Photo by Marina Chavez/Special to The Community News: Members of Green River Ordinance are (from left) Geoff Ice (bass), Denton Hunker (drums), Joshua Wilkerson (guitar), Josh Jenkins (vocals/guitar/piano), and Jamey Ice (guitar).
Green River Ordinance’s “Rise Up” is featured on the 2010 Olympic Soundtrack, along with other songs from artists such as 3 Doors Down, Mariah Carey, Gloriana, and Sugarland. The album is the exclusive AT&T Team USA Soundtrack, GRO has two Aledo High School graduates within its five-member band: Josh Jenkins and Josh Wilkerson, both members of the Class of 2003. Jenkins is the group’s frontman and Wilkerson is guitarist. All members of the band, including bassist Geoff Ice, drummer Denton Hunker, and guitarist Jamey Ice, unite their skills and experiences to write the band’s song.
See more on this story in the Feb. 26 issue of The Community News.
Cold job: In the snow and cold, a crew for Texas Gas Services conducted regular maintenance repair on a natural gas line in front of Aledo City Hall. The work has caused the natural gas service to the Aledo Community Center to be shut off. However, Lori Moreno with Texas Gas Services, said the crew is working to repair the line in time for tonight's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) meeting at 7 p.m. at the center.
Willow Park City Council and the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission came away from an hour-and-a-half workshop on Feb. 22 with agreed-upon tactics to improve communication, education, and direction.
The workshop came a week following the mayor’s recommendation during the Feb. 15 city council meeting to disband the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). The recommendation was resolved with the resignation of P&Z Chairman Marvin Glasgow and member David Carlisle. During the Feb. 15 meeting, the mayor and some council members voiced concern over what was described as the P&Z’s insubordinate attitude.
During the Feb. 22 workshop, Mayor Ken Hawkins spoke for the first hour detailing the positive work of the council that is, and will, benefit Willow Park.
Councilman Gene Martin then began a process to allow each of the council members and P&Z members to voice their concerns so improvements and ways to correct problems can be formulated.
Early Tuesday morning snowfall has canceled Aledo High School sporting events while others are pending.
The Aledo Ladycats junior varsity and varsity softball games at Grapevine, scheduled for today (Tuesday, Feb. 23) have been canceled with no makeup day scheduled.
"There is a possibility later in the season that we might make up the Grapevine game," Ladycats softball coach Jeff Lemons said.
With Mineral Wells ISD closing today due to the weather, the Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats soccer matches scheduled for tonight at Mineral Wells will be played instead on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
The boys' soccer match will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the girls contest at 8 p.m. at Mineral Wells.
Tonight's girls playoff basketball game at Aledo High School between No. 1 Timberview and Stephenville has been reschedule for tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 24) at 6:30 p.m.
Tonight's boys playoff game between Arlington Heights and Crowley at 7:30 p.m. will remain on schedule.
Gough selected to first team; Martin, Tallant earn second-team honors
James Albritton/The Community News: Aledo junior guard Logan Mittie (22) was the unanimous selection by District 6-4A coaches as the league's Most Valuable Player. Four other Ladycats received district honors, including freshman wing Mallory Powell as Newcomer of the Year.
Aledo junior guard Logan Mittie was the unanimous selection for District 6-4A's Most Valuable Player in a vote of 6-4A girls coaches, it was announced today.
Mittie - who was a first-team, all-district guard in her freshman and sophomore years - was not the only Ladycat to earn top district honors as freshman wing Mallory Powell was chosen as Newcomer of the Year.
Ladycats senior post Tara Gough earned first-team, all-district honors, and Aledo sophomores Alanna Martin and Caileen Tallant were second-team selections.
Christian Cassity of Springtown was chosen as the district's Offensive Player of the Year, with Saginaw's Gionna Jackson voted as Defensive Player of the Year.
Ken Thompson of Springtown was selected Coach of the Year.
A joint workshop of the Willow Park City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight (Monday, Feb. 22) at the city's municipal building.
