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Convictions, sentences of Azle man who shot at officers upheld

April 13, 2016

Auvenshire not eligible for parole until 2036

The conviction and sentencing of an Azle man who shot at White Settlement police and led them in a high-speed pursuit in 2014 was upheld by the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth.
In May 2015, Derek Kyle Auvenshine, 35, was convicted at trial of two counts of aggravated assault of a public servant, evading arrest with a vehicle, and felon in possession of a firearm.
He was sentenced to 45, 45, 35, and 27 years in prison, respectively, for the convictions, said Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain.
“On appeal, Auvenshine’s claim was that the evidence was insufficient to show he was the one that possessed the gun, shot it at the officers, and drove the car in the chase,” Swain said.… Read the rest

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Sales tax revenues on the rise – except at the ‘Bay

April 13, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
If revenue from sales tax is the barometer, cities and other taxing entities in the area are experiencing smooth sailing.
With the single exception of Pelican Bay, all area cities and special purpose districts, as well as Parker County, saw increases in sales tax revenue in April compared with April 2015.
Although Pelican Bay’s April revenue of $1,446 was a tad less – 0.79 percent – than its April 2015 revenue of $1,435, the city remains up 9.62 percent for the year, with $6,397 collected so far. It had $5,836 in its coffers through April 2015.
Azle’s Municipal Development District saw an increase to $33,635 for April, 3.75 percent more than in April 2015, when it received $32,418.… Read the rest

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Water board meeting April 18

April 13, 2016

The Upper Trinity Groundwater Consersvation District board will meet April 18 in Springtown.
The board will discuss recently adopted proposed Desired Future Conditions (DFC) – including the associated 90-day public comment period and upcoming public hearings.
The UTGCD covers four counties – Parker, Hood, Montague, and Wise – to protect existing wells, promote conservation, and to provide a framework that will allow availability and accessibility of groundwater for future generations.
The meeting is slated for the UTGCD office at 1250 East Hwy. 199.
For more info, including future meeting dates and well registration forms, call the main office at 817-523-5200 or visit the group’s website at www.uppertrinitygcd.com.… Read the rest

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Too many pinwheels…

April 6, 2016
Too many pinwheels…

Each of these pinwheels on the Parker County Courthouse lawn represent a confirmed child abuse incident from 2015; there are 442 pinwheels. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

442 on the Parker County Courthouse lawn represents confirmed child abuse cases from 2015

by Natalie Gentry
The lovely blue pinwheels spinning in the springtime breeze on the courthouse lawn are a stark reminder of a terrible scourge.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and on April 8, Texans “Go Blue” to raise awareness and focus on child abuse prevention.
At the Parker County courthouse in Weatherford, 442 pinwheels stand – one for each of the 442 abuse cases the county saw in 2015.… Read the rest

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Killer critters

March 30, 2016
Killer critters

Keeping skin covered with long sleeves and pants provides some protection.

How to reduce the spread of the Zika virus from the mosquito – the No. 1 killer of humans

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Spring has arrived – and so have potentially deadly critters.
Although the warmer temperatures mean the grass turns green, trees bud, and flowers bloom, it also marks the return of the dreaded mosquito.
Parker County Emergency Management has joined Texas health officials to raise awareness of the Zika virus – an emerging health threat spread by mosquitoes.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Zika virus is primarily spread to people through mosquito bites – but approximately 80 percent of those infected don’t become ill.… Read the rest

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The lure of fishing spawns new HS sport

March 23, 2016
The lure of fishing spawns new HS sport

Every keeper bass matters in competitive fishing. Azle vied at Squaw Creek recently.

Azle part of burgeoning  fishing program

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
More and more high school students are wetting a hook – including several teenage Azle anglers.
From an idea that bubbled up in 2012 locally, Azle High School now has a group of young fishermen and fisherwomen seeking largemouth bass on Texas lakes.
AHS is part of a program that is growing rapidly throughout the Lone Star State: the Texas High School Bass Association.
With the group’s expansion, big time sponsors have joined THSBA, further amping up the program.… Read the rest

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Wedding venue wins again

March 23, 2016

The Orchard was picked as a top wedding venue by The Knot.
The Azle site, at 1421 Northwest Parkway and owned by DeAndra and Mike Davidson, was selected for the fourth year in a row.
Only two percent of the 250,000 wedding professional listed on TheKnot.com receive the honor.
Victors are rated and reviewed by couples, families, and guests.… Read the rest

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Three each from Reno, Azle, Springtown indicted by PC jury

March 23, 2016
Three each from Reno, Azle, Springtown indicted by PC jury

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Nine area individuals were among those indicted when a Parker County grand jury met March 17 in Weatherford.
The grand jury reviewed evidence in 37 criminal cases presented by District Attorney Don Schnebly and returned indictments against 32 individuals.
• Darrell Kent Burnsed, 61, of Reno, was indicted on a charge of aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony.
• Cody Alan McGuire, 32, of Reno, was indicted on a charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, one to four grams, a second-degree felony.
• Shawn Dyan Archer, 38, of Reno, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Under attack!

March 16, 2016
Under attack!

 

Oak wilt again expected to continue wiping out hundreds of thousands of trees

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL

One of the author’s many trees lost to encroaching oak wilt in Parker County. Photo by Mark K. Campbell


We are currently in the season when a scary population explodes and kills hundreds of thousands.
Tiny sap beetles – aka picnic beetles – are mobilizing this very minute; they began in mid-February and will continue through June.
These little insects, nitifulid beetles, are only 1/8-inch long, but they can fell big trees scores of feet tall.
Sap beetles are responsible for oak wilt disease that has wiped out a mind boggling number of trees.… Read the rest

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Tornado time!

March 9, 2016
Tornado time!

This funnel cloud dropped down southwest of Azle last May. Texas leads the world in the number of tornadoes. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

What to look for, other twister tips

by Mark K. Campbell
Texans know that spring brings bluebonnets. And baseball. And tornadoes.
If you’ve lived in the Lone Star State very long, you’ve scanned an April sky, heard the sirens, and seen the hail roaring out of swirling, angry clouds.
Naturally, twisters are not limited to springtime – as folks in the Metroplex found out the day after last Christmas.
But mainly it’s this time of year when the storms wreak their havoc.… Read the rest

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