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Council seats 5 on MDD board

June 26, 2013

Speed limits lowered, school zone established on FM 730 South

by Carla Noah Stutsman
The bylaws call for a seven-person board of directors for a newly approved Municipal Development District, and so far, the Azle city council has appointed individuals to five of those seats.
Two more are anticipated to be selected at the council’s regular meeting Tuesday, July 2.
During its second regular monthly meeting Tuesday, June 18, council appointed two of its own members to fill two of the MDD slots.… Read the rest

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Hammin’ it up:

June 26, 2013
Hammin’ it up:

TX Baptist Men, local ham operators train for disaster situations

Eagle Mountain Baptist Church was the location for introductory training for candidate disaster relief operatives as well as Disaster Relief Communications Specialty Training over the weekend.
A partnership between the Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief Team, the Parker County Baptist Association and the church made the training possible.
The training coincided with and leveraged the Amateur Radio Field Day, an annual on-the-air hosted by the American Radio Relay League, providing candidate disaster relief communicators with the opportunity to test their skills and increase their experience operating on the air.… Read the rest

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Free summer meal programs underway

June 19, 2013

by Mark K. Campbell
No one should go hungry and that includes local children – especially children.
To that end, the Summer Nutrition Program for children 18 and younger is under way in the Azle area.
Paid for by the United States Department of Agriculture and program sponsors, children can receive free meals at three sites locally.
No registration is required and there are no requirements to prove age or income.
Azle High School, 1200 Boyd Road, and Santo Forte Junior High, 479 Sandy Beach Road, offer breakfast and lunch.… Read the rest

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Supreme Court rules against TRWD

June 19, 2013

by carla noah stutsman
Tarrant Regional Water District is undoubtedly disappointed by a U. S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday, June 13 that essentially prevents the district from purchasing 150 billion gallons of Oklahoma water.
But TRWD board member Jack R. Stevens remains optimistic that, in the end, “it’s all going to work out.”
The whole thing started about eight years ago, Stevens said, when TRWD approached Oklahoma to try to buy less than six percent of the water that’s leaving our neighboring state to the north, Stevens said.… Read the rest

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Missing woman found alive

June 19, 2013
Missing woman found alive

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Azle Police Chief Randy Reed called it the best of all possible outcomes.
A 61-year-old Springtown woman, missing for more than 12 hours, was found alive after an all-night, all-out search locally.
Donna Johnstone may have suffered from confusion and disorientation caused from medications when she parked her car in a driveway on North Broadway Avenue in Azle and embarked on foot late Monday, June 17, a family spokesperson said.
The man said Johnstone had surgery about 10 days ago, and he feared a pain pump and additional medications had left her confused and disoriented.… Read the rest

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Payoff for golf course closer than before

June 12, 2013
Payoff for golf course closer than before

Gas well revenues, reserve funds enable early payoff of Cross Timbers Golf Course

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Since 1996, the people of Azle have either loved it or hated it.
Back then, at interest rates ranging from 4.3 to 6.0 percent, the $6,405,000 price tag the citizens of Azle were committed to pay for Cross Timbers Golf Course would not be paid off until 2025 – more than 29 years later.
But some smart moves on the part of city administrators coupled with some gas well revenues dedicated to paying down the total have resulted in debt reduction and interest savings as well as the inevitable retirement of the golf course debt some seven years early – in 2018.… Read the rest

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6th Annual Seth Darnell Day slated June 22

June 12, 2013
6th Annual Seth Darnell Day slated June 22

Event honors Darnell as well as Chris Anderson

by Carla Noah Stutsman
The Sixth Annual Seth Darnell Day is scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Shady Grove Park.
Free food and drinks will be served to guests and a flag that flew over the Texas Capitol in Seth’s honor will be presented to the Darnell family, said event organizer Dr. Randy Mask.
David Bosquez, manager of Azle’s Dairy Queen and a close friend of Darnell, said he is working on plans to have an officer from the Texas Department of Public Safety on hand to present the flag to the Darnell family at noon during the event.… Read the rest

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Azle Independent School District

June 12, 2013
Azle Independent School District

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City seeks MDD board applicants

June 12, 2013

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Voters in the city of Azle approved the creation of a Municipal Development District (MDD) in the recent general election.
Now the city is seeking applicants to fill as many as seven seats on a board of directors for the MDD.
The city council adopted bylaws for the MDD at its regularly meeting held June 4. Those bylaws call for a seven-member board of directors for the MDD.
Because the district only includes the portions of the city of Azle that lie within Tarrant County, board members, as well, must reside within the Azle city limits and in Tarrant County.… Read the rest

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Reno water supply Stage 1 restrictions implemented

June 12, 2013

The city of Reno water supply comes from wells, but those sources are getting low.
So Reno public works director Scott Passmore suggests residents consider restrictions that closely follow the Stage 1 water determents initiated by Tarrant Regional Water District that began June 3.
Right now, the Reno effort is voluntary, but should the water situation deteriorate, mandatory restrictions will follow.
Passmore said outdoor watering is limited to twice weekly with “hose-end sprinklers and automatic irrigations systems.”
Specific days of the week are not noted, however.… Read the rest

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