After being named the 2020 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year, Weatherford ISD’s Karen Sams called the honor the biggest accomplishment of her 15-year career.

Local officials expressed their gratitude for Parker County after voters approving propositions related to state parks and the historical commission, and the adoption of law enforcement K9s.

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.

ALTO – A proposed $10.5 million bond package approved by Alto ISD residents during Tuesday's election is a vote of confidence for students and the district, said Superintendent Kelly West.

Have you ever experienced a great victory in your life, spiritual or otherwise? You feel so good. Everything looks better, feels better, tastes better. Then it happens. One sad sack enters the room and tells you how bad everything is. One critic points out a flaw. One well meaning but misguided soul says, “but….”. You know what I’m talking about. All it takes is one nay-sayer. It happened to Elijah, only much worse.

Parker County voters decided on 10 constitutional amendments that were on the ballot including a continued ban on a state income tax, Proposition 4, to which 88.01% [17,528] voted for and 11.99% [2,389] voted against.

Final but unofficial results came in Tuesday night and Aledo ISD’s $149,950,000 bond was passed by its voters, with 61.75% [3,876] voting for and 38.25% [2,401] voting against.

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Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain gave a presentation at Springtown High School on Monday to inform parents about how their kids can stay safe on the internet.

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After casting calls were announced in March, “12 Mighty Orphans” has wrapped up filming in Weatherford and the cast and crew will be traveling around other parts of the state to finish the football movie, which is based on a true story.

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Weatherford ISD's board of trustees discussed reprogramming the Ninth Grade Center for technical education during a workshop on Monday evening.

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TxDOT will host a public scoping meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Norman Activity Center in Jacksonville, presenting information on proposed alternative routes for a US 69 Jacksonville Relief Route.

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I recently discovered a dish in a local restaurant that is simply marvelous. It incorporates eggplant and black olives into a creamy tomato sauce with fettuccini. The dish is so delicious it is one of those you almost wish you had not discovered; rich, flavorful and satisfying. And I know that while my mouth is savoring every bite, my heart and blood vessels are screaming for temperance. It is perfectly appropriate when following a healthy lifestyle to enjoy rich foods on a periodic basis. With the holidays approaching, this reminder is especially poignant.

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Millsap ISD Technology Director John Briese talked about implementing technology to help teachers and students at last week’s school board meeting.

The new Cook Children’s Walsh Ranch held an official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday morning to let officials and the public know they are now open for the care of children in the area.

Many of today’s teachers strive to connect what their students are learning in the classroom to the real world, so it’s especially encouraging to them when the students, themselves, take the initiative to apply something they’ve learned in a meaningful way.

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

Millsap Middle School Principal Jeff Clark discussed student performance on the state’s standardized test during the school board meeting on Monday.

Central Christian Church in Weatherford raised more than $1,000 for the Crossroads Youth Program by hosting a play about the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy.

Congressman Louie Gohmert will serve as Chapel speaker at Jacksonville College on Wednesday, November 6 at 11:00 a.m. in Buckner Chapel. The Barnwell Anderson Chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Society is sponsoring the event. Sponsors Brett Eckles and Dr. Patricia Richey invite community members to attend this free event and hear about Gohmert’s experiences in Washington D.C. as he represents the citizens of our district.

East Parker County Library staff showed up to a broken window Wednesday morning and discovered that a donation jar with about $1,000 was stolen.

After Mark Patterson was appointed the temporary manager over the Horseshoe Bend water system, a decision will need to be made in the coming months on whether he will continue in that capacity.

Weatherford City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission discussed planning and zoning regulations that apply to density in residential neighborhoods during a joint work session on Tuesday evening at city hall.

Millsap ISD board of trustees approved a resolution to pay off bond debt, totaling $735,000, during the school board meeting on Monday evening at Millsap Administration Board Room/Media Center.

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

Weatherford College’s spring registration deadline is earlier than last year to impact student success.

Despite being rained out last year, Weatherford College’s Safe Halloween event will return for the 22nd annual event on Thursday evening.

Weatherford High School seniors Katlyn Don Carlos and Connor Bezio stood out among thousands in the country when their Preliminary SAT test results came out.

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.

Although they take up two display cabinets, one of the Vanishing Texana Museum’s most neglected areas in terms of research is our doll collection. A recent gift of a small doll by Paul and Sue Harris of Jacksonville sparked a flurry of research and united this new acquisition with an older one already on display. Another Mystery of the Museum has been solved!

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Renee Ozmore Chance passed away peacefully in her home during the evening of Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, due to complications following lung cancer. A memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, November 9, at Garner Baptist Church, 2304 FM Road 113, Weatherford, TX. Renee was born March 30, 1945,…

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