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Additional layoff in Willow Park

September 14, 2010 by Dominic Genetti

Willow Park City HallLess than a month after former Willow Park Planning and Zoning Secretary Becky Stokes was laid off because of "budget constraints," another layoff has come to Willow Park City Hall.

Deborah Hall, municipal court clerk, has been laid off effective the end of the 2009 fiscal year (Sept. 30), according to a reliable source speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Hall was made aware of her dismissal Tuesday afternoon.

Deputy Court Clerk Ester Diaz is expected to take over as municipal court clerk Oct. 1.

‘Sleepover’ sex offender sentenced to 25 years in prison

September 14, 2010 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County District Attorney's Office
Special to The Community News

Rodney Jessie Watson, 44, pled guilty on Moday, Sept. 13, to to aggravated sexual assault of a child and attempted indecency with a child charges and was assessed prison sentences of 25 and 10 years. The sentence was handed out by 43rd District Court, Judge Don Chrestman in Weatherford.

“This is the worst nightmare of every parent who ever let their child spend the night at a friend’s house,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain, who handled the case for the state. “The defendant’s daughter had a few of her friends spend the night and, while they were trying to sleep, the defendant fondled two of the girls.”

Warrant roundup set to begin

September 14, 2010 by Randy Keck

Pay outstanding tickets before Sept. 25 or face arrest

From the Parker County Judge's Office
Special to The Community News

Parker County’s justices of the peace and law enforcement officers are giving notice that failure to pay traffic tickets will result in arrest.

With millions of dollars in fines and fees outstanding, a Parker County warrant roundup is set to begin within the coming days. The decision to push forward with the warrant roundup came after a meeting between Parker County Judge Mark Riley, the justices of the peace, constables and Sheriff’s Department personnel.

Andrea White visits county

September 13, 2010 by Randy Keck

Randy Keck/The Community News: Andrea White, wife of Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Bill White, spoke to well-wishers at the Parker County Senior Center on Sunday, Sept. 12.Randy Keck/The Community News: Andrea White, wife of Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Bill White, spoke to well-wishers at the Parker County Senior Center on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Andrea White, wife of Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Bill White, was in Weatherford Sunday, Sept. 12 for an ice cream social and get-together.

“I’m here because I love my husband. He’s a good man,” White told a crowd of well-wishers. She said she has been married to him for 25 years – in fact, their 25th wedding anniversary is the date of the first big debate scheduled in Austin on Oct. 19.

Training offered for Community Emergency Response Team

September 13, 2010 by Randy Keck

September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and Parker County Emergency Management Community Liaison Kit Marshall wants to make sure all residents know what to do in the case of an emergency.

To help prepare, Parker County Emergency Management is offering another free training opportunity for people who want to be able to assist in their community if a major disaster such as a tornado, flood or wildfire was to occur.

“The CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training is a 24 hour course that teaches emergency preparedness and basic disaster response techniques that will prepare volunteers to take an active role in providing critical support to the professional first responders during emergencies,” Marshall said.

Special Willow Park meetings tonight

September 13, 2010 by Dominic Genetti

City of Willow ParkIt will be a busy night for Willow Park government officials as three meetings are scheduled for this evening.

The city's planning and zoning commission has a special meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the chambers of city hall and the city council will have a workshop and special meeting at the multipurpose room of the Willow Park police station and fire house. The workshop begins at 7 p.m. and the city council meeting is slated to begin immediately afterwards.

Weatherford, Millsap, Brock TRE elections pass

September 11, 2010 by Randy Keck

Voters in the Weatherford, Brock and Millsap school districts overwhelmingly passed Tax Ratification Elections (TRE) today (Saturday, Sept. 11). School districts around the state have felt major budget constraints due to funding formulas set by the Texas Legislature in 2006 with House Bill 1.

Under the concept of the TRE, a school district can transfer some funds from its Interest and Sinking (bond money) budget to its Maintenance and Operation budget, which pays for salaries and instructional programs. Local school districts have been resorting to layoffs and cuts in funding to find ways to keep their budgets balanced, and have had to dip into fund balances as well.

Parker County Commissioners Court Special Budget Agendas September 14, 15, 17, 20, 2010

September 11, 2010 by Randy Keck

SPECIAL BUDGET AGENDA

BE IT KNOWN, the HONORABLE COMMISSIONERS COURT of PARKER COUNTY, TEXAS, will convene in a
SPECIAL BUDGET MEETING at 9:00 A.M. on TUESDAY the 14th day of SEPTEMBER 2010 in the
COMMISSIONERS COURTROOM on the FIRST FLOOR of the COURTHOUSE, ONE COURTHOUSE SQUARE,
WEATHERFORD, TEXAS, TO CONSIDER, DISCUSS AND/OR ACT UPON THE FOLLOWING AGENDA ITEMS:

1. Budget Review.(Judge Riley)
a. General Fund-Expenditures & Revenues-All Departments.
b. Road & Bridge-Expenditures & Revenues-All Departments.

2. Employee & Elected Officials Salaries & Benefits.(Judge Riley)

Adjournment.

SPECIAL BUDGET AGENDA

BE IT KNOWN, the HONORABLE COMMISSIONERS COURT of PARKER COUNTY, TEXAS, will convene in a

Bearcats win clash of 4A titans

September 10, 2010 by Randy Keck

No. 2 Aledo stops No. 1 Lake Travis' 48-game win streak with 14-10 victory

By Tony Eierdam

For the first time in 49 games, the Lake Travis Cavaliers can now put a mark in the loss column thanks to the Aledo Bearcats.

The Bearcats, who can now lay claim as the best team in Class 4A, defeated the Div. I, 4A Champions 14-10 Friday night with the support of an Aledo crowd that filled up the entire visitor's side - with the addition of three sets of portable bleachers - at Lake Travis High School's Cavalier Stadium.

The Bearcats took the lead for good in the fourth quarter when Johnathan Gray scored from a yard out on 4th and goal with six minutes remaining in the contest.

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

September 10, 2010 by Randy Keck

PARKER COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS
CRIME OF THE WEEK
Issued September 9, 2010

The Parker County Crime Stoppers has issued the following Crime of the Week and needs your help in solving this crime.

On Thursday, August 12, 2010, at approximately 10 p.m., a female jogger (using a headlamp due to the time of evening) was running eastbound at the 900 block of W. Russell St. in Weatherford when an unidentified vehicle veered towards her and struck her. The vehicle then continued on without stopping. The victim, a 38 year old white female from Weatherford, was conscious at the time units arrived, and was transported to Weatherford Regional Medical Center by ambulance due to injuries sustained in the hit and run.

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