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Heroes honored by Church on the Hill

Heroes honored by Church on the Hill

Pastor Tom Kolb – or just “Pastor T” – is the pit master at The Church on the Hill.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
16 briskets
4 pork tenderloins
4 cases jalapeño sausage
2 cases chicken breasts
14 gallons Pastor T’s Million Dollar Beans
8 gallons potato salad
5 gallons cole slaw
10 gallons BBQ sauce
That’s what it took for The Church on the Hill (formerly West Parkway Baptist Church) to feed military veterans, city employees, firefighters, paramedics, police officers – and their families – during the church’s annual Honoring Our Heroes event May 21-22.
Now in its third year, the event drew a light lunch crowd Saturday, but between 4-11 p.m., Pastor Tom Kolb says the public servants and their families came steadily to partake of the barbecue fare.… Read the rest

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Restroom hubbub a non-issue in Azle ISD

Superintendent Lea says measures already in place at every campus

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Nationwide, the debate rages after the president issued a directive that schools must allow transgender students to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify.
In Azle, however, the point is virtually moot, according to Dr. Ray Lea, superintendent of the Azle Independent School District.
Also highlighted by recent actions, first in North Carolina and then in the Fort Worth ISD, the question of bathroom usage has raised the ire of people on both sides of the issue.
“We have procedures in place at each campus in the district for this type of situation as well as others,” Lea said.… Read the rest

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Highway Access Road Collapse Getting Worse

Highway Access Road Collapse Getting Worse

As a section of roadway in the 1600 block of Southeast Parkway (Hwy. 199 service road) continues to sink deeper by the week, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says the agency’s staff is close to completing plans for the replacement of the retaining wall. That wall has moved significantly toward the main lanes of the highway due to pressure from the sinking roadway. The job will go out to bid in June with construction starting soon after, the spokesperson said. The 1600 block of Southeast Parkway remains closed to through traffic for the foreseeable future. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Padilla, Hopkins top AHS Class of 2016

Padilla, Hopkins top AHS Class of 2016

Both Valedictorian Kelbi Padilla and Salutatorian Tyler Hopkins spent all of their school days in the Azle ISD. The duo is going separate ways collegiately, but both will major in biology fields at Texas A&M and Baylor, respectively. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Both spent entire scholastic careers in AISD

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The 2016 Azle High School valedictorian and salutatorian are complete products of the Azle ISD, where they both attended school from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Although Valedictorian Kelbi Padilla and Salutatorian Tyler Hopkins didn’t meet until their paths first crossed at Azle Elementary – the historic Rock School – they’ve been “friendly” ever since.… Read the rest

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Sports

Azle wrestlers compete in elite tournaments

by Mark K. Campbell
While the UIL wrestling season ended back in February, local athletes continue to compete – often in high profile tournaments.
Four veteran Lady Hornets – Lauren Dale, Hali Davis, Alexis Hanna, and Triniti Smith – squared off with talented rivals at the Body Bar Nationals.
Dale vied in the Junior Division that was comprised by more than half with college-age athletes battling for spots on the national team.
In her first time in that category, the AHS incoming senior went 2-2, losing only to a world team member from Missouri Valley College and a sophomore at Oklahoma City University.… Read the rest

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Malone top bull rider

Malone top bull rider

Azle rodeo competitors Austen Malone and Kylee Scribner took honors at a finals event.

Senior also wins a scholarship

At the North Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals in Fort Worth, two Azle High School athletes shone.
Bull rider Austen Malone took second in the second go-round with a ride scored 78.
For the season, he was crowned at the NTHSRA bull rider champion.
The senior also was awarded the Martha Bennet Scholarship worth $1,000.
Kylee Scribner, a freshman, turned in the fastest times in barrels and poles at the Will Rogers arena finals races.
She won the second go-round in each event.… Read the rest

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Baseball players earn postseason accolades

Baseball players earn postseason accolades

 

Donny Nay was not only a First Team All-District selection but was the AHS team MVP. Photo by Mark K. Campbell


Several Hornet baseball players were lauded for the play during the 2016 season.
Two Azle athletes were named First Team All-District in 5-5A.
Second baseman Donny Nay and Pitcher Slade Dinkins earned ultimate kudos from district coaches.
Five more Hornets landed on the Honorable Mention list: catcher Zachary Edwards; first baseman Jon Mark Castillo; outfielder Sean Townsend; third baseman Shane Drolet; and pitcher Devon Oliver.
Seven AHS athletes were named 5-5A Academic All-District: Dylan Flynn, Alex Newton, Trent Creacy, Trey Ramos, Oliver, Nay, and Drolet.… Read the rest

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Movie Man

Angry Birds app-solutely delivers laughs

Angry Birds app-solutely delivers laughs



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