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Feeding their fellow man

October 26, 2016
Feeding their fellow man

 

Food bank provides provisions for hundreds of thousands

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) is responsible for providing meals to over 167,000 residents of 13 area counties annually.
TAFB works to distribute food in a region that covers 11,000 square miles and stretches from the Texas-Oklahoma border in Cooke County to the southern end of the DFW Metroplex in Hill County.
TAFB is one of 21 member food banks of the statewide food bank network known as Feeding Texas.
The Feeding Texas network is a member of the nationwide Feeding America network, featuring over 200 food banks nationally.… Read the rest

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PC grand jury indicts 15 from area

October 26, 2016
PC grand jury indicts 15 from area

8 from Azle, 6 from Springtown, 1 from Reno

A Parker County grand jury met Sept. 15 and again Oct. 13 in a Weatherford court room to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s office.
The grand jury returned an indictment against an Azle man Sept. 15, and on Oct. 13, it handed down indictments against a Reno resident, six people who live in Springtown, and seven Azle residents.
• Landon Shane Lowe, 37, of Azle, was indicted Sept. 15 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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One to remember

October 19, 2016
One to remember

The Epigraph headline says it all. Springtown’s crazy football victory over Azle came at Hornet Field.

The Azle-Springtown triple overtime football game 20 years ago was like no other

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
If you were one of the thousands there, you certainly remember the Friday evening of Oct. 18, 1996.
That was the night when one of the greatest – or perhaps the greatest – football games was played at Hornet Field.
Springtown visited Azle for a contest before a packed house that saw a clash filled with crazy turns, questionable calls, wacky plays, and downright nail-biting suspense.

The build-up
Springtown was playing its first-ever season in 4A (now 5A).… Read the rest

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Cold or flu?

October 19, 2016

Colds and flus have symptoms that overlap.
One major difference is that with the flu, you get a fever almost always, says Dr. Jessica Williams, Family Medicine, Lone Star Medical Group.
Colds can be managed by over the counter medications and by drinking plenty of fluids for five to seven days.
Diagnosing the flu requires a nose or throat swab; results are usually available within 30 minutes.
The swab is accurate 50-70 percent of the time; if it shows no flu, the swab has a 90-95 percent accuracy rate.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

October 19, 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 Oct. 3-16:
A 25-year-old Azle man was arrested Oct. 3 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with theft of property, $100-$750. As of Oct. 17 he remained in jail in lieu of $3,000 bond.
A 27-year-old Azle man was arrested Oct. 3 by Department of Public Safety troopers and charged with no driver’s license and driving while license invalid, with previous convictions/suspensions. He posted $750 bond and was released Oct. 5.
A 31-year-old Springtown woman was arrested Oct.… Read the rest

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Scams come wearing many different cyber-masks

October 12, 2016

BY CHRISTINA DERR
In recent months an alarming number of scams have come to the attention of banks, law enforcement, and even computer technicians.
Scammers are lurking around every corner, preying on their targets in ways that transcend age, gender, and socioeconomic status.
Anyone can find themselves a potential victim.
Criminals out to make a quick buck are using a multitude of scenarios as a means to get money and information from unsuspecting victims – some of which appear to be very believable.

Law enforcement
In recent months the Parker County Sheriff’s office has issued two press releases describing scams that have come to their attention.… Read the rest

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Paying tribute

October 5, 2016
Paying tribute

The Tabernacle was shrouded in inches of snow late last December. The building’s refurbishment continues. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Gathering remembers Great Depression men who built local landmarks

BY CHRISTINA DERR
In the midst of the greatest financial depression this country had ever seen, approximately three million young, unmarried men, aged 17-28, flocked to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to find work during the 1930s and early-1940s.
Hundreds of those men worked on a multitude of projects in the tri-county area, including Eagle Mountain Lake, the Tabernacle located on the Springtown Square, and in several areas around Lake Worth.
Their work is responsible for community parks and structures still enjoyed by residents today, over 80 years later.… Read the rest

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Heart, stroke by the numbers

October 5, 2016

The American Heart Association has published a slew of numbers concerning the health of Americans and Tarrant County residents:
• 41 percent of Tarrant residents who have their cholesterol checked have high cholesterol
• 30 percent of Tarrant residents have high blood pressure
• 64 percent of Tarrant residents are either overweight or obese
• 17 percent of Tarrant residents smoke
• 27 percent of Tarrant residents reported zero physical activity in the last month
• 52,267 people using American Heart Association material have been trained in CPR in Tarrant County
In the U.S.:
• Cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths have been reduced by 70 percent since 1968
• CVD deaths dropped 31 percent from 2002-12
• Stroke mortality dropped 36 percent from 2002-12
• Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming an overweight or obese adult
• 12 Metroplex cities have comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinances: Benbrook, Dallas, Denton, DeSoto, Ennis, Flower Mound, Granbury, Highland Village, Lewisville, Plano, Sherman, Southlake, University Park,and Waxahachie.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

October 5, 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 Sept. 26-Oct. 2:
A 46-year-old Azle man was arrested Sept. 27 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies for an insufficient bond on a prior charge of driving while intoxicated. He posted $20,050 bond and was released the following day.
A 40-year-old Springtown man was arrested Sept. 26 by Weatherford Police officers and charged with driving while license suspended with previous convictions/suspensions. He posted $500 bond and was released the following day.
Lance Lyn Lybrand, 26, of Azle, was arrested Sept.… Read the rest

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Road work ahead?

September 28, 2016
Road work ahead?

Some of the proposed bond money – $100,000 – is dedicated to the installation of traffic lights on the north and south sides of FM 730 South at Hwy 199. The election is Nov. 8. Photo by Christina Derr

If county transportation bond passes, Azle and Springtown will see multiple improvements

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Among items up for consideration by Parker County residents during the Nov. 8 election will be a $76.2 million transportation bond.
The largest portion of the bond program, $56.6 million, is planned to be used on the construction of the East Loop.
The East Loop will be a four-phase project, and is planned to be a continuation of the West Loop, also known as the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway.… Read the rest

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