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How she got the picture: Summer edition

June 21, 2017
How she got the picture: Summer edition

Sometimes you gotta be in the right place at the right time – then look elsewhere

by Mark K. Campbell
Full disclosure: This photo has run in the paper before.
Taking it was a total fluke, a case of simply turning around.
My wife Paula, who shot this photo, and I were facing west one steamy summer late afternoon a few years ago.
The sky was curious, swirly and orange with the sun dropping behind distant trees.
But capturing the shot traditionally in ever-fading light was proving to be difficult.
Like a mountain or canyon, it looked a lot better in person than through the viewfinder.… Read the rest

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Electrifying!

June 21, 2017
Electrifying!

There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm; crouching will not help.

Separating lightning myths and facts

by Mark K. Campbell
Aside from it being one of the most misspelled words in the English language – it’s not “lightening” – lightning is misunderstood in other ways, too.
Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, here are some myths that the organization addresses – as well as confirming some truths.

MYTH – Crouch down if you’re caught in a thunderstorm.
TRUTH – Crouching makes you no safer. Flee to a building or hard-topped vehicle. You are not safe anywhere outdoors.… Read the rest

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Parker sheriff: Pets need extra care in heat

June 21, 2017

Chained pit bull found dead with no water, no shade

The death of a dog found chained to a rock formation and left without shade or water has prompted Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler to make a public service announcement regarding proper summer care for pets.
“Any outdoor animal requires extra care and monitoring due to the extreme Texas heat,” Fowler said.
Sheriff’s Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler added domestic animals require adequate shade, preferably a proper doghouse that is well-ventilated.
“Setting a doghouse in direct sunlight without ventilation in high temperatures is asking for a grim outcome concerning the life of your pet,” Kessler said.… Read the rest

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Local youth succeed at Parker County show

June 14, 2017
Local youth succeed at Parker County show

Camryn and Hadley Slocum pictured here with their lambs were just two of hundreds of students who showed their animals at the Parker County Livestock Show.

Many win, place in annual Weatherford event

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Dozens of area students participated in the annual Parker County Livestock Improvement Association Youth Fair, and many of those saw their efforts pay off when the results were announced.
At this year’s June gathering, these Azle, Springtown, and Poolville students were among the top finishers in their categories:

Showmanship
Market Lamb – Summer Conway, Springtown FFA, 2nd in Junior class;
Payton Jennings, Poolville FFA, 3rd in Junior class;
Camryn Slocum, Springtown FFA, 4th in Senior class;
Seth Bell, Azle FFA, 5th in Senior class.… Read the rest

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Quartet of men indicted in Tarrant County

June 14, 2017

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth at the end of May and in early June, four men – two from Azle and one each from Springtown and Pelican Bay – were indicted on various felony charges.
• Russell Scott Freeman, 30, of Azle, was indicted May 31 on a charge of theft of property valued less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions, a state jail felony.
• Shane Edward McDuffie, 34, of Springtown, was indicted June 1 on a charge of driving while intoxicated with felony repetition, a third-degree felony.
• Joshua Wayne Moore, 38, of Azle, was indicted June 6 on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, 4-200 grams, a second-degree felony.… Read the rest

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June sales tax: Sanctuary, ‘Bay rise; Reno drops

June 14, 2017
June sales tax: Sanctuary, ‘Bay rise; Reno drops

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
When it comes to sales tax revenue, the news couldn’t get much better.
Most area taxing entities saw increases in their June revenue as compared to June 2016.
Two exceptions are the town of Lakeside, with a miniscule decrease, and the city of Reno, where a decrease of almost 9 percent is its smallest in several months.
In contrast, the two smallest cities in the area – Pelican Bay and Sanctuary – are enjoying virtual windfalls, with increases near 200 percent in June.
Pelican Bay’s June revenue of $4,351 represents a 190.18 percent jump compared to the $1,500 it received in June 2016.… Read the rest

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McGone…For Now

June 14, 2017
McGone…For Now

There once was a McDonald’s on Hwy. 199 in Springtown and there will be again – but there’s not one there now. Where the popular old one is now completely leveled, a shiny new McDonald’s will soon be erected. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Local Arrests

June 14, 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 June 5-11.

Tarrant County
Thomas Eddie Potter, 61, of Azle, was arrested June 5 by Pelican Bay police officers and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $2,500 bond.
Ronald Lee Teague, 24, of Pelican Bay, was arrested June 6 by Pelican Bay Police officers and charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Making sure kids get fed this summer

June 7, 2017
Making sure kids get fed this summer

Anyone under age 18 can eat free – breakfast and lunch – at Springtown Middle School, 500 Pojo Road, through June 30. Breakfast runs from 7-8:45 and lunch from 10:45 a.m.-noon. Photo by Christina Derr

Local, state, federal programs feeding children

BY CHRISTINA DERR
For some children, the only meals they receive during the school year are what they eat at school.
While most kids will spend this summer wondering when they’ll get to go to the pool next, others will worry where their next meal will come from.
In an effort to combat hunger in children when they aren’t able to access the free and reduced lunches that are available to them in the school, several nonprofit organizations and governmental entities across the area, state, and nation are hosting summer programs to ensure that every child has enough to eat.… Read the rest

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Ten from area indicted by Parker County grand jury

June 7, 2017
Ten from area indicted by Parker County grand jury

Seven from Springtown area, three from Azle

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Four Azle residents and six people who live in the Springtown area are listed among 62 indictments handed down by a Parker County grand jury on May 18 and June 1.
The grand jury met both days in Weatherford to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s office.
Area residents who were indicted include:
• Matthew John Alexander, 20, of Azle, was indicted May 18 on a charge of criminal mischief $2,500-$30,000, a state jail felony. The grand jury also handed down indictments against Alexander for the following third-degree felony charges: deadly conduct – discharge of a firearm; assault of a public servant; obstruction or retaliation; and two counts of assault of a public servant causing bodily injury.… Read the rest

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