Magnificent Seven Honored for Bravery Under Fire

WEATHERFORD – In an inaugural event titled “Magnificent Seven,” Parker County Today Magazine shared the brave story of a multi-organization shootout that occurred in July 2020 in Reno, Texas, and endangered the lives of a seven-member Parker County SWAT team. All of the members, including one shot multiple times, survived the incident and were thanked by a group of citizens and local business leaders.

The event took place Thursday, January 21, at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford and was conducted in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. It was a long-time plan coming to fruition for PCT Publisher Marsha Brown. She had discussed the event with Parker County attorney Earl King, who passed away in 2020. Appropriately, the keynote speaker for the evening was Parker County District Attorney Jeff Swain, who echoed the feelings of the other guests in thanking Parker County’s law enforcement professionals for their service to the citizens of Parker County.

The awardees included Sgt. Ben Overholt, SWAT team commander with the Parker County Sheriff’s office who told the audience about the incident involving his team. Other team members receiving commendations were PCSO Deputy Jarrett Turner, PCSP Deputy Thomas Wolf, PCSO CID Investigator Ethan Stark, PCSO Deputy Caleb Brazeal and Weatherford Police officers Cpl. Christen Beniak and Travis McClure. 

The “Magnificent Seven” would not have been possible without the help of some local businesses including Trophy Insurance Solutions, Nikki Grote–O’Neil Wysocki Law, Tara Stark Real Estate Group Keller Williams Realty, First National Bank, Hutton Wealth Management, Surepoint ER, Texas Spine Associates, Dr. Christopher Happ, The Doss Heritage and Culture Center, Springer Financial and a group of other sponsors made sure the guests enjoyed their evening by providing delicious food and beverages.  These included Bistro Box by Joe Lane, Bull Lion Vineyard, Eventide Waters and Rahr Brewery.

“It was a wonderful night to be in Parker County taking time out to appreciate those who put their lives on the line for all of us every day,” said Brown. “I shared a quote from John F. Kennedy during the event, which said, ‘Great crisis produces great men and great deeds of courage.’ This is exactly what this group of brave and courageous peace officers did. We were so pleased to share their story tonight, and in our magazine in the upcoming issue.”



The seven members of the Parker County combined SWAT team honored Thursday evening are Sgt. Ben Overholt, SWAT team commander, PCSO Deputy Jarrett Turner, PCSP Deputy Thomas Wolf, PCSO CID Investigator Ethan Stark, PCSO Deputy Caleb Brazeal and Weatherford Police officers Cpl. Christen Beniak and Travis McClure.

Record Setting Year at the 8th Annual Event - Parker County Today Magazine’s Masked Ball


Careity Foundation’s Bachelorette Alyssa Hughes and Bachelor Zackary Rendon Are Big Winners

Chef winner is Paxton Lanning of the Downtown Cantina

WEATHERFORD, TX – Raising a record breaking $286,373 for Careity Foundation, bachelorette Alyssa Hughes and Bachelor Zackary Rendon won as Parker County’s Bachelor and Bachelorette of the year at the 8th Annual event celebrating hard working singles.  The event was a combination of the annual Boots, BBQ and Bachelors and the Sweet Charity and Bachelorettes events held by the magazine for the past seven years.  The singles were paired up and given a charity to assist utilizing their talented restaurant partner.  The Masked Ball was held October 29 at Diamond H3 Ranch in Weatherford.  A whopping $768,374.73 was raised by the five teams participating in the competition.  The other big winner for the night was Downtown Cantina’s Paxton Lanning who won for his delicious pork tacos and his deliciously decadent dessert.

