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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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Watson named new ESD1 fire chief after serving as interim since May

September 3, 2014
Watson named new ESD1 fire chief after serving as interim since May

By Natalie Gentry
Stephen Watson, newly appointed fire chief of Parker County Emergency Services District Number 1 (ESD 1), said he is up for the challenges of the role after being appointed by the Board of Commissioners in mid-August.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I think it will be challenging.”… Read the rest

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Billing pains

September 3, 2014

Parker County Hospital District overcharges taxpayers $575,000, will issue credits

by Natalie Gentry
Parker County Hospital District (PCHD) staff discovered that a typographical error on the 2013-2014 tax rate ordinance submitted to the appraisal district last year has caused hospital district taxpayers to pay at a higher rate than was actually adopted.
The error was found while readying the budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.… Read the rest

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One hurt in rollover

September 3, 2014
One hurt in rollover

By Natalie Gentry
Patricia Brown, of Weatherford, sustained moderate injuries after an accident that left the vehicle she was driving on its roof in the 7000 block Veal Station Road around 11 a.m. on Aug. 29.
Brown was headed east on Veal Station.
Then, according to the police report, she stated that the vehicle pulled to the right and she over corrected causing the Mercedes to run off the north side of the road into the bar ditch.… Read the rest

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Back To School

August 27, 2014
Back To School

The first bell rang Monday, Aug. 25 for the 2014-15 school year, and parents, some teary-eyed, brought their children to school in Azle and Springtown. Workers returned, too – whether in the cafeteria or in an administrative office where Goshen Creek Elementary’s Principal Wes Thomas made announcements (below).

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