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Under attack!

March 16, 2016
Under attack!

 

Oak wilt again expected to continue wiping out hundreds of thousands of trees

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL

One of the author’s many trees lost to encroaching oak wilt in Parker County. Photo by Mark K. Campbell


We are currently in the season when a scary population explodes and kills hundreds of thousands.
Tiny sap beetles – aka picnic beetles – are mobilizing this very minute; they began in mid-February and will continue through June.
These little insects, nitifulid beetles, are only 1/8-inch long, but they can fell big trees scores of feet tall.
Sap beetles are responsible for oak wilt disease that has wiped out a mind boggling number of trees.… Read the rest

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Tornado time!

March 9, 2016
Tornado time!

This funnel cloud dropped down southwest of Azle last May. Texas leads the world in the number of tornadoes. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

What to look for, other twister tips

by Mark K. Campbell
Texans know that spring brings bluebonnets. And baseball. And tornadoes.
If you’ve lived in the Lone Star State very long, you’ve scanned an April sky, heard the sirens, and seen the hail roaring out of swirling, angry clouds.
Naturally, twisters are not limited to springtime – as folks in the Metroplex found out the day after last Christmas.
But mainly it’s this time of year when the storms wreak their havoc.… Read the rest

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From the mat to the octagon

March 2, 2016
From the mat to the octagon

Seconds from victory, Chas Skelly forces a Finland fighter into submission. Photo courtesy Getty Images/Zuffa, Inc.

Chas Skelly at the weigh-in before an April 2014 fight in Florida. Photo courtesy Getty Images/Zuffa, Inc.

Former AHS wrestler Chas Skelly is marching up UFC rankings

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
He’s looking for his fifth victory in a row.
Chas Skelly, an Azle High School graduate and state wrestling champion as a Hornet, has a big Mixed Martial Arts fight on the horizon.
With four victories in a row, Skelly is looking to make it five.
Ranked No. 16 in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) featherweight (145 pounds) division, Skelly will have to defeat No.… Read the rest

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Taking a leap

February 24, 2016
Taking a leap

Everything you ever wanted to know (or not) about Feb. 29

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
It’s not every year that Feb. 29 rolls around.
In fact, it’s every four years.
Well, most of the time.
And it’s been around a couple of thousand years.

Julius Caesar is the guy who changed the calendar, initially adding 90 days.

Why?
We have a day added to the calendar every four years because one complete revolution around the sun takes the Earth around 365 days and 6 hours.
So, every four years, there’s one more 24-hour period that’s built up.
Without the extra day, the seasons would eventually start falling back and everyone would have Texas’ wacky weather.… Read the rest

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Matters of the heart

February 17, 2016
Matters of the heart

Kathy Baker, from Azle, says she did not know she was having heart attack symptoms last summer. Photo by Misty Shaw

Tale of a cardiac incident a warning for all women

BY NATALIE GENTRY AND MISTY SHAW
February is Heart Health Month, and Feb. 5 was National Wear Red Day to raise awareness for women’s heart health – because heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women nationwide.
While many people may think of heart disease as predominantly a male issue, it kills more women each year than breast cancer, stroke, and car accident combined.
Heart attack signs and symptoms vary between men and women.… Read the rest

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Mitchell, Reynolds wed in Crowley

February 17, 2016
Mitchell, Reynolds wed in Crowley

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Justin Reynolds
…Lindsey Renee Mitchell

Lindsey Renee Mitchell of Lake Worth and Richard Justin Reynolds exchanged vows at 4 p.m. Oct. 11, 2015at Mimosa Hall in Crowley.
The bride is the daughter of Terry and Renee Mitchell of Azle. The groom parents are David and Sammye Fish of Burleson.
The ceremony was officiated by Zak Hiatt.
The bride wore a a beaded ivory A-line Maggie Sottero gown and carried a cascading bouquet of ivory roses, ivy, purple stock and ivory lilies.
Matron of honor was Amber Bennett and Sarah Smith was maid of honor. Tasha Jones was bridesmaid and Brooklyn Reynolds was junior bridesmaid.… Read the rest

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Scholarships offered to PC senior students

February 17, 2016

Applications at Springtown and Poolville High Schools

Grace House Ministries is again offering $1,000 scholarships to students in Parker County schools.
Pure Truth scholarship will be given to high school seniors.
Part of the qualifications includes being a positive role model and influencing peers.
In the past three years, Grace House Ministries – a Christian pregnancy center that provides information and direction – has awarded eight scholarships.
To apply, pick up an application at Springtown or Poolville High School.
Required as part of the process are letters of recommendation, a recent transcript, and a personal essay.
The deadline is April 1.… Read the rest

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Turn, you idiot! Oh, wait. That arrow…what?!

February 10, 2016
Turn, you idiot! Oh, wait. That arrow…what?!

 

TxDOT clarifies meaning of red arrow at signal light

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Drivers in Azle have experienced confusion, concern, and consternation as a result of a change to a signal light.
That light, for the right turn lane from north-bound Southeast Parkway (aka SH 199 service road) onto North Stewart Street, was recently replaced by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).
Now, instead of the traditional round red light at the top of the signal, there is a red right arrow.
Some have interpreted that red right arrow to mean “stop” until the light turns green – in other words, these drivers believe they can no longer turn right on red after checking for oncoming traffic and pedestrians.… Read the rest

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Bouchard Grand Champion at FW Stock Show

February 3, 2016
Bouchard Grand Champion at FW Stock Show

Gracie Bouchard, of Azle, was awarded the Junior Beefmaster Grand Championship for her heifer at the Fort Worth Stock Show Jan. 23.
Photo courtesy FWSS and Barron Photografix Ltd.

All SHS students who showed lambs at the Stock Show placed in the top 20 of their class: (front, l-r) Camryn Slocum, Summer Conway, and Sterling Johnson (back): Taylor Lunsford and Brody McDowell.

Local youth participate in annual competition

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Fort Worth Stock Show is the first of the major stock shows that many area FFA and 4-H students compete in each year.
The 2016 Show hosted junior exhibitors from 238 counties across Texas competing for awards and $143,940 in premiums.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

February 3, 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 from Jan 23-28.
• A 35-year-old Springtown man was arrested Jan. 23 by Springtown police and charged with fictitious or altered vehicle registrations. He posted $1,000 bond and was released from jail the same day.
• Kevin Lee Slovik, 33, of Springtown was arrested Jan. 23 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with aggravated assault to a family or household member with a weapon, a first-degree felony.  As of Monday, Feb. 1 he remained in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.… Read the rest

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