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Citizens view ramp proposal

January 25, 2012 by Randy Keck

Randy Keck/The Community News: Residents from the area visited the cafeteria at McCall Elementary School on Tuesday night, Jan. 24 to see the locations of the proposed ramp changes for Interstate 20. The west-bound exits for Ranch House Road and FM 5 are planned to be moved significantly westward.

More on the story can be found in the Jan. 27 issue of The Community News.

Board renews superintendent contract

January 24, 2012 by Randy Keck

Randy Keck/The Community News: The Aledo Independent School District Board of Trustees recognized the Bearcat football team for winning its third consecutive state championship at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 23. Shown are Aledo Athletic Director Tim Buchanan, team captains Johnathan Gray and Dayne Davis, and school board members David Davis and Steve Bartley.

The AISD board extended the contract of Superintendent Dan Manning until June 30, 2014 at its regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 23. The board also approved a $31,000 contract to supplement science textbooks with online resources, and passed new policies regarding procedures for reductions in force.

For more on the board's actions, see the Jan. 27 issue of The Community News.

Zonta Club offers scholarships

January 23, 2012 by Randy Keck

The Zonta Club of Parker County is accepting applications for its general scholarship awards and is inviting qualified persons to apply. Deadline is March 1.

The scholarship may be awarded to qualified Parker County residents who aspire to further their post-secondary education, who can demonstrate leadership and academic promise and who possess a commitment to advance the status of women. Scholarship awards may vary based on need. Recipients must provide verification of college or university enrollment prior to the award, and must be enrolled in a minimum of six semester hours to be eligible to receive scholarship funds.

Zonta Club of Parker County has awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships to 42 students in the last three years. Its major fundraiser is the annual Casino Night, scheduled this year on March 23 at the Wild Mushroom Steakhouse in Weatherford. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event, and club members also are accepting silent and live auction items. Call Angie Martin at 817-598-5422 for more information about Zonta Casino Night.

For more information about the scholarship opportunity offered by the local Zonta chapter and others offered by Zonta International, contact Dr. Arleen Atkins, chairperson of the scholarship committee, at 817-598-8822, or visit A downloadable application form for the ZCPC general scholarship is available.

Willow Park exit ramp meeting Tuesday

January 23, 2012 by Randy Keck

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold an open house public come-and-go meeting from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the McCall Elementary School Cafeteria to offer an opportunity to view and make comments on the proposed relocation of the exit ramps from westbound IH 20 to Ranch House Road (Exit 418) and westbound IH 20 to FM 5 (Exit 415).

Maps, drawings, and other information about the ramp relocations will be on display. Project personnel will be on hand to assist with orientation and interpretation of the displays and discuss the project.

All interested citizens are invited to attend this public meeting. A tape recorder will be available to document statements of those persons requesting to make oral comments. Written comments can be submitted at the meeting or mailed to the Texas Department of Transportation, Parker County Area Office at 1427 W. Bankhead, Weatherford, Texas 76086 on or before Feb. 3, 2012.

Bearcats in Finals of soccer tournament

January 21, 2012 by Randy Keck

The Aledo Bearcats soccer team will play against Granbury in the finals of the Moritz Tournament of Champions today (Saturday) at 6 p.m. In Bearcat Stadium.

Jan 20 issue on the way

January 19, 2012 by Randy Keck

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.


January 16, 2012 by Randy Keck

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.

Political Meeting

January 16, 2012 by Anonymous

Event Date: 
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.

Scenes from Aledo vs Azle

January 15, 2012 by Randy Keck

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.

Celebration for Johnathan Gray

January 10, 2012 by Randy Keck

Event Date: 
Thu, 01/12/2012 - 3:00pm

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!

Sports Calendar

Thursday, October 8

  • AHS JV at Cleburne; 4 p.m.

  • TCA Varsity at North Dallas Adventist, 5 p.m.

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.

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