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Taking the time to take the picture is just one part of the final process

March 22, 2017
Taking the time to take the picture is just one part of the final process

by Mark K. Campbell
So I was drinking coffee early one spring morning last year, ambling down the sidewalk at our little abode on a hill in Parker County.
The sun was coming up as I moseyed, ending up near a raised bed that we had planned on replacing for many years.
Each spring, garlic begins rising from that bed. It keeps growing taller and taller, capped with what always looked to me like Russian “onion domes.”
I thought they were cool – especially when the tops began bending every which way – so I squatted down to give a height perspective and took several shots with my cell phone.… Read the rest

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Four locals indicted by Tarrant County grand jury

March 22, 2017

Three from Azle, one from Springtown

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth between March 14-20, two men and a woman from Azle and one Springtown man were indicted on various felony charges.
After considering evidence presented by the Tarrant County District Attorney, the grand jury found in the following criminal cases that there was enough evidence to charge these defendants formally:
• Katie Lynn Tafoya, 20, of Azle, was indicted March 14 on three counts of assaulting a public servant and one count of harassment of a public servant, both third-degree felonies.
• Adon L. Gray, 34, of Azle, was indicted March 15 on a charge of injury to a child, elderly, or disabled person with intent of bodily injury, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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‘Chip’ in to help glass company aid boy with cancer

March 22, 2017

Through May 1, Crystal Mobile Auto Glass is “chipping in” to help a young local man with cancer.
Tyler Barnard, a 2016 graduate of Azle High School and a former Hornet football player, was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.
To help with Barnard’s medical costs, Crystal Mobile Auto Glass will not only donate your fee – just $20, by the way – it will match the repair cost as well, doubling your donation to $40.
If your vehicle’s windshield has a chip, call Crystal Mobile Auto Glass at 817-221-6053 to set up your repair and save your windshield – and help Barnard gain back his health at the same time.… Read the rest

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Newest church facility built mostly by its own members

March 22, 2017

New Hope Baptist Church will open its new children/youth education building Sunday, March 26 at 11 a.m.
The church, located near the intersections of Tarrant, Wise and Parker counties on New Hope Road in the Briar/Reno area, was originally founded in 1875.
May 21 is the church’s 142-year anniversary.
After demolishing old buildings, the church decided to spend its original kids’ building funds on a food pantry instead.
That pantry now serves 500-800 local folks monthly, every third Tuesday of each month.
Members worked on the bulk of the children/youth building.
Both a sanctuary and the latest building were built debt-free, Pastor Jim Edwards said.… Read the rest

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Tarrant County Arrests

March 22, 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 County Jail during the week of March 13-19.

Felonies
Ricardo Vazquez, 45, of Azle, was arrested March 13 by the Combined Narcotics Task Force and charged with manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, four to 200 grams, a first-degree felony. He was also the subject of a United States Department of Homeland Security detainer. He remained in jail as of press time.
Joshua Wayne Moore, 37, of Azle, was arrested March 15 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, four-200 grams, a first-degree felony and possession of a dangerous drug, a Class A misdemeanor.… Read the rest

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Disasters: Not if but when

March 15, 2017
Disasters: Not if but when

Aside from being the mayor of Aledo, Kit Marshall is the Parker County Emergency Management Coordinator; she lectures on disasters regularly. Photo by Christina Derr

Taking advanced precautions essential

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When disaster strikes, most people believe they know the right way to react.
They may have plans in place in case of a fire, flood, tornado, or any of the other natural catastrophes that can come along with living in Texas.
However, when faced with those realities, many soon discover that the maelstrom of the moment presents problems they had previously not considered.
For others, whether by negligence or simple absent-mindedness, one split-second decision can lead to tragedy.… Read the rest

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Counties hand down numerous indictments

March 15, 2017
Counties hand down numerous indictments

Both Parker and Tarrant County grand juries convened in March to consider evidence in criminal cases.

Parker County
The grand jury handed down 32 indictments; six of those were against Springtown residents. An Azle man, a Reno man, and a Poolville man were also indicted.
• Bonnie Michelle Combs, 35, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.
• Christopher Chance Hargis, 33, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle, a state jail felony.
• Horace R. Long, Jr., 61, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

March 15, 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 during the week of March 6-12.

Tarrant County felonies
Alice Adrienne Dulong, 36, of Azle was arrested March 8 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 contempt of court. She posted $2,800 bond and was released March 10.
Charles Adam Humphreys, 40, of Azle, was arrested March 11 by Fort Worth Police officers and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, four-200 grams, a second-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 2, more than 400 grams, an enhanced first-degree felony; and failure to identify as fugitive with intent to give false information, a Class A misdemeanor.… Read the rest

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Promises of a railroad run off the rails

March 8, 2017
Promises of a railroad run off the rails

This map shows that the proposed Fort Worth and Western railroad (southern dotted line) was planned to run from Fort Worth to the northwest. The railroad was supposed to be constructed from Fort Worth to New Mexico stopping in Springtown and other towns westward along the route. The FWWR, like other proposed railroads to the area, was never built.

Part Two: The tangled tale of why Springtown’s promised Iron Horse never arrived

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The year 1887 started with much excitement and optimism in Springtown and towns to the west about a proposed railroad that would come from Fort Worth through the town and on to New Mexico.… Read the rest

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Tarrant County indicts four from this area

March 8, 2017

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth in February and again earlier this month, three men from Azle and one Poolville woman were indicted on various felony charges.
After considering evidence presented by the Tarrant County District Attorney, the grand jury found in the following criminal cases that there was enough evidence to charge these defendants formally:
• Christine Elizabeth Mercer, 34, of Poolville, was indicted Feb. 17 on a charge of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.
• Michael Daniel McPeek, 57, of Azle, was indicted Feb. 27 on two third-degree felony charges – evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, one to four grams.… Read the rest

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