City of Aledo
Aledo officials kicked off the 21-day countdown to a train-horn quiet zone in the downtown area with a symbolic clock Wednesday. Railroad and federal officials have signed off on the safety improvements incorporated into the Aledo Trail traffic circle, which creates a quiet zone for trains at the two crossings which see 19 to 32 trains a day.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Office
For updates to this story, see the Jan. 16 issue of The Community News.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation and assistance with the U.S. Secret Service and the Texas Rangers, made an arrest in a cold case homicide.
Pre-Aging CompositeIn 2005, Bobbie Sue Hill was discovered in the 1300 block of Jenkins Road, in Aledo, in a creek bed near a bridge. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s autopsy revealed Hill had been murdered by manual strangulation.
A pickup truck heading down Old Annetta Road lost control at a curve near Clear Fork Materials shortly after noon Thursday, shutting down the road and interrupting power in Aledo for a time. The driver did not sustain serious injuries.
The city of Aledo has reported a major water line break impacting the north side of the city, including the Lasater and Parks of Aledo additions. No timetable was given but repairs are under way. The break was not caused by construction in the area.
Aledo city worker earns praise: Aledo city employee Augustine “AJ” Avila earned recognition from the Aledo City Council Thursday for going above and beyond in assisting a citizen. Bill Branum, who lives on Old Tunnel Road, had fallen in his yard and was unable to get up. He had been down about 45 minutes when he was discovered by Avila, who works in the Public Works Dept. “It’s not everyday you run into a hero,” Branum told the council. Avila said it’s what anyone would have done, but Mayor Kt Marshall said not everyone would have come to Branum’s aid as Avila did.
If all goes according to plan, the construction barricades along FM 1187 and Aledo Trail should come down between 3-4 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 20).
Shortly after noon, the southbound lanes were opened south of Bailey Ranch Road.
"Our goal was to have this open by the time school opened, and we are pleased about that," said Joel Kertok, project coordinator with the Parker County judge's office. Classes begin Monday.
There will be work along the roadways continuing for a few weeks, such as landscaping and sidewalks, which could result in some temporary lane closures, he said.
"It's an exciting day," Kertok said. "We know it has been a challenge."
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.
Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating suspects in connection to the burglary of the Aledo Bearcat Valero Convenience Store.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the incident was reported just before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 400 block of North FM 1187.
Investigators said security footage shows a male suspect with curly hair, wearing tan shorts, a T-shirt with a hoodie and a female suspect wearing a T-shirt, black short, tennis shoes with her hair in a bun. Both suspects were shown wearing masks/head coverings and were wearing gloves.
The pair was seen on the recording forcefully breaking into the convenience store through a rear entrance, filling two large bags with merchandise, then exiting a short time later with about 30 cartons of cigarettes, retailed at about $1,500. The couple fled the premises in a small SUV.
Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspects involved is urged to contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at (817) 594-8845, or Parker County Crime Stoppers at (817) 599-5555. You may remain anonymous when calling Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspects involved in this case.
The completion of the Aledo Trails traffic couplet in the downtown area has been delayed. The city council learned Thursday that the expected completion in May has been pushed back until June and possibly July. FM 1187 construction remains on schedule for September.
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Colton Pettigrew rides on his father Eric's shoulders at the Kelly Miller Circus tent raising on Saturday morning. Find full coverage of the circus in the March 21 issue of The Community News.
Aledo City Council approved the final plat for the Brookhollow Addition Thursday.
The subdivision on the north side of FM 1187 south will include 127 home sites, with lots ranging from 7,000 to more than 10,000 square feet and prices from the $200,000s to the $400,000s.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting the council was introduced to the city’s first animal control officer, Alyssa Galyean, who began her duties Feb. 24.
The council approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance requiring a minimum eight-foot masonry screening wall for development along a railroad track
The council reviewed updated plans for a new city hall. The 10,389-square foot building would be placed at the site of the current structure, which would be razed.
Updating city hall has been included in the city’s capital improvement projects for several years, but no funding is available.
The council will discuss possible ways to finance the $3.5 million project when it takes up budget deliberations later in the year.
For a complete look at the council’s discussions, including an update of the thoroughfare plan, be sure to pick up a March 7 copy of The Community News.