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Dechert Memorial Tourney April 30

The 8th Annual Sid Dechert Memorial Golf Tournament is slated for an 8 a.m. shotgun start Wednesday, April 30, at Cross Timbers Golf Course, 1181 S. Stewart Street in Azle.
The event is sponsored by State Representative Charlie Geren.
Entry fee for the Florida Scramble-style tournament is $60 and includes a catfish lunch. Register by calling Cross Timbers Golf Course at 817-444-4940.… Read the rest

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Scout dinner coming here April 26

The 2014 annual Boy Scout dinner is slated for 404 West Main Street Saturday, Apr. 26 at 6 p.m. Any business or person interested in sponsoring a table can contact the Longhorn Council at 817-231-8500.… Read the rest

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Front Page News

Boyd Road Rollover

Boyd Road Rollover

An 11-year-old boy was seriously injured about 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, when he was ejected from a black 2002 Cadillac Escalade. The boy was not wearing a seat belt, according to the accident report. The driver of the Escalade, 41-year-old Esteban Martinez, failed to yield the right-of-way from the stop sign on Boyd Court and was broadsided by a northbound 2011 Ford Mustang. The impact caused the Escalade to overturn and the child was ejected through the rear passenger window.… Read the rest

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What-a-deal!

Bond refi saves taxpayers more than expected

by Carla Noah Stutsman
A financial move intended to save the city of Azle more than $118,000 in interest on water and sewer bonds issued in 2004 was more successful than city officials anticipated.
In fact, the sale of the Series 2004 Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Refunding and Improvement Bonds, which occurred Tuesday, April 15 – Tax Day – ended up saving the city $190,000 at today’s value.… Read the rest

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Recent rains don’t dampen drought

Recent rains don’t dampen drought

Stage One water restrictions remain in place

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Recent rains, while refreshing, are nowhere near enough to put a dent into drought-stricken North Texas.
With area lakes as low as they’ve been in years, both the city of Azle and Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) remain under Stage One of their identical Drought Contingency Plans.
For area residents both inside and outside the city limits, that means mandatory water restrictions – something a bit unusual for springtime in North Texas.… Read the rest

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Early voting begins April 28

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Early voting for the May 10 General Election begins Monday, April 28 across Texas.
Locally, the cities of Azle, Lakeside, and Sanctuary have canceled elections because no races in those cities are contested.
However, there is one race in the Azle Independent School District (AISD), and several in both Pelican Bay and Reno.
Regardless of which election you are voting in, locals should vote at a polling place located in the county in which they live.… Read the rest

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Sports

Azle No. 1 in District 5-4A

Azle No. 1 in District 5-4A

Road win over Rider clinches championship

by Mark K. Campbell
District champs!
That’s the title the Lady Hornet softball team locked up a game before the end of district play.
This 2014 Azle (27-5, 13-1) squad is already one of the best ever.
An 8-0 blanking of Wichita Falls Rider cliched the 5-4A crown April 15.… Read the rest

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Hornets stay alive after two big district victories

Hornets stay alive after two big district victories

It could still happen.
The baseball Hornets need some help, but the postseason remains a possibility.
Azle (10-16-1, 5-7) can achieve a play-in for the playoffs with a Brewer win over Lake Dallas April 22 (results not available at press time).… Read the rest

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Track athletes head for regional meet at Abilene oval

Track athletes head for regional meet at Abilene oval

The dream of all high school athletes – competing in Austin at the state track meet – is one step away.
That’s true for 14 Azle High School runners, throwers, vaulters, and jumpers.
But that last step – the regional meet – is a doozy.
Another AHS athlete was added to the Region I event set for April 25-26 at McMurry University in Abilene.… Read the rest

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Movie Man

There’s no place like Heaven for filmgoing believers

There’s no place like Heaven for filmgoing believers

We moviegoers are in the midst of a pair of film trends right now (aside from the superhero glut).
One is the Young Adult craze. The Twilight movies kicked off YA in theaters and The Hunger Games series has catapulted it into the stratosphere.
Still, a slew of YA hopefuls crashed and burned in auditoriums (like Ender’s Game [2013, Movie Man No. 1,060, a 6]).

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