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Too hot to handle

July 15, 2015
Too hot to handle

Think twice before taking your pet for a ride on a hot summer’s day – the heat can be deadly. Photo courtesy Nina Cornelison

Never leave kids, pets in a vehicle unattended during the blazing Texas summer

By MISTY SHAW
The heat is on this summer, and though it should go without saying, there are a few people out there who may need a friendly reminder – NEVER leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, especially on a hot day.
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Sound the alarm!

July 15, 2015
Sound the alarm!

PCESD 1 is looking for volunteer firefighters and those accepted can serve the public on rigs like this one. Photo by Natalie Gentry

 PCESD 1 needs volunteers by July 31

by Natalie Gentry
Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 (PCESD 1) is looking for volunteer firefighters.
The organization provides fire suppression, prevention, and rescue from seven stations across 2,656 square miles of Parker County.
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Reno veteran recovering from accident

July 8, 2015
Reno veteran recovering from accident

Army PFC Laramie Dockery returned home to Reno June 23 after an accident left him fighting for his life. He was met with crowds of community members waving American flags and signs of welcome.              Photo by Natalie Gentry

 

Hundreds turned out to welcome him home

By Natalie Gentry
Scores of thankful local citizens lined Main Street in Azle June 23 to welcome home an injured soldier.
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Second suspect filmed

July 8, 2015
Second suspect filmed

The Parker County Sheriff’s office is seeking help locating two suspects – including this male – in a series of vehicle burglaries that occurred on June 24-25.                       Photo courtesy of the Parker County Sheriff’s Office

 

 

Sheriff’s Office releases photo of another believed to be part of burglaries

By Natalie Gentry
The Parker County Sheriff’s office has released a photo of the second suspect in a series of vehicle burglaries June 24-25.
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Big rains: Big skeeters

July 8, 2015
Big rains: Big skeeters

 

How to fight off those suckers who bear troublesome diseases for man and beast

 

by Mark K. Campbell
Our recent record-setting rains have left a lot of standing water around – nirvana for mosquitoes.
In fact, the number of bloodsuckers is “booming,” according to Dr. Mike Merchant, an urban entomologist in Dallas.
That’s bad news for humans and other species.
And the insect numbers will not be decreasing any time soon. Some carry troublesome diseases.
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Lake Report

July 8, 2015
Lake Report

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Making ‘friends’ – 1.5 million of them

July 1, 2015
Making ‘friends’ – 1.5 million of them

Courtney Luper is a success story of hitting rock bottom then rallying to excel.

Local Facebook sensation finds joy in helping others

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Chances are high your life has already been touched in some way by Courtney Luper.
Maybe you’re her friend or follower on Facebook – after all, she has 1.5 million of them. (Well, actually, 1.494 million but her numbers rise daily.)
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Meet the papers’ newest colleague

July 1, 2015
Meet the papers’ newest colleague

Sam Brownback

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle News and Springtown Epigraph welcome Azle native and 2010 AHS graduate Sam Brownback to the staff.
Brownback is the advertising sales representative, a position he’s excited about and well-trained for.
After high school, Brownback took basic college courses at Tarrant County College for two years before finishing up his education at the University of North Texas.
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Popcorn Players’ ‘MeloDrama’ coming

June 24, 2015

Once again, the Azle Arts Association’s Popcorn Players will produce a show that encourages cheers, boos, and popcorn throwing.
This year’s “MeloDrama” is Males Order Brides or Big Harry Deal’s Scandalous Scheme!
Directed by Monica Goth, the show begins its two-weekend run July 17.
The plot: Four brides are set to marry a quartet of love-starved citizens that include a pair of bachelors – lumberjack Forrest Green (the hero) and saloon owner Lucky Betts – and grizzled prospector Grubby Shurtz and respectable banker C.D. Nichols.
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PC grand jury indicts 11 from area

June 24, 2015
PC grand jury indicts 11 from area

Six locals hail from Azle and 5 from Springtown

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two convenings of Parker County grand juries in Weatherford – June 4 and 18 – resulted in 11 indictments of local residents.
On June 4, the grand jury returned 46 indictments against 36 individuals.
Three of those individuals are Azle residents and each of them was indicted on a drug-related charge:
• Colby Lee Childs, 24, of Azle, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
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