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Flight of heroes

May 20, 2015
Flight of heroes

World War II veterans understandably get emotional when visiting Washington, D.C. memorials during an Honor Flight DFW trip. Photo courtesy Honor Flight DFW

Local program helps WWII vets journey to D.C. memorials

BY MISTY SHAW
As Memorial Day approaches, we pause to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in military service to our country.
Many surviving veterans will mark the occasion by visiting a local memorial or traveling to the national monuments in Washington, D.C.… Read the rest

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Parker Grand Jury indicts 78

May 20, 2015
Parker Grand Jury indicts 78

Seven charged in mass meth ring among them

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Seven of the nine people arrested by the Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit in January in connection with a drug distribution operation are among those indicted by a Parker County Grand Jury May 7.
When the Grand Jury met in Weatherford to consider evidence in numerous criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s Office, they returned 78 indictments.… Read the rest

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Coming and going

May 13, 2015
Coming and going

Our state butterfly, the Monarch, travels through here twice annually – and they can stop for you

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Prepare now and you might have hundreds – even thousands – of visitors come October.
That’s when the annual migration of Monarch butterflies once again passes right through this area.
Getting busy now by creating a “Monarch Waystation” means you could witness a fall wonder.… Read the rest

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The top Metroplex suburbs are…Azle and Springtown? So reports one website

May 13, 2015

BY NATALIE GENTRY
According to movoto.com, an online real estate brokerage, both Springtown and Azle rank in the top 10 most desirable Fort Worth suburbs in several categories.
To create the lists, the crew at Movoto gathered criteria specific to each subject and scored 28 Fort Worth suburbs according to the parameters.

Looking for love?
Interestingly, Springtown came in at number 1 on the top 10 best suburbs for singles and Azle came in at No. 7.… Read the rest

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Sales tax numbers ebb and flow

May 13, 2015
Sales tax numbers ebb and flow

Some local towns are doing just fine while others lag based on the monthly sales tax report issued by state Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
The final April number statewide – $2.3 billion – is up 1.1 percent from last April.
Texas continued its streak of consecutive growth; it’s now 61.
Almost everyone locally received higher checks than in 2015.
In 2014, Azle’s April take was $203,926 while this year’s check was $211,437 – an increase of 3.68 percent.… Read the rest

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DAR passing out annual honors May 16

May 13, 2015

Eight citizens and organizations will be honored with awards when the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) meet for their annual Eagle Mountain-area Community Awards Banquet.
The Saturday, May 16 gathering is open to the public with advanced reservations; tickets are $20 for the First Baptist Church of Saginaw event, 300 Old Decatur Road.
Set to be recognized with national awards are:
• Lynda Stokes, mayor of Reno. She will receive the DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal for “service to the community and state for her work with the issues of earthquakes caused by fracking that plagued the area the past two years.”… Read the rest

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Stormy Weather

May 13, 2015
Stormy Weather

This funnel cloud – shot east from Highway 51 south of Springtown – eventually touched down in Decatur and caused some damage on May 7. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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SNAKES!

May 6, 2015
SNAKES!

You could spend many a year hunting down all the different kinds of snakes in Texas. Look up to see a rough green snake, which prefers to hide out in trees and bushes to catch food and avoid predators. The Texas rat snake is one of the serpents you are most likely to see in this part of the state. They are formidable climbers and are sometimes found on the sides of brick walls.… Read the rest

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Holiday heaven

April 29, 2015
Holiday heaven

St. Patrick’s Day is not officially recognized as a holiday in America, but try convincing lovers of green beer that.

Christmas is by far the holiday when the greatest number of cards are sent.

 

There are lots to choose from – official and unofficial

 

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Every time you turn around, it seems like here comes another holiday.… Read the rest

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On the hunt for the elusive pink bluebonnet

April 29, 2015
On the hunt for the elusive pink bluebonnet

A long day’s search finally ended north of Llano on Highway 16. Photo by Paula Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
This week’s Home & Garden special section is filled with photos of a variety of flowers.
Included are some bluebonnet shots that didn’t come easily.
For more than two decades, Paula Campbell has supplied the paper with scores of photos.
For the Home & Garden section, we wanted to highlight the wide variety of flowers that grow from gardens to roadsides.… Read the rest

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