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Additional layoff in Willow Park

September 14, 2010 by Dominic Genetti

Willow Park City HallLess than a month after former Willow Park Planning and Zoning Secretary Becky Stokes was laid off because of "budget constraints," another layoff has come to Willow Park City Hall.

Deborah Hall, municipal court clerk, has been laid off effective the end of the 2009 fiscal year (Sept. 30), according to a reliable source speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Hall was made aware of her dismissal Tuesday afternoon.

Deputy Court Clerk Ester Diaz is expected to take over as municipal court clerk Oct. 1.

Stuard hosts 'Grandparents Day'

September 14, 2010 by Randy Keck

Stuard Elementary School hosted "Grandparents Day" events last week (Sept. 6-10). Shown are some the grandparents who visited their favorite students.

June Lancarte/Special to The Community News: Gracie-Barry

June Lancarte/Special to The Community News: Julia-Kisor

June Lancarte/Special to The Community News: Miles and Riley Grubbs

June Lancarte/Special to The Community News: Sarah-Jenkins

‘Cybersmart Week’ promotes online safety for children

September 14, 2010 by Randy Keck

Concerns about safety and student computer use are not new to parents or school districts. In an effort to increase the safety of our community, Aledo ISD will host a representative from the U.S. Department of Justice to address Internet Safety on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The presentation is in the Aledo High School Distance Learning Lab at 6 p.m.

This event is part of Aledo’s second annual “CyberSmart Week.” Each day during the week, Sept. 20-24, students will be given instruction on issues related to safe, ethical, and successful computer use. The nonprofit www.Cybersmart.org Web site will form the basis of this instruction. It provides grade-level appropriate information in five areas:

S - Safety and Security Online
M - Manners, Cyberbullying, and Ethics

Registration deadline approaching for SAT prep course

September 14, 2010 by Randy Keck

The deadline for registering for the next SAT Prep Course at Aledo High School is Friday, Sept. 24. The course begins Sept. 27 and continues through Oct. 29. This course targets an Oct. 30 practice exam.
Session II begins Jan. 24 with a registration deadline of Jan. 21. The course continues through Feb. 21 with the SAT practice exam set for Feb. 26.

The last course for the 2010-2011 school year begins March 7 with a registration deadline of March 4. It continues through April 15 with a practice exam date of April 16.

For more information, send an e-mail to Greg Hicks at ghicks@aledo.k12.tx.us.

To download a registration form, click here.

Play Date for Special Needs Children

September 14, 2010 by Randy Keck

Special to The Community News

A community wide play date was held on Sept. 11 at Cherry Park in Weatherford, the first of what organizers hope will be a regular monthly event. This play date is for children with special needs and their families, providing a chance for them to meet others with similar challenges and to provide a means of networking for parents. The play date was deemed a success with children ranging from 17 months to 9 years and a variety of diagnoses.

Special to The Community News

‘Sleepover’ sex offender sentenced to 25 years in prison

September 14, 2010 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County District Attorney's Office
Special to The Community News

Rodney Jessie Watson, 44, pled guilty on Moday, Sept. 13, to to aggravated sexual assault of a child and attempted indecency with a child charges and was assessed prison sentences of 25 and 10 years. The sentence was handed out by 43rd District Court, Judge Don Chrestman in Weatherford.

“This is the worst nightmare of every parent who ever let their child spend the night at a friend’s house,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain, who handled the case for the state. “The defendant’s daughter had a few of her friends spend the night and, while they were trying to sleep, the defendant fondled two of the girls.”

Warrant roundup set to begin

September 14, 2010 by Randy Keck

Pay outstanding tickets before Sept. 25 or face arrest

From the Parker County Judge's Office
Special to The Community News

Parker County’s justices of the peace and law enforcement officers are giving notice that failure to pay traffic tickets will result in arrest.

With millions of dollars in fines and fees outstanding, a Parker County warrant roundup is set to begin within the coming days. The decision to push forward with the warrant roundup came after a meeting between Parker County Judge Mark Riley, the justices of the peace, constables and Sheriff’s Department personnel.

Ladycats host Byron Nelson in District 5-4A action today

September 14, 2010 by Tony Eierdam

Fresh off a sweep last Friday over Birdville, the Aledo Ladycats will host Trophy Club Byron Nelson today (Tuesday, Sept. 14) in a District 5-4A volleyball match at 6:30 p.m. at the Aledo High School gym.

The state-ranked No. 11 Ladycats (19-8, 1-0) will face a Nelson team (0-1) seeking its first district win.

The junior varsity and freshman matches will begin at 5:30 p.m.

In other 5-4A action on Tuesday, Springtown (1-0) will travel to Boswell (1-0); Azle (1-0) is at Keller Timber Creek (0-1); and Birdville (0-1) hosts Brewer (0-1).

Bearcats ranked No. 1 in new AP Class 4A poll

September 13, 2010 by Tony Eierdam

The Aledo Bearcats jumped to the top spot in the Associated Press Top 10 Class 4A schoolboy poll for Sept. 13, 2010.

The Bearcats (3-0), who jumped to No. 1 from the No. 2 spot after defeating previous No. 1 Lake Travis, 14-10, Friday night (Sept. 10) at Lake Travis, secured 24 of a possible 25 first-place votes.

Lake Travis (2-1), which saw a 48-game winning streak come to an end, dropped to the No. 4 spot.

Previous No. 3 Brenham, the 2009 DII finalist, moved up to the No. 2 spot, while Denton Ryan moved up a spot to No. 3.

The AP Class 4A poll:

School Total Points Prv
1. Aledo (24) (3-0) 249 2
2. Brenham (3-0) 206 3
3. Denton Ryan (3-0) 187 4
4. Lake Travis (2-1) 171 1

Special workshop and council meeting 9/13/10

September 13, 2010 by Dominic Genetti

10:30 p.m. No action in executive session. Meeting adjourned.

9:44 p.m. No action taken on the use of two engineers. The council is in executive session. They are slated to discuss personnel matters.

9:23 p.m. Hawkins is defending City Engineer Gordon Swift in regard to talks of conflict of interest. Currently the city has been using another engineering firm to review Swift's work. The council is expected to discuss whether or not the use of another engineering firm is needed.

9:20 p.m. Council authorizes Hawkins to authorize Petty to move forward with water piping in a new developmental area along Bankhead Highway.

9:01 p.m. The council has decided to take no action on changing the salaried pay period schedule.

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