Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Homepage

February 11, 2010

Mineral Wells schools closed Friday

As much as 6 inches of snow - more in some areas - blankets North Texas

MINERAL WELLS — As much as 6 inches – more in some areas – of snow blanketed the Mineral Wells area on Thursday, closing schools and some offices and businesses though not causing a lot of serious problems related to driving or utilities.

However, that possibly changed overnight. As the snow came to an end, colder weather settled in. Lows overnight were expected to fall into the mid 20s, meaning any water on the streets would likely freeze. Snow-laden tree limbs could also snap, taking down power lines.

Mineral Wells ISD and Garner ISD made the call Thursday afternoon to go ahead and close Friday. Garner ISD was also closed Thursday while Mineral Wells ISD opened at 8 a.m., but then closed at 10 a.m.

Some parents in the Mineral Wells ISD were not happy about Thursday morning’s events.

“After parents scrambled around to safely get their children to school, MWISD then decided to close the schools at 10 a.m., at which (time) the conditions had grown more severe,” Shayne Tipton told the Index. “I understand that the school district has to account for their students in order to receive proper funding from the state, however, has it come to a point where our children are less important than the MWISD’s funding. Mineral Wells has some of the worst road conditions in North Texas without bad weather. For MWISD to go ahead and decide to have the school’s opened when the conditions were ridiculous, showed to me that numbers are more important than our children’s safety.”

Mineral Wells ISD Superintendent Ronny Collins told the Index a decision must be made around 6 a.m. on whether to open to give buses time to run their routes and get students to school by the 8 a.m. bells.

“We started looking at the roads at about 4:30 a.m.,” Collins stated. “We also network with the other schools in the county, Palo Pinto, Santo, Graford and Millsap. We all decided at 6 (Thursday) morning to try and have school.”

Collins said at the time of the decision to open it was 33 degrees and “the roads were slushy, but still drivable.”

He said around 8 a.m. “it started coming down faster than it was melting on the roads, so we made the decision to go ahead and send the kids home. The other schools (made) similar decisions.”

Collins said the decision to go ahead and open was not a financial one – so that the district could collect its state allocated daily attendance funds.

“It was about the requirement to have school if we can,” Collins stated. “At six this morning it looked like we could get everybody here and get through the day. The situation got worse than projected, so we adapted to the situation and sent everyone home.”

Mineral Wells Junior High canceled its planned Valentine’s Day dance and Thursday night’s junior high basketball games.

Tonight’s home high school basketball games against Aledo remained scheduled as planned as of Thursday evening. Soccer games were moved to Saturday.

Boyce Ditto Public Library closed its doors on Thursday.

Garner ISD and Perrin-Whitt CISD made the decision early to close their schools on Thursday, and GISD Superintendent Marion Ferguson decided to Thursday afternoon to close the school today as well. Other districts were considering delayed openings of 10 a.m.

Thomas Martinez of J&S wrecking service said they began receiving calls for a tow truck around 5:30 a.m. and worked calls with their two trucks pretty steadily throughout the morning. It slowed around early afternoon, though Martinez said it was beginning to pick up again around 3 p.m.

They mostly worked to free trapped vehicles from ditches, though they also worked a few accidents, according to Martinez.

By mid-afternoon, Cross Tire and Automotive reported three calls Thursday for wrecker service but was preparing for icy weather expected overnight.

Mineral Wells police and Palo Pinto County deputies reportedly responded to several calls reporting vehicles gone off the road. 

Texas Department of Transportation reportedly had six sanding trucks and two blading trucks out Thursday morning helping make the slushy streets, especially the hills and bridges, more passable.

Several streets with steep hills, including Mesquite Street, Travis Drive, N.W. 10th Street, N.E. 23rd Street at Farm-to-Market Road 1821, were barricaded to keep traffic out. 

“Right now, there’s a little bit of snow build up on the lines,” Ken Harriss, area manager with Oncor, said late Thursday morning. “There’s no major outages right now.”

Many students spent the day playing after Mineral Wells Independent School District let out at 10 a.m.

Neighbors Aaron Meeks, Juan Saucedo, Jacob Sessum, Marcos Garcia, Luke Sessum, and Blaine Schultz free from classes at Mineral Wells High School and Weatherford College gathered Thursday morning to build their annual giant snow man at the intersection of North Murco Drive and South Murco Drive.

They strained to the lift a several hundred pound snowball on top of the base before deciding to put in place in sections.

“Last year we built one that was eight feet,” Meeks said.

 But the fun wasn’t only limited to children or teenagers, as several adult residents of Western Hills took advantage of the steep hill in their neighborhood. Teresa Smith and Mark Diaz sledded down Mesquite Street, blocked off because of the hazardous driving conditions. 

It wasn’t all fun and games with the snow, though.

Debbie Youngblood said she was inside her house in the 5000 block of U.S. Highway 281 North when she heard a loud noise and found her wooden carport collapsed from the snow.

 Her Toyota Sequoya was crushed in the fall, according to Youngblood.

 “I didn’t think anything about it until it came crashing down,” Youngblood said. 

The overhead carport at Real Deal Tree on S.E. 1st Street in Mineral Wells was also unable to hold up to the weight of the snow on top of it.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area received 3 to 4 inches of snow, and the Abilene area received 1 to 3 inches, the National Weather Service said. Snow also fell in Amarillo and Lubbock, the weather service said.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines and American Eagle airlines canceled 815 flights systemwide as of midday Thursday, including 305 at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, said spokeswoman Andrea Huguely. The weather affected more than 20 percent of American’s daily flight schedule.

American spokesman Steve Schlachter said much of the backup was linked to weather problems along the East Coast.

“We’re deicing at the rate of 20 planes an hour here in Dallas,” he said. He advised travelers to check with the airline about possible delays.

Southwest Airlines, whose main hub is Dallas Love Field, advised travelers that many Thursday flights out of the Baltimore-Washington, Philadelphia and New York City areas had been canceled due to weather.

Lubbock was expected to get 3 to 5 more inches of snow through late Thursday, NWS said. A winter storm warning was in effect for parts of northern Texas.

Meanwhile, rainy weather forced the cancellation of Mardi Gras festivities in Port Arthur, in southeast Texas. Temperatures there were in the 40s, the weather service said.

Index staff writer Christin Coyne, editor David May and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

1
Text Only
News Toppers

Local News
  • Nomination deadline nears for Farm Service Agency county committees

    WASHINGTON — U. S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1 is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.

    July 23, 2014

  • Estes appointed to SWIFT Advisory Committee

    AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has appointed Sen. Craig Estes to the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) Advisory Committee.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722 pet Dell 1.jpg ADOPTABLE PET: Get Dell for your lap top

    If you are looking for an indoor companion or lap dog then Dell is your man. Dell is a 4-5 year old male Chihuahua. He is a quiet and laid back boy in desperate need of a place to call home.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Keffer complaint leads to lobbyist's fine

    (AP) – The Texas Ethics Commission on Monday ordered Michael Quinn Sullivan, leader of the conservative advocacy group Empower Texans, to pay a $10,000 fine for failing to register as a lobbyist in 2010 and 2011.

    July 21, 2014

Local Sports
FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg

With a lot of great area high school football rivalries played out each fall, the best is arguably the annual six-man clash between Strawn and Gordon.

  • FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season

    By CLINT FOSTER

    Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.

    I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.

    Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.

    The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.

    I can think of at least 10.

    So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August

    Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.

    July 18, 2014

  • Abigail Barber winner 25yd backstroke IMG_0198.jpg Something in the water

    Mineral Wells is well known as the home of Crazy Water, and by all accounts the city's swim team went absolutely berserk in their one and only home meet of the summer on Saturday. 

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • IMG_9853.JPG What offseason?

    Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.

    July 13, 2014 9 Photos

Education
  • Roxie Bean Millsap ISD names Bean new elementary assistant principal

    Millsap ISD has announced the selection of Roxie Bean as assistant principal for Millsap Elementary School. Millsap ISD trustees approved Bean’s selection at the regular meeting on June 23.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • WC offers free college preparation through talent search grant

    WEATHERFORD – Weatherford College is offering free college preparation through the Educational Talent Search Grant to the following schools: Bridgeport Middle School, Decatur Middle School, Jacksboro High School, Jacksboro Middle School, Tison Middle School, Mineral Wells High School, Mineral Wells Junior High, Santo High School, Santo Middle School, Hall Middle School, Springtown High School, Springtown Middle School, Weatherford High School and the Weatherford High School Ninth Grade Center.

    June 16, 2014

  • Kimberly Canales Diego (1).jpg Up close with MWJH student Kimberly Canales-Diego

    Kimberly Canales-Diego is an outstanding seventh-grader at Mineral Wells Junior High School.

    May 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0511 biz LinkField Services students.jpg Link Field honors students with pancake breakfast

    Link Field Services Inc. was the site of a pancake breakfast honoring Mineral Wells High School students Kandas Cain, Angel Ortiz, Ian Kurtz and Jake Mason.

    May 10, 2014 1 Photo

Online Only
  • mama.jpg What we get wrong about millennials living at home

    If the media is to be believed, America is facing a major crisis. "Kids," some age 25, 26, or even 30 years old, are living out of their childhood bedrooms and basements at alarmingly high numbers. The hand-wringing overlooks one problem: It's all overblown.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sparring justices find little disagreement at the opera

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed a different view of U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday when she described about her passion for opera, one she shares with Justice Antonin Scalia.

    July 22, 2014

  • An oncologist uses scorpion venom to locate cancer cells

    Olson, a pediatric oncologist and research scientist in Seattle, has developed a compound he calls Tumor Paint. When injected into a cancer patient, it seems to light up all the malignant cells so surgeons can easily locate and excise them.

    July 22, 2014

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 2.00.42 PM.png VIDEO: Train collides with semi truck carrying lighter fluid

    A truck driver from Washington is fortunate to be alive after driving his semi onto a set of tracks near Somerset, Ky., and being struck by a locomotive, which ignited his load of charcoal lighter fluid.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Religion
  • Pophin, Tommy.jpg PASTOR POPHIN: The joy of unity

    Do you enjoy going to church? I mean, do you really enjoy going to church?

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pophin, Tommy.jpg PASTOR POPHIN: Joy in heavenly thinking

    For six years, I had the honor and privilege of serving as chaplain for a hospice organization.  Those years are ones that made an impression on my life that has changed me forever.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pophin, Tommy.jpg PASTOR POPHIN: Joy in all circumstances

    I did something different this year on Father’s Day. For the first time since I started serving the people of Beulah Baptist Church, I took a Sunday off so I could go see my father in Waco.

    June 27, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Must Read
SmugMug


Click a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
Weather Underground Radar
AP Video
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Auto Racing
Texas Amber Alerts
Stocks
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide