Last minute calls are being made, hands are being shaken and babies are being kissed.
Tomorrow is election day.
Parker County voters will join voters across Texas Tuesday in picking both major party nominees for political leadership at both the state and local levels.
Polls open a 7 a.m. Tuesday at 43 precinct sites in Parker County, and votes may be cast until 7 p.m.
A total of 10 candidates, seven Democrats and three Republicans, are seeking to become Texas’ new governor.
Incumbent Rick Perry is battling Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and activist Debra Medina for the GOP nomination, while Former Houston Mayor and hair care mogul Farouk Shami are the Democratic front-runners.
Parker County businessman Mike Brasovan is also on Tuesday’s ballot, taking on long-time GOP congressional incumbent Kay Granger.
Locally, ballots feature contested races for county commissioners and justices of the peace in both Precincts 2 and 4, and county judge.
In addition, Republicans have the opportunity to voice their support for five non-binding resolutions ranging from the public use of the word “God” to requiring sonograms for women seeking abortions.
Voter turnout is expected to be high, especially in the Republican primary.
In fact, if the opening days of early voting are an indication of the volume of votes to be cast, this year’s election could see record-setting numbers.
According to Texas Weekly, the Texas Secretary of State’s count of early voters in the state’s 15 most populous counties reported 40,492 people voted in the first two days of early voting in 2006. In the first two days of 2010’s early voting period, more than 87,000 ballots were cast.
“Republicans and Democrats are both turning out more so this year than in 2006, but Republicans, at least on the surface, seem more intrigued with their choices than Democrats,” said Texas Weekly’s Julian Aguilar in a Feb. 19 online column. “The GOP voters accounted for 58 percent of the early voters in the 15 counties. Last time around they were 46 percent of the voters on the first two days.”
According to the office of Secretary of State Hope Andrade, about 1.1 million Texas voters turned out for the 2006 primary for governor. More than 12.5 million were registered to vote that year.
“Voting is an important part of being a Texan,” Andrade said. “I hope that my fellow Texans will join me in participating in this great democratic process.”
Parker County polling places open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for party primaries
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United Way dresses for success with third annual fashion event
One of the main missions of the United Way of Parker County is to support the community. Friday afternoon, it was the other way around, as close to 200 people filled up Central Christian Church for the third annual Compassion with Fashion lunch and fashion show.Continued ...
Brock-area ambulance service a go
BROCK – Moving past a flap between ESD No. 9, the Parker County Hospital District last week took another step toward building an ambulance station to serve Brock and other parts of western Parker County.Continued ...
Suspect who fled trial gets prison terms upon return
A man who walked out of his trial and fled to the Midwest when a judge ordered a urinalysis test was sentenced to a lengthy stay in prison Monday for bail jumping.Continued ...
The case of the purloined purple potty
A purple toilet isn’t a sight that you would typically see in someone’s front yard.Continued ...
Meet before taking seat?
The Parker County Hospital District Board of Directors recently delayed appointing a board member to represent Precinct 2 after one board member voiced concerns about the process used to select a candidate from the applicant pool.Continued ...
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Griego completes Army basic
Army National Guard Pvt. Roman D. Griego has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.Continued ...
ASK A MASTER GARDENER: Is it too early to start a vegetable garden?
Considering our winter temperatures this year, that’s a good question. When it comes to a successful vegetable garden, timing is everything. The goal in Texas is to have most of your vegetable crops mature before the temperatures soar in mid-summer.Continued ...
Library plans week of events
The Weatherford Public Library is offering several events for kids and parents during this week’s spring break.Continued ...
Women + Wealth + Wisdom set for March 25
MINERAL WELLS – Several area businesswomen are coming together to provide a program that’s unique to women. Presented by Corner Post Financial Planning, Women + Wealth + Women encourages women to take care of themselves and their finances.Continued ...
Count of area homeless youth begins Monday
ACH Child and Family Services, Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, Crossroads Youth Ministries of Parker County and University of Texas-Arlington are conducting the first ever youth count in Tarrant and Parker counties for unaccompanied youth, ages 13-24, in unstable living arrangements (i.e., shelters, streets, couch surfing).Continued ...
