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AISD Superintendent Lea announces June retirement

AISD Superintendent Lea announces June retirement

Dr. Ray Lea instituted the Hornet Academy that has helped scores of students graduate. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY CHRISTINA DERR
After nearly nine years at the head of the Azle Independent School District – and over four decades as an educator – Dr. Ray Lea announced that he would retire from education and the district, effective June 30.
The AISD board of trustees voted 6-0 to formally accept Lea’s retirement Monday, March 20 at the conclusion of their monthly meeting.… Read the rest

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It’s aces at Cross Timbers

It’s aces at Cross Timbers

Cross Timbers Golf Course professional Keith Harris said current improvements to the course have helped turn its reputation around. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Golf course popularity skyrocketing

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
“There are some misconceptions about our golf course.”
Keith Harris, the golf professional at Azle’s Cross Timbers Golf Course, has seen the links improve its reputation.… Read the rest

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Hold on to your (hard) hats!

Hold on to your (hard) hats!

Dirt is being moved at the Legacy Oaks – an assisted living center – construction site on Southeast Parkway, north of Avondale Avenue. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Development on the rise in Azle; population could explode

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Strong growth in the city of Azle and along the so-called Northwest Corridor that generally runs along Hwy. 199 has long been predicted.
The time is at hand.… Read the rest

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A Close Call for an AISD Bus

A Close Call for an AISD Bus

It was close, but the school bus in the photo above narrowly escaped being involved in this crash in the 500 block of North Stewart Street Monday, March 20 at 7:52 a.m. Azle police were dispatched to an accident involving a school bus, but Azle ISD Maintenance Director Randy Spiker arrived and quickly determined the bus was not impacted; the bus and its precious cargo went on its way. A young girl in one of the passenger vehicles was treated at the scene for a minor seat belt injury. One driver was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way. The other was cited for not having a driver’s license.

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Sports

Name change

Name change

Always decked out in his Azle green – as here at Richland High School at AHS’ first meet of the 2017 season back in February – former coach Donnie Ostermann will now have his name attached to a meet he conducted for decades, the Hornet Relays. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Annual track meet now known as the Donnie Ostermann Hornet Relays

by Mark K. Campbell
After training generations of local track athletes, retired AISD coach Donnie Ostermann is receiving a unique accolade for all those years.
The annual Hornet Relays – which Ostermann oversaw and directed for decades – will now be known as the Donnie Ostermann Hornet Relays.… Read the rest

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District play underway for Azle baseball

District play underway for Azle baseball

Ryan Lehr went 5-for-5 in two District 6-5A games. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The start of the “games that matter” – district contests – sent the hardball Hornets on the road twice as 6-5A play began.
Azle (6-7, 0-2) lost at Aledo and Saginaw.
Against the Bearcats March 14, the hosts got a 6-1 win despite a solid start by Tyler Lehr, Azle coach Stephen Smith said.
“He pitched six great innings,” the coach recalled.
Lehr permitted just three hits, fanned four, and allowed no earned runs.
Ryan Lehr had the hot Hornet bat, going 3-for-3 and knocking home Azle’s only run in the final frame.… Read the rest

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AHS softball falls in Saginaw

AHS softball falls in Saginaw

Lady Hornet Rayne Cottle runs down a fly ball. Azle sits 1-3 early in District 6-5A play. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

The Azle High softball team dropped to 1-3 in district play after 12-5 loss at Saginaw over Spring Break.
The Lady Hornets leapt out to a 3-0 lead after half an inning, but the Lady Rough Riders answered with five runs.
AHS tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning, however it was too little, too late.
At the plate, Lady Hornet Logan Graham belted out three hits. Rayne Cottle had an RBI.
Even with the slow start, things are far from lost for Azle.… Read the rest

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Movie Man

Live-action Beast really needs some animation

Live-action Beast really needs some animation



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