By JUDY SHERIDAN
The Aledo ISD recently hired one new full-time police officer and added another to a list of reserve officers.
Both are master peace officers with more than 20 years of experience.
Officer Wes Cummins is now employed full time after serving as an Aledo ISD reserve officer for eight years. Cummins, who has 21 years’ experience, is a certified school resource officer. He has also completed active shooter training.
Officer Tom Kelly, with 27 years’ experience, will serve as one of 15 district reserve officers. Kelly is a former criminal investigator and patrol officer and once taught criminal justice in the Weatherford ISD. A Parker County resident, he has a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor’s in education from Texas A & M Commerce.
Trustees voted to hire a fifth full-time officer in January, amending the budget to pay for the new position through the end of the school year.
At that time, Superintendent Dan Manning told the board that the district also wanted to expand the number of reserve officers who could help during the day and move toward a more campus-based police operation.
“In a traditional police force, officers respond to police needs based on an incident,” he explained. “If it’s campus-based they’re on campus to be part of the fabric of everyday life.”
“We are increasing our police presence and visibility on all our campuses, as well as their interaction with campus staff, students and the community.”
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Christmas Tyme in Aledo rescheduled
Due to the wintry weather predicted for the area, Aledo city officials have decided to postpone Christmas Tyme in Aledo from Saturday, Dec. 7, to Saturday, Dec. 14. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with most activities centered in the historic downtown area.
Aledo ISD playoff game cancelled
The Aledo Bearcat AAAA Divison II State Quarter Final football playoff game set for tonight, Thursday, Dec. 5, has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
All-district volleyball - Classes 5A-4A-3A
Parker County volleyball polished off another stellar district-play year in November. The counties’ schools netted two outright district titles, a district co-champion, a district runner-up and a playoff-qualifying third-place finisher.
Celebrity cutters lined up for Friday’s Careity benefit
For more than a decade now, one event has served as a big help for the Careity Foundation in terms of funds and donations.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a winter storm warning for freezing rain and sleet across North and West Texas, including Parker County, for the period 6 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday.
Bearcats to encounter Coyotes, wintry threat
Aledo vs. Wichita Falls High
Time: 6 p.m., Thursday
Site: Northwest ISD Stadium — 18501 Hwy 114, Justin
Type: Class 4A, Division II, Quarterfinal (Region I final)
Last year: Did not play
Aledo ISD football playoff game rescheduled
The Aledo ISD AAAA Divison II State Quarter Final Football Playoff game has been rescheduled to Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.
Hancock runs in Thanksgiving Trot
Heart transplant recipient and teen Dylan Hancock, who will receive the proceeds from this year's Thanksgiving Trot for a new home, ran in the 1-mile event in the Aledo area on Thanksgiving Day alongside mentor and friend Rob Helms.
Parker County jail facility under discussion
Community Education Centers, the company Parker County contracts with to manage the Parker County Jail, has offered to build a work-release low-security jail facility for the county free of charge.
Parker County earthquake tally rises
Two more minor earthquakes rattled northeast Parker County Tuesday, Nov. 26, bringing the total number of earthquakes last month to 17.
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