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Trade blood for Blue Bell

March 8, 2017

Do good and get Blue Bell.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle is hosting a blood drive from 1:30 -4 p.m. Monday, March 13, at 108 Denver Trail in the hospital parking lot inside the Carter BloodCare bus.
Every donor will get a voucher for a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream.
Remember to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water at least an hour before giving blood.
All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation, and present a government-issued photo ID.
For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Colleen Horan at 817-343-1410.… Read the rest

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Parker grand jury indicts 16 from area

March 8, 2017
Parker grand jury indicts 16 from area

Larry Kyle Hicks

Javier Daniel Martinez Warren

Alana Leslie Hunt

Jonathan Hardy Lewis

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Sixteen area residents were among those indicted when a Parker County grand jury met Feb. 10 and 23 in Weatherford.
The grand jury convened to examine evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s office.
Six Azle residents, nine from the Springtown area, and one from Poolville were indicted.
• Larry Kyle Hicks, 38, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. Hicks was also indicted for aggravated sexual assault, a first-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

March 8, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant and Parker County jails during the week of Feb. 27.-March 5.

Tarrant County felonies
Kristi Marie Scott, 35, of Azle, was arrested Feb. 28 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with aggravated assault of a public servant, a first-degree felony; resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor; evading arrest or detention, a Class A misdemeanor; criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor; and theft under $50, a Class C misdemeanor. She remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $12,250 bond.… Read the rest

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When the railroad (almost) came to town

March 1, 2017
When the railroad (almost) came to town

J.A. Kidd’s general store in Springtown. He and other area residents worked to bring a railroad to Springtown to provide more efficient transportation of goods and to further growth of the town. Photo courtesy Kathryn Dodd

Part One: What happened starting in 1887 that could’ve changed everything in the area

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The year 1887 seemingly held the promise of a grand railroad that would follow a route from Fort Worth to Albuquerque, with stops in Springtown, Jacksboro, and growing towns to the west.
A year that started with fervent hope would have many disappointed before Thanksgiving – while others continued to hold out hope.… Read the rest

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Fireworks for Sale…in March

March 1, 2017
Fireworks for Sale…in March

For the second year in a row, fireworks in Texas are now available on dates other than around July Fourth and every year’s end. In 2015, the Texas legislature passed House Bill 1150 which okayed other times for the sale of fireworks – Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day, and Memorial Day. On Jan. 25, 2016, Commissioners Court of Parker County issued an order authorizing fireworks sales on those holidays. Joel Kertok, Public Information Officer for the county, said that 2016 edict still stands for 2017. Photo by Christina Derr

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ESD 1 proposes tax increase to cover costs

March 1, 2017

Parker County Emergency Services District 1 (ESD 1) is proposing a half-cent sales tax for portions of their district in unincorporated Parker County and the city of Annetta South.
Other areas of the district are already under a state-maximum 8.25 percent sales tax, and would not see the initiative on their ballot.
ESD 1 stated that in many cases service providers, online merchants, and area vendors already collect 8.25 cents in a sales tax – even if the correct amount for a particular area is a lower rate.
Being that the current sales tax rate for unincorporated areas of the county is only 6.75 percent, the remaining portion is left in a fund controlled by the state comptroller’s office because there is no current method for that office to return over-collected funds.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

March 1, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant and Parker County jails during Feb. 17.-Feb. 26.

Tarrant County felonies
Trae Buchanan, 24, of Springtown was arrested Feb. 26 by Blue Mound Police officers and charged with possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $7,500 bond.

Parker County felonies
Darrell Blaise Hulsey, 17, pf Springtown, was arrested Feb. 19 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Speed racer

February 22, 2017
Speed racer

Azle High School freshman Lawson Nagle gets some “seat time” in an F4 car.

Azle youth to compete in F4 U.S. Championship

An Azle teen who’s been racing karts since he was 8 years old is graduating to race cars.
Lawson Nagel, a 15-year-old freshman at Azle High School, has signed with Miller Vinatieri Leguizamón Motorsports (MVL Motorsports) to do a full season of the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.
The series, designed just for drivers like Nagel who are coming up from karting or quarter midgets, is sanctioned by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro Racing and certified by the International Automobile Federation, which organizes the Formula 1 World Championship.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

February 22, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant and Parker County jails during the week of Feb. 13.-Feb. 19.

Tarrant County felonies
Crystal Ann Hall, 36, of Azle, was arrested Feb. 19 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony and illegal dumping, a Class B misdemeanor. She remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $2,500 bond.
Jeremiah Gregory Langen, 27, of Azle was arrested Feb. 19 by Haltom City Police officers and charged with assault causing bodily injury of a family member, second or more within 12 months, a third-degree felony; assault causing bodily injury of a family member, a Class A misdemeanor; resisting arrest, search, or transport, a Class A misdemeanor; and criminal mischief valued $100-$750.… Read the rest

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Reading all about it – 70 years ago

February 15, 2017
Reading all about it – 70 years ago

The cover of the first edition of Try Azle First which would eventually evolve into The Community Standard. Photo courtesy Azle Historical Museum

Begun as an business directory in 1947, Try Azle First expanded into a newspaper

by Mark K. Campbell
Breaking news: Newspapers are different than they used to be.
A few copies of a locally produced publication – Try Azle First – are chock-full of journalistic nostalgia.
Parts of the first edition about the size and width of a paperback book but with far fewer pages are dated November 1947. It’s “a directory of Azle” and “published as a public service for the community of Azle.”

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