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Tarrant: 5th Zika virus case here

June 15, 2016

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

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Parker County Arrests

June 15, 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 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

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Track coach goes the distance in long career

June 8, 2016
Track coach goes the distance in long career

Often adorned in her giant hat, exiting coach Melody Dennis was easy to spot among substantial crowds at track and cross country meets. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Dennis all about the kids and they knew it

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

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Azle grad Stewart fighting to the top of MMA

June 1, 2016
Azle grad Stewart fighting to the top of MMA

Former Lady Hornet Montana Stewart is now moving up the Mixed Martial Arts rankings.

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Montana Stewart sometimes comes back to the Azle High School mats where she had spent years training and succeeding.
While a Lady Hornet where she finished fourth in state in 2013 after a sixth place finish the year before, Stewart again sees her old coaches Chris and Monica Allen.
But Stewart is training for a much more violent – and potentially profitable – sport, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
After going 4-2 in early fights, Stewart – 5-7, 125 pounds – will next fight in Fort Worth June 3 at the Guys and Dolls Ballroom, 813 Southway Circle.… Read the rest

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Texas water protection group’s topic

June 1, 2016

Shaw to speak to plant society

Protecting water is essential and that’s what Doug Shaw does.
As the Upper Trinity Ground Water Conservation District’s general manager, Shaw will address “Groundwater – Past, Present and Future” to the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
That meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Weatherford Cherry Park Community Center, 313 West Davis Street.
Shaw, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture economics from Tarleton University, will examine the range of Texas groundwater management history.
He will explain what the conservation district does and what planning is necessary for the area’s water future.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

June 1, 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 the week of May 19-26:
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 32-year-old Springtown man May 19 for bond forfeiture on previous charges. He was released from jail May 19.
A 41-year-old Azle man was arrested May 19 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies for driving with an invalid license with previous suspensions and for evading arrest. As of May 31 he remained in jail in lieu of $10,750 bond.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 30-year-old Springtown man May 21 for driving with an invalid license with previous suspensions.… Read the rest

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Azle, Springtown, ‘Bay residents indicted by PC

June 1, 2016
Azle, Springtown, ‘Bay residents indicted by PC

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Three Azle residents, a man from Pelican Bay, and four Springtown residents were among the 25 individuals against whom a Parker County grand jury returned 30 indictments when it met May 19 in Weatherford.
•Brook Tylyn Baloga, 22, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of two counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, 4-200 grams, a first-degree felony.
•Megan Cathlia Loyd, 24, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of theft of a firearm, a state jail felony.
•Twilla Elaine Spencer, 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.… Read the rest

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There and back again

May 25, 2016
There and back again

James Francisco stands with his daughter, Jan Garrett, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. during his recent trip with Honor Flight Fort Worth

Springtown veteran takes Honor Flight to national war memorials

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Stone, bronze, and water are impressive alone, but the World War II Memorial became even more spectacular when living history arrived May 6 in the form of James Francisco and his fellow veterans of the 29th Dallas/Fort Worth Honor Flight.
The 90-year-old Francisco – a Springtownian who now resides at Eagle Crest Villas – experienced the trip of a life time when he and 25 other Fort Worth area World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era veterans went on Honor Flight Fort Worth to visit the WWII Memorial and other monuments in Washington D.C.… Read the rest

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Another sales tax holiday slated May 28-30

May 25, 2016

First time for water-and energy-efficient products, okayed in 2015 by Texas Legislature

You can thank the Texas Legislature for another chance to purchase items tax-free.
The Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday is new this year, having been approved by the Legislature in 2015.
Since even the mildest Texas summer can push water and electrical use to the upper limits, Texas families can now save on the purchase of certain water-efficient and water-conserving products and energy-efficient appliances during the state’s new Water-Efficient Products and annual ENERGY STAR sales tax holidays.
Both take place Saturday, May 28, through Monday, May 30.
So whether you are in need of a new air conditioner, dishwasher or refrigerator, or a toilet, shower head, mulch or even plants for your home landscape, Memorial Day weekend is a good the time to make those purchases.… Read the rest

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PC Arrests

May 25, 2016

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law en-forcement agencies and booked into the Parker County Jail during the week of May:
A 23-year-old Springtown man was arrested May 17 by Parker County Sheriff deputies on a commitment order for a previous assault charge. As of May 23, he remained in jail in lieu of a $966 fine.
Parker County Sheriff Deputies arrested a 30-year-old Springtown man May 17 for bond insufficiency on a previous assault charge. He posted his bond of $20,000 and released from jail May 19.
A 23-year-old Springtown man was arrested May 17 by Parker County Sheriff deputies on a motion to adjudicate guilt for a previous assault charge.… Read the rest

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