News of a general nature not tied to a particular locality.
Cub Scout Pack 109 of Aledo, in conjunction with Pack 1099 of Willow Park, will host a Toys for Tots program in the area for the United States Marine Corps. Donation boxes will be at the following locations: Brookshire’s on Ranch House Road, Sonic in Aledo, Dollar General on Ranch House Road, AKA Academy on Ranch House Road, First Financial Banks in Aledo and Willow Park, Wal-Mart in Hudson Oaks and Starbucks in Weatherford. In addition, a donation station will be set up at Christmas Tyme in Aledo in the parking lot beside the Aledo Diner. A “drive through” collection will be on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Willow Park Baptist Church on Ranch House road with representatives of the United States Marine Corps. Donations of new unwrapped toys are accepted.
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Group hopes to collect 9 million gift boxes
First Baptist Church Aledo will be a collection site for Operation Christmas Child – the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind.
Collection will take place at the church, 128 Elm St., Nov. 12 through 19. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12, 13 and 15; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 14; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17; 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18; and 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 19.
Volunteers are asked to fill a shoe box with gifts, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. The boxes will be delivered to children in more than 100 countries. Operation Christmas Child – a project of the international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse headed by Franklin Graham –- hopes to collect 9 million gift boxes this year.
Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology to allow participants to “follow” their box to the destination. To register shoe box gifts and find out the destination country, use the “Follow Your Box” donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 817-595-2230 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
November 9, 2012
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Organizers of the Thanksgiving Trot in Aledo have announced a special addition to this year’s 5k race to benefit Aiden Maloy, a 3-year old being treated for kidney cancer. Radio personality Randy Galloway has offered an All Access Pass with Aiden Maloy at the ESPN Studios in Las Colinas as GAC (Randy Galloway) and Company will give you a behind the scenes look at what they do best – TALK. Submit a sealed donation to help Aiden in his fight with cancer. Sealed donations will also be accepted on the day of the race. Whoever submits the highest donation will join Aiden and GAC for an upcoming Galloway and Company show – LIVE from the ESPN Studios. Make checks payable to Nora Maloy. Send donations to Thanksgiving Trot/ Galloway & Company, Po Box 1333, Aledo, Texas 76008. For more information about the Thanksgiving Trot, visit www.community-news.com/trot.
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept
A Weatherford man is in custody following a weekend disturbance which stemmed into a person with a weapon call.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said deputies responded to the call in the 2100 block of Annetta Center Point Road just before 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.
A male victim reported the suspect, later identified as Ricky Lee Newton, 53, ran his 21-year-old son off the road during a vehicle incident.
The father of the victim stated he went down the street to speak with the suspect about the incident and an argument ensued.
The father further reported Newton then pulled a handgun from his waistband and directed it toward him threatening to “kill” him, additionally pointing the weapon at his wife and son. The wife dialed 9-1-1.
The victims reported Newton additionally threatened to kill the wife and son if they did not “call off the police.”
The victims were able to flee the scene in their vehicle.
Newton was later arrested by deputies at his residence and booked into the jail at 8:35 p.m. Sunday.
Newton was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. As of Monday morning, he remained incarcerated. His bond has not been set.
By Linda Bagwell, Weatherford College
The new Ed Kramer Veterans Flag Plaza with its stunning display of the U.S. and Texas flags surrounded by others representing the five military branches will be the appropriate location for Weatherford College’s observance of Veterans Day Thursday, Nov. 8. Organizers have planned a fitting tribute to the men and women in the Armed Forces, “Past, Present and Future.”
The ceremony will start with music by the WC Howlin’ Brass band at 10:45 a.m. WC President, Dr. Kevin Eaton and Board of Trustees Chairman Frank Martin, both veterans themselves, will offer welcoming remarks, and the College choir will lead the attendees in the singing of the National Anthem. Solo performances by Doug Jefferson, who will sing “America the Beautiful,” and Sonny Burgess singing “God Bless the U.S.A.” will highlight the morning’s ceremony.
Additionally, Eaton will make a special presentation to Weatherford businessman and Marine veteran, Ed Kramer, for whom the flag plaza has been named.
Representatives of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines will post the military flags as a medley of the branches’ signature themes will be played. Afterward, a list of local fallen heroes who have died in action will be read aloud as a single toll of a bell marks each name.
“Altogether, truly a fitting tribute for our men and women who have and are serving our country in one of our military forces,” said Ralph Willingham, director of admissions and VA Affairs. “We invite the entire community to come out and enjoy the ceremony with us.”
Early voting continues in Parker County, with polling locations open until Nov. 2. Election day is Nov. 6.
Early voting sites will be remain open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Friday.
Applications for ballots by mail may be obtained by calling 817-598-6185.
Applications for ballots by mail must be received by the Early Voting Clerks no later than the close of business on October 30, 2012.
Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to:
Early Voting Clerk
1112 Santa Fe Drive
Weatherford TX 76086
Early Voting Sites:
Parker County Courthouse Annex
1112 Santa Fe Dr.
Aledo Community Center
104 Robinson Ct.
Willow Park Municipal Building
516 Ranch House Road
City Council Meeting Room
Springtown City Hall
102 E. 2nd St.
City Council Meeting Room
Brock Masonic Lodge
201 Grindstone Rd.
Peaster Fire Department
220 Judd St.
Polling locations for election day will be included in in the Nov. 2 issue of The Community News, and posted at www.community-news.com on Nov. 5. Sample ballots are below: