Aledo church is latest victim
Seven area churches have had air conditioning units stolen or destroyed in recent months according to a release from Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.
The latest incident was at Faith Presbyterian Church in Aledo. Pastor Jim Witherow reported to deputies on Wednesday, July 6 that unknown suspects entered the property, stole the air conditioning unit from the side of the building and damaged a gated enclosure which was meant to house the unit. Church members also reported the system was working during church services Sunday, July 3, but were missing days after the service. Damages totaled more than $10,000.
Dan ManningIn a specially called Monday morning, the Aledo ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dan Manning as Lone Finalist for the position of Superintendent. The Board now has 21 days to finalize a contract. Manning has served the district since 2008 as Executive Director of Administration, and was named the district's Interim Superintendent in May upon the retirement of Don Daniel.
File Photo/The Community NewsSean O’Donnell, a 2011 graduate of Aledo High School, was named to the Texas Sports Writers Association 2011 All-State baseball team as an honorable-mention. O’Donnell was previously named District 5-4A Offensive Player of the Year. He ended his senior season with a .444 batting average and .509 on-base percentage. O’Donnell had five triples, 11 doubles and 29 RBIs in the season.
Weatherford High School shortstop Kevin Cornelius was named to the Texas Sports Writers Association 56-A All-State baseball team for 2011. Cornelius had a .509 batting average, hitting 13 doubles, three triples and six home runs.
Randy Keck/The Community News: The annual Peach Festival in Weatherford drew a huge crowd on Saturday. While attendance figures are not yet available, the annual event typically draws 30,000 or more visitors. More photos will be in the July 15 issue of The Community News
Randy Keck/The Community News: The Aledo Volunteer Fire Department held a pancake breakfast Saturday morning at the main fire station. Fire trucks were on display and area residents were treated to pancakes, sausage links, orange juice and coffee.
Eric WilloughbyTwo fundraisers are in the works this weekend to benefit Eric Willoughby, an Aledo High School student who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma (rare bone cancer) in his right arm last February.
A garage sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at 504 E. Oak St. in Aledo. In addition, there will be a fundraiser at the Willow Park Sonic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the same day. T-shirts are also still available for $10. Call Kristen at 817-907-6734.
Aledo High School tied for seventh in the Lone Star Cup competition this year. The UIL Lone Star Cup recognizes five high schools (one in each of the five UIL classifications) based on their overall team achievement in a variety of sanctioned athletic and academic championships. All UIL member high schools in good standing are included for contention for the UIL Lone Star Cup.
1. Boerne Champion 88 pts.
2. Waco Midway 84 pts.
3. Denton Ryan 78 pts.
Friendswood 78 pts.
5. Austin Lake Travis 76 pts.
Frisco Wakeland 76 pts.
7. Aledo 75 pts.
Montgomery 75 pts.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Office
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a residential burglary.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said a victim called 9-1-1 after discovering a man inside her home in the 100 block of Meadow Park Drive in Aledo shortly after noon Monday, June 27, 2011.
When the victim discovered the stranger inside the residence, he told her he was searching for his dogs.
The suspect fled the scene on foot and a second victim followed the man in her vehicle. She caught up to the suspect, rolled her window down and he ran from her when she asked for his identification.
Ranch bash, music festival and fundraiser organized by local landowners
Special to The Community News
Country music’s biggest stars will be in Palo Pinto County for the “Buckets & Boots” ranch bash on Saturday, July 9 to benefit local fire departments hit hard by this spring’s devastating wild fires.
The event, featuring Grammy-nominated artist Pat Green, Randy Rogers, Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack, Wade Bowen, Bobby Duncan and others (to be announced), will take place at the Rocker B Ranch located at 1125 Chaney Lane in Graford, Texas.
Clarin Gniffke, Miss Weatherford College
When the new 2011 Miss Texas is crowned Saturday night, it could very well be a Weatherford College student taking that victory walk down the ramp. Clarin Gniffke, Miss Weatherford College, is among the 37 young women competing in the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant.
Contestants are judged in talent, interview, evening gown, fitness and an on-stage question. At 18, Gniffke is one of the youngest contestants but brings a combination of intelligence, poise, beauty and talent certain to place her among the favorites in all categories.