Life and Community
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Bulldozers and earth-moving machines were busy at work Monday morning (June 28) on what used to be a practice field across the parking lot from the Aledo High School field house in the beginning construction phase of the new all-sports indoor practice facility. The facility is scheduled to be complete in December.
In an effort to once again transfer funds into the from Interest and Sinking funds to Maintenance and Operations (M&O) with no cost to taxpayers, the Aledo ISD board of trustees at their regular meeting Monday night (June 21) approved the calling of another Tax Ratification Election (TRE) which will take place on Aug. 28, 2010.
Early voting is slated for Aug. 16.
Aledo ISD superintendent Don Daniel explained that although it appears taxes will be raised by elevating the M&O tax rate from $1.04 to $1.17 per $100 valuation, it is really just a shifting of funds.
“It will not increase the total tax rate and will not lengthen the bond payment schedules,” Daniel said. “We will pay the bonds off on the same schedule they are currently on.
Budget and proposed tax rates and consideration of calling a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) are two items on the agenda for today’s (Monday, June 21) Aledo ISD regular board of trustees meeting.
The meeting – which will also allow for public comment on any matter – begins at 7 p.m. in the Aledo ISD administration building boardroom.
Another key item will be a presentation by Aledo ISD athletic director/head football coach Tim Buchanan, who will seek approval from trustees concerning recommended changes in the district’s policy regarding drug testing and fees involved.
A complete list of the agenda items can be found at www.community-news.com.
The Community News received the Sweepstakes Award for the best overall newspaper among its peers at the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest awards presented today in San Antonio.
In competition that was judged by memos of the Georgia Press Association, The Community News compiled Sweepstakes points based on how it compared to other medium sized weekly papers in the state.
Among 23 medium sized weeklies, The Community News placed:
Firstin News Writing;
Second in Column Writing, Headline Writing, News Photo, Page Design and Web Site;
Third in Feature Photo and
Fourth in Feature Writing.
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Hunter Stockon walks across the stage at TCU's Daniel Meyer Coliseum to receive his diploma during commencement exercises tonight (Monday, June 7). More photos and coverage will be available in The Community News' June 11 issue.
Click on the photo above for our complete gallery of AHS graduation photos.
Tony Eierdam/The Community News
Vandagriff Elementary School second grader Mollie Coomer attacks the big, inflatable slide Friday morning at the Aledo Middle School football field during Aledo ISD elementary schools field day. Students from Vandagriff, Coder, Stuard and McCall elementary schools joined in the Friday morning fun with several games and organized activities.
Current events and issues team joins Eric Elsken as Aledo state champions at UIL State Academic Meet
Aledo High School's current events and issues team won first place today (Saturday, May 8) at the University Interscholastic League State Academic Meet.
Also, AHS' literary criticism and social studies teams each finished in second place in their respective competitions as the trio of teams helped Aledo to a fourth-place finish overall with 79 1/4 points.
Earlier in the meet, AHS senior Eric Elsken won the individual state championship in computer science.
In individual competition, placing third for AHS were Anna Flinchbaugh in ready writing and Kiefer Odell in current events and issues, with Odell also placing fourth in social studies.
Aledo High School senior Eric Elsken came away with the state championship in computer science today (Friday, May 7) at the Class 4A UIL state academic meet.
The state meet will continue today and conclude tomorrow (Saturday, May 8).
Also, AHS senior Anna Flinchbaugh finished fifth in editorial writing.
Currently - with only a few results posted - Aledo High School has recorded 17.25 points with Hallsville leading with 55 points.
Auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, courtesy of Dramatic Publishing Company, will be held at Theatre Off the Square in Weatherford at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, May 10-11, with callback auditions on Wednesday, May 12.
Theatre Off the Square is located at 114 N. Denton in Weatherford.
Casting call for this production is eight males, 13 females and many extras. All ages are welcome and encouraged to audition. Rehearsals begin on Monday, May 24, and show dates are July 16-18 and 23-25.
The City of Hudson Oaks is celebrating National Police Week (May 9-15) with a special community event. On Monday, May 10, the city and the Hudson Oaks Police Department will host an open house at the Public Safety Building (150 N. Oakridge Drive) from 4-7 p.m.
National Police Week occurs annually during the week that includes May 15, which is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day. At 5:30 p.m., during the open house event, the H.O.P.D. will hold a special ceremony honoring those officers who have sacrificed their lives in service to their communities.