J.W. Alexander of Cincinnati, Ohio is a medical missionary serving in Haiti. He is the father of Judith Alexander Priest of Aledo, and he has not been heard from since the earthquake struck there. Friends of the family are requesting prayers of support for the family.
18-wheeler fire closes I-20 at Hudson Oaks Wednesday afternoon: A westbound 18-wheeler truck driver escaped serious injury Wednesday when a dual set of tires from a passing 18-wheeler came through his front windshield, according to a Hudson Oaks police officer. The 18-wheeler that was hit by the flying tires caught fire, closing the westbound and eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 Wednesday afternoon for a couple of hours. Hudson Oaks, Willow Park, and Weatherford firefighter, as well as other emergency officials, responded to the wreck.
Five Aledo Ladycats volleyball team members earned Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 4A all-state academic status.
Aledo Seniors Karsyn Bezner, Sarah Bogdanoff, Lauren Glass, Tara Gough and Kendall Naquin each achieved requirements of an average of 94 or above in all classes during the fall semester.
Ladycats suffer first district loss in overtime
The Aledo Bearcats rebounded from a six-point halftime deficit with 49 second-half points on their way to a convincing 84-71 victory over Saginaw Tuesday night in District 6-4A hoop action at Saginaw.
The win lifts the Bearcats to a 1-3 record in 6-4A, while Saginaw drops to 1-3.
Aledo senior guard Ryan Talley recorded a double double with a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Shane Smith also had eye-opening game with 22 points and and five boards.
Also scoring for the Bearcats were Danny Glass with 11 points, Dillon Hawkins with eight, Matt Barron with five, Dillon Huerta with four and Blake Reynolds with two.
Saginaw 75, Ladycats 70 OT
The Aledo Ladycats trailed by 15 points with seven minutes left to play before rallying with 23 fourth-quarter points at Saginaw in District 6-4 action Tuesday to force overtime.
However, Saginaw outscored AHS 15-10 in the extra session to claim the win.
The loss - the Ladycats first in league play - drops Aledo to 5-1 in district play as Saginaw moves to 5-1.
The Quilt Guild of Parker County invites members and non-members to their Jan. 14 meeting to hear guest speaker Ami Simms. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1225 Holland Lake Dr., Weatherford.
Simms is the author of eight books on quilting including her newest, "Picture Play Quilts." She is the creator of the Worst Quilt in the World Contest ® and the founder and executive director of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt initiative.
She has been giving lectures and leading workshops on quilting throughout the United States since 1982. She has taught quilting in Australia, Canada, Italy, England, New Zealand and the Netherlands. She has also led quilting tours to Hong Kong, Italy and the Netherlands.
In 2005, Simms was named 2005 Teacher of the Year by the Professional Quilter Magazine. She has been a featured guest on several television shows. Besides all of this, she has made more than 200 quilts.
For the Jan. 14 meeting, there will be a $5 fee, payable at the door, for non-members; and no charge for members of the Quilters Guild of Parker County.
As reported in the Jan. 8 issue of The Community News and on this site, the Aledo High School basketball teams will play at Saginaw today (Tuesday, Jan. 12) in District 6-4A action.
The original schedule had the Ladycats and Bearcats at home today against the Rough Riders, but a scheduling conflict at Saginaw on Feb. 5, the original date of AHS teams traveling to Saginaw, has resulted in a switch in the schedule.
The Ladycats will face the Lady Riders at 6 p.m. today at the Saginaw High School gym followed by the boys' contest at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The first-place Ladycats will take a 5-0 record into the contest with 4-1 Saginaw, while the Bearcats (0-3) are seeking their first league win.
Water line repair work starts house fire: A repair task to a broken waterline was said to be the cause of a house fire in the 4000 block of Arroyo Dr., just off Mikus Road, Monday afternoon. Bob James said he was soldering a broken waterline when the flame from the task went up the back wall of the house. Because the water was turned off to repair the line, the homeowner was not able to extinguish the flame. Firefighting units from Weatherford, Hudson Oaks, and Willow Park responded to quickly extinguish the fire which was mostly contained to the attic. Many residents are dealing with broken water lines due to the recent bout of below-freezing temperatures.
The Aledo Bearcats Booster Club is pleased to announce that planned festivities for Championship Weekend in Aledo have now been finalized.
One day after the previously-announced championship parade, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 15, the annual Aledo Football Banquet and Auction has been scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Masonic Lodge in Fort Worth.
The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be legendary radio personality Hal Jay of NewsTalk 820 WBAP.
Tickets - priced $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under - go on sale beginning today in the AISD Administration Building.
A silent auction will be held and will feature the following exciting offerings:
* Courtesy of Whitestone Golf Club, a golf package for four;
* From Grady's Restaurant, dinner for four and two autographed cookbooks;
* From Haven's Spa, a luxurious spa package valued at $350;
* An Aledo Bearcat football helmet, autographed by the 2009 State Champion Bearcat;s
* An Aledo Bearcat football. also autographed by the state-champion Bearcats;
Aledo sophomore running back Johnathan Gray, who rushed for 252 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Bearcats' 35-21 victory over Brenham in the Class 4A Division II state championship game, has been selected as National Sophomore of the Year by MaxPreps, a cbssports.com Web site focusing on high school sports.
Gray finished the 2009 state-championship campaign with 2,814 yards and 50 TDs in 16 games. He also added 457 yards on 29 receptions with eight TDs.
Gray won the award over finalists Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.) running back Rushel Shell, Kenton (Ohio) quarterback Maty Mauk, and Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) wide receiver Dorial Green.
Other Texans making the MaxPreps national all-sophomore first team include Hiva Lutui, a 6-3, 275-pound offensive lineman from Euless Trinity, LaDarrell McNeil, a 6-2, 200-pound defensive back from Dallas A. Maceo Smith, and Cayleb Jones, a 6-3, 185-pound wide receiver from Austin High School.
Gray has rushed for nearly 4,000 yards in his two years at AHS.
Azle runs past Bearcats in nightcap
Showing balanced scoring with four ladies in double figures, the Aledo Ladycats moved to 5-0 in District 6-4A action after a convincing 61-44 victory over Azle Friday night at Azle.
The win - the Ladycats 12th in a row - keeps the Aledo ladies in a first-place tie with rival Springtown and elevates the Ladycats overall mark to 17-5.
Aledo senior post Tara Gough recorded a double double with a team-leading 15 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Logan Mittie and freshman wing Mallory Powell each registered 12 points, with sophomore guard Alanna Martin adding 10.
Also scoring for the Ladycats were sophomore wing Caileen Tallant with seven points and junior guard Shelby Stockard with four.
Azle 66, Bearcats 33
Azle remained unbeaten in boys 6-4A action after a 66-33 victory over the Aledo Bearcats Friday night at Azle.
The loss drops the Bearcats to 0-3 in district play.
Danny Glass led the Bearcats with 11 points. Also scoring were Ryan Talley with six points, Robbie Spreier and Shane Smith, each with five, Mike Wilson with four, and Dillon Hawkins and Bragen Frank, each with one.