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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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  • 0729 one purple heart group.jpg A Purple Heart County

    County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse. 

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • WISD to propose tax rate decrease

    Weatherford ISD, which is projected to see a rise in property values, is proposing a one-cent tax rate decrease, which would slightly increase taxes for the average homeowner. 

    July 28, 2014

  • Israel Andrade Illegal indicted for burglary, child indecency

    A Parker County grand jury has indicted a man accused of breaking into a Springtown-area home earlier this month and molesting a sleeping 9-year-old girl.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_9754.jpg Home destroyed by fire

    WEATHERFORD – A fire that broke out Monday on the 700 block of Cimmaron Trail in Horseshoe Bend ended in the complete loss of a family’s home.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0727 one before-after.jpg Almost there...

    As a two-room schoolhouse with two school teachers conducting grades 1-9, the Mount Pleasant Colored School has had a humble beginning.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • Woman hit on interstate identified

    A woman killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line has been identified as 29-year-old Ashley Wright of Weatherford, according to information released Saturday by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

    July 26, 2014

  • Five teens hospitalized after wreck

    Alcohol may have been involved in a wreck Wednesday near Brock that sent five teens to the hospital, including two with life-threatening injuries, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Woman killed while walking on interstate

    A woman, who had not been identified as of Friday afternoon, was killed early Friday morning while walking on Interstate 30 near the Parker - Tarrant county line, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

    July 25, 2014

  • Rates of the rise?

    As part of an ongoing discussion, the City of Weatherford Municipal Utilities Board Thursday was taken through part two of the rate-making process for the city’s proposed capital improvement plan. The result of this plan will have a direct impact on utility rates for city customers. 

    July 24, 2014

  • Hospital board moves closer to building ambulance station

    The Parker County Hospital District Board of Directors took steps Wednesday to advertise and accept bids for the construction of a Brock-area ambulance station. 

    July 24, 2014

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