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Around the world in 100 years

June 22, 2016
Around the world in 100 years

During World War II, Grace Clemente (left) volunteered as a Red Cross nurse.

Local woman to celebrate her 100th birthday

BY JULIE WALDOCK
Azle Manor resident Grace Clemente – affectionately referred to as “Mama Grace” – will celebrate her 100th birthday July 5.
While she lives in Azle now, that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, as Grace puts it, she has spent the last 100 years “going all over the world and back.”
Grace Clemente, (then Grace Monro) was born July 5, 1916. The first eight years of her life were spent in the beautiful coastal city of Aberdeen, Scotland.… Read the rest

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Local students from Springtown, Azle, and Poolville cash in at Parker County Livestock Show

June 15, 2016
Local students from Springtown, Azle, and Poolville cash in at Parker County Livestock Show

The winners of the inaugural PCLIA calf scramble represented most of the area schools June 7. Seven calves were up for grabs each night.

BY NATALIE GENTRY
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Many local students enjoyed success at the annual Parker County Livestock Improvement Association Youth Fair.
At this year’s June gathering, these Azle, Springtown, and Poolville students were included in the stock show auction.
Winners, as listed in the auction catalog, included:

Crops
Emery Lang, Poolville FFA, 1st, Kale;
Evan Lang, Poolville FFA, 2nd, Cuke;
Parker Hawkins, Poolville FFA 3rd, Potato.… Read the rest

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Special week for LBJ land

June 15, 2016

It’s a special week for a nearby stretch of prairie.
The Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland and the other 19 grasslands managed by the USDA Forest Service are being celebrated June 19-25 during National Grasslands Week.
The LBJ Grasslands comprise 20,250 acres around Black Creek Lake – the only developed part of the protected area.
Another body of water in the area – Cottonwood Lake – can be reached via a four-mile trail that is rated “moderately difficult.”
National forest grasslands make up 82 percent of America’s federally-managed grasslands.
LBJ has more than 400 lakes and ponds that range from less than an acre to more then 40 acres.… Read the rest

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Azle, Sanctuary see drop in sales tax revenue

June 15, 2016
Azle, Sanctuary see drop in sales tax revenue

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Some area cities and special purpose districts are taking a hit in their June sales tax revenues.
The cities of Azle and Sanctuary and Azle’s Crime Control and Prevention District and Municipal Development District each saw a decrease for June compared with June 2015.
Sanctuary saw the biggest loss – its June revenue of $720 is 57.36 percent less than its June 2015 revenue of $1,689. However, the city remains up 21.85 percent in its year-to-date revenue, with $10,602 compared with just $8,700 for the first half of 2015.
Azle’s Municipal Development District’s June revenue of $34,295 is 14.06 lower than in June 2015, when it received $39,909.… Read the rest

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Tarrant: 5th Zika virus case here

June 15, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The fifth imported Zika virus case in Tarrant County has been confirmed, according to a report from Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH).
No local transmission of the virus has been reported at this time.
The fifth case represents the first in Tarrant County in which the patient has a travel history to St. Lucia. The previous cases traveled to El Salvador, Puerto Rico (2), and St. Martin.
All areas have known local transmission of the disease. TCPH says it will not release any other health information about the patients in order to protect their identities.
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, a known aggressive daytime biter.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

June 15, 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 June 6-13:
Jarrette Robertson, a 36-year-old Springtown man, was arrested by Weatherford Police officers June 6 for theft of property less than $2,500 in value with 2 or more previous convictions. As of June 13 he remained in jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Julianna Watson, a 31-year-old Springtown woman, June 7 for possession charges in another county. She posted her bond of $15,000 and was released from jail June 9.… Read the rest

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Track coach goes the distance in long career

June 8, 2016
Track coach goes the distance in long career

Often adorned in her giant hat, exiting coach Melody Dennis was easy to spot among substantial crowds at track and cross country meets. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Dennis all about the kids and they knew it

by Mark K. Campbell
Melody Dennis loved her kids.
Every year for 35 years in education – 23 of those in Azle – she taught, molded, and coached youth.
Because that’s what God told her to do.
“I am a teacher and coach because, A) I feel God put on my heart to go into this profession and, B) I was blessed to have so many teachers and coaches that made education and sports fun and life enhancing.… Read the rest

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Azle grad Stewart fighting to the top of MMA

June 1, 2016
Azle grad Stewart fighting to the top of MMA

Former Lady Hornet Montana Stewart is now moving up the Mixed Martial Arts rankings.

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Montana Stewart sometimes comes back to the Azle High School mats where she had spent years training and succeeding.
While a Lady Hornet where she finished fourth in state in 2013 after a sixth place finish the year before, Stewart again sees her old coaches Chris and Monica Allen.
But Stewart is training for a much more violent – and potentially profitable – sport, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
After going 4-2 in early fights, Stewart – 5-7, 125 pounds – will next fight in Fort Worth June 3 at the Guys and Dolls Ballroom, 813 Southway Circle.… Read the rest

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Texas water protection group’s topic

June 1, 2016

Shaw to speak to plant society

Protecting water is essential and that’s what Doug Shaw does.
As the Upper Trinity Ground Water Conservation District’s general manager, Shaw will address “Groundwater – Past, Present and Future” to the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
That meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Weatherford Cherry Park Community Center, 313 West Davis Street.
Shaw, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture economics from Tarleton University, will examine the range of Texas groundwater management history.
He will explain what the conservation district does and what planning is necessary for the area’s water future.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

June 1, 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 the week of May 19-26:
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 32-year-old Springtown man May 19 for bond forfeiture on previous charges. He was released from jail May 19.
A 41-year-old Azle man was arrested May 19 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies for driving with an invalid license with previous suspensions and for evading arrest. As of May 31 he remained in jail in lieu of $10,750 bond.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 30-year-old Springtown man May 21 for driving with an invalid license with previous suspensions.… Read the rest

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