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County treasurer dies of apparent heart attack
The death of Parker County Treasurer Jim Thorp came suddenly Tuesday. Thorp, 50, died of an apparent heart attack early Tuesday afternoon after walking into Tri Cities Urgent Care Clinic in Willow Park with chest pains where he collapsed, staff at the treasurer’s office have confirmed.
Brock ISD enters lawsuit
At least one Parker County school is waging war against the state in response to a cut in public school financing.
Brock ISD board members recently approved a resolution with the Equity Center to file a lawsuit against the state’s inequitable public school finance plan.
City denies WLL request
Within the same hour, the Weatherford City Council approved the 2011-12 budget and turned down a request from the Weatherford Little League for the city to take out a $500,000 loan.
Commissioners raise tax rate
Despite a packed courtroom and the protests of more than 20 residents, Parker County commissioners gave final approval Monday night to a $35,692,247 general fund budget for fiscal 2012 that bumps the current tax rate up two cents — from 24 cents/$100 assessed valuation to 26 cents per $100 valuation — while preserving generous health care benefits for county employees.
The budget is up from last year’s $34,518,166, a 3.4 percent increase.
Our town is tops
Historical homes, horses and the proximity to Fort Worth and Dallas are all listed as reasons why Weatherford made the cut as one of the top 25 places to retire in the United States.
History of neglect
The half-brother of Kamden Bailey — the 1-year-old, law enforcement claims, was killed by his mother’s boyfriend last week — was removed from his mother’s custody in 2008 due to neglect, court records show.
Severely injured wreck victim loses home to fire
Millsap resident Amanda “Mandy” Kiles-Williams has been in the intensive care unit fighting for her life since a head-on collision Thursday that crushed her car and left her severely injured.
Nobody had told her as of Monday, but Kiles-Williams lost everything she owned Saturday in a fire that destroyed the home she shared with her brother and 16-year-old son.
Putting in their two cents worth
With 15 days until the budget filing deadline, county commissioners finally chose a direction Thursday, voting to proceed with Judge Mark Riley’s proposed general fund budget as a working document, with the exception of employee health care benefits, which are still in flux.
The $35.6 million proposed general fund budget — up from $34.8 million last year — operates with a tax rate of 26 cents per $100 property valuation, up from 24 cents this year. The rate is the effective rate, which means it will generate the same amount of revenue for the county as last year when applied to this year’s lower property valuations.
Area man charged in stabbing
A 33-year-old man was booked into the Parker County jail Tuesday on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after an alleged May stabbing.
Plat office cut
County commissioners, looking for $2 million in cuts to the 2011-12 budget, abolished the platting office in a 3-2 vote Tuesday, recovering the $74,000 salary of the office’s one employee as a first step.
Judge Mark Riley and commissioners John Roth and Dusty Renfro voted in favor of the cut; commissioners George Conley and Craig Peacock voted against it.
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