Weatherford Democrat

Local News

September 23, 2011

Our town is tops

Weatherford one of top 25 best places to retire

WEATHERFORD — 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.

A feature on these top locations will appear in the October issue of Money Magazine, but word of Weatherford’s placement started circulating around town last week, followed by several short articles online.

“As the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area expanded over the past couple of decades, many communities were overtaken by McMansions, shopping centers and congestion,” CNNMoney reports online. “But Weatherford, 33 miles from Fort Worth, has maintained its own identity — which is all wrapped up with horses. Specifically, cutting horses, which herd cattle and perform in exhibitions.”

News of Weatherford’s ranking has thrilled the staff at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.

“It will definitely get the attention of those not familiar with Weatherford because Money Magazine is a well known and respected magazine,” Chamber President Tammy Gazzola said. “It puts us above the rest to get mentioned there. People will research and find out what Weatherford has to offer, and that’s to our advantage for sure.”

Visitors to the chamber looking to move to the area often list retirement and proximity to their grandchildren as main reasons for their relocations, Gazzola said.

Family brought Leo Brannan to Weatherford about 50 years ago from Bynam, Texas. At 95, he still participates in team roping. He lives near the Parker County Senior Center, where he is a frequent visitor, and he boards his horse at his daughter’s place. His experience over the past five decades has been positive enough that he would recommend Weatherford to retirees looking for a place to settle.

“It’s been a good place for me,” he said. “I’ve been treated well.”

Genevieve Bush, 83, moved to Weatherford about 30 years ago from upstate New York in the Adirondacks. She is originally from Long Island.

When her son moved to the Metroplex, she headed south, too. After a visit to Florida, she decided the humidity wasn’t for her and decided on the Texas heat.

Of all the places to live in the area, she chose Weatherford because the trees and hills are the closest she can find to the mountains she was accustomed to.

“It’s easy to live here,” she said. “The weather, except for this year. And also the state taxes.”

Lack of a state income tax is also listed in the article as a reason Weatherford made the cut, along with a median home price of $150,000, according to the CNNMoney article.

The friendliness of the people didn’t hurt either, Gazzola said.

“We feel Weatherford still has a friendly, small town feel,” she said, “and a close proximity to the Metroplex.”

Text Only
Local News
  • 0727 loc peaster ffa.jpg Peaster FFA students attend state convention

    The 86th Texas FFA Convention was recently held in Fort Worth. Peaster’s Hannah Ford completed her year of service as a state officer. 

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Parker County Heritage Society to meet Aug. 19

    Parker County Heritage Society will meet Aug. 19 in the home of Nathan and Abby Hamessely at 410 W. Spring St. at 7 p.m. 

    July 27, 2014

  • AgriLife to offer parenting classes Aug. 19, 21

    The Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes on Aug. 19 and 21, 2014, at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be from 1-5 p.m. each day and will include lunch. The cost to attend the class is $10 per person for the two-day class. Scholarships are available.

    July 27, 2014

  • CASA receives national certification for its efforts

    WEATHERFORD – CASA Hope for Children of Parker and Palo Pinto County has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that CASA Hope for Children is in compliance with National CASA’s high standards for quality child advocacy.

    July 26, 2014

  • 0725 loc whs ffa.jpg Weatherford FFA attends state convention in Fort Worth

    Members from the Weatherford FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Texas FFA State Convention July 14-18 in Fort Worth.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • DAILY RECORD: Marriages and deaths

    Marriages and deaths recorded from July 16, 2014 to July 22, 2014. This information is being provided as a courtesy by the Parker County Clerk. Every effort is made to see that the information is correct and complete. The Parker County Clerk is not responsible should there be an error within the information provided.

    July 25, 2014

  • Dept. of State Health Services releases Aug. schedules

    Texas Department of State Health Services immunization clinics for August:

    July 24, 2014

  • 0723 loc WC upward bound.jpg Traveling the path to success

    Several factors aligned to set Louriann Villa on the path to success including a mother she considers a hero, the Weatherford College Upward Bound program and scholarship funds.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Weatherford DAR to host summer workshop

    Weatherford Chapter-DAR will be hosting the District II summer workshop with 94 members from across North Texas attending on Saturday, July 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Side Baptist Church.

    July 23, 2014

  • Painting with a Twist/Painting with a Purpose

    Looking for a fun night out? Join us for the Parker Paws Painting with a Purpose fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. 

    July 20, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating