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Special week for LBJ land

June 15, 2016

It’s a special week for a nearby stretch of prairie.
The Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland and the other 19 grasslands managed by the USDA Forest Service are being celebrated June 19-25 during National Grasslands Week.
The LBJ Grasslands comprise 20,250 acres around Black Creek Lake – the only developed part of the protected area.
Another body of water in the area – Cottonwood Lake – can be reached via a four-mile trail that is rated “moderately difficult.”
National forest grasslands make up 82 percent of America’s federally-managed grasslands.
LBJ has more than 400 lakes and ponds that range from less than an acre to more then 40 acres.… Read the rest

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Azle, Sanctuary see drop in sales tax revenue

June 15, 2016
Azle, Sanctuary see drop in sales tax revenue

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Some area cities and special purpose districts are taking a hit in their June sales tax revenues.
The cities of Azle and Sanctuary and Azle’s Crime Control and Prevention District and Municipal Development District each saw a decrease for June compared with June 2015.
Sanctuary saw the biggest loss – its June revenue of $720 is 57.36 percent less than its June 2015 revenue of $1,689. However, the city remains up 21.85 percent in its year-to-date revenue, with $10,602 compared with just $8,700 for the first half of 2015.
Azle’s Municipal Development District’s June revenue of $34,295 is 14.06 lower than in June 2015, when it received $39,909.… Read the rest

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Tarrant: 5th Zika virus case here

June 15, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The fifth imported Zika virus case in Tarrant County has been confirmed, according to a report from Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH).
No local transmission of the virus has been reported at this time.
The fifth case represents the first in Tarrant County in which the patient has a travel history to St. Lucia. The previous cases traveled to El Salvador, Puerto Rico (2), and St. Martin.
All areas have known local transmission of the disease. TCPH says it will not release any other health information about the patients in order to protect their identities.
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, a known aggressive daytime biter.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

June 15, 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 June 6-13:
Jarrette Robertson, a 36-year-old Springtown man, was arrested by Weatherford Police officers June 6 for theft of property less than $2,500 in value with 2 or more previous convictions. As of June 13 he remained in jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Julianna Watson, a 31-year-old Springtown woman, June 7 for possession charges in another county. She posted her bond of $15,000 and was released from jail June 9.… Read the rest

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Track coach goes the distance in long career

June 8, 2016
Track coach goes the distance in long career

Often adorned in her giant hat, exiting coach Melody Dennis was easy to spot among substantial crowds at track and cross country meets. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Dennis all about the kids and they knew it

by Mark K. Campbell
Melody Dennis loved her kids.
Every year for 35 years in education – 23 of those in Azle – she taught, molded, and coached youth.
Because that’s what God told her to do.
“I am a teacher and coach because, A) I feel God put on my heart to go into this profession and, B) I was blessed to have so many teachers and coaches that made education and sports fun and life enhancing.… Read the rest

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Azle grad Stewart fighting to the top of MMA

June 1, 2016
Azle grad Stewart fighting to the top of MMA

Former Lady Hornet Montana Stewart is now moving up the Mixed Martial Arts rankings.

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Montana Stewart sometimes comes back to the Azle High School mats where she had spent years training and succeeding.
While a Lady Hornet where she finished fourth in state in 2013 after a sixth place finish the year before, Stewart again sees her old coaches Chris and Monica Allen.
But Stewart is training for a much more violent – and potentially profitable – sport, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
After going 4-2 in early fights, Stewart – 5-7, 125 pounds – will next fight in Fort Worth June 3 at the Guys and Dolls Ballroom, 813 Southway Circle.… Read the rest

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Texas water protection group’s topic

June 1, 2016

Shaw to speak to plant society

Protecting water is essential and that’s what Doug Shaw does.
As the Upper Trinity Ground Water Conservation District’s general manager, Shaw will address “Groundwater – Past, Present and Future” to the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
That meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Weatherford Cherry Park Community Center, 313 West Davis Street.
Shaw, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture economics from Tarleton University, will examine the range of Texas groundwater management history.
He will explain what the conservation district does and what planning is necessary for the area’s water future.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

June 1, 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 the week of May 19-26:
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 32-year-old Springtown man May 19 for bond forfeiture on previous charges. He was released from jail May 19.
A 41-year-old Azle man was arrested May 19 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies for driving with an invalid license with previous suspensions and for evading arrest. As of May 31 he remained in jail in lieu of $10,750 bond.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 30-year-old Springtown man May 21 for driving with an invalid license with previous suspensions.… Read the rest

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Azle, Springtown, ‘Bay residents indicted by PC

June 1, 2016
Azle, Springtown, ‘Bay residents indicted by PC

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Three Azle residents, a man from Pelican Bay, and four Springtown residents were among the 25 individuals against whom a Parker County grand jury returned 30 indictments when it met May 19 in Weatherford.
•Brook Tylyn Baloga, 22, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of two counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, 4-200 grams, a first-degree felony.
•Megan Cathlia Loyd, 24, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of theft of a firearm, a state jail felony.
•Twilla Elaine Spencer, 35, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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There and back again

May 25, 2016
There and back again

James Francisco stands with his daughter, Jan Garrett, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. during his recent trip with Honor Flight Fort Worth

Springtown veteran takes Honor Flight to national war memorials

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Stone, bronze, and water are impressive alone, but the World War II Memorial became even more spectacular when living history arrived May 6 in the form of James Francisco and his fellow veterans of the 29th Dallas/Fort Worth Honor Flight.
The 90-year-old Francisco – a Springtownian who now resides at Eagle Crest Villas – experienced the trip of a life time when he and 25 other Fort Worth area World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era veterans went on Honor Flight Fort Worth to visit the WWII Memorial and other monuments in Washington D.C.… Read the rest

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