How Independence Day traditions began
BY JULIE WALDOCK
Independence Day is right around the corner and while many people may have mastered backyard grilling, there’s still plenty to learn about your July 4th favorites.
When most people think of the Fourth, the first thing to come to mind is fireworks.
While everyone loves the bright lights and patterns that they produce, many people have no clue where they come from.
Li Tian, a Chinese monk, is credited with the invention of firecrackers about 1,000 years ago. He is said to have filled a piece of bamboo with gunpowder and thrown it into the fire.… Read the rest
by Carla Noah Stutsman
A Parker County grand jury handed down 31 indictments against 29 individuals when it met June 16 in Weatherford.
The grand jury considered evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney.
Of the 29 indicted, two were from Springtown, and two were Azle residents.
• Keith Dewayne Clark, 48, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, 1-4 grams, a state jail felony.
• Ashton Paul Ball, 31, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of burglary of a habitation with intent to assault, a first-degree felony.… Read the rest
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle was one of five Texas Health Resource facilities to win a national honor.
The Azle hospital was named the winner of a QUEST Award, the Supply Chain Excellence Award.
The honor recognizes the facility’s reduction in supply and operational costs.
The award was accepted at the Premier national health care alliance ceremony at National Harbor, Maryland June 21-24.
Texas Health Azle President Bob Ellzey said, “Our focus is always on the patient at Texas Health Azle, and we feel like this award exemplifies our efforts at improving community health.”
Also winning awards were Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital health care facilities in Rockwall, Kaufman, and Fort Worth.… Read the rest
BY JULIE WALDOCK
Azle Manor resident Grace Clemente – affectionately referred to as “Mama Grace” – will celebrate her 100th birthday July 5.
While she lives in Azle now, that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, as Grace puts it, she has spent the last 100 years “going all over the world and back.”
Grace Clemente, (then Grace Monro) was born July 5, 1916. The first eight years of her life were spent in the beautiful coastal city of Aberdeen, Scotland.… Read the rest
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
Many local students enjoyed success at the annual Parker County Livestock Improvement Association Youth Fair.
At this year’s June gathering, these Azle, Springtown, and Poolville students were included in the stock show auction.
Winners, as listed in the auction catalog, included:
Emery Lang, Poolville FFA, 1st, Kale;
Evan Lang, Poolville FFA, 2nd, Cuke;
Parker Hawkins, Poolville FFA 3rd, Potato.… Read the rest
It’s a special week for a nearby stretch of prairie.
The Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland and the other 19 grasslands managed by the USDA Forest Service are being celebrated June 19-25 during National Grasslands Week.
The LBJ Grasslands comprise 20,250 acres around Black Creek Lake – the only developed part of the protected area.
Another body of water in the area – Cottonwood Lake – can be reached via a four-mile trail that is rated “moderately difficult.”
National forest grasslands make up 82 percent of America’s federally-managed grasslands.
LBJ has more than 400 lakes and ponds that range from less than an acre to more then 40 acres.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Some area cities and special purpose districts are taking a hit in their June sales tax revenues.
The cities of Azle and Sanctuary and Azle’s Crime Control and Prevention District and Municipal Development District each saw a decrease for June compared with June 2015.
Sanctuary saw the biggest loss – its June revenue of $720 is 57.36 percent less than its June 2015 revenue of $1,689. However, the city remains up 21.85 percent in its year-to-date revenue, with $10,602 compared with just $8,700 for the first half of 2015.
Azle’s Municipal Development District’s June revenue of $34,295 is 14.06 lower than in June 2015, when it received $39,909.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The fifth imported Zika virus case in Tarrant County has been confirmed, according to a report from Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH).
No local transmission of the virus has been reported at this time.
The fifth case represents the first in Tarrant County in which the patient has a travel history to St. Lucia. The previous cases traveled to El Salvador, Puerto Rico (2), and St. Martin.
All areas have known local transmission of the disease. TCPH says it will not release any other health information about the patients in order to protect their identities.
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, a known aggressive daytime biter.… Read the rest
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 June 6-13:
Jarrette Robertson, a 36-year-old Springtown man, was arrested by Weatherford Police officers June 6 for theft of property less than $2,500 in value with 2 or more previous convictions. As of June 13 he remained in jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Julianna Watson, a 31-year-old Springtown woman, June 7 for possession charges in another county. She posted her bond of $15,000 and was released from jail June 9.… Read the rest
by Mark K. Campbell
Melody Dennis loved her kids.
Every year for 35 years in education – 23 of those in Azle – she taught, molded, and coached youth.
Because that’s what God told her to do.
“I am a teacher and coach because, A) I feel God put on my heart to go into this profession and, B) I was blessed to have so many teachers and coaches that made education and sports fun and life enhancing.… Read the rest