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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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    About a half dozen solar-powered cars racing cross county began arriving in Weatherford late Monday afternoon. 

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    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

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    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

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    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

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