Freestone County Texas

Wed
04
Apr

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

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

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.

Wed
21
Mar

CC Farms grand opening

Jesse and Darlene Jones, owners of CC Farms, hosted a grand opening event and tasting Saturday, March 17, at Lazy Texan Trading Company in Teague. The Jones' have been in business for several years and recently opened a booth to sell their products at the Lazy Texan. Jams and jellies, pickled vegetables, dressings and salsa's make up the majority of their business. Find CC Farms on Facebook or stop by the Lazy Texan.

Photo by Mimi Brown

Wed
21
Mar

Teen hosts "walk out" at FHS

Fairfield High School students participated in a "walk out" Tuesday morning to show their support of the victims of the Florida school shooting. Students prayed and had a moment of silence. Pictured above is Morgan Treece, the student responsible for planning the event. Treece urged her fellow classmates to take a few moments each day to be kind and make an effort to talk to someone they don't know. "It's simple to be kind," said Treece. Look for a follow up story on this event in a future edition.

Photo by April Walker

Thu
15
Mar

Jack Edward (Mr. Jack) Badertscher

Jack Badertscher

Jack Edward (Mr. Jack) Badertscher

August 8, 1932

March 8, 2018

Thu
15
Mar

Good fishing on Richland Chambers Lake

Fishing Friends,

We began our Spring Break week last Friday and Saturday with both boats out and some dads and sons on board. Normally we fish for the white bass and hybrid stripers during Spring Break but the large numbers of fish have not shown up yet as they are probably up the creeks finishing off their annual spawn. We've heard a couple of reports of fishermen catching a few white bass so it won't be long til everyone is! In the mean time, we continue to catch blue and channel catfish! We had a very good Friday with some nice cloud cover and south wind and then a little slower Saturday with the sunshine and calm breeze. The best bite is always associated with cloud cover and a nice south wind, but you can't have perfect conditions every outing! We still managed a nice ice chest of fish for all our customers!

 

 

Thu
15
Mar

Oversize load

Crews with Oversize Escorting Service – a pilot car company – along with a police escort stopped traffic briefly at the intersection of U.S. 84 and Mount Streets in Fairfield while an oilfield separator made its way through town Friday, March 9. The equipment separates the water from the gas.

Photo by April Walker

Wed
07
Mar

Letter to the editor

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