Weatherford Democrat

December 30, 2013

Aledo Extra top stories of 2013


Weatherford Democrat

— By JUDY SHERIDAN

March

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.



May

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.



July

Accidental death


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.



Train derails

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.



August

Annetta annexation

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.    



October

Bullying complaint


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.



November

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.



December

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.