Texas football legend Ken Hall visited Aledo High School today through a special arrangement with The Community News.
Hall, who still holds the national high school career yardage record, recently had a couple of his Texas records eclipsed by Aledo High School running back Johnathan Gray.
Hall came to Aledo to congratulate Gray for breaking his 58-year-old career scoring record during the Aledo-Timber Creek game on Sept. 22. (Click here for video of Gray's record-breaking touchdown.)
After a quiet meeting between Gray and Hall in Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan's office, Hall spoke to the Aledo football team before they went out to practice.
High school football legend Ken Hall spoke to Aledo High School football players before practice on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Hall still holds the high school career yardage record nationally, but Aledo's Johnathan Gray recently broke Hall's Texas career scoring record.
For more on Hall's visit, see the Oct. 28 issue of The Community News.
Schedules for Aledo freshman football games this week have changed. The Freshman Black team will play at Birdville High School at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. The Freshman Orange team will play at Birdville at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. The JV Orange team will play Birdville at home at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.
The JV Black team is still scheduled to play at Prosper High School at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Special to The Community News: Weatherford College's new academic building will house 10 classrooms, two lecture halls, eight laboratories 11 faculty offices and a learning center.
From Weatherford College
A special ceremony marking the beginning of construction of a new academic building at Weatherford College is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 27, and WC officials are inviting the public to attend.
The first new construction on the Weatherford campus in nine years, the 40,600-square-foot academic building, funded by college reserves, will be located west of the Doss Student Center and south of the Allied Health Building on the site where the College’s original bell and an arch made of stones from Old Main stand. Those campus landmarks will be moved slightly to the east and incorporated into the overall design of the $9 million building, which will house 10 classrooms, two lecture halls, eight laboratories, 11 faculty offices and a learning center.
“I think the new academic building will be the most exciting addition to the campus,” said Frank Martin, WC Board of Trustees chairman. “It is the first major facility solely dedicated to instruction that has been added in a number of years and will allow the reorganization and renovation of a number of other facilities to improve instruction and faculty/administration performance.”
This week's varsity football game between Aledo and Birdville will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Birdville ISD Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Freshman and JV games SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED See http://www.community-news.com/node/3837
As always, Bearcat action will be blogged on Thursday during the game at www.community-news.com.
Election day Nov. 8
The Community News
Early voting is under way on 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Voting concludes Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Proposed Amendment 1 would allow for property tax exemptions for the surviving spouse of a deceased disabled veteran.
Proposed Amendment 2 allows for the issuance of additional bonds by the Texas Water Development Board with the total amount of bonds outstanding not to exceed $6 billion.
Proposed Amendment 3 would allow the state to sell bonds to finance student loans.
Proposed Amendment 4 allows the state to authorize counties to issue bonds that would clean up or redevelop a blighted area, with repayment of bonds coming from ad valorem taxes on the area.
Proposed Amendment 5 would authorize the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund.
Proposed Amendment 6 would allow the General Land Office to distribute revenue from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education.
Proposed Amendment 7 would authorize the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.
Friday was a busy night around Aledo, with two parent nights, volleyball, football, and Trunk or Treat at Bearcat Stadium. Visit our photo galleries for pictures, and read all about these events in the Oct. 28 issue of The Community News.
Trunk or Treat
Football vs Azle
Volleyball Parents Night
Randy Keck/The Community News: Senior defensive end Jaylen Hill contends with some illegal restraint during the Aledo 49-3 win over Azle on Friday, Oct. 21.
Click on the photo for a gallery of images of game action, fans, cheerleaders and band.
Aledo kicks off to the Hornets who take over on their 30 after a nice return. The Bearcats hold and force the first punt from Azle.
1st and 10 Aledo at their 40. After a touchdown run is called back on a penalty on Aledo, Johnathan Gray takes a screen pass to the 5 and runs it in on the next play. 7-0 Bearcats.
Burglary of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church solved
Special to The Community News
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are charging Billy Clay Wade, 47, of Weatherford, in connection with a church copper theft.
Holy Redeemer Church employees reported five of eight air conditioning units had been dismantled on the rooftop of the church in late May 2011. The suspect stole the copper wiring and components within the units causing nearly $60,000 in damages.
Clay was transferred to the Parker County Jail from Tarrant County Jail on Thursday, Oct. 20 and charged with three counts of burglary of a habitation, evading arrest detention with vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle from a previous Parker County theft case and including other charges out of Tarrant County dating August 2011.
Sheriff Larry Fowler said the additional Parker County charges are not related to the church theft case.
During an interview with sheriff’s investigators, Wade identified a bracelet left behind on the church roof as his, saying he dropped it at the time of the theft.
Sheriff’s investigators said they suspected Wade was involved in the theft for several months but had been unable to link him to the case until this week.
Wade’s total bond is $112,500, with a no-bond for a parole violation.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Aledo High School senior Laney Anderson (left) received a $1,000 check on behalf of the Aledo band program at a pep rally on Friday, Oct. 21. Laney is one of 10 senior who were chosen out of 250 for Verizon's Community Leader Award. Shown presenting the check facsimile is Terri Parworth, senior marketing manager for Verizon.
A segment about Laney will air at noon Saturday, Oct. 22 on NBC5. The segment is also posted at http://bit.ly/qWamC1.
Click on the photo above for a gallery from the pep rally.
For more on the award, see the Oct. 28 issue of The Community News.
The East Parker County Chamber of Commerce held its second annual Business Expo at Willow Park Baptist Church on Thursday. Check the video for introductions to some of The Community News' advertisers who were at the expo. More information and photos will be in the Oct. 28 issue of The Community News