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Peden Road Fire Destroys Homes

January 18, 2017
Peden Road Fire Destroys Homes

Dry conditions and high winds fueled a fire that destroyed two mobile homes in the 7000 block of Peden Road Jan. 11. A ban on all outdoor burning was issued for all of Tarrant County on Jan. 10. At right, Azle Fire Department Lt. Steve Lemming pulls down a burned wall. Above, Azle firefighter Robert Chapman takes a moment to cool down after fighting the fire. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Hail to the chief!

January 18, 2017
Hail to the chief!

 

Azleites Ivey, Roberson to attend  Inauguration Day in D.C.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Millions of Americans will be glued to screens of all sizes Jan. 20 to watch the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
Azle will be well-represented in Washington, D.C. that day.
Ray Ivey, president of Azle’s Municipal Development District and former director of administration of the Azle Independent School District, has been invited to participate in the Inaugural Parade.
An Army veteran – he served as an aviation maintenance officer as well as Test and Experimentation Command Chief of Staff – who flew helicopters in Vietnam, Ivey was invited by his old friend and former trainer Jerry Seago to participate in the parade with members of the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.… Read the rest

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Going All Out

January 18, 2017
Going All Out

Lady Hornet Brooke Phillips stretches to steal a ball from a visiting Northwest Lady Texan. Before the game, Azle players honored varsity coach Mitzi Marquart for her 500th victory. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Cheer teams 2nd at state

January 18, 2017
Cheer teams 2nd at state

Azle High School’s Cheer and Hornet Muscle squad brought home the silver medal in the 2017 UIL Spirit State Championships held Jan. 10-12 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Photo courtesy Gracie Spencer, AHS Yearbook staff

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle Cheer and Hornet Muscle didn’t repeat its state championship at the 2017 UIL Spirit State Championships.
Instead, the group from Azle High School brought home the silver medal.
The Hornet cheer squad earned the state championship last year in the inaugural UIL Spirit event.
This time around, 6A Lewisville High School edged the Hornets by 2.1 points in final competition in the 5A-6A Large Coed division of the UIL Spirit State Championships, which took place at the Fort Worth Convention Center Jan.… Read the rest

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Follow the money

January 11, 2017

Taxpayer funds in Reno moving through various accounts

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Taxpaying citizens of Reno will soon begin repaying $200,000 – plus interest – borrowed to construct and repair roads and streets.
More than half of the net proceeds from those limited tax notes, however, have been transferred to the city’s general fund in recent months, where it was used to fund payroll and other general operating expenses of the city, according to city documents.
Discussion at the Aug. 15, 2016 city council meeting at which the council authorized issuance of the tax notes provided an early tip-off to the eventual use of proceeds to keep the city running until ad valorem tax revenue began filtering in during December.… Read the rest

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Texas passes out ISD grades

January 11, 2017
Texas passes out ISD grades

‘Work in progress’ method not popular

BY CHRISTINA DERR
For many years, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has issued school districts and individual campus one of two distinctions: “met standard” or “needs improvement.”
In 2015 the Texas Legislature voted to reconfigure the methods for the state’s accountability rating system for public schools.
Beginning in 2018, schools will receive an A-F letter grade. Though the program is not official until next year, the law required grades using a “work in progress” rubric to be issued for every public school and school district in Texas Friday, Jan. 6.
That decision did not come without pushback from administrators and school boards statewide.… Read the rest

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Seals shines in football all-star game

January 11, 2017
Seals shines in football all-star game

Azle High School freshman quarterback Ken Seals, wearing his Hornet helmet, looks downfield during the Freshman Arm All-American Bowl Jan. 7 at the Alamodome. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

Hornet QB leads winning squad in San Antonio

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Ken Seals, a freshman quarterback who led the football Hornets during most of the 2016 season, directed another squad – of elite ninth graders – at an all-star game in San Antonio.
At the Freshman Army All-American Bowl Jan. 7, Seals started for the Blue team.
He switched out at QB with a top Division I prospect from Hawaii, Sol-Jay Maiava.… Read the rest

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Boat, grass fires keep FDs busy at holidays

January 4, 2017
Boat, grass fires keep FDs busy at holidays

 

Two men burned New Year’s Eve on Eagle Mountain Lake

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Fires of all kinds kept area firefighters busy through the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
A boat fire – complete with explosion – sent one man to Parkland Hospital in Dallas via CareFlite air ambulance with burns to his arms and head on Dec. 31.
According to Chad Lorance, spokesperson for Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), the incident was reported shortly before 3 p.m. near Eagle Mountain Marina.

A boat fire near Eagle Mountain Marina destroyed a 1983 25-foot Chris Craft Cabin watercraft, injuring two men, on New Year’s Eve.

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Reno city council delays answering email request

January 4, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In addition to censuring two members who were not present and giving the mayor her city credit card back at a Dec. 26 meeting, four members of the Reno city council also discussed what to do about a request for city-related emails from the mayor’s and city administrator’s personal accounts.
The request was made by council member John Basham – who, along with Mayor Pro Tem Eric Hunter, was censured by the other four – more than two months ago.
Mayor Lynda Stokes admitted the item should have been on the November agenda, but was missed.
“I have no problem whatsoever turning over my official emails, and neither does Mr.… Read the rest

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FM 730 South Crash

January 4, 2017
FM 730 South Crash

Azle Fire Department medics treated one man for a cut above his eye at the scene of this traffic accident on FM 730 North Dec. 28. The man declined to be transported to a medical facility for further treatment. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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