News of a general nature not tied to a particular locality.
Aledo Boy Scout Troop 1099 is partnering with the U.S. Marines in their Toys for Tots Program. Collection/donation boxes have been placed at the following Aledo/Willow Park/Hudson Oaks locations: Maria Bonita Restaurant and Tucker Red Restaurant, both Sonic locations, Brookshires and Hudson Oaks Walmart and the Aledo United Methodist Church. The Marines will be at the Troop 1099 booth location in front of The Parson's Table during Christmas Tyme in Aledo on Nov. 29 for the scouts to present the Toys for Tots to to the Marines.
A fire at Jerry’s GMC Buick service center destroyed or damaged up to five cars.
According to Weatherford Fire Marshal Robert Hopkins, the fire broke out Wednesday evening. Two cars were severely damaged by the fire and others received heavy smoke damage.
By 8 p.m., crews had finished fighting the fire and were working on cleaning up.
Hopkins said the fire would have been far worse if not for the Hudson Oaks Fire Dept., which appeared at the scene in minutes.
“The Hudson Oaks guys need to be commended,” said. “They did a great job.”
If your car was being serviced at Jerry’s GMC Wednesday night, stop by the dealership (3100 Fort Worth Highway) or call in at 817-596-5581.
The Aledo High School Bearcat Regiment will perform its halftime show before tonight's homecoming game at Bearcat Stadium. Anyone who wants to see the show can enter the stadium at no charge for the performance at 5:30. The stadium will then be cleared to prepare for the homecoming game.
AHS Band Director Joey Paul cited band contest and SAT tests on Saturday.
"It is in the best interest of the kids if we perform our show early," he said. "Thanks for understanding."
Phil KingSpecial to The Community News
AUSTIN – Today, State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) announced that he will seek re-election in the Texas House of Representatives. King serves as State Representative for Texas House District 61.
“It has been the honor of my life to serve the people of District 61 in the Texas House of Representatives,” King said. “I have spent my tenure in office fighting for limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise and traditional values. I will continue to fight for these principles that are so critical to our district, to Texas and to our nation.”
King serves as a member of the Energy Resources and Pensions committees. He also serves on the board of directors for the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, and as vice-chair of the Texas Legislative Tea Party Caucus.
King is a practicing attorney with the firm of Eggleston Flowers & King. Representative King and his family are longtime members of Trinity Bible Church. Phil and his wife Terry are the parents of six children, four granddaughters and four grandsons.
King will appear as a candidate on the 2014 Republican Primary ballot. The Texas primary election date is set for March 4th, 2014.
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A Union Pacific train is stopped, blocking the crossing at FM 1187 in Aledo. Traffic backed up in both directions as of 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12.
Fall baseball and softball sign-ups for boys and girls ages 3 to 12 through Aledo Athletics will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, at Railhead Willow Park. Returning players wishing to register for fall baseball or softball can sign up online through August 9.
The opening day for the 2013 season is scheduled for Saturday September 7. Closing day is scheduled for Saturday October 19.
Visit www.aledoathletics.com for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.