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.

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.

Former Roo signs $12 million deal

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with closer Zach Britton on a one-year, $12 million deal to avoid arbitration, according to ESPN.
The Weatherford High School grad will likely miss the start of the 2018 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in December. He told ESPN at the time that he hopes to be back a “little quicker” than the six-month projections.

The 29-year-old was also slowed by injuries in 2017, including an MCL strain in his left knee. He was limited to 38 games and had a 2.89 ERA, 1.527 WHIP and 15 saves.

Britton was the most dominant reliever in baseball in 2016. He led the league with 47 saves and had a 0.54 ERA and 0.836 WHIP. He was an All-Star and finished fourth in Cy Young voting.