MINERAL WELLS — The Crazy Water Festival got under way Saturday morning in its new location in the area around Famous Water Company, Texas Packaging and First Christian Church as hundreds of people poured onto the vendor-lined streets. Sidewalk chalk artists worked on their sponsored-squares, the band Crazywater opened on the festival's main stage, the smells of all kinds of food wafted throughout the autumn morning air and children rode the kiddie train and played in the children's area.
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Weatherford's ICI awarded new Lamar construction contract: Ground work could begin in two works
With construction on the new Lamar Elementary School expected to begin in two about weeks, the Mineral Wells ISD school board on Monday approved Weatherford-based Imperial Construction Inc. as the project's general contractor.Continued ...
Uniform success: Mineral Wells ISD seeks student interest in JROTC program
In another year or so, Mineral Wells High School students might have a new organization to join. Civic leaders and school and city officials met Thursday at Mineral Wells ISD’s administration offices to hear a presentation about bringing the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program, or JROTC, to the high school.Continued ...
Buckets, boots filled: Concert raises more than $250,000 for county fire departments
Country music stars helped raise more than a quarter million dollars for local volunteer firefighters during last weekend's Fourth Annual Buckets and Boots benefit concert.Continued ...
Geese are birdies not par for the course: Noise canons planned to try and move large number of geese from Holiday Hills Country Club
Birdies are not something golfers want many of – ones they create by failing to shoot par or the large, living, two-legged kind that damage a course's fairways and greens.Continued ...
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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.
Conaway calls on Obama to deploy Guard to Texas border
After spending Friday with three other congressmen near McAllen gathering information about the border crisis, U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway on Monday called on President Obama to take steps to secure the border and come up with an action plan.
Veteran leads charge to make Parker a 'Purple Heart County'
WEATHERFORD – Parker County Judge Mark Riley and county commissioners are encouraging all local Purple Heart recipients to attend Parker County Commissioners Court on Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m., as the court will designate Parker County as a “Purple Heart County.”
PET OF THE WEEK: Buddy needs a new buddy
This week’s Mineral Wells Animal Shelter's pet of the week is Buddy, a 9-month-old blue heeler.
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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.
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.
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.
Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.
- FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season
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.
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.
Up close with MWJH student Kimberly Canales-Diego
Kimberly Canales-Diego is an outstanding seventh-grader at Mineral Wells Junior High School.
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.
- Millsap ISD names Bean new elementary assistant principal
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Starved Pennsylvania 7-year-old weighed only 25 pounds
A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy authorities described as being so underweight he looked like a human skeleton has been released from the hospital.
Hospitals let patients schedule ER visits
Three times within a week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo went to the emergency room at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles because of intense back pain. Each time, Granillo, who didn't have insurance, stayed for less than an hour before leaving without being seen by a doctor.
Your chocolate addiction is only going to get more expensive
For nearly two years, cocoa prices have been on the rise. Finally, that's affecting the price you pay for a bar of chocolate - and there's reason to believe it's only the beginning.
Zamperini, the Olympian and POW, was a hero because of his faith
Louis Zamperini collected many accolades as an Olympic distance runner and brave bombardier who spent a month adrift at sea and two years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. But faith and forgiveness are what truly distinguished him.
- Starved Pennsylvania 7-year-old weighed only 25 pounds
PASTOR POPHIN: The joy of unity
Do you enjoy going to church? I mean, do you really enjoy going to church?
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.
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.
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