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When the railroad (almost) came to town

March 1, 2017
When the railroad (almost) came to town

J.A. Kidd’s general store in Springtown. He and other area residents worked to bring a railroad to Springtown to provide more efficient transportation of goods and to further growth of the town. Photo courtesy Kathryn Dodd

Part One: What happened starting in 1887 that could’ve changed everything in the area

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The year 1887 seemingly held the promise of a grand railroad that would follow a route from Fort Worth to Albuquerque, with stops in Springtown, Jacksboro, and growing towns to the west.
A year that started with fervent hope would have many disappointed before Thanksgiving – while others continued to hold out hope.… Read the rest

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Fireworks for Sale…in March

March 1, 2017
Fireworks for Sale…in March

For the second year in a row, fireworks in Texas are now available on dates other than around July Fourth and every year’s end. In 2015, the Texas legislature passed House Bill 1150 which okayed other times for the sale of fireworks – Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day, and Memorial Day. On Jan. 25, 2016, Commissioners Court of Parker County issued an order authorizing fireworks sales on those holidays. Joel Kertok, Public Information Officer for the county, said that 2016 edict still stands for 2017. Photo by Christina Derr

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ESD 1 proposes tax increase to cover costs

March 1, 2017

Parker County Emergency Services District 1 (ESD 1) is proposing a half-cent sales tax for portions of their district in unincorporated Parker County and the city of Annetta South.
Other areas of the district are already under a state-maximum 8.25 percent sales tax, and would not see the initiative on their ballot.
ESD 1 stated that in many cases service providers, online merchants, and area vendors already collect 8.25 cents in a sales tax – even if the correct amount for a particular area is a lower rate.
Being that the current sales tax rate for unincorporated areas of the county is only 6.75 percent, the remaining portion is left in a fund controlled by the state comptroller’s office because there is no current method for that office to return over-collected funds.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

March 1, 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 Feb. 17.-Feb. 26.

Tarrant County felonies
Trae Buchanan, 24, of Springtown was arrested Feb. 26 by Blue Mound Police officers and charged with possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $7,500 bond.

Parker County felonies
Darrell Blaise Hulsey, 17, pf Springtown, was arrested Feb. 19 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Speed racer

February 22, 2017
Speed racer

Azle High School freshman Lawson Nagle gets some “seat time” in an F4 car.

Azle youth to compete in F4 U.S. Championship

An Azle teen who’s been racing karts since he was 8 years old is graduating to race cars.
Lawson Nagel, a 15-year-old freshman at Azle High School, has signed with Miller Vinatieri Leguizamón Motorsports (MVL Motorsports) to do a full season of the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.
The series, designed just for drivers like Nagel who are coming up from karting or quarter midgets, is sanctioned by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro Racing and certified by the International Automobile Federation, which organizes the Formula 1 World Championship.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

February 22, 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 Feb. 13.-Feb. 19.

Tarrant County felonies
Crystal Ann Hall, 36, of Azle, was arrested Feb. 19 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony and illegal dumping, a Class B misdemeanor. She remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $2,500 bond.
Jeremiah Gregory Langen, 27, of Azle was arrested Feb. 19 by Haltom City Police officers and charged with assault causing bodily injury of a family member, second or more within 12 months, a third-degree felony; assault causing bodily injury of a family member, a Class A misdemeanor; resisting arrest, search, or transport, a Class A misdemeanor; and criminal mischief valued $100-$750.… Read the rest

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Reading all about it – 70 years ago

February 15, 2017
Reading all about it – 70 years ago

The cover of the first edition of Try Azle First which would eventually evolve into The Community Standard. Photo courtesy Azle Historical Museum

Begun as an business directory in 1947, Try Azle First expanded into a newspaper

by Mark K. Campbell
Breaking news: Newspapers are different than they used to be.
A few copies of a locally produced publication – Try Azle First – are chock-full of journalistic nostalgia.
Parts of the first edition about the size and width of a paperback book but with far fewer pages are dated November 1947. It’s “a directory of Azle” and “published as a public service for the community of Azle.”

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Six from area indicted in Tarrant Co.

February 15, 2017
Six from area indicted in Tarrant Co.

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth earlier this month, three men from Azle, two men from Springtown, and one Pelican Bay man were indicted on various felony charges.
After considering evidence presented by the Tarrant County District Attorney, the grand jury found in the following criminal cases that there was enough evidence to formally charge these defendants:
• Adrian Rodriguez, 32, of Azle, was indicted Feb. 3 on a charge of theft of a firearm, a state jail felony.
• Aaron Christopher Thomas, 40, of Azle, was indicted Feb. 3 on a charge of theft of property valued less than $2,500, with two or more previous convictions, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

February 15, 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 Feb. 2.-Feb. 12.

Parker County felonies
Troy Allen Cooksey, Jr., 19, of Springtown, was arrested Feb. 7 and charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $20,000 bond.
John Phillip Hughes, 38, of Azle, was arrested Feb. 8 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with burglary of a building, a state jail felony. He was also the subject of a Texas Department of Criminal Justice detainer.… Read the rest

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Wintertime Sunset

February 8, 2017
Wintertime Sunset

This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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