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First Responders Appreciation Day planned

August 26, 2015

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
An Azle church wants to honor military personnel and emergency service workers on Sept. 11.
And the early response has been good.
Mike Miles, pastor of The Church at Azle, said three local police departments – Azle, Springtown, and Reno – most nearby fire departments, and Parker County Sheriff’s Department will be represented.
The church at 1801 South Stewart Street will feed personnel and the families of EMS, fire, active and retired military, police, and sheriff’s departments.
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School: Day One

August 26, 2015
School: Day One

The first day of Pre-K can be a mixture of excitement and anxiety, but at Liberty Elementary as in all other area schools, the day begins with positivity and love. Above, one of the last students entering the building gives mom a final hug. Right, students in Casie Miles’ Walnut Creek kindergarten listen attentively.
Photos by Natalie Gentry and Carla Noah Stutsman

The first day of Pre-K can be a mixture of excitement and anxiety, but at Liberty Elementary as in all other area schools, the day begins with positivity and love. Above, one of the last students entering the building gives mom a final hug.

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ESD chief fired up about training and profession

August 19, 2015
ESD chief fired up about training and profession

PCESD No. 1 Fire Chief Stephen Watson says that today’s firefighters – paid or volunteer – are highly trained and professional.     Photo by Mark K. Campbell

 

Watson oversees more than 100 firefighters protecting 265 square miles

 

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 Fire Chief Stephen Watson recently returned from the annual state fire school.
And he took plenty of ESD firefighters with him.
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Sales tax up for several in area but Parker County, Lakeside and Sancturay take a dip

August 19, 2015
Sales tax up for several in area but Parker County, Lakeside and Sancturay take a dip

Statewide collections rise 7.6 percent from last August

By Carla Noah Stutsman
Most area cities and special purpose districts saw healthy to even large increases to sales tax revenue for August as compared to August 2014.
Parker County, the city of Sanctuary, and the town of Lakeside, however, saw decreases.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their August local sales tax allocations totaling $760.2 million, which represents an increase of 7.6 percent compared to August 2014.
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Lake Report

August 19, 2015
Lake Report

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How to beat the heat

August 12, 2015
How to beat the heat

 

Follow these tips to help conserve energy and stay cool

BY MISTY SHAW
Is it fall yet?
Cooler weather just can’t get here fast enough, with recent daytime high temperatures staying well above the century mark.
And as the mercury rises, so too do utility bills, drought conditions, and the risk of heat-related illnesses.
Here’s some helpful advice from the experts to help you save on energy bills, conserve water, and cope with the heat wave.
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Silver Creek Road Bridge Open

August 12, 2015
Silver Creek Road Bridge Open

After months of having to take the long way around, the Silver Creek Road Bridge has reopened. Construction began last December and the projected “summer” completion date was accurate.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Three locals indicted by Parker grand jury

August 12, 2015
Three locals indicted by Parker grand jury

Two from Springtown, one from Azle

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury met Aug. 6 in Weatherford to consider evidence in criminal cases as presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.
After reviewing evidence, the grand jury returned 17 indictments against 12 individuals; two of those are Springtown residents, while one lives in Azle.
• Misty Deann Darnell, 18, of Springtown, was indicted for assault causing bodily injury to a family member, a third-degree felony.
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Working during your retirement

August 12, 2015

So you’ve retired and now you’re a little bored.
Jeff Bucher, president of Citizen Advisory Group, says the lifestyle change is too much for some retirees and offers these options to handle your new abundance of free time:
• golf course – Since many retirees love golf, options include working at the pro shop, as a marshal, a starter, or in maintenance.
• retail – If you’re an outdoors sort, working at a sporting goods store is an option. Or the cosmetics counter for a major chain to help ladies who would be more comfortable working with someone nearer their age.… Read the rest

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Free trees!

August 12, 2015

In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, local Oncor customers can benefit from “a unique program designed to help you better understand where to plant trees on your property for maximum energy savings.
“Trees around homes will not only help reduce the amount of energy your home requires, but they also add to your property value, reduce your carbon footprint, improve the air quality, and more effectively catch storm water runoff.”
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