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Stormy Weather

May 13, 2015
Stormy Weather

This funnel cloud – shot east from Highway 51 south of Springtown – eventually touched down in Decatur and caused some damage on May 7. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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SNAKES!

May 6, 2015
SNAKES!

You could spend many a year hunting down all the different kinds of snakes in Texas. Look up to see a rough green snake, which prefers to hide out in trees and bushes to catch food and avoid predators. The Texas rat snake is one of the serpents you are most likely to see in this part of the state. They are formidable climbers and are sometimes found on the sides of brick walls.
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Holiday heaven

April 29, 2015
Holiday heaven

St. Patrick’s Day is not officially recognized as a holiday in America, but try convincing lovers of green beer that.

Christmas is by far the holiday when the greatest number of cards are sent.

 

There are lots to choose from – official and unofficial

 

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Every time you turn around, it seems like here comes another holiday.
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On the hunt for the elusive pink bluebonnet

April 29, 2015
On the hunt for the elusive pink bluebonnet

A long day’s search finally ended north of Llano on Highway 16. Photo by Paula Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
This week’s Home & Garden special section is filled with photos of a variety of flowers.
Included are some bluebonnet shots that didn’t come easily.
For more than two decades, Paula Campbell has supplied the paper with scores of photos.
For the Home & Garden section, we wanted to highlight the wide variety of flowers that grow from gardens to roadsides.
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Kill the death tax

April 22, 2015

Farm Bureau president says bill’s repeal is crucial

Texas farmers and ranchers have been penalized for the loss of a loved one, said Don Smelley, Parker County Farm Bureau president.
In 2003, Congress raised the estate tax exemption to $5 million and indexed it for inflation, he noted.
Now, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 will kill that earlier bill that was hampering Texas farmers and ranchers.
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Dog gone

April 22, 2015
Dog gone

Having a plan for your family – including any pets or livestock – will make the chaos of a disaster easier to manage. Photo by Natalie Gentry

When disaster strikes, don’t forget about your four-legged friends

BY MISTY SHAW
Severe weather season is upon us again this year, and it’s likely that wildfire season won’t be far behind.
As residents take measures to protect themselves and their homes or vehicles in the event of such emergencies, it’s important to remember to make preparations for our pets and livestock, as well.
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Ice cream daze

April 22, 2015
Ice cream daze

The Brookshire’s Grocery in Azle has row after row of empty shelves that beloved Blue Bell ice cream products once filled. No date for the return of the Texas favorite has been determined. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Blue Bell pulls all products from shelves

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
April 21 has again become a memorable date for Texas.
Yay: On April 21, 1836, General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna in the Battle of San Jacinto to win Texas’ independence.
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The eye of the beholder

April 15, 2015
The eye of the beholder

Springtown native’s art on exhibit in Fort Worth gallery

 

Pieces in Testament investigate the spiritual labor of bearing weight and persistence. The photos will be displayed until May 23 in Fort Worth. Photo courtesy Jennifer B. Thoreson

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Jennifer B. Thoreson is a visual artist who creates staged imagery that is both artistically stylized and meticulously crafted.
The daughter of JB and Erma Perry of Springtown, Thoreson holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of New Mexico. She now lives and works in Albuquerque.
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AAA Texas tips to avoid roofing scams

April 8, 2015

• Make sure the roof damage is covered by your insurance policy.

• Be cautious about door-to-door offers of roof repair services and flyers or business cards that are left at your property.

• Obtain estimates from more than one roof contractor – including a summary of work to be done, time schedules, guarantees, and payment schedules in writing.

• Obtain everything in writing. The best way to avoid disputes over what is or isn’t expected from a home improvement/repair job is to write out the details in a contract.
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Up on the roof

April 8, 2015
Up on the roof

No, it’s not a newly-formed volcano that was discovered behind the News office after the recent storms. This is a colossal fire ant bed – one of many popping up in the area. Over a foot tall, the mound hides the dreaded stinging ants that are so troublesome and painful. Commercial and old school remedies abound on our Facebook pages – The Azle News and Springtown Epigraph – where folks are suggesting everything from fruit peels to granules to home mixtures containing detergent to professional pest companies. Just so you know, we don’t endorse these ideas, but feel free to join the Facebook conversation and put in your two cents.

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