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They come from outer space

August 10, 2016
They come from outer space

The Perseid meteor show has already begun and will run well into August, but the expected maximum meteoriod shower will peak Aug. 11-12.
Illustration from Star Walk app

Annual meteor shower to double in size

by Mark K Campbell
Well, this doesn’t happen every day.
Or even every few years.
But, if you’re a fan of things celestial, this week is one for the books.
The annual Perseid meteor shower is back, returning as it does every late July-early August.
Usually, during the peak of the shower, as many as 80 brilliant streaks – actually the tiny bits of dust igniting as they enter our atmosphere at 37 miles per second (roughly 133,200 mph) – are visible.… Read the rest

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Engagement

August 10, 2016
Engagement

Dennis and Linda Hamblin of Springtown announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Kimberly L. Hamblin to Jonathan C. Turner, son of Jim and Emma Turner of Boonsville. The couple will be wed Oct. 27, 2016 at The Orchard Event Venue and Retreat in Azle. Hamblin graduated from Rockwall High School and went on to earn her cosmetology license from the Avada Institute in Dallas. She is currently a stylist at ProCuts in Azle. Turner graduated from WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming and is a natural gas compressor mechanic. He is currently working for CDM Resource Management.

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Springtown, Azle, Poolville students earn scholarships from Weatherford College

August 10, 2016

The Weatherford College Foundation has announced scholarship recipients for the 2016-17 academic year, and 95 of the 186 semester awards offered so far are going to Parker County students.
Approximately $90,000 in scholarship funds will be dedicated to students from Parker County.
The typical scholarship is $1,000 per semester, and many students received awards for both fall 2016 and spring 2017.
Students must achieve a minimum GPA in the fall to retain their awards in the spring.
Springtown High School scholarship winners include Merrick Burch, Kristine Camacho, Hannah Kinnard, Natalia Martinez, Yuliza Mejia, Josue Ramirez, and Rachael Rayford.
Azle recipients were Jana Howell, Brooklyn Leal and Tristan Sutherland.… Read the rest

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Indictments

August 3, 2016
Indictments

It must be some kind of record. Of the 53 indictments handed down by a Parker County grand jury, two of those indicted are Reno residents, four are from Springtown, and a whopping 15 live in Azle.
• Jessie Mae Aguirre, 35, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair, a third-degree felony. Aguirre was also indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
• Chazz Michael Baloga, 19, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony, as well as for a charge of burglary of a building, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Summertime singers

August 3, 2016
Summertime singers

It took years to get this far, but an adult cicada leaves its “cast skin” behind and will soon be singing for a mate – if this is a male. There are 48 different kinds of the insects in Texas. Photo courtesy Misty Shaw

All you ever wanted to know about cicadas

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
You know summer is in full force when the trees begin singing.
Well, not the trees but insects in the trees – cicadas are singing for mates.
And it took them a while to get this far.
Enjoy these facts about these amazing creatures:
• There are 3,390 kinds of cicadas found all over the world with 190 in North America and 48 in Texas.… Read the rest

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It’s so hot…

July 27, 2016
It’s so hot…

Rainbows are seldom seen in Texas during August. However occasionally the month endures some violent weather.

A summer storm sweeps across the plains in West Texas. Big rains are rare in August in Texas; in fact, the state averages less then 2 inches annually during Texas’ hottest month. Photo by Paula Campbell

August is the hottest month around here

by Mark K. Campbell
Good news, bad news.
Good: The calendar is about to flip which means we’re closer to fall.
Bad: We have to make it through August first.
In Texas, August is the hottest month – which is saying something considering July.… Read the rest

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West Nile mosquito ID’d near Lakeside, 11th Zika case confirmed in Tarrant Co.

July 13, 2016
West Nile mosquito ID’d near Lakeside, 11th Zika case confirmed in Tarrant Co.

by Carla Noah Stutsman
As Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) announces the 11th imported case of Zika Virus in Tarrant County, the agency is also reminding citizens that West Nile Virus (WNV) continues to be a concern.
A positive mosquito sample in unincorporated Tarrant County just outside the town of Lakeside necessitated ground-spraying efforts in the area around Yucca Flat Trail and Tapatio Springs Road in the La Cantera subdivision off FM 1886/Confederate Park Road on June 24.
TCPH has also updated the department’s Stop West Nile Virus webpage, which includes Facts about West Nile Virus, WNV Prevention Tips, and a West Nile Virus Toolkit.… Read the rest

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Honoring Five Who Sacrificed

July 13, 2016
Honoring Five Who Sacrificed

Flags were ordered to fly at half-staff after the deaths of five Dallas police officers in a July 7 sniper attack. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Goin’ Mobile

July 13, 2016
Goin’ Mobile

Getting about is no issue for Azle’s Ron Cravens who motors around town with his walker strapped to his bike. Photo by Tootie Hall

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Parker County Arrests

July 13, 2016

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 weeks of June 29-July 7:
A 27-year-old Azle woman was arrested June 29 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies for theft, $50-$500 in value. She posted her bond of $1,500 and was released from jail later that day.
Ruben Monsivais, a 37-year-old Springtown man, was arrested June 29 by Springtown Police officers for driving while intoxicated. He posted his bond of $1,500 and was released from jail June 30.
A 21-year-old Springtown woman was arrested June 29 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies for public intoxication.… Read the rest

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