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‘Facebook for nature nerds’

January 6, 2016

New iNaturalist app offers wealth of information

If you find yourself ambling along on a hike and stumble upon a mysterious something in the flora or fauna…well, there’s an app for that.
It’s iNaturalis and you can learn all about the app and accompanying website at th enext meeting of the Natuve Plant Society of Texas, Cross Timbers Chapter.
There, on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Cherry Park Community Building in Weatherford, you can find out all about this latest information source.
Biologist Sam Kieschnick, who will address the meeting, said, “I call it ‘Facebook for nature nerds.’”
The app is a “citizen science network” that focuses on documenting nearby nature; it details the “biodiversity that’s all around us.”
With the app, anyone can report on plant sightings that might add to other sightings to “help build a global map of where species exist.”
Photos can be posted and experts can be quizzed.… Read the rest

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First play of year looms

January 6, 2016

The Azle Arts Association is ready to kick off 2016 with a comedy.
Doublewide, Texas, written by James Wooten, arrives on the group’s stage beginning Friday, Jan. 15.
The play will run Jan. 15-17 and Jan. 22-24.
Set in “one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas” – four doublewides and a shed – the play centers on a nearby town, Tugaloo, threatening to annex the residents.
Fearing being gobbled up by “the big guys,” residents – not exactly bosom buddies – must work together to thwart the annexation effort. That includes trying to secede from Texas.
Doublewide, Texas is directed by Sonja Crocker.… Read the rest

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Enjoy winter

December 29, 2015
Enjoy winter

In seed time learn,
In harvest teach,
In winter enjoy.
William Blake

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Winter Comes Calling

December 29, 2015
Winter Comes Calling

A “wintry mix” predicted for the early morning hours of Dec. 28 ended up being two inches of snow in the area.
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County historical website now up and running

December 29, 2015
County historical website now up and running

This group created a website for the Parker County Historical Commission: (l-r) Joel Kertok, Janna Blumentritt, Gloria Elam, Bill Warren, and Bryce Heath.

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Now you can look online and discover a wealth of information about Parker County.
The Parker County Historical Commission unveiled its new website in mid-December.
The site: http://www.parkerchc.org.
A committee has also added a Facebook page.
Visitors can discover a plethora of info about Parker County, an area that dates back to 1855.
The committee of Bill Warren, Gloria Elam, and Janna Blumentritt worked with webmaster Bryce Heath to create a user-friendly site.
On the web pages, visitors will discover photos, histories of towns and communities, and details on every historical marker in Parker County.… Read the rest

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Christmas Around Town

December 22, 2015
Christmas Around Town

Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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It’s the season of giving – cautiously

December 16, 2015
It’s the season of giving – cautiously

Some crooked charities feast on the kindness of others this time of year

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Beware.
Not the word you want to see during this “most wonderful time of the year,” but it’s important.
Whether for goodwill – it’s better to give than to receive – or for a tax deduction, many folks contribute to charities every year’s end.
And many folks get scammed.

Better watch out
Dean Peyton knows about nefarious charities.
The retired Azle resident is a generous giver and has been for years.
However, his goodwill was upsot more than once when he discovered some of his contributions were not being used as properly as they should.… Read the rest

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Pairs from Azle, Springtown indicted by Parker Co.

December 16, 2015
Pairs from Azle, Springtown indicted by Parker Co.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury met in Weatherford Dec. 3 to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly.
The grand jury handed down 38 indictments against 30 individuals.
Two of those individuals are Azle residents while two live in Springtown.
• Zackery Ryan Pittman, 17, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle, a state jail felony. Pittman was also indicted on a charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.
• Mark Alan Fuller, 45, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of injury to a child, elderly or disabled person with intent to cause bodily injury, a third degree felony.… Read the rest

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Agreement puts Texas Health on federal insurance marketplace

December 16, 2015

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Texas Health Resources (Texas Health) announced Nov. 24 they have signed an agreement for Texas Health facilities and Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG) practices to participate in the Blue Advantage HMO network.
In 2016, all BCBSTX HMO plans offered on the federal Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM), where uninsured Texans can purchase affordable private health insurance, access the Blue Advantage HMO network.
This is the only network that Texas Health and THPG are participating in that is offered on the HIM.
Open enrollment began in early November and continues through the end of January 2016.… Read the rest

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‘Tis the season to celebrate!

December 9, 2015
‘Tis the season to celebrate!

A simple manger sits outside the First United Methodist Church of Springtown. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Members of the First United Methodist Church of Springtown celebrated the season with a live nativity outside while children enjoyed games, crafts, and a photo with Santa inside on Dec. 4. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

A roundup of local Christmas events

The halls are decked and the lights are hung;
On every street corner, Christmas songs will be sung!
So be of good cheer, as the holiday draws near;
There’s a bevy of fun, family events happening here!

December 10
Springtown Elementary School Kindergarten Music Program, 6 p.m.Read the rest

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