The Parker County Office of Emergency Management and the Parker County Local Health Authority received confirmation late Sunday afternoon from the Texas Department of State Health Services that Parker County has one confirmed COVID-19 patient, Parker County Judge Pat Deen announced.

After heavy rainfall caused the opening of four gates at Possum Kingdom Lake’s Morris Sheppard Dam earlier this week, some flooding has occurred around the Brazos River communities, but not as significant as anticipated.

The Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter and local vet clinics are implementing operational changes to help individuals and animals stay safe during the COVID-19 situation.

Parker County school districts have plans in place to feed kids in need during the mandated school closures following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Weatherford Mayor Paul Paschall announced the city is taking a series of preventative measures due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in conjunction with the directives from both the federal government and State of Texas.

Following both the federal government, state of Texas and Tarrant County direction, Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter has issued amendments to the state of disaster declaration for the city of Burleson that was originally enacted on Saturday. The amendments took effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

In Isaiah chapter 10, the rich and powerful were oppressing the poor and powerless. God accused the powerful of turning government policy to their own benefit, deliberately harming the poor, the needy, the widows, and the orphans. The very people charged with protecting the weak were depriving them of their rights. That is despicable in any society, in any era, yet it has happened often. In Isaiah 10:3-4, God asks three questions and quickly gives the answer. “What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain. (NIV) There will be no hiding in the day of judgment. There will be no use for the ill-gotten wealth. We ought to heed the warning. Those three questions apply to all people everywhere in every age. Consider them to your own benefit. Ignore them to your own detriment.

The novel coronavirus has us all on edge. Thus we want to fill you in on how Weatherford Democrat staff is hard at work covering the story locally to inform you with accurate and timely news about the disease.

An Aledo man convicted of repeatedly molesting a 9-year-old girl while he recorded it was sentenced to a lifetime in prison in a case that concluded Tuesday afternoon in district court in Weatherford.

In a measure to protect the health of the public, Joseph Strickland, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler, has issued a decree suspending the public celebration of Mass, beginning Wednesday.

Garner ISD board of trustees approved measures to make sure all district employees will be paid while school is closed and funds to purchase devices to assist in distance learning on Tuesday.

Mineral Wells ISD Superintendent Dr. John Kuhn on Tuesday extended the school district's closure through at least April 6 as the district prepares to serve and educate students during extended campus shut downs – perhaps through the end of the school year.

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today activated the Texas National Guard to be prepared to assist with response efforts for COVID-19. This preparative measure will ensure that the Texas National Guard can assist in various forms throughout the state when needed. Healthcare workers and first responders who are members of the Texas National Guard are excluded from this activation so that they can continue serving the people of Texas in their respective fields. 

TROUP – The future is looking bright for the Cameron-J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library, which recently was named a Family Place Library, and is in the running for additional funds to renovate the facility.

Poolville ISD board of trustees amended the budget to pay for a reading program and agriculture barn during their meeting on Thursday.

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Gov. Greg Abbott today announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year. Additionally, Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year.

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