Mineral Wells city council to see three new faces

Three seats were in play on the Mineral Wells city council Saturday and the results were not kind to the incumbents.

At Large Place 2 incumbent Bill Terry faced two challengers.  One was Brian Reagan who will be taking the At Large Place 2 seat by garnering nearly 48 per cent of the vote.  Reagan is a minister at the North Oak Church of Christ in Mineral Wells.

At Large Place 1 incumbent Kevin Harrison was defeated by challenger Clif Wright who captured nearly 62 per cent of the votes.  Wright is a former chief financial officer for an oil company and has served on a number of boards in the city.

Ward 4 representative Karium Carter lost his council seat to Wayne Johnson who received almost 72 per cent of the vote.  Johnson is a retiree from sales and marketing.

DPS urges caution

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging Texans to prepare for a strong cold front impacting parts of Texas through Friday. Forecasts indicate the possibility of sleet and freezing rain, with light ice accumulations possible in portions of Texas.

“DPS is asking Texans to prepare for winter weather as a cold front moves into areas of the state before the New Year’s holiday. Drivers may encounter freezing rain and sleet in some areas, which could create dangerous road conditions,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Texans should continue to monitor the changing weather conditions in their area and use extra caution on roadways.”

In preparation for possible winter weather, the Texas State Operations Center – in coordination with several state agencies, including the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Military Forces – will continue to monitor weather conditions and maintain close contact with National Weather Service local forecast offices across the state.

DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during this weather event:

•Avoid unnecessary travel if possible, monitor local weather broadcasts, and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions at http://www.weather.gov/.

•Remember that ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shady areas.

•On icy roads, drive slowly, increase distance needed for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.

•Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.

•Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip – check fluid and antifreeze levels.

•Don’t drink and drive and buckle up everyone in the vehicle.

For more information on road conditions statewide, check www.drivetexas.org or call 1-800-452-9292.

In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:

•Blankets/sleeping bags, extra clothing, mittens, hat

•Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries

•First-aid kit and pocket knife

•High-calorie nonperishable food, bottled water

•Sack of sand or cat litter to provide traction for tires

•Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel

For additional information regarding winter weather preparedness, visit:http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/winterStormPlanning.htm

Development in Weatherford’s ETJ approved

A 111-acre residential development planned for a tract of property situated west of Tremble Road at Cochran is now one step closer to becoming a reality.

Parker County Today says the development, operated called Tremble, LLC, is the brainchild of Ray French. This week the Weatherford City Council approved a measure to establish the Tremble Public Improvement District that is in Weatherford’s extra-territorial jurisdiction. Members of the city staff recommended that council approve the measure.

The Tremble Public Improvement District will keep development streets, water features, ditches, and green areas in good repair in exchange for regular assessment fees that the landowners will pay annually in much the same manner as property taxes.

The development will consist of some 80 home sites.