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Aledo athletes honor state champion Bearcat Regiment

August 12, 2015 by Tony Eierdam

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 wins awards from National Newspaper Association

July 10, 2015 by Randy Keck

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.

ESD seeks volunteer fire fighter candidates

July 8, 2015 by Phil Major

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.

AdvoCats need help moving

June 22, 2015 by Phil Major

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.

TCN brings home awards from TPA

June 22, 2015 by Randy Keck

The Community News brought home three first-place plaques from the Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Awards presented Saturday, June 20 at the Austin Westin Domain.

TCN placed first in the Column Writing, Feature Photo and Feature Writing categories. In addition, the newspaper garnered a third-place award in General Excellence and fourth places in the Headline Writing, Sports Coverage and Sports Photo categories.

Combined point totals from the above awards placed TCN second overall in Sweepstakes points.

Don Daniel among fatalities in I-20 accident

June 10, 2015 by Randy Keck

The Community News has been notified that one of the fatalities in today's accident on Interstate 20 between Aledo and Willow Park was former Aledo ISD Superintendent Don Daniel and a minor passenger.

Daniel graduated from Brewer High School in 1964. He taught history and government and coached baseball and football at Brewer from 1969 to 1974.

In 1974, he became assistant principal of Crowley High School and received a master’s in educational administration from Tarleton State University in 1976, after which he was made principal. He stayed on as principal for three years before becoming the assistant superintendent for instruction, a job that he kept for the next 20 years.

Info sought on missing teen from Hudson Oaks

June 8, 2015 by Phil Major

Information is being sought on Tabitha Prunty, 16, last seen May 30 in Hudson Oaks. Contact police with any information.
See the attached flyer for details, photos and description.

Animal shelter offers aid to displaced pets due to flood

June 1, 2015 by Randy Keck

Large influx at shelter leads to discounted adoption rate

Approval was given to the City of Weatherford Animal Services to assist and provide mutual aid to evacuated residents of the Horseshoe Bend area. Residents are being offered temporary boarding of their animals at the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter (WPCAS) until they organize their personal affairs. The decision came after Parker County officials communicated that an evacuation was imminent at approximately 12 p.m. Thursday, May 27.

Aledo bond issues pass; Loftin, Tillman win school board seats

May 8, 2015 by Randy Keck

Place 1    
Jay Stringer 2235 100%
Place 2    
Jennifer Loftin 1231 43.4%
Cindi Neverdouski 683 24.1%
Hans Dube 925 32.6%
Place 3    
David Tillman 1216 43%
Vernon Anderson 419 14.8%
David Denman 1190 42.1%
Bond Proposition 1 - Elementary School    
For 1756 51.2%
Against 1677 48.8%
Bond Proposition 2 - Security and Technology    
For 1802 52.4%
Against 1636 47.6%
Council Place 1    
Martin Siegmund 76 21.1%
Kerby Smith 284 78.9%
Council Place 3    
Robert A Wood 300 100%
Council Place 5    
Pres McGee 155 43.7%
Paula Johns 200 56.3%
Place 1    
S. Brian Catlin 1873 54.1%
Amy Bonnett 1592 45.9%
Place 2    
Jeff M Geyer 1730 50.8%
Ben Schooner 1674 49.2%
Bond Proposition 1    
For 2281 52.5%
Against 2062 47.5%
Bond Proposition 2    
For 2169 50.1%
Against 2162 49.9%
Bond Proposition 3    
For 2252 51.9%
Against 2087 48.1%
Council Place 3    
Reed Wainright 840 42.36%
Wade Calhoun 265 13.36%
Dale Fleeger 568 28.64%
Jim Merritt 310 15.63%
Council Place 4    
Tom Holman 574 28.7%
Craig Swancy 1429 71.3%

Evans pleads guilty

April 30, 2015 by Randy Keck

Jacob Evans pleaded guilty today in 415th District Court in Weatherford to two counts of murder, and in the plea arrangement he received a prison sentence of 45 years.

Evans was accused of shooting to death his mother and a sister in their Annetta South home Oct. 4, 2012.

A letter at the hearing from his family indicated their support for the plea arrangement. It was read by defense attorney Mac Smith.

"We wish to close this chapter in our lives in order to continue healing as a family," it said. It was signed by Evans' father, sisters, grandparents, aunts and an uncle.

Evans was remanded to the custody of the Parker County Sheriff's Dept. for transfer to the state prison system.

Sports Calendar

Friday, February 12

  • AHS vs. Granbury at AHS;

    Varsity- 6:30 p.m.

    JV- 5 p.m.

    9th A- 5 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity at Birdville HS Tournament; all day

  • AHS Varsity Ladycats at Granbury; 6 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity at Granbury; 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, February 13

  • AHS at Lake Dallas Scrimmage;

    JV- 4 p.m.

    Freshman- 12 p.m.

  • AHS Ladycats Scrimmage vs. Weatherford at AHS;

    Varsity- 12:30 p.m.

    JV- 11 a.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. Lake Dallas at AHS Scrimmage; 12 p.m.

Monday, February 15

  • AHS JV vs. Burleson at AHS; 7:30 p.m.

  • AHS JV Ladycats vs. Burleson at AHS; 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 16

  • AHS at Cleburne;

    Varsity- 6:30 p.m.

    JV- 5 p.m.

    9th A- 5 p.m.

  • AHS JV at South Hills JV Tournament at McLeland; all day

  • AHS at South Grand Prairie Scrimmage;

    JV 4:30 p.m.

    Freshman- 7 p.m.

  • AHS Ladycats at Mansfield Summit;

    Varsity- 7 p.m.

    JV- 5:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity vs. South Grand Prarie at AHS Scrimmage; 4:30 p.m.

  • AHS Varsity Ladycats vs. Cleburne at AHS; 6 p.m.

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