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.