Parker County Commissioners extended the county burn ban this morning. The current outdoor burn ban will expire on Aug. 26.
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."
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.
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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.
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.
Presented with petitions from Deer Creek residents and 77 signatures from existing Annetta residents in favor of annexation, the council scheduled two public hearings for July 16 and 18 regarding the annexation of Deer Creek water customers into the Town of Annetta.
Joel Kertok of the Parker Counry Judge's Office reports that work continues to progress with the widening and reconstruction of FM 1187 and Aledo Trail.
Crews are expected to continue with the paving of both projects for the next several weeks, with FM 1187 paving taking place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should be aware that north bound FM 1187 traffic, planning to access I-20 or the east bound service road, is expected to be detoured across the newly paved portions of FM 1187 as they approach the I-20 traffic signal, starting sometime in mid-July.
Current estimates for when work is expected to switch to the west side of FM 1187 and traffic moved completely to the newly constructed east side of FM 1187 in September or October.
Construction of FM 1187 continues on schedule with crews planning to begin paving the week of June 3. Paving will start at Bankhead and move north to I-20. In order to lessen the impact on motorists, paving will take place at night beginning at 8 p.m. and finishing at 6 a.m. This work is expected to be finished in approximately 3 days, weather permitting. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in the areas where paving is taking place.
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