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A Roller Coaster of a Showcase

A Roller Coaster of a Showcase

Thousands gathered at Azle High School Thursday, May 21 for the Azle ISD’s annual Showcase, where students from every campus and every grade demonstrate their best work of the school year. Above, AHS teacher Andy Zapata encourages a student demonstrating a roller coaster.
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Enhancing Azle’s future: Plans in place to attract more businesses here

Enhancing Azle’s future: Plans in place to attract more businesses here

Caitlin Glenn

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Caitlin Glenn likes to trumpet Azle – and its potential.
That’s her job as the city’s economic development director.
And she’s plenty passionate about making Azle more attractive to outside interests.
When voters approved the creation of a municipal development district, Tarrant County taxpayers began contributing one-half cent sales take on Oct. 1, 2013.
Speaking to the Azle Rotary Club, Glenn added that improvements will be made to the Parker County side of town, too.
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A Rare May Respite

A Rare May Respite

The storms just keep a-comin’ this May. There was a break in the action briefly over the city library May 19. But soon the clouds returned and the near-record-setting rainfall for the month returned. Eagle Mountain Lake is beyond full and so are local tanks. So much rain has fallen that not only has the years-long drought been banished, but even Lake Bridgeport – which feeds into EML – has reached its normal level after being down more than 24 feet as recently as last month. Water stands in parks and low-lying areas – and more rain is predicted for the month.

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In One End and Out the Other

In One End and Out the Other

For more than a week, massive amounts of water have been flowing into the north end of Eagle Mountain Lake at Bobo Crossing off County Road 4868 south of Boyd. Anglers scooped up shad by the tub full for bait; see how they did it on Page 8A. Lesser – but still voluminous – amounts were being pumped from the EML spillway at the south end of the lake downstream to Lake Worth. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Sports

Battle of the Juggernauts, Part II set for softball

Battle of the Juggernauts, Part II set for softball

Samantha Bradley had a remarkable opening game against El Paso Hanks. She belted a pair of grand slam home runs in consecutive at bats. Photo courtesy Richard Spraggens

Logan Graham is a freshman on AHS’ senior-heavy squad. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Once again, it’s Azle (#3) vs. Aledo (#1) for a trip to Austin for the state tourney
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Several baseball Hornets honored

Several baseball Hornets honored

While Azle missed the postseason, several Hornets were lauded for their 2015 efforts.
Three AHS athletes landed on the First Team: pitcher Tommy Kay, outfielder Trevor Boiles, and shortstop Trey Ramos.
One player was selected for the Second Team, pitcher Blake Hall.
Four more were named Honorable Mention: Tyler Albers, Dalton Cole, Seth Garner, and Landon Pyle.
A slew of Azle players earned Academic All-District honors: Shane Drolet, Alex Newton, Devon Oliver, John Penshorn, RJ Simpson, Sean Townsend, Bennett Wendell, Albers, Boiles, Garner, Hall, and Kay.
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Summer sports camps are registering for June 2 start

Summer sports camps are registering right now.
Things begin with a baseball camp. On June 2-5, three sessions are planned:
I – grades 2-6, 8-10 a.m. June 2-4
II – grades 7-9, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 2-4
On June 5, times change for Reward Day.
Fees are $50 per camper, $40 for each additional family member.
Also on June 2-5, soccer is set for four sessions:
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Forecast for Disney’s Tomorrowland: Boring

Forecast for Disney’s Tomorrowland: Boring

Ah, Disney: The kings of making bland, forgettable movies – films that look so fantastic in advance and end up being “well, that was okay, I guess.” Tomorrowland is another one of those.

About the film (spoiler)
The Movie Man got suckered in to putting Tomorrowland on his top 10 for the summer; that might become a rare Movie Man misfire.
While the advance notices were not great, Disney put on a big push to get audiences to the movie. But there’s some grumbling out there that the PG rating is too light. (more…)Read the rest

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