Weatherford Democrat

Local News

November 15, 2013

American Heritage girls experience Native American living

More than 100 American Heritage Girls and leaders gathered around a council fire the night of Nov. 8 at Weatherford’s Camp Holland to learn about Native Americans and hear the sounds of a Native American flute and hand drum and the voices of Sayani.

Sayani, a Native American musical mother and daughter team, sang songs in their native tongue and in English. The weekend camp out hosted by Troop Tx5160 from Weatherford had girls participating in a wide range of activities that would have been done by Native Americans in the past, from knife and tomahawk throwing, archery, travois races (lashing), fire building, ring and pin and double ball.

The campsites were filled with Native American items the girls made in preparation for the camp, including sample dwellings, rabbit skins the girls tanned themselves and pioneering projects adorned with feathers, rocks, shells and arrowheads. Each troop had a flag and many had banners they made to represent their given tribe.

The girls participated in a Native American cooking contest. Judges were brought in from the community. The judges were treated to a wide variety of Native American meals, all prepared by the girls, including the meal provided by the local troop that included muscovy duck stew with a duck they butchered and prepared themselves that they then marinated in molasses and herbs. The stew included vegetables the girls had raised and herbs they had harvested from the land.

To complement this main course the girls ground their own mesquite beans using a mortar and pestle and made their own flour. To top off the meal they made roasted pumpkin seeds in the dutch oven. They then served their meal in containers they made out of gourds and a serving platter they lashed together. The meals were presented to the judges inside of an authentic 20-foot-tall teepee, and many girls were wearing Native American regalia.

Text Only
Local News
  • Weatherford native receives sheriff’s scholarship

    Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is proud to make a scholarship presentation to Taylor Crutcher from the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.

    April 24, 2014

  • DPS encouraging online license services, Mega Centers during summer

    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging residents to beat the summer rush at driver license offices across the state by renewing their license or identification card early or online. The summer months are typically one of the busiest times of year at driver license offices, and many eligible Texans can skip the trip to the office completely via online renewal of their license, identification card or change of address at Texas.gov.

    April 24, 2014

  • WHS bands earn multiple UIL awards

    The Weatherford High School concert, sightreading, and symphonic bands recently earned Division I ratings at the UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest at Burleson High School.

    April 24, 2014

  • 0423 loc WC aaron ruben schlrsp.jpg Weatherford College student receives Ruben Scholarship

    Anna Eastman, a Weatherford College student in the Human Service Provider/Substance Abuse Counseling Certificate Program, recently received the Aaron Ruben Scholarship from the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Springtown man gets 37-year sentence

    A Parker County jury Thursday convicted a Springtown man of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, giving him a 37-year prison sentence. 

    April 23, 2014

  • District XI Retired Teachers President Jo Ann Smith with Louretta Evans.JPG Parker County Retired Teachers conduct auction

    Professional auctioneer Randall McDaniel conducted his fourth annual PCRTA auction of items donated by members on April 1. Several paddle wars transpired for popular items. Additionally, members participated in a silent auction, a first for the group. A total of $1,400 from the auction was contributed to the PCRTA’s operating fund. McDaniel is a 1986 graduate of Weatherford High School. The auction was sponsored by the Community Service Committee, chaired by Barbara Rothrock.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Grand jury indictments for April returned

    A Parker County grand jury on Thursday indicted a man accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and threatening him with a BB gun before engaging in a brief standoff with deputies.

    April 19, 2014

  • eagle scout 2.jpg Weatherford freshman takes eagle project to vietnam museum

    As part of his Eagle Scout project, Andrew McNay traveled to the National Vietnam War Museum April 12 to build a steel foot bride to be positioned in the meditation garden of the museum.

    April 19, 2014 4 Photos

  • 0420 loc wumo.jpg WuMo comic strip coming to the WD

    Beginning May 1, the Weatherford Democrat will introduce a new comic strip – WuMo.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Event center hosts barn-raising

    Many businesses boast old-fashioned country charm, but one Weatherford event center is bringing back old farm traditions to assemble the newest addition to its property: a 19th century barn. 

    April 18, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video