BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to Parker County in the aftermath of severe storms and flooding during the period of April 17-24.
Currently, Parker County residents are still also eligible to apply for assistance but for storms from March 7-29.
The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Fayette, Grimes, and Harris counties also.
Governor Greg Abbott requested the assistance for the additional days from the federal government April 24.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury handed down 39 indictments when it met to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney April 21 in Weatherford.
Among those indicted were seven Azle residents and four Springtown residents.
• Larry Brian Carrington, 53, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
• John Andrew Dunn, 61, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, one to four grams, a second-degree felony.… Read the rest
Azle’s Popcorn Players are readying another popular Tuna production, No. 4.
Tuna Does Vegas begins its run May 13 and ends May 22.
Specific dates are May 13, 14, and 15 with a final weekend of May 20, 21, and 22.
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with the 15th and 22nd offering 2:30 matinees.
Written by the original Tuna guys Jaston William and Joe Sears with Ed Howard, Vegas will be directed by Rozanne Gann and Lisa Gregson.
The plot reunites eccentric yet lovable characters from the “third smallest town in Texas” as they head for Sin City.
Initially, ultra-conservative radio host Arles Struvie announces on the air that he and his wife Bertha Bumiller plan on renewing their wedding vows.… Read the rest
Relay for Life remains a popular annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
This year, local towns will unite under the banner of Relay for Life of Northwest Tarrant County.
The event is slated for the Lake Worth High School track, 4210 Boat Club Road, May 13 from 6 p.m. until midnight.
ACS’ Relay for Life is the world’s largest fundraising event to end cancer.
Communities across the world unite to remember and celebrate those who have battled cancer.
ACS says the group saves more than 500 lives daily.
As of April 26, the Northwest Tarrant County teams comprised of 107 participants have raised $18,143.79.… Read the rest
by mark k. campbell
“It’s the great untold American story.”
The history of the mounted calvary at Fort Hood is remarkable – and now there’s a project to preserve it.
Funds raised for the creation of the National Mounted Warrior Museum in Central Texas are near the halfway point.
Remembering and honoring our soldiers is important, Lt. General Paul Funk told Azle Rotarians April 14.
He reminisced about his storied career, from flight school at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells to serving in Vietnam to the Iraq War.… Read the rest
Now that the drought has been banished, rains continue.
Texas Smartscape has some suggestions on how to capture that free water falling from the skies.
Use a downspout to divert water into a rain barrel.
Such a collector gathers water that would otherwise simply be lost to runoff or by being diverted into storm drains.
When you collect rainwater, you are helping the city and your fellow residents in many ways.
Stopping water from reaching creeks, rivers, lakes, and other water sources lessens chances of those bodies overflowing.
Another benefit is the reduction of stress placed on the sewer system.… Read the rest
After substantial rains inundated parts of Parker County – including homes along the Brazos River – on April 18, County Judge Mark Riley issued a 7-day disaster edict.
By making the declaration, the county could now become eligible for state aid.
The official document notes the county has suffered “widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property…resulting from a severe storm.”
Riley, who is the county’s official Emergency Manager, signed the paperwork that was issued to “alleviate the suffering of people and to protect or rehabilitate property.”… Read the rest
Texas offers Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday April 23-25
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Be prepared. Every Boy Scout knows how important it is in every situation.
Now, the State of Texas reminds us all of the need to be prepared in case of emergency, and backs it up with an Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday slated April 23-25.
“The severe weather, fire, and flooding we had last year provided a stark reminder that Texans should be prepared for any emergency,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said.
“This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need if disaster strikes.”
There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase.… Read the rest
12 from Azle, 3 from Springtown indicted by Parker County grand jury
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Twelve Azle area residents and three who live in Springtown were among those indicted when a Parker County grand jury met April 7 in Weatherford.
Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebley presented evidence related to 67 criminal cases for the grand jury to consider.
Among those indicted are:
• Aaron Michael Brown, 33, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
• Cary Wayne Cox, 49, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest