With State Rep. Phil King touting the strength of the Texas economy as the backdrop, Weatherford Economic Development Authority and Weatherford Chamber of Commerce combined to honor area business people at the annual Industrial/Manufacturer’s Luncheon Wednesday.
“Weatherford and Parker County are the best places in Texas to live, I think,” King told a packed Heritage Hall at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center. “And it’s because of the entrepreneurship and work ethic represented in this room.”
Three local firms were honored as businesses of the year. Calvin Allen Saddlery won the Small Business of the Year, LaFleur Petroleum Services was named Middle-Size Business of the Year, and Heritage Plastics earned Large Business of the Year honors.
Each winner was awarded a plaque noting the honor in a presentation emceed by EDA Executive Director Dennis Clayton.
The District 61 Republican from Weatherford cited statistics detailing Texas’ business strength in his keynote address.
“Texas is growing at the rate of 1,360 people per day,” he said. “That puts us, here in Parker County, in the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country.”
King said the state’s healthy economy competes on a global scale.
“If Texas were its own country, like many of us think it should be,” he joked, “we would enjoy the seventh largest economy in the world.”
He also added the state’s business climate is, in large part, due to those honored at Wednesday’s luncheon.
“I am grateful for what you mean to the community — good jobs and good services — and your giving back to the community.”
Businesses honored at luncheon
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AgriLife to offer landscape class
The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service of Parker County, in cooperation with the Parker County Master Gardeners, will conduct a workshop entitled Creating and Maintaining a Healthy, Drought-Tolerant and Sustainable Landscape.
Rainforest Camp at Burch School of Music
In June, there were seven students who explored the flora and fauna of the rainforest through music at The Burch School of Music. Each child made his or her own rain stick, along with other crafts and art work. For two hours each day for five days, students explored a different level of the rainforest, starting with the emergent layer at the top, moving through the canopy, the understory, the forest floor and the rivers. They let bats fly (black balloons) and were eaten by a boa constrictor. On the last day they dressed as natives and drummed together.
Republican Women to meet Aug. 14 at Doss
The Parker County Republican Women’s monthly meeting will be Aug. 14 at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford. The meeting is open to the public.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dept. of State Health Services releases Aug. schedules
Texas Department of State Health Services immunization clinics for August:
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