Fairfield City Schools fills vacancy on board of education

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FAIRFIELD – The business development manager for First Financial Bank will be appointed to the Fairfield Board of Education Thursday.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Scott Clark

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Scott Clark was one of six applicants to fill the unexpired term of Carrie O’Neal, who resigned her seat because she was moving to Hamilton. He will have to run in November 2021 to finish O’Neal’s term, which ends Dec. 31, 2023.

“The board of education is eager to begin to work with Scott. He brings vast leadership experience from a variety of Fairfield community organizations,’’ said board President Michael Berding.

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Clark serves as the president of the Rotary Club of Fairfield, is a member of the district’s Business Advisory Council and vice president of both non-profits Dougie & Rays’s and the Fairfield Prevention Coalition.

“For me, it’s all about the kids. We have a great district with excellent leadership,” Clark said.

“I am honored to work alongside the other board members and with Superintendent Billy Smith and his team. I just want to serve this district and do what’s best for kids.”

A resident of Fairfield for the past 17 years, Clark and his wife, Lori, have three children attending Fairfield schools.

“Scott’s extensive volunteer work with our students shows his passion for helping children from all backgrounds,” Berding said.

“Scott is a person with great integrity and is well-respected in the Fairfield and Fairfield Township communities. He is very intelligent and he should have no problem getting up to speed on all the items the board is currently working on.”

Following the vote selecting him for the board, Clark will be sworn into office and take his seat on the board. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., in


University of Texas Fills Football Stadium with Cutouts of Longhorns Superfan Matthew McConaughey

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University of Texas Fills Football Stadium with Cutouts of Longhorns Superfan Matthew McCo

“I’ve got God, I’ve got my family, I got America, and I got Texas.”

With stadium capacity restrictions in place amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, sports teams have been forced to find creative ways to keep their diehard fans in on the action.  

For diehard University of Texas fan Matthew McConaughey, cheering on the Longhorns is a “non-negotiable,” so the school came up with a unique way to get their “Minister of Culture” in the stands Saturday’s football game against Texas Christian University.

In lieu of the real thing, life-size cutouts of the Oscar-winning UT alum filled a section of the stadium, featuring characters he’s played in The Lincoln Lawyer, Dazed and Confused, The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and many more.

“MoC will for sure be in the house tomorrow,” Texas Football revealed on Twitter Friday. The tweet (below) also included a video, narrated by the actor himself, of the McConaughey cutouts looking “alright, alright, alright” in their seats.

“Well, I don’t have many affiliations,” McConaughey says in the video. “I’ve got God, I’ve got my family, I got America, and I got Texas. This is one of those things that’s nonnegotiable for me wherever I go.”

And that’s not an exaggeration. The 50-year-old Uvalde native has been a fixture at UT sporting events for decades. Some might even consider him the school’s unofficial mascot. (No offense, Bevo!)

Unfortunately, McConaughey’s presence wasn’t enough to ensure a victory for the Longhorns. The team lost 33-31 to the Horned Frogs.

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