By JUDY SHERIDAN
City of Aledo connects to Fort Worth water
After years of planning, Fort Worth surface water begins coursing through the city’s water system March 11, satisfying both current and future needs. Prior to the project’s completion, water customers were dependent on city wells.
ESD No. 1 annexes Aledo VFD district
Despite stiff opposition from most East Parker County mayors, voters decide that Emergency Services District No. 1 will annex the Aledo Volunteer Fire Department fire district in May 11 elections. Voters in the Aledo fire district reject a second proposition to assume the ESD’s current debt, requiring ESD No. 1 to create a separate accounting system.
City of Aledo marks 50 years
Aledo city officials mark the 50th anniversary of the city’s incorporation with a May 18 event featuring congratulatory speeches by Congresswoman Kay Granger and Judy Flanagin, representing State Rep. Phil King. The event includes awards to school children for commemorative artwork and essays — to put in a time capsule — and tours of the new water tank and wastewater treatment plant.
New AISD superintendent
Aledo ISD trustees name Dr. Derek Citty from Carroll ISD in Southlake as their top candidate for superintendent, replacing Dan Manning, who retires for health reasons. Citty is later hired by the district.
Aledo High School student Austin Muse, 17, is killed July 17 after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 20 in Willow Park. His death is later ruled an accident by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A freight train derails along Aledo-Iona Road early July 18, injuring a crew member. A public relations officer with the Union Pacific Railroad Company reports the cause is under investigation.
After months of efforts by nearby homeowners using the city’s water system, the Annetta City Council approves the annexation of hundreds of water customers south of the city. The annexation almost doubles the city’s population, according to city leaders.
Killer blamed for local arson
Israel Keyes, who confessed to killing an 18-year-old Alaskan barista and others, is linked to an unresolved arson in Annetta South. Keyes’ description to the FBI of the house fire in “Alto” is confirmed by Investigator Lanny Padgett of the Parker County Fire Marshal’s Office.
A Fort Worth parent’s complaint that Aledo ISD football coaches bullied their own players into racking up an excessive number of points against a Western Hills High School team — alleging harm to the opposing team — is in the national spotlight in October after the Bearcats trounce Western Hills 91-0. Fielding questions from TV stations and print media — including USA Today — Aledo Head Coach Tim Buchanan counters by saying coaches tried to help the other team score by using their second team and running the clock during the Bearcats’ offense. He maintains, however, that his players should not be asked to play poorly to make another team look better. An investigation conducted by school officials shows no evidence of bullying, according to Superintendent Citty.
Earthquakes shake Parker County
An epidemic of low-magnitude earthquakes — mainly in northeast Parker County, raise questions about a possible link to the injection wells used by gas drillers to dispose of fracking waste. Scientists report the fluids — pumped into the wells under pressure — might release the natural stress built up on fault lines, triggering the quakes.
Citizens’ response to the ground shakers — which now number 24 — send Parker County commissioners and others to the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, for answers, eliciting a Jan. 2 Town Hall.
The Aledo Bearcats defeat Brenham 38-10 to win the Class 4A, Division II, state football championship at AT&T Stadium. The win clinches the district’s fifth state football title, the fourth in the last five years.
By JUDY SHERIDAN
- Aledo ExtrA
Count of area homeless youth begins Monday
ACH Child and Family Services, Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, Crossroads Youth Ministries of Parker County and University of Texas-Arlington are conducting the first ever youth count in Tarrant and Parker counties for unaccompanied youth, ages 13-24, in unstable living arrangements (i.e., shelters, streets, couch surfing).
CASA seeks 100 new advocates to represent children in CPS care
In Spanish, casa means home, but for thousands of abused and neglected children, it’s an acronym that has even more meaning – it’s the hope of finally finding a safe, permanent home where they can thrive.
Spivack to speak at PCRW event
Parker County Republican Women will have Loren Spivack as the March 13 luncheon meeting guest speaker.
State education board candidates in runoff
Tuesday’s voting tallies signified an extremely tight race for State Board of Education District 11 candidates in the Republican primary.
Renfro in runoff for job he didn’t want
Precinct 4 Commissioner Dusty Renfro, who unexpectedly scored 1,213 votes in Tuesday’s Republican Primary while campaigning for an opponent, is still trying to lose his job on the Parker County Commissioners’ Court.
Area council, school board filings
Filings for school board and city council elections in May ended last Friday. Here are the filings for area city council seats open in May:
ALEDO – Patricia Weckel, 60, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, surrounded by family at her home in Aledo.
This time, Riley cruises past McKay in judge’s race
County Judge Mark Riley knocked it out of the park against challenger Cary McKay in final but unofficial returns in Tuesday night’s Republican primary, securing 62 percent of the total votes cast with a final count of 7,524 to 4,670.
Dugan, Renfro in runoff for Pct. 4 Commissioner
The three-way race for Precinct 4 commissioner will end in a May 27 Republican primary runoff with front-runner Steve Dugan — who received 1,776 votes — facing incumbent Dusty Renfro, a candidate who told voters he didn’t want the job but got 1,213 votes anyway. Fred Hammons received 704 votes.
Barnwell edges Vick; Brunson claims win
Running for an office that counts money, Parker County Treasurer candidate Dedra Vick might still be counting votes today.
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