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January 2, 2014

2013 in Review

A look back at 2013 through the year’s top stories as compiled by the WD staff


In winning its fourth football title in five years, the school’s fifth overall, Aledo (16-0) set a national scoring record, outscoring its opponents on the season 1,023-140. That is an average margin of victory of 64-12, rounded up.

Bearcats placekicker Chance Nevarez ended his year with a state and national record 207 consecutive PATs. Nevarez also holds the state and national high for PATs in a single season, finishing with 132. The senior kicker and his unit also hold the state mark for career points-after, with 305.

So dominant were the Bearcats – whose wins included a 44-3 drubbing of Class 4A, Division I powerhouse Highland Park, and a 56-14 smearing of Class 3A, Division I perennial juggernaut Stephenville – that an official bullying complaint was filed against the school, reportedly by the parent of a Western Hills player following Aledo’s 91-0 win in which the Bearcats’ starters, as was the case in many of Aledo’s games throughout the season, played just one half before giving way to the backups.

Aledo ISD officials investigated and found no basis for the formal bullying complaint – possibly made in jest or as a prank – and even sent a letter to the University Interscholastic League asking AHS go into a more competitive district to try and avoid the football blowouts recorded this season.

Several Bearcats’ players were named to WD’s 2013 All-Parker County team, including junior quarterback Luke Bishop and wideout Ryan Newsome, who were named co-Most Valuable Players on the APC team.

NUMBER THREE – Iceaggedon 2013 brings area to its frozen knees

Parker County and all of North Texas was encased in ice in early December.

Residents woke up the morning of Friday, Dec. 6, to find their cars and the ground covered in anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of ice and sleet, and in some areas more than that. The unfamiliarity of dealing with such adverse weather caused a number of cars to spin out and several very minor accidents. The thick, rocky accumulation led to the term “cobblestone ice” on area roadways, and any motorists who tried driving on it knew what that meant.

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  • 0722 one puppy bag bikers.jpg A case for comfort

    Weatherford’s VFW Post 4746 R.D. Nelson Memorial and Guardians of the Children motorcycle club gave Hope for Tomorrow employee Heather Dezomits a helping hand Saturday when she introduced Operation Sweet Cases, a program designed to give foster kids a place to store their belongings as they travel from placement to placement.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Purple Heart recipients wanted

    Parker County Judge and Commissioners Court are encouraging all local Purple Heart recipients to attend commissioners court on Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m., as the court designates Parker County a “Purple Heart County.”

    July 21, 2014

  • 0720 one swim rescue 2.jpg Safety first

    As has become a yearly routine, Cherry Park lifeguards and first responders teamed up Friday to conduct a safety drill in response to a simulated drowning.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • WISD board preps for bond survey

    In preparation for a bond election, the Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees Thursday approved contracting with a firm to conduct a survey of Weatherford ISD voters. 

    July 19, 2014

  • 0720 one dog park.jpg Open for doggy business

    Tag Hooks, 6, stands in front of Weatherford’s newest park facility, a dog park named after his grandmother, Patsy Hooks, who died in December.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0718 one weather forecast.jpg Wet weather

    Residents in Parker County experienced quite a bit of rain early Thursday morning.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • A need for funds

    Parker County Judge Mark Riley last week urged East Parker County business leaders to support a constitutional amendment that would provide more money for transportation projects in Texas. 

    July 17, 2014

  • Willow Park tackles 11-street project

    The Willow Park City Council last week picked a list of 11 streets they’d like repaired as part of the city’s next road repair project, a significant portion of the 17-road, $850,000 list of needed repairs. 

    July 16, 2014

  • ESD No. 1, Annetta South working on fire station site

    Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas. 

    July 16, 2014

  • Teenagers arrested after rock throwing incident

    Two 14-year-old boys are facing charges after reportedly throwing rocks at passing vehicles on Interstate 20 Tuesday afternoon, damaging trucks and injuring a woman. 

    July 16, 2014

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