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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Brackens Found Not Guilty In Sexual Assault Case

CONGRATULATIONS HARLI HUNT and her horse Heza Lee Delight (AKA Casper) on a job well done!! Harli and Heza took 3rd place (Top 5 Show) at the American Youth Paint Horse World Show held June 28, 2014, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Ft. Worth. Harli received a $500.00 scholarship, a Top 5 Show jacket, monogram halter and a Top 5 Show buckle. Harli (11 years old) was interviewed by the Paint Horse Journal that should come out in August or September. She is the Vice President of Eagle Country 4-H and the daughter of Jerry and Tanise Hunt of Fairfield.  

A jury of 12 Freestone County residents took about five hours of deliberation to return a verdict of not guilty on all charges against Fairfield High School Coach Ladonna Brackens last Friday afternoon in Fairfield.

Brackens was facing one count of sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child after being accused of watching while Fairfield Pastor Anthony Thibodeaux allegedly sexually assaulted a teenager. Thibodeaux was convicted of the same charges Brackens faced and sentenced to 10 years in prison in December 2013.

“We are very pleased with the verdict,” said defense attorney David Moore. “Whenever you are accused of this type of crime it ruins your reputation. We plan to work on expunging Ms. Brackens’ name from these charges.”

“It’s just a sigh of relief. I just said thank you God for answering my prayers. When people that you love and people that you help turn on you and you don’t know the reason why, it’s very hurtful,” Brackens was quoted as saying to a Waco news station.

Defense attorney Moore said that Thibodeaux’s trial may be looked into again. He said there was new evidence revealed in this trial that may conceivably help Thibodeaux.

Jury selection began Monday of last week in the 87th Judicial District Court presided over by Judge Patrick Simmons. The 12-member jury was selected out of a pool of 350 individuals. Testimony began Tuesday with the state having to do some damage control as the now 16-year old victim took the stand Tuesday and apologized for lying under oath at Anthony Thibodeaux’s trial last December. Sources say the victim reportedly admitted to not telling the truth about a series of text messages between her and Brackens and her and Thibodeaux after the alleged rape took place. She reportedly added...

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A Love Affair That Lasted Almost 65 Years

Frank DeVillier

This is a love story. A story of a man who is an inventor, business owner, father, grandfather, and a man who was deeply in love with his wife for almost 65 years.

Frank and Pat DeVillier both attended Teague High School where Pat graduated in 1948. “She lived down the road from me but the dirt road would get muddy and big trucks would leave ruts in the road too big for me to cross on my motorcycle. The train tracks also ran the distance to her house so I devised a way to adapt my motorcycle to run on the railroad track. I sure had to know when the trains were going to run and pay attention so a stray one didn’t get me,” said Mr. DeVillier. “I had to get to see her somehow.”

Robert Frank DeVillier and Patsy Ann Freeman were married in 1950 when the Church of Christ was on 6th and Cedar. “Pat was Baptist and my family attended the Church of Christ. I had to do a little converting to get her to be married in my church,” he said laughing. Their first two years were blissful and then the United States sent troops into Korea and Uncle Sam came to their door. Frank was inducted into the United States Army in 1952 and he had to leave Pat. He first went to Fort Bragg in North Carolina...

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New Superintendents Hired at Fairfield, Wortham Schools

Two out of the four school districts in Freestone County will welcome new Superintendents for the 2014-2015 school year. Fairfield ISD and Wortham ISD have concluded their searches for the right person to head the school districts. The Fairfield ISD has named Rick Edwards to the superintendent position. He comes to Fairfield from Kennedale ISD...

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Rebate Check Decreases by 35.71 Percent

The City of Teague has received a check in the amount of $48,852.11 for their portion of the state sales tax rebate sent out each month by the State Comptroller’s office. The July rebate check showed 35.71 percent decrease from the $75,994.33 check sent to the city at this time last year. For the first seven months of 2014 the City of Teague has...

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