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Special Crimes Unit halts organized drug ring

January 21, 2015
Special Crimes Unit halts organized drug ring

Azle, ‘Bay PDs part of expansive roundup

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Since July, investigators with the Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit (W-PC SCU or unit) have been working to shut down an organization that distributed large amounts of methamphetamine into parts of Tarrant, Parker, Wise, and Palo Pinto counties, into Oklahoma and possibly even into Louisiana and Arkansas.
Information obtained during that investigation led investigators to believe the drugs were being distributed from a location in Sansom Park as well as in Pelican Bay.… Read the rest

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Drums over Azle

January 21, 2015
Drums over Azle

AHS drumline debuts new program Jan. 29

by Carla Noah Stutsman
The Azle High School Indoor Drumline will reveal its highly anticipated 2015 competition show, Up in the Air, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the main gym at the school.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The AHS Indoor Drumline holds the title of 2014 Texas State Champion, and returns to Dayton, Ohio to compete in the WGI, International World Championships April 9-11.… Read the rest

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Recycle Blaze

January 21, 2015
Recycle Blaze

A recycle truck emptied a bin at Azle Elementary Monday, Jan. 19 about 8:45 a.m., but with the sun in the driver’s eyes, the truck’s scoop clipped overhead electrical lines, shutting off power to the school and numerous homes, businesses, and churches. Worse, sparks from the electrical lines caught the truck’s contents on fire. The driver was able to move the vehicle away from the campus and dump his entire load in the middle of Church Street, where it blazed until Azle Fire Department personnel arrived to snuff the flames.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Wildfire Training

January 21, 2015
Wildfire Training

Azle native and longtime firefighter Eddy Wood served as an instructor for the second annual North Texas Wildfire Academy sponsored by Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center and Texas A&M Forest Service. About 80 firefighters – some from as far away as Canada – participated in classroom and field training to learn to fight fire without water. Firefighters with all levels of experience learned the use of specific hand tools as well as techniques like burnouts to remove fuel. Hands-on training was conducted Jan. 16 at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. On Jan. 18, live fire training was conducted in a large hayfield and tank on Boyd Road, just below and west of the bridge across Walnut Creek.

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Special Crimes Unit halts organized drug ring

January 21, 2015
Special Crimes Unit halts organized drug ring

Two suspects remain at large and the Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit is asking for the public’s help finding Timothy Ray Cole and Little Earl Wallis.

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Trial by fire

January 14, 2015
Trial by fire

At home in their former abode, now owned by friends, the Mowrey family is grateful to be safe after a devastating fire and for the vast outpouring of generosity from the community. From left to right are Hannah, Ginger, Hector, Madison, Ashley, and Jim. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Family overwhelmed by generosity of community

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AHS seats 4 in All-State Band

January 14, 2015
AHS seats 4 in All-State Band

Azle High School band students (l-r): Mackenzie Austin, Jacob