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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Early voting begins Tuesday, February 16

T.H.S. Senior Ryan Mitchell is shown signing an athletic scholarship to the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton last Wednesday, February 3 on National Collegiate Signing Day. Pictured with Ryan are his parents Robert and Melissa Mitchell and THS Athletic Director Donnie Osborn. Mitchell will join former Lion teammate Robbie West on the UMHB football team.

Although most voters will wait until Tuesday, March 1st to cast their ballots in either the 2016 Republican or Democratic Party Primary election, registered voters in Freestone County as well as all registered voters across Texas can cast ballots in the early voting session beginning Tuesday, February 16th.

Voters will be asked to choose between a number of candidates in their party’s primary election, ranging from Presidential preference all the way down to local County Constables.

The early voting period runs through Friday, February 26th and Freestone County voters are presented numerous opportunities to cast early ballots in various locations in the county.

The Republican Primary Election in Freestone County will draw the most voters and will determine the out come of seven contested races. The winners in these races will get a free ride in November since they have no Democratic opponents.

Contested offices to be filled on the County scene during the Republican Primary are for County Attorney, between incumbent Chris Martin and challengers Andrew M. “Drew” Wolf and Brian Evans; Sheriff between incumbent Don Anderson and challengers Jeremy Shipley, M. Doty, and Robert Willis...

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Grand Opening held for new Advocacy Center

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for the new Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children were held on Tuesday, February 2 in Fairfield. Former TISD Superintendent Ned Burns (center) can be seen cutting the ribbon to officially open the facility. Pictured (l to r) are Sgt. Investigator Jeremy Shipley, Forensic Interviewer Kristi Skains, Executive Director Barbara Wright, Ned Burns, Case Manager Judy Chambers, County Attorney Chris Martin, and Program Director Dr. Kerry Burkley.

The new Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children held a grand opening on February 2, 2016, to introduce Freestone County to the many benefits that this non-profit center provides.

“It’s a dream I’ve had......I’m excited to have this for the people of Freestone County” stated a smiling Chris Martin District Attorney. Martin who has been the driving force behind this project from day one stated that time is critical in these kinds of cases and with this service, information to law enforcement will be expedient. Victims no longer will have to drive a 120 mile round trip for this aid.

Under the Waco’s umbrella the Fairfield facility will offer:

Videotaped forensic Interview wherein a child can tell his/her story only one time (witnessed by CPS and Law enforcement officials thru a one-way window) and the tapes are used as evidence.

Partner agencies come together – law enforcement, CPS, the district attorney, medical community, social and case managers with weekly case reviews.

Family enrichment groups and education to inform children, teachers, clergy, and other community members about child abuse prevention and other related issues. Family enrichment groups provide non-violent ways to communicate and discipline...

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Grand Jury returns 27 indictments

The Freestone County Grand Jury handed down a number of twenty-seven felony indictments while meeting in regular session in the Freestone County Courthouse on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. The charges were presented to the grand jury by County Attorney Chris Martin and included: Possession of Substance...

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Council appoints Jones as Public Works Director

Longtime City of Teague employee Jerry Jones was promoted to Public Works Director following executive session in a special called meeting of the Teague City Council on Monday afternoon, February 8 at City Hall. The position became available for the second time in as many weeks following Danny Thomas...

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