From the Parker County Sheriff's Office
Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control officers are advising the public of a horse which tested positive for rabies in the area.
Sheriff’s Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler said the horse was recently at a team roping event at the Mineral Wells indoor arena and resided in the 1900 block of North Whitt Cut-Off Road.
Officials said any person who may have come in contact with the horse from March 27, through April 18, 2014, is urged to see a physician and contact the Sheriff’s Office at (817) 594-8845.
The horse was a contestant with its owner, Carson Pilgrim, of Whitt, at the roping event and was physically unable to perform due to neurological damage. The horse was diagnosed when the owner sought a veterinarian’s assistance. The horse is described as a bay, 8-year-old gelding.
Rabies symptoms include irritation, weakness, disorientation, neurological instability, loss of appetite and lack of thirst.
Officials believe the horse could have possibly come in contact with a skunk infected with rabies.
Sheriff’s Animal Control officers are advising the public to have all livestock and domestic animals vaccinated for rabies.
“The skunk population seems to have increased this year, which also increases the possibility of being infected,” Kessler said. “This includes all animals and humans. In order to protect your loved ones and pets, we cannot stress enough the importance of awareness and prevention.”
A CD release party for Aledo’s DeAnn Spence is planned Friday, April 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Parson’s Table in Aledo, 200 S. FM 1187.
This is the first solo album for the 1984 Aledo graduate, although she has recorded two previous CDs with the bluegrass band FullHouse.
They can be seen every fourth Sunday at the Parker County Cowboy Church.
DeAnn and Rick Spence reside in Aledo. They met in 1986, but their musical careers did not become a big part of their lives until about 2008.
“It’s About the Journey” features songs written by DeAnn and Rick, along with one penned by FullHouse guitarist Jared Kennedy, as well as some familiar gospel and country standards – all with a bluegrass flavor.
When they’re not playing, recording or writing, DeAnn is a transition specialist at Eastern Hills High School in Fort Wirth, and Rick is a salesman for wholesale retirement plans in a six-state area. He is also a former professional calf roper, putting aside that career about three years ago.
The District 7-4A softball champion Aledo Ladycats will face Crowley at home on Friday, April 25 in a Class 4A, Region I bi-district playoff game.
The first pitch will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Aledo High School softball field.
The winner of the Aledo/Crowley bi-district playoff game will face the winner of the Byron Nelson/Chisholm Trail bi-district playoff series in the area round.
The award-winning Aledo High School Colorguard, part of the Bearcat regiment, is holding tryouts for new members, for students in grades 8-11.
Tryouts are April 21, 22 and 24. Times are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the 21st and 22nd and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the 24th at the high school band hall.
Wear comfortable clothes, no denim.
Contact Junior Marquez at 817-657-2899 with any questions.
Parent Awareness Workshop
***OPEN TO THE PUBLIC***
Please join the Aledo ISD Police Department and our Community Partners as we heighten parent awareness to teenage impaired and distracted driving.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 7-9pm
Don R. Daniel Ninth Grade Center
990 Bailey Ranch Rd, Aledo, TX 76008
Our children grow up faster than we as parents ever imagine. Today’s adolescents and teens face some of the same challenges we did as kids, but in a faster, more intense environment. Teenage impaired or distracted driving impacts not just families and schools, but communities at large.
Come learn about what “impaired” and “distracted” driving are, how to recognize if your teen is at risk, and steps to help keep your teen’s dreams from being shattered in the blink of an eye.
Const. Scott Jones-Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (Retired)
Jeff Link, MD-Director of Ed. Weatherford Regional Hospital
Sgt. Shannon Bell-Aledo ISD Police Department
Aledo ISD Counselors will be available to guests after the presentation.
Due to the graphic discussions and videos, please DO NOT bring your children. This is an Adults Only Presentation. Thank you for your cooperation.
Refreshments provided by The Coffee House, Aledo United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church at the Crossroads, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, and Christ’s Chapel West.
Kathy Chruscielski/The Community NewsThe Cook of the Week mascot is gearing up for cookie runs for the Moritz Ride for Heroes on April 19.
The Ride for Heroes needs about 200 dozen cookies.
Home-baked are preferable, but bakery cookies are OK. No pre-packaged store-bought cookies, please. If possible, cookies should be bagged by the dozen. They can be dropped off at The Community News, 203 Pecan, Aledo or we can pick them up. Cookies should be ready the week of April 14, but no later than April 17. For questions or “Cookie Commitments,” call Loydale Schmid at The Community News - 817-441-7661.
Since its inception in 2003, the Moritz Ride for Heroes has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local first responders, law enforcement and school organizations.
Over those years traditions have developed that are unique to the local bike ride. One of those has been the rest stops, which have become not just places to get a breather, but areas where students and organizations provide entertainment and snacks. The rest stops are creatively decorated for the riders but also for the goal of winning the first place award. The Community News judges the rest stops, and the winning organization receives an additional cash prize from the ride.
The completion of the Aledo Trails traffic couplet in the downtown area has been delayed. The city council learned Thursday that the expected completion in May has been pushed back until June and possibly July. FM 1187 construction remains on schedule for September.
Join us for live coverage of Aledo Bearcat and Aledo Ladycat soccer on Tuesday from Northwest Stadium. Ladycats play Birdville at 6 p.m. Bearcats play Denton Guyer at 8 p.m. Take your smartphone and join in at the link below:
Randy Keck/The Community NewsRunners warm up before Saturday's "Run, Walk or Crawl" sponsored by the Aledo Advocats. See the March 28 issue of The Community News for full coverage.
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Aledo's Carl Williams clears the bar at the Bearcat Relays held in Aledo on Friday, March 21. Find results and coverage in the March 28 issue of The Community News.
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