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DPS driver’s license office closed in Weatherford until early Feb.

January 25, 2017

The Weatherford driver’s license office of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) closed Monday, Jan. 23.
The office is expected to reopen in early February after renovations.
DPS spokesperson Richard Hunter said the revamped Weatherford office would feature upgrades, including new technology designed to improve efficiency and customer service.
Hunter added that during the renovation period, DPS is encouraging customers in the area to visit the Mineral Wells Driver License Office located at 600 F.M. 1821 in Mineral Wells.
Other local area driver’s license offices include the Lake Worth office located at 5816 Azle Avenue in Lake Worth.
Rather than visiting an office in person, many drivers are eligible to use online services for needs such as renewals, duplicates, or address changes.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests: Tarrant and Parker County

January 25, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant and Parker County jails during the week of Jan. 16.-Jan. 22.

Tarrant County Felonies
Lawrence T. Frymire, 30, of Azle, was arrested Jan. 17 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. He remained in jail as of press time.
Jared Duane Teel, 29, of Azle, was arrested Jan. 18 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with theft, less than $1,500 with at least two previous convictions, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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The healing power of music

January 18, 2017
The healing power of music

Rae Holland shows off her guitar which she credits with saving her life.
Photo by Christina Derr

by Christina Derr
When Rae Holland began dealing with multiple medical challenges four years ago, she said her life was turned upside down.
Not only did she struggle with the physical effects of the conditions, but there were emotional difficulties as well.
Before her medical struggles, the 19-year Azle resident said she lived a relatively happy life.
“I was living a normal life; I owned a salon out here with some ladies. Just a normal, white picket fence kind of thing,” she said.

Serious changes
Then after a hysterectomy and tumor, Holland said things began to change.… Read the rest

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Sales tax revenues start New Year with a bang

January 18, 2017
Sales tax revenues start New Year with a bang

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Every city and special purpose district in the area – as well as Parker County – received more sales tax revenue in January than in January 2016.
Except the city of Azle, that is.
According to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s website, Azle’s January revenue of $197,098 represents a zero-percent change from its January 2016 revenue of $197,092.
While that’s technically correct, Azle’s monthly numbers are a bit skewed as a result of audit collections that occurred a year ago.
Azle’s January 2016 revenue included current period collections of $169,231.45 as well as audit collections (think of that as a one-time payment as the result of an audit) of $30,286.68, among other amounts and fees.… Read the rest

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Parker Co. bond rating upped

January 18, 2017

The rating of Parker County bonds has been upgraded to an AA+ rating by Fitch.
An AA+ bond rating is the second-highest rating that can be obtained, with AAA being the highest.
The upgraded rating should save taxpayers $85,000 per $10 million issued or borrowed, per George Williford of First Southwest Company.
Using that estimation, the new rating should equate to $650,000 in interest savings for the recently passed $76.2 million Parker County Transportation Bond package.
Williford and Parker County Judge Mark Riley both lauded the four county commissioners and Count Auditor Mike Rhoten for their work that led to the new rating.… Read the rest

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‘Hands-on’ Makerspace a popular learning tool

January 11, 2017
‘Hands-on’ Makerspace a popular learning tool

Students are encouraged to delve into this Makerspace shelf at Azle High School and get creative. Photo by Christina Derr

Students learn with everything from virtual reality to 3-D printers to LEGOS

BY CHRISTINA DERR
In today’s academic environment when so much effort is mandated toward teaching a standardized test, schools are desperately seeking other avenues to teach creativity and get students thinking outside of the box.
For many area schools, one solution has been Makerspace.
The beauty of Makerspace, for many teachers, principals, and librarians, is that it can be built to accommodate any idea or project.
Nikki Stroud, the librarian at Azle High School, said of her campus’ Makerspace, “At AHS, it has to be based on the likes and wants of our individual students.… Read the rest

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New CMO at THA

January 11, 2017
New CMO at THA

Harry A. (Andy) Dollahite, M.D.

Harry A. (Andy) Dollahite, M.D., was named chief medical officer (CMO) at Texas Health Azle, beginning Jan. 9.
Dollahite has been serving as the associate CMO at Texas Health Fort Worth since September 2014, and will continue with that supportive role in addition to his new responsibilities.
Dr. Dollahite graduated from Texas Christian University prior to attending the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.
He completed an orthopedic surgical residency at the Campbell Clinic Foundation/University of Tennessee program in 1988, and tended to the Fort Worth community as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon from January 1989 until December 2013, serving on the medical staff at Texas Health Fort Worth.… Read the rest

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THR, BCBSTX settle contract

January 11, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Texas Health Resources and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas agreed to a new contract for 2017 on Dec. 29 after negotiations stalled for most of the month of December.
The standoff left many North Texans wondering what they would do if Texas Health doctors and facilities – like Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle – were no longer part of the BCBS Texas network.
The two entities traded jabs in statements, each accusing the other of delaying negotiations. Had the two companies not reached an agreement by Dec. 31, those insured by BCBSTX could have had to pay out-of-network fees for their doctors associated with THR, as well as for THR facilities.… Read the rest

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Construction, roadwork get green lights

January 4, 2017
Construction, roadwork get green lights

It’s blue skies ahead for school construction in Azle and a variety of road upgrades – including this troublesome intersection in Azle at Hwy. 199, Main Street, and FM 730 South. Traffic signals will be installed on the north and south sides of the roadways, hopefully easing monstrous back-ups. Photo by Christina Derr

Roadways, traffic lights, and new schools to start springing up

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A slew of improvement and construction projects is slated for the area throughout 2017.

Parker County roadways
Several local roadways will see construction begin using funds from the 2016 Parker County Transportation Bond which was approved by 58 percent of voters in November.… Read the rest

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Stroke program’s success spreading

January 4, 2017
Stroke program’s success spreading

Tawanda Dickman, RN, BSN, CEN, Trauma/Chest Pain/Stroke Coordinator at Texas Health Resources Azle. Photo courtesy Texas Health Resources

Unique ‘Telestroke’ began at Azle’s Texas Health Resources hospital

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Seconds matter in any medical emergency, but that is particularly the case for stroke victims.
As the period from onset to treatment increases after a stroke, so does the amount of damage and the likelihood of disability and death.
In an effort to combat the damage that is caused by strokes, Texas Heath Resources (THR) hospital in Azle developed a virtual stroke, or “telestroke” program, to allow its patients quicker treatment with the help of off-site neurologists.… Read the rest

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