Former LC teacher found guilty by Sherman fed

Nov 9, 2008 Full story: Paris Texas 75

A former church music director and educator has been found guilty of possession and transportation of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

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bamaJ

Montgomery, AL

#62 Jan 19, 2009
dylan wrote:
mark hardy is nothing but a drug dealing lo life .hes been at this for years now.good man ,christian? think of all young lives he has messed up.he never was in nam.
you're wrong, dylan. I've known Hardy since '71; he IS a vietnam vet- army.
His Daughter

New York, NY

#63 Jan 19, 2009
First of all I would like to thank the people that posted kind words about my father and family. You have no idea how much that means. While I have always tried to steer clear of sweeping generalizations about people that I don't know and have tried to do my part to shy away from perpetuating gossip and untruths and character defamation, I completely acknowledge that I am far from perfect. For those of you who have chosen this forum to bash someone and make a mockery out of a family tragedy, I hope you realize the far reaching effects of your cowardly anonymous words. My father was and is a wonderful, kind, compassionate person who went through an extremely difficult time in his life. And I know that some of the things he did were obviously unethical for a public educator but let us not forget the lives he touched and the humble, Christian example that he set for the majority of his life. I can't pretend to know everything that happened during the few years that he strayed from his path but I know that there are many lies that have been passed off as unmitigated facts in this forum. And for those people, I hope you read this and feel deeply ashamed that you didn't have the consideration, class or respect to think that maybe his daughter would read this. I mean come on...this must be one of the most exciting things that's ever happened in this small-minded, gossipy little town. Everybody wants to talk about the demise of a person who seemed to have led such a privileged middle class existence. My mother thankfully refuses to read anything that has been printed concerning this matter so you can rest assured that she will never know that this exists. I hope that no one who has contributed to this forum has ever had to deal with a family member or close friend who has had a drug problem. But if you have then you know the pain, heart ache, shame and yes, most certainly denial that is involved. I hope that no one who has contributed to this forum has had to look at a person you love through a window and is only awarded 20 minutes of visitation. And he was denied bail and waited and waited for a trial for a year and a half only to have 6 days in the court house with a court appointed attorney (so much for all the money that he must have acquired while operating a seemingly lucrative drug ring. huh) and then bam, conviction. He is probably going to spend the rest of his life in jail. People have served less time for murder. Having his family present at the trial would probably have helped his cause greatly but he didn't want to put us through that. I could give many more details about our situation but the last thing I want from anyone is sympathy. And in reference to the debate as to whether or not Mark Hardy is a “good” or “bad” man, I can only say that he has accepted this conviction with dignity and is every bit the person he was when he was a minister at the numerous Lamar County churches. He will touch many lives in jail. He already has. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but if you knew more about the actual case that was presented and about the way that the federal charges were brought about, I can only hope that you would agree with me and realize that this was small town justice at its worse. There's a lot more that I could say but I think I've said enough. For those of you who see everything in black and white, I feel sorry for you because there are a lot of good people out there that temporarily dip into the gray. I don't know if anybody will read this but if you do, I hope this might give you pause before you make a snap judgment about someone you don't know.
amazing

United States

#64 Jan 19, 2009
I loved your father and still think he is one of the most talented musicians I have ever known or had the honor of hearing. We played "name that tune" at a Sunday School party years ago and he and I won. Cannot ever replace the wonderful memories of Falls Creek. I helped paint after the fire. He played at my 2nd wedding. He never greeted me without a kiss on the cheek. Your father was and is a great man. We all have weak moments and only we can be accountable for them. Jess, you are every bit the fine young woman he expected you to be. God speed.
anon

