by Mark K. Campbell
Tarrant and Parker Counties take different approaches to West Nile Virus (WNV).
After 2012’s record-setting outbreak in the Metroplex – three counties, Dallas (375), Denton (180), and Tarrant (253) accounted for 808 of the reported 1,700 cases statewide – Azle joined a Tarrant County initiative to combat WNV.
The next largest tally was Travis County (Austin) with 134.
Parker County reported just five cases last year.
This year, Tarrant County is acting aggressively to head off any potential return to those high numbers. Mosquito traps are regularly being set throughout the area including locations in Azle.
Parker, which has no county health department, sets no traps, relying on educating residents to thwart WNV.… Read the rest
Texas Book Festival, in partnership with the University Interscholastic League (UIL), is now accepting entries for its 12th annual Fiction Writing Contest, sponsored by Kirkus Reviews, to encourage and reward creative writing in Texas schools. This year’s theme is “From the Back of the Truck.”
Texas junior and high school students (grades 7-12) are invited to submit a piece of original fiction no more than 2,000 words in length. Entries must be submitted online via the form on the Texas Book Festival’s website no later than July 27. Submitted entries are considered in three divisions: grades 7-8, grades 9-10, and grades 11-12.… Read the rest
The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Parker County Jail during the week of May 12-18:
Trent Hunter Whitten, 22, of Springtown, was arrested by Springtown police May 14 and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). He posted $750 bond and was released from the Parker County jail May 15.
Lisa Angela Snow, 50, of Springtown, was arrested May 16 by Weatherford police and charged with DWI. She posted $1,000 bond and was released form the Parker County jail May 17.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 33-year-old Springtown man May 12 for three outstanding traffic warrants out of Reno as well as one out of Springtown.… Read the rest
Cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts across Texas are set to receive their May local sales tax allocations from Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.
According to Combs, state sales tax revenue in April was $2.15 billion, up 3.9 percent compared to April 2012.
“Sales tax collections were up in a range of sectors from construction and manufacturing to restaurants,” Combs said. “As expected, the rate of growth in state sales tax revenue is moderating compared to double-digit growth rates we recently experienced.”
Local sales tax allocations for May total $668.5 million, up 5.6 percent compared to May 2012.
The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in March as well as January, February and March sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.… Read the rest
Suspect rams neighbor’s new truck while fleeing
by Carla Noah Stutsman
Two people are in custody in the Parker County jail following the daring burglary of an Azle home.
Andrew Loyd Grams, 28, of Springtown, and Sonya Ann Grams-Downs, 27, of Fort Worth, were in jail as of May 13.
Grams was charged with burglary of a building and is currently held on $30,000 bond; Grams-Downs was charged with aggravated robbery. Her bond was also set at $30,000.
According to information from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, a neighbor checked on the residence, located in the 7000 block of Tucker Drive south of Azle, after hearing its burglar alarm.… Read the rest
The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Parker County Jail during the week of May 5-11:
Tracy Lynn Davis, 45, of Springtown, was arrested by Springtown police May 8 and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), third or more. Davis posted $10,000 bond and was released from the Parker County jail later the same day.
Rebecca Denise Baltzell, 50, of Springtown, was arrested May 10 by Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers and charged with DWI with a child under age 15. She posted $7,500 bond and was released from the Parker County jail May 11.… Read the rest