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Former Chamber president Bettis dies in Azle shooting

December 22, 2014

An Azle man was shot and killed Sunday evening, Dec. 21, during an altercation between two men.
Azle police were dispatched to a disturbance in the 600 block of South Stewart Street at 5:54 p.m.
According to Interim Police Chief Darrell West, the initial 911 call reported a verbal altercation between two men.
But that disturbance escalated, West said, to a point where one of the men produced a handgun and shot the second subject multiple times.
Azle native Bradley “Brad” Clayton Bettis, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Benny Aulvry Rogers, 47, surrendered to Azle police voluntarily, according to West, and was taken into custody without incident.… Read the rest

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Last chance: ‘Wizard of Oz’ finale is Sunday

December 13, 2014
Last chance: ‘Wizard of Oz’ finale is Sunday

Dorothy, Toto and the whole ‘Wizard of Oz’ crew will entertain young and old alike. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

If you’ve missed the first three performances of the Azle High School Drama Department’s production of The Wizard of Oz, you only have once chance left. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids, and if Friday night’s show is the barometer, this production is not to be missed by anyone. The final performance is Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Get there early to ensure you have a seat.… Read the rest

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Another look at aggravated robbery suspect

December 6, 2014
Another look at aggravated robbery suspect

Video surveillance captured this photo of the suspect in Friday’s aggravated robbery at Briar Hill Grocery.

Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Terry Grisham today released another photo from surveillance cameras showing the suspect in an aggravated robbery that took place at the Briar convenience early Friday morning.

The clerk who was on duty at the time was reportedly struck in the head with an unknown object but has reported on the Azle News Facebook page that she is okay. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store’s register before fleeing in a dark-colored four-door sedan. The sedan had a third brake light in the rear window, Grisham said.… Read the rest

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Briar store robbed; clerk assaulted

December 5, 2014
Briar store robbed; clerk assaulted

Police need your help locating the suspect in an aggravated robbery that occurred about 7:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5.

Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies were dispatched to the Briar Beer and Tobacco convenience store located at 14634 FM 730 North in Briar. According to TCSO spokesman Terry Grisham, a white male entered the store, assaulted the clerk and took an unknown amount of cash from the store’s cash register. The store surveillance video shows the actor fleeing the scene in a dark 4-door sedan displaying a third break light in the upper center back windshield. The vehicle did not have tinted windows.… Read the rest

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Hornets fall to Canutillo, 17-10

November 29, 2014
Hornets fall to Canutillo, 17-10

The 2014 Azle football squad won more games than any other in AHS history, 11.
But the Hornets lost Saturday, Nov. 29 17-10 to Canutillo in Midland in the Region 1, Division 2 Regional game.
Both defenses were stellar.
Azle scored first in the second quarter on a short Chase Smith run.
But Canutillo tallied the next 17. Behind 17-7, Hornet kicker Dylan Tritton booted a field goal with less than a minute to play; AHS a trailed 17-10.
However, the Eagles recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.
Read the full story in the next NEWS, Dec. 4.… Read the rest

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Teens shot, man assaulted at party south of Azle

November 24, 2014
Teens shot, man assaulted at party south of Azle

A nearby resident submitted this photo of a sign she says has been displayed on the entry gate at a residence on Calhoun Bend Road for several years. An argument during a party at the residence led to the shooting of two teenage males and the assault of a 24-year-old man Saturday night or early Sunday morning, Nov. 22-23.


Two teenagers were shot and a 24-year-old man beaten following an argument between several people attending a party Saturday night, Nov. 22, in the 400 block of Calhoun Bend Road south of Azle.

According to a press release from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), a 19-year-old male who suffered a gunshot wound to his left arm and a 17-year-old male who sustained a gunshot wound to his right shoulder were both believed to be in fair and stable condition Sunday afternoon, Nov.… Read the rest

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Hornets club Elks, Azle advances

November 23, 2014

The football Hornets used a 28-point third quarter to bury Burleson, win the Area round, and become the winningest team in AHS history with a 45-20 victory.
At Birdville’s ISD Fine Arts/ Athletic Complex, Azle (11-1) led 14-6 at halftime, a lead protected by a goal line stand.
Then came the big third period.
The Hornets will face Canutillo (11-1) at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium Saturday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.
Full stories on Burleson and Cantillo in the Dec. 4 NEWS.… Read the rest

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Final tally in: Azle voters approve extension of street maintenance sales tax

November 5, 2014

The News went to press at 11 p.m. Tuesday night, just minutes before the final Azle precinct reported its returns for Proposition 1, renewing an existing one-fourth of one percent sales and use tax to fund maintenance and repairs to existing city streets. The News projected the measure would pass based on returns from four of the city’s five precincts.

The measure did, in fact, pass, with 1,984 voting FOR the measure and 302 voting AGAINST.… Read the rest

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AHS Choir concert slated Oct. 21

October 17, 2014

The Azle High School Choir, under the direction of Brent McCartney, will perform in a free concert beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21. The concert will be held in the AHS auditorium, and it’s free to the public.… Read the rest

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Take the Lake 2014

October 1, 2014
Take the Lake 2014

Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Photo courtesy Richard Spraggens

Action from Azle-Boswell AHS QB Jamie King shoves away a Pioneer; Jordan Moore (16) flies high; leading tackler Johnny Crow (42) gets another; the defense piles on a Boswell runner. photo courtesy Richard Spraggens;

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