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Hill Country accident kills 2, injures 4 from here

December 7, 2016
Hill Country accident kills 2, injures 4 from here

Taken at a Fredericksburg winery the night before a tragic accident claimed the lives of Don Corley and Keith Hoover, this photo includes longtime friends: (l-r) Don Corley, Sandra Corley, Sharon Thomas, Alan Thomas, Carol Hoover, and Keith Hoover. Family members said services for Keith Hoover and Don Corley will not be held until their wives recover from their injuries and return to Azle. Photo courtesy Sharon Thomas

Keith Hoover, Don Corley, Jr. were prominent in the community

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle community is mourning the loss of two men and critical injuries to their wives and another couple in a tragic accident near Fredericksburg Saturday, Dec.… Read the rest

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Board ready to get bond projects going

December 7, 2016

Construction on Walnut Creek and Azle elementaries set to start May ‘17

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Azle Independent School District is moving forward with its 2016 bond projects.
The AISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Dec. 5 to approve the use of the Construction Manager at Risk method for procurement of a contractor.
The current proposed schedule for construction of the two new campuses for Walnut Creek and Azle Elementary Schools is set to begin in May 2017.
Construction is expected to last approximately one year.
The addition to Silver Creek Elementary is also expected to be completed by the summer of 2018.… Read the rest

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Christmas Joy!

December 7, 2016
Christmas Joy!

Rain outside during Christmas on Main Street didn’t dampen this young man’s spirit. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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What’s in a name?

December 7, 2016
What’s in a name?

As if things weren’t bad enough on FM 730 South, construction regularly affects traffic. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Change in highway’s designation causes confusion for emergency responders

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
For almost a year now, 911 calls – most in reference to traffic accidents – from a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of FM 730 South between Azle’s Main Street and Veal Station Road/Flat Rock Road have been a source of confusion for a number of area agencies who provide emergency responses to the area.
For many years, the system in place for those calls worked with few problems.
It was only after Parker County implemented a new mapping system about two years ago that 911 calls began being routed to incorrect agencies in certain cases.… Read the rest

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Blue Bell for a Blue Ribbon School

November 30, 2016
Blue Bell for a Blue Ribbon School

Cross Timbers Elementary is better by a country mile compared to most U. S. schools. That’s why the AISD elementary won a coveted national Blue Ribbon award. Representatives of Blue Bell Ice Cream, with help from Cross Timbers faculty and staff, pass out ice cream to eager students. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Christmas on Main Street event arrives here Sat.

November 30, 2016
Christmas on Main Street event arrives here Sat.

You can see Santa several times during Azle’s annual Christmas event. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle’s Main Street will once again be transformed into a Christmas wonderland this Saturday, Dec. 3, for Christmas on Main Street.
Presented by the Optimist Club of Azle, Azle Women’s Business Association (AWBA), the Azle News, Friends of the Azle Historical Museum, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, Fidelity National Title, and the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce, the family-friendly event runs from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
This year, as always, Main Street will be filled with merchandise vendors as live musical entertainment and other performances occur.… Read the rest

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Investigation of Reno mayor’s activities continues

November 30, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The investigation into whether Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes improperly used a city credit card and/or took a city tax exemption for personal use continues.
When the Reno council met in October, it instructed Joe Polino, city administrator/director of public safety to investigate the situation and bring his findings back to the council at its Nov. 21 meeting.
Following an executive session on Nov. 21 – from which Stokes exited after about 15 minutes, leaving the others to discuss the matter out of her presence – council reconvened in open session.
That’s when Polino publicly stated that the investigation was still ongoing and he had nothing to report at the time.… Read the rest

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They’re going to Disney World!

November 30, 2016
They’re going to Disney World!

Azle’s Cheer and Hornet Muscle team celebrates its first place win in the Game Day Division at the North Texas Regional UCA Championship.

Azle Cheer, Hornet Muscle wins regional championship

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle Cheer and Hornet Muscle team scored another win over the Thanksgiving Break, bringing home the first place trophy in the Game Day Division from the North Texas Regional UCA Championship.
Azle Cheer went up against 12 other teams from across North Texas, including the 2016 UCA National Champions.
The win qualifies the AHS team to compete at UCA Nationals at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida Feb.… Read the rest

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Four from Azle Hurt in 730S Head-On Crash

November 30, 2016
Four from Azle Hurt in 730S Head-On Crash

Four members of an Azle family were injured in a head-on crash on FM 730 South Monday, Nov. 21 about 6 p.m. According to the accident report, a grey 2007 Ford Escape driven by 23-year-old Zechariah Keith Schmidt of Fort Worth was southbound when it attempted to pass in an unsafe manner, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, where it struck a black 2010 Ford F150 head on. Bryan Jon-Peter Meyer, 42, Lisa Ann Meyer, 43, a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, all of Azle, were taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle for evaluation of their injuries.

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Road projects in area could begin in 2017

November 21, 2016

Parker County transportation bonds already planned for issuance

BY CHRISTINA DERR
With the approval of the 2016 Parker County Transportation bond by Parker County voters, the county commissioners court is wasting no time in the process of issuing the bonds and beginning the projects.
George Williford, a financial consultant with First Southwest, presented his recommended schedule for bond sales at the Nov. 14 commissioners court meeting.
Williford recommended two bond sales, one to take place in February 2017 and another issuance two years later in February 2019.
Each sale will be $38.1 million, or 50 percent of the total approved amount of $76.2 million.… Read the rest

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