxDOT staff will be available to discuss the project.  Since this meeting will be conducted as an open-house, no formal presentation is planned.  Attendees may come and go at their convenience.

All interested citizens are invited to attend this open house.  Public comments will be accepted at the open house and in writing.  Written comments should be submitted to Ms. Allison Kurwitz, P.E., District Planning Engineer at:  TxDOT, 2591 North Earl Rudder Freeway, Bryan, Texas 77803-5190 on or before March 3, 2017.  E-mail comments may be sent to Allison.kurwitz@txdot.gov

Any person who has special accommodation needs for attending the open house is encouraged to contract our office at (979) 778-9764.  Si desea informacion en Espanol, puede llamar al (979) 778-9719.

The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by TxDOT

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Open to all 7th graders in the county... Freestone Co. Museum announces display poster board contest

The Freestone County Historical Museum in Fairfield is excited to announce the museum’s “50 Year Celebration.” The museum staff and board would like to make Freestone County 7th graders a part of the celebration by sponsoring a Freestone County History Museum Display Poster Board Contest for all county 7th grade Social Studies and Language Arts students. The winning board will be displayed in the Poster Display Area at the museum throughout 2017. There is a $50.00 prize for the winning student or group and a $50.00 prize for the teacher plus a pizza party for the classroom that submits the winning poster! The teacher will also receive a $100 gift certificate for the purchase of historic fiction and non-fiction books/materials for the classroom! Each 7th grade classroom will be able to submit two boards to be judged at the museum. We hope you will approve this project for your 7th grade students and encourage the teachers and students to participate.

The display board project is based on many or the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards in both Language Arts and Social Studies. Creating the boards will give students a chance to be deeply involved in history, research, critical thinking, and writing while at the same time creating something for their local community.

(The museum staff would be happy to help teachers and students with research for this project. The museum work room has a large collection of county photographs and files. Classes or individual students who wish to visit the museum will be admitted free – please call ahead to set up a time to meet with a museum staff member.)

All Home School Students working on a 7th grade curriculum are also encouraged to compete!!!

Letters were sent out to all principals in October and a reminder to all Social Studies and Language Arts teachers this week!

The staff and board at the Freestone County Historical Museum encourages all 7th grade students to participate and looks forward to seeing and displaying the winning poster!!

Any questions please contact the museum at 903-389-3738 M-W-F 10 to 5 or email us at freestonecomuseum@windstream.net

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Fundraiser for Teague Young Farmers... Raffle tickets available for monthly gun drawings

The Teague Young Farmers are offering individuals, age 18 or older, a chance to win one of twelve guns, which will be drawn for during 2017. A drawing will be held every month and your ticket will be entered in each drawing, unless you win one of the guns.

Tickets are $100 each but only 300 tickets will be sold.

Guns to be won this year include the following:

January – Remington 700 ADL 22-250 with scope.

February – Weatherby Vanguard 7mm-08.

March – DPMS AR-15 223.

April – Weatherby PA459 12 ga. pump (Reaper).

May – ATI Calvary over/under 20 ga.

June – Browning Buckmark 22LR.

July – Marlin Model 336C 30-30.

August – Savage Model 11 .243 with Nikon Scope.

September – Ruger American 6.5 Creedmoor.

October – Beretta A300 12 ga. Camo Shotgun.

November – Henry Golden Boy 22LR.

December – Ruger 1911 45 ACP.

For more information contact a Young Farmer Member or an AG Teacher.

The drawing for the January gun – Remington 700 ADL 22-250 with scope will be held during the Teague Young Farmers January meeting on January 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the High School AG building.

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Free Income Tax Service for all Ages, every Thursday, Feb 2nd to April 13th

For the third year, Tax Aide will provide free federal income tax preparation services to area residents. The dates and times are every Thursday from February 2nd to April 13th,  from 9am to 2pm,  at First United Methodist Church, 201 North Mount St, Fairfield.

Interested area residents should bring their tax paperwork (W-2s,  1099’s for income, self employment details, deduction details), picture ID for taxpayer and spouse, and social security cards for all family members, and 2015 return if available. The 2016 returns will be prepared while you wait and efiled each evening.

Tax Aide volunteers are sponsored by AARP and trained and certified through IRS sponsored programs. Tax Aide now has over 35,000 volunteers at 5,000 sites nationwide who assist in preparing tax returns.

For information, go to

www.aarp.org/taxaide

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Life Recovery Sessions Are Held Each Thursday

Everyone Is Welcome

Life Recovery Sessions are happening each Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the First Assembly of God church in Teague. Pastor Spain Trask noted, "We meet in the church Fellowship Hall. Each person who attends will receive their own copy of the Bible and Study Guide. You will be blessed so come and see what the Lord is doing in your life."

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