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August 15, 2012

Library to get $41,000 grant

WEATHERFORD — Acceptance of a $41,137 grant to benefit the Weatherford Public Library highlighted the regular session items of Tuesday night’s Weatherford City Council meeting.

Director of Library Services Dale Fleeger said that Weatherford would be awarded a second year of grant funding from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in what is called a Preserving and Expanding Access to Culture and History (PEACH) grant. The funds will be used to continue work on a project to create and make available to the public a digital database of historic documents found in Weatherford, Azle, Aledo, Springtown, Millsap and other Parker County sites.

This is the fifth grant received from the Texas State Library. So far, the library has received about $301,000, Fleeger said. According to a staff report, the grant is designated to support cooperation among libraries.

In other news, the council approved reappointing Sharon Hayes to the Animal Shelter Advisory Committee. Hayes was filling an unexpired term that was due to expire on Aug. 31. Her term will expire on Aug. 31, 2014.

 Richard Simmons and Norman Hythecker were reappointed to the Transportation Advisory Board. Their terms will expire Aug. 31, 2014.

The council also approved naming a street that linked Mineola and Ridgway Jean’s Way in honor of Jean Hudgens. The honor is posthumous as Hudgens passed away of breast cancer.

Evon Markham, who made a presentation before the council, said her friend and mentor Hudgens always wanted to give back to the community as it was “Jean’s Way.”

Much of the meeting was devoted to a presentation by Darren Donaldson regarding synthetic drugs and the sale of them in the community. That part of the meeting will be discussed in a story devoted to drugs in our community in the Weatherford Democrat to be published at a later date.

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