Teacher’s family says cost of meds delayed treatment

The death of a Weatherford elementary school teacher is back in the spotlight after her family says she didn’t immediately fill her antiviral prescription because the $116 insurance co-pay was too high.

Heather Holland’s husband, Frank, told the Wall Street Journal his wife came home feeling a bit sick Jan. 29. She went to work Jan. 30 but by evening had a fever. She went to the doctor two days later, and a rapid flu test was positive for influenza B. The doctor wrote her a prescription for a generic form of the antiviral medication Tamiflu. The husband says he picked up the prescription the day after she refused it. She died on February 4th.

Doctors told The Associated Press that while it’s ideal to start taking antiviral medication as quickly as possible, it’s no guarantee that one’s condition will not drastically worsen.

Buchanan announces retirement from Aledo

Aledo ISD Athletic Director Tim Buchanan has announced his retirement after 35 years as a coach, teacher and athletic director.

Buchanan spent the past 25 years at Aledo, where he built the Bearcat football program into a perennial state powerhouse. He won five state championships before becoming the district’s full-time athletic director in 2014. Buchanan is regarded as one of the state’s legendary coaches and held a career record of 227-53-3.

“Coach Buc” took his first head coaching job in 1993 and turned Aledo from a struggling program to a state championship contender. Aledo won its first title in 1998 and followed in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Buchanan’s legacy includes building a successful athletic program at Aledo, which is well-regarded across the state. During his tenure, Aledo has won three state titles in softball and one in baseball and golf.

Aledo currently leads the University Interscholastic League Class 5A Lone Star Cup standings, which recognizes the most successful schools in UIL competitions. Last year, the Bearcats finished fourth overall. Aledo has also maintained success while moving up in classifications.

Buchanan started his career at Florence High School in 1984 and future stops included Bastrop, The Colony, Killeen Ellison and A&M Consolidated.

He was named the Texas Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year in 2013 and was the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Coach of the Year in 1998, 2000 and 2002. In 2016, he earned the Bayard H. Friedman Hero Award.

Buchanan will remain at Aledo through the end of the school year.

UIL releases reallignment list

The University Interscholastic League released its new districts for the next two years in its bi-annual realignment Thursday morning.

Beginning in the fall of 2018, Weatherford football and basketball will be in a new-look District 3-6A with Abilene, Euless Trinity, Haltom, L.D. Bell, Richland and San Angelo Central.

Aledo football will be in District 5-A Division II with Arlington Seguin, Burleson, Burleson Centennial, Cleburne, Everman, Joshua, Midlothian and Waco University.

Mineral Wells football will be in District 4-4A Division 1 with Burkburnett, Decatur, Gainesville, Springtown and Wichita Falls Hirschi.

Brock football will be in District 4-3A Division I with Bowie, Boyd, Paradise, Pilot Point, Ponder and Whitesboro.

Some of the districts will different somewhat in basketball and volleyball.

Wise County murder trial ends with life sentence

It took a Wise County jury only about 10 minutes Wednesday to decide that 31-year-old Jake Abel should spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of his girlfriend. Just three hours earlier, the same jury had found Abel guilty of killing Soccorro Taylor in December of 2015 in Fort Worth and burying her body in a shallow grave near Boyd. In addition to the life sentence, the jury also assessed a $10,000 fine, the maximum amount on both. According to the Wise County Messenger, the verdict brought the 12-day trial to a close after nearly 50 witnesses testified and around 700 pieces of evidence were introduced.