I usually feel a surge of patriotism on July 4th, but this year I went over the top. First thing that morning, while I drank coffee, I rode the Potomac Eagle Excursion Train through the breathtakingly beautiful mountains of Virginia, visually of course — just a DVD, but I really got into it. We live in a beautiful nation!
Then I remembered an incident I cherish, an incident in America’s history. It happened in July of 1776, when the First Continental Congress met to vote on whether or not to adopt a document Thomas Jefferson had written. That document was the Declaration of Independence.
The majority of the delegates decided they wanted to honor the God of the Bible and add words to the document expressing America’s dependence upon Him. The vote was taken. The majority voted to add several phrases and this was one of them: “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” (America’s Providential History, Mark Beliles, p. 149)
Gung-ho for human rights, those delegates couldn’t know that in several hundred years, a Texas senator would stand on the floor of the Texas Legislature and filibuster to deny unborn babies their right to draw their first breath, and countless Americans would praise her.
American has fallen. So, on this 4th of July, I didn’t glory in present day America. I just couldn’t. Instead I gloried in the God-honoring, human rights seeking, First Continental Congress of 1776. Those Americans, I respect.
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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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