Paris, TX

#65 Jan 19, 2009
amazing wrote:
I loved your father and still think he is one of the most talented musicians I have ever known or had the honor of hearing. We played "name that tune" at a Sunday School party years ago and he and I won. Cannot ever replace the wonderful memories of Falls Creek. I helped paint after the fire. He played at my 2nd wedding. He never greeted me without a kiss on the cheek. Your father was and is a great man. We all have weak moments and only we can be accountable for them. Jess, you are every bit the fine young woman he expected you to be. God speed.
Falls Creek...wow!! I was probably of a different generation than you, but those were awesome memories. As far as Hardy, I knew him on both sides of the situation. I, myself, went through a lot of what he did, just at a younger time in my life. By the grace of God, I was given a second chance at starting my life over, even if it is in this little gossipy town that already knows who I am. "His daughter", I know a lot of what you are going through. I also know what he's going through. I told ya, I've been there. But rest assured, God always has a plan. I know how talented Mark is, and I know how huge the mission field is "on the inside." And I'll tell ya, when God brings you to your knees in a situation like that, you get back up stronger than you ever were before. Prison gives you the opportunity to have a really close intimate walk with God, opening doors and breaking spiritual barriers that you never thought possible. I know that it will be hard for you, your mom, and everyone else, but just know that the impact that I know he will have on the inside, will be so eternally profitable, that it would blow your mind to grasp the ramifications of his up and coming ministry. I think back on playing in the church band in prison, with anywhere from 500 to 1000 God-fearing convicts, hands raised, praising God for their salvation and "freedom". It would put a lot of the bench warming churches around here to shame.

God bless you and your Dad. Tell your mom that Norma said hello.
anon

Paris, TX

#66 Jan 19, 2009
"How beautiful are the feet of those that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things....Romans 10
his daughter

New York, NY

#67 Jan 19, 2009
Sports Mom wrote:
JUST REMEMBER THAT THIS MAN HAS A WIFE THAT IS A VERY GOOD WOMAN AND HE HAS CHILDREN THAT CANT DO ANYTHING ABOUT THIS SITUATION BESIDES DEAL WITH IT. I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH HIS DAUGHTER, BEEN TO THEIR HOUSE MULTIPLE TIMES AND WAS SHOCKED ABOUT THIS WHEN IT FIRST STARTED. I, NOR ANYONE THAT I KNEW, EVER SUSPECTED THAT HE WAS EVER INVOLVED IN SOMETHING LIKE THIS. IT IS A SAD SITUATION AND PEOPLE NEED TO PRAY FOR HIM THAT HE CAN CHANGE AND HIS FAMILY THAT THEY CAN DEAL WITH THIS.
Thank you for your compassion.
rightyo

United States

#69 Jan 20, 2009
That is correct. Dean was not involved in any of that.
bamaJ

Montgomery, AL

#70 Jan 23, 2009
His Daughter wrote:
First of all I would like to thank the people that posted kind words about my father and family. You have no idea how much that means. While I have always tried to steer clear of sweeping generalizations about people that I don't know and have tried to do my part to shy away from perpetuating gossip and untruths and character defamation, I completely acknowledge that I am far from perfect. For those of you who have chosen this forum to bash someone and make a mockery out of a family tragedy, I hope you realize the far reaching effects of your cowardly anonymous words. My father was and is a wonderful, kind, compassionate person who went through an extremely difficult time in his life. And I know that some of the things he did were obviously unethical for a public educator but let us not forget the lives he touched and the humble, Christian example that he set for the majority of his life. I can't pretend to know everything that happened during the few years that he strayed from his path but I know that there are many lies that have been passed off as unmitigated facts in this forum. And for those people, I hope you read this and feel deeply ashamed that you didn't have the consideration, class or respect to think that maybe his daughter would read this. I mean come on...this must be one of the most exciting things that's ever happened in this small-minded, gossipy little town. Everybody wants to talk about the demise of a person who seemed to have led such a privileged middle class existence. My mother thankfully refuses to read anything that has been printed concerning this matter so you can rest assured that she will never know that this exists. I hope that no one who has contributed to this forum has ever had to deal with a family member or close friend who has had a drug problem. But if you have then you know the pain, heart ache, shame and yes, most certainly denial that is involved. I hope that no one who has contributed to this forum has had to look at a person you love through a window and is only awarded 20 minutes of visitation. And he was denied bail and waited and waited for a trial for a year and a half only to have 6 days in the court house with a court appointed attorney (so much for all the money that he must have acquired while operating a seemingly lucrative drug ring. huh) and then bam, conviction. He is probably going to spend the rest of his life in jail. People have served less time for murder. Having his family present at the trial would probably have helped his cause greatly but he didn't want to put us through that. I could give many more details about our situation but the last thing I want from anyone is sympathy. And in reference to the debate as to whether or not Mark Hardy is a “good” or “bad” man, I can only say that he has accepted this conviction with dignity and is every bit the person he was when he was a minister at the numerous Lamar County churches. He will touch many lives in jail. He already has. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but if you knew more about the actual case that was presented and about the way that the federal charges were brought about, I can only hope that you would agree with me and realize that this was small town justice at its worse. There's a lot more that I could say but I think I've said enough. For those of you who see everything in black and white, I feel sorry for you because there are a lot of good people out there that temporarily dip into the gray. I don't know if anybody will read this but if you do, I hope this might give you pause before you make a snap judgment about someone you don't know.
Please tell your Dad that Mr. Breland and all of his "TRUTH" brothers and sisters love him and are praying for him- as well as you and your family- every day! If we can do more, let us know...
sorry

Paris, TX

#71 Jan 23, 2009
His Daughter wrote:
First of all I would like to thank the people that posted kind words about my father and family. You have no idea how much that means. While I have always tried to steer clear of sweeping generalizations about people that I don't know and have tried to do my part to shy away from perpetuating gossip and untruths and character defamation, I completely acknowledge that I am far from perfect. For those of you who have chosen this forum to bash someone and make a mockery out of a family tragedy, I hope you realize the far reaching effects of your cowardly anonymous words. My father was and is a wonderful, kind, compassionate person who went through an extremely difficult time in his life. And I know that some of the things he did were obviously unethical for a public educator but let us not forget the lives he touched and the humble, Christian example that he set for the majority of his life. I can't pretend to know everything that happened during the few years that he strayed from his path but I know that there are many lies that have been passed off as unmitigated facts in this forum. And for those people, I hope you read this and feel deeply ashamed that you didn't have the consideration, class or respect to think that maybe his daughter would read this. I mean come on...this must be one of the most exciting things that's ever happened in this small-minded, gossipy little town. Everybody wants to talk about the demise of a person who seemed to have led such a privileged middle class existence. My mother thankfully refuses to read anything that has been printed concerning this matter so you can rest assured that she will never know that this exists. I hope that no one who has contributed to this forum has ever had to deal with a family member or close friend who has had a drug problem. But if you have then you know the pain, heart ache, shame and yes, most certainly denial that is involved. I hope that no one who has contributed to this forum has had to look at a person you love through a window and is only awarded 20 minutes of visitation. And he was denied bail and waited and waited for a trial for a year and a half only to have 6 days in the court house with a court appointed attorney (so much for all the money that he must have acquired while operating a seemingly lucrative drug ring. huh) and then bam, conviction. He is probably going to spend the rest of his life in jail. People have served less time for murder. Having his family present at the trial would probably have helped his cause greatly but he didn't want to put us through that. I could give many more details about our situation but the last thing I want from anyone is sympathy. And in reference to the debate as to whether or not Mark Hardy is a “good” or “bad” man, I can only say that he has accepted this conviction with dignity and is every bit the person he was when he was a minister at the numerous Lamar County churches. He will touch many lives in jail. He already has. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but if you knew more about the actual case that was presented and about the way that the federal charges were brought about, I can only hope that you would agree with me and realize that this was small town justice at its worse. There's a lot more that I could say but I think I've said enough. For those of you who see everything in black and white, I feel sorry for you because there are a lot of good people out there that temporarily dip into the gray. I don't know if anybody will read this but if you do, I hope this might give you pause before you make a snap judgment about someone you don't know.
I'm sorry honey that people are so cruel on this forum. No one should be judging your dad. We've all sinned and come short of the glory of God and no sin is greater than another in God's eyes. You take care and I know your dad will be used by God in a mighty way.
Truth brother

United States

#72 Jan 29, 2009
To Mark's daughter: I'm so sorry this has happened, but I join others from Mark's "TRUTH family" praying for him,you,your brother and mom.

Since: Dec 08

Paris

#73 Jan 29, 2009
No one can fully understand the depths of your heartache. I know I cannot speak for everyone on this site but nothing can compare to the sense of helplessness,grief, sadness and anger you feel when a loved one has chosen the path they have chosen and succumbs to an addiction.
I am reminded everyday that I could have chosen this same path or at least died from a drug overdose or been arrested with the group of people I was hanging out with; many who are very well known in the Paris area. I left and went to college and never looked back and I do not live in Paris due to the availability of drugs to anyone!
Of all of things I have heard about your dad even when I lived in Paris were nothing but good but as you can see how quickly people forget the good and focus on the bad. No matter what he is he is your dad and loves you and the hurt he must feel inside for his actions is something no one but him will ever know.
Keep your head up as well as your families because no one is without fault in this situation and as everyone has known for over 30 years Paris is a hub of drug activity and somne of the most prominent people or as they would like the public to think have all been a recipient of the drug trade! Just most of us didn't become addicted and we grew up!
Your dad didn't cause the increase of drug use in Lamar County he just got caught up in it! It will get better and once again you and your family hold your head up and be proud of what you have accomplished and keep your integrity! That is something no one can take away from you.
God Bless You!
old threads

Paris, TX

#74 Jul 11, 2009
His Daughter wrote:
First of all I would like to thank the people that posted kind words about my father and family. You have no idea how much that means. While I have always tried to steer clear of sweeping generalizations about people that I don't know and have tried to do my part to shy away from perpetuating gossip and untruths and character defamation, I completely acknowledge that I am far from perfect. For those of you who have chosen this forum to bash someone and make a mockery out of a family tragedy, I hope you realize the far reaching effects of your cowardly anonymous words. My father was and is a wonderful, kind, compassionate person who went through an extremely difficult time in his life. And I know that some of the things he did were obviously unethical for a public educator but let us not forget the lives he touched and the humble, Christian example that he set for the majority of his life. I can't pretend to know everything that happened during the few years that he strayed from his path but I know that there are many lies that have been passed off as unmitigated facts in this forum. And for those people, I hope you read this and feel deeply ashamed that you didn't have the consideration, class or respect to think that maybe his daughter would read this. I mean come on...this must be one of the most exciting things that's ever happened in this small-minded, gossipy little town. Everybody wants to talk about the demise of a person who seemed to have led such a privileged middle class existence. My mother thankfully refuses to read anything that has been printed concerning this matter so you can rest assured that she will never know that this exists. I hope that no one who has contributed to this forum has ever had to deal with a family member or close friend who has had a drug problem. But if you have then you know the pain, heart ache, shame and yes, most certainly denial that is involved. I hope that no one who has contributed to this forum has had to look at a person you love through a window and is only awarded 20 minutes of visitation. And he was denied bail and waited and waited for a trial for a year and a half only to have 6 days in the court house with a court appointed attorney (so much for all the money that he must have acquired while operating a seemingly lucrative drug ring. huh) and then bam, conviction. He is probably going to spend the rest of his life in jail. People have served less time for murder. Having his family present at the trial would probably have helped his cause greatly but he didn't want to put us through that. I could give many more details about our situation but the last thing I want from anyone is sympathy. And in reference to the debate as to whether or not Mark Hardy is a “good” or “bad” man, I can only say that he has accepted this conviction with dignity and is every bit the person he was when he was a minister at the numerous Lamar County churches. He will touch many lives in jail. He already has. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but if you knew more about the actual case that was presented and about the way that the federal charges were brought about, I can only hope that you would agree with me and realize that this was small town justice at its worse. There's a lot more that I could say but I think I've said enough. For those of you who see everything in black and white, I feel sorry for you because there are a lot of good people out there that temporarily dip into the gray. I don't know if anybody will read this but if you do, I hope this might give you pause before you make a snap judgment about someone you don't know.
Wow!

Since: Oct 08

Clarksville, TX

#75 Jul 11, 2009
I feel for his family. I went to church with him many years ago and have only good memories of him. My brother was caught up in the drug scene when he was younger. For many years, my mother just knew every time the phone rang, it would be he was arrested or dead. He went to rehab in '89 and never came back to Paris after that except to visit. He has been clean for 20 years now. I still remember the impact his addiction had on our whole family and my heart goes out to the Hardy family.
Triv

Paris, TX

#78 Jul 14, 2011
daughter,
daughters's boyfriend,
New York City,
Reggae music,
Meth,
High School girls,
Hwy 271 North,
Simpson Street,
Mini Van,
Choir Building.

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Real

Paris, TX

#79 May 22, 2013
Triv wrote:
daughter,
daughters's boyfriend,
New York City,
Reggae music,
Meth,
High School girls,
Hwy 271 North,
Simpson Street,
Mini Van,
Choir Building.
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