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Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship Open to High School Seniors

March 19, 2012 by Katie Martinez

Texas high school seniors who care about the environment have the chance to win a college scholarship by composing a 350-word essay explaining what they’ve done to improve the litter situation in their community.

The first-place winner will receive $3,000. The second-and-third place winners will receive $1,000 each.

Don’t Mess with Texas is a litter prevention campaign sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation.

The scholarship is one of TxDOT's efforts to generate more youth involvement in the campaign.

Any high school senior graduating spring 2012, who currently resides and attends school in Texas is eligible to apply, or any seniors planning to further their education at an accredited college or university in Texas.

Submissions should include a 300-to-350-word essay identifying a litter problem in the student’s school or community and the action he or she took to address it, a completed scholarship application sent online or by mail.

For the application, mailing address or further details, visit Materials are due via email or must be postmarked by April 20, 2012.

Area teachers recognized by Junior Cotillion

March 19, 2012 by Katie Martinez

Teachers from across Parker County are honored by the Junior Cotillion for leading by example.Ten Parker County educators were honored last week for inspiring students with their exceptionally good manners.

“These special educators are among the very best, who treat the students of Parker County with respect and instill a love of learning,” Aledo’s Junior Cotillion director Sharon Pate said.

The teachers were given certificates and roses in an awards ceremony at the Junior Cotillion Grand Ball February 25 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.

“Teachers don’t get enough thank yous,” Pate told students and parents gathered at the event. “We would like to honor them.

These special teachers have been chosen by Junior Cotillion students to receive the ‘Best Mannered Teacher’ award.”

Students wrote essays about a teacher who they found to have the best manners and who always treated others with honor, dignity, and respect.

“We thank our students for taking the time to honor these special teachers who are good role models and show courtesy and respect to all students,” Pate said.

Junior Cotillion students, in sixth grade through eighth grade, meet monthly during the school year to learn etiquette and ballroom dancing.

The program is designed to build self-confidence, character and ethical behavior and is dedicated to making a positive impact on young people and helping them become tomorrow’s leaders.

Iris in bloom at Community Center

March 19, 2012 by Mother Nature

Iris at Community Center

As a Parker County Master Gardener and a Tarrant County Master Gardener, with 2 gardening acres in Deer Creek, a host of children with flower beds, and designer and caretaker of the front entrance to Deer Creek subdivision, I have somewhere to garden every day.

I also landscape a homeless shelter, Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth, as a Tarrant County Master Gardener.

This makes me very busy but very happy.

I am a new transplant from the city, as the old-timers in Aledo call anyone that did not grow up here in this area.

Rolf, my husband, moved here in 1988 and I came in 1990. We used to eat at the Pete’s Deli most weeks and I would hear the comments from the old-timers about how the new comers were ruining East Parker County.

Rolf and I began trying to make ourselves accepted by them by doing our best to beautify the area as much as possible and I think we have done a really good job.

When our daughter was in 5th grade, I planted trees at Vandagriff Elementary School and met with the principal to plan some landscaping.

Purple Iris at Community CenterAlso, at the request of various teachers, I planted trees with the children attending McAnally when it was first built. Spent one whole summer watering trees, but in 1998 the drought got them. Made me sad and made me mad.

I had bought a water hose to place by the school building but I don’t think anyone watered the whole summer. My husband Rolf says I should not run around and water every tree in Parker County – but I want to when I see them in distress.

I did some consulting work at various subdivisions to design their front entrance. Residents saw the handiwork at Aledo City Hall property and wanted my input.

It makes me happy to drive by now and see the plantings still going strong and making an impact on a nice neighborhood. My observation is nice people like to garden.

I was one of the 12 that started Parker County Master Gardeners. We are called the “Dirty Dozen.”

Aledo was started as a project for us in 1998. Actually before that, I was a 4-H horticulture volunteer teacher and we built the flowerbeds around the community center as a project.

As a master gardener, on Wednesday morning, we take care of those same beds.

If you look close you will see the lilacs blooming right now. Joe King’s mother planted those when that was their home place very many years ago.

The lilac that is blooming in the newly built berm was transplanted to make way for the road that is going to be built this year, coming right down the middle of city hall property. We moved the lilac in January so I figured it would go into shock and not bloom this year but I think it is doing better than it did last year. Wonderful.

