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Aledo Schools will be closed today due to icy road conditions.
The Community News office will open at 10:30.
The following have announced closings and or cancellations today (Thursday, Feb. 6):
Aledo ISD Early release; Elementary at 11:40 a.m. and Secondary 12:40 a.m.
Aledo ISD All after school athletics events have been canceled
Parker County Republican Party The candidate forum scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17.
East Parker County Chamber of Commerce All activities today are canceled. The chamber office will close at noon.
East Parker County Library is closed today, but eBooks are always available.
Aledo city trash pickup has been suspended today (Thursday) but will resume tomorrow.
It goes without saying that the weather has made local travel treacherous if not impossible.
This morning church services have been canceled, and local roads remain impassible.
We are advised that FM 1187 in Aledo is a "solid sheet of ice." Some melting is expected today as temperatures climb above freezing, but that is likely to make the situation even worse in terms of gaining traction.
There are no apparent plans on the part of TxDot to sand 1187 or any other Farm to Market roads at this time. We will provide updates as they are available.
As many cancer patients will tell you, their daily battle with cancer is often hard and unpredictable. What we often admire most in these brave individuals is the courage with which they face each new day’s challenges, and must shift their priorities to accommodate each day’s opportunities and necessities.
While we, our sponsors, our volunteers, and our celebrities have looked forward to the Celebrity Cutting event with much love and labor, we must also make sure our priorities accommodate the best interests of our community. As we consider our mission to sustain and enhance the lives of cancer patients, we must conclude that no single event is worth putting anyone’s health or safety in jeopardy.
While the event is one important evidence of the outpouring of love and generosity that comes from the heart of our supporters, we are grateful that our supporters also understand the need to look out foremost for everyone’s well-being.
The Celebrity Cutting event for 2013 has been cancelled. Because so many people and animals from so many walks of life are involved, and the venue is unique and cannot be duplicated, and celebrities’ calendars are filled months in advance, we are unable to reschedule the event. We must instead look ahead to 2014, when the Celebrity Cutting event will bravely return for our 20th Anniversary.
Thanks to the contributions of everyone who has supported this year’s event, the work of the Careity Foundation in patients’ lives will continue. We are so grateful for each of our amazing supporters.
Tonight's football game between Aledo and Wichita Falls has been canceled. No alternative game time has been announced - we will post updates when available.
Tonight's Careity Foundation Celebrity Cutting has been canceled.
The final two days to register for the 2nd Annual Weatherford Parks and Recreation “Toys for Manna” Adult Coed Softball Tournament. This Saturday’s tournament officially brings an end to the Weatherford softball season, while serving the more important purpose of helping to bring Christmas to children in need throughout the community. Thanks to partnerships with Eggleston Flowers & King, Attorneys and Counselors as well as The Pizza Place, this event is a favorite. Team registration is set at a low $75 plus at least five $10+ brand new unwrapped toys that all stay local and go to children in Parker County. For more information, call or email Tyler no later than 5pm Wednesday, December 4 at 817-598-4125 or email@example.com.
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Christopher Amos/The Community NewsHunter Owens crosses the finish line at the third annual Thanksgiving Trot in Aledo. This year's event raised more than $30,000 to benefit Dylan Hancock's House of Hope. For more on the story, see the Dec. 6 issue of The Community News. Fort more photos, click the image above.
Residents of northeast Parker County recently felt the 15th earthquake to hit the area in the month of November. According to the U.S. Geological Society, the latest quake, a 3.0 magnitude, hit Tuesday morning in Azle. The quake marked the sixth this week alone, preceded by a 3.3 magnitude earthquake four miles west of Azle in Parker County yesterday.
Geophysicist John Bellini with the U.S. Geological Society said that stress build-ups below the surface lead to faults rupturing, causing small earthquakes.
“The main cause is the change of fluid flow in the region,” he said of rupturing. Bellini said injection wells, used by some oil and gas companies, are linked to ruptures in rare cases, and that the connection between injection wells and earthquakes continue to be studied.
The registered earthquakes range from a 2.5 magnitude near Reno on Nov. 19 to a 3.6, the strongest recorded this November in North Texas, on the same day. Three earthquakes hit on Nov. 19, with the remaining nine quakes spread sporadically from Nov. 5 through Nov. 26. For significant damage, Bellini said, earthquakes need to register around the 4.5-5 magnitude range.
All 12 earthquakes reported were centered around northwestern Parker County and across the border into northeastern Tarrant County.