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Area sales tax revenue up slightly

July 16, 2014
Area sales tax revenue up slightly

by Carla Noah Stutsman
If sales tax revenue is an indication of how the economy is doing, things are looking up in most cities around the Azle and Springtown area.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs is distributing $603 million in monthly sales tax revenue to local governments in July.
Combs said state sales tax revenue in June was $2.24 billion, up 3.7 percent compared to June 2013.… Read the rest

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Texas Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 8-10

July 16, 2014

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced that the annual Sales Tax Holiday is Friday-Sunday, Aug. 8-10.
Shoppers buying certain items priced under $100 do not have to pay sales tax.
The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks.
That saves shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.
“Families gearing up for the new school year will not pay any sales tax for many back-to-school items ranging from pens to blue jeans,” Combs said.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

July 16, 2014
Parker County Arrests

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 July 6-12.
A 43-year-old Springtown woman was arrested July 7 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies on a commitment order for a previous charge of DWI. As of 14 she was held in jail without bond.… Read the rest

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Area men indicted by Tarrant County Grand Jury

July 16, 2014
Area men indicted by Tarrant County Grand Jury

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Among several local persons indicted by Tarrant County Grand Juries in May, two were men who wreaked havoc in Azle in separate and unrelated incidents; both received multiple charges.
Gary Ricky Paul Underwood, 35, of Springtown, was indicted May 5 for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and for burglary of a habitation.
Underwood, suspected of being one of several people involved in numerous residential burglaries in Parker, Tarrant and Wise Counties, on March 21 led Azle police on a high-speed pursuit that traversed the city from east to west before winding through Reno and ending north of Azle on FM 730 North when Underwood lost control of his car.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

July 9, 2014

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 June 29-July 5.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 56-year-old Springtown man June 30 on a motion to revoke probation or parole for a prior charge of possession of a controlled substance – penalty group 2-A, less than 20 ounces. He posted $1,500 bond and was released from jail an hour later.… Read the rest

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Area men indicted by Parker County Grand Jury

July 9, 2014
Area men indicted by Parker County Grand Jury

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Three area residents – one each from Azle, Reno and Springtown – were among 15 individuals indicted when the Parker County Grand Jury met Thursday, June 26, in Weatherford.
The Grand Jury handed down indictments against the 15 people for a total of 20 crimes after considering evidence presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.
• Jaaron Bianco Killings-worth, 24, of Azle, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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July 4, 2014

July 9, 2014
July 4, 2014

Booming blasts and peaceful reflections highlighted another Fourth of July. The explosions came courtesy of the annual Follow The Flag celebration held at Azle’s Central Park. More genteel decorations could be found in Springtown as red, white, and blue popped up in town.  Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman and Natalie Gentry… Read the rest

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Azle grad joins Springtown vet practice

July 2, 2014
Azle grad joins Springtown vet practice

By Natalie Gentry
Veterinarian Brian Barone – a 1995 Azle High School graduate – has joined the Gieb Veterinary Clinic in Springtown.
After earning his bachelor’s degree at Tarleton State University, Barone received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 2004.
He and his wife, Shelly, then moved out to East Texas in order to split the distance between his hometown and hers in Louisiana.… Read the rest

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5 from Azle, 2 from Springtown indicted

July 2, 2014
5 from Azle, 2 from Springtown indicted

by Carla Noah Stutsman
A Parker County Grand Jury met in Weatherford Thursday, June 19, to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.
The Grand Jury returned 57 indictments against 46 individuals.
Two of those individuals are Springtown residents, while five live in Azle.
• George Wesley Earl Ary, 44, of Springtown, was indicted for evading arrest with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Native plant workshop planned

July 2, 2014

The Cross Timbers chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas has planned a hands-on session on how to propagate native and adopted plants from cuttings or seeds.
The Thursday, July 10 meeting is set for the community building at Cherry Park beginning at 7 p.m.
The manager of the Horticulture Center at Tarleton State University at Stephenville, Manon Shockey, will present the program.… Read the rest

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