At Aledo Community Center, the iris are starting to bloom – the white pops out first, then the many different colors appear, staggering the blooms so that the iris bed blooms for about 2 months in the spring.

These irises are donations from all the residents around East Parker County that wanted to share with us when we built the bed that is to the west of community center.

One good story: a lady was smoking a cigarette and standing in the iris bed one morning as I drove by. I stopped to see what she was doing in our very blooming bed.

She said she figured that the property was public, she assumed it would be okay to get some beautiful iris and take home to plant for herself.

Stealing iris, you got to be kidding! I was in such shock to have that happen I simply told her that I had planted them for all the residents to enjoy, not just her.

She left in a huff, cigarette smoke billowing out of the car window and took her new irises, blooms and all as I stood in the parking lot with incredulity on my face. I suppose that was the ultimate compliment.

I will blog what is going on at Deer Creek front entrance, Aledo city hall and the community center, plus any horticulture news that I think you will enjoy.

Gay Larson
Parker County Master Gardener
Tarrant County Master Gardener

Iris blooming outside the Community Center.

Hudson Oaks City Council Agenda for 3/22/2012

March 19, 2012 by Katie Martinez

City of Hudson Oaks
210 North Lakeshore Drive
Hudson Oaks, Texas 76087
Regular City Council Meeting
March 22, 2012

Call to order


1. I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
2. Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.

Citizens who have signed a form to speak to the City Council will be heard at this time. In compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, unless the subject matter of the presentation is on the agenda, the city staff and City Council members are prevented from discussing the subject and may respond only with statements of factual information or existing city policy.

Items of community interest include expressions of thanks, congratulations, or condolence; information regarding holiday schedules; honorary recognitions of city officials, employees or citizens; reminders about upcoming events sponsored by the city or other entity that is scheduled to be attended by a city official or employee; and announcements involving imminent threats to the public health and safety.

1. Consideration of the Regular City Council Meeting Minutes for February 23, 2012

EPA proposes cleanup of Circle Court groundwater site

March 13, 2012 by Katie Martinez

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a proposal made by the State of Texas to add the Circle Drive Groundwater Site to a list of National Priorities because of the health risks posed by a contamination of trichloroethene that was first discovered in 2006.

For more on this story, look for the March 16 issue of The Community News.

City to consider annexation at Tuesday meeting

March 12, 2012 by Randy Keck

The City of Willow Park will consider the annexation of 23.189 acres adjacent to Willow Park Village at its regular meeting Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

No legal notice was received by The Community News to announce the annexation, which reports say would be developed for 80 or more single-family homes.

The Willow Park City Council meets at Willow Park City Hall, 516 Ranch House Road.

Team captains sought for Parker County Walk Across Texas

March 12, 2012 by Anonymous

Through a modest increase in daily activity, most Americans can improve their health. Walk Across Texas is a program that persuades and motivates people of all ages to get started. Participants need a team of eight people, with one person being designated as the “team captain.” The team who walks farthest “across Texas” will win, but everyone who participates will take home a healthy habit - walking for fitness.

Team members report their daily mileage to the team captain, and the team captain reports the individual and team total miles on the website or to the Extension office at the end of each week by telephone (817-598-6168), fax (817-598-6168) or e-mail

Teams are not required to walk or ride together, although they may if they desire. Teams simply pool their mileage each week to work toward “walking across Texas.” Members may walk, jog, ride a bike, skateboard, dance, roller blade, treadmill, swim, spin and/or run. A large Texas map showing the progress of teams will be in Texas AgriLife Extension, Parker County office, and at other various locations.

The eight-week journey begins April 2 and continues through May 28.

Walk Across Texas is sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension, which is looking for volunteers to serve as team captains.

To sign up as a team captain, go by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Parker County office at 604 North Main St., Suite 200 in Weatherford or call 817-598-6168.

