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So you think you know Texas?

July 29, 2015
So you think you know Texas?

This critter is not the answer to No. 24, but it was on my basketball pole the other day and I thought it looked cool. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Have a go at this state quiz and prove it!

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Real Texans like all things Texas.
We have a ton of ways – well, actually 76 – to trumpet the love of our Lone Star State via the slew of Texas symbols officially approved by hard-working legislators.
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Hale headed for the Hall

July 22, 2015
Hale headed for the Hall

The 2003-04 Hornet basketball team coached by Robert Hale (right) remains Azle’s the most successful boys’ squad ever. That team won 30 games and reached the regional semifinals.                               Photo by Mark K. Campbell

 

 

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
A basketball life is about to be honored.
Robert Hale, who directed the Azle boys team to its highest heights ever, is being inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor.
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Lake Report

July 22, 2015
Lake Report

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Thefts rise in summertime

July 15, 2015
Thefts rise in summertime

Belongings get stolen from cars more often in the summer, especially July and August.
That’s what the Texas Department of Public Safety says.
A little caution can make sure your stuff stays your stuff.
Criminals peer into vehicles for valuables. So, DPS suggests, keep anything of value in your car hidden.
Another way to deter bandits is to never leave your car running – not even for a quick trip into a business or store.
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Too hot to handle

July 15, 2015
Too hot to handle

Think twice before taking your pet for a ride on a hot summer’s day – the heat can be deadly. Photo courtesy Nina Cornelison

Never leave kids, pets in a vehicle unattended during the blazing Texas summer

By MISTY SHAW
The heat is on this summer, and though it should go without saying, there are a few people out there who may need a friendly reminder – NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, especially on a hot day.
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Sound the alarm!

July 15, 2015
Sound the alarm!

PCESD 1 is looking for volunteer firefighters and those accepted can serve the public on rigs like this one. Photo by Natalie Gentry

 PCESD 1 needs volunteers by July 31

by Natalie Gentry
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 (PCESD 1) is looking for volunteer firefighters.
The organization provides fire suppression, prevention, and rescue from seven stations across 2,656 square miles of Parker County.
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Reno veteran recovering from accident

July 8, 2015
Reno veteran recovering from accident

Army PFC Laramie Dockery returned home to Reno June 23 after an accident left him fighting for his life. He was met with crowds of community members waving American flags and signs of welcome.              Photo by Natalie Gentry

 

Hundreds turned out to welcome him home

By Natalie Gentry
Scores of thankful local citizens lined Main Street in Azle June 23 to welcome home an injured soldier.
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Second suspect filmed

July 8, 2015
Second suspect filmed

The Parker County Sheriff’s office is seeking help locating two suspects – including this male – in a series of vehicle burglaries that occurred on June 24-25.                       Photo courtesy of the Parker County Sheriff’s Office

 

 

Sheriff’s Office releases photo of another believed to be part of burglaries

By Natalie Gentry
The Parker County Sheriff’s office has released a photo of the second suspect in a series of vehicle burglaries June 24-25.
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Big rains: Big skeeters

July 8, 2015
Big rains: Big skeeters

 

How to fight off those suckers who bear troublesome diseases for man and beast

 

by Mark K. Campbell
Our recent record-setting rains have left a lot of standing water around – nirvana for mosquitoes.
In fact, the number of bloodsuckers is “booming,” according to Dr. Mike Merchant, an urban entomologist in Dallas.
That’s bad news for humans and other species.
And the insect numbers will not be decreasing any time soon. Some carry troublesome diseases.
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Lake Report

July 8, 2015
Lake Report

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