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Train derailment injures 1

July 18, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

A Union Pacific train derailed near the border of Parker County and Tarrant County at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 18. Benbrook Assistant Fire Chief Mark O’Connor confirmed that the derailment involved one locomotive and five rail cars. O’Connor confirmed that the 45-car train was en route from Dallas to Tucson and was carrying no hazardous material. A Union Pacific employee was transported to the hospital as a precaution. As of press time, the cause of the derailment was unknown. Updated information will be provided as it becomes available.

AHS student dies after being struck by car

July 18, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

A 17-year-old male pedestrian was struck and killed Wednesday afternoon as he attempted to cross Interstate 20 on the eastbound side between Ranch House Road and FM 5. The incident occurred at 3:41 p.m.
The fatality, believed to be a Willow Park resident, was struck as he entered the lanes of traffic on the freeway. At press time there was still an ongoing investigation as to why or what caused him to step into the roadway.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the subject is a female from Eastland County. She stayed on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. There is no indication of any wrong doing on the part of the driver of the motor vehicle.
“Despite the selfless efforts of off-duty EMS personnel and medical personnel who happened to be passing by, who performed CPR on the subject, he was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by LifeCare, and was pronounced deceased at 4:29 p.m.,” according to Willow Park Police Chief Brad Johnson.
The accident led to a severe traffic jam on I-20 as emergency responders appeared at the scene. Investigators closed two lanes for about an hour as they worked to gather as much evidence as possible from the scene.
The investigation, conducted by both the Willow Park Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, is ongoing. The name of the victim had not been officially released at press time.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

First Friday

July 16, 2013 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

First FridayFirst FridayAledo’s First Friday celebration will feature the music of Zach Edwards when the “Dog Daze of Summer Fun Fest” moves to the Aledo Church of Christ from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Activities include shopping, food trucks, water slides, archery, tile art, an exotic animal exhibit, dunk tank, watermelon eating contest, dino dig and #18 Interstate Batteries NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Burn ban lifted

July 16, 2013 by Randy Keck

Parker County's burn ban has been lifted. Residents are cautioned to exercise care when burning outdoors.

County burn ban extended

July 12, 2013 by Randy Keck

Parker County Commissioners extended the county burn ban this morning. The current outdoor burn ban will expire on Aug. 26.

Celebrating Independence Day

July 4, 2013 by Randy Keck

Celebrating today I am struck by the courage, wisdom and idealism of our founders about this time of year in 1776.

Courage because they must have known that simply declaring independence didn't necessarily make it so. They were fully aware that gaining independence would involve military conflict with one of the strongest armies on the face of the earth.

Wisdom because the principles upon which are nation are founded are timeless: all men (and women) are created equal. Giving the people a voice was at the heart of what has made our country strong.

Idealism because, again, they were willing to entrust this nation to the people. Certainly the type of democracy established made allowances for representation of states and of people, they were still willing to entrust the future to what people said at the ballot box, and not through force of arms.

Freedom is a wonderful concept. Let us celebrate our freedom this day, and also remember that freedom does not come without cost or sacrifice. Many have paid a dear proice to protect and earn the freedoms we enjoy.

So let us never forget that with freedom comes responsibility – they go hand-in-hand. It is not only appropriate to enjoy our freedoms today, but to accept the responsibility of handing them over to future generations.

As the founders said at the conclusion of the Declaration of Independence, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

Annie Jr.

June 27, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

Center Stage Theatre's youth camp will perform Annie Jr. at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at the Aledo Church of Christ. Tickets are $8 for children ages 5 and under, $10 for students and $12 for adults. To purchase tickets, call director Christy Collard at 817-944-9041.

Link issue for e-subscribers

June 26, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

The link to this week's issue for e-subscribers is not working currently. We are working to address the error.

Parker County residents eligible for safe room wait list program

June 26, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

From the office of County Judge Mark Riley:

Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, Parker County residents looking for financial assistance with storm shelters/safe rooms can sign up with an online waitlist through the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).
Those wishing to be placed on the Parker County waitlist will need to log on to www.nctsaferoom.com on or after 7 p.m., Friday June 28, 2013. No documentation will be required to be on the waitlist, just name and address only. Those without internet access may call the NCTCOG Emergency Preparedness department at 817-695-9235.
Once the waitlist opens, it will not close, according to NCTCOG officials.
NCTCOG officials say it may take 3 to 18 months for those who sign up to be contacted once residents have placed their name on the waiting list.
To participate applicants must be living or developing in Parker County and must not be living in a 100 year floodplain.

Wreck on I-30

June 24, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

First responders went out to help clean up a wreck on I-30 East near the I-20/I-30 split midday Monday. The incident involved a tractor trailer and led to debris blocking two lanes.

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