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The story of Springtown’s mass lynching

July 26, 2017
The story of Springtown’s mass lynching

Carousing was a regular affair at the home on the Hill property (boxed, today) located southwest of Springtown.

Part I: The wild Hills court trouble

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second reprint of this tale in the Epigraph.
It originally ran some time in the 1960s. (Old papers are hard to come by.)
Below in italics is the prelude to the original reprinting during the first week of January 1973.
We are reproducing the ‘73 version exactly like it was written. Salty language and the subject matter is enough to warn modern day readers that this story is worthy of a PG rating.… Read the rest

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Sales tax still down in Reno, Lakeside dips

July 26, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
While most area taxing entities are enjoying increases in sales tax revenue for July ranging from less than one percent to more than 70 percent compared to July 2016, Reno still lags behind.
Reno continues to see decreases in 2017. Its July revenue of $11,511 is 4.22 percent less than the $12,019 it received in July 2016.
Its year-to-date revenue trails 2016, as well. The city has received $90,768 so far in 2017; it recorded $110,501 through July 2016.
Lakeside also showed a decrease – less than two percent – for the first time in a long time.… Read the rest

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Two area men indicted

July 26, 2017
Two area men indicted

Roy Jack Logans, Jr.

Richard Allen Phillips II

One from Azle, one from Springtown by Parker County grand jury

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two area men – one from Azle, the other a Springtown resident – were among those indicted July 13, when a Parker County grand jury met to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s office.
•Roy Jack Logans, Jr., 41, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.
•Richard Allen Phillips II, 33, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Tarrant County indicts 12 from Azle and area

July 26, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth mid-July, 12 local individuals – nine Azleites, two men from Pelican Bay, and a Springtown man – were indicted on various felony charges.
• Melissa Ann Stokes, 38, of Azle, was indicted July 10 on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a second-degree felony.
• Jeremy Curtis Wise, 31, of Pelican Bay, was indicted July 10 on a charge of theft of property valued less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions, a state jail felony.
• Clay Allan Latta, 54, of Azle, was indicted July 13 on a charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

July 26, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant, Parker, and Wise County jails on felony and DWI charges during July 17-23.

Tarrant County
Freddie Lee Pendly, Jr., 26, of Azle, was arrested July 18 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with assault of a family household member by impeding breath or circulation, a third-degree felony. He posted $5,000 bond and was released the following day.
Adam Bruce Dahl, 36, of Azle, was arrested July 23 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony and failure to maintain financial responsibility, a Class C misdemeanor.… Read the rest

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West Nile Virus-related death reported in Tarrant County

July 26, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A senior adult with underlying medical conditions has become the first West Nile Virus-related death in Tarrant County this year, according to Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH).
Additional details will not be released due to privacy laws, the agency said.
Last year, TCPH reported two associated deaths for the season.
West Nile Virus can affect anyone, although people age 50 and older run a higher risk of developing a severe infection.
About 20 percent of infected people will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.
Most people with this type of the disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.… Read the rest

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Special session decisions will make waves here

July 19, 2017
Special session decisions will make waves here

Springtown Superintendent Mike Kelley said the proposed “bathroom bill” is unnecessary to protect student privacy and that any potential issue can be handled at the local level. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

At county, city, and school district levels; annexation, texting on Gov. Abbott’s radar, too

BY CHRISTINA DERR
With Texas’ 85th Legislature beginning a special session July 18, many area leaders have concerns about what effects the outcomes may have on their local governments.
Governor Greg Abbott called for the 30-day special session in June and asked the Legislature to take up a 20-item agenda.
Eleven of those 20 items –many of which were passed by the state senate during the regular biennial session, but could not make it through the state house, or vice versa in the case of House Bill 21 aimed at revamping the state’s school funding system – could have a direct impact on the financing and administration of local government including cities, counties, and especially, school districts.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

July 19, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant, and Parker County jails on felony and DWI charges during July 6-17.

Tarrant County
Jason Robert Miller, 30, of Azle, was arrested July 6 by North Richland Hills Police officers and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony; prohibited substance in a correctional facility, a third-degree felony; and possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 3, less than 28 grams, a Class A misdemeanor. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $42,000 bond.… Read the rest

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Azle Rocks

July 12, 2017
Azle Rocks

Penny Cato Becker hides scores of rocks like these regularly around the Azle area.

Popularity of painting, hiding, finding rocks booming

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Walking back from jogging in Azle’s Central Park in June, I spied a curious item next to a pole near the park entrance.
It was a painted rock.
I picked it up and examined it. Carefully painted was a positive message with arrows that proclaimed “FOLLOW YOUR then three illustrated HEARTS.”
It was nice. I took a picture and put it back down.
I had no idea that it was part of a trend that was exploding in the area.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

July 12, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant, and Parker County jails on felony and DWI charges during June 30- July 10.

Tarrant County
Amy Kitchen, 33, of Azle, was arrested July 4 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with assault of a public servant, a third-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony; resisting arrest, search, or transport, a Class A misdemeanor; and assault causing bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor. She posted $4,750 bond and was released the following day.… Read the rest

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