Early voting sites and hours for voting by personal appearance for the 2012 Primary Runoff Election to be held on July 31, 2012 as conducted by Parker County, Texas are as follows:
Main Voting Site: Parker County Courthouse Annex
1112 Santa Fe Dr., Annex Kitchen, Weatherford, TX
Monday, July 23, 2012 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, July 27, 2012 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Branch Voting Sites:
Springtown City Hall, 102 East 2nd St., City Council Meeting Room
Peaster Fire Department, 220 Judd Street, Meeting Room
Willow Park Municipal Building, 516 Ranch House Road, City Council Meeting Room
Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Ct., Meeting Room
Brock Masonic Lodge, 201 Grindstone Road, Meeting Room
Early Voting Hours for Branch Voting Sites:
Monday, July 23, 2012, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 26, 2012, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, July 27, 2012, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Applications for ballots by mail may be obtained by calling 817-598-6185. Applications for ballots by mail must be received by the Early Voting Clerks no later than the close of business on July 24, 2012.
Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to:
Early Voting Clerk
1112 Santa Fe Drive
Weatherford TX 76086
Calling all Vampires & Vamps, Monsters & Mummies, Goblins & Ghouls.
Theatre Off The Square announces open auditions for the fiendishly funny, farcical musical Dracula, Baby. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, the poduction is directed by Jon R. Kruse with choreography by Karen Dohoney.
Audition dates begin July 23 for cold readings of the script. July 24 auditions are for singing and movement (be prepared to sing a simple, a cappella tune).
Call-backs are 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at 114 N. Denton Dr. in Weatherford. Rehearsals begin August 20. Show Dates are Oct. 19-Nov. 4, 2012.
There are roles for seven men, three women and a chorus.
Count Dracula of Transylvania: 1,000 yrs. old but looks great for his age
Dr. Seward: runs a sanitarium, 40-60 yrs
Chief Nurse: sexy, falls in love with the Count, 30s
Renfield: a patient, a kook, 20-40
Lucy: Seward’s beautiful ward, late teens to early 20s
Arthur: Lucy’s fiancé, handsome but stuffy, properly British, 20s
Van Helsing: a professor, 40-60, German/Austrian dialect
Sylvia: a witch, any age
Chorus: Transylvanian Peasants, Hospital Matrons, Bartender, Barmaid, Pub Patrons, Monsters: teens, young adults/adults, up to 10 needed.
All must sing and be able to perform a few simple dance steps.
Most roles require an English or British Dialect.
For more information, call 817-341-8687.
From the University of Texas Media Relations
AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin Police Department, along with agents from the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force, are investigating anonymous hoax phone calls being made to parents and grandparents of students, claiming their children have been kidnapped, injured, or need medical attention.
According to Capt. Julie Gillespie, in the past month and a half, parents and grandparents of four UT Austin students have received calls from a person with an accent who demanded a small amount of money be transferred into a foreign bank account.
“It’s a scam,” said Gillespie. “No students have been kidnapped or hurt.”
Investigators are trying to determine how these individuals are getting relatives’ telephone numbers and have the following advice for family members receiving such a call:
• Remain calm and try to locate your family member. Remember, the vast majority of these calls are hoaxes. Whether done as a prank or an attempt to extort money, these individuals are trying to exploit your fears. If you have caller ID, write down the number.
• Do not tell the caller where you live or agree to any money transfer. Never provide information about you or your family (including the name of the individual allegedly kidnapped, injured, etc.).
A possible 50,000 people packed downtown Weatherford for the annual Parker County Peach Festival, and an estimated 2,000 riders took part in the morning's Peach Pedal bike ride on Saturday.
Click here for a photo gallery from the two events. More coverage will appear in the July 20 issue of The Community News.
Randy Keck/The Community NewsDayton Sheridan, 2009 graduate of Aledo High School, goes to the basket in the first Aledo Alumni Basketball Game held Thursday, July 12 at Aledo High School.