The teams of bachelorettes, bachelors, charities and restaurants who participated in this year’s competition included:

Aledo AdvoCats
James Watson, bachelor
Melissa Whiteman, bachelorette
Hooker’s Grill, Ruth Hooker, owner/chef

Careity Foundation
Zackary Rendon, bachelor
Alyssa Hughes, bachelorette
Mamma Monica’s, Monica Russo, owner/chef

Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County
C.J. Minor, bachelor
Taylor Dickinson, bachelorette
Baker’s Ribs, DeeAnna and Brian Krier, owners/chefs

Stars and Strides Equine Therapy
Larry Walden, bachelor
Gloria Barron, bachelorette
Downtown Cantina, Paxton Lanning, owner/chef

Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter
Matthew Scurry, bachelor
Cyndi Pham, bachelorette
Parker County Brewing, Ryan Stewart & Joshua Tarbay owners

Awarded for their hard were also the team working for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County who raised $ 219,372.75 thus earning C.J. Minor, bachelor and Taylor Dickinson, bachelorette the titles of Benevolent Bachelor and Bachelorette for the year. 

Along with all of the food items, dessert was presented by The Double Oven Bakery.  Other sweet treats were served by Sweet Emilia’s of Weatherford.  Musical entertainment was also a part of the night’s activities and the guests enjoyed the talents of Brandon Garrett who entertained before and after the program. 

“None of this would happen without our group of great community-minded chefs.  In addition to Paxton Lanning who was our big winner, we would also like to thank Ruth Hooker of Hooker’s Grill, Monica Russo of Mamma Monica’s, DeeAnna and Brian Krier of Baker’s Ribs, and Ryan Stewart & Joshua Tarbay of the Parker County Brewing Company.  All of their offerings to our guests were delicious,” said Marsha Brown, Publisher of Parker County Today Magazine. 

The event was held at Diamond H3 Ranch on Old Brock Road just west of Weatherford.   “We were so happy to return to Diamond H3 Ranch for this year’s combined event.  It’s a beautiful venue and with this being such a challenging year, I’m thrilled that we broke our own record for raising money for these great charities.  In fact, it pushed us over the $5 million dollar mark in just eight years of hosting these events.  I couldn’t be prouder,” Brown said.

Red Dirt Country recording artist Brandon Garrett, who is a Parker County native provided the musical entertainment for the evening, which included his current hit, This Way of Life.

Other event sponsors included Honda of Weatherford, Tara Stark Real Estate Group, Texas Coalition for Animal Protection, GLOLED and Virus Armor, Ironworks Coffee and Sweet Emilia’s, Springer Financial Services, Kenmark Homes, David’s Western Wear, Peacock’s Feed Boutique & Gifts, Big Pantry, Franklin Landscape & Pressure Wash, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Double Oven Bakery and Diamond H3 Ranch.  Stunning centerpieces were prepared by S.R.M. Events and beverages were provided by Rahr & Sons Brewing Company and poured by the fantastic bartenders from Antebellum Ale House.

The Big Winners - Careity Foundation with over $280,000 raised in just ten weeks!

The winning Careity Team - Monica Russo, Chef Momma Monicas; Bachelorette Alyssa Hughes; Bachelor Zackary Rendon and Careity Founders Lyn Walsh and Beverly Branch.

Red Dirt Country recording artist Brandon Garrett, who is a Parker County native provided the musical entertainment for the evening, which included his current hit, This Way of Life.

The other big winner for the night was Downtown Cantina’s Paxton Lanning who won for his delicious pork tacos and his deliciously decadent dessert.

Community and Business Leaders Celebrated at 7th Annual
Parker County Today Magazine’s Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes

A large crowd was on hand for the 2020 Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes event on Thursday evening, June 25, at Dove Ridge Vineyard where sixteen community and business leaders were given fanciful shoe trophies and celebrated for their accomplishments at the 7th Annual Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? sponsored and organized by Parker County Today magazine.


The award winners were:


• Jim Martin Dynamic Developer Award – Kenny Ozee
• Jim Duncan Regal Realtor Award – Leanna Stafford
• Shelly Mowery Courageous Cowgirl Award – Lilly Hamilton
• Mac Smith Extraordinary Attorney Award – Diondra Lindquist
• Roger Grizzard Innovative Educator Award – Karen Sams
• Patsy Hooks Pet Rescue Award – Stacy Schumacher
• Dr. Noel Bryan Veterinarian Science Award – Dr. Christine Sutherland
• Walter Worthington Benevolent Banker Award – Sean Woodring
• Jamie Bodiford Benevolent Powerhouse Award – Wendy Hooten
• Philip Hobson Innovative Entrepreneur Award – Brandi Hampton
• Larry Fowler Law Enforcement Hero Award – Brice Gallasso
• Dr. Jack Eidson Physician Excellence Award – Dr. Ashley Decker
• VA Littleton Outstanding Artist Award – Tristan Evans
• Nickie Allen Compassionate Eldercare Award – Alisha Richardson
• Dr. Ray Page Inspiring Physician Award – Dr. April Mikes
• Zan Prince Community Leader Award – Misty Browning


Attendees enjoyed delicious authentic Italian food provided by Zeno’s on the Square. Entertainment was provided by Stephen Markwardt and Scott Smith. Shoe trophies were designed by Denise Brown and Emma Moorman.

Parker County Horizon Awards Celebrate 20 Under 20

At the Doss Heritage and Culture Center on February 27, Parker County Today turned the tide of and chose to celebrate the young people in Parker County who are doing great things to make Parker County a wonderful place to live.

Twenty young people were recognized for their contributions. Everything from keeping Parker County’s ranching and rodeo roots strong to dedicated volunteers were lauded at a dinner attended by the over 200 family, friends and business leaders.

The list of winners includes:

· Rayell Allen- Springtown High School

· Madison Reich- Peaster High School

· Hayden Head- Trinity Christian Academy

· Jarrett Foland- Weatherford Christian School

· Emily Hand- Peaster High School

· Carter Moxley- Brock High School

· Grant Mills- Weatherford College

· Addison Russ- McAnally Intermediate, Aledo ISD

· Cayden Clark- Millsap High School

· Keaton Martin- Weatherford High School 

· Cara Yeates- Pre-School 

· David Oseni- Southwest Christian School 

· Zaine Mansell- Poolville High School

· Coleman Berry- Peaster Elementary

· Payton McFadden- Millsap High School

· Jake Turner- Aledo High School

· Stormi Branch- Brock Junior High School

· Addison Roberts- Brock High School

· Sierra Cherryhomes- Weatherford High School

· Octavia Hestand- Victory Baptist Academy

The guests at the event dined on delicious food from Baker’s Ribs and dessert from Back Home Bakery. Sponsors for the evening included Texas Bank, Tara Stark Real Estate Company, AlphaCare Wellness Center, Weatherford College, Trinity Christian Academy, Weatherford Christian School, Campbell Clinic/Hospital District, Swim Lesson People, Sheriff Larry Fowler, Stephen Reich – Clark Real Estate Group, Christopher Happ, D.O. – Texas Spine Associates, Springer Financial Services, The Doss Heritage and Culture Center, Baker’s Ribs, Back Home Bakery, The Little Extras – Special Event Rentals & Styling, Big Pantry, Greenwood Baptist Church, Gibson’s Discount Center, Law Office of Diondra Lindquist, and Salon 76082.

“This is one of my favorite nights of the year,” said Marsha Brown, publisher of Parker County Today Magazine, the presenter of the event. “We hear all the negatives in our news everyday about young people making the wrong choices. We wanted to take this opportunity to share 20 of the stories of young adults who are making the right choices that benefit us all,” she continued. The beneficiary of last night’s event was the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County. Its executive director, Cheryl Bullock was on hand to share with the group some of the reasons that the advocacy center is so important to the children of Parker County.

The attendees were also entertained and enlightened by some encouraging words from Parker County Attorney John Forrest who shared his thoughts on the important work being undertaken by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County, where he is a board member.

Successful realtor and cutting horsewoman Tara Stark delivered an inspiring keynote address with the theme of Follow Your Dreams to Success.

This was the fourth annual Horizon Awards hosted by Parker County Today Magazine. Photographs and the stories of each of the recipients can be found in the March issue of the magazine available at area newsstands and businesses or online at

Parker County Today Magazine / 114 E. Church Street / Weatherford, TX 76086 / 817-599-4664