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Weatherford ISD grad killed in Afghanistan

August 9, 2012 by Randy Keck

By Derik Moore
Weatherford ISD Director of Communications

Clayton BeauchampClayton BeauchampWeatherford ISD has received confirmation that 2009 Weatherford High School graduate Clayton Beauchamp was killed Tuesday in active duty while serving his country in Afghanistan.

According to a statement by the United States Department of Defense, Beauchamp – a 21-year-old Petty Officer 3rd Class in the United State Marines – died from the blast of an improvised explosive device (IED) during a dismounted patrol in the Shaban District of Helmand province.

“Weatherford ISD staff members, current and former students are deeply saddened by the loss of Clayton,” Weatherford ISD Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Hanks said. “Students are considered family members by many of our staff members, and a tragedy such as this one just tears us all apart.”

Dr. Hanks said Beauchamp also attended Seguin Elementary, Curtis Elementary, Tison Middle School, and the WHS Ninth Grade Center.

“Clayton will be remembered as a hero by all of us here at Weatherford ISD," Dr. Hanks added.

Weatherford High School English teacher Christine Goss also remembered Beauchamp as a former student in her classroom.

“Clayton was a kind and courteous young man with a lightning-fast grin,” Goss said. “He typically was pretty quiet during class discussions, but when that grin flashed, everyone knew he had something interesting and fun to say.”

Start of construction of FM 1187 delayed

August 1, 2012 by Randy Keck

Start date pushed back to mid-September or October

Local residents anticipating the start of construction on the project to widen FM 1187 will just have to wait.

Originally scheduled to begin in mid-to-late August, the start date has been delayed because AT&T has reportedly not completed moving utilities along the roadway.

Find more on this story in the Aug. 3 issue of The Community News.

Parker County Final Returns

July 31, 2012 by Randy Keck

Final Returns from Parker County's July 31 Runoff Election:

REPUBLICAN    
     
United State Senator    
David Dewhurst 3937 38.94%
Ted Cruz 6174 61.06%
     
Railroad Commissioner    
Christi Craddick 6794 73.62%
Warren Chisum 2434 26.38%
     
Railroad Commissioner (Unexpired Term  
Barrry Smitherman 4133 47.87%
Greg Parker 4500 52.13%
     
Justice, Supreme Court Place 4    
David Medina 3932 45.78%
John Devine 4657 54.22%
     
County Commissioner, Pct. 3    
Larry D. Walden 1564 53.91%
Gary Carter 1337 46.09%
     
Constable, Pct. 2    
Lowell Moss 900 44.93%
Joe Harris Jr. 1103 55.07%
     
Constable, Pct. 4    
Scott Jones 1825 58.36%
Mike Montgomery 1302 41.64%
     
Pct. 215 Chair    
Ryan Ruland 136 42.77%
Virginia Little 182 57.23%
     
Pct. 345 Chair    
Jim Trainor 182 89.22%
Durrel Jones 22 10.78%
     
Pct 350 Chair    
Robin Gentry 203 63.04%
Dwight Dick 119 36.96%
     
Pct 400 Chair    
Lynette McCracken 194 44.39%
Marvin Herring 243 55.61%
     
Pct 425 Chair    
Betty Reinert 116 61.70%
Kerri Rehmeyer 72 38.30%
     
     
     
DEMOCRAT US Senator    
Grady Yarbrough 122 38.98%
Paul Sadler 191 61.02%

Parker County Election Returns Update

July 31, 2012 by Randy Keck

With 33 of 44 boxes reporting, Parker County Runoff totals:

REPUBLICAN  
   
United State Senator  
David Dewhurst 3234
Ted Cruz 5143
   
Railroad Commissioner  
Christi Craddick 5626
Warren Chisum 2014
   
Railroad Commissioner (Unexpired Term
Barrry Smitherman 3497
Greg Parker 3661
   
Justice, Supreme Court Place 4  
David Medina 3259
John Devine 3865
   
County Commissioner, Pct. 3  
Larry D. Walden 1131
Gary Carter 1163
   
Constable, Pct. 2  
Lowell Moss 766
Joe Harris Jr. 931
   
Constable, Pct. 4  
Scott Jones 1485
Mike Montgomery 1065
   
Pct. 215 Chair  
Ryan Ruland 136
Virginia Little 182
   
Pct. 345 Chair  
Jim Trainor 182
Durrel Jones 22
   
Pct 350 Chair  
Robin Gentry 203
Dwight Dick 119
   
Pct 400 Chair  
Lynette McCracken 85
Marvin Herring 102
   
Pct 425 Chair  
Betty Reinert 116
Kerri Rehmeyer 72
   
   
   
DEMOCRAT US Senator  
Grady Yarbrough 94
Paul Sadler 151

Parker County Early Vote Totals

July 31, 2012 by Randy Keck

REPUBLICAN  
   
United State Senator  
David Dewhurst 1883
Ted Cruz 2441
   
Railroad Commissioner  
Christi Craddick 2969
Warren Chisum 1016
   
Railroad Commissioner (Unexpired Term
Barrry Smitherman 1942
Greg Parker 1816
   
Justice, Supreme Court Place 4  
David Medina 1719
John Devine 1976
   
County Commissioner, Pct. 3  
Larry D. Walden 687
Gary Carter 661
   
Constable, Pct. 2  
Lowell Moss 442
Joe Harris Jr. 501
   
Constable, Pct. 4  
Scott Jones 873
Mike Montgomery 452
   
Pct. 215 Chair  
Ryan Ruland 72
Virginia Little 69
   
Pct. 345 Chair  
Jim Trainor 72
Durrel Jones 9
   
Pct 350 Chair  
Robin Gentry 83
Dwight Dick 52
   
Pct 400 Chait  
Lynette McCracken 85
Marvin Herring 102
   
Pct 425 Chait  
Betty Reinert 60
Kerri Rehmeyer 27
   
   
   
DEMOCRAT US Senator  
Grady Yarbrough 45
Paul Sadler 65

Polling locations for today's voting

July 31, 2012 by Randy Keck

Polling sites open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness Office recognized

June 29, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Judge's Office

Kit Marshall, Community Liaison for Emergency Preparedness, recently spent time in Austin, after she was selected to team-teach the State CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Master Instructor class.

“It is an honor for Kit and something we are all very proud of,” County Judge Mark Riley, Director of Emergency Management said. “It speaks well for our Emergency Preparedness staff when one of our employees is to the level where she is teaching not just the community but emergency preparedness personnel across the state.”

Marshall said she was pleased with the opportunity to educate others on CERT.

“CERT training is something I believe is invaluable for every family, neighborhood or community,” she said. “It is basic life safety training that gives one the ability to know what to do and perhaps even save the life of another before a first responder arrives. There is nothing more valuable than a human life.”

After the State CERT Master Instructor class, Marshall traveled to San Antonio to co-lead two educational sessions at the 3rd Annual Texas Unites Conference in San Antonio Put on by Texas Citizens Corp and the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster; it is one of the largest annual professional, volunteer and emergency management training summits in Texas.

Man Shoots Self in Handgun Accident

June 20, 2012 by Katie Martinez

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.”

Bankhead Highway burglars arrested

May 31, 2012 by Katie Martinez

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).

Towson unseats Loftin in Judge's race

May 29, 2012 by Randy Keck

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.")

Sports Calendar

Tuesday, September 16

  • AHS Varsity Girls Orange at Mansfield Varsity Invitational, Glen Gardens, 8:00 a.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Crowley at Aledo, 3:30 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Mineral Wells JH at Aledo MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School at Mineral Wells JH, MWHS Ram Stadium;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS at Everman;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17

  • Aledo Middle School JHG, JHB at Lipan Meet, 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 18

  • AHS JV at Crowley, 4:00 p.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall, Weatherford 9th grade center

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury Acton MS;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JH at Harvest Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19

  • AHS Varsity Boys Black at Bart Granger Memorial, Pecan Valley GC through Sept. 20

  • AHS at Cleburne;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV vs. CHANT - Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas at Aledo Middle School, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy Varsity vs. Harvest Christian Academy at Aledo Middle School, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

  • Aledo Middle School, A Team Tournament at Weatherford Hall, times TBD

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