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The Joseph Thomas Foundation for medically fragile children and Grace Notes are partnering together to ensure that people with special needs have the equipment they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Weatherford Police Department is joining forces with the community to help those in need by providing food, paper products and cleaning supplies, among other needed items during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Every pastor who writes an article this month will probably get an opportunity to find some words of wisdom for all facing this global virus outbreak. I never thought we would ever see something like this shut our country down like it has.

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According to the Texas Department of State Health Services as of Saturday afternoon, Rockwall County still was reporting 11 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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Aledo resident Kendra Finestead released her first music album, under her artist name Kendi Jean, on April 2 and is donating proceeds to various organizations in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

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Millsap ISD board of trustees passed a resolution on new grading protocols in light of the COVID-19 outbreak during their special Zoom meeting on Thursday.

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Palo Pinto County has two confirmed COVID-19 cases as reported Friday by Palo Pinto General Hospital. There are likely other unconfirmed cases in the community, officials warn.

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Top medical experts are saying that staying at home can help slow the spread of COVID-19, but being confined at home can lead to some unintended consequences for victims of domestic abuse and child abuse.

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LONE CAMP – Palo Pinto County Emergency Services District No. 2 Board President Hershel Geeo recently turned over the keys to the new Lone Camp First Responder Organization vehicle, serving residents in and around the Lone Camp Volunteer Fire District.

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One way modern-day students can learn about moments in history is by reading the personal journals of those who lived through it. Layland Museum Manager Stephanie Montero is encouraging everyone to write down what they are experiencing as the world pauses to cope with and stop the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

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Parker County Emergency Services District 1 announced this week that it will be expanding its fire protection and medical response services for residents of Poolville and the surrounding area.

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The project to repave North Main Street from the Union Pacific Railroad crossing to the Clear Fork Trinity River bridge south of Dill Road is still on target.

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Many are stepping up to help others during this time of need amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One of those local businesses is Davis City Pharmacy, which is making hand sanitizer for local first responders.

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Architectural firm PBK presented the schematic design of Aledo ISD’s new elementary school Monday night, which was unanimously approved by the board of trustees.

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Aledo ISD department heads recently broke down what they’re doing to ensure students and staff are safe and geared up for distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The Governor’s Executive Order renews and amends his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants. The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services. 

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AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The Governor’s Executive Order renews and amends his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants. The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services. 

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Gov. Greg Abbott today issued an executive order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

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With Palo Pinto County's public school districts remaining closed indefinitely because of the coronavirus threat and need to continue social distancing, we asked Mineral Wells ISD Superintendent Dr. John Kuhn some questions, especially related to what is now the second week of student home instruction and providing weekday meals at Travis Elementary:

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Sections of north and southbound Farm-to-Market Road 51 from the Union Pacific Railroad crossing just north of US 180 in Weatherford to the Clear Fork Trinity River will be reduced to one lane in each direction as needed for road work beginning Wednesday. Lane closures will be from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Area residents discuss responseto COVID-19, other political topics

The Barnwell Anderson Chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Society of Jacksonville College is sponsoring a History Essay Contest open to students grades 3 through 12. The deadline for submission is April 6, 2020. Submissions should be emailed to webb@jacksonville-college.edu. The theme this year is women’s suffrage. Local students are encouraged to submit entries in the following categories:

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GRAHAM – Three more confirmed COVID-19 cases in Graham brought the total to four and the residents of Graham have been told to “shelter-in-place” to slow its spread.

Following mail-outs of jury duty summons sent out prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, county officials are letting the public know that there will be no jury trials during the month of April.

Western wear retailer Cavender’s and many of its vendor partners contributed $100,000 to the Texas FFA Foundation for 2020 scholarships in light of youth livestock shows being closed.

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Shirley Mosier Hockett Clark Squirrelly 53 passed away in Tyler tx she will be cremated and placed with her sister barbara and father edwin at pilgrim cemetery in Elkhart tx memorial service at a later time

Funeral Services for Debra Franshaw will be Saturday, April 4, 2020 12:00p.m. at Clegg Chapel in Trinity Texas. Ms. Franshaw died March 24, 2020 at the age of 49.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 2, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m. at True Vine DOXA Center, Fairfield, Texas 75840 Pastor and Eulogist, Rev. Michael Daniels. Burial will be at the Fairfield Baptist Cemetery, Fairfield, Texas. Irma Thomas passed away March 26,2020 in Conroe, Texas at the age of 5…