The 2011 Parker County Christmas guide is included with the Nov. 18 issue of The Community News, and you can also read it by clicking on the above image.
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Blake Kenneth Dietrich, 18, of Aledo, was arrested Thursday night, Nov. 10, after being caught attempting to enter Hall’s Aledo Medicine Store.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary in progress call about 11:30 p.m. Sheriff Larry Fowler said Dietrich was discovered by Sheriff’s deputies and Willow Park Police officers in the 600 block of North FM 1187, around 11:30 p.m., attempting to enter the pharmacy through a rear window.
Willow Park officers reported Dietrich was standing on the hood of his black Jeep Wrangler with his hands inside a broken window, attempting to enter the building.
Two cash registers and an automatic rifle were found in the passenger seat of Dietrich’s jeep.
Officers reported that Dietrich implicated himself in four additional burglaries committed that same evening in the same shopping strip and area.
Dietrich told officers he intended to steal opiate-type medications to sell when officers apprehended him.
Dietrich was arrested on five counts of burglary of a building and one count of fraudulent use/possession of identifying information. His total bond was set at $45,000. As of Monday afternoon, Dietrich remained incarcerated at the Parker County Jail.
The Class AAAA Division II Area Playoff football game between the Aledo Bearcats and the Mansfield Summit Jaguars will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 at Burleson Elks Stadium.
Pre-sell tickets will be $8 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets at the gate will be $9.
Aledo is the home team
Live updates of the game will be at www.community-news.com
Randy Keck/The Community News: Lewis Frantz holds Robbie Frantz as they watched the Parker County Veterans Day parade on Saturday, Nov. 12. Frantz is a veteran.
Spectators lined South Main St. in Weatherford for the Veterans Day Parade held after a ceremony outside the Weatherford High School Ninth Grade Center on Saturday.
Grand Marshall of the Parade was Eric Matthews, who spoke of the sacrifice and contributions of veterans (see video).
Scenes from the Parker County Veterans Day Parade and opening ceremony on Nov. 12, 2011. Shown are clips of Grand Marshal Eric Matthews, Sophie Clark singing "God Bless America," members of the Texas Guard and the Weatherford High School band.
For more photos and information, see the Nov. 18 issue of The Community News.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Mykah Wilson jump serves to Canyon Randall in the UIL Regional Semifinal volleyball match at McMurry University in Abilene.
Click on the photo above for a gallery from the match in Abilene
Canyon Randall defeated Aledo in five games in the regional volleyball semifinal in Abilene on Friday, Nov 11.
Aledo fell behind in the first game by 12 points, but gained ground later in the game, eventually losing the first game 14-25. The momentum from the end of the first game carried into the next two, which the Ladycats won 25-20 and 25-21.
They were unable to put Randall away, however, as Canyon won the last two games 17-25 and 9-15.
Scenes from the Regional Volleyball Tournament in which Aledo faced Canyon Randall. Scenes include fan support, opening warmups, introductions and an extended volley that shows the intensity of play on both sides.
For more on the regional tournament, see the Nov. 18 issue of The Community News.
Bethanie James/Special to The Community News: Garrett Ellis kicks off for the Bearcats in Thursday's bi-district win.
Dunbar took the opening kickoff and started at their own 33 yard line. Todd Christian intercepted a Wildcat pass and Aledo had the ball at their own 17.
The Bearcats drove 83 yards on their first possession of the night. A pass to Preston Bartley for a first down, a run by Johnathan Gray and a big play on a pass to Michael Mann, who laid out and slid about five yards making the catch were the key plays. Gray ran it in from the two-yard line for the touchdown. Chance Nevarez kicked the PAT and the Bearcats were up 7-0 with 6:26 in the first quarter.
Dunbar drove 60-plus yards on their next possession, but had to settle for a field goal making the score Aledo with a little less than three minutes left in the first quarter.
On the next Aledo drive Mann again made his presence known with two key receptions for first downs, as did Caleb Frysinger. Gray covered the last eight yards on a run to the left side and the Bearcats lead 14-3 with about 30 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Aledo started from their eight-yard line after a Dunbar punt. A holding call erased a Gray run of more than 80 yards to the end zone and Aledo backed up to their four-yard line. Two plays later Willie Gibson scored on a 72-yard pass from Matt Bishop. The PAT was good, 21-3 Aledo nine minutes before halftime.
Aledo defeated Burleson 25-11, 25-23, 25-22 in the regional quarterfinal match at Haltom High School on Tuesday, Nov 8.
The Ladycats will play old Nemesis Canyon Randall at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov 11 at Kimbrell Arena at McMurry University in Abilene as the first round of the Regional Tournament.
For more details, see the Nov. 11 issue of The Community News.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Aledo High School Band Director Joey Paul gives instructions to the Bearcat Regiment as they warmed up outside the San Antonio Alamodome before participating in the state marching contest.
Click on the photo above for a gallery from the state band contest
The Aledo Bearcat Regiment placed 13th in the UIL State Marching Band competition on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in San Antonio. Aledo was the 24th 4A band to march in the 4A preliminaries. Following their performance, the Baylor University band performed while judges deliberated.
The band received an outpouring of support from community supporters who made the trip to San Antonio.
Sights and sounds from Aledo High School's participation in the state band contest. Scenes include warmups and rehearsal outside the Alamodome, the quiet walk into the arena, Aledo fans and supporters, and the performance on the Alamodome field.
Randy Keck/The Community News: The Aledo Bearcat Regiment marches during halftime of the recent home game against Azle.
The Aledo Bearcat Regiment will be the final band competing at the UIL State Band Competition at the San Antonio Alamodome on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The band will march at 4 p.m.
Following the preliminary competition and an exhibition by the Baylor University marching band, the finalists will be announced, and 4A final competition will be at 7 p.m.
The Community Newswill be reporting from the state contest at this site. Check here for results and media as they are available.
Randy Keck/The Community News: TJ Tomlin and BJ Munoz put on defensive pressure during Aledo's win over Brewer on Friday, Nov. 4. The Bearcats play Fort Worth Dunbar in bi-district on Thursday, Nov. 10 at Bearcat Stadium.
Click on the photo above for a gallery from the game
Aledo takes the ball first at the East end of Bearcat Stadium. 6 plays later, 3 runs each from Matt Bishop and Johnathan Gray, including a 5 yard touchdown run for Johnathan, Aledo scores first with less than 10 minutes left in the 1st quarter 7-0 Bearcats.
The Brewer Bears make a series of 1st downs before having to punt the ball back to Aledo. A nice punt pins the Bearcats deep in their own territory and a fumble on the second play of the drive results in a turnover.
Brewer gets the ball back deep in Aledo's end of the field. They tie it up at 7-7 with 4:45 left in the 1st quarter.
Caleb Frysinger returns the kickoff out to the Aledo 34 yard line where The Bearcats will start their possession.
A 3 play drive finishes with a 44 yard pass and run to Johnathan Gray from Matt Bishop, a Chance Nevarez PAT, and Aledo leads 14-7 with 3:30 left in the 1st quarter.
Aledo holds and will take over on their own 17 yard line after a Brewer punt. Unable to move the ball they punt the ball back to Brewer, who will set up shop at their own 47 yard line as the 1st quarter comes to a close.