According to the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, an estimated 6,500 people flooded to Gene Voyles Park in Hudson Oaks on July 4 to enjoy the first ever "Boomin' Fourth" celebration.
Music was provided by River Trip Band, the Katy Keenie Band and the Chris Osborne Band before fireworks began at dark.
For more information, see the July 13 issue of The Community News.
Frac Tech Services International on Nu Energy Road in Aledo has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a permit that would allow for the release of "hazardous air pollutants" into the air.
Frac Tech performs hydraulic fracturing on gas wells.
TCEQ has deemed the application administratively complete and will conduct a technical review of the application.
Persons who may be affected by the permit may submit public comments, request a public meeting, or request a contested case hearing to the Office of the Chief Clerk.
Public comments and requests must be submitted either electronically at www.tceq.texas.gov/about/comments.html, or in writing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas, 78711-3087.
If you communicate with the TCEQ electronically, please be aware that your email address, like your physical mailing address, will become part of the agency’s public record.
The TCEQ will consider all public comments in developing a final decision on the application. The deadline to submit public comments is 30 days from July 6, 2012.
For more on this story look for the July 13 issue of The Community News.
On Friday, July 6, all City of Hudson Oaks facilities will be closed and all non-emergency operations will be suspended in celebration of Independence Day.
This Wednesday, city staff will be helping the community celebrate Independence Day at the Boomin' 4th concert and fireworks event.
Because this special event is an "all hands on deck" affair for the staff, the City of Hudson Oaks is delaying its official observance of the holiday until Friday.
Anyone needing to report a water utility emergency or a non-emergency issue to the Hudson Oaks Police Department on July 4 or 6 should call 682-229-2400 and follow the prompts.
As always, public safety emergencies should be reported by dialing 911. Regular hours of service and operation will resume on Monday, July 9.
The City Council and City staff of Hudson Oaks apologize for any inconvenience this delayed holiday observance may cause and appreciates everyone's patience and understanding.
From the Parker County Judge's Office
Kit Marshall, Community Liaison for Emergency Preparedness, recently spent time in Austin, after she was selected to team-teach the State CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Master Instructor class.
“It is an honor for Kit and something we are all very proud of,” County Judge Mark Riley, Director of Emergency Management said. “It speaks well for our Emergency Preparedness staff when one of our employees is to the level where she is teaching not just the community but emergency preparedness personnel across the state.”
Marshall said she was pleased with the opportunity to educate others on CERT.
“CERT training is something I believe is invaluable for every family, neighborhood or community,” she said. “It is basic life safety training that gives one the ability to know what to do and perhaps even save the life of another before a first responder arrives. There is nothing more valuable than a human life.”
After the State CERT Master Instructor class, Marshall traveled to San Antonio to co-lead two educational sessions at the 3rd Annual Texas Unites Conference in San Antonio Put on by Texas Citizens Corp and the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster; it is one of the largest annual professional, volunteer and emergency management training summits in Texas.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols for a nine-day period that includes July 4th. From June 30 – July 8, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.
“Plan ahead. If you are drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or some other form of transportation,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Otherwise, you could be making a very expensive or even fatal mistake.”
The enhanced patrols that target impaired driving are funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). DPS troopers made 1,406 DWI arrests during the July 4th enforcement effort last year, and 575 of those arrests were a direct result of the increased patrols. Last year, during this time period, DPS enforcement also resulted in nearly 18,000 speeding citations, 3,390 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 920 fugitive arrests, and 656 felony arrests.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the July 4th holiday ranks No. 1 nationally for alcohol-related fatal crashes. According to TxDOT, more than 1,000 Texans are killed each year as a result of impaired drivers, and Texas is frequently ranked as the nation’s deadliest for impaired driving deaths.
“The goal of our enforcement effort is to save lives and make travelling in Texas safer for residents and visitors during the July 4th holiday,” said McCraw.
John Michael DavidsonThe Parker County Sheriff’s Dept. arrested John Michael Davidson, 32, of Hawley, Texas Sunday afternoon in the McDavid Springs addition of FM 5.
Residents of the area reportedly saw Davidson in the area and called out to him, at which time he took off on foot. He was arrested for Criminal Trespass by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies, at which time it was discovered that there was a warrant for his arrest in Taylor County on the same charge. Davidson is also listed on the Texas Department of Public Safety Registered Sex Offender database.
A spokesperson for the Parker County Sheriff’s Dept. said Davidson has been transferred to Taylor County.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are investigating an aggravated robbery which occurred at the Aledo Sonic Monday evening.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the incident was reported shortly after 11 p.m. in the 300 block of FM 1187.
A 20-year-old female told deputies a male was crouching behind another employee’s vehicle after hours. She initially thought the man was another employee, and said hello. The suspect turned around and quickly approached the victim, while pointing a handgun at her. The suspect demanded her money.
The victim complied and the suspect ran behind a fence, out of view, taking the victim’s tip money.
The suspect was described as 6’2”, wearing a tan ski mask, dark clothing and having a deep voice. His race was unknown by the victim.
Anyone with information about the suspect or his location is encouraged to call the Parker County Sheriff’s office at (817) 594-8845 or the Parker County Crime Stopper’s Hotline at (817) 599-5555. You may remain anonymous and receive up to a $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect involved.
The Community News won first place in the General Excellence category among its peers at the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest awards presented Saturday at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio.
In addition, TCN's Your Parker County guide placed third in the Routine Special Sections category. Other awards were:
2nd place Feature Story
3rd place Feature Photo
3rd place News Photo
From the Parker County Sheriff's Office
An Azle man was taken to a local hospital after sustaining a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg, Tuesday.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the man, identified as Charles Edward Finch, 63, reported he had taken a Ruger .45 handgun to show his friends, and was attempting to “unload” the weapon when he was struck in the left thigh.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call around 5 p.m. in the 1900 block of Northwest Parkway.
A Sheriff’s report states Finch reported he did not know a round was in the chamber at the time of the incident.
Finch was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.
“This is another example of how unsafe handling of weapons is extremely dangerous,” said Sheriff Larry Fowler. “This is the third weapon incident within the last 30 days. We can not stress enough caution and proper training when handling and firing weapons.”
From the Parker County Sheriff's Office
Parker County Sheriff’s Investigators are investigating a weekend shooting incident.
A 25-year-old female reported her vehicle’s windshield was struck twice while traveling in the 600 block of Lake Country Drive, Sunday around 2:30 p.m.
The woman reported she heard several gunshots and two objects hit her windshield, breaking it.
Deputies responded to the call, discovering several adult males in the 100 block of Atwood, a near-by street, had been “target” shooting in the back yard of a residence during a Father’s Day party.
One of the subjects stated he and three other men had set up “a safe shooting environment,” with the targets facing away from the roadway and a wooded area located behind the targets.
The subject told deputies he was not trying to be irresponsible or malicious and thought the area chosen for the target practice was “OK.”
A deadly conduct case was filed and is currently under investigation.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the report marks the second shooting incident to occur in the last several weeks.
“Once again, we have an incident where someone was extremely lucky in that no one was injured in the mishandling of a firearm,” Fowler said. “We can not stress enough the vital importance of proper weapons training and handling.”