BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
One tiny mosquito.
It may not sound like much, but when it’s collected in an Azle park and it tests positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) – well, it’s disconcerting, to say the least.
The city of Azle participates in the WNV testing program with Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH).
City officials were notified Wednesday, Aug. 5, that a mosquito sample collected at Ash Creek Park had tested positive for the virus.
Consequently, that park and the surrounding area along Twilight Drive and Dusk Avenue were sprayed for adult mosquitoes Friday night, Aug. 7 into the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug.… Read the rest
by Carla Noah Stutsman
Described by their superior officer as “always busy working on something, but never too busy to assist in any other area when they are asked to do so,” Azle police officer David VanderKaay and Cpl. Patrick Bovea were surprised to learn they’d been awarded the Optimists International’s Respect For Law Enforcement Award.
Given by the Weatherford/Parker County Optimist Club, the award was presented in a May 9 ceremony.… Read the rest
by Carla Noah Stutsman
In a rehash of the May 11 election for Place 4 on the Pelican Bay city council held Saturday, June 15, at the city hall, incumbent Glen Oberg has retained his seat.
In the original election, Oberg and his challenger Tish Allen each received 54 votes.
According to state law, four options exist in such a case.
First, each candidate had the choice to withdraw from the race, but neither Oberg nor Allen did that.
The second option is for the tied candidates to cast lots, but neither liked that choice, either.
Failing the first two options, the third option – a recount – was ordered, which confirmed the original 54-54 tie.… Read the rest
Of three city council seats that were to have been decided in the May 11 general elections in Pelican Bay, one had a clear winner, one was decided by a single vote, and the third ended in a tie.
In the race for Place 1, incumbent Bill Morley easily defeated his opponent, Sabra Swaim, 79 votes to 29.
In the Place 4 race, incumbent Glen Oberg and challenger Tish Allen each received 54 votes.
According to city secretary Teri Anthony, the law for Type 1 General Law cities like Pelican Bay is clear when a tie is declared.
There are four options.… Read the rest
An Azle man died Tuesday evening at Possum Kingdom Lake in what authorities are describing as an apparent accidental drowning, the Mineral Wells Index reported.
Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Shawn Humphries said Jose Juan Garcia, 35, was at the location in the Gaines Bend subdivision on a work assignment with a number of other individuals.
At one point, Humphries said, the construction worker decided to take a swim nearby.
“He was working with friends and went swimming off a boat ramp at the place they were working,” Humphries said.
Garcia became distressed, Humphries added, explaining both his colleagues and the resident homeowner promptly came to his aid.… Read the rest
This year’s Azle ISD Showcase – where “the best of Azle ISD is on display” – arrives Thursday, May 23.
Every grade level and every subject matter will be illustrated from 6-8 p.m. throughout Azle High School.
The free event will offer over 170 exhibitors, including a Gold Card booth for the 2013-14 school year and a Fuel-Up Play 60 booth where a Dallas Cowboy is slated to be a special guest.
Among the classes in which AISD students will display demonstrations: science, math, English/language arts/ social studies, foreign language, and career and technology.
Children can enjoy hands-on activities.
Musical performances by high school, junior high, and elementary students are scheduled.… Read the rest
Early voting ended Tuesday, May 7 in advance of general elections slated for Saturday, May 11 around Texas.
Locally, a number of contested races will be decided along with propositions in Azle, Lakeside, and for Parker County Emergency Services District One.
Incumbent Mayor Alan Brundrett, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jones in Place 3, and Paul Crabtree in Place 4 each ran unopposed and will retain their respective seats.
In Place 6, Jeffrey Wise did not defend his seat, so voters will elect either Damon Bethurum or Lee Barrett to represent them at large.
Voters who live in the portion of Azle that lies within Tarrant County will also decide for or against the following proposition:
“Authorizing the creation of the Azle Municipal Development District and the imposition of a sales and use tax at the rate of one-half of one percent for the purpose of financing development projects beneficial to the district.”
In the Azle Independent School District Board of Trustees election, Sam Merck in Place 5, board president Bill Lane in Place 6, and vice president Jeff Edwards in Place 7 are all unopposed and will retain their respective seats.… Read the rest
The Azle High School Class of 2013 will finish May in a flurry of activities.
First comes the annual AHS Top Ten Dinner.
Azle’s very best students, parents and guardians, AISD hierarchy, and select teachers assemble at the prestigious Petroleum Club in downtown Fort Worth Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.
There, after a lavish meal, AHS’ highest-ranking students deliver heartfelt missives to their most inspiring instructors.
On Thursday, May 16, the annual AHS Awards Night is slated for the high school auditorium beginning at 6:30.
The Senior Prom runs from 6:30-11:30 at The Orchard on Saturday, May 18.
Then comes the day so many students have longed for, graduation.… Read the rest
Phase One opens Memorial Day
Generations sighed in disbelief and disappointment when Twin Points Resort closed for business some seven years ago.
The popular resort on Eagle Mountain Lake wasn’t gone and it certainly wasn’t forgotten.
In fact, it’s been re-graded and painstakingly redesigned in three phases, the first of which is set to open Memorial Day weekend.
This Saturday, April 27, Twin Points will host a free open house for the public to come see what’s been done and to view the ongoing work on phases two and three, set to open in the spring of 2014 and 2015.
Boat owners can also take advantage of complimentary boat safety inspections to ensure their boats are ready for the 2013 summer boating season.… Read the rest