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AHS grad now charged with 3 Kaufman murders

April 24, 2013

In a shocking twist, the wife of Azle High School graduate Eric Lyle Williams, Kim, has joined him in being charged with three counts of capital murder in Kaufman County.

Both are in the Kaufman County jail with bond set at $10 million each.

Kim Williams confessed to authorities her role in the murders of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse Jan. 31 outside the Kaufman County courthouse, as well as the March 30 murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia in their home.Read the rest

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AHS grad, former area cop investigated in Kaufman murders

April 17, 2013

A man under investigation for three high-profile murders in Kaufman County has ties to Azle, Lakeside, and Springtown.

Eric Lyle Williams, 46, is in a Kaufman County jail with bond set at $3 million. He is charged with making a terroristic threat, and has not yet been charged with the murders.

A former Kaufman County justice of the peace, Williams was a member of the Azle High School Class of 1985.

He went on to graduate from Texas Christian University in 1989, where he obtained a degree in criminal justice.Read the rest

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‘Bay firefighters fall ill

April 17, 2013

Hazardous materials may be to blame

Two Pelican Bay firefighters fell ill shortly after fighting a fire on Shadow Lane west of Azle Tuesday, April 16.

According to Pelican Bay firefighter Marshal Daniel, he and two other ‘Bay firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire in the 100 block of Shadow Lane off Highway 199 near Sanctuary.

The location is in Reno Volunteer Fire Department’s jurisdiction, and the Pelican Bay department was called in to assist.Read the rest

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Lions offer free prom dresses

April 12, 2013

Gently used prom dresses, evening shoes and purses will be available Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Azle Lions Club building located at 412 Commerce Street, across from the post office.… Read the rest

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Opry founder Holmes dies

April 10, 2013
Opry founder Holmes dies

Although he endured what his daughter calls “untold horrors” as a Marine serving in the Pacific theater during World War II, Marshall F. Holmes was best known for founding The Azle Opry at his Azle Coin-O-Mat in 1963.

The local civic leader and fifth generation Azleite died Monday, April 1, in Fort Worth at the age of 86. Read the rest

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Azle grad arrested at DFW airport for sexual assaults

April 10, 2013

An Azle High School graduate was arrested at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport attempting to flee the country April 2.

Kyle Austin Ware, 30, was detained at DFW then arrested and charged with three counts of continuous sexual assault of a child younger than 14.

U.S. Custom agents found Ware’s name on a passenger manifest for a plane bound for Paris, France. Read the rest

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Fore!

April 10, 2013
Fore!

Ash Creek Disc Golf Course opens

With no advertising campaign save a notice on the City of Azle web page, a post on The Azle News Facebook page, and word of mouth, a new disc golf course that opened last week at Ash Creek Park is already the talk of the town. Read the rest

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Child-care home, city at odds

April 5, 2013

Kathy Scrivner has been licensed by the State of Texas’ Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to provide care for up to 12 children in her home in Azlewood since 2009.

But recently when she handed out flyers advertising her child-care services, she was contacted by the code enforcement officer at the City of Azle.

Scrivner says she was surprised when she was told her business was operating in violation of a zoning ordinance that specifically disallows such an operation within a single family zoning district.Read the rest

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Azle chamber’s EDC favors MDD proposal on May ballot

April 5, 2013

The Economic Development Council (EDC) of the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging Azle voters to vote “YES” on a proposed Municipal Development District (MDD) in the portion of Azle that lies within Tarrant County.

According to a document prepared by the EDC, the one half of one percent (.005 percent) sales and use tax that would be imposed with the creation of such a district would generate an estimated $285,000 annually that could be used to prepare infrastructure to attract commercial businesses to the Tarrant County area of Azle and to finance development projects beneficial to the district.Read the rest

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Ellzey lauds THAZ’s successes

April 5, 2013

“The Best Little Hospital in Texas.”

That’s how Bob Ellzey, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist Azle (THAZ) referred to the facility he oversees when he spoke to the Azle Rotary Club March 28.

THAZ being named one of the top 100 hospitals in Texas is a big deal, Ellzey said.

“The perception is that things are better in the ‘big city’ – cars, food, hospitals,” he said. “And that’s not the case.” Read the rest

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