News of a general nature not tied to a particular locality.
A Union Pacific train derailed near the border of Parker County and Tarrant County at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 18. Benbrook Assistant Fire Chief Mark O’Connor confirmed that the derailment involved one locomotive and five rail cars. O’Connor confirmed that the 45-car train was en route from Dallas to Tucson and was carrying no hazardous material. A Union Pacific employee was transported to the hospital as a precaution. As of press time, the cause of the derailment was unknown. Updated information will be provided as it becomes available.
A 17-year-old male pedestrian was struck and killed Wednesday afternoon as he attempted to cross Interstate 20 on the eastbound side between Ranch House Road and FM 5. The incident occurred at 3:41 p.m.
The fatality, believed to be a Willow Park resident, was struck as he entered the lanes of traffic on the freeway. At press time there was still an ongoing investigation as to why or what caused him to step into the roadway.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the subject is a female from Eastland County. She stayed on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. There is no indication of any wrong doing on the part of the driver of the motor vehicle.
“Despite the selfless efforts of off-duty EMS personnel and medical personnel who happened to be passing by, who performed CPR on the subject, he was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth by LifeCare, and was pronounced deceased at 4:29 p.m.,” according to Willow Park Police Chief Brad Johnson.
The accident led to a severe traffic jam on I-20 as emergency responders appeared at the scene. Investigators closed two lanes for about an hour as they worked to gather as much evidence as possible from the scene.
The investigation, conducted by both the Willow Park Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety, is ongoing. The name of the victim had not been officially released at press time.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Center Stage Theatre's youth camp will perform Annie Jr. at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday at the Aledo Church of Christ. Tickets are $8 for children ages 5 and under, $10 for students and $12 for adults. To purchase tickets, call director Christy Collard at 817-944-9041.
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From the office of County Judge Mark Riley:
Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, Parker County residents looking for financial assistance with storm shelters/safe rooms can sign up with an online waitlist through the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).
Those wishing to be placed on the Parker County waitlist will need to log on to www.nctsaferoom.com on or after 7 p.m., Friday June 28, 2013. No documentation will be required to be on the waitlist, just name and address only. Those without internet access may call the NCTCOG Emergency Preparedness department at 817-695-9235.
Once the waitlist opens, it will not close, according to NCTCOG officials.
NCTCOG officials say it may take 3 to 18 months for those who sign up to be contacted once residents have placed their name on the waiting list.
To participate applicants must be living or developing in Parker County and must not be living in a 100 year floodplain.
First responders went out to help clean up a wreck on I-30 East near the I-20/I-30 split midday Monday. The incident involved a tractor trailer and led to debris blocking two lanes.
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From the May 24 issue of The Community News
Ribbons, events bring awareness to Dylan Hancock’s battle
Special to The Community News: Dylan Hancock and his doctors give the thumbs up sign.
By Jennifer Retter/The Community News
Like any boy in Aledo, Dylan Hancock loved playing football. Bearcat stadium on a Friday night beckoned to him, and at the start of eighth grade, Dylan could not wait to get on the field with his teammates.
But just six weeks into eighth grade, Dylan could no longer play. At football practice, he had been running short of breath often. He found that he could not keep up with the other boys. Something was terribly wrong.
When retired stockbroker Rob Helms decided to get involved in Aledo ISD’s mentoring program, he thought he would work with elementary students. The day AISD administrator Denise Dugger told Helms he was to work with a seventh grader, Helms said he was “scared to death.”
That seventh grader, however, turned out to be Dylan Hancock, a bright young boy with a knack for English studies and a deep admiration for Marines. The two met every week for lunch throughout the end of the seventh grade.
“Dylan is extremely courageous and deeply committed,” Helms said. “”He was ready for eighth grade. He was ready to get out on the field.”
The dreadful day six weeks into eighth grade when Dylan could no longer play football proved only the start of a long, costly battle.
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The Hemispherectomy Foundation’s annual Dreams on Wings 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday, May 18, 2013. The race begins and ends at Parker County Physical Therapy in Weatherford.
The Dreams on Wings 5K is an out and back course with a mix of small hills and flat. This course provides a nice challenge for seasoned runners and is interesting for the novice. Free parking is available.
The Hemispherectomy Foundation supports children who have undergone a hemispherectomy due to intractable seizures. Epilepsy affects more than three million people in the United States; 50 million world-wide. The Hemi Foundation supports the worst of the worst of these cases- children, whose only hope is this radical brain surgery. Proceeds for this year’s 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run will benefit financial aid for children and families affected by hemispherectomy surgery.
To learn more, visit www.hemifoundation.org.