January 20, 2012The Jan. 20 issue of The Community News is at the printer. Coverage includes Aledo's plans for FM 1187, the Hudson Oaks Liquor petition and a lot more. For the baby boomers among our readers, check out Randy Keck's Retro-TV quiz on page 6. Remember Sam Drucker? Click the "E-Version" link above for a free preview.
Shown are excerpts from Parker County MLK Day activities. Speakers are Dr. Roberto Cardarelli, Jennifer Stimpson and Natalie Roetzel of the Innocence Project of Texas.
Read more about the MLK Day program in the Jan. 20 issue of The Community News.
Thu, 01/19/2012 - 11:45am
Michael Quinn Sullivan
Michael Quinn Sullivan, president and CEO of Empower Texans, and its premier project, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, will be the featured speaker at the Jan. 19 meeting of Bush Legacy Republican Women. The meeting will be at 11:45 a.m. at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram has said Sullivan “slays taxpayer dragons in Austin… When the heat is on in Austin, Michael Quinn Sullivan knows how to make it even hotter.”
Texas Monthly recently named Sullivan one of the 25 most influential people working in Texas politics. The article dubbed him “the enforcer” for his ability to motivate grassroots voters. The national political magazine “Campaigns & Elections” listed him as one of the state’s most influential political figures.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, Sullivan has worked as a reporter for two daily Texas newspapers, and served as press secretary to a Member of Congress. He has also trained conservative and libertarian leaders on effective communications strategies.
He spent five years with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he served as vice president, before being tapped to lead Empower Texans.
Sullivan’s commentaries have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the state and nation. He is a frequent guest on talk radio programs, and regularly called upon to address policy and political issues before groups across the country.
The Aledo basketball teams played Azle on Friday, Jan. 13. Scenes include Ladycat action under the basket, crowd cheering the state champion Aledo Bearcat basketball team, and scenes from Stuard Elementary School's Teams of Tomorrow.
See the Jan. 20 issue of The Community News for full coverage of Friday's basketball games.
All Aledo High School staff, students and the community are invited to attend the Gatorade Player of the Year celebration for Johnathan Gray at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in the high school gym. Many of you may have watched him play in last week's Under Armour All-American game sponsored by Gatorade. Please join us for the presentation of the Gatorade trophy honoring his position on the All-American team. Hope to see you all there!
Sat, 01/28/2012 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
The Aledo Band Boosters are hosting a dinner, auction and concert from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the AHS cafeteria. The event is being catered by Babe’s Chicken with desserts provided by Aledo band parents. There will be performances by the McAnally Intermediate, Aledo Middle School and Aledo High School bands.
Cost is $14 per ticket. Order online at www.aledobandparents.com.
Parker County’s Purchasing Department was recognized for the second year in a row in 2011 with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award.
The award recognizes organizational excellence in procurement, with Parker County’s Purchasing Department cited for innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, transparency and leadership.
“Parker County is one of only 35 government agencies in Texas and 1 of only 41 counties in the United States to receive this award,” said Kathleen Bender with the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award Committee.
Parker County Judge Mark Riley said the independent nature of the department is one of the vital separations of power within county government.
“The importance of the role that our Purchasing Department plays in catching and eliminating wasteful spending practices that can plague governments can not be overstated,” Riley said. “I am proud of the work our Purchasing Agent and her staff has done to be recognized with this award.”
Parker County Purchasing Agent Deena Nichols praised her staff and said winning the award for a second year in a row affirms that the hard work put in by her office is effective.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Breann Forbes goes to the basket in the Aledo JV girls 56-23 win over Byron Nelson last Friday, Jan. 6. Click on the photo for a gallery from Friday night including JV and varsity girls and JV and freshman boys.
All the past week's action will be covered in the Jan. 13 issue of The Community News.
A reconstruction team with the Department of Public Safety has determined that the truck involved in a fatal accident near Springtown on Dec. 29 was travelling in excess of 75 mph at the time of the crash.
Lonny Haschel, public information officer for the Department of Public Safety, said the estimate is conservative and was determined by measuring skid marks and reconstructing the series of events that occurred after the driver, 18-year-old Joshua James Brown lost control.
Brown and 14-year-old passenger, Alex Nicole Christian of Aledo were pronounced dead at the scene, and two other passengers: Halston “Hoss” McCue, 15, of Weatherford, and 13-year-old Madelyne “Maddie” Mitchell, Christan's classmate at Aledo Middle School, were hospitalized with burns.
Haschel said there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, but it is standard procedure to investigate. The full accident report is expected to be released in the next two weeks.
An Aledo Middle School student was killed in an early-morning car crash on Thursday between Springtown and Weatherford.
Alex Christian was killed, and classmate Maddie Mitchell received injuries when the pickup they were riding in ran through several mailboxes, then crashed into the side of a mobile home, which then caught fire.
The accident occurred shortly after midnight.
The driver of the truck, Josh Brown, 18, of Weatherford, was also killed. Another passenger, Hoss McCue, 15, was sent to Parkland Hospital in Dallas to be treated for burns.
More information will be provided as it can be confirmed.