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
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
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
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
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