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A partnership between Parker County Emergency Services District 7, Weatherford College and Millsap ISD has resulted in a trial of a county high school fire academy.

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Below is a list of superlative awards as well as a roster that includes some of the top players from Palo Pinto County’s UIL-sanctioned high schools. The UIL All-Palo Pinto County team is determined by coaches’ nominations, all-district lists and input from Weatherford Democrat employees.

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Mineral Wells ISD has named coaches Seth Hobbs and Anthony Raffaele as the new athletic directors — Hobbs over the boys' programs and Raffaele over the girls' programs.

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December brought an end to what many described as a challenging year, but despite the pandemic and its effects on communities and businesses, the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign still managed to bring in some much-needed funding for the community.

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Combining their years of medical experience, Mineral Wells sisters Maria Cantu and Gaby Ruiz have teamed up to open Simply Health Mobile Clinic that offers a variety of services, including COVID-19 testing.

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With the conclusion of the Palo Pinto County Livestock Show Saturday, the Palo Pinto County Fair is gearing up to go virtual this year with online entries being accepted Jan. 10-23 and winners announced on Feb. 1.

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As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be administered to communities’ most vulnerable, a Weatherford nursing home received its first round of the vaccine while a Mineral Wells nursing home is set to get its first dose on Jan. 21.

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With the pandemic completely shifting the way students are learning, a new initiative has been launched to help ease the complications of virtual learning — an online tutoring website by the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation.

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The Texas Department of State Health Services rolled out its Week 2 recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine, which includes six locations in Parker County.

MINERAL WELLS — Genesys Aerosystems has been purchased by Moog Inc. Genesys will remain at its locations in Mineral Wells and Anchorage, Alaska, and will continue doing business as Genesys Aerosystems, part of Moog’s Aircraft Controls segment.

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Early voting for the special runoff election between Republicans Rep. Drew Springer and Shelley Luther may have ended earlier this week, but there will be one more opportunity to cast your vote for the Senate District 30 seat.

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After reviewing three bids on the Palo Pinto County Courthouse roof repair or replacement, the commissioners court rejected those so the county could rebid for replacement only.

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AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency announced today that A-F ratings would be paused for 2020-21 school year due to the ongoing disruptions associated with COVID-19. The STAAR test will proceed for the 2020-21 school year in order to provide critically important information about individual …

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With roughly three weeks left before the special election runoff for the Senate District 30 seat, poll workers will be setting up for the start of early voting, which begins Dec. 9.

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There were at least 9,151 hospitalized patients in Texas with confirmed COVID-19 infections on Thursday, as reported by The Texas Tribune, but nailing down the numbers locally has proven difficult.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been a tough time for some families with school closures and job loss, and local child advocate organizations said the cases they usually see have become more severe.

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With 660 individuals signing a petition on change.org, residents spoke out in opposition to an RV resort set to be constructed at Possum Kingdom Lake during Monday’s Palo Pinto County commissioners court meeting.

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The final game of Millsap’s 2020 football season will remain a special memory for Head Coach Jake Johnson. Six years ago, he took over the athletic program at the 3A school. The kids starting junior high football back then are now set to graduate high school and head out into the world as adults.

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Texas has now hit more than one million COVID-19 cases, with at least one confirmed case in all 254 counties, according to The Texas Tribune. 

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Three Mineral Wells firefighters received the Life Saving Award after their heroic efforts during a hotel fire on July 23.

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