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After teaching for 33 years, Laurie Jones touched the lives of many young students and even though she retired from that career, she has continued to make an impact on others in the Weatherford community as the president of Theatre Off the Square.

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Miller, Weatherford High School alumna and Texas Christian University junior, will be representing Parker County in the Miss Texas USA Pageant. The competition is Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel in Houston.

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The city of Willow Park released its 2018-19 preliminary budget Thursday afternoon.

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Two Willow Park residents spoke out at Tuesday night’s city council meeting about their frustrations with the city’s water issues including maintenance, plans and action and growth, to which City Manager Bryan Grimes said, “We will solve the problem.”

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School districts in Parker County earned a range of As, Bs and Cs when accountability scores became available Wednesday.

The Texas Education Agency has released the results of its new A-F accountability ratings. Overall ratings for Parker County school districts are as follows. Check back for the full story by Madelyn Edwards of the score breakdowns per district, as well as reaction from district officials.

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A Grand Prairie woman was arrested after a person reported being stabbed Sunday afternoon. 

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Heightened school security issues means fewer schools will be serving as one of Parker County’s 38 polling locations this November. 

Your chance to adopt a new furry family member and help save abandoned and homeless pets is just days away when the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter participates in the annual Clear the Shelter day event from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Weatherford is on the list of DPS offices that will see some changes to help reduce waiting times and reduce overcrowding. 

Due to the rain, US 180 between Hudson Oaks and Weatherford will undergo emergency road repairs this evening, Aug. 10, beginning at 8 p.m. Expect the outside lanes to be closed and traffic delays until the work is complete.

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At a special meeting of the Aledo ISD board of trustees Friday morning, a motion to hire additional teachers and maintain five budgeted emergency positions for the district was approved unanimously.

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As the new school year begins, Aledo ISD Police Chief Fred Collie, Springtown School Resource Officer Joshua Long and the Texas Department of Public Safety urge people to use extra caution when driving around school zones and buses, and plan ahead for heavily congested areas the first few weeks.

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Both the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce and East Parker County Chamber are encouraging residents to shop local during tax free weekend.

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Doug Shaw, general manager for the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, was the guest speaker at the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon Wednesday and provided information about groundwater and property rights, the major and minor aquifers in Texas, water le…

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Due to conditions favorable to wildfires, Parker County Judge Mark Riley Wednesday morning extended the emergency ban on outdoor burning for another seven days. 

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Parker County property owners will see a slight decrease in the property tax rates for funding county roads, county operations and debt. 

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In a world where online shopping has become more popular, the holidays are not the only times to be aware of package thieves.

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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller earlier this week shut down a Cattle Fever Tick spray box operation at a South Texas ranch and ordered the remaining 15 spray boxes to also shut down. 

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Aledo ISD hired Dr. Susan Bohn as its new superintendent in June, and the Democrat sat down with her Friday afternoon to find out what her vision is for the school district.

A 60-day agreement was made between Weatherford and Willow Park Wednesday morning that would allow Willow Park to access up to 200,000 gallons of water per day while repairs and improvements are made to existing wells.

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The Willow Park Police Department has welcomed a new addition to the force — Captain Daniel Franklin.

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Mattie Dukes is a senior at Grace Christian Academy and recently accomplished something some of us can only dream of — a first place award at the 2018 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.

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Parker County Judge Mark Riley and county commissioners Wednesday morning authorized the county attorney and purchasing agent to negotiate with engineering firm Baird, Hampton & Brown for engineering services in assessing county buildings and coming up with a repair and maintenance plan. 

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Oak wilt is an infectious disease that can result in killing oak trees and according to local experts in the field, Parker County residents should be aware of the signs.

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Construction is underway for the new Willow Park public safety building located next to the existing police and fire departments off West Stagecoach Trail and is planned to be finished within the next year.

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A report ranked Texas as 32nd in education compared to the rest of the nation, but some Parker County independent school district representatives say they are providing the best education possible.

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The city of Weatherford Municipal Utility Board Thursday OK’d an emergency water connection to Willow Park. 

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Parker County Commissioners Court on Friday did not take the next step to hire an engineering firm to evaluate most county buildings, including the safety of two which have had significant issues come to light this summer.

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Parker County commissioners and residents asked questions about how new election equipment could impact their voting experience during a machine demonstration Thursday.

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Two East Parker County cities that operate water systems that rely on wells to provide water to customers are asking for the public’s help in reducing the demand for water.

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A structural engineer during a site visit in June found evidence that two walls of the Parker County Attorney’s Office building may have been compromised and a basement wall providing some support for the first floor has failed. 

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Parker County Commissioners Court Monday voted to allocate money for the legal battle to obtain properties along the planned East Loop route. 

Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man earlier this week after responding to a call where a dog was stabbed in the head.