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Suspicious device puts Azle JH on ‘soft lockdown’

Aside from AFD and APD, FW bomb squad, ATF called in

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A small but suspicious device located in a restroom at Azle Junior High School caused the school to be placed on “soft lockdown” shortly before noon Friday, April 21.
Azle Police and Fire Departments responded to the school after Azle ISD officials called 911.
According to a press release issued by Azle Police Chief Rick Pippins, the device contained small amounts of gunpowder and fusing.
Because of the nature of the device, Azle emergency services requested the assistance of Fort Worth Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) as well as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).… Read the rest

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Reno council: ‘No confidence’ in police chief

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In a voice that cracked with emotion, Reno Mayor Pro Tem Eric Hunter spoke the words no one on the city council wanted to.
During the council meeting Monday evening, April 24, Hunter struggled to keep his composure while making a motion to enter a vote of “no confidence” in Reno’s police chief, Hank Pope, because of problems with Pope’s ability to carry out his duties.
The motion also directed Mayor Lynda Stokes and city staff to proceed with an effective date of May 2.
In an obvious show of support for Hunter’s motion, council members Billie Steele, Bonnie Black, Ken Parnell and John Basham seconded it in unison before voting unanimously to approve the action.… Read the rest

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Azle parking lot bust nets drugs

Azle parking lot bust nets drugs

Springtown woman had meth, GHB with plans to deliver, both felonies

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A Springtown woman was arrested in the parking lot of Allsup’s in Azle after she was discovered with 4.5 grams of methamphetamine and 16.1 grams of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate – also known as GHB in her possession.
Betty Suann Capko, 38, was arrested April 17 by Weatherford Police Department investigators assigned to the Parker County Special Crimes Unit.… Read the rest

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Blessing Box Blessing Local Folks

Blessing Box Blessing Local Folks

There are Blessing Boxes around town – enclosed, protected constructions that anonymously helps out anyone in need – replenished by those with plenty. This one is at the Lions Club entrance at 412 Commerce Street, just down from the post office. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Sports

Camps on the horizon

by Mark K. campbell
It’s not too early to register for summer sports camps.
Already, several dates and sports have already been locked down.
Others remain tentative.
Ready for registrants are:
• tennis – June 6-9
• wrestling – June 6-9
• boys’ basketball – June 7-9
• softball – June 12-15
• girls’ basketball – July 24-27
Other sports camps are planned; however, the dates are not secured yet.
Those camps include soccer (likely in June), volleyball (July), elite volleyball (July), and football (August).
Cross country training classes will run on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning in June.
The annual Performance Camp is set for Mondays-Thursdays starting in June.… Read the rest

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Tie-breaker knocks ladies out of playoffs

Tie-breaker knocks ladies out of playoffs

After just missing the playoffs in a tie-breaker, Logan Graham and most of her teammates will return in 2018. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

4-way tie for 3 postseason spots doesn’t go Azle’s way

by Mark K. Campbell
After a 1-4 start in 6-5A, the softball Lady Hornets stepped on the gas and roared back into the playoff hunt.
By finishing 9-2 over the final district stretch – including winning its final two games – Azle ended up in a four-way tie for three playoff berths.
In the midst of that extremely rare multi-tie, AHS became the odd man out.… Read the rest

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Azle Christian School champs in baseball

Azle Christian School champs in baseball

The district-winning Azle Christian School Crusaders: (front, l-r) Garrett Howell, Austen Pringle, Sloan Green; (middle) Terry Salinas, Mason Adams, Robert Denief, Cooper Deak, Jake Spivey, Charlee Robertson, Christian Kilmer: (back) James Bates, Nathan Rollins, Tarin Spivey, coach Ryan Rollins, Bryson Wilson, Payton Wilson, Brynden Guardiola. Not pictured: J.R. Ellison.

Playoffs await Crusaders; foe not yet determined

by Mark K. Campbell
The district baseball championship came down to the final regular season game for Azle Christian School.
In White Settlement April 20, the Crusaders had to beat Covenant Classical.
It happened, and ACS claimed the title.… Read the rest

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Phoenix Forgotten is totally forgettable

Phoenix Forgotten is totally forgettable



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