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Our national anthem turns 200

September 24, 2014
Our national anthem turns 200

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ began as a poem

by Mark K. Campbell
The British were bombing Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor on Sept. 13, 1814.
Already in the War of 1812, the invaders had burned the U.S. Capitol, the Treasury Building, and the presidential home.
Now, watching The Battle of Baltimore from sea, Francis Scott Key, an attorney and amateur poet, was sure the British were about to claim another victory.… Read the rest

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Area men indicted in Tarrant County

September 24, 2014
Area men indicted in Tarrant County

Two now convicted, sentenced

Seven men who reside in the Azle and Springtown areas were indicted on felony charges by Tarrant County Grand Juries during the month of June.
Two of those men have since been convicted and sentenced, while the other five await disposition of their cases.
• Omer Jackson Elliott, 48, of Reno, was indicted June 12 for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram. Elliott subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge on July 14 and was sentenced to six months in a state jail facility.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

September 24, 2014

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 during the week of Sept. 14-20.
• A 31-year-old Springtown man was arrested Sept. 14 by Springtown police and charged with resisting arrest, search, or transport; interfering with public duties; and giving a false report to a police officer.… Read the rest

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What’s in a drought?

September 17, 2014
What’s in a drought?

Recent rains not enough to shake North Texas water woes

by Mark K. Campbell
Ever wonder who decides who’s in a drought?
The National Weather Service (NWS) gathers data from numerous sites to make specific designations.… Read the rest

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Cities’ sales tax revenues a mixed bag

September 17, 2014

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Area cities continue to report sales tax revenues ranging from extreme highs to extreme lows, although statewide averages continue to climb.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said state sales tax revenue in August was $2.57 billion, up 7.5 percent compared to August 2013.
“The latest monthly gains were led by remittances from the oil and natural gas, wholesale trade, and retail trade sectors,” Combs said. “Fiscal year 2014 ended with total collections at $27.27 billion, up 5.5 percent over the previous year.… Read the rest

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Holiday actors sought

September 17, 2014

The popular play A Tuna Christmas is coming to Weatherford’s Theater Off The Square (TOTS) and they need male actors.
Auditions are set for as many as 11 men ages 20’s to 60’s; each actor will portray multiple roles.
The initial round of auditions is set for Monday, Sept. 22 at TOTS’ Green Room at 114 North Denton.
Call backs are Wednesday, Sept. 24.… Read the rest

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Paws for effect:

September 10, 2014
Paws for effect:

Azle family raising funds for diabetic alert dog for 6-year-old

By Natalie Gentry
An Azle family has been hard at work raising money to provide their son with a lifesaving tool – a diabetic alert dog.… Read the rest

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Reno to hold Nov. 4 street maintenance sales tax election

September 10, 2014

By Natalie Gentry
The City of Reno will be conducting a special election Nov. 4 for the public to vote on a one-fourth of one percent street maintenance sales tax.

Parker County voters
Reno voters registered in Parker County may vote at polling sites at Reno City Hall in the council meeting room
The main polling site for early voting will be the Parker County Courthouse Annex located at 1112 Santa Fe Drive in Weatherford.… Read the rest

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PC Sheriff warns of jury duty scam

September 10, 2014
PC Sheriff warns of jury duty scam

The same type of scam that has been plaguing Tarrant County for almost six weeks has now been reported in Parker County.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler is warning the public of impersonators attempting to scare residents into a scam for profit.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

September 10, 2014

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 during the week of Aug. 31-Sept. 7.
• Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 35-year-old Springtown man Sept. 3 on motions to revoke probation or parole for prior charges of possession of marijuana and driving with an invalid license with previous suspensions and no insurance.… Read the rest

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