Aledo ISD Board Meeting March 19, 2012

March 12, 2012 by Randy Keck

The Board of Trustees
Aledo ISD
Notice of Regular Meeting
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Aledo ISD will be held March 19, 2012, beginning at 7:00 PM in the Aledo ISD Administration Board Room.
Dinner will be served to the Board at 6:15 P.M. in the Louden Room, located in the AlSD Administration Building.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as listed below.
Items do not have to be taken in the order shown on this meeting notice.
Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.
I. Call to Order

Presenter: Joe Dearing, Jr., President
Time: 7:00 P.M.

II. Determine a Quorum

Presenter: Joe Dearing, Jr., President

III. Pledge of Allegiance to the United States and Texas Flags

Presenter: Dan Peterson, High School Principal, and Students

IV. Campus Presentation - Aledo High School

Presenter: Dan Peterson, Principal

V. Commendations

Presenter: Jay Stringer, Vice President, and Johnny Campbell, Secretary

A. AHS Academic Decathlon Team
B. AHS Girls Basketball
C. AHS Boys Basketball
D. PTO Presentation - Kittie France, Aledo ISD PTO President

VI. Public Comment

Presenter: Joe Dearing, Jr., President

VII. Consent Agenda

Presenter: Joe Dearing, Jr., President

A. Minutes - February 20, 2012

New Councilmember sworn-in

March 8, 2012 by Katie Martinez

Esta Austin, a long-time resident of Willow Park, was sworn-in by Mayor Pro-Tem Gene Martin as an interim Councilmember in Place 4.

Austin's appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Councilman Mark Hickerson on Feb. 17.

Martin said Hickerson's departure was a result of time constraints. He had been a councilmember for three years and a member of the Planning and Zoning Commitee for two years before that.

Austin's appointment will carry the council to the May 12 elections, when voters will decide on either Brian Thornburg or Daniel Stalling to be the new councilmember in Place 4.

Mom Blog: Discounted family fun

March 6, 2012 by Megan Parks

Here's some fun activities that won't break the bank.

Chilis Kids Eat FREE
March 5-7

Click here for a printable version.

Boo Rays-Fort Worth HWY
Kids Eat for ONE PENNY
Mondays & Tuesdays

Hulen Mall
St. Patrick’s Day at Kids Club
Thursday, March 8

Everyone’s invited to Hulen Mall to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when Kids Club presents Top O’ the Mornin’, a salute to all things Irish. The gathering will be oh-so much fun with a wee bit o’ singing and dancing, maybe a tale or two and, of course, a charming craft to make and take home. Watch out, maybe there will be a leprechaun or two hiding about.

Kids Club starts at 11 a.m. on the lower level in Center Court near the Play Area and lasts 30-45 minutes. There’s no fee for Kids Club and reservations are not required, but adults are asked to sign up little ones at the event. Parents/caregivers are required to stay with children. Adults who are bringing five or more children are asked to call Fara Reid at (817) 294-1205 x7021 so that club organizers will have a giveaway for every participant.

Spring Break Ideas
Fort Worth Zoo
Wednesday half-price day
Pricing Parking $5
Adults $6
Kids $4.50

Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

Sports Calendar

Friday, October 9

  • AHS at Everman

    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    JV, 6:30 p.m.

    9th A, 6:30 p.m.

    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity at Everman Bulldogs, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 10

  • TCA Varsity VS Immanuel Christian Academy at TCA; TBA

  • AHS at Flyin' Hawks Invitational at Hurst; 7:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 13

  • AHS at Cleburne

    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    JV, 5:30 p.m.

    9th A, 5:30 p.m.

    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 16

  • AHS at Crowley

    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    JV, 6:30 p.m.

    9th A, 6:30 p.m.

    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity at Crowley Eagles, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 19

Tuesday, October 20

  • AHS VS Joshua at AHS

    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    JV, 5:30 p.m.

    9th A, 5:30 p.m.

    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 23

  • AHS VS Burleson at AHS

    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    JV, 6:30 p.m.

    9th A, 6:30 p.m.

    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity VS Burleson Elks at Bearcat Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

  • TCA Varsity at Nazarene Christian Academy; 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 27

  • AHS at Burleson Centennial

    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    JV, 5:30 p.m.

    9th A, 5:30 p.m.

    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 30

  • AHS Varsity at Granbury Pirates, 7:30 p.m.

  • TCA Varsity VS Newman International Academy at TCA; 7:30 p.m.

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