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Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

September 10, 2012 by Anonymous

From the Office of Parker County Judge Mark Riley

"DRIVE-THRU FLU CLINICS AVAILABLE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

The Parker County Hospital District and Parker County Emergency Management are teaming up in an effort to offer low cost flu vaccinations simultaneously at three separate drive-thru locations in Parker County on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Flu vaccinations will cost only $10 for adults and will be free for children from ages 9 to 18, according to Kathleen Durham, Marketing Director for the Hospital District. Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield users will need to bring their insurance cards so that they can be billed. Medicare patients will pay nothing out of pocket if they have their Medicare card. Seniors age 65 and over can choose to receive a “high dose” vaccine, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Parker County residents will be able to find the clinics at the following locations: 400 Eagle Spirit Lane off of FM 1189 in Brock, the Springtown ISD Transportation Barn at 501 Pojo Drive and the Aledo ISD Maintenance Barn at 1000 Bailey Ranch Road, just east of the football stadium.

According to the CDC, this vaccination will protect against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during this season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus and an influenza B virus.

Special Crimes busts K-2 ring, seizing $280k

September 5, 2012 by Katie Martinez

Special Crimes investigators in Parker County have rearrested the owner of a Weatherford smoke shop after discovering a warehouse full of cash and synthetic marijuana.

Francisco Don Uduwarage, 40, of Weatherford, was arrested last week at his shop and charged, along with a cashier in the store and a customer, while officers seized around $27,000 worth of K-2.

Upon further investigation officers discovered a warehouse and seized an additional $134,940 in K-2 along with $118,340 in cash.

Uduwarage is currently being held in the Parker County Jail, bond has not yet been set.

For more on this story look for the Sept. 7 issue of The Community News.

Weatherford ISD grad killed in Afghanistan

August 9, 2012 by Randy Keck

By Derik Moore
Weatherford ISD Director of Communications

Clayton BeauchampWeatherford ISD has received confirmation that 2009 Weatherford High School graduate Clayton Beauchamp was killed Tuesday in active duty while serving his country in Afghanistan.

According to a statement by the United States Department of Defense, Beauchamp – a 21-year-old Petty Officer 3rd Class in the United State Marines – died from the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED) during a dismounted patrol in the Shaban District of Helmand province.

“Weatherford ISD staff members, current and former students are deeply saddened by the loss of Clayton,” Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hanks said. “Students are considered family members by many of our staff members, and a tragedy such as this one just tears us all apart.”

Dr. Hanks said Beauchamp also attended Seguin Elementary, Curtis Elementary, Tison Middle School, and the WHS Ninth Grade Center.

“Clayton will be remembered as a hero by all of us here at Weatherford ISD," Dr. Hanks added.

Weatherford High School English teacher Christine Goss also remembered Beauchamp as a former student in her classroom.

“Clayton was a kind and courteous young man with a lightning-fast grin,” Goss said. “He typically was pretty quiet during class discussions, but when that grin flashed, everyone knew he had something interesting and fun to say.”

Start of construction of FM 1187 delayed

August 1, 2012 by Randy Keck

Start date pushed back to mid-September or October

Local residents anticipating the start of construction on the project to widen FM 1187 will just have to wait.

Originally scheduled to begin in mid-to-late August, the start date has been delayed because AT&T has reportedly not completed moving utilities along the roadway.

Find more on this story in the Aug. 3 issue of The Community News.

Parker County Final Returns

July 31, 2012 by Randy Keck

Final Returns from Parker County's July 31 Runoff Election:

REPUBLICAN    
     
United State Senator    
David Dewhurst 3937 38.94%
Ted Cruz 6174 61.06%
     
Railroad Commissioner    
Christi Craddick 6794 73.62%
Warren Chisum 2434 26.38%
     
Railroad Commissioner (Unexpired Term  
Barrry Smitherman 4133 47.87%
Greg Parker 4500 52.13%
     
Justice, Supreme Court Place 4    
David Medina 3932 45.78%
John Devine 4657 54.22%
     
County Commissioner, Pct. 3    
Larry D. Walden 1564 53.91%
Gary Carter 1337 46.09%
     
Constable, Pct. 2    
Lowell Moss 900 44.93%
Joe Harris Jr. 1103 55.07%
     
Constable, Pct. 4    
Scott Jones 1825 58.36%
Mike Montgomery 1302 41.64%
     
Pct. 215 Chair    
Ryan Ruland 136 42.77%
Virginia Little 182 57.23%
     
Pct. 345 Chair    
Jim Trainor 182 89.22%
Durrel Jones 22 10.78%
     
Pct 350 Chair    
Robin Gentry 203 63.04%
Dwight Dick 119 36.96%
     
Pct 400 Chair    
Lynette McCracken 194 44.39%
Marvin Herring 243 55.61%
     
Pct 425 Chair    
Betty Reinert 116 61.70%
Kerri Rehmeyer 72 38.30%
     
     
     
DEMOCRAT US Senator    
Grady Yarbrough 122 38.98%
Paul Sadler 191 61.02%

Parker County Election Returns Update

July 31, 2012 by Randy Keck

With 33 of 44 boxes reporting, Parker County Runoff totals:

