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Christmas Around Town

December 22, 2015
Christmas Around Town

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It’s the season of giving – cautiously

December 16, 2015
It’s the season of giving – cautiously

Some crooked charities feast on the kindness of others this time of year

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Beware.
Not the word you want to see during this “most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s important.
Whether for goodwill – it’s better to give than to receive – or for a tax deduction, many folks contribute to charities every year’s end.
And many folks get scammed.

Better watch out
Dean Peyton knows about nefarious charities.
The retired Azle resident is a generous giver and has been for years.
However, his goodwill was upsot more than once when he discovered some of his contributions were not being used as properly as they should.… Read the rest

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Pairs from Azle, Springtown indicted by Parker Co.

December 16, 2015
Pairs from Azle, Springtown indicted by Parker Co.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury met in Weatherford Dec. 3 to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly.
The grand jury handed down 38 indictments against 30 individuals.
Two of those individuals are Azle residents while two live in Springtown.
• Zackery Ryan Pittman, 17, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle, a state jail felony. Pittman was also indicted on a charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.
• Mark Alan Fuller, 45, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of injury to a child, elderly or disabled person with intent to cause bodily injury, a third degree felony.… Read the rest

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Agreement puts Texas Health on federal insurance marketplace

December 16, 2015

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Texas Health Resources (Texas Health) announced Nov. 24 they have signed an agreement for Texas Health facilities and Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG) practices to participate in the Blue Advantage HMO network.
In 2016, all BCBSTX HMO plans offered on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM), where uninsured Texans can purchase affordable private health insurance, access the Blue Advantage HMO network.
This is the only network that Texas Health and THPG are participating in that is offered on the HIM.
Open enrollment began in early November and continues through the end of January 2016.… Read the rest

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‘Tis the season to celebrate!

December 9, 2015
‘Tis the season to celebrate!

A simple manger sits outside the First United Methodist Church of Springtown. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Members of the First United Methodist Church of Springtown celebrated the season with a live nativity outside while children enjoyed games, crafts, and a photo with Santa inside on Dec. 4. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

A roundup of local Christmas events

The halls are decked and the lights are hung;
On every street corner, Christmas songs will be sung!
So be of good cheer, as the holiday draws near;
There’s a bevy of fun, family events happening here!

December 10
Springtown Elementary School Kindergarten Music Program, 6 p.m.Read the rest

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Trio seek Pct.1 constable post

December 9, 2015

With a Dec. 14 deadline looming, three local men have filed as Republicans to replace Larry Nix as Parker County Precinct 1 constable.
Two candidates hail from Springtown, Charlie Hunt and Ray Jones. Azle’s Joe Slinkard is also seeking the post.
Nix has elected not to run again; the primary arrives next March. The constable is elected every four years.
Duties include the execution and return of all process, warrants, summons, and judgment enforcement documents as directed.
Constables have the power – if lawfully ordered – to seize and sell real and personal property. They are Texas Peace Officers and can make arrests with or without warrants.… Read the rest

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Nine area folks indicted, some for multiple charges

December 9, 2015
Nine area folks indicted, some for multiple charges

Jerry Wayne Hammons

Cheyanne Rebecca McConnell

Gerald Wayne Hammons

Matthew Dillon Tincher

Jacqueline Marie Moore

Dylan Jacob Koenig

Holly Nicole Hall

Samantha Louise Bozeman

James Robert Garner

A Parker County grand jury met Nov. 19 in Weatherford to consider evidence in 38 criminal cases presented by Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly.
Five of those indicted are Springtown residents while four live in Azle.
Several were indicted on multiple charges:
• Jerry Wayne Hammons, 21, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity, a state jail felony. Hammons was also indicted on a charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, 1-4 grams, a second-degree felony; manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 2, 4-400 grams, a first-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Drying Out

December 2, 2015
Drying Out

The wettest November ever recorded pushed the greatest precipitation year to even higher heights. On Nov. 27, DFW Airport officially recorded 3.45 inches of rain, setting not only a record for that date but making the downfall the greatest single amount ever for any November day. For the month, 9.86 inches fell, substantially besting the usual total of 2.71 inches. For 2015, 58.78 inches has fallen, breaking the old record of 53.54 of 1991.
Photos by Mark K. Campbell

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Parker County Arrests

December 2, 2015
Parker County Arrests

Aaron Brady Bazzell

Mark Randall Jenkins

Richard Duane King

Belinda Sara Yvonne Summers

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 period Nov. 22-28:
• Belinda Sara Yvonne Summers, 40, of Azle, was arrested by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies Nov. 20 and charged with possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than a gram. She remained in the Parker County jail Nov. 30 in lieu of $10,000 bond.
• Richard Duane King, 40, of Springtown, was arrested Nov.… Read the rest

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Squirrel!

December 2, 2015
Squirrel!

This chattering squirrel was not happy that a house cat was moseying around its territory in Azle’s Central Park.                                                         Photo by Mark K. CampbellRead the rest

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