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Cross Timbers Elementary named 2016 National Blue Ribbon School

The news that had officials with the Azle Independent School District holding their breath arrived early this morning.

Now, the celebration begins.

U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that Cross Timbers Elementary has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. The school is one of only 279 public and 50 private schools across the nation receiving the honor, which equates being the best in the nation.

Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices.

Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.Read the rest

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Azle woman dies in motorcycle crash

Azle woman dies in motorcycle crash

Slick roadways a factor

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An Azle woman was killed and the driver of a motorcycle on which she was riding was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash in the 400 block of Northwest Parkway Saturday, Sept. 24.
Kelly Lee Cleveland, 48, died at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth at 10:04 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, from injuries she suffered, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
According to the accident report filed by Azle police, David Mendolia, 58, of Azle, was piloting a Blue Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Hwy. 199 around 4:07 p.m. with Cleveland as a passenger.… Read the rest

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‘No, I will not step down’

Reno mayor fires back at accusers as city credit card confiscated

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Amid attempts by the Reno city council to reduce her salary, suspend use of her city credit card, and curtail city expenditures for food at council meetings and city-sponsored events, Mayor Lynda Stokes took to the offensive early during a meeting of the Reno council Monday, Sept. 26.
Under the “Mayor’s Announcements” agenda item, Stokes spoke at length:
“I’ve wondered how long citizens can listen to negative trash that’s out floating around before it becomes true in their minds. How long do they hear lies, half-truths and innuendos without a response?” Stokes asked.… Read the rest

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Cross Timbers Ele. up for national honor

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle ISD Superintendent Dr. Ray Lea and Cross Timbers Elementary Principal Dee Gilley are planning to vote early in the Presidential Election slated for Nov. 8.
That’s because they – along with one teacher from Cross Timbers – stand a chance of being in Washington, D.C. Nov. 7-8 (Election Day is Nov. 8) to receive what may be the most significant award ever earned by a school in the Azle Independent School District.
Cross Timbers was named a finalist for the 2016 National Blue Ribbon School awards in January; the winners will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 28 – just hours after the Azle News is printed.… Read the rest

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Hankering to Honk for the Hornets

Hankering to Honk for the Hornets

In Saginaw, Azle superfan Dickie Glaze fires off the near-deafening air-horn whenever AHS scores. He did it twice early last Friday, but that was it as Boswell won the huge rivalry Take the Lake game, blanking the Hornets in the second half. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Sports

Boswell escapes to Take the Lake with late TD

Boswell escapes to Take the Lake with late TD

Azle’s leading tackler Seth Bell puts a death grip on Boswell quarterback Brayden Thomas. The Pioneers scored late to Take the Lake. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Once again, the Hornet football team was in position to win a game – and again it got away.
This time, not only was it the Take the Lake contest to Boswell but the first District 6-5A game as well.
Azle (0-4, 0-1) sent the host Pioneers reeling early when Kole Taylor intercepted a pass and ran it back 27 yards for a TD.
Alex Quevedo put Azle ahead 7-0 while some fans were still filing into Pioneer Stadium.… Read the rest

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JV, 9th face rival Boswell

The Hornet JV and freshman teams tangled with their Boswell counterparts
The JV White fell behind early, coaches recalled, before playing a more cohesive second half.
Azle got on the board when Cody Weisensale threw a TD pass to Dawson Slack.
Two more points were tallied when Matt Collins snagged a Weisensale aerial. The offensive line improved as the game went on, coaches noted, and the efforts of runner Artavian Harrell were lauded.
Shining defensively were Cullen McAllister and Kevin Robles.
The 9th Green (2-2, 1-0) clubbed Boswell 36-0, scoring in every quarter. Cullen Furr got Azle on the board with an 8-yard first quarter run.… Read the rest

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AHS racers strong again

AHS racers strong again

The top Lady Hornet racer is Hadassah Marquart; she took third in Haltom Sept. 22. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

In another jam-packed meet, the Azle cross country teams again rose to the occasion.
The boys finished second and were once more led by Cody Drolet.
The girls got a third place finish from top Lady Hornet Hadassah Marquart.
All five JV girls finished consecutively – placing 10-14 – to lock up second place in that division.
The boys JV had the first place finisher in Angel Montes. A transfer from the Saginaw varsity who is ineligible to run on the AHS varsity, Montes might be available for the spring track season, coach Keith Boenisch said.… Read the rest

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Movie Man

Denzel’s Western remake pretty Magnificent in places

Denzel’s Western remake pretty Magnificent in places



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