REPUBLICAN  
   
United State Senator  
David Dewhurst 3234
Ted Cruz 5143
   
Railroad Commissioner  
Christi Craddick 5626
Warren Chisum 2014
   
Railroad Commissioner (Unexpired Term
Barrry Smitherman 3497
Greg Parker 3661
   
Justice, Supreme Court Place 4  
David Medina 3259
John Devine 3865
   
County Commissioner, Pct. 3  
Larry D. Walden 1131
Gary Carter 1163
   
Constable, Pct. 2  
Lowell Moss 766
Joe Harris Jr. 931
   
Constable, Pct. 4  
Scott Jones 1485
Mike Montgomery 1065
   
Pct. 215 Chair  
Ryan Ruland 136
Virginia Little 182
   
Pct. 345 Chair  
Jim Trainor 182
Durrel Jones 22
   
Pct 350 Chair  
Robin Gentry 203
Dwight Dick 119
   
Pct 400 Chair  
Lynette McCracken 85
Marvin Herring 102
   
Pct 425 Chair  
Betty Reinert 116
Kerri Rehmeyer 72
   
   
   
DEMOCRAT US Senator  
Grady Yarbrough 94
Paul Sadler 151

Parker County Early Vote Totals

July 31, 2012 by Randy Keck

REPUBLICAN  
   
United State Senator  
David Dewhurst 1883
Ted Cruz 2441
   
Railroad Commissioner  
Christi Craddick 2969
Warren Chisum 1016
   
Railroad Commissioner (Unexpired Term
Barrry Smitherman 1942
Greg Parker 1816
   
Justice, Supreme Court Place 4  
David Medina 1719
John Devine 1976
   
County Commissioner, Pct. 3  
Larry D. Walden 687
Gary Carter 661
   
Constable, Pct. 2  
Lowell Moss 442
Joe Harris Jr. 501
   
Constable, Pct. 4  
Scott Jones 873
Mike Montgomery 452
   
Pct. 215 Chair  
Ryan Ruland 72
Virginia Little 69
   
Pct. 345 Chair  
Jim Trainor 72
Durrel Jones 9
   
Pct 350 Chair  
Robin Gentry 83
Dwight Dick 52
   
Pct 400 Chait  
Lynette McCracken 85
Marvin Herring 102
   
Pct 425 Chait  
Betty Reinert 60
Kerri Rehmeyer 27
   
   
   
DEMOCRAT US Senator  
Grady Yarbrough 45
Paul Sadler 65

Polling locations for today's voting

July 31, 2012 by Randy Keck

Polling sites open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness Office recognized

June 29, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Judge's Office

Kit Marshall, Community Liaison for Emergency Preparedness, recently spent time in Austin, after she was selected to team-teach the State CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Master Instructor class.

“It is an honor for Kit and something we are all very proud of,” County Judge Mark Riley, Director of Emergency Management said. “It speaks well for our Emergency Preparedness staff when one of our employees is to the level where she is teaching not just the community but emergency preparedness personnel across the state.”

Marshall said she was pleased with the opportunity to educate others on CERT.

“CERT training is something I believe is invaluable for every family, neighborhood or community,” she said. “It is basic life safety training that gives one the ability to know what to do and perhaps even save the life of another before a first responder arrives. There is nothing more valuable than a human life.”

After the State CERT Master Instructor class, Marshall traveled to San Antonio to co-lead two educational sessions at the 3rd Annual Texas Unites Conference in San Antonio Put on by Texas Citizens Corp and the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster; it is one of the largest annual professional, volunteer and emergency management training summits in Texas.

Man Shoots Self in Handgun Accident

June 20, 2012 by Katie Martinez

From the Parker County Sheriff's Office
An Azle man was taken to a local hospital after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg, Tuesday.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the man, identified as Charles Edward Finch, 63, reported he had taken a Ruger .45 handgun to show his friends, and was attempting to “unload” the weapon when he was struck in the left thigh.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call around 5 p.m. in the 1900 block of Northwest Parkway.

A Sheriff’s report states Finch reported he did not know a round was in the chamber at the time of the incident.

Finch was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.

“This is another example of how unsafe handling of weapons is extremely dangerous,” said Sheriff Larry Fowler. “This is the third weapon incident within the last 30 days. We can not stress enough caution and proper training when handling and firing weapons.”

Sports Calendar

Monday, October 27

  • AHS Varsity Boys Orange at Maypearl Varsity Tournament, Mansfield National, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 28

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Weatherford Hall MS at Aledo MS;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS vs. Burleson Centennial at Aledo, Parent Night;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 30

  • Aledo Middle School at Brewer, Brewer High School

  • Aledo Middle School at Stephenville Henderson J.H.;
    7B, 8C - 5:00;
    7C, 8B - 6:00;
    7A, 8A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

Friday, October 31

  • AHS Varsity vs. Granbury at Aledo Bearcat Stadium, Football Senior Parent Night, 7:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity at Newman International, 7:30 p.m. *District Game

Tuesday, November 4

  • AHS Varsity Girls Orange at Wichita Falls Varsity Tournament, Canyon West, 9:00 a.m.

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Stephenville Henderson JH at Aledo MS;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School at Stephenville Henderson JH;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

Friday, November 7

  • AHS Varsity at Cleburne, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, November 14

  • AHS Varsity Girls Black at Texas Girls Classic, Texarkana Country Club through Nov. 15

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