Roo coach’s show now a podcast

For the first time, the weekly radio interview with Weatherford High School’s head football coach will be presented as a podcast in the upcoming 2018 season. Chuck FM Radio has announced the “Kangaroo Coach’s Corner” will be a podcast as well as broadcast on air during pregame on “The Endzone” Friday nights on 102.5 FM and 88.5 FM.

WHS Head Coach Billy Mathis will discuss Roo football with host Brent Baker, talking specifics about each game and looking forward to the next opponent.

Mike’s Westside Rental in Weatherford has signed on to sponsor both the podcast and the on-air interview for the 2018 season.

The podcast will debut the week of Aug. 27, leading up to the Roos’ opening game against Granbury on Aug. 31. Each week, listeners will find a link to the podcast on and on the station’s social media feeds. The interview can be accessed with a standard internet browser on smartphones, laptops or any other similar device.

The podcast format will allow fans, parents and even players to listen to the interview each week at a time of their choosing, while the traditional on-air pregame schedule will continue.

2018 marks the 17th season of “The Endzone,” covering high school football from across the region. The Kangaroo Coach’s Corner is a featured part of the show’s one-hour pregame show, leading in to live play-by-play coverage of Weatherford football. The show, which runs until 11 p.m. each week, also features scores, interviews, statistics and other information on Mineral Wells, Aledo, Granbury, Azle, Springtown, Brock, Decatur, Millsap and other high schools in the immediate area.

Mineral Wells hospital CEO fired

The Palo Pinto Hospital District Board met Tuesday night, and the board voted to terminate Palo Pinto General Hospital CEO Harris Brooks. The vote was unanimous.

Brooks was placed on paid administrative leave last week. One issue seemed to be a controversial DNA testing service that had been connected with allegations of fraud in patient billing and alleged kickbacks for physician referrals in other communities.

According to the Mineral Wells Index, Brooks had been with the hospital for 19 years, 11 as CEO, most recently at a salary of $305,000 per year.

Britton traded to Yankees

Weatherford High School graduate Zach Britton has been traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the New York Yankees.

The deal, announced Tuesday, sends Britton to New York for three minor leaguers.

Britton goes from the very worst team in the majors to one of the best.

The 30-year-old has amassed 139 saves for the Orioles since 2013.

According to ESPN, the Astros, Red Sox and Cubs were among several other clubs that had been pursuing Britton, who will take a streak of eight consecutive scoreless appearances with him to the Yankees.

He had ruptured his right Achilles during an off-season workout session and didn’t make his 2018 debut until June 12.

Britton is a free agent after this season. He signed a one-year, $12 million deal earlier this year, avoiding arbitration.

The Orioles visit the Bronx for the start of a two-game series on Tuesday.

Fireworks banned for 60 hours in Parker Co.

On Tuesday afternoon, Parker County Judge Mark Riley declared a local state of disaster due to the imminent threat to life and property from wildfires and has banned the use of all fireworks in Parker County.

The Texas Disaster Act allows County Judges to ban the use of fireworks during a disaster for up to 60 hours. The act allows for the governor to extend the ban.

Fire Danger and drought conditions are measured by the Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI), a scale from zero to 800. Low fire danger is zero to 200 on the scale. Moderate fire danger is a KBDI of 200 to 400. High fire danger is 400 to 600 on the KBDI index and extreme fire danger is 600 to 800 on the scale. Parker County’s KBDI number as of Tuesday, July 3 stands at 629.

Violation of this order is a Class C Misdemeanor and could result in a fine of up to $500 plus court costs and the seizure of the fireworks.