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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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May was a very active tornado month in the region, including a massive tornado that struck Moore, Okla., a suburb south of Oklahoma City, causing widespread destruction while killing two dozen people and injuring at least one hundred more.

Mother Nature delivered a powerful punch Wednesday evening through a complex of super cell storms that produced tornadoes, large hail and wreaked havoc across North Texas.

One of the hardest-hit areas was in and around Granbury, where homes were reported destroyed with multiple people injured. Officials were reportedly conducting rescues of people from debris and looking for other trapped in rubble. Cleburne in Johnson County was also being pounded around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

NUMBER FIVE – Aledo bullies

A Fort Worth parent’s complaint that Aledo ISD football coaches bullied their own players into racking up an excessive number of points against a Western Hills High School team — alleging harm to the opposing team — is in the national spotlight in October after the Bearcats trounce Western Hills 91-0.

Fielding questions from TV stations and print media — including USA Today — Aledo Head Coach Tim Buchanan counters by saying Aledo coaches tried to help the other team score by using their second team and running the clock during the Bearcats’ offense. He maintains, however, that his players should not be asked to play poorly to make another team look better.

An investigation conducted by school officials shows no evidence of bullying, according to school officials.

NUMBER SIX – WISD bond fails

In late February, the Weatherford ISD board of trustees made the move to officially call for a bond election. The board made the decision to go on the May 11 ballot with a bond amount of $107.3 million to improve security, expand technology and to pay for new construction projects, including a rearrangement of students from the Ninth Grade Center, high school and middle schools.

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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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