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There and back again

May 25, 2016
There and back again

James Francisco stands with his daughter, Jan Garrett, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. during his recent trip with Honor Flight Fort Worth

Springtown veteran takes Honor Flight to national war memorials

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Stone, bronze, and water are impressive alone, but the World War II Memorial became even more spectacular when living history arrived May 6 in the form of James Francisco and his fellow veterans of the 29th Dallas/Fort Worth Honor Flight.
The 90-year-old Francisco – a Springtownian who now resides at Eagle Crest Villas – experienced the trip of a life time when he and 25 other Fort Worth area World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era veterans went on Honor Flight Fort Worth to visit the WWII Memorial and other monuments in Washington D.C.… Read the rest

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Another sales tax holiday slated May 28-30

May 25, 2016

First time for water-and energy-efficient products, okayed in 2015 by Texas Legislature

You can thank the Texas Legislature for another chance to purchase items tax-free.
The Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday is new this year, having been approved by the Legislature in 2015.
Since even the mildest Texas summer can push water and electrical use to the upper limits, Texas families can now save on the purchase of certain water-efficient and water-conserving products and energy-efficient appliances during the state’s new Water-Efficient Products and annual ENERGY STAR sales tax holidays.
Both take place Saturday, May 28, through Monday, May 30.
So whether you are in need of a new air conditioner, dishwasher or refrigerator, or a toilet, shower head, mulch or even plants for your home landscape, Memorial Day weekend is a good the time to make those purchases.… Read the rest

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PC Arrests

May 25, 2016

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law en-forcement agencies and booked into the Parker County Jail during the week of May:
A 23-year-old Springtown man was arrested May 17 by Parker County Sheriff deputies on a commitment order for a previous assault charge. As of May 23, he remained in jail in lieu of a $966 fine.
Parker County Sheriff Deputies arrested a 30-year-old Springtown man May 17 for bond insufficiency on a previous assault charge. He posted his bond of $20,000 and released from jail May 19.
A 23-year-old Springtown man was arrested May 17 by Parker County Sheriff deputies on a motion to adjudicate guilt for a previous assault charge.… Read the rest

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When spring came, there were no problems except where to be happiest.

May 18, 2016
When spring came, there were no problems except where to be happiest.

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Garlic plants reach for the May sky. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Everything you ever wanted to know about tornadoes – and a few more things

May 18, 2016

By Mark K. Campbell
If you’ve been in Texas any length of time at all, you’ve seen a tornado.
Or at least a wall cloud or a funnel cloud.

Tricky tornadoes
While the usual freakish beauty of a twisting funnel winding along a landscape is the usual concept of a tornado, they don’t always look so stereotypical.
Some tornadoes have no funnels at all, so be sure to watch for whirling dust or debris below a base cloud.
Tornadoes can be wrapped in rain, making them difficult to spot.
At night, watch for green – not white – flashes of light on the ground.… Read the rest

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Partners with paws

May 11, 2016
Partners with paws

Sharron Schmitt visited the Azle Rotary Club with Ella, a dog she rescued and who is now one of the top therapy dogs she uses throughout the area. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle woman trains therapy dogs that bring comfort and hope to those in need

BY MISTY SHAW
“Those who teach the most about humanity aren’t always humans.” ~ D. L. Hicks

The unconditional love of a dog – and the seemingly unbreakable bonds we form with them and other animals – is one of life’s little miracles.
That innate canine caring can be a life-changing source of comfort for many people in need, as local dog trainer and pet therapy volunteer Sharron Schmitt can attest.… Read the rest

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Eleven area residents indicted in Parker Co.

May 11, 2016
Eleven area residents indicted in Parker Co.

7 from Azle, 3 from Springtown, 1 from Reno

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury returned 47 indictments when it met May 5 in Weatherford.
The grand jury considered evidence in criminal cases presented by Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly.
Of the 47 indictments, seven were returned against Azle residents, three were on Springtown residents, and one on a Reno woman.
• Adam Daniel Blackburn, 32, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of intoxicated assault with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.
• Alayne Ruth Crosley, 22, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of theft of property $750-2,500 enhanced, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Right place, right time: Creek picture

May 4, 2016
Right place, right time: Creek picture

This picture ran on the front page of the Springtown Epigraph last week, but not without some tweaking. Photos by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
I almost wasn’t there.
I had just finished taking pictures of the annual Bike Rodeo at Springtown Elementary School and paused.
It was warm and sunny.
I really needed to run – and I had my bag in the truck.
However, supper beckoned.
Fine, I’ll jog.
So, I stopped at nearby Springtown Park and noticed while putting my running duds on that some teens in swimming attire were unloading a few cars laden with tubes.… Read the rest

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Achoo!

May 4, 2016
Achoo!

Get the scoop on spring allergies

(StatePoint) Spring allergy season seems to get worse each year, and climate change may be the culprit, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Increasing temperatures and carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere help plants grow faster – and produce more pollen.
For many people, this can trigger allergy symptoms.
“Spring allergy symptoms can lead to a major disruption in quality of life,” says allergist and immunologist Dr. Neeta Ogden. “It’s important for allergy sufferers to manage these symptoms, so they can feel their best and enjoy the season.”
Dr. Ogden provides some information and tips to help make spring more bearable for allergy sufferers.… Read the rest

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Federal disaster aid OK’d for Parker County

April 27, 2016
Federal disaster aid OK’d for Parker County

Parker County residents with spring storm damage can apply for federal aid. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Applications accepted for March 7-29 and April 17-24 storms

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to Parker County in the aftermath of severe storms and flooding during the period of April 17-24.
Currently, Parker County residents are still also eligible to apply for assistance but for storms from March 7-29.
The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Fayette, Grimes, and Harris counties also.
Governor Greg Abbott requested the assistance for the additional days from the federal government April 24.… Read the rest

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