They came from as far back as the Class of 1996 to participate in the first ever Aledo Alumni Basketball Game Thursday at Aledo High School. In the end, Aledo defeated Aledo 43-39, and that's all we're going to say about that.
For more on the game, see the July 20 issue of The Community News and click here for a photo gallery from the game.
Special to The Community News
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is asking the public for any information leading to the arrest of suspect(s) involved in the torture of Hope, a pug-mix breed, 3 to 4-year-old female dog, found with her mouth taped shut and tongue protruding.
A concerned citizen notified the Sheriff’s Office of Hope, wandering in circles, over-heated and bleeding from five severe, intentional cuts through her muscles.
Hope is currently improving under Sheriff Fowler’s direction and the veterinarian care of Dr. Kevin Buchanan, DVM and his staff at the Bowie Drive Animal Hospital.
Hope is receiving specialized care and treatment and has made a tremendous improvement. Staff members reported Hope is wagging her tail and eating well.
Vet Tech Rhonda Sears said, “She is truly inspirational and she amazes us each day.”
Hundreds of callers from all over the United States have contacted the Sheriff’s Office and animal hospital pledging donations.
Sheriff Fowler said Tuesday the deliberate acts against Hope were horrendous and malicious.
“This story has touched the lives and hearts of so many people across the globe,” Fowler said. “We encourage the public to call the Parker County Crime Stoppers Hotline with any information about Hope. No matter how minor or insignificant the information may seem – we are seeking her owners, the suspects or Hope’s background and history.”
The University Interscholastic League has released the final results of the past school year’s Lone Star Cup competition, in which Aledo High School placed eighth in the 4A division.
The Lone Star Cup is awarded based on a point system awarded according to a school’s accomplishments in State and Area Marching Band, Team Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Track & Field, Academics, One Act Play, Softball and Baseball.
In the 4A standings Austin Lake Travis finished first with 112 points, followed by Dallas Highland Park (106), Friendswood (80), Montgomery (79), Waco Midway (78), Cedar Park (76), San Antonio Alamo Heights (74), Aledo (68), Northwest Nelson (64), and Canyon Randall (56) to complete the top ten.
Aledo High School graduate Johnathan Gray was named Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year last night at an ESPN televised award ceremony at Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.
The full ESPN report can be found at the link below:
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking information about the suspect(s) responsible for torturing a dog.
A concerned citizen called the Sheriff’s Office Monday, July 9, 2012, around 8:30 a.m., to report an injured dog wandering in the 6900 block of Baker Road.
Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers arrived on scene to find a pug-mix breed female dog, about 3-4 years old, severely injured and frightened.
Sheriff’s ACO Supervisor Karen Kessler said the dog, now named Hope, had a severely swollen tongue after someone had used electrical tape to forcefully shut her mouth after pulling her tongue out.
The caller attempted to free Hope from the tape but the frightened animal ran from her.
Kessler said animal control officers, and about 10 concerned citizens searched for Hope on horseback, four-wheelers and on foot for several hours. Hope was found circling a stock tank, apparently seeking water but again ran from her rescuers. Hope was finally discovered around 5:30 p.m., near a creek bed where the call originated.
Hope was taken to Bowie Drive Animal Hospital, where Dr. Kevin Buchanan and staff immediately treated her.
Veterinarian staff said it took about 100 internal and external stitches to close five cuts which Hope suffered, which were one to five inches in length and through her muscle tissue.
Hope’s temperature was 105.7, more than the average 101-102 degrees for an adult female dog. She was overheated, bleeding from apparent intentional injuries, dehydrated and unable to eat, drink or pant.
Funeral services for former Parker County Deputy Sheriff Sammy Slatten will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at the First Baptist Church in Granbury, with burial following at Georges Creek Cemetery in Somervill County.
Slatten, who had recently left the Parker County Sheriff's Crimes Against Children division after 20 years on the force, died in a car wreck in Brock on Saturday, July 7.
For more on this story, look for the July 13 issue of The Community News.