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A tanker truck found to be smuggling over a ton of marijuana in steel tubes.Parker County Sheriff’s deputies seized in excess of one ton of marijuana Thursday, March 29, 2012, from a tractor trailer at a truck stop off Interstate 20.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said while at the truck stop, a sheriff’s deputy observed an incomplete weld from a load located on a truck in the parking lot.
The deputy utilized a Sheriff’s K-9 drug detection dog, to inspect the load. The dog gave the deputy a positive alert for drugs.
Weatherford firefighters assisted in cutting open metal tubing with welding torches.Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit investigators and Weatherford firefighters were called to the scene to assist in cutting the metal containers located on the truck as part of rock rakes manufactured in Mexico, used for highway construction. Sheriff’s investigators found nearly one and one-half tons of marijuana stored in the tubes.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office is part of the High Intensity Drug-Trafficking Area-Domestic Highway Enforcement (HIDTA-DHE), used in similar situations, investigations and seizures.
An investigation revealed the driver of an independent trucking company picked up the load in El Paso after it had passed through customs. Investigators believe the driver was unaware of the marijuana hidden in the containers, and was headed for the east coast.
Texas high school seniors who care about the environment have the chance to win a college scholarship by composing a 350-word essay explaining what they’ve done to improve the litter situation in their community.
The first-place winner will receive $3,000. The second-and-third place winners will receive $1,000 each.
Don’t Mess with Texas is a litter prevention campaign sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation.
The scholarship is one of TxDOT's efforts to generate more youth involvement in the campaign.
Any high school senior graduating spring 2012, who currently resides and attends school in Texas is eligible to apply, or any seniors planning to further their education at an accredited college or university in Texas.
Submissions should include a 300-to-350-word essay identifying a litter problem in the student’s school or community and the action he or she took to address it, a completed scholarship application sent online or by mail.
For the application, mailing address or further details, visit www.DontMessWithTexas.org. Materials are due via email or must be postmarked by April 20, 2012.
Teachers from across Parker County are honored by the Junior Cotillion for leading by example.Ten Parker County educators were honored last week for inspiring students with their exceptionally good manners.
“These special educators are among the very best, who treat the students of Parker County with respect and instill a love of learning,” Aledo’s Junior Cotillion director Sharon Pate said.
The teachers were given certificates and roses in an awards ceremony at the Junior Cotillion Grand Ball February 25 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.
“Teachers don’t get enough thank yous,” Pate told students and parents gathered at the event. “We would like to honor them.
These special teachers have been chosen by Junior Cotillion students to receive the ‘Best Mannered Teacher’ award.”
Students wrote essays about a teacher who they found to have the best manners and who always treated others with honor, dignity, and respect.
“We thank our students for taking the time to honor these special teachers who are good role models and show courtesy and respect to all students,” Pate said.
Junior Cotillion students, in sixth grade through eighth grade, meet monthly during the school year to learn etiquette and ballroom dancing.
The program is designed to build self-confidence, character and ethical behavior and is dedicated to making a positive impact on young people and helping them become tomorrow’s leaders.
City of Hudson Oaks
210 North Lakeshore Drive
Hudson Oaks, Texas 76087
Regular City Council Meeting
March 22, 2012
CITY COUNCIL SESSION 7:00 P.M.
Call to order
PLEDGES OF ALLEGIANCE
1. I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
2. Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.
A. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Citizens who have signed a form to speak to the City Council will be heard at this time. In compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, unless the subject matter of the presentation is on the agenda, the city staff and City Council members are prevented from discussing the subject and may respond only with statements of factual information or existing city policy.
B. ITEMS OF COMMUNITY INTEREST
Items of community interest include expressions of thanks, congratulations, or condolence; information regarding holiday schedules; honorary recognitions of city officials, employees or citizens; reminders about upcoming events sponsored by the city or other entity that is scheduled to be attended by a city official or employee; and announcements involving imminent threats to the public health and safety.
C. CONSENT AGENDA
1. Consideration of the Regular City Council Meeting Minutes for February 23, 2012
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a proposal made by the State of Texas to add the Circle Drive Groundwater Site to a list of National Priorities because of the health risks posed by a contamination of trichloroethene that was first discovered in 2006.
For more on this story, look for the March 16 issue of The Community News.
Esta Austin, a long-time resident of Willow Park, was sworn-in by Mayor Pro-Tem Gene Martin as an interim Councilmember in Place 4.
Austin's appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Councilman Mark Hickerson on Feb. 17.
Martin said Hickerson's departure was a result of time constraints. He had been a councilmember for three years and a member of the Planning and Zoning Commitee for two years before that.
Austin's appointment will carry the council to the May 12 elections, when voters will decide on either Brian Thornburg or Daniel Stalling to be the new councilmember in Place 4.
A reconstruction team with the Department of Public Safety has determined that the truck involved in a fatal accident near Springtown on Dec. 29 was travelling in excess of 75 mph at the time of the crash.
Lonny Haschel, public information officer for the Department of Public Safety, said the estimate is conservative and was determined by measuring skid marks and reconstructing the series of events that occurred after the driver, 18-year-old Joshua James Brown lost control.
Brown and 14-year-old passenger, Alex Nicole Christian of Aledo were pronounced dead at the scene, and two other passengers: Halston “Hoss” McCue, 15, of Weatherford, and 13-year-old Madelyne “Maddie” Mitchell, Christan's classmate at Aledo Middle School, were hospitalized with burns.
Haschel said there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, but it is standard procedure to investigate. The full accident report is expected to be released in the next two weeks.
An Aledo Middle School student was killed in an early-morning car crash on Thursday between Springtown and Weatherford.
Alex Christian was killed, and classmate Maddie Mitchell received injuries when the pickup they were riding in ran through several mailboxes, then crashed into the side of a mobile home, which then caught fire.
The accident occurred shortly after midnight.
The driver of the truck, Josh Brown, 18, of Weatherford, was also killed. Another passenger, Hoss McCue, 15, was sent to Parkland Hospital in Dallas to be treated for burns.
More information will be provided as it can be confirmed.
AUSTIN, TX—Nov. 22, 2011—The National Federation of Independent Business, Texas’ largest association representing small business owners, is calling on Texans to reserve the day after Black Friday for a trip to their nearest small business.
“There is only one way out of this recession, and that’s when small businesses – not big corporations – start ringing up sales. Period.” said the group’s executive director, Will Newton.
In its latest Small Business Profiles for States and Territories, the U.S. Small Business Administration pegs small-business employers as constituting 98 percent of all of Texas’ employers, providing more than half of all private-sector jobs.
But NFIB has been doing its own research on issues particular to small businesses for seven decades. In its latest NFIB Small-Business Optimism Index, a key bellwether economic measurement used by Federal Reserve chairmen and Congress, it found the No. 1 problem facing small businesses continuing to be “poor sales,” followed by government regulations and taxes. (Download the full report at http://www.nfib.com/sbetindex.)
Election day Nov. 8
The Community News
Early voting is under way on 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Voting concludes Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Proposed Amendment 1 would allow for property tax exemptions for the surviving spouse of a deceased disabled veteran.
Proposed Amendment 2 allows for the issuance of additional bonds by the Texas Water Development Board with the total amount of bonds outstanding not to exceed $6 billion.
Proposed Amendment 3 would allow the state to sell bonds to finance student loans.
Proposed Amendment 4 allows the state to authorize counties to issue bonds that would clean up or redevelop a blighted area, with repayment of bonds coming from ad valorem taxes on the area.
Proposed Amendment 5 would authorize the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund.
Proposed Amendment 6 would allow the General Land Office to distribute revenue from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education.
Proposed Amendment 7 would authorize the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities.