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Stroke program’s success spreading

January 4, 2017
Stroke program’s success spreading

Tawanda Dickman, RN, BSN, CEN, Trauma/Chest Pain/Stroke Coordinator at Texas Health Resources Azle. Photo courtesy Texas Health Resources

Unique ‘Telestroke’ began at Azle’s Texas Health Resources hospital

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Seconds matter in any medical emergency, but that is particularly the case for stroke victims.
As the period from onset to treatment increases after a stroke, so does the amount of damage and the likelihood of disability and death.
In an effort to combat the damage that is caused by strokes, Texas Heath Resources (THR) hospital in Azle developed a virtual stroke, or “telestroke” program, to allow its patients quicker treatment with the help of off-site neurologists.… Read the rest

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Speaker to address massive Possum Kingdom Lake fire 5 years later

January 4, 2017

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society has assembled a look back at the devestating fires suffered in the Possum Kingdom Lake area in 2011.
Wildlife biologist Ricky Linex will conduct the program Jan. 12 at the chapter’s next meeting at Cherry Park Community Center at 313 West Davis Street in Weatherford.
The intensive wildfires burned over 170,000 acres across all types of terrain over three counties – Palo Pinto, Stephens, and Young.
Linex will detail what has happened to the environment in the ensuing five years, including the effects of soil erosion and the regrown of grasses, trees, and other plants.… Read the rest

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Old-school lawman says goodbye

December 28, 2016
Old-school lawman says goodbye

Parker County Precinct One Constable Larry Nix retires Dec. 31 after 25 years in the position and 51 years in law enforcement, including stints in Azle and Springtown. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

After 41 years, 25 as a PC Constable, Nix set to retire

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
After 41 years in law enforcement – the last 25 as Parker County Precinct One Constable – Larry Nix is hanging up his badge and gun.
Officially, Dec. 31 is Nix’s last day on the job; Deputy Constable Precinct One Charlie Hunt, who was elected to the Constable’s office in November, will take over Jan.… Read the rest

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Christmas

December 20, 2016
Christmas

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

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Color Them Winners!

December 20, 2016
Color Them Winners!

The winners of the Azle Pediatrics coloring contest were recognized for their efforts by Dr. Jennifer Hudman and were awarded with art sets to continue their artistic endeavors. Pictured are (l-r) Selah Perry, Valeria Mena, Amber Ryerson, Samantha Bevan, Dr. Hudman, Kade McGinlay, and Shyanne Davis. Photo by Christina Derr

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Parker County Arrests

December 20, 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 Dec. 12-15.

Felonies
Jason Lee Kempe, 30, of Azle, was arrested Dec. 13 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one, less than one gram. He posted $11,500 bond and was released later the same day.

Warrants
A 23-year-old Azle woman was arrested Dec. 13 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies for an insufficient bond for a previous charge of burglary of a vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor.… Read the rest

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Merry Christmas

December 14, 2016
Merry Christmas

 “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear” – Elf

Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman and Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

December 14, 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 Dec. 2-11.

Felonies
Michael Ray Kerr, 24, of Azle, was arrested Dec. 2 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with assault causing bodily injury with family violence, a Class A misdemeanor. Kerr was also the subject of three Tarrant county felony warrants. Two of the warrants were for credit/debit card abuse, a state jail felony; and the third for credit/debit card abuse elderly, a third-degree felony. He remained in jail as of Dec.… Read the rest

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Parker grand jury indicts 9 from area

December 14, 2016
Parker grand jury indicts 9 from area

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury returned indictments against 28 people when it convened in a Weatherford court room Dec. 1 to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s office.
Four of those individuals are Azle residents, while four live in the Springtown area and one is a resident of Poolville.
The following people from the area were among those indicted:
• Bobby Shane Blair, 27, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of theft of property less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions, a state jail felony.
• Bryan Lawson Cotton, 27, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of assault of a family or household member, choking, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Mandate enhances platelet shortage

December 7, 2016
Mandate enhances platelet shortage

 

Many women now excluded from donating

A regulation change has excluded a sizeable market of platelet donors, many of whom were essential to the critical need nationwide – especially this time of year. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Blood donation saves lives – it is that simple.
Due to new regulations on blood donation, having enough of it has become even more of a challenge for blood banks.
Each year approximately 4.5 million Americans would die without life-saving blood transfusions, according to the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).

Every three seconds
Every three seconds someone in the United States is need of a blood transfusion.… Read the rest

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