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Breaking news from State Rep. Phil King

January 24, 2013 by Randy Keck

State Rep. Phil King reports "Great Breaking News! I don't have all the details, but I understand the state district court in Austin overturned the order granting the permit for the waste transfer station in Willow Park. This is a big win for our local community. More details to come."

Republican Women Offer $1000 Scholarship

January 22, 2013 by Randy Keck

The Parker County Republican Women are offering a $1,000 educational scholarship to a university, college, or technical school for the 2013-14 school year. The scholarship is named for its longtime and founding member, Anne Bergman. Funds from the scholarship will be paid directly to the institution.

The scholarship requires that the student be a resident of Parker County and a graduating senior in 2013. Applicants must submit a scholarship packet containing grades, letters of recommendation and a short essay, "What Freedom Means To Me."

Deadline to apply is April 15.

Packets can be obtained from Rena Peden at rena.peden@sbcglobal.net, or by calling 817-448-9969. Packets with a 2012 date will also be accepted and can be downloaded from the Parker County Republican Women's website. Requests can also be made by mail at: Rena Peden, 204 Covered Bridge Dr., Fort Worth, TX, 76108.

Bridge Closure announced

January 10, 2013 by Randy Keck

Parker County Pct. 4 Commissioner Dusty Renfro has announced that the bridge on Crown Road will be closed for repairs and widening. Work is scheduled to begin Jan. 21 and is expected to be completed and reopened to the public by Feb. 15. This bridge is located on Crown Road, about one mile east of Mikus Road. Alternative routes will be Mikus Rd, East Lake and Ranch House Road.

Burn ban instituted

December 10, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Judge's Office

With Parker County and much of the State of Texas again experiencing drought conditions, the Parker County Commissioners Court voted to put the burn ban back in place, as the threat of wildfire continues to grow.

The burn ban is set to expire on Jan. 14, 2013 at midnight, unless it is renewed by commissioners court or withdrawn.

Violation of the burn ban is a Class C Misdemeanor and could result in a fine of up to $500 plus court costs. Violations include the use of combustible materials, including outdoor welding, however where welding must be performed in the field, the following mitigating efforts will be in force until the burn ban has expired:

All areas where welding, cutting or grinding operations are being performed will be free of vegetation for at least twenty five feet in all directions;

Surface around welding area will be wetted down;

Wind speeds must be no more than 20 miles per hour while performing welding, cutting or grinding operations outside of barriers or enclosures;

A dedicated fire watch person will attend each welder, cutter, grinder and any activity that causes a spark;

A minimum of one (1) water pressure fire extinguisher per fire watch person is required;

Each site will have cellular telephone communications for emergency response;

Parker County Emergency Management to hold new CERT classes

September 11, 2012 by Randy Keck

Parker County Emergency Management, under the direction of Parker County Judge Mark Riley, is seeking volunteers interested in training to assist in times of disaster or emergency.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class will be held beginning Sept. 29 at the Parker County Emergency Operations Center, located at 215 Trinity Ave. in Weatherford. The full schedule is as follows:

    Saturday September 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Monday October 1 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Monday October 15 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Monday October 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Saturday November 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kit Marshall, Parker County Community Liaison for Emergency Preparedness, said that CERT is an all-hazard training designed to help residents help themselves, family, friends and neighbors in an emergency situation.

“CERT volunteers are trained in basic disaster skills to respond effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in danger,” Marshall said. “The level of training equips CERT members to assist during a disaster until professional fire, police and EMS arrive on scene which could be anywhere from a couple of minutes to hours, depending on the situation.”

For more information, email kit.marshall@parkercountytx.com or call 817-598-0969.

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%

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, December 2

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Birdville, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Springtown, Freshmen 5:30 p.m., JV 5:30 p.m. and Varsity 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 4

  • Aledo Ladycats Freshmen and JV at Mineral Wells Invitational

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Weatherford New Car Dealers Tournament

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fort Worth Cowtown Classic

Tuesday, December 9

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Stephenville at Aledo High School, B 6 p.m., A 4:30 p.m., JV 6 p.m. and Varsity 7:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Granbury, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Thursday, December 11

  • Aledo Bearcats B, A, JV and Varsity at Decatur Tournament

Monday, December 15

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Southwest at Aledo High School, B 5 p.m., A 5 p.m. and JV 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Cleburne at Aledo High School, Freshmen 5 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Friday, December 19

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, A 8 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 6:30 p.m., *District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats vs. Joshua at Aledo High School, Freshmen 6:30 p.m., JV 5 p.m. and Varsity 8 p.m., *District Game

Monday, December 29

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Moritz Auto Group Holiday Classic, Aledo

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at Fibermax Caprock Classic, Lubbock

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