Looking in the rear-view mirror at 2013, it’s easy to filter out the news makers of the year. Most are viewed in a positive light, still some make us shake our heads and wonder.JanuaryIt didn’t take long before Parker County was welcoming a new judge to the court. Craig Towson was sworn in as the new 43rd District Court Judge on Dec. 31, 2012, welcoming what 2013 had to offer.• Development continued as groundbreaking ceremonies took place welcoming a new attraction to the county. Splash Kingdom Water Park said they were excited to move into the area and would open later in the summer.Dennis Clayton, Executive Director of the Weatherford Economic Development Authority, briefed the Rotary Club of Weatherford on a development known as Strand 8 Movie Bowl Grille that were making plans to break ground in Weatherford along I-20. Still, many were able to listen of further development at Walsh Ranch during a luncheon at Colonial County Club in Fort Worth.• It was at the end of the month readers were able to glance at the testimony by Jake Evans, the Aledo teem that shot and killed both his mother, Jami, and 15-year-old sister, Mallory, at their Parker County home. His statement was introduced into evidence by prosecutors during a pre-trial hearing in Weatherford on Jan. 23.FebruaryWeatherford Regional Medical Center welcomed a new CEO to the helm. David Orcutt was greeted at a reception on Feb. 5.• Weatherford ISD conducted a work session to clear a path for the future of the schools facilities.• Phase 2 of the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway was opened on Feb. 13. County Judge Mark Riley said it was both “exciting” and “good to see it done.”• The WISD board called for a $107.323 million bond election to address safety and population growth.• The Rotary Club of Weatherford welcomed one of its largest crowds to the 57th annual Pancake Supper.• John Paul Webb, 37, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of serious bodily injury to a child. Webb’s son, Christian, died from blunt force trauma to the head and brain according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.MarchThe Brock High School girls basketball team won the girls state basketball championship for the fifth consecutive year.• A Parker County man died in a mobile home fire from smoke inhalation according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiners office.• Weatherford City Council likes both the idea and location of the proposed Larry Hagman memorial.• WISD and Weatherford College prepare for upcoming elections.AprilTrinity Habitat for Humanity dedicates 10th home. Walker family moves into their new home.• National convention revisits Clark Garden. The American Iris Society visited Clark Gardens.• WISD switches up transportation. After receiving bids from five transportation companies, including the then current Durham School Services, the WISD Board unanimously decided to award a five-year contract to First Student.• Tucker House receives special recognition from Texas Historical Commission. The Silver creek Heritage Society celebrated the honor.• More than 1,100 bicycle riders took to the road to raise money for area fire departments and other organizations during the 11th annual Ride for Heroes.MayWeatherford Blooms and Garden Festival welcomes visitors.• Greenwood Horse Trials never disappoint.• Marsha Barber was honored during retirement ceremonies at Trinity Christian Academy,.• Voters turn down WISD, Peaster bonds.• Taste of Parker County leaves patrons full and happy.• Softball pitcher Kylee Studioso caps off stellar WC career. • WC men stay alive in regional tournament.JuneJenny Barnwell appointed as Parker County Treasurer.• Oklahoma teacher with Weatherford ties shares story of survival and faith.• Parade kicks off Frontier Days.• Portables to be purchased to address overcrowding at two WISD elementaries.• What’s that smell? County Judge Mark Riley tells folks in northern Parker County enough was enough with the dumping of “bio-solids” being used as fertilizer. The “bio-solids” used are treated human waste.JulyPatrick Lawler named as new city administrator in Hudson Oaks.• Aledo ISD welcomes new superintendent Dr. Derek Citty.• Boomin’ 4th draws huge numbers from around metroplex. East Parker County Chamber of Commerce says crowd doubled in size making it a huge success.• It’s all about peaches. The Weatherford Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 29th annual Peach Festival.• Weatherford man receives life with out parole for murder. Hector Trejo, 29 of Weatherford will die in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing Linda Preston, 47, to death.• The wait is over; Splash Kingdom opens to eager crowds in Hudson Oaks.• Union Pacific train derails near Aledo.AugustA Parker County man wins a $5.2 million judgment against an elderly driver. Jerry Wall was on his motorcycle when he was injured in 2010. Vernell Ingram was driving the wrong way down a exit ramp in Hudson Oaks according to the attorney and media reports. • WRMC celebrates sixth anniversary of its Healthy Woman program.• “Bio-Solid” discussion continues, this time with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in Springtown.• Local pit-master receives praise in cooking publication. Charles Huggins, owner of Hogs Heaven said he appreciated the remarks made by Texas Monthly in a book entitled The Prophets of Smoked Meats.SeptemberWeatherford College enrollment surpasses al all-time high with more than 5,700 students.• Bag Lady Luncheon sees huge turnout. The luncheon benefits the Parker County Committee on Aging.• WISD school board lowers tax rate, approves 2013-14 budget.• Memorial service for local music icon. Mac Curtis, considered a trailblazer for the world of rockabilly music passed away on Sept. 16.• Constitution week celebrates American exceptional-ism.OctoberResolution, ceremony honors late WC faculty member. The late William G. “Bill” Coody is honored.• Weatherford Chamber of Commerce honors their own during annual awards banquet. • Texas Health Resources breaks ground on $20 million medical campus.• 8th Annual Pink Luncheon welcomes Leslie Moulton, San Antonio KSAT Television news reporter and anchor. Moulton is also a breast cancer survivor.• Habitat for Humanity kicks off Build Strong luncheon to huge crowd.• Center of Hope celebrates 10 years of helping others in Parker County.• Durant nominated for the 2014 TIME Dealer of the Year Award.NovemberMillsap VFW celebrates its own with bell ceremony. • County places iconic symbol on courthouse in anticipation of the holiday season.• Iron Butt Ride gives new meaning to “cruising with the top down.”• WC celebrates Safe Halloween.• Weatherford barrel racer to be featured on new television series. Jessica Holmberg stars in A&E series Rodeo Girls.DecemberRecapturing a tradition. Hundreds, if not thousands, gathered to watch the lighting of the Christmas tree. • Quakes in Northern Parker County rattle nerves.• Texting to 9-1-1 available to some in Parker County.• Former House speaker Jim Wright’s boyhood home receives historical marker.• WC approves agreement with Doss Heritage and Cultural Center (DHCC) in land swap to allow DHCC to move forward with project.• Bearcats win again. The Aledo High School football team won the state football championship for the fourth time in five years.These are just some of the news-making moments in 2013.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102 Twitter: @Lancewinter