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WEATHERFORD — Two Republicans facing off in a May 24 runoff to represent Parker, Palo Pinto and Stephens counties in Austin listed similar legislative goals — lowering property taxes, border security and education — at a well-attended forum Thursday, hosted by the Parker County Republican Party.

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PALO PINTO — County commissioners are hopeful the Palo Pinto County Courthouse Annex will open in Mineral Wells by mid-June, discussions in a special session Thursday revealed.

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MINERAL WELLS — Nearly nine in 10 Mineral Wells educators responded favorably to an in-house survey on switching to a four-day school week, trustees learned this week.

Mineral Wells Mayor Regan Johnson and Councilmember Ward 3 Beth Watson retained their positions, according to final but unofficial results out of Palo Pinto County Saturday night.

MINERAL WELLS — Fees and fines were the topic of the Mineral Wells City Council's first budget workshop last week, with round two set for the hour before Tuesday's regular meeting.

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MINERAL WELLS — A state highway engineer unveiled a dozen projects slated for Palo Pinto County in the next four years during an informational session Thursday at Mineral Wells City Hall.

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Mineral Wells graduate Dr. Stephanie Conn, class of 1990, has been back to the classroom a couple of times since her days as a Ram.

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PALO PINTO — The downside to growth and prosperity showed up Wednesday in Palo Pinto when some 60 upset taxpayers stormed the entity that sets the property values on which annual taxes are based.

The state’s environmental regulator has declared Saturday an Ozone Action Day for the Dallas/Fort Worth region including Parker and Palo Pinto counties.

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PALO PINTO — County road crews will be repairing 3.8 miles of streets in Mineral Wells under a mutual aid agreement commissioners approved on Monday.

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MINERAL WELLS — Ross Korkmas, chief executive officer of Palo Pinto General Hospital in Mineral Wells, has been awarded the Texas Hospital Association Pioneer Award for achievements in managing a rural hospital or health care system.

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MINERAL WELLS — The fate of a 107-year-old landmark gutted by fire last year remains up in the air, but school trustees agreed last week to shore up the Fannin School while pondering its future.

As we enter severe weather season, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, which begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 23, and ends at midnight Monday, April 25.

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MINERAL WELLS — The timing was just right for Hannah Kissock as the city unveiled a renovated Southeast Park not far from the home where she is raising three young children.

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PALO PINTO — An iPhone, a VIP badge from the 41st Crazy Water Festival, a COVID social distance floor marker — these are among 32 future artifacts buried in a time capsule beneath the tiles in the future Palo Pinto Courthouse Annex in Mineral Wells.

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Update: Mineral Wells ISD administrators said a bomb threat on the high school made Friday morning was the result of a hoax.A threat was found written on a wall and, once received, the school implemented its emergency plan and relocated students and staff to a more secure location. All other…

State environmental regulators in Austin approved an agreed order Wednesday that shaved about 20 percent from a state fine levied at a local water supplier.

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PARKER COUNTY — The Parker County Sheriff’s Special Crimes Unit, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division Special Agents, Texas Highway Patrol Troopers and Mineral Wells police collaborated to make several drug-related arrests following a rave party held over the weekend.

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COLLEGE STATION — There is potential for large wildfires to occur today that may outpace firefighters’ suppression efforts in areas near Childress, Lubbock, Abilene, Mineral Wells, Brownwood, Midland, San Angelo, Fredericksburg, Del Rio, Laredo and Brownsville.

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Denise Marquez finished washing Mikaela Stewart’s hair and sent her client to a hairstyling chair beside a nearby window on the first floor of the shiny new Workforce & Emerging Technology Building at Weatherford College.

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GRAFORD — An estimated F1 tornado damaged buildings but caused no injuries in the northeast and western areas of Possum Kingdom Lake, Palo Pinto County Emergency Management Coordinator Mistie Garland reported.

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Wildfires that scorched multiple counties including nearby Hood County on Sunday took a hit from rainfall that began Monday morning as firefighters from across the state continued to battle blazes west and south of Mineral Wells.

RANGER — Several structure fires in downtown Ranger March 17 were determined to be the result of arson, according to the Ranger Police Department.

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MINERAL WELLS — Fire and Ambulance Chief Ryan Dunn laid out a plan Tuesday to recruit — and keep — emergency medical technicians to train as full paramedics.

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