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Back To School

August 24, 2016
Back To School

Damon Cook eyes the entrance to Liberty Elementary as he heads to his first day of Pre K.
Photo by Natalie Gentry

Cheyenne Gray is ready for the first day of fourth grade, arriving at Walnut Creek Elementary School with her mom, Chelsa Gray.
Photo by Christina Derr

No first day qualms for Pre K student Caleb Whitlock as he leads the way into Liberty Elementary. Photo by Natalie Gentry

Becky Compton and first grader Zoey Compton arriving for the first day of the new school year at Walnut Creek Elementary School. Photo by Christina Derr

Natalie White almost dances her way across the road as she heads to her first day of Pre K3 at Reno Elementary.

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Azle hospital earns high rating from U.S. group

August 24, 2016

For patient care and experience

Texas Health Azle was one of 11 Texas Health hospitals to receive a 4-star rating from Centers for a Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) report.
CMS awarded the honor for patient experience and care based on its Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating.
The ranking places Texas Health Azle in the top 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
Its four star rating means Texas Health Azle provided “higher than average quality” in patient care.
The rankings are based on patient perspectives on their Azle hospital experience including:
• Outcome – patient morality and safety
• Process – effectiveness and timeliness of care
• Efficiency – imaging
Valarie Gilbert, RN and chief nursing officer at Texas Health Azle said, “We are continually working to implement quality, safety, and patient satisfaction initiatives that will enhance the care our patients receive.”
Other Texas Health hospitals earning four stars included those in Dallas, Plano, HEB, Kaufman, and Denton.… Read the rest

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PC Arrests

August 24, 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 during the week of Aug. 15-21:
Kimberly Ann Knight, 49, of Azle, was arrested Aug. 16 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies on a motion to revoke probation for a prior charge of possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
A 24-year-old Springtown man was arrested Aug. 19 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of marijuana, less than two ounces. He posted $1,500 bond and was released the following day.… Read the rest

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Parker County stats

August 24, 2016

The most recent census – 2015 – reveals much about Parker County.
The population of the county was measured at 122,565.
The biggest towns – some have population in other counties – are Weatherford 28,742, Aledo 3,412, Springtown 2,811, and Reno 2,715.
Parker County is 903.5 square miles.
The population density per mile sits at 129.42 with 56.08 percent living in rural areas and 43.92 urban.
Parker County is overwhelmingly white – “percent not Hispanic, white alone” – when it comes to ethnicity, 84.4 percent.
Hispanics comprise 11.4 percent of the county.
The median age of a resident is 40.1 years old.… Read the rest

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Roadwork

August 17, 2016
Roadwork

There’s plenty of roadwork in the area from Roy Lane in Springtown to FM 730 South (top) to the constant repair on the Hwy. 199 access road at Normandy Avenue in Azle that began collapsing several weeks ago.
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Parker County jury indictments: 1 from Azle, 3 from Springtown

August 17, 2016
Parker County jury indictments: 1 from Azle, 3 from Springtown

Terry Lee Kelley

Preston Collen McCauley, Jr.

James Wayne Naron

Lonnie Doyle Covey, Jr.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A quartet from the area was rcently indicted.
A Parker County grand jury met Aug. 4 in Weatherford to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.
The grand jury handed down 34 indictments, including one against an Azle man and a trio against three men who reside in Springtown.
• Lonnie Doyle Covey, Jr., 28, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.
• Terry Lee Kelley, 26, of Springtown, was indicted on charges of burglary of a building, a state jail felony, and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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PC Master Gardener intern training slated

August 17, 2016

A pair of orientation sessions with information on becoming a master gardener is set.
To be conducted at the Parker County Extension Office at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford, attending one of the two sessions is mandatory for becoming a master gardener intern.
The first session begins at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29.
A second sessions is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 16.
The orientations will detail specifics of the course and expectations of participants; applications will be available.
The actual training course begins Tuesday, Oct. 4 then continues weekly on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

August 17, 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 during the week of Aug. 8-14:
* Shawn Michael Fuller, 37, of Springtown, was arrested Aug. 8 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with theft of property, $1,500-$20,000, a state jail felony. As of Aug. 15 he remained in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
• A 30-year-old Azle man was arrested Aug. 10 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with driving with an invalid license, with previous convictions. He posted $750 bond and was released the following day.… Read the rest

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They come from outer space

August 10, 2016
They come from outer space

The Perseid meteor show has already begun and will run well into August, but the expected maximum meteoriod shower will peak Aug. 11-12.
Illustration from Star Walk app

Annual meteor shower to double in size

by Mark K Campbell
Well, this doesn’t happen every day.
Or even every few years.
But, if you’re a fan of things celestial, this week is one for the books.
The annual Perseid meteor shower is back, returning as it does every late July-early August.
Usually, during the peak of the shower, as many as 80 brilliant streaks – actually the tiny bits of dust igniting as they enter our atmosphere at 37 miles per second (roughly 133,200 mph) – are visible.… Read the rest

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Engagement

August 10, 2016
Engagement

Dennis and Linda Hamblin of Springtown announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Kimberly L. Hamblin to Jonathan C. Turner, son of Jim and Emma Turner of Boonsville. The couple will be wed Oct. 27, 2016 at The Orchard Event Venue and Retreat in Azle. Hamblin graduated from Rockwall High School and went on to earn her cosmetology license from the Avada Institute in Dallas. She is currently a stylist at ProCuts in Azle. Turner graduated from WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming and is a natural gas compressor mechanic. He is currently working for CDM Resource Management.

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