Aledo soccer games for the night of Tuesday, Jan 8 have been canceled.
Annetta Mayor Bruce Pinckard has called a special meeting for Thursday, Jan. 3 in order to discuss the possible annexation requested by more than 500 Deer Creek Waterworks customers. At a recent meeting, the motion to discuss the issue by the city council died for lack of a second.
Mayor Pinckard's statement is as follows:
To the Citizens of Annetta, Town Council and Community at large:
A Mayor’s duties as defined by the Local Government code in the Texas Statutes and further discussed and reviewed during the December 20 council meeting include “giving the council any information, and shall recommend to the governing body any measure, that relates to improving the finances, police, health, security, cleanliness, comfort, ornament, or good government of the municipality.”
For this reason, I have chosen to call a Special Meeting on Thursday at 7:00 pm to discuss further the request put forth by over 500 customers of the Deer Creek Water Works, which is owned by the Town of Annetta, for annexation into the city. This is most obviously an issue of Good Government. Much information exists and needs to be discussed in order to make a thoughtful, informed and transparent decision whether to move forward with the public hearings and give both citizens and petitioners the right to be heard. The issue also may affect the Town’s finances, health, security and comfort. It is a reasonable issue to be heard for all the above reasons.
Aledo Athletics Inc has announced that online registration will be available through Jan. 31 for players returning from 2012. In-person signups for new or all other players will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 19 at the McAnally Intermediate School cafeteria. New players should take a copy of his/her birth certificate for age verification. Fees are $140 for ages 5 and up, and $80 for ages 3-4 (honkball). Tryouts will be Feb 9-10 at times to be announced. For more information, visit www.aledoathletics.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aledo Bearcats are playing Converse Judson for the championship of the Moritz Holiday Classic at 3 p.m. today at the Aledo High School Gym. AHS Coach Steve Smith said Judson is the 10th ranked 5A team in the state, "and boasts several D1 prospects."
Aledo ISD Police Chief Chawn Gilliland announced today that Aledo ISD Police took into custody today one juvenile student for allegedly making terroristic threats towards fellow students at the Don R. Daniel Ninth Grade Center in Aledo.
The Aledo ISD Police Department, following an investigation initiated by campus administrators, uncovered additional evidence leading to the student's detention and transport to a juvenile detention center. Although numerous rumors and suspicions have been reported to the school administration and police department in the prior week, this is the only incident which police detectives believed had credible evidence to support detaining a student.
Gilliland said the Aledo ISD Police Department along with Aledo ISD staff are committed to thoroughly investigating each and every threat against students and property.
"Our goal is to ensure all students and staff are in a safe environment," Gilliland said. "Good communication between students, parents and staff, along with prompt, in-depth investigations are key to assessing threats and taking appropriate and preventative action."
We are busy at work finishing up our annual Good News issue of The Community News.
In the mean time, the rumor mill in Aledo has been going at full speed. Please know that The Community News has not, and will not, give credibility to rumors by either reporting on them or repeating them.
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We invite you to check back here over the next two weeks in the event of breaking news.
We wish all our readers a safe and wonderful Christmas!
Randy Keck, Editor
Dear Parents and Community Members:
The tragic events of last week in Newtown, Conn., have shocked and saddened all Americans, understandably causing deep concern and reflection about school safety.
As parents and educators in this community, we share the responsibility for the safety and well-being of our precious children. I hope this letter serves to inform you about safety in our schools, as well as how you can help us all work together to create the best environment possible. Our first priority will always be the security of our students.
Aledo ISD follows a host of safety procedures; it is a never-ending vigil for us. Even before the events of last week, the district had started the process of updating our emergency procedures and preparedness. We employ four fulltime police officers who are deployed throughout the district at all times. We have multiple staff members who have received training in emergency preparedness. We have more than 300 surveillance cameras across the district covering every facility. We utilize security audits at every campus throughout the year. We thoroughly investigate tips we receive that may affect safety at school.
It takes all of us working together to make our schools safe. I am asking for your help in our quest to make our schools as safe as possible. Here are some ways we can work together:
· Remind your children to let adults know of anything they may hear at school that may affect the safety of others.
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Kathy Chruscielski/The Community NewsPower lines arcing against a power pole lit up White Settlement Road
Wednesday evening as high winds whipped through the area.
Tri-County Electric closed a portion of the road until repairs could be