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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

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In anticipation of the storm, residents invaded local grocery stores, purchasing the essentials and then hunkered down. Fortunately, no Weatherford residents lost power for any extended time, according to city officials.

Truckers, unable to move because of delays in other counties, literally parked their vehicles on the interstate and on exit ramps and rode the storm out.

Many truckers said this was the worst weather they had seen in many years in the business. Aledo was forced to cancel its Region I Final a number of times before finally playing the following Monday, Dec. 9.

Schools were closed for days, as temperatures took their sweet time to rise above freezing. City and county crews were able to sand main arterial roads to get them passable but the smaller county roads needed about a week before residents could travel on them.

NUMBER FOUR – Tornadoes sweep across Parker County, N. Texas

It was a dark stormy night.

No, that is not the opening sentence to a best-selling novel but a description of the evening of May 15, when powerful, tornado-spawning storms swept across Parker County and North Texas.

The storms began to build west of Mineral Wells and multiplied and intensified as they marched east and northeast. Residents in Mineral Wells saw up to grapefruit-size hail that damaged homes, vehicles and businesses. Storm spotters then verified a cyclone on the ground west of Millsap and watched as the funnel danced into the west Parker County community, damaging several homes and outhouses.

Other funnels and clouds with rotation were reported across the county, including damage to structures on Tin Top Road and in the Cresson community south of Weatherford. There were no reports of injuries in the county. The same could not be said for the residents of Granbury, where a tornado ripped apart homes, killing six people. Cleburne and other parts of Johnson County also sustained damage from winds and twisters that continued into East Texas causing more death and destruction.

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    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. 

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  • 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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    The Weatherford fire marshal says a fire that damaged a house and killed two puppies Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious fire and a suspect is in jail on unrelated charges.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

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    Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • City to transfer bond funds to cover street project

    Per the recommendations of City of Weatherford staff, the Weatherford City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance amending the fiscal year 2014 budget to transfer monies from various bond funds into the general capital improvement projects fund. The reallocation of funds are from bonds designated to various street construction projects and will be consolidated into one more street construction project: the access road between Bethel Road and South Bowie Dr.

    July 23, 2014

  • Richard Adams Sr. Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges

    A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period. 

    Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

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