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December 30, 2013

Aledo Extra top stories of 2013



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.


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.


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.

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  • Splash Kingdom suspect Water park burglar sought

    Hudson Oaks police are requesting the public’s assistance in catching a burglar who broke into Splash Kingdom Water Park in Hudson Oaks earlier this month. 

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Commissioner at odds with school district's demand for land

    Aledo ISD superintendent Derek Citty is moving forward with plans backed by the school board in May — plans to secure two school sites in the Morningstar subdivision, slated for the corner of Old Weatherford Road and FM Road 3225 in the City of Fort Worth’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729 better coach tattoo.jpg An unforgettable state championship

    Corey Kiser and Riley Sartain, members of Aledo High School’s state champion softball team, honored by trustees last week, are to blame for the 10-3 tattoo on the finger of their coach, Jeff Lemons.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Firefighter arrested for child sexual assault

    A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period.
    Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested July 21, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.

    July 29, 2014

  • Fire protection improving in Aledo

    Stephen Watson, interim chief of Emergency Services District No. 1, briefed the Aledo City Council on improvements to the city’s fire protection — including the purchase of a site for a new fire station — in Thursday night’s Aledo City Council session.

    July 29, 2014

  • Aledo ISD trustees affirm hiring policy

    The Aledo ISD School Board affirmed a policy delegating the hiring of most school personnel to the administration by a 4-1 margin last week, with trustees Jay Stringer, David Tillman, Hoyt Harris and Steve Bartley voting in favor and trustee Bobby Rigues arguing that the board should retain the responsibility.

    July 29, 2014

  • Aledo coffee shop helps support the troops

    HUDSON OAKS — Wild West Splash Kingdom was the host of military members and military supporters the night of Saturday, July 19, during ‘Salute the Troops,’ sponsored by Holy Grounds Coffee and Gifts in Aledo and Ducerus College Planning.

    July 29, 2014

  • Calendar of events

    Aug 2-23

    Holy Grounds Coffee & Gifts, at 108 Jearl Street, is hosting a series of outdoor movies in their parking lot at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 23.
    Admission is free and feature drinks are half price during the films. “The Amazing Spiderman” is  Aug. 2, followed by “Tangled” on Aug. 9, “The Lego Movie” on Aug. 16 and “The Avengers” on Aug. 23.
    For more information, call 817-440-7770.

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729 one purple heart group.jpg A Purple Heart County

    County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse. 

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0725 one arson.JPG Suspicious house fire under investigation

    The Weatherford fire marshal says a fire that damaged a house and killed two puppies Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious fire and a suspect is in jail on unrelated charges.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

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