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Local woman arrested for online trafficking

Combined efforts of McLennan County and Freestone County Sheriff’s Offices have led to the arrest Wednesday, Jan. 2, of a Mexia teacher, accused of trafficking a child online to people in Morocco.

Amber Parker, 37, is employed as an eighth-grade reading teacher, according to the Mexia ISD website. Her Facebook page lists her as a resident of Teague.

More details will be published as The Fairfield Recorder has them confirmed.


Taco Bell to open next week

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The newly rebuilt Taco Bell boasts a modern design with clean lines and an outside patio. Employees are under a tent in front of the restaurant taking applications til 5 p.m. today, May 4.
Photo by April Walker

Taco Bell has confirmed an opening date of early next week. The actual day and time, however, is not yet set in stone. A representative with the company said the contractors are just waiting on a building inspection. This newly rebuilt location will now be serving breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. with lunch beginning to be served at 9 a.m. Taco Bell will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The company is still hiring and interested persons can apply online at


Council fires Looney

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Fairfield City Council members discuss firing City Administrator Jeff Looney at Tuesday night's meeting. Looney is seated at the table to the left with City Attorney Linda Sjorgren.
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After one four hour executive session in which councilman voted to keep Fairfield City Administrator Jeff Looney, councilmen voted 3-2 last night to fire him. Place 1 Councilman/Mayor Pro-Tem Joe Lee Kirgan and Place 4 Councilman Landis Bayless voted against the firing, while Places 2, 3, and 5 chose to fire him.

After allegations of workplace abuse surfaced against the man public outcry was made to have him removed from the position. An unknown citizen began circulating a petition after the first meeting on April 24.

City Secretary Misty Richardson and Public Works Director Clyde Woods filed formal complaints against Looney. An Open Records Request for those complaints has not yet been answered. Looney worked for the City of Fairfield since 2009 as city administrator.

The full story will be published in the May 10 edition of the Recorder. Make sure you pick up a copy!


Trooper Allen brought back to hometown

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State Troopers and other law enforcement officers lined up outside Bowers Funeral Home about 4 p.m. Nov. 24, to carry the body of Damon Allen into the funeral home.
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The body of slain DPS Trooper Damon Allen was delivered to Bowers Funeral Home Nov. 24. Residents lined U.S. 84 in Teague to show their support for the fallen officer. Allen was shot and killed during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop at mile marker 194 on I-45 outside of Dew.

After an hours-long manhunt, suspect Darbrett Black was found in Liendo, Waller County, and captured after officers released K9 Unit Odin on man as he hid in the tree line of a field.

Funeral services are planned for Allen at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Mexia High School football stadium in Mexia. Visitation is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.


FISD superintendent announces resignation

Citing personal reasons, Richard A. Edwards has announced his resignation as Superintendent of Schools for the Fairfield Independent School District.  An Agreement has been reached which allows Mr. Edwards the ability to pursue other interests and permits the Board to pursue hiring another Superintendent.  The Board and Mr. Edwards have entered into the Agreement believing it is in their respective best interests and in the best interests of the District.

On behalf of the entire District, the Board of Trustees expresses its sincere appreciation to Mr. Edwards for his efforts while serving as Superintendent of this great school district and its wonderful students, staff, parents and administrators, and for the many achievements and accomplishments of the entire District team during Mr. Edwards’s tenure as Superintendent.


Roads closed due to flooding

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This is the entrance to Steward Lane at the U.S. 84 and FM 27 intersection.

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City officials closed several roads in Fairfield today due to flooding issues. City Administrator Jeff Looney says the water is receding, which means the drainage is working, but urges people to take precautions when driving.
Closed roads include:
Bateman Street - these barricades are still up at the corner of Reunion and Renee streets. There is also a barricade up at the corner of U.S. 84 and Main Street, next to Dollar General.
Talford Street
Old Palestine Road
S. Texas 75 - TxDOT crews and City Police Officers are said to be on scene
Oak Street entrance to Thousand Oaks neighborhood
Several residents have reported flooding at the following:
FCR 540
FM 489 in Dew near CR 411
U.S. 84 East near Wildwood Addition
For more information, contact the City of Fairfield at 903-389-2633 or the Fairfield Police Department at 903-389-3901.


There's a new sheriff in town

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New Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley (left) shakes hands with opponent Robert Willis.

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Jeremy Shipley (left) shakes hands with opponent Robert Willis (right) at last night's primary election. Shipley won the spot of Freestone County sheriff with 2,525 votes, while Willis had 1,062. Incumbent Don Anderson was voted out of office, netting only 951 votes. Opposing candidate Monte Doty ended up with 265.

County Attorney Chris Martin was voted out of office after 8 years and will be replaced by Brian Evans. Evans won the position with 2,310 votes, 50.9 percent, while Martin had 1,531, 34 percent. Opponent Andrew Wolfe received 692 votes.

There will be runoff elections in May for constable and commissioner seats, including between Precinct 3 Constable Diana Willis and Pam Brackens.

See the full story in the March 10 edition of the Recorder hitting stands next Wednesday!

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