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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.
Aledo High School athletes in fall sports took time out of their practice schedules to honor the AHS band, the Bearcat Regiment, during the band's practice on the Bearcat Stadium parking lot. The Bearcat Regiment was named by the Texas Music Educators Association as the Class 5A Texas Honor Band, giving the band its first state championship. Judges choose the honor band based on recordings of three selections made during the 2014-15 school year.
The Community News, based in Aledo, Texas, will receive three awards when the National Newspaper Association meets for its 129th annual convention in St. Charles, Missouri on Oct 1-3. Papers from across the Unites States submitted entries from the 2014 calendar year in the NNA’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest.
Among its peers in its size category, TCN placed second in Best Photo Essay, Daily & Non-daily Division for Kathy Chruscielski’s coverage of the Kelly Miller Circus in Aledo.
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 is seeking volunteer fire fighters.
Eligibility includes a high school diploma or GED, Texas drivers license, pass background investigation, pass drug screen, pass physical agility test, and complete panel and chief’s interview.
Benefits include free training and education, investing in the community in an exciting way with professional peers, uniforms and state of the art equipment provided, an opportunity to work shifts for compensation after certification, and fast-track program for experienced applicants.
The Aledo Children's AdvoCats were informed this morning that extra time they were promised for moving the Clothes Closet out of 9901 East Bankhead is no longer an option.
Check their Facebook page for the latest updates on where and when volunteers are needed. The entire facility must be vacated by the end of the month, but the new home near downtown Aledo won't be ready in time, so everything is having to go into storage (thanks to the generosity of the Aledo UMC).
They need volunteers and especially vehicles to haul items.
The Center of Hope is also in the process of moving out of its adjacent facility and consolidating at its Weatherford location.