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Man dies in early morning car crash

March 29, 2017

Vehicle ends up in Silver Creek

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Coppell man died in a one-vehicle crash south of Azle in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 26.
According to Staff Sgt. Richard Hunter of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Tajesh Bhakta, 38, was northbound on Church Road just before 2 a.m. in a 2015 Honda CRZ when the vehicle struck the Silver Creek bridge.… Read the rest

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Anderson ISD’s lone finalist for superintendent

March 29, 2017
Anderson ISD’s lone finalist for superintendent

The AISD trustees voted 6-0 approving Tanya Anderson as Dr. Ray Lea’s replacement as the district’s superintendent.

BY CHRISTINA DERR
For Tanya Anderson, it is all about the kids.
The current Azle ISD assistant superintendent – and soon-to-be incoming superintendent – has spent over 25 years focusing on the education of the students throughout the district, and that is where she said her focus would remain when she steps into her new role in July.… Read the rest

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Guzman breaks 2 glass ceilings with UT victory

March 29, 2017
Guzman breaks 2 glass ceilings with UT victory

Azle’s Alejandrina Guzman is the first differently-abled and first Latina student body president at the University of Texas at Austin. She won a runoff race to secure the elite position.

AHS grad is 1st differently-abled, Latina student body president

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
After the votes were tallied for a second time, an Azle High School graduate had handily won a high-ranking student position at the University of Texas at Austin.
Alejandrina Guzman of Azle was elected student body president at UT following a runoff election March 8-9.
Guzman and her running mate, Micky Wolf of San Antonio, led voting in the initial election March 1-2 with 4,098 votes or 39.11 percent.… Read the rest

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Azle Boy’s Pig No. 1 in Houston

March 29, 2017
Azle Boy’s Pig No. 1 in Houston

Forrest Fisher, a sixth grader at Hoover Elementary and a member of Wise County 4-H, competed at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show where his spotted barrow was named breed champion. The pig later sold for $49,000 – “a once-in-a-lifetime win.” Photo courtesy Courtney Kuriger

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Azle finances deemed to be in tip-top shape

March 29, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The city of Azle is in fine financial shape.
Citizens can rest assured of that fact as a financial accounting award and the city’s annual audit report tout that Azle is, indeed, on solid monetary ground in numerous areas.… Read the rest

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AISD Superintendent Lea announces June retirement

March 22, 2017
AISD Superintendent Lea announces June retirement

Dr. Ray Lea instituted the Hornet Academy that has helped scores of students graduate. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY CHRISTINA DERR
After nearly nine years at the head of the Azle Independent School District – and over four decades as an educator – Dr. Ray Lea announced that he would retire from education and the district, effective June 30.
The AISD board of trustees voted 6-0 to formally accept Lea’s retirement Monday, March 20 at the conclusion of their monthly meeting.… Read the rest

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It’s aces at Cross Timbers

March 22, 2017
It’s aces at Cross Timbers

Cross Timbers Golf Course professional Keith Harris said current improvements to the course have helped turn its reputation around. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Golf course popularity skyrocketing

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
“There are some misconceptions about our golf course.”
Keith Harris, the golf professional at Azle’s Cross Timbers Golf Course, has seen the links improve its reputation.… Read the rest

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Hold on to your (hard) hats!

March 22, 2017
Hold on to your (hard) hats!

Dirt is being moved at the Legacy Oaks – an assisted living center – construction site on Southeast Parkway, north of Avondale Avenue. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Development on the rise in Azle; population could explode

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Strong growth in the city of Azle and along the so-called Northwest Corridor that generally runs along Hwy. 199 has long been predicted.
The time is at hand.… Read the rest

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A Close Call for an AISD Bus

March 22, 2017
A Close Call for an AISD Bus

It was close, but the school bus in the photo above narrowly escaped being involved in this crash in the 500 block of North Stewart Street Monday, March 20 at 7:52 a.m. Azle police were dispatched to an accident involving a school bus, but Azle ISD Maintenance Director Randy Spiker arrived and quickly determined the bus was not impacted; the bus and its precious cargo went on its way. A young girl in one of the passenger vehicles was treated at the scene for a minor seat belt injury. One driver was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way. The other was cited for not having a driver’s license.

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Missing man found in submerged truck

March 15, 2017
Missing man found in submerged truck

The area where Jim Bob Cook’s body and pickup were discovered submerged under about eight feet of water in an Eagle Mountain Lake marina. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Jim Bob Cook

Discovery comes 30 days after Reno resident last seen

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A body identified as missing person Jim Bob Cook, as well as Cook’s Ford pickup, were recovered from Eagle Mountain Lake Wednesday evening, March 8.
Cook, 56, of Reno, was reported missing in mid-February. He was reportedly last seen on Feb. 8 at Frenki’s Capriccio & Sports Bar in the 1000 block of Boyd Road in Azle.… Read the rest

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