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The Aledo ISD Police Department is pleased to announce the department’s hosting of the annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at Aledo ISD Stadium. The event will begin at 6:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM.
The community is encouraged to come out, meet your neighbors and join in this informative crime and drug prevention get-together.
National Night Out involves over 15,325 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all over 37.1 million people are expected to participate in this year’s 30th Annual National Night Out.
National Night Out is designed to:
(1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
(2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts;
The East Parker County Library was the recipient of $6,955 in donations last week through the North Texas Giving Day. The library will also receive bonus funds from the event in late October.
"In the past we have also received donations for a week or two following the event, so we are thinking we will come very close to our 'ambitious' goal of $10,000," said librarian Sue Ellen Shaw. "We are very elated about this."
The City of Aledo also increased funding for the library from $12,000 last fiscal year to $15,000 this fiscal year.
Shaw, who received word of the increased funding on the same day as the donations, said it was great news all the way around for the library.
This year's event raised a total of $33.1 million for over 2,000 North Texas nonprofits.
In this week's issue, available today:
- AISD Board of Trustees approves new tax rate, discusses ways to improve communication with community;
- Reporter experiences a day in the life of a local deputy;
- Former student recalls desegregation of Aledo ISD;
- and much more.
The prekindergarten class from Faith Presbyterian Church visited Aledo Fire Department today, and got an up-close and personal look at the fire truck and the safety equipment worn by firefighters.
Area residents will have an opportunity to support two local organizations Thursday, September 17, when the annual North Texas Giving Day rolls around.
The event provides donors an easy way to donate online to as many charities as they want - all in one easy to access place.
Both the Aledo Education Foundation and East Parker County Library are participating in this year’s event.
In just six years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $86 million into the North Texas community. In 2014, more than 98,000 gifts totalling $26.3 million benefited 1,570 nonprofits.
Hours will run from 6 a.m.–midnight.
Bearcat baseball players (from left) Garrett Hyles, Jason Lohmer, Cameron Bean, Matthew McCartney and Carter Windes were present Saturday morning in support of the ribbon cutting for the Miracle League of Parker County. The baseball facility is built to accommodate children with special needs so they can participate in the nation's pastime. For more on the Miracle League and ribbon cutting, see the Sept. 18 issue of The Community News.
Several law enforcement agencies, and dozens of officers, were involved in a standoff that began Wednesday afternoon and ended early Thursday morning just south of the Willow Park city limits. Parker County Sheriff’s Deputies attempting to serve a warrant on Becky Dr. became engaged in a situation that eventually involved officers from that agency, Willow Park Police Department, Aledo ISD PD, Weatherford PD and Fort Worth PD. Multiple SWAT agencies were utilized, as well as armored vehicles.
Rounds of what is believed to be both gunfire and tear gas were heard firing throughout the night in the neighborhood. One officer was heard telling another that at least 25 canisters of tear gas had been used.
For the full story, see the Sept. 11 edition of The Community News.
The Aledo ISD Police Department and Aledo Fire Department joined law enforcement across Texas by lighting up their vehicles at 11 a.m. in honor of slain Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Department:
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler wants to warn the public against suspicious persons and would-be criminals.
On Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, an-86-year-old man and his 78-year-old wife reported an unknown man and woman approached their residence the previous week claiming to be neighbors, and seeking to view their garden located in the 3000 block of East Bankhead Highway.
The victims allowed the couple to enter the backyard, but noticed a few moments later, the male had disappeared.
The man was found inside the couple’s home, uninvited. The victim believes the couple used a diversionary tactic to gain entrance to their residence.