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Two confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Parker County

August 29, 2012 by Katie Martinez

Officials with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) confirmed today that there are two cases of the West Nile Virus in Parker County.

The cases involve a 75 year-old Poolville male living in the 76487 zip code and a 64 year-old Weatherford female living in the 76086 zip code.

These are the only two confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Parker County.

According to DSHS officials, the best defense to avoiding the West Nile Virus is to practice these habits, known as the “Four D’s:

Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.

Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.

For more information on the West Nile Virus visit the DSHS web site at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/arboviral/westNile/

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.”

Rabid deer found in county

August 8, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler has issued a public awareness statement involving a rabid deer.

Sheriff Fowler said the deer was found in the county Aug. 7, 2012.

Sheriff's Animal Control Officers were notified by the Texas State Health Department that the sick deer, discovered at Sugar Tree Golf Course on Aug. 2, 2012, has tested positive for rabies.

The young deer was found by a citizen on the golf course and displayed clinical symptoms of rabies. The male buck was humanely euthanized and tested by a state laboratory.

Tuesday, officials verified the positive test results.

The deer was described as a spike deer with damage to his right antler.

The deer was "friendly" and would allow residents and guests of the golf course to pet and hand feed him.

Anyone having possible contact with the deer near Sugar Tree Golf Course and housing subdivision from July 14 through Aug. 2, 2012 is urged to contact Nick Ferguson with the Abilene Department of Health at 325-795-5857, or Parker County Sheriff's Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler at 817-594-8845.

Update: Missing Woman Found

August 4, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the Parker County Sheriff's Office

Update: Melissa Hill has been found and returned to her family.

Melissa Sue HillMelissa Sue Hill
Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Parker County pastor’s wife.

Melissa Sue Hill, 47, of Aledo, was last seen around 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, leaving Wal-Mart on Hulen Street in Fort Worth. The Hill’s pastor the Forgiven Church on West Creek Drive in Fort Worth.

Hill is described as 5-feet, 4-inches tall, weighing approximately 115 pounds, with brownish-green eyes, dark brown shoulder length hair.

Hill was last seen driving a white 1997 extended-cab Dodge pickup truck with license plate 68D-YV3, with an orange motorcycle logo bumper sticker on the back windshield bearing the letters “KTM,” located at the center bottom of the window.
She was last seen wearing a bright lime green, V-neck shirt and plaid shorts.

Melissa Hill is the mother of three children, 18, 23 and 25; and the grandmother of two young grandsons.
Hill’s husband, Tim Hill, stated it is highly unusual for Melissa to be gone this long and to leave without notifying her family.

“Nothing like this has happened in our 29 years of marriage,” Tim Hill said. “She has always been such an amazing and stable person. This is so out of left field for her to be missing. We are extremely worried and we’re praying for the safe return of our beautiful wife, mother and grandmother.”

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.

Early Voting Sites and Hours

July 22, 2012 by Randy Keck

Early voting sites and hours for voting by personal appearance for the 2012 Primary Runoff Election to be held on July 31, 2012 as conducted by Parker County, Texas are as follows:

Main Voting Site: Parker County Courthouse Annex

1112 Santa Fe Dr., Annex Kitchen, Weatherford, TX
Monday, July 23, 2012 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, July 27, 2012 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Branch Voting Sites:

Springtown City Hall, 102 East 2nd St., City Council Meeting Room
Peaster Fire Department, 220 Judd Street, Meeting Room
Willow Park Municipal Building, 516 Ranch House Road, City Council Meeting Room
Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Ct., Meeting Room
Brock Masonic Lodge, 201 Grindstone Road, Meeting Room

Early Voting Hours for Branch Voting Sites:
Monday, July 23, 2012, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 26, 2012, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, July 27, 2012, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Applications for ballots by mail may be obtained by calling 817-598-6185. Applications for ballots by mail must be received by the Early Voting Clerks no later than the close of business on July 24, 2012.
Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to:
Robert Parten
Early Voting Clerk
1112 Santa Fe Drive
Weatherford TX 76086

University of Texas kidnapping scam under investigation

July 16, 2012 by Randy Keck

From the University of Texas Media Relations

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin Police Department, along with agents from the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force, are investigating anonymous hoax phone calls being made to parents and grandparents of students, claiming their children have been kidnapped, injured, or need medical attention.

According to Capt. Julie Gillespie, in the past month and a half, parents and grandparents of four UT Austin students have received calls from a person with an accent who demanded a small amount of money be transferred into a foreign bank account.

“It’s a scam,” said Gillespie. “No students have been kidnapped or hurt.”

Investigators are trying to determine how these individuals are getting relatives’ telephone numbers and have the following advice for family members receiving such a call:

• Remain calm and try to locate your family member. Remember, the vast majority of these calls are hoaxes. Whether done as a prank or an attempt to extort money, these individuals are trying to exploit your fears. If you have caller ID, write down the number.

• Do not tell the caller where you live or agree to any money transfer. Never provide information about you or your family (including the name of the individual allegedly kidnapped, injured, etc.).

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