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Azle Rocks

July 12, 2017
Azle Rocks

Penny Cato Becker hides scores of rocks like these regularly around the Azle area.

Popularity of painting, hiding, finding rocks booming

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Walking back from jogging in Azle’s Central Park in June, I spied a curious item next to a pole near the park entrance.
It was a painted rock.
I picked it up and examined it. Carefully painted was a positive message with arrows that proclaimed “FOLLOW YOUR then three illustrated HEARTS.”
It was nice. I took a picture and put it back down.
I had no idea that it was part of a trend that was exploding in the area.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

July 12, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant, and Parker County jails on felony and DWI charges during June 30- July 10.

Tarrant County
Amy Kitchen, 33, of Azle, was arrested July 4 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with assault of a public servant, a third-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony; resisting arrest, search, or transport, a Class A misdemeanor; and assault causing bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor. She posted $4,750 bond and was released the following day.… Read the rest

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Four indicted in Tarrant County

July 12, 2017

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth in late June and early July, four local individuals were indicted on various felony charges.
• Lori Irene, 56, of Azle, was indicted June 26 on a charge of driving while intoxicated, felony repetition, a third-degree felony.
• Jeremy Curtis Wise, 31, of Pelican Bay, was indicted June 28 on a charge of failure to comply with sexual offender registration requirements, a third-degree felony.
• Daniel Issac Reeves, 41, of Azle, was indicted June 30 on a charge of assault of family or household member by impeding breath or circulation, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Welcoming home an injured veteran

July 5, 2017
Welcoming home an injured veteran

Azle High School graduate Adison Haas, injured in Iraq, was welcomed home July 1 with a procession by the Patriot Guard Riders (below, right) before he spoke at VFW Post 2137. Photos by Christina Derr

Bikers, townsfolk, family, friends, and vets honor AHS grad Haas

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When Staff Sgt. Adison Haas arrived in Azle on Saturday, July 1, things were a bit different from all of the other trips home he’d made in the past.
This time, the 2004 Azle High School graduate was greeted by nearly 100 applauding supporters and well-wishers when he and his wife Lindsay arrived at the B.J.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

July 5, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant, Parker, and Wise County jails on felony and DWI charges during June 22-July 3.

Tarrant County
Shawn Dewayne Purgason, 36, of Azle, was arrested June 26 by Mansfield Police officers and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony and possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $6,500 bond.
Trevor Eugene Dake, 27, of Azle, was arrested June 27 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with impersonating a public servant, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Preparing for the human flood

June 28, 2017
Preparing for the human flood

Economic Development Council of Parker County Chairman Jim Eggleston is making the rounds, pitching the organization and its goals. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Parker Co. population expected to reach over 450,000 by 2050

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
There is a stampede coming to Parker County,
So, reasoned many business community members, the county might as well get ready for it.
That mindset has led to the formation of the Economic Development Council of Parker County (EDCOPC).

Folks are coming
County growth is expected to explode – from 116,927 in 2010 to 193,700 in 2035.
That’s an increase of 66 percent, making Parker, according to Chairman Jim Eggleston, a partner at Eggleston, King LLP/Attorneys in Weatherford.… Read the rest

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Parker County grand jury indicts 7 from area

June 28, 2017
Parker County grand jury indicts 7 from area

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury met June 15 in Weatherford to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s office.
Indictments were handed down to a Lakeside-area man, a man from Pelican Bay, three Azle residents, and two Springtown residents.
• Timateo Puga Cedillo, 54, of Lakeside, was indicted on a charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more, a third-degree felony.
• Cameron Ohara, 31, of Pelican Bay, was indicted on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony. Ohara was also indicted on a charge of indecency with a child with sexual contact, a second- degree felony.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

June 28, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant, Parker, and Wise County jails on felony and DWI charges during June 12-25.

Tarrant County
Valorie Jayna Potts, 22, of Azle, was arrested June 13 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, state jail felony; assault with family violence, a Class A misdemeanor; and was the subject of three Fort Worth Police Department warrants, she remained in jail as of press time with no bond set.… Read the rest

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How she got the picture: Summer edition

June 21, 2017
How she got the picture: Summer edition

Sometimes you gotta be in the right place at the right time – then look elsewhere

by Mark K. Campbell
Full disclosure: This photo has run in the paper before.
Taking it was a total fluke, a case of simply turning around.
My wife Paula, who shot this photo, and I were facing west one steamy summer late afternoon a few years ago.
The sky was curious, swirly and orange with the sun dropping behind distant trees.
But capturing the shot traditionally in ever-fading light was proving to be difficult.
Like a mountain or canyon, it looked a lot better in person than through the viewfinder.… Read the rest

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Electrifying!

June 21, 2017
Electrifying!

There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm; crouching will not help.

Separating lightning myths and facts

by Mark K. Campbell
Aside from it being one of the most misspelled words in the English language – it’s not “lightening” – lightning is misunderstood in other ways, too.
Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, here are some myths that the organization addresses – as well as confirming some truths.

MYTH – Crouch down if you’re caught in a thunderstorm.
TRUTH – Crouching makes you no safer. Flee to a building or hard-topped vehicle. You are not safe anywhere outdoors.… Read the rest

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