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Teen charged with evading after pursuit

Freestone County Sheriff's deputies arrested and charged Jordan Briggs, 19, with evading arrest after the suspect led officers on a high speed chase, ending in a crash on the FM 27 West bridge Friday, March 30.
Photo courtesy of FCSO

A Fairfield teen led officers on a high speed chase on a white 2001 Honda CBR 600 – with speeds reaching 163 MPH – before a crash took the suspect down and ended with him in Freestone County Jail. Nineteen-year-old Jordan Briggs was arrested by Freestone County Sheriff's Lt. Robert Willis at around 4 p.m. Friday, March 30, after leading deputies through a residential neighborhood, up and down service roads, and through traffic.

Once arrested, the teen allegedly told Willis he “did not stop because he didn't want a ticket.” Briggs was arrested for evading arrest with vehicle and is being held on $10,000 bail at Freestone County Jail.

Arrest affidavits show Willis attempted to stop the suspect on FM 27 West after observing him speeding at 72 MPH in a 60-MPH zone. Reports show the driver accelerated, turned down County Road 1171 in the Westwood Addition, before again accelerating and taking a right onto County Road 1220.

 

Wed
28
Mar

FCSO plans civilian course

As a sign of the times, Freestone County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free active training course for civilians in two weeks. Teaching the course is Sgt. Darrell Coslin, of the Smith County Sheriff's Office, who has 33 years of law enforcement experience. The course is slated for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Fairfield High School auditorium, 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield. This subject is graphic and some portions of the training may not be suitable for children. Parents are strongly encouraged to not bring children younger than 13 to the training. The training, 'Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events,' teaches what happens during such an event. The human response both physical and psychological, common actions of the actor, law enforcement response, and actions civilians can take to help themselves or loved ones survive the attack. As witnessed in a number of tragic events, terrible acts of violence continue to affect our lives and the lives of those we love.

Wed
28
Mar

Calvary feeding community during Celebration

A Fairfield church is offering a host of events and activities Saturday, March 31, as they participate in the citywide Resurrection Celebration event. Calvary Baptist Church has activities planned at the church from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and every member of the family will find something to enjoy. For a second year, church members will be providing a free catfish dinner with all the trimmings. Last year’s event was regarded as a tremendous success as more than 400 people were served a fried catfish meal. Plenty of tables will be provided for everyone to enjoy the sit-down meal and fellowship with old friends and make new acquaintances. Live music will once again be part of the celebration outside Calvary’s Life Center complex. Children will have numerous games to participate in with plenty of candy given by church members. Many of the church’s well-known bakers are providing cakes for a cake judging contest.

 

Wed
28
Mar

No cause yet determined in Bulger house fire

Fairfield VFD has not determined the cause of the fire which took the home of Fairfield Police Chief Kenny Bulger and his wife, Janet, last week.
Photo by April Walker

The home of Janet and Kenny Bulger, chief of Fairfield Police Department, was a total loss despite firefighting efforts. Neighbors reported hearing an explosion in the garage of the Lakewood Addition home when it caught fire around noon Wednesday, March 21.

By the time the department arrived the house was burning throughout and firemen reported taking offensive measures in response.

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Wed
28
Mar

Student now vet assistant

Fairfield High School senior Kaitlin Newman recently passed a grueling exam and is now qualified as as level one veterinary assistant while volunteering at Buffalo Animal Hospital in Buffalo.
Photo by Ag teacher Darcy Stutts

By FHS senior and Eagle Beat editor in chief, Brittani Oglesbee

After passing a vigorous and grueling exam, senior Kaitlin Newman was certified as a level one Veterinary Assistant.

Newman worked in class and during the summer break of 2017 in order to get practice and experience to take her exam.

I had 200 classroom hours and 300 vet clinic hours,” Newman said. “I also had a checklist of skills I had to complete.”

Wed
28
Mar

FJH cheer squad named

Nineteen junior high girls were named to the 2018-19 cheer squad last week. Mascot will be Riley Ralstin and Bailey Miller was named manager. The cheer sponsor is Tammy Gawryszewski. Pictured are (back row) Avery Thaler, Ava Thompson, McKinna Brackens, Rynna Bonner, Paige Posey, and Bailey Miller; (middle row) Linsey Cockerell, Chasidy Starr, Landry Bayless, Kennedy Lane, and Haley Moore; (front row) Lily Beaver, Addisyn Cox, mascot Riley Ralstin, Ellie Grissett, and Jacey Jones; (seated in front) Marissa Eppes and Cooper Lawley. Not pictured is Kori Pillette.

Photo submitted by Tammy Gawryszewski

 

 

 

Wed
28
Mar

Hatcher named 7th in state

Fairfield High School junior Jashaugn Hatcher made Fairfield proud while competing at the Texas High School State Powerlifting Meet in Abilene last weekend. Hatcher competed in the 198 weight class and finished 7th in the State. His lifts totaled 1,430 for the day, although not as high as his regional total of 1,515. Hatcher was accompanied by Head Coach Kevin Childers and Coach Joel Kuehl, as well as friend and teammate Ty Bachtel. There was a small group of "fans" who followed him out west and will continue to support his lifting efforts to meet new goals his senior year.

Photo by Ashlyn Garcia

Wed
28
Mar

FHS junior lends voice to victims

Morgan Treece is a junior at Fairfield High School. She planned last week's walk out and said she was surprised to see how many students participated.
Courtesy photo

“This is real life,” said Fairfield junior Morgan Treece to a group of about 50 students who participated in the walk out she planned. Treece planned the event, held March 20 at Fairfield High School, to show her support of the victims and families of school shootings.

“This has been something that has been very heavy on my heart recently,” she said. “I'm just blessed to have had such a great support group.”

Since the beginning of 2018, there have been 18 school shootings across the country, with the most recent being the Valentine's Day shooting at Florida's Marjorey Stoneman Douglas High School.

“I wanted to use my voice as an positive outlet for those who no longer have a voice,” she said. “There were parents who lost their children, kids who lost their friends, and siblings who have lost their brother or sister.”

Treece said she was really only expecting her close friends and herself to participate.

Wed
21
Mar

2 chosen for Market Days

After entering an executive session at approximately 7:30 p.m. at the mayor's office at 121 E. Commerce – and not emerging from that session until close to midnight – Fairfield city council members voted to hire both Amy Ralstin and partners David Butler and David Fairly as Market Day directors.

The monthly event will be held both at the fairgrounds and on the square. Fairly and Butler will host their event on the third weekend of each month, beginning in April. The duo hope to bring the flea market back to what it was in the 1990s, with cheaper rates and new vendors.

“We want food vendors, plants, resale, clothes, guns, knives,” said Fairly in an interview after the meeting.

Fairly said his market will be held Friday-Sunday at the fairgrounds.

 

 

Wed
21
Mar

City starts audit negotiations, stops water discussion

To City Administrator Jeff Looney's own detriment the council shut down a discussion regarding commercial master meters for local RV parks and apartment complexes. Place 5 Councilman – and mayor candidate – Kenny Hughes said “for the council to even continue considering this would be a disservice” to citizens.

“I've researched and talked to people,” explained Hughes. “This would effect two elderly apartments and an economically challenged apartment.”

MJ and John Alford – former owners of Westwood Utility Corporation – asked the council to rethink this decision in February based on research done on their part. The Alford's own Primrose RV Park on U.S. 84 in Fairfield and said in a previous meeting that their “water supply doesn't overly burden the City of Fairfield.”

MJ also said last year the RV park used 216,200 gallons of water for a total cost of $2,357.

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