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Texas Higher Education Commissioner Harrison Keller talked about his goals regarding accessing higher education pathways and partnerships to media last week.

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Over the years, Parker County Sheriff’s Office and jail officials, along with trusty inmates, have lent a helping hand to the Senior Center when meals are unable to be provided.

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Aledo ISD elementary campuses participated in the Aledo Reads event on Nov. 22 where each school dedicated the day to fun reading activities.

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At Thursday’s regular city council meeting, Aledo officials expressed frustrations with $173,514.84 owed to the state in construction costs stemming from an overage with the Safe Routes to School 2015-16 project with the Texas Department of Transportation.

This week, a Parker County commissioner and election worker expressed concerns they had with the voting machines following the Nov. 5 election. Parker County Elections Administrator Don Markum said this is new equipment and that they analyze every election to see what can be improved.

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Aledo Children’s AdvoCats is a non-profit led by women volunteers that are dedicated to helping children and families with their unmet needs in the Aledo area and is once again holding its Angel Project.

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In a statement that was released on Facebook Friday evening, Aledo ISD officials addressed a post that was made about the arrests of two Aledo Middle School students on Nov. 15.

A Parker County grand jury indicted Calvin Wilson Graves, 64, of Springtown, on Nov. 7 for continuous sexual abuse of a young child and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

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A petition and resolution for a public hearing was approved by the Willow Park City Council Tuesday night for the annexation of 75.458 acres requested by Trinity Christian Academy for the future building of athletic facilities.

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Local veterans discussed information on two new acts that have been implemented for them during a proclamation presentation that was approved by the Parker County commissioners Tuesday morning.

Freese and Nichols Engineer Tim Sansone gave a presentation and discussed completed road projects with the Parker County commissioners Tuesday morning that have improved safety and mobility throughout the county.

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The Aledo High School Bearcat Regiment advanced to the UIL State Marching Band Championships in San Antonio for the seventh time, ranking ninth place out of 234 Class 5A bands.

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Since it opened 16 months ago, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County has served 309 children, but over the last six months, staff traveled to Italy and Colorado for a unique case involving the U.S. Air Force.

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Early voting ended Friday and those who didn’t vote will get one more chance to decide on local and state elections on Tuesday.

Since its site plan was approved more than a year ago, the Willow Park Starbucks is set to open before the new year on the Interstate 20 east frontage road at the Ranch House Road exit.

After two successful years, the Aledo Wine and Art Festival has been canceled for 2019, Chuck Tordiglione of Bull Lion Ranch and Vineyards said.

Construction projects are continuing in the Willow Park area, including the Mikus Road project, which has been delayed, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced he will not seek reelection last week and Parker County political party chairs shared their thoughts following the recording scandal.

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The Aledo city council unanimously approved additional development on Bailey Ranch Road, a continuation of the Parks of Aledo and Point Vista subdivisions.

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The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District presented information to the Parker County commissioners on the district rules that were adopted in August.

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After it was discovered that more than 80 animal reports had been filed last year, the city of Aledo will keep Weatherford as its primary option for animal services.

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Parker County officials and residents shared their thoughts about a resolution designating the county as a second amendment sanctuary county at Monday’s commissioners court meeting, which was approved by the court.

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What is currently known as Bearcat Dollar in Aledo will soon be making some changes, including its name, and donated most of its inventory to Parker County Center of Hope Friday.

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The 13th annual Mayors’ Food Drive, formerly known as the Doyle Moss Food Drive, is underway in Parker County to feed those in need through the holiday season.

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Following the adoption of the first ever parks and trails master plan earlier this month, the Willow Park city council approved a contract for the development of a city park Tuesday night.

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Aledo ISD residents will soon head to the polls and cast their vote for or against a $149,950,000 bond, which was approved by the Bearcat Growth Committee as well as the AISD board of trustees in August.

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The Aledo ISD board of trustees approved two nominations for the Parker County Appraisal District Board at a special meeting Tuesday morning.

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Aledo Middle School will be getting a new gym floor following water damage that was caused by an overflowing toilet the day before school started.

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Parker County residents can soon head to the polls to cast their votes in local races and state constitutional amendments when early voting begins Monday.

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In addition to some local elections, Parker County residents will see 10 constitutional amendments on the Nov. 5 election ballot when early voting begins on Monday.

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The annual Aledo Fest event is taking place from 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 19, and each year city staff tries to change things up to ensure fall fun for all families.

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The Willow Park city council unanimously approved a rezone request as well as a site plan for an independent senior living facility at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

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Multiple agencies worked together Sunday night and contained a 137-acre grass fire in Aledo a little more than an hour after receiving the call.

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A Parker County grand jury indicted Jesus Cardenas-Viscalla, 40, of Weatherford, for arson on Oct. 3.

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State Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, officially opened his new office in East Parker County Thursday afternoon with a ribbon cutting and open house.

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Former businessman and Colleyville City Council member Chris Putnam is running against Congresswoman Kay Granger for her district in the 2020 Republican primary.

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After starting up during the summer, Weatherford College’s Flute Choir is preparing for their first performance on Saturday.

At the latest meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee this week, Doug Beck with Phillips 66 Pipeline gave a presentation about the pipelines in the area and the dangers of digging before calling 811.

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Diane Taylor, owner of Reading Friends of Aledo, presented her Adopt-A-Sport proposal, that aims to rejuvenate a flowerbed, to the Aledo City Council last week, which was unanimously approved.