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A Parker County jury convicted a former Springtown resident for repeatedly molesting a girl when she was 8 to 9 years old and sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole in a recent trial in Weatherford.

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Dr. Philip Mathew, WC’s Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership program director, provided an economic impact report on the Region V-North Softball Tournament recently hosted at Stuart Field to the Weatherford College Board of Directors during their meeting Thursday afternoon.

Charlotte Floyd has been named valedictorian for the Trinity Christian Academy Class of 2022 and has been a part of the TCA family for 12 years. 

AUSTIN — Anne Sigler, at 88 years old, said she has been protesting for abortion access since 1954. Her sign this weekend read: “I am too old for this B.S.”


LEON COUNTY — Texas authorities used helicopters, horses and canine teams Sunday to search for an inmate who assaulted a bus driver and escaped while on the way to a medical appointment Thursday in Leon County.

AUSTIN — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in his First Amendment challenge to a campaign finance law, according to an opinion released Monday.


Investigators are still piecing together the motives of the mass shooter who killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, this weekend. But authorities aren't hesitating to call it a racially motivated attack. It's given a spotlight to a racist ideology seeping from the internet's fringes into the mainstream. Called the “great replacement” theory, it essentially says there's a plot to diminish the influence of white people by replacing them with nonwhites. Experts and researchers are concerned that some of this conspiracy theory's tenets are taking hold, especially regarding immigration to the United States.

Community Christian School in Mineral Wells has announced its 2022 valedictorian and salutatorian: Jackson Horton and Kathryn Murman.

WEATHERFORD — Medical City Weatherford received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Medical City Weatherford’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.

Thanks to supporters of the fine arts, Weatherford College is now an All-Steinway Spirio Institution, and the first community college ever to claim the title.

AUSTIN — With more people enjoying the outdoors this spring season, you may start to notice more wildlife in your backyard, neighborhood or surrounding areas. Species including birds, deer and snakes are active this time of year and their young can be mistaken as abandoned. Texas Parks and W…

AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers met Wednesday to examine the state’s election process, effectiveness and potential improvements following the first major statewide election since new and controversial election laws went into effect.


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.


Elon Musk has put his plan to buy Twitter on temporary hold, raising fresh doubts about whether he’ll proceed with the $44 billion acquisition. In a tweet early Friday, the Tesla billionaire said he's skeptical that the number of inauthentic accounts presented by Twitter is as low as the company suggests. The issue of fake accounts on Twitter is not secret. In its quarterly filing with the SEC, even Twitter expressed doubts that its count of bot accounts was correct, conceding that the estimate may be low.

The Weatherford College golf team had their best round so far on the third day of the NJCAA National Division I Tournament Thursday in Odessa. The Coyotes shot 292 as a team compared to 308 in the first round and 303 in the second.


The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its annual national food drive Saturday, May 14. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest one-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.


STRAWN — The Texas Water Development Corp. on Wednesday approved grants totaling $2 million to the city of Strawn for upgrades to its water treatment plant and delivery system.


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.


FORT WORTH — Scott Mendes, a 1997 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bull Riding World Champion, western minister, entrepreneur and producer, will be inducted into the Bull Riding Hall of Fame on May 14, for his many contributions to the sport, as well as co-founding the Professional Bul…


AUSTIN — Fort Worth mother Crystal Mason was arrested for submitting a provisional ballot in the 2016 election after being released from prison. The vote was never counted, but she was sentenced to five years in prison for election fraud.

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Ashley Judd encouraged people to seek help for their mental health after the loss of her mother, country star Naomi Judd. In an interview on “Good Morning America,” the movie star said she wanted to address her mother's struggle with depression and talked about resources such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Naomi Judd died at the age of 76, a day before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with her duo partner and daughter Wynonna Judd. Ashley Judd said her mother shot herself. She said she cherishes every moment they had together. She also says she hopes people make the distinction between their loved ones and the mental health issues they face.


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.

MARSHALL COUNTY — A 19-year-old man drowned Friday evening after falling off a jet ski.


AUSTIN — The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in a lawsuit between Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Harris County Election Administrator Isabel Longoria and others regarding a new election law provision.

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

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A new federal study shows the U.S. government supported more than 400 Native American boarding schools aimed at assimilating Native children. The Interior Department's findings released Wednesday expanded the number of schools known to have operated. It also said nearly 20 of the schools accounted for over 500 child deaths. So far, more than 50 burial sites at or near the schools have been identified, not all with marked graves. That number is expected to grow as the research continues. The boarding schools have a dark history of children being taken from their families and prohibited from speaking their languages. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced last year that her agency would investigate their legacy and uncover the truth about the government’s role in them.


AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott said the state will continue to fully fund public education while also voicing support for school choice during a campaign event in San Antonio on Monday.


Fighting for decades over abortion policy, Congress is about to run into the political limits of its ability to act in either direction on the issue.  President Joe Biden has called on Democrats to enshrine the Roe v. Wade abortion access protections into law. But a test vote Wednesday in the Senate is expected to fail, blocked by a Republican-led filibuster.  At the same time, Republicans led by Sen. Mitch McConnell face similar political problems trying to ban abortions nationwide, even if they wrest control of the chamber in the midterm elections. Instead, the Supreme Court's pending decision on the issue is igniting a new era of political fighting in Congress over abortion policy


Tesla is recalling about 130,000 vehicles across its U.S. model lineup because the touch screens can overheat and go blank. The recall covers certain Model S sedan and Model X SUVs from 2021 and 2022, as well as Model 3 cars and Model Y SUVs from 2022. Documents posted Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that during the fast-charging process, the central processing computers may not cool sufficiently. That can cause the computer to lag or restart, making the center screen run slowly or appear blank. Without the center screen, the cars can lose rearview camera displays and settings that control windshield defrosters, increasing the risk of a crash. Tesla is fixing the problem with online software updates that began on May 3. 

Escapee Casey White and accomplice former corrections officer Vicky White were captured by law authorities after a chase in Indiana on Monday, May 9. The Vanderburgh County, Ind., coroner Steve Lockyear confirmed that Vicky White died after 7 p.m. following a self-inflicted gunshot in a crash while trying to elude authorities in Evansville, Ind.

BROCK — Brock ISD named two new additions to its high school and district administrative teams — Director of Communications & Marketing John Tarrant and Brock High School Principal Eric Sams.

BROCK — Brock ISD named two new additions to its high school and district administrative teams — Director of Communications & Marketing John Tarrant and Brock High School Principal Eric Sams.

Oak wilt is a vascular fungal disease called Bretziella fagacearum affecting oak trees of all kinds throughout Texas. Brian Cox, an ISA certified arborist, has been tackling this tree disease for many years, beginning in central Texas where live oaks are a monoculture and the disease has begun to spread more rapidly.

FORT WORTH — The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) congratulates West Henderson of Weatherford, Texas, aboard Ultra Brow Time on their championship in the Limited Non-Pro Classic at the 2022 NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes.

A 2021 article in the Weatherford Democrat caught the attention of Drew Woodliff, a Scout in local Troop 75. He was looking for a worthy project to earn his Eagle Scout badge. The article mentioned the Abandoned Cemetery Association wanted to fence an expanded area at the Poor Farm Cemetery,…

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