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AISD ponders bond package

June 22, 2016
AISD ponders bond package

Kent Durham, chairman of the bond committee, made the group’s recommendation to Azle ISD trustees June 20. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Moving 2 elementaries in $59.5 million proposal

by Mark K. Campbell
Normally, the big news coming out of a school board meeting would be that a new band director had been hired.
But that revelation took a back seat to a presentation suggesting the board considered calling a $59.5 million bond package.
Trustees heard from Kent Durham, chairman of the 2016 Long Range Facility Planning Committee.

Durham spelled out the committee’s decision that more money is needed for expansion and it’s needed soon.… Read the rest

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Reno ruckus repeat as accusations fly

June 22, 2016

‘No decency and no shame’ at council meeting

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A local adage proved itself yet again Monday evening, June 20: there’s no such thing as a boring meeting of the Reno city council.
From stop signs placed at the direction of the mayor almost a month prior to being authorized by the council, to the same mayor laughingly recalling the time she asked the city attorney if the city of Reno could secede from Parker County, to the city’s public safety director and administrator formally calling out an elected city council member for having “no decency and no shame,” there was not a dull moment.… Read the rest

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AHS Principal Robinson resigns

June 22, 2016
AHS Principal Robinson resigns

Sam Robinson speaks at what turned out to be his final graduation ceremony with Azle High School June 2.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Just as Azle Independent School District announced the news it has hired a new band director for Azle High School comes the resignation of the school’s principal, Sam Robinson.
Robinson, who has served in the Azle ISD for 10 years, said on Monday that several factors prompted his resignation on Monday, June 13.
“I really want to continue my education in pursuit of my PhD,” Robinson said, adding that he can complete the requirements in about a year at a full-time pace.… Read the rest

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Great Bales of Fire

June 22, 2016
Great Bales of Fire

The Briar/Reno Volunteer Fire Department responded to a brush fire call June 21 in the 2000 block of Jay Bird Lane. Approximately 35-40 large bales of hay had ignited and about an acre of a nearby field was scorched as well. Units from Parker County ESD 1, the Azle Fire Department, and Tarrant County ESD 1 were on scene to assist. Photo by Natalie Gentry

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That Sinking Feeling…

June 15, 2016
That Sinking Feeling…

The collapsed roadway in the 1600 block of Southeast Parkway continues to sink to new depths and is now holding water after the weekend rains. TxDOT officials, at last word, anticipated a contractor would be on site to begin work in mid-June – any day now. Photo by Carla Noah Stustman

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Some AISD coaches hired, some still needed

June 15, 2016
Some AISD coaches hired, some still needed

New boys hoops coach James Crafton conducted a basketball camp at AHS this week. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Two head spots filled, one to go

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Athletic Director Scott Anderson’s annual hiring of new coaches is not quite finished.
He has filled a pair of vacant head coaching jobs, but one remains.
Anderson also has reassigned some coaches to take care of other open slots.

Head coaches
Azle High School will see different faces directing boys’ basketball and volleyball this season.
James Crafton is the new hoops coach, replacing Eddy Prather who will still lead the girls’ golf program.… Read the rest

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Fire dept. turns 65

June 15, 2016
Fire dept. turns 65

Open house planned, t-shirt contest held

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle Fire Department Foundation (AFDF) will mark the 65th anniversary of the Azle Fire Department with an open house at Central Station 52, 900 Lakeview Dr., from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 25.
The general public is invited to stop by that day for a tour of the station and to enjoy free hot dogs, chips, drinks, and snacks while learning about the history of the AFD as well as the Foundation that supports it.
In conjunction with the open house, the AFDF invited every student in the Azle Independent School District to enter artwork into a contest for the official emblem of the Azle Fire Department’s 65th anniversary.… Read the rest

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Azle man crushed under semi dies

June 15, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An Azle man was killed Wednesday, June 8, in a traffic accident on Cattlebaron Drive.
According to a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), 50-year-old Darrell Paul Young was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred about 4:40 p.m.
Young was northbound on a 2007 BDM motorcycle when he attempted to pass a 2001 Peterbuilt truck-tractor towing a semi-trailer.
Young lost control of the motorcycle, striking a tire on the trailer, and the bike began to skid on its side, the DPS spokesman said.
Young, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown beneath the trailer, which ran over him.… Read the rest

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Congrats to the Class of 2016!

June 8, 2016
Congrats to the Class of 2016!

Scenes from the AHS Class of 2016 Graduation

There was lots of love, handshakes, cheers, and tears as the Azle High School Class of 2016 graduated in Fort Worth’s Convention Center June 2. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

Singing, flowers, and handshakes – including retiring Melody Dennis greeting a grad while fellow teacher/coach Lisa Helm watches.… Read the rest

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AISD honors long-serving, retiring teachers, employees

June 8, 2016
AISD honors long-serving, retiring teachers, employees

Teachers of the Year from each campus within the Azle ISD include (front row, l-r): Denise Fuller, Azle High School; Charlean Roberts, Cross Timbers Elementary; Jennifer Asay, Walnut Creek Elementary; Julie Smith, Liberty Elementary; and Cheri Smith, Hoover Elementary; and (back row): Tyler Porter, Azle Elementary; Christen Moody, Silver Creek Elementary; Christina Starnes, Forte Junior High; Amanda House, Eagle Heights Elementary; and Kate Byars, Azle Junior High.

Tyler Porter of Azle Elementary (left) and Christina Starnes of Forte Junior High were named the Teachers of the Year and snared $1,000 from the Azle Education Foundation.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Honoring the many teachers and employees who work daily with students, the Azle Independent School District hosted the annual Azle ISD Employee Awards Ceremony June 2 in the Azle High School auditorium.… Read the rest

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