WASHINGTON— Millsap VFD will receive a grant of $26,790 to support firefighters and their work as first responders, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Thursday. The funding can be used for training and support operations, and to purchase firefighter safety and rescue equipment. It comes through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
“This funding will help make sure first responders at the Millsap VFD will have the resources necessary to keep the surrounding community safe,”Sen. Cornyn said. “We have a responsibility to support those working on the front lines every day to protect families, homes and property.”
Parker County Meals on Wheels is hosting a fajita supper from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Parker County Senior Center, 1225 Holland Lake Road in Weatherford. In addition to fajitas, the event features a silent auction with numerous items from local merchants. Tickets are $10. To reserve tickets, call 817-596-4640. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District board of directors will meet in regular session Monday, Jan. 24, at the District’s main office, 1250 E. Highway 199, Springtown.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a Show Cause Hearing regarding an alleged major violation of district rules. The board will heard testimony in the matter and may direct the board president or District’s general manager to take appropriate legal action.
Following the Show Cause Hearing, the board will meet in regular session to discuss and consider a variety of topics. The meeting’s agenda can be viewed on the District’s Web site after 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21.
Speaker is Deputy Commander of Navy Reserve Intelligence at the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth
Capt. Robert A. WoodCaptain Robert A. Wood, Deputy Commander of Navy Reserve Intelligence at the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, will be the speaker at Bush Legacy Republican Party Meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 at the Doss Heritage Center in Weatherford.
Special to The Community News: United Way Board President Dennis Clayton, center, congratulates 2010 campaign chair, Charlie Martinez, left, as Executive Director Susan Sodek looks on. Under the direction of Martinez and community volunteers, the United Way exceeded its campaign goal by almost 20 percent. More than 22 agencies and their clients in Parker County will benefit from the campaign.
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Cheers and applause erupted during the January board meeting of the United Way of Parker County as Charlie Martinez, 2010 campaign chair, announced that campaign pledges had exceeded the $200,000 goal by 20 percent.
Sgt. Rusty Arnold
Aledo woman also injured in traffic mishap
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office and county offices are praying for Patrol Sgt. Rusty Arnold and his family.
Arnold was involved in an off-duty accident on Highway 199 in Springtown, Monday morning, Dec. 13, where he suffered severe head trauma. He was flown by air ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital where he is in intensive care listed in critical but stable condition.
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety initial investigation, Sgt. Arnold was the second vehicle stopped at a red light when he was hit from behind by a third vehicle.
AC units, copper wiring targeted
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Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating multiple theft reports occurring over the last month.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said 24 incidents were reported involving thefts of air conditioning units and copper wire in the last 30 days.
“Copper prices have increased, therefore, increasing copper theft reports,” Fowler said.
Property owners and real estate agents reported the thefts have occurred mostly in abandoned or vacant residences, construction sites and rental/sale properties scattered throughout Parker County. Sheriff’s investigators said more than 20 cases of AC units and copper wiring thefts have been reported on the last several weeks.
The American Red Cross of Parker County is holding a Blood Drive on December 27, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Weatherford Library Auditorium. For an appointment or more information sign up online at www.RedCrossBlood.org; sponsor code: parkercountyarc or contact Dale Fleeger at 817-598-4269
The following offenses were observed or reported to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.
• 129 Hogle Street, the complainant reported a known suspect had been placing harassing text messages and offensive comments on a social network Website.
• 129 Hogle Street, the complainant reported a known suspect had been placing harassing messages and calls to her cell phone.
Burglary of a vehicle
• 100 block of Alta Mesa Drive, the complainant reported unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and a prescription bottle. The complainant reported unknown suspect(s) also entered a storage shed near the residence, although no items were reported missing.
Theft of livestock
Dominic Genetti/The Community News The Parker County Precinct 4 barn has caught fire and is, according to firefighters on the scene, a total loss.
There is no word how the fire got started. Parker County Fire Marshal representatives are on the scene.
Willow Park's engine 35 was the first on scene and they were quickly joined by departments from Aledo, Hudson Oaks, and the surrounding area. There is also no official word from Parker County officials on the situation.