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Getting it right so far

January 13, 2016
Getting it right so far
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After an 80 degree day Dec. 26, two days later it snowed two inches – just as the Farmer’s Almanac predicted. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Farmer’s Almanac nailing North Texas winter weather

by Mark K. Campbell
Back in early September, we did a story on the annual release of the Farmer’s Almanac and its propensity to correctly predict weather.
Indeed, the magazine guessed the weather – of the entire nation – at a stunning 96.3 percent rate in 2014.
And they are on target this winter, too – well ahead of their average 80 percent accuracy rating.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

January 13, 2016
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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 from Jan 4-10:
• A 55-year-old Azle woman was arrested Jan. 5 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with simple assault-family violence. She paid a $367 fine and was released from jail Jan. 5.
• Kyle Brandon Tompkins, 24, of Springtown was arrested Jan. 5 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies for warrants for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance – Penalty group 3/4, Less than 28 grams.… Read the rest

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New laws arrive with New Year

January 6, 2016
New laws arrive with New Year
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Drivers, teens, veterans, schools affected

“EpiPens” – these are for children – may now be administered by licensed pharmacists in emergencies. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
While Open Carry hogged all the attention, plenty more new laws kicked in starting Jan. 1.
Uber-insurance: One that could affect some local folks is the new regulation that requires Uber or Lyft drivers – who provide private taxi services – to hold liability insurance as well as uninsured motorist and personal injury protection.
Teen abortions: The process for teens seeking abortions without parental consent changed.… Read the rest

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Azle, Poolville men indicted

January 6, 2016
Azle, Poolville men indicted

Jack B. Meade

Joshua Dean Copeland

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury met Dec. 17 in Weatherford to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly.
Among those indicted that day were an Azle man and a Poolville man.
Joshua Dean Copeland, 35, 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.
Jack B. Meade, 52, of Poolville, was indicted on a charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a second degree felony.… Read the rest

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‘Facebook for nature nerds’

January 6, 2016

New iNaturalist app offers wealth of information

If you find yourself ambling along on a hike and stumble upon a mysterious something in the flora or fauna…well, there’s an app for that.
It’s iNaturalis and you can learn all about the app and accompanying website at th enext meeting of the Natuve Plant Society of Texas, Cross Timbers Chapter.
There, on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Cherry Park Community Building in Weatherford, you can find out all about this latest information source.
Biologist Sam Kieschnick, who will address the meeting, said, “I call it ‘Facebook for nature nerds.’”
The app is a “citizen science network” that focuses on documenting nearby nature; it details the “biodiversity that’s all around us.”
With the app, anyone can report on plant sightings that might add to other sightings to “help build a global map of where species exist.”
Photos can be posted and experts can be quizzed.… Read the rest

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First play of year looms

January 6, 2016

The Azle Arts Association is ready to kick off 2016 with a comedy.
Doublewide, Texas, written by James Wooten, arrives on the group’s stage beginning Friday, Jan. 15.
The play will run Jan. 15-17 and Jan. 22-24.
Set in “one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas” – four doublewides and a shed – the play centers on a nearby town, Tugaloo, threatening to annex the residents.
Fearing being gobbled up by “the big guys,” residents – not exactly bosom buddies – must work together to thwart the annexation effort. That includes trying to secede from Texas.
Doublewide, Texas is directed by Sonja Crocker.… Read the rest

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Enjoy winter

December 29, 2015
Enjoy winter

In seed time learn,
In harvest teach,
In winter enjoy.
William Blake

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Winter Comes Calling

December 29, 2015
Winter Comes Calling

A “wintry mix” predicted for the early morning hours of Dec. 28 ended up being two inches of snow in the area.
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County historical website now up and running

December 29, 2015
County historical website now up and running

This group created a website for the Parker County Historical Commission: (l-r) Joel Kertok, Janna Blumentritt, Gloria Elam, Bill Warren, and Bryce Heath.

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Now you can look online and discover a wealth of information about Parker County.
The Parker County Historical Commission unveiled its new website in mid-December.
The site: http://www.parkerchc.org.
A committee has also added a Facebook page.
Visitors can discover a plethora of info about Parker County, an area that dates back to 1855.
The committee of Bill Warren, Gloria Elam, and Janna Blumentritt worked with webmaster Bryce Heath to create a user-friendly site.
On the web pages, visitors will discover photos, histories of towns and communities, and details on every historical marker in Parker County.… Read the rest

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Christmas Around Town

December 22, 2015
Christmas Around Town

Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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