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Church hosting Emergency Preparedness Fair

March 11, 2015

An average of 125 tornadoes occurs in Texas each year – more than in any other state.
North Central Texas sees not just tornadoes but severe thunderstorms and flash flood events each year, as well.
Safeguarding your family in the event of a natural disaster is crucial.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 1010 Timberoaks Drive in Azle, will host an Emergency Preparedness Fair from 12 noon-4 p.m. Saturday, March 21.
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Parker County Arrests

March 11, 2015

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 March 2.
• A 31-year-old Springtown woman was arrested March 2 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of marijuana – less than two ounces and driving with an invalid license with previous convictions. She also had an active Tarrant County warrant for theft of property $50-$500.
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Teachers with tenure

March 4, 2015
Teachers with tenure

Long-tenured physics teacher Andy Zapata supervises a catapult lab exercise with his students at Azle High School. Photo by Misty Shaw

For decades, Zapata and Leininger have educated local students

BY MISTY SHAW
Meet the districts’ most tenured teachers who are still in the classroom every day of the school year: Azle High School’s Andre “Andy” Zapata, and Lynda Leininger of Springtown Intermediate School.
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Get a passport Sat. in Lake Worth

March 4, 2015

The Tarrant County District Clerk’s Office is celebrating “Passport Day,” an acceptance and outreach event, by hosting five Passport Fairs on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
One facility participating is the Northwest Sub-Courthouse, 6713 Telephone Road in Lake Worth.
The phone number there is (817) 238-4457.
As an authorized acceptance agent for the U.S. Department of State, the Tarrant County District Clerk is holding the Passport Fair on a Saturday to provide a more convenient opportunity for individuals and families to receive information and apply for passports outside the normal Monday through Friday office hours.
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Parker County Arrests

February 25, 2015

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 week of Feb. 13-19.
• Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 63-year-old Azle man Feb. 13 on a commitment order for driving while intoxicated – third or more offense.
• A 19-year-old Springtown man was arrested Feb. 13 by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers on a motion to revoke parole or probation for a previous charge of organized retail theft, less than $50.
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Exceptional drought persists

February 25, 2015
Exceptional drought persists

Spring rains needed to avoid Stage 2 drought restrictions

BY MISTY SHAW
It’s a sad sight these days from the shore of what remains of Eagle Mountain Lake with the ever-receding water line seemingly miles away. Trees are withering and many creeks have been dry for months as the entire region remains in an exceptional drought.
Even with the recent ice and snow, the actual moisture content from that sort of precipitation is very low and makes minimal impact on the drought situation.
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Honoring the ‘Greatest’ : Area WWII vets encouraged to attend monthly luncheon

February 18, 2015
Honoring the ‘Greatest’ : Area WWII vets encouraged to attend monthly luncheon

BY MISTY SHAW
Calling all area World War II veterans – come take your seat at the monthly luncheon being held in your honor in White Settlement.
At 11 a.m. on the last Friday of each month, local veterans gather in the banquet room at Hawaiian Falls Water Park in White Settlement to swap stories and share experiences from their time in the service during WWII.
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Looking up: Most area cities see increases in sales tax revenue; only Lakeside down

February 18, 2015
Looking up: Most area cities see increases in sales tax revenue; only Lakeside down

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Movin’ on up!
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Feb. 11 that state sales tax revenue in January was $2.56 billion, up 11.2 percent compared to January 2014.
Hegar will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts their February local sales tax allocations totaling $873.1 million, up 8.9 percent compared to February 2014.
The sales tax figures represent December sales reported by monthly tax filers as well as October, November, and December sales by businesses that report tax quarterly.
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Church hosts top chef Sat.

February 18, 2015
Church hosts top chef Sat.

Does the idea of growing your own fresh vegetables in a kitchen garden interest you?
If it does, read on.
In conjunction with its Garden of Hope community garden, Hope Lutheran Church at 4795 E. Highway 199 between Springtown and Azle will host Chef Charles Youts of The Classic Cafe in Roanoke at noon Saturday, Feb. 21.
The program is free and open to the public; it’s expected to last about an hour.
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Camp Meeting in Big Bend area still going strong

February 11, 2015
Camp Meeting in Big Bend area still going strong

Westerners sometimes end up doing things in a big way, even though starting out small.  I really should wait until early August to run this column, because the Bloys Camp Meeting will celebrate 125 years the first week of August 2015. (Oh, well, there’s time to plan to go!)
The story begins with Presbyterian preacher William D. Bloys.  He was born in 1847 in McLemoresville, Tenn. and graduated from Theological Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He wanted to be a missionary to India, but the powers that decide such things turned him down for health reasons.  They sent him instead to Coleman, Tx., but the climate was too wet.  A doctor advised him to travel to dry West Texas, so he went to Fort Davis in the Big Bend area, arriving with his family Feb.… Read the rest

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