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AUSTIN — Today is Severe Winter Weather Awareness Day in Texas. Take this opportunity to get prepared for severe winter storms.
Severe winter storms can strand motorists traveling northern routes in Texas, sometimes striking in South Texas and even coastal areas. Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or your local station when severe winter storms are threatening.
About 70 percent of snow and ice related deaths occur in automobiles. If you must travel when winter storms threaten, keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines and don’t travel alone.
The survival kit for vehicles includes:
n Blankets/sleeping bags.
n Radio, flashlight, extra batteries, booster cables.
n First-aid kit.
n High-calorie, non-perishable food and bottled water.
n Extra clothing, including mittens and hat.
n Sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway.
n Windshield scraper and brush.
n Tool kit, tow rope and shovel.
n Cell phone or two-way radio.
Be prepared at home or work with these additional supplies in case heavy ice on the lines cuts electricity and phone service — or your heat source is cut off for several days:
n Battery-powered NOAA weather radio, extra batteries.
n Extra medicine, medical supplies and items needed by babies or the elderly.
n Heating fuel for areas where fuel carriers may not be able to get through.
n Properly ventilated emergency heating source such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater.
n Fire extinguisher and smoke detector.
n Extra food and water.
For more severe winter weather information, see www.nws.noaa.gov.
Other disaster preparedness resources can be found at: www.Ready.gov and www.redcross.org.
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Parker County Peach Food Contest winners
Several home cooks were crowned during Saturday’s Peach Food Contest, an outlet of the 30th Annual Parker County Peach Festival.
New pastor named to First United Methodist Weatherford
Rev. Stephen Schmidt has been named as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Weatherford. He previously served for 12 years at Grace United Methodist Church in Copperas Cove. In all, Rev. Schmidt has spent over 30 years as a Methodist minister.
FUMC honors retiring Rev. Glenn Jones
Glenn Jones, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Weatherford, has retired after serving the church for nine years. Rev. Jones received his call to serve 50 years ago and has served about 16 churches during his tenure.
Earls named state pageant finalist
Marlysia Earls is a Texas state finalist in the Junior Teen Division of the National American Miss Pageant to be held July 13 and 14 in Addison. If chosen, she will compete in the national competition held in Anaheim, California, in November. Marlysia will be starting her junior year at Weatherford High School in the fall.
Powell graduates basic training
Air Force Airman Ryan R. Powell graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Weatherford Art Association June meeting
Local artist James Spurlock demonstrated to a packed house at the June Weatherford Art Association meeting last Monday. Spurlock demonstrated working with water mixable oils and completed a painting during the meeting.
Grace House gives second annual scholarship to four graduates
WEATHERFORD — Grace House has awarded the second annual Pure Truth Scholarship to four deserving Parker County graduates – Courtney Cox, graduate of Weatherford High School; Amy Garcia, graduate of Peaster High School; Dylan Burton, graduate of Millsap High School; and Mitchell Coker, graduate of Millsap High School. Twenty-two Parker County seniors applied for the character-based scholarship, which focuses on the students’ active role in being a change agent for their peers.
TCA CSAF scholar athlete
WILLOW PARK — The Christian Schools Athletic Fellowship recently selected Trinity Christian Academy’s Emma Quarles as a CSAF Junior High Scholar Athlete.
Bonds announce birth of daughter Michelle
Reed and Amanda Bond, of Little Elm, would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Michelle Elise Bond, on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
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