by Natalie Gentry
The 1950’s was a time of introductions for current Azle resident Al Burkett.
The songwriter lived in Demopolis, Alabama then and he was introduced to his son’s mother as well as the local holiday festival, Christmas on the River (COTR).
“I’ve been around Demopolis almost all of my life and my son still lives there,” Burkett said. “A couple years ago we went to Christmas on the River and it was wonderful.”… Read the rest
by Carla Noah Stutsman
The Parker County Grand Jury met Thursday, Dec. 5 to consider evidence in several criminal cases. Although they dismissed early due to weather conditions, the Grand Jury did indict 21 individuals for 23 criminal charges.
At least three of those indicted were from Springtown.
William Austin Black, 52, of Springtown, was indicted for driving while intoxicated, third or more, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest
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 days of Dec. 15-19.
Dustin Allen Thompson, 23, of Springtown was arrested on Dec. 15 by officers from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and charged with DWI, second offense. In addition, he had multiple outstanding Tarrant County warrants for failure to appear and a wide variety of traffic violations.… Read the rest
By Natalie Gentry
Video may have killed the radio star, but it became official on Nov. 6, that streaming killed the video store.
Blockbuster, the last national movie rental chain, will close its remaining stores on Jan. 12, including the Azle store.
The company is also discontinuing its DVD-by-mail distribution by mid-January.
Blockbuster was saved from bankruptcy in 2011 by DISH Network.
Since that time, however, the business continued to deteriorate as Netflix began its DVD-by-mail and then streaming services attracted former clientele.… Read the rest
by mark k. campbell
Well, the weather folks missed the boat again – this time in the other direction.
After freaking out the masses about a coming ice storm on Nov. 22-24 – that one was cold but temperatures didn’t drop enough for road icing – a forecast for Dec. 5 warned of a possible half-inch of ice.
It ended up being much more than that.… Read the rest
by mark k. campbell
After surviving one of the coldest Novembers on record, December is about to try to one up it.
Following several remarkably mild days as the month started, December is about to get cold – and maybe icy.
Of course, that’s what weather forecasters said Nov. 22-23 when a cold rain arrived and was expected to turn to ice – as much as two inches.… Read the rest
On Sunday, Dec. 8, the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford opens its doors to celebrate what would be Mary Martin’s 100th birthday.
The Weatherford native and Broadway star will be honored with the opening of an exhibit that will run through August 2014.
A special talk is slated for 2 p.m. by Martin historian George Dansker.
“The Real Mary Martin in Words and Music” will focus on the personal side of the star’s life.… Read the rest
A Parker County grand jury returned 41 indictments against 29 individuals when it met to consider evidence Thursday, Nov. 21, in Weatherford.
Of those 29 individuals, four list Azle addresses and four are Springtown residents.
• Shannon Paige Cooper, 41, of Springtown, indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
• Chance Lee Jarrett, 25, of Springtown, indicted for evading arrest with a vehicle, a third degree felony, as well as for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony.… Read the rest
The University Interscholastic League approved a proposal to add competition for students in wheelchairs to the 2014 track and field state meet.
Student athletes using wheelchairs will participate in a pilot program in three events – 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, and the shot put.
In other events from an October meeting:
• the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition and the Latino History Essay Competition are now sanctioned as UIL contests for high schools seniors… Read the rest
The following individuals from the Azle and Springtown areas were indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury during the month of November:
• Tony Villanueva, 26, of Azle, indicted Nov. 5 for robbery.
• Kimberly Denise Williamson, 43, of Springtown, indicted Nov. 5 for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram.
• Michael Brian Carlson, 32, of Reno, indicted Nov. 6 on a charge of robbery.… Read the rest