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Bouchard Grand Champion at FW Stock Show

February 3, 2016
Bouchard Grand Champion at FW Stock Show
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Gracie Bouchard, of Azle, was awarded the Junior Beefmaster Grand Championship for her heifer at the Fort Worth Stock Show Jan. 23.
Photo courtesy FWSS and Barron Photografix Ltd.

All SHS students who showed lambs at the Stock Show placed in the top 20 of their class: (front, l-r) Camryn Slocum, Summer Conway, and Sterling Johnson (back): Taylor Lunsford and Brody McDowell.

Local youth participate in annual competition

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Fort Worth Stock Show is the first of the major stock shows that many area FFA and 4-H students compete in each year.
The 2016 Show hosted junior exhibitors from 238 counties across Texas competing for awards and $143,940 in premiums.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

February 3, 2016
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The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Parker County jail from Jan 23-28.
• A 35-year-old Springtown man was arrested Jan. 23 by Springtown police and charged with fictitious or altered vehicle registrations. He posted $1,000 bond and was released from jail the same day.
• Kevin Lee Slovik, 33, of Springtown was arrested Jan. 23 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with aggravated assault to a family or household member with a weapon, a first-degree felony.  As of Monday, Feb.… Read the rest

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Two local women indicted

January 27, 2016
Two local women indicted
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Weatherford man accused of sexual assault of a Springtown child also indicted

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury handed down 32 criminal indictments when it met Jan. 21 to consider evidence presented by Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly in a number of criminal cases.
Of those 32 indictments, one was handed down to a Reno woman; another went to an Azle woman.
A man who allegedly had sex with a Springtown girl tops the list.
• Donnie Lee Harwell, 38, of Weatherford, was indicted on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.… Read the rest

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Forage loss reports are due

January 27, 2016

Local livestock producers who suffered grazing losses any time in 2015 due to drought or wildfire need to report those losses by Feb. 1.
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) compensates eligible producers on privately-owned or cash-leased land that suffered drought or on federally-managed land that endured a wildfire.
Producers must be enrolled in the LFP.
That application and supporting documentation of grazing losses must be reported no later than Feb. 1.
Producers who already have appointments scheduled require no additional action, according to Parker County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Rusty Rose.
Eligible livestock includes: alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep, and swine.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

January 27, 2016

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Parker County jail from Jan 16-22.
• A 36-year-old Springtown man was arrested Jan. 15 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies for a Tarrant County warrant for contempt of court/non-payment of child support. He posted $1,500 bond and was released from jail the same day.
• Aaron Ray Martin, 23, of Springtown was arrested Jan. 16 by Weatherford police and charged with possession of a controlled substance – penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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TxDOT to ‘turn dirt’ by year’s end on SH 199

January 27, 2016
TxDOT to ‘turn dirt’ by year’s end on SH 199

Announcing plans to construct three overpasses on SH 199 between Azle and Lake Worth are (l-r) Texas Transportation Commissioner J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., State Representative District 99 Charlie Geren and Tarrant County Commissioner J. D. Johnson.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Transportation Commissioner Bugg, Geren, Johnson announce plans

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A small crowd gathered Wednesday, Jan. 20, near the intersection of SH 199 and Western Center Boulevard – really just a stubbed-out street on the south side of the highway – to hear some good news.
State Representative Charlie Geren, with help from Tarrant County Pct. 4 Commissioner J.… Read the rest

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Wildfire Training

January 20, 2016
Wildfire Training

All that smoke you saw in the Reno area Sunday afternoon did come from a fire – but it was carefully set and controlled as part of the third annual North Texas Wildfire Academy sponsored by Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center and Texas A&M Forest Service. Participants in the class were taught to cut a fire line with hand tools on property owned by the Yates family. Then, against a stiff northwesterly wind, they learned and practiced back burning with torches in a large pasture. Azle native and longtime firefighter Eddy Wood is an instructor for the Academy. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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In service to others

January 20, 2016
In service to others

Members of the Outreach of Love Church participated in the “Love Your City” campaign last fall by serving as volunteers at the Sting Fling and the Wild West Festival.

Outreach of Love Church launches campaign to give back to communities

BY NATALIE GENTRY
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” -1 Peter 4:10-11

In times when the evening news is packed with instances of selfishness and intolerance, the Outreach of Love Church (OLC) in Springtown made the decision to go into local communities in the spirit of service to others.… Read the rest

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Azle Actress in Weatherford Play

January 20, 2016
Azle Actress in Weatherford Play

Azle actress Cynthia Daniels (left) plays a crucial role as one of three cousins in Last Round-up of the Guacamole Queens. The play’s first performance at Weatherford’s Theater Off the Square is Friday, Jan. 29; it runs weekends through Sunday, Feb. 14 at the stage at 114 North Denton Street.

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Indicted: 1 from 3 towns

January 20, 2016
Indicted: 1 from 3 towns

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Carrying a lighter case load at the beginning of a new year, a Parker County grand jury handed down 11 indictments after meeting Jan. 7 to consider evidence presented by Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly in several criminal cases.
Among those indicted, one is a Springtown resident, one lives in Azle, and the third is from Reno.
• Mark Randall Jenkins, 56, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.
• Belinda Sara Yvonne Summers, 40, of Azle, was indicted on a charge on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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