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TxDOT to ‘turn dirt’ by year’s end on SH 199

January 27, 2016
TxDOT to ‘turn dirt’ by year’s end on SH 199

Announcing plans to construct three overpasses on SH 199 between Azle and Lake Worth are (l-r) Texas Transportation Commissioner J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., State Representative District 99 Charlie Geren and Tarrant County Commissioner J. D. Johnson.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Transportation Commissioner Bugg, Geren, Johnson announce plans

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A small crowd gathered Wednesday, Jan. 20, near the intersection of SH 199 and Western Center Boulevard – really just a stubbed-out street on the south side of the highway – to hear some good news.
State Representative Charlie Geren, with help from Tarrant County Pct. 4 Commissioner J.… Read the rest

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Wildfire Training

January 20, 2016
Wildfire Training

All that smoke you saw in the Reno area Sunday afternoon did come from a fire – but it was carefully set and controlled as part of the third annual North Texas Wildfire Academy sponsored by Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center and Texas A&M Forest Service. Participants in the class were taught to cut a fire line with hand tools on property owned by the Yates family. Then, against a stiff northwesterly wind, they learned and practiced back burning with torches in a large pasture. Azle native and longtime firefighter Eddy Wood is an instructor for the Academy. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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In service to others

January 20, 2016
In service to others

Members of the Outreach of Love Church participated in the “Love Your City” campaign last fall by serving as volunteers at the Sting Fling and the Wild West Festival.

Outreach of Love Church launches campaign to give back to communities

BY NATALIE GENTRY
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” -1 Peter 4:10-11

In times when the evening news is packed with instances of selfishness and intolerance, the Outreach of Love Church (OLC) in Springtown made the decision to go into local communities in the spirit of service to others.… Read the rest

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Azle Actress in Weatherford Play

January 20, 2016
Azle Actress in Weatherford Play

Azle actress Cynthia Daniels (left) plays a crucial role as one of three cousins in Last Round-up of the Guacamole Queens. The play’s first performance at Weatherford’s Theater Off the Square is Friday, Jan. 29; it runs weekends through Sunday, Feb. 14 at the stage at 114 North Denton Street.

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Indicted: 1 from 3 towns

January 20, 2016
Indicted: 1 from 3 towns

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Carrying a lighter case load at the beginning of a new year, a Parker County grand jury handed down 11 indictments after meeting Jan. 7 to consider evidence presented by Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly in several criminal cases.
Among those indicted, one is a Springtown resident, one lives in Azle, and the third is from Reno.
• Mark Randall Jenkins, 56, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.
• Belinda Sara Yvonne Summers, 40, of Azle, was indicted on a charge 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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Getting it right so far

January 13, 2016
Getting it right so far

After an 80 degree day Dec. 26, two days later it snowed two inches – just as the Farmer’s Almanac predicted. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Farmer’s Almanac nailing North Texas winter weather

by Mark K. Campbell
Back in early September, we did a story on the annual release of the Farmer’s Almanac and its propensity to correctly predict weather.
Indeed, the magazine guessed the weather – of the entire nation – at a stunning 96.3 percent rate in 2014.
And they are on target this winter, too – well ahead of their average 80 percent accuracy rating. (2014 was better than usual for the Almanac.)
The overall prediction for North Texas’s winter was “mild, dry.”
The majority of the Lone Star State resides in the magazine’s Region 11 with a large part of Oklahoma.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

January 13, 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 from Jan 4-10:
• A 55-year-old Azle woman was arrested Jan. 5 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with simple assault-family violence. She paid a $367 fine and was released from jail Jan. 5.
• Kyle Brandon Tompkins, 24, of Springtown was arrested Jan. 5 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies for warrants for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance – Penalty group 3/4, Less than 28 grams. As of Monday, Jan. 11 he remained in jail in lieu of $1,533 bond.… Read the rest

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New laws arrive with New Year

January 6, 2016
New laws arrive with New Year

Drivers, teens, veterans, schools affected

“EpiPens” – these are for children – may now be administered by licensed pharmacists in emergencies. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
While Open Carry hogged all the attention, plenty more new laws kicked in starting Jan. 1.
Uber-insurance: One that could affect some local folks is the new regulation that requires Uber or Lyft drivers – who provide private taxi services – to hold liability insurance as well as uninsured motorist and personal injury protection.
Teen abortions: The process for teens seeking abortions without parental consent changed. A court order to permit the procedure must wait five days.… Read the rest

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Azle, Poolville men indicted

January 6, 2016
Azle, Poolville men indicted

Jack B. Meade

Joshua Dean Copeland

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury met Dec. 17 in Weatherford to consider evidence in criminal cases presented by Parker County District Attorney Don Schnebly.
Among those indicted that day were an Azle man and a Poolville man.
Joshua Dean Copeland, 35, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
Jack B. Meade, 52, of Poolville, was indicted on a charge of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a second degree felony.… Read the rest

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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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