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New shelter brings more hope for animals

The overpopulation of animals is a challenge in a lot of places, including Parker County. Now, one of the state’s largest animal sanctuaries is coming to Aledo. The new sanctuary from Saving …

Jury gives 17-time convicted thief 17-year sentence for 18th theft

In a jury trial that concluded Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Weatherford, a Fort Worth man with 17 previous theft convictions received a sentence of 17 years in prison for stealing power tools from Home …

After-prison program gave Mederos hope and more

Elizabeth Mederos still remembers the day in 2017 when she asked her father if she could live with him.    The Weatherford woman was awaiting parole after serving four years of a 10-year …

Artic blast forecast leading into Christmas

An artic blast with sub-freezing temperatures forecast prior to the Christmas holiday weekend prompts the need to protect plants, pipes and pets. The National Weather Service is forecasting an …

Rainwater harvesting grant program under way

The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District has announced a new annual rainwater harvesting grant program for Montague, Wise, Parker, and Hood Counties. UTGCD encourages organizations …
Latest Sports Stories

Aledo tops Brewer on Senior Night

The Aledo Bearcats defeated the Brewer Bears 48-36, while the Ladycats captured a 30-18 victory over Brewer on Senior Night on Jan. 25. “This turned out to be a great event for both our boys …

Ladycat lifters make history at Brock

The Aledo Ladycats powerlifting team made school history on Jan. 25 when they took first place in a meet for the first time in their history. They bested Glen Rose, Azle and Brock to win the Brock …

Aledo opens season in Peach Bowl

The Aledo varsity tennis team began their spring season on Jan. 27 in the annual Peach Bowl tournament, held on various courts throughout the area. Four groups of players finished in the top four …

Aledo Swimcats seek state

A quartet of Aledo swimmers know what it’s like to swim at the Class 5A State Meet at the University of Texas at Austin’s Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center. To get there they will …
Life and Community
Calendar of Events
Creating Mixed Media Treasure/Junk Journals Start the new year off right by creating a beautiful mixed media “junk journal” for 2023! Weatherford artist Sarah Fino will be demonstrating creative collage techniques and applications on …
The move-in to the new Willow Park City Hall has been underway, and the city is now preparing an open house and ribbon cutting to introduce it to the community. The public is invited to a ribbon …
The Aledo Education Foundation will present its annual Bearcats ’n Boots gala fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Hilton Downtown in Fort Worth. Live entertainment will be …
The Aledo Children’s AdvoCats have announced that the annual Run, Walk, or Crawl Glow Run will be held Saturday, March 25, at Bearcat Stadium. The Glow Run is a nighttime fun run in the …
The Aledo High School Class of 2024 Project Celebration Committee has planned a festive February evening to benefit Aledo High School Class of 2024 Project Celebration. The Bearcat Mardi Gras Ball …
Obituaries
Rozalea Smith Wade passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. Rozalea was born December 8, 1932 to Jack and Clida Smith in Perrin, Texas. She graduated from Birdville High School on May 31, …
Sandra Kay Vasquez, 57, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away unexpectedly on Friday December 16th, 2022 at her home in Aledo. Sandra was born on November 23, 1965, to Rosario Charles …
Thomas (Tom) Bryan Smiley, Jr. passed away on December 24, 2022. Thomas was born November 18, 1929 in Schenectady, New York, where he lived briefly before he and his parents returned to North …
Education

‘Welcome to Our School!’

The Aledo ISD hosted ribbon cuttings and open houses for the newly-renovated Aledo Middle School and the newly-constructed McAnally Middle School on Sunday. Jan. 21. The renovation of the aging …

AGC meets for final time before Board presentation

Monday, Jan. 23, marked the last meeting for the Aledo Growth Committee before presenting the final draft of their bond proposal to the board of trustees later in the week. According to AGC …

Henderson graduates from UT

One area student graduated and others received academic honors at the end of the fall semester and colleges and universities around the country. Alistair Grant Prescott Henderson graduated from …

Bearcats of Character named for November

Aledo ISD Board of Trustees recently honored 11 students for exhibiting the Positivity Project - or P2 - character trait of Integrity on their campus.  P2 says that integrity really boils …
Commentary
Columns

New era for Bearcats, but expect continued success

Tim Buchanan and Steve Wood, architects behind the past 10 Aledo state football championships, are retiring. The announcement came last Friday morning, Jan. 27, a day I thought was going to be spent …

Texas Public Information Act’s 50th anniversary an excellent time to strengthen the landmark law

Fifty years ago, responding to public demand in an era of reform, Texas enacted a sweeping law ensuring the people’s right to know about their government. The Texas Public Information Act …
Letters to the Editor

Congressional action needed on cancer issues

Like most of us this time of year, Congress has a lengthy must-do list and at the top of that list should be passing policies to save more lives from cancer and improve patient care for those who are …

Come Together

Today our country feels as divided as I have ever seen it in my lifetime. This season of political ads, which each side attacking the other as “the enemy,” just magnify the hatred and …

Note of Thanks

The Aledo Ex-Student Association board members would like to say THANKS for helping us to have a great year. We had about 65 ex-students and guests attend the banquet. Monetary donations and our …