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.”
Tryout practice for the new Aledo High School Dance/Drill Team will be held at the Aledo High School practice gym. The time will be used to teach girls who are entering grades 9-12 the tryout routine. Practice sessions will be
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 22
Students trying out for the club will receive an audition application on June 21 which will have to be turned in at the final tryout on June 25.
For more information, email Hope Tuel at firstname.lastname@example.org or or Julie Hall at email@example.com.
Tryouts will be held at Don Daniel Freshman Campus from 5-8 p.m. Monday, June 25.
The Willow Park City Council, in its regular June meeting, voted to approve the plat for the proposed apartments at Crown Pointe and then tabled the site plan.
Councilmembers requested more information from Planning & Zoning and the department heads within the city.
According to Planning & Zoning Chairman David Fritz, there is no legal framework that specifies how much time the council can take to review the plan once the plat is approved.
For more on this story look for the June 15 issue of The Community News.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a robbery call in the 1400 block of New Hope Road, Friday, June 8.
Sheriff Larry Fowler said the call came in around 9:30 p.m., where neighbors came to the residence to check on the homeowner, but were unable to enter the locked home.
Through a window, the neighbors observed the victim, an 81-year-old male, bound and gagged on the living room floor of the Boyd home.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies forced entry into the home, cleared the residence and called for paramedics to assist the man, who had been handcuffed behind his back.
The victim also had duct tape on top of the handcuffs and around his head and feet.
Deputies reported the residence had been “ransacked,” in what officials believe was a robbery.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies conducted an initial investigation which will be continued by Wise County Sheriff’s Office due to the location of the incident.
The victim told deputies the suspects were three white, males with shaved heads.
Due to his need for medical attention, the victim was not able to tell deputies any additional information about the incident.
The victim was transported by ground ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital for treatment.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Aledo High School's Laney Anderson delivered the Valedictorian's Address at the 2012 AHS Commencement Ceremony on Monday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on the TCU campus.
At the ceremony, 345 students crossed the stage to receive diplomas. More on graduation and a full section celebrating the senior class of 2012 will be in the June 8 issue of The Community News.
Parker County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested two men in connection with three recent burglaries.
Deputies responded to a burglary in progress call around 3:30 p.m., Wednesday in the 3300 block of East Bankhead Highway.
Deputies discovered two suspects inside the residence after a neighbor witnessed the pair breaking into the home.
When deputies arrived on scene, they observed a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck backed into the driveway, facing the roadway. Deputies reported the rear door of the home had been forcefully entered.
(Click READ MORE below for the rest of the story).
The Willow Park City Council, in a special meeting on Tuesday, May 29, voted to deny the final plat for the apartments that were planned for Crown Pointe Boulevard.
The decision is the first to address the apartments since recent municipal elections changed the makeup of the council.
Only Councilmember Gene Martin voted against the denial and Mayor Marvin Glasgow admonished the council after the vote, pointing out that the city would now have to return a $250,000 deposit for water improvements from the prospective developer - Kyle Wilks.
For more on this story, look for the June 1 issue of The Community News.
Weatherford attorney Craig Towson outpolled Trey Loftin in the race for District Judge, 43rd Judicial District in Tuesday's Parker County Republican Primary. Loftin was appointed to the post by Gov. Rick Perry last year in the wake of the retirement of Judge Don Chrestman.
Towson received 6,027 votes to Loftin's 5,511. Because there is no Democratic candidate on the November ballot, Towson becomes the de facto winner of the race, and should take office in January, 2013.
In the bitter race for Parker County Tax Assessor-Collector, incumbent Marjorie King easily won over Larry Lippincott, 8,164 to 3,443.
Voters in Precinct 4 will return to the polls on July 31 for a runoff between Constable candidates Scott Jones and Mike Montgomery, who led a four-man race. Jones received 1,203 votes (35.86%) to Montgomery's 831 (24.77%). Other candidates in the race were Dallas Cochran (586 votes) and Kevin Lanham (735 votes).
Results of all county contested races are below (click "Read More.")