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Public hearing scheduled in Annetta

June 21, 2013 by Jennifer Retter

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.

Road construction progresses

June 21, 2013 by Randy Keck

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.

FM 1187 Construction Update

May 30, 2013 by Randy Keck

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.

May 31 Issue

May 30, 2013 by Randy Keck

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Local woman arrested for theft

May 29, 2013 by Randy Keck

Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the 2012 Christmas Grinch again earlier today, (Tuesday, May 28, 2013.)

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Dana Lanette Brock, 44, was booked into the Parker County Jail on charges of burglary of a habitation, after an Aledo homeowner reported a female entered the attached garage to his residence and stole a pressure washer and a gas-operated weed eater.

Deputies responded to the 100 block of Inglewood Drive in Aledo, around 7:30 a.m., where the homeowner showed them a video capturing a female suspect in the act at 1:17 a.m., earlier today.

The suspect was seen on camera entering garage without consent of the owners and removing the items.

Deputies recognized the suspect’s physical description matched Brock, who was arrested in December for theft of Christmas decorations from residences in the Aledo area.

Deputies relocated to 135 Rim Rock, where Brock was known to reside, to conduct an initial investigation.

Sheriff’s deputies made contact with Brock, who implicated herself in the theft. The stolen items were recovered at Brock’s residence.

The case is still currently under investigations. Brock remains incarcerated at the Parker County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon. Her bond has not been set.

Citty named lone superintendent finalist

May 28, 2013 by Randy Keck

Derek CittyDerek CittyThe Aledo ISD School Board named Derek Citty, Ph.D., as the lone finalist for superintendent. Citty is the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services with Carroll ISD. See the May 31 issue of The Community News for more information.

State softball playoffs

May 28, 2013 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Fri, 05/31/2013 - 12:00pm

William McCorkle: The Aledo Ladycats celebrate after winning the Regional playoffs last Saturday in Abilene.William McCorkle: The Aledo Ladycats celebrate after winning the Regional playoffs last Saturday in Abilene.The Aledo Ladycats (40-3) will play Buda Hays (30-10) in the 4A State Semifinal game at 12 p.m. Friday, May 31 at the Red & Charline McCombs Field at the University of Texas at Austin. The winner of that game will play for the state championship at 1 p.m. Saturday against either Richmond Foster or Lucas Lovejoy.

Eighth grader in need of heart transplant unites community

May 26, 2013 by Randy Keck

From the May 24 issue of The Community News

Ribbons, events bring awareness to Dylan Hancock’s battle

Special to The Community News: Dylan Hancock and his doctors give the thumbs up sign.Special to The Community News: Dylan Hancock and his doctors give the thumbs up sign.

By Jennifer Retter/The Community News

Like any boy in Aledo, Dylan Hancock loved playing football. Bearcat stadium on a Friday night beckoned to him, and at the start of eighth grade, Dylan could not wait to get on the field with his teammates.

But just six weeks into eighth grade, Dylan could no longer play. At football practice, he had been running short of breath often. He found that he could not keep up with the other boys. Something was terribly wrong.

Dylan’s story

When retired stockbroker Rob Helms decided to get involved in Aledo ISD’s mentoring program, he thought he would work with elementary students. The day AISD administrator Denise Dugger told Helms he was to work with a seventh grader, Helms said he was “scared to death.”

That seventh grader, however, turned out to be Dylan Hancock, a bright young boy with a knack for English studies and a deep admiration for Marines. The two met every week for lunch throughout the end of the seventh grade.

“Dylan is extremely courageous and deeply committed,” Helms said. “”He was ready for eighth grade. He was ready to get out on the field.”

The dreadful day six weeks into eighth grade when Dylan could no longer play football proved only the start of a long, costly battle.

Softball Playoffs

May 20, 2013 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Fri, 05/24/2013 - 7:00pm

The Aledo Ladycats will play for the Regional Softball Championship against Frenship in a best-of-three series at Abilene Christian University. Game one will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24. Game two will be at noon Saturday, May 25. Game three, if necessary, will be played after game two.

Softball playoff update

May 17, 2013 by Randy Keck

Jim Zimmermann/The Community NewsJim Zimmermann/The Community News

Aledo defeated El Paso Chapin 4-1 in game one of the three-game Regional Semifinal series in Odessa. Game two will be Saturday at 1 p.m. and can be heard on Internet radio at

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