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Gun incident lands man in jail

November 5, 2012 by Randy Keck

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.

Weatherford College to observe Veterans Day with ceremony

October 31, 2012 by Randy Keck

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 - Sample Ballot

October 29, 2012 by Randy Keck

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:
Robert Parten
Early Voting Clerk
1112 Santa Fe Drive
Weatherford TX 76086

Early Voting Sites:
Parker County Courthouse Annex
1112 Santa Fe Dr.
Annex Kitchen
Weatherford, TX

Aledo Community Center
104 Robinson Ct.
Meeting Room

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.
Meeting Room

Peaster Fire Department
220 Judd St.
Meeting Room

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:

Early voting starts Monday

October 18, 2012 by Randy Keck

Early voting in Parker County for the Nov. 6 general election begins Monday, Oct. 22 and ends Friday, Nov. 2.

The main voting site is:
Parker County Courthouse Annex
1112 Santa Fe Dr.
Annex Kitchen
Weatherford, TX

Additional early voting sites are:
Aledo Community Center
104 Robinson Ct.
Meeting Room

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.
Meeting Room

Peaster Fire Department
220 Judd St.
Meeting Room

Early voting hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 - Friday, Oct. 26; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 - Friday, Nov. 2.

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:
Robert Parten
Early Voting Clerk
1112 Santa Fe Drive
Weatherford TX 76086

AHS Choir to host pumpkin patch

October 18, 2012 by Katie Martinez

The AHS choir will be hosting a fun family event at First Financial Bank in Aledo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event will have face painting, kids activities, a bake sale and great photo ops. The funds will be used to send choir members to a leadership conference.
AHS Choir officers: AHS Choir officers, from left, Danielle Springer, Autumn Simpson, Savannah Beddingfield, Kenzi Zimmerman, Sara Leifeste, Tiffany Nichols, Somjit Pimson, Sadie Benson, Cole Walker and Zoe Morrison.

Business Expo

October 16, 2012 by Randy Keck

Randy Keck/The Community NewsThe annual East Parker County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is this afternoon (Tuesday) from 4-7:30 p.m. at Willow Park Baptist Church.

This year's event features a new Kidz Zone area, as well as community favorites like samples from area restaurants (Baker's Ribs, Bordelon Foods, Brioche Bistro & Bakery, Clear Fork Station & The Wild Mushroom Steakhouse and Lounge.

The event is free and open to the public.

Road rage almost ends in tragedy

October 16, 2012 by Katie Martinez

From the Parker County Sheriff's Office

Parker County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a road rage call Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said a Poolville man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from the incident.

As of Monday morning, William James Carr, 60, remained incarcerated.
The victim dialed 9-1-1 around 1:15 p.m. Sunday. When deputies arrived on scene, Carr reported he intentionally shot out the window of a Ford Mustang, after the vehicle had “cut him off.”

During the incident, a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden had detained Carr. The game warden reported he stopped at Ranger Highway and Jones Road, due to a subject holding Carr at gun point on the side of the road, in front of a vehicle.

The victim stated he made a lane-change near Ranger Highway and Bowie Drive, thinking he gave the truck behind him plenty of room.

Further down the road on Ranger Highway near Greenwood Road, he heard a loud popping noise thinking he had blown a tire, but realized his rear windshield had been shattered.

The victim told deputies he pulled over and dialed 9-1-1, when he observed Carr drive past him and pulled over ahead of the victim’s Mustang. The victim then stated he pulled a weapon out when Carr began approaching him.

The game warden then arrived on scene and ordered the victim to put the weapon down and detained the pair.

Church heralds Girl Scout spirit

October 12, 2012 by Randy Keck

Special to The Community News

Aledo community good will was brought to the forefront recently by a local Girl Scout troop. The Aledo Church of Christ was contacted by Lisa Dalton, the “Special Projects Mom,” for a local troop. The Girls Scouts wanted to help clean up a growing problem at the “Paint House” positioned on one corner of the church’s property. In recent months some who came to paint signs had begun to leave paint on the metal fencing and parking lot that surround the structure.

“This troop is not affiliated with our congregation, so it was completely unexpected to receive the scouts’ offer,” said Ron Buch, Pulpit Minister at the church. “It’s a very praiseworthy gesture. The desire to serve the community by helping clean up the paint speaks to the spirit of Girl Scouts, and we are proud to be able to honor that spirit,” he said.

The church will provide the paint and the scouts will provided the elbow grease. The girls in the troop plan to paint a portion of the pipe-fencing in front of the paint house. Additionally, the church plans to set a “brush cleaning station” adjacent to the paint house where patrons can wipe their brushes off after their work. “Our hope is that by having the station, those painting the house will be able to clean their brushes without using the fence or the parking lot,” Mr. Buch said.

Evans denied bail

October 7, 2012 by Katie Martinez

Jake Evans, who is being held at the Parker County Jail in the deaths of his mother and 15-year-old sister, was denied bail during his first court appearance.

As a 17 year old, Evans will be tried as an adult and because more than one person was killed, he has been charged with capital murder.

A change in legislation in 2005 made life without parole an alternative to the death penalty in Texas for persons convicted of capital murder.

Since the inception of the law, across Texas, inmates convicted of capital murder are around six times more likely to be given life in prison over the death penalty.

Aledo ISD issues statement on Evans shootings

October 4, 2012 by Randy Keck

The Aledo ISD has issued the following statement in the wake of the Evans shootings:

Aledo ISD is deeply saddened to learn of the death of a former employee and a former student.

Jami Evans was a dedicated elementary teacher and assistant principal who worked in Aledo ISD for 15 years serving students at both Coder and Stuard Elementary from 1989 through 2004. Her dedication to her students and her love of learning was an inspiration to all who knew her.

We also mourn the death of Mallory Evans, a former elementary and intermediate school student. Mallory attended Stuard Elementary and McAnally Intermediate School. She was a sweet child that will be missed by her friends and school family.

The suspect in the shootings, Jacob Evans, is a former Aledo High School student who withdrew from school in January 2012 to be homeschooled. He attended Aledo schools from elementary school until his withdrawal in January. He played football in middle school and played on the golf team in high school.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Evans family in this difficult time.

Sports Calendar

Monday, October 20

  • AHS JV Girls & Boys at JV Waxahachie Tournament, Waxahachie CC, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 21

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Granbury MS at Aledo MS;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School at Granbury MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS at Joshua;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 23

  • AHS at District Meet, Cleburne High School, 1501 Harlin Drive, Cleburne, Texas, 76035, 10:00 a.m.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall;
    7,8 C - 5:00;
    7,8 B - 6:00;
    7,8 A - 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are subject to change. The lengths of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Trinity Christian Academy JV vs. Victory Christian at Aledo Middle School, 6:30 p.m., *District Game

Friday, October 24

  • AHS at Burleson;
    Varsity, 5:30 p.m.;
    JV, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 6:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 5:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Christian Academy vs. Nazarene at Aledo Middle School;
    JH, 5:30 p.m.;
    Varsity, 7:30 p.m.
    *District Games

  • AHS Varsity at Burleson, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 27

  • AHS Varsity Boys Orange at Maypearl Varsity Tournament, Mansfield National, 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 28

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Weatherford Hall MS at Aledo MS;
    7C, 5:00;
    7B, 6:00;
    7A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • Aledo Middle School at Weatherford Hall MS;
    8C, 5:00;
    8B, 6:00;
    8A, 7:00 p.m.
    *Times are tentative and subject to change. Then length of games will determine the starting times for the rest of the games.

  • AHS vs. Burleson Centennial at Aledo, Parent Night;
    Varsity, 6:30 p.m.;
    JV, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th A, 5:30 p.m.;
    9th B, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 30

  • Aledo Middle School at Brewer, Brewer High School

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