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Texas Tuition Promise Fund investments can pay off later

September 14, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A college education can cost a family tens of thousands of dollars, or saddle a student with loans that can take years to pay off.
But the state of Texas offers its residents a way to pay today’s prices for their child’s secondary education in the future.
It’s called the Texas Tuition Promise Fund (TTPF); open enrollment into the program began Sept. 1 and continues through Feb. 28, 2017.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said TTPF offers parents and loved ones the chance to prepay a child’s education at Texas public colleges and universities at today’s prices.
“Giving your child the opportunity to pursue a college education is one of the most important decisions you can make for your family,” Hegar said.… Read the rest

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Beware of jail bond scam

September 14, 2016

Sheriff’s office issues warning

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
There’s another new scam around.
As always, it’s a way for criminals to take advantage of trusting and unsuspecting folks; this time, it’s aimed at relatives of someone who was recently arrested and posted bond to get out of jail.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler’s office has received several fraudulent reports of scammers contacting random individuals, claiming to be a bonding company.
The victims claim the scammer contacts them by phone, purporting to be a bonding company representative of the victim’s loved one, who recently has bonded out of jail.
The scammer says the bonding company needs more money to keep their loved one’s bond current or another warrant will be issued.… Read the rest

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Stay tuned

September 7, 2016
Stay tuned

Nine-year-old William Kisner shows off some of the radio equipment he and his father, Tom Kisner, have collected. Operators are sought at every governmental level to be ready in case of any communicaton emergencies. Photo by Christina Derr

Azle father-son duo find amateur radio operations to be more than a pastime

BY CHRISTINA DERR
“It is not just a hobby – it could save someone’s life…”
That’s how nine-year-old William Kisner described the time he spends learning about amateur radio operations with his father, Tom Kisner.
“I call it apocalypse com link as it rarely goes down in any condition. You could save someone’s life with it – so it is pretty important,” he said.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

September 7, 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 Aug. 22-Sept. 5:
Bonnie Cline Mellor, 62, of Azle, was arrested Aug. 23 by Weatherford Police officers and charged with theft of property, less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions, a state jail felony. She posted $10,000 bond and was released the following day.
Charlotte Marie Moore, 43, of Springtown was arrested Aug. 24 by Springtown Police officers and charged with theft of materials, aluminum/bronze/ copper, less than $30,000, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Of 33 indicted by Parker County, 6 from Azle, 4 from Springtown, and 1 from Reno

September 7, 2016
Of 33 indicted by Parker County, 6 from Azle, 4 from Springtown, and 1 from Reno

Jimmy Lee Batterton

John Dana Martina

Kistan Marie Matlock

Billy Keith White

Donnie Ray Beam

Jordan Ashley Luttell

John Christopher Young

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury handed down 34 indictments against 33 individuals after considering evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s office Sept. 1 in Weatherford.
Six of those indicted are Azle-area residents, while four live in Springtown and one in Reno.
• Jimmy Lee Batterton, 59, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, one to four grams, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Texas Football

August 31, 2016
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Texas Football

Azle’s Rowdies get the crowd going at Hornet Field. Photos by Mark Campbell

 

Four young Azle fans find the best seats in the house opening night.

All ages cheered for the Hornets against Grapevine.

Buzzy looked to rope some Mustangs.

An Emerald Dazzler at midfield during the first performance of the new season.

On the Hornet Field turf a soloist performs before the big Azle crowd.

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PC jury indicts 15 from area

August 31, 2016
PC jury indicts 15 from area

7 from Springtown, 4 from Reno, 3 from Azle, and 1 from the ‘Bay

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury handed down 52 indictments when it convened in Weatherford Aug. 18 and on Aug. 25 to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s office.
Among those indicted are seven people from Springtown, three from Azle, four from Reno and one from Pelican Bay.
• Teddy Dean Carson, Jr., 45, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, one to four grams, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Back To School

August 24, 2016
Back To School

Damon Cook eyes the entrance to Liberty Elementary as he heads to his first day of Pre K.
Photo by Natalie Gentry

Cheyenne Gray is ready for the first day of fourth grade, arriving at Walnut Creek Elementary School with her mom, Chelsa Gray.
Photo by Christina Derr

No first day qualms for Pre K student Caleb Whitlock as he leads the way into Liberty Elementary. Photo by Natalie Gentry

Becky Compton and first grader Zoey Compton arriving for the first day of the new school year at Walnut Creek Elementary School. Photo by Christina Derr

Natalie White almost dances her way across the road as she heads to her first day of Pre K3 at Reno Elementary.

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Azle hospital earns high rating from U.S. group

August 24, 2016

For patient care and experience

Texas Health Azle was one of 11 Texas Health hospitals to receive a 4-star rating from Centers for a Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) report.
CMS awarded the honor for patient experience and care based on its Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating.
The ranking places Texas Health Azle in the top 25 percent of all U.S. hospitals.
Its four star rating means Texas Health Azle provided “higher than average quality” in patient care.
The rankings are based on patient perspectives on their Azle hospital experience including:
• Outcome – patient morality and safety
• Process – effectiveness and timeliness of care
• Efficiency – imaging
Valarie Gilbert, RN and chief nursing officer at Texas Health Azle said, “We are continually working to implement quality, safety, and patient satisfaction initiatives that will enhance the care our patients receive.”
Other Texas Health hospitals earning four stars included those in Dallas, Plano, HEB, Kaufman, and Denton.… Read the rest

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PC Arrests

August 24, 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 during the week of Aug. 15-21:
Kimberly Ann Knight, 49, of Azle, was arrested Aug. 16 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies on a motion to revoke probation for a prior charge of possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
A 24-year-old Springtown man was arrested Aug. 19 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of marijuana, less than two ounces. He posted $1,500 bond and was released the following day.… Read the rest

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