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A Roller Coaster of a Showcase

A Roller Coaster of a Showcase

Thousands gathered at Azle High School Thursday, May 21 for the Azle ISD’s annual Showcase, where students from every campus and every grade demonstrate their best work of the school year. Above, AHS teacher Andy Zapata encourages a student demonstrating a roller coaster.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Kayaker drowns in Trinity River

Kayaker drowns in Trinity River

Lake Worth man found in EML discharge pool

 

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
One of six kayakers who set out on the West Fork of the Trinity River near Eagle Mountain Lake Saturday evening, May 23, drowned after the group was overtaken by water being released from the lake.
The body of Joshua James Reed, 29, of Lake Worth, was recovered Sunday, May 24, at 2:49 p.m. by lake patrol officers with Tarrant Regional Water District and game wardens with Texas Parks and Wildlife.… Read the rest

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Enhancing Azle’s future: Plans in place to attract more businesses here

Enhancing Azle’s future: Plans in place to attract more businesses here

Caitlin Glenn

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Caitlin Glenn likes to trumpet Azle – and its potential.
That’s her job as the city’s economic development director.
And she’s plenty passionate about making Azle more attractive to outside interests.
When voters approved the creation of a municipal development district, Tarrant County taxpayers began contributing one-half cent sales take on Oct. 1, 2013.
Speaking to the Azle Rotary Club, Glenn added that improvements will be made to the Parker County side of town, too.… Read the rest

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A Rare May Respite

A Rare May Respite

The storms just keep a-comin’ this May. There was a break in the action briefly over the city library May 19. But soon the clouds returned and the near-record-setting rainfall for the month returned. Eagle Mountain Lake is beyond full and so are local tanks. So much rain has fallen that not only has the years-long drought been banished, but even Lake Bridgeport – which feeds into EML – has reached its normal level after being down more than 24 feet as recently as last month. Water stands in parks and low-lying areas – and more rain is predicted for the month.

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Sports

Ladies reel in Birdville, AHS advances

Ladies reel in Birdville, AHS advances

Lady Hornet pitcher Makenzi Harris got the win in the vital regional quarterfinal finale against Birdville, pitching a complete game. Photo courtesy Richard Spraggens

Another comeback meant another celebration for the Lady Hornet softball team, now No. 3 in Texas in 5A. Photo courtesy Richard Spraggens

Outfielder Valarie Matlock corrals a long fly ball in the Birdville playoff series. Photo courtesy Richard Spraggens

Logan Graham delivered the big hit in a crucial game three to help Azle advance. Photo courtesy Richard Spraggens

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Scarbro Signs

Scarbro Signs

Reigning state wrestling champion Justin Scarbro signs to continue his career with McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. With him are parents Lisa and Jason Scarbro.

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Wrestlers vie in state tournament

Several are All-American

Azle High School wrestling coach Chris Allen said the freestyle/Greco-Roman season ended with several Azle athletes shining.
Two girls – Ruby Ariosa and Lauren Dale – placed second and third, respectively, to earn berths on Team Texas’ national team that will compete in Fargo, North Dakota.
The duo will vie in the Junior division while fellow Lady Hornet Hail Davis won the Cadet division and punched her ticket, too.… Read the rest

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Movie Man

Fourth Mad Max movie runs out of gas late

Fourth Mad Max movie runs out of gas late

You don’t see movies like this much anymore.
Aside from daring non-CGI action sequences – a lot of them – there are some shocking, startling, and downright squeamishly freakish scenes and visions in Mad Max: Fury Road – the sort of sequences you seldom see in a major release these days.

About the movie
Director George Miller birthed the original Max who was played by Mel Gibson in 1979. (The Movie Man remembers chuckling when seeing a TV trailer for Mad Max where the narrator seriously intoned “starring Mel Gibson.” In America, Gibson was a complete unknown yet here he was being boldly lauded.… Read the rest

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