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A tale of two counties

May 22, 2013
A tale of two counties

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.
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The GEM blood drive

May 22, 2013
The GEM blood drive

A blood drive at The GEM May 18 collected 13 pints including this one being drawn by American Red Cross’ Saul Ramirez from Kelly Wiley. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Save the sales tax

May 22, 2013

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Reno Mayor sworn in

May 22, 2013
Reno Mayor sworn in

Joe Polino, city administrator and director of public safety for the city of Reno, left, administers the oath of office to Lynda Stokes, right. Stokes was the first woman elected Mayor of Reno in 2011, and she ran unopposed in the general election on May 11.

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Texas Book Festival writing contest for grades 7-12 accepts entries

May 22, 2013

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

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Parker County Arrests

May 22, 2013

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.
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Despite spotty losses, sales tax revenues continue slow rebound

May 15, 2013

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.”
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Pair jailed after daring burglary of an Azle home

May 15, 2013

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.
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Parker County Arrests

May 15, 2013

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.
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May Flowers

May 8, 2013
May Flowers

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