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‘Widespread’ flu season makes its presence known

January 7, 2015
‘Widespread’ flu season makes its presence known

Disease reaches epidemic levels in America…and Texas…as ‘drifting’ virus lowers vaccination potency

By Natalie Gentry
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the flu has reached epidemic levels in the U.S.
This announcement follows warnings by the CDC in early December that the 2014-2015 season could be severe.
That the flu has reached this status isn’t a surprise to researchers.
In fact this occurrence is a regular part of flu seasons.… Read the rest

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Swearing In

January 7, 2015
Swearing In

The Honorable Wayne Hayes was sworn in to office for his new term that began Jan. 1 by his grandson Austin Christmas. Photo courtesy Parker County Government

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Azle Arts Association announces 2015 season

January 7, 2015

While plays and dates could change, the Azle Arts Association has selected its productions for the 2015 season.
The year begins with Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens, a comedy.
It runs Jan. 30-Feb. 1 and Feb. 6-8.
Next up is Opal’s Husband which, like Guacamole Queens, will be directed by Monica Goth.
Performances are slated for March 20-22 and 27-29.
In May, Red, White, & Tuna arrives.… Read the rest

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A New Year

December 30, 2014
A New Year

Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Be at war with your vices,
at peace with your neighbors,
and let every New Year
find you a better man.
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Reno burn ban in effect

December 22, 2014

By Natalie Gentry
Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes, reminded attendees at the City Council meeting Dec. 15. there is a citywide burn ban in effect.
Lack of rain and high winds have contributed to a high fire danger in recent weeks.
Stokes said the ban was put in place because the Reno Volunteer Fire Department has battled several grass fires in the past month, including three blazes in one day.… Read the rest

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Angels in waiting: Reno angel tree and Toys for Tots gifts arrive

December 22, 2014
Angels in waiting: Reno angel tree and Toys for Tots gifts arrive

By Natalie Gentry
The City of Reno picked up the gifts it received for the Toys for Tots program last week.
“I think this is great to see our  community coming together during the holidays,” said Public Works Director Scott Passmore.
Mayor Lynda Stokes echoed Passmore’s sentiments.
“There has been such an out pouring from the community,” Stokes said. “Scott [Passmore] and other city employees have spearheaded these efforts and have done so much work on their own time.… Read the rest

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Oh Yeah!

December 22, 2014
Oh Yeah!

It’s been more than five years since gas prices have fallen below $2 per gallon. The lower prices are expected to remain in that range until year’s end.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Christmas 2014

December 22, 2014
Christmas 2014

Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman, Natalie Gentry, and Mark K. Campbell

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Parker County Arrests

December 17, 2014

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 between Dec.7-12
• Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 37-year-old Springtown man Dec. 7 and charged him with possession of a controlled substance – penalty group 1, less than one gram.
• A 35-year-old Azle woman was arrested Dec. 7 by Pelican Bay police for a warrant for theft of property by check, $20-500.… Read the rest

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PC officials swear-in Dec. 31

December 17, 2014

Parker County’s newly elected and re-elected officials will hold a public Swearing-in Ceremony in the County Court at Law 2 Courtroom of the Parker County Courthouse on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m.
All of the officials will be serving four-year terms to begin January 1. The public is invited to attend.
This year’s list of Parker County elected officials, in ballot order: Mark Riley, County Judge; Jerry Buckner, County Court at Law 1 Judge; Curtis Jenkins, County Court at Law 2 Judge; Sharena Gilliland, District Clerk; Jeane Brunson, County Clerk.… Read the rest

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