The workshop, open to the public, will include a discussion of the "responsibilities of the Planning and Zoning Commission and expectations of duties of the Commission by the City Council."
During last week's regular meeting of the city council, the P&Z Commission Chairman resigned after the council expressed disappointment in the leadership. Another commission member's resignation was also requested.
Notice of the workshop was posted at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, on the bulletin board of the city's municipal building.
With brilliant pitching from Morgan Farley and Sarah Simpson to go along with an offensive output of 24 hits in 14 innings, the Aledo Ladycats softball team completed the round-robin Birdville tournament with wins Saturday over Class 5A schools Richland and Trinity.
The wins raise the Ladycats' record to 4-2. Aledo will continue non-district play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Grapevine.
The Ladycats began with a 15-hit effort in a 7-1 victory over Richland.
Farley was the winning pitcher, allowing no earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Kendall Kizer led the Ladycats with three hits, including two doubles, with two runs batted in.
Carolyn Clayton, Farley, Lauren Durham and Jordan Simons each recorded a pair of hits.
Aledo closed the tournament with a 4-3 win over Trinity.
Simpson was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Kizer and Farley each swatted two hits to pace the Ladycats. The game-winning hit came from Durham, whose fifth-inning single to left field drove in Farley in what turned out to be the game-winning run.
Staying undefeated and still without being scored upon in District 12-4A, the Aledo Ladycats had little trouble in an 11-0 victory over Springtown Friday night in the nightcap at Bearcat Stadium.
The win raises the Ladycats' district mark to 7-0. The AHS ladies will continue district play at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Mineral Wells.
More than half of Aledo's goals were set up by Leslie Coats, whose six assists narrowly missed the school record of seven helpers set by Kirby Zak in 2007.
Allyson Swift and Stephanie Neeley each scored three goals to lead the Ladycats.
Brady Gabbert scored a pair of goals - including a bender on a corner kick - with Kaylee McGee, Allie Vidrine and Bailey Scott each adding a goal.
Also recording assists were Swift, Paige Marsh and Taylor Thornton.
Goalkeeper Caitlin Murray earned the shutout.
Bearcats 7, Springtown 0
Thomas Davis and Yusef Marwan each scored two goals to lead the Bearcats over Springtown in the first match of the Friday night district doubleheader.
The Bearcats will continue 12-4A action at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Mineral Wells.
Aledo soccer teams also at home this Friday, Feb. 19
Aledo head coach Derek Vierling and the Ladycats and Bearcats are hosting their annual "Youth Soccer Night" on Friday, Feb. 26, at Bearcat Stadium where the teams will host Brewer.
Aledo youth coaches and all future Bearcats and Ladycats are encouraged to attend.
"On behalf of the Bearcat and Ladycat soccer teams, I would like to invite you and your teams to the fourth annual Aledo Youth Soccer Night," Vierling said.
The Ladycats game will kick off at 6 p.m.followed by the Bearcats contest at 8 p.m.
All Aledo youth soccer players in uniform will be allowed entry into Bearcat Stadium for .25 cents. At half time of the first game, approximately 6:45, all youth soccer players in uniform will be allowed to play a 10 minute mini game on Bearcat Field.
"Bring your family and friends to the game and come out and cheer on the Bearcats and Ladycats as we play host to our cross town rivals, the Brewer Bears," Vierling said. "Come out and support your Bearcats and Ladycats."
Parker County Sheriff's Department: Mark Gregory Owens, 44, of Aledo received a life sentence for child molestation following a jury trial in Weatherford on Feb. 16.
A 44-year-old Aledo man with a prior conviction for indecency with a child was sentenced to life in prison for molesting a 2-year-old girl in a trial that ended Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, in Weatherford.
A Parker County jury found Mark Gregory Owens guilty of the Halloween 2008 aggravated sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography.
Jurors assessed the maximum punishment of 20 years in prison for the pornography case and confirmed that Owens was previously convicted of a sex offense, which resulted in Visiting Judge David Cleveland assessing the life sentence mandated by law.