Parker County Lifestyle Magazine is published quarterly and distributed throughout Weatherford, Hudson Oaks, Willow Park and Aledo. We produce each edition with exceptional quality and content to become long-lasting, coffee table-quality magazines.
The magazine is printed on high quality thick paper stock to give it a better feel and increased thickness. The spine of each publication is perfect-bound to resemble a book, and to hold together for many years to come. The covers are UV tinted to withstand exposure and maintain a quality our readers have come to expect.
Editions of each publication are proudly displayed throughout businesses, professional waiting rooms and state legislative offices around the area. Being area-specific, the content within the pages of each publication is sure not to become dated or out of style. Residents have stated that each edition is a legacy, holding information about its people and events that one can reflect on and show for years to come.
We would like to say Thank You for all those who’ve made Parker County LifeStyles possible. We look forward to bringing you many more editions for years to come. Please let us know if you have any article suggestions, or have an event you’d like featured in the pages.
Small in Stature; Big on Appeal
What started out as an agriculture exemption has become a loving, full time endeavor for Jayme and Dustin Haney. They never dreamed within two years their little alpaca ranch on ten acres would become so popular with the local community and beyond.
Jayme grew up in Aledo and graduated in 1991 when Aledo was still considered a small town. When their oldest child, Justin, was diagnosed with special needs at the age of four, they knew they wanted to be in Aledo due to the impeccable special education programs available. Eight years later, their second son, Dylon, was also diagnosed. Both have a mild form of Fragile X Syndrome, which is the genetic cause of autism and mental retardation. Both required special education and Aledo was the right answer for them. Dustin and Jayme also have a middle child who is 18 years old, Devin, who recently graduated from Aledo High School.
Developing the Young Men of Parker County
The Young Men’s Service League’s Aledo Chapter may be the most impactful “Mommy and Me” club of all. At a time when some national experts claim we are experiencing a “boy crisis”, a group of Parker County moms sees service as a way to help to develop and maintain connections with their sons and with the community.
We’ve all seen the boy mom memes. You know, the ones portraying the stinky, dirty, loud life of the American boy mom, a life filled with mostly gross things and video games. The memes of a life where the fed-up mom learns the latest Fortnite dance and performs it front of the TV (and her son’s friends) in an effort to get him to even consider pausing his epic battle. We all laugh and share and tag our boy mom friends, but at the same time we also know that bringing up boys is not exactly a joking matter. In fact, turning babies into good adults, be they male or female, will be the single most important thing some of us will do in our lifetime.
One group of ladies in Aledo is determined to deepen the experience of raising their boys and they are committed to making time to focus on more than just the mess and the madness of being a young man’s mother.
Commitment to Character
Character traits are not only what Julie West teaches each day in her job as the school counselor for Peaster Elementary. They’re also how she strives to live her life as a teacher, coach and counselor, and are a major part of how she has won the hearts of multiple generations of Peaster students. “My personal philosophy is maintain a positive attitude, put God first and laugh. Everything else falls into place” said West, who is beginning her 23rd year in education. She said while she cannot bring religion into the classroom, she emphasizes positive attitudes and laughing with her students, bringing a lot of fun to everyone’s days.
Raise, Aim, Shoot
In the town of Brock, Texas, where champions are bred, there is a sport growing in popularity. Most seasons, it is common to compete for state championships in almost all sports, but recently, young people in Brock have found success in yet another area: Archery.
Going into their 8th season, Brock Archery was started by Bill Cooper as a part of the High School Ag program in 2012. As the sport has become more popular, it has spread to the middle school, and even elementary level, where teams have progressed to the state, national, and world competitions. The program has grown so much, in fact, that the Brock Archery Club was formed as a non-profit in order to raise money to fund the program.
The archery team competes in two different shoots: Bullseye and 3D. The Bullseye consists of a 10 ring, 80cm target and the 3D shoot consists of 6 different animal targets: turkey, coyote, bear, antelope, deer, and ram. The archers begin participating in tournaments in November, and then shoot in a state qualifying tournament in January. From there, qualifiers compete in the State Tournament in March, held at the Belton Expo Center. The top teams are then invited to the national tournament, where the best archers from the entire continent—U.S., Canada, and Mexico—face off, and the World Tournament held each June.