From the Parker County District Attorney's Office
Special to The Community News
Rodney Jessie Watson, 44, pled guilty on Moday, Sept. 13, to to aggravated sexual assault of a child and attempted indecency with a child charges and was assessed prison sentences of 25 and 10 years. The sentence was handed out by 43rd District Court, Judge Don Chrestman in Weatherford.
“This is the worst nightmare of every parent who ever let their child spend the night at a friend’s house,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain, who handled the case for the state. “The defendant’s daughter had a few of her friends spend the night and, while they were trying to sleep, the defendant fondled two of the girls.”
Pay outstanding tickets before Sept. 25 or face arrest
From the Parker County Judge's Office
Special to The Community News
Parker County’s justices of the peace and law enforcement officers are giving notice that failure to pay traffic tickets will result in arrest.
With millions of dollars in fines and fees outstanding, a Parker County warrant roundup is set to begin within the coming days. The decision to push forward with the warrant roundup came after a meeting between Parker County Judge Mark Riley, the justices of the peace, constables and Sheriff’s Department personnel.
Fresh off a sweep last Friday over Birdville, the Aledo Ladycats will host Trophy Club Byron Nelson today (Tuesday, Sept. 14) in a District 5-4A volleyball match at 6:30 p.m. at the Aledo High School gym.
The state-ranked No. 11 Ladycats (19-8, 1-0) will face a Nelson team (0-1) seeking its first district win.
The junior varsity and freshman matches will begin at 5:30 p.m.
In other 5-4A action on Tuesday, Springtown (1-0) will travel to Boswell (1-0); Azle (1-0) is at Keller Timber Creek (0-1); and Birdville (0-1) hosts Brewer (0-1).
The Aledo Bearcats jumped to the top spot in the Associated Press Top 10 Class 4A schoolboy poll for Sept. 13, 2010.
The Bearcats (3-0), who jumped to No. 1 from the No. 2 spot after defeating previous No. 1 Lake Travis, 14-10, Friday night (Sept. 10) at Lake Travis, secured 24 of a possible 25 first-place votes.
Lake Travis (2-1), which saw a 48-game winning streak come to an end, dropped to the No. 4 spot.
Previous No. 3 Brenham, the 2009 DII finalist, moved up to the No. 2 spot, while Denton Ryan moved up a spot to No. 3.
The AP Class 4A poll:
School Total Points Prv
1. Aledo (24) (3-0) 249 2
2. Brenham (3-0) 206 3
3. Denton Ryan (3-0) 187 4
4. Lake Travis (2-1) 171 1
10:30 p.m. No action in executive session. Meeting adjourned.
9:44 p.m. No action taken on the use of two engineers. The council is in executive session. They are slated to discuss personnel matters.
9:23 p.m. Hawkins is defending City Engineer Gordon Swift in regard to talks of conflict of interest. Currently the city has been using another engineering firm to review Swift's work. The council is expected to discuss whether or not the use of another engineering firm is needed.
9:20 p.m. Council authorizes Hawkins to authorize Petty to move forward with water piping in a new developmental area along Bankhead Highway.
9:01 p.m. The council has decided to take no action on changing the salaried pay period schedule.
There will be lane closures on the main lanes of I-20 between FM 2552 (Santa Fe) and FM 51 (South Main) Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closures will begin on the east bound inside lane and, upon completion, will move to the west bound inside lane.
Special to The Community News: Barbara Pursley, left, president of Parker Paws, accepts a check from Karmann Goff of Wright Chiropractic. $11,838 was raised for Parker Paws at the 2nd annual Wright Chiropractic Hot Dog Trot.
Special to The Community News
Parker Paws, an organization that works to increase pet adoption and care for animals at the Parker County Animal Shelter, received a check for $11,838 as proceeds from the second annual “Hot Dog Trot” 5k run/walk held Aug. 14 at Hall Middle School in Weatherford.
Barbara Pursley, president of Parker Paws, received the check from the event’s sponsor, Wright Chiropractic Clinic in Weatherford.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Andrea White, wife of Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Bill White, spoke to well-wishers at the Parker County Senior Center on Sunday, Sept. 12.
Andrea White, wife of Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Bill White, was in Weatherford Sunday, Sept. 12 for an ice cream social and get-together.
“I’m here because I love my husband. He’s a good man,” White told a crowd of well-wishers. She said she has been married to him for 25 years – in fact, their 25th wedding anniversary is the date of the first big debate scheduled in Austin on Oct. 19.
By Brent Baker
PUYALLUP, Wash. – Unlike the local NFL team, one local cowboy actually performed well in Washington Sunday.
Former Weatherford College rodeo athlete Clif Cooper earned the biggest win of his pro career when he roped a calf in 8.0 seconds in the final round of the Justin Boots Playoffs Sept. 12 at the Puyallup (Wash.) Fair and Events Center.
Cooper, a Decatur native, won $13,500 overall and moved from 18th to seventh place in Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings, assuring him a spot in the Justin Boots Championships, Sept. 23-25 in Omaha, Neb.
“I was thinking, ‘I won it. I can’t believe it. I won it!” he told prorodeo.com. “Guys started giving me high-fives…I couldn’t believe it. It is just now starting to sink in.”
September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and Parker County Emergency Management Community Liaison Kit Marshall wants to make sure all residents know what to do in the case of an emergency.
To help prepare, Parker County Emergency Management is offering another free training opportunity for people who want to be able to assist in their community if a major disaster such as a tornado, flood or wildfire was to occur.
“The CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training is a 24 hour course that teaches emergency preparedness and basic disaster response techniques that will prepare volunteers to take an active role in providing critical support to the professional first responders during emergencies,” Marshall said.