BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Oooo, we’re halfway there
Oooo, living on a prayer.
The auditorium at Azle High School rocked as almost every teacher, administrator, and employee in the Azle Independent School District sang loudly and danced to the beloved Bon Jovi anthem.
The district’s annual convocation began Friday, Aug. 19, with employees browsing dozens of booths manned by Azle-area businesses and organizations in support of the ISD and its employees.… Read the rest
No increase proposed, two public hearings set
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Strong residential growth within the city limits means there’s good news for Azle taxpayers – no proposed increase to the city’s 2016-2017 tax rate.
The proposed rate for the upcoming fiscal year of $0.679500 per $100 valuation is the same as in fiscal year 2015-2016.
But because the rate will be applied to property values which, for 2016-2017, exceed those of 2015-2016 by $50,920,883, revenues raised from taxes will increase by $346,007 over the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget.
Even though the rate will not increase from last year, it does exceed the effective tax rate – the rate that would have to be applied to current property values in order to raise the same amount of revenue it raised the previous year.… Read the rest
School has started, football season looms, and the anticipation of fall weather is everywhere.
That means it’s time for the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s biggest fundraiser of the year – Sting Fling 2016.
This year the event is set for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 with events in Central Park and at 404 Main Place, and vendor booths along Main Street.
Calling the festival a celebration of Azle, Chamber Director Shelia Pippins says folks will notice some changes to this year’s Sting Fling.… Read the rest
Youngest Hornet team in years hosting Grapevine
by Mark K. Campbell
How young is the 2016 Hornet varsity football team?
A freshman made the squad – at quarterback.
Azle coach Devon Dorris said while it was not the first time a ninth grader had played varsity for him, it was the inaugural instance where one – Ken Seals – will begin the season on the Friday night squad.
In fact, Dorris said, Seals will take the first offensive snap of the year.
But Seals is not the lone quarterback that will see action.
Seals and junior Cole McDonnell will alternate at the position, the coach said.… Read the rest
State-ranked Azle proved worthy of such accolades at the first cross country meet of the season.
At a soggy Tarrant County College Northwest campus course, the varsity Hornets – ranked No. 18 in 5A – beat all comers over 3200 meters.
The win was what is likely to be the first of many for the talented boys squad that returned every runner but one from last year’s district champions.
Coach Keith Boenisch said, “Our first race of the year went really well.… Read the rest