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WC women fall in semi-final: After erasing 21-point deficit, Lady Coyotes fail to finish
After defeating McLennan College twice in North Central Junior College Athletic Conference play, the Weatherford College Lady Coyotes ran into a Highlassies squad on Friday that was loaded for bear. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region V semi-final was a high-scoring affair of streaks and mini-streaks, but the final surge belonged to McLennan as it eliminated WC’s Lady Coyotes, 113-108.Continued ...
Growth reflects success of WISD’s Com-Ed leagues
The Weatherford Independent School District’s Community Education department provides a myriad of opportunities for the area youth and adult population, from classrooms to athletic venues. ComEd recently closed out another term of court competition with a season-ending tournament for its Girls Winter Volleyball League.Continued ...
Gough blazes new path with commit to HSU
BROCK — Like it or not —and indications are that he is OK with the situation — Brock senior Slaten Gough recently became a significant piece of Eagles’ athletic history. In a school year chock-full of firsts for Brock football, Gough has added and indelible mark in school annals as Brock’s first gridiron student-athlete to sign a letter-of-commitment to play at the next level.Continued ...
Area diamond results - Mar. 9, 2014
Roos get big dose at Heights tourney before resuming district play
Weatherford varsity baseball took in another tournament this weekend, its final non-district six-game foray before getting back to the task at hand in District 3-5A play.Continued ...
Shaq: Texas high school title started his dreams
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Shaquille O’Neal won four NBA championships and an Olympic gold medal in a career that likely will land him in the Hall of Fame.Continued ...
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Treating you like family
People have moved south and west across the country for hundreds of years, the call of sunny, warm weather words to many ears.Continued ...
Willow Park Insurance Group
More than 60 years of insurance experience awaits when you come by the offices of Willow Park Insurance Group, located at 108 S. Ranch House Rd., Suite 600, in Willow Park.Continued ...
Living the dream
It was a dare Andy Fenus was glad he accepted.Continued ...
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Glenns celebrate golden anniversary
Bob and Carolyn (Rhoten) Glenn are celebrating 50 years of marriage.Continued ...
Dobbs' celebrate 50 years
Donald and Sharon Dobbs are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Birth of Quinlan Pontremoli
Quinlan Holt Pontremoli was born Dec. 18, 2013, at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.
Mrs. Texas pageant contestants sought
The search is on. Mrs. Texas is seeking married women residing Texas who wish to receive the honor of representing their community in the 2014 state competition.Continued ...
Gilberts celebrate 50th anniversary
Dr. Bill and Pat Gilbert, of Weatherford, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.Continued ...
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James Madison Cotten
James Madison Cotten passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the age of 94. He was the son of Fred Rider and Mary Akard Cotten. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Shirley Cotten; nephew, Rider Scott; grand niece and nephew, Chelsea Hunt and Sloane Scott; daughter-in-law, Christine Bow-Switzer, and husband, Michael Switzer; and granddaughters, Alexandria Bow and Gabrielle Bow.Continued ...
Rosemary Archer Norris
ALEDO — Rosemary Archer Norris, 84, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family and friends.Continued ...
Kenneth Ray Henson
After living a blessed and faith filled life of service to God, his family, friends, fellowman, country and community, Kenneth Ray Henson died March 7, 2014, at the age of 77 in his Weatherford home.Continued ...
Marion “Bub” Rowney II
Marion “Bub” Rowney II, 81, died Thursday evening, March 6, 2014, in Fort Worth.Continued ...
Stephen James Hamm
Stephen James Hamm, 31, passed from this world on the wings of angels on Feb. 7, 2014, in Weatherford.Continued ...
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NOW HEAR THIS: Put a muffler on it
I suppose I live a somewhat pampered life down on the “pore farm” – far away from the noise, traffic and hustle and bustle of urban life. For me it is a wonderful thing and a blessing to savor.Continued ...
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