WISD considers concealed carry, other measures

The Weatherford ISD Board of Trustees is responding to the national call for increased school security.

The board released a statement Tuesday, saying that beyond the security measures funded in the 2015 bond, they are considering several additional safety enhancements, including a concealed carry program, which they’ve been investigating since July of 2017. Also on the table are a student ID program, adding additional school resource officers, adding crisis intervention counselors and equipping each classroom with locked safes for safety vests, pepper spray and trauma kits.

For the entire statement, visit www.weatherfordisd.com.

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.

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.

Evacuation order in East Parker Co. grass fire

Parker County Emergency Management has issued an evacuation order in Eastern Parker County due to a large grass fire.

The evacuation order is for all residents along Interstate 20 from Farmer Road west to Ranch House road and points north and east to White Settlement Road, Cattle Baron road and Walsh subdivision up to FM 730.

Heavy smoke can be seen around the area. The fire crossed Farmer Road and was last seen headed toward Walsh at approximately 1:45 p.m.

More information to come.