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Parker County Arrests

October 5, 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 week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2:
A 46-year-old Azle man was arrested Sept. 27 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies for an insufficient bond on a prior charge of driving while intoxicated. He posted $20,050 bond and was released the following day.
A 40-year-old Springtown man was arrested Sept. 26 by Weatherford Police officers and charged with driving while license suspended with previous convictions/suspensions. He posted $500 bond and was released the following day.
Lance Lyn Lybrand, 26, of Azle, was arrested Sept.… Read the rest

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Road work ahead?

September 28, 2016
Road work ahead?

Some of the proposed bond money – $100,000 – is dedicated to the installation of traffic lights on the north and south sides of FM 730 South at Hwy 199. The election is Nov. 8. Photo by Christina Derr

If county transportation bond passes, Azle and Springtown will see multiple improvements

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Among items up for consideration by Parker County residents during the Nov. 8 election will be a $76.2 million transportation bond.
The largest portion of the bond program, $56.6 million, is planned to be used on the construction of the East Loop.
The East Loop will be a four-phase project, and is planned to be a continuation of the West Loop, also known as the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

September 28, 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 week of Sept. 19-Sept. 25:
A 39-year-old Azle man was arrested Sept. 19 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies on bond forfeiture for prior charges of possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one, less than one gram, bail jumping, and failure to appear. As of Sept. 26 he remained in jail in lieu of $45,010 bond.
A 33-year-old Springtown man was arrested Sept. 19 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with driving while license invalid and expired registration.… Read the rest

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Daring to follow the uncertain path

September 21, 2016
Daring to follow the uncertain path

Bethany Pigott and her husband, Justin, are the campus directors for the University of Texas chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The couple is pictured with their two children, Abby and Eli. Photo courtesy Bethany Pigott

From Springtown to Mississippi to Florida to UT-Austin, Pigott believes

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When Bethany Workman Pigott graduated from Springtown High School in 2005, and at several points down the road, she thought she knew what her future held.
Pigott learned that plans have a way of changing.
Pigott said, “Change always precedes growth, and we do not know how God wants us to grow.”

Jump-starting FCA
Pigott initially became involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) as a student-athlete at Bridgeport Middle School.… Read the rest

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Another scammer in Parker County

September 21, 2016

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Yet another phone scam involving Parker County criminal justice has been reported to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.
Nearly three weeks after PCSO received reports of scammers contacting individuals claiming to be representatives of bond companies, the newest scam has surfaced.
This one involves a suspect claiming to be a Parker County Sheriff’s deputy, who goes by the name Lt. Riddle.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the sheriff’s office does not have a Lt. Riddle on staff.
In one incident, the faux lieutenant called a victim and informed him that he had missed a grand jury appearance.… Read the rest

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Sales tax up in area, down statewide

September 21, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Statewide, revenue from sales tax slipped by 1.59 percent for September as compared with September 2015.
But with two minor exceptions, area cities and taxing entities continue to see healthy increases in sales tax revenue.
Parker County is still battling to get its year-to-date numbers into the black, but its September revenue of $606,315 is a 6.55 percent increase from $568,995 in September 2015. With $5,650,965 in the coffers so far in 2016, the county is down 1.71 percent from $5,749,372 this time last year.
It’s a similar scenario in Pelican Bay, whose September revenue of $1,583 is 9.91 percent higher than the $1,440 it reported for September 2015.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

September 21, 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 Sept. 6-18:
Bruce Lee McKinney, 34, of Azle, was arrested Sept. 6 by Parker County Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged with online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony, and sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony. As of Sept. 19 he remained in jail in lieu of $80,000 bond.
David Shawn Minze, 36, of Springtown was arrested Sept. 6 by Parker County Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged with assault of a family/household member with previous convictions, a third-degree felony, and interfering with an emergency call.… Read the rest

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Skelly heading back home for MMA fight

September 14, 2016
Skelly heading back home for MMA fight

Chas Skelly (left) pops an Ultimate Fighting Champion opponent. An AHS Class of 2003 graduate, Skelly has moved from being a state high school champ to collegiate All-American to the professional ranks. Photo courtesy Getty Images/Zuffa, LLC

He has a Texas bout Sept. 17

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Chas Skelly is coming home – not that he’ll exactly be down the street.
Skelly, a graduate of Azle High School Class of 2003, will continue his mixed martial arts (MMA) career with a fight in Texas, his home state.
This being Texas, however, it’s not too close.
Skelly will fight in Hildago in far south Texas Sept.… Read the rest

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Texas Tuition Promise Fund investments can pay off later

September 14, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A college education can cost a family tens of thousands of dollars, or saddle a student with loans that can take years to pay off.
But the state of Texas offers its residents a way to pay today’s prices for their child’s secondary education in the future.
It’s called the Texas Tuition Promise Fund (TTPF); open enrollment into the program began Sept. 1 and continues through Feb. 28, 2017.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said TTPF offers parents and loved ones the chance to prepay a child’s education at Texas public colleges and universities at today’s prices.
“Giving your child the opportunity to pursue a college education is one of the most important decisions you can make for your family,” Hegar said.… Read the rest

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Beware of jail bond scam

September 14, 2016

Sheriff’s office issues warning

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
There’s another new scam around.
As always, it’s a way for criminals to take advantage of trusting and unsuspecting folks; this time, it’s aimed at relatives of someone who was recently arrested and posted bond to get out of jail.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler’s office has received several fraudulent reports of scammers contacting random individuals, claiming to be a bonding company.
The victims claim the scammer contacts them by phone, purporting to be a bonding company representative of the victim’s loved one, who recently has bonded out of jail.
The scammer says the bonding company needs more money to keep their loved one’s bond current or another warrant will be issued.… Read the rest

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