Aledo, Willow Park and Hudson Oaks fire departments battled a house fire off of White Settlement Road Friday afternoon. Departments from Silver Creek and Cresson were also on the scene. There are no details as to how the blaze started. A firfighter on the scene confirmed that no one was hurt.
Because of the heat all emergency workers on scene were instructed to break and hydrate in the shade. American Red Cross Disaster Services arrived on the scene with water and Gatorade.
Dominic Genetti/The Community News: Nathan Tomlin, 20, escaped without injury after his SUV landed in a Aledo ditch along FM-1187.No one was hurt in a single car accident along FM-1187 near Bailey Ranch Road in Aledo Friday afternoon.
Nathan Tomlin, 20, was on his way to his girlfriend's house when he swerved his 1998 Ford Explorer and ended up in a ditch, according to his father James Brooke. The SUV fell to its passenger side. Tomlin escaped through the driver's side window.
Parker County Sheriff's Deputies that arrived on scene did not issue Tomlin any tickets or citations.
Bill YoungWeeks after Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins proposed that the six cities of East Parker County unite under one municipality with the Aledo name, another proposal has come forward.
Hudson Oaks City Councilman Bill Young, who Hawkins mentioned as a supporter at the town hall meeting last week, has written a full response to Hawkins' united cities proposal and is proposing a separate plan for the assumed growth coming to Aledo, Hudson Oaks, the Annettas and Willow Park.
Dominic Genetti/The Community News: Hudson Oaks Mayor Pat Deen was the first mayor to back out of the united cities proposal made by Mayor Ken Hawkins of Willow Park. The plan calls for the uniting of the six cities of East Parker County; Aledo, Hudson Oaks, the Annettas and Willow Park.
Six days after Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins officially proposed to the public that the six cities of East Parker County merge and become one, three area mayors have confirmed that they want their cities removed from discussions.
In an e-mail to Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins, the mayors of the cities of East Parker County and the media, Hudson Oaks Mayor Pat Deen is officially backing his city out of any discussions to merge Aledo, Hudson Oaks, Willow Park and the Annettas.
"The primary reason is the concern for the impact of property taxes, when we already have exceptional services provided to our residents without the need for property taxes," Deen said in his e-mail.
Following the Aledo City Council meeting Thursday night, Aledo Mayor Kit Marshall said she will not partake in any regional meetings that involve the merging of the six cities.
Hawkins said he will still advocate and lobby for his proposal.
Click to watch a video report on Hawkins' open forum:
Willow Park Mayor Ken Hawkins says the region would benefit if the six cities of East Parker County join and become one. The idea is causing mixed reviews and raising a lot of questions. Watch the video below and get the full story.