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Parker County Commissioners Court March 8, 2010

March 5, 2010 by Randy Keck

Parker County
Weatherford, Texas 76086
REGULAR MEETING at 9:00 A.M. on MONDAY the 8th of MARCH 2010 in theCOMMISSIONERS
ROUTINE BUSINESS: (a.) Certification of revenues as presented by the auditor; (b). Line item budget adjustments as presented by the auditor; (c.) payment of routine bills as presented by the auditor; (d.) prior approval/disapproval of purchases; (e.) approval of payroll, payments for insurance, retirement; (f.) report from County Treasurer on balances of all funds “1 thru 999”; (g.) accept, renew or reject bids; (h.) authorization to advertise bids for purchases as listed; (i.) accept or release pledged securities.
g. ACCEPT, RENEW, OR REJECT BIDS: (Deena Nichols/Judge Riley)
1. TB09 2.12 Poolville Cutoff Road & Intersection (2.02/2.04/2.08).
a. Update on Transportation Bond implementation.(Judge Riley)

Weatherford College Board of Trustees Agenda March 11, 2010

March 5, 2010 by Randy Keck

March 11, 2010
2 p.m.


A meeting of the Board of Trustees of Weatherford College will be held on Thursday, March 11, 2010, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Strain Room of the Doss Student Center, located at 225 College Park Drive, Weatherford, Texas, to consider and act on the following agenda:

1. Call to Order and Invocation
2. Open Forum for Individuals Not on the Agenda

3. President’s Report

4. Approval of Minutes from February 11, 2010

5. Consideration and Possible Action: 2010-11 Tuition and Fees

6. Consideration and Possible Action: Budget/Facilities Workshop

7. Consideration and Possible Action: Policy Update DEC Local

8. Consideration and Possible Action: Policy Update DED Local

9. Reports:

a. Financial Reports Ending January 31, 2010

b. Infrastructure Report

c. WC Foundation Annual Report

d. Program Review: Education and Learning Resources

10. Future Agenda Items or Meetings:

a. Wise County Academic Master Plan

b. Student Services Report on One-Stop-Shop

c. Title IX Update

Weatherford College hosts rodeo March 4-6

March 1, 2010 by Randy Keck

Photo courtesy of Weatherford College Oak Leaf Yearbook staff

Weatherford College rodeo athlete Reese Riemer competes in a recent rodeo.

Special to The Community News

Many of the top college rodeo athletes in the nation will be in Weatherford Thursday through Saturday, March 4-6 for the WC National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Rodeo at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds.

The Thursday event begins at 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday’s performances begin at 7 p.m.

“After driving to Portales, Alpine, Borger and Vernon in the fall, it’s nice to start the spring at home,” said Mike Brown, WC head rodeo coach. “You’ll see some of the best talent in America. Many of these kids will be on the pro circuit after college.”

Fans will see bull riding, barrel racing, tie down roping, team roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, breakaway roping and goat tying.

Parker County Republican Women reschedule Candidate Forum

February 15, 2010 by Lori Cope

The public is invited to a Candidate Forum for Parker County offices at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Parker County Republican Women. This forum had been planned for Feb. 11 but was postponed due to bad weather.

This rescheduled forum will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Doss Heritage Center in Weatherford.

Forum will have candidates featured in the contested local races. This will include County Judge, Precinct 2 Commissioner, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 Commissioner, and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace. Each candidate will be given two minutes to discuss his or her qualifications and platform.

For reservations call Nancy Klein at 817-683-1551 or email to

Three candidates file for Parker County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 race

February 12, 2010 by Lori Cope

Three people are seeking the job of Justice of the Peace for Parker County Precinct 4: Lynn Marie Johnson, Ron Miller, and Melvin Simons. All are running on the Republican ticket.

Johnson is a licensed attorney and is an equity owner in Law, Snakard & Gambill, P.C. Plus, she and her husband have a cow-calf ranching operation. Johnson also volunteers in several organizations, including Aledo Children’s AdvoCats, and she was on the committee that started the East Parker County Ten Court.

Miller is the principal of the Aledo ISD Learning Center. He has worked as a teacher, coach, counselor, and assistant principal on the high school level.

Simons, the race’s incumbent, has worked as the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 for the past 11 years.

Here are their responses:

Why do you want to be Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4?

Three seek County Commissioner job for Parker County Precinct 4

February 12, 2010 by Lori Cope

Three people are seeking the County Commissioner job for Parker County Precinct 4: Dusty Renfro, Mason Wallis, and Jorden Wood. All are running on the Republican ticket.

Renfro is owner of GRIDIRON CAPITAL, LLC, a commercial real estate investments and development company. He has been a principal with NAI Huff Partrners and director for NAI Stoneleigh Huff Brous McDowell. Renfro has also served on the board of directors for BBVA Compass Bank, Weatherford.

Wallis is president of FRWS Inc., and has owned a sand and gravel business and was an equipment dealer.

Wood is an investor in real estate, oil, and gas and is serving on several boards of directors, including the Brazos Electric Co-op in Waco and Tri-County Electric Co-op in Azle. For eight years he was owner and general manager of Physical Therapy and Rehab in Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco.

Here are the responses offered by the candidates to a questionnaire from The Community News.

Why do you want to be County Commissioner for Precinct 4?

Renfro: I want to serve my community and make it a better place for our children and the good people of Parker County.

Candidates for County Judge respond to questions

February 12, 2010 by Lori Cope

Two people are seeking the County Judge for Parker County position: Cary McKay and Mark Riley. Both are on the Republican ticket.

McKay is a small business owner. Previous jobs that will assist in the position of county judge include being a business owner and real estate professional, and a business intern for Chick-Fil-A corporate.

Riley is the incumbent in the race. He has served as Parker County Judge for 11 years and Precinct 4 Commissioner from 1987-1994 and did not seek re-election. He was President of Weatherford Chamber of Commerce when elected County Judge in 1998. “I have extensive Judicial training and preside over Probate Court including guardianships and mental competency hearings. My background before holding elected office was in media,” he said.

Following are the questions posted to the two candidates and their responses:

Why do you want to be Parker county Judge?

Snow forces Aledo ISD schools to close

February 11, 2010 by Tony Eierdam

Randy Keck/The Community News: Jaycie Case and Olivia Dickey work on the midsection of a snowman during snowfall in Aledo.

Due to snow and possible ice with near-freezing and freezing temperatures, which will make roads hazardous, Aledo ISD announced at 5:50 a.m. this morning (Thursday, Feb. 11) that all campuses will be closed for the day.

One in custody in aggravated robbery case

February 6, 2010 by Randy Keck

Parker County Sheriff’s Investigators announced late Friday afternoon that one man is in custody in connection with an aggravated robbery case on Monday, Feb. 8 in Azle, where a man was beaten with a pistol and robbed inside his residence.

The disabled victim reported two men entered his home, pistol-whipped him, and robbed him of an undisclosed amount of cash, fleeing the scene around 10:30 p.m. The man’s canine assisting German shepherd, “Major,” was shot and killed during the incident.

A family member of the victim chased the men in a pickup truck until she was fired upon by the suspects, striking her vehicle.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the suspect was identified as Patrick Cox, 27, of Watauga. Cox was stopped earlier Friday by Watauga officers on traffic violations and is being held there. Parker County Sheriff’s investigators expect Cox to be extradited to Parker County on the aggravated robbery charges.

“We have obtained evidence linking the suspect to the crime and another arrest is pending for an accomplice,” Fowler said.

Home invasion investigated by Parker County Sheriff's Department

February 3, 2010 by Lori Cope

Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking the public’s help with identifying and locating two suspects believed to have robbed and pistol-whipped a disabled man late Monday evening, Feb. 1, in his northeastern Parker County home.

The victim was in bed at his home on West 40 Estates in Azle around 10:30 p.m. when two men entered the home with weapons, beat him with a pistol and demanding cash.

When the victim’s assistance dog “Major” attacked one of the suspects, the 12-year-old German shepherd was fatally shot twice – once with a .380 handgun and again with a .410 shotgun.

A family member heard the shots and ran to help. She saw the men fleeing, with an undisclosed amount of cash, and pursued the men in her vehicle.

Parker County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Arnett said the woman lost sight of them near Silver Creek Elementary School on FM 730 after they fired several shots at her vehicle, striking it on the driver’s side. The woman was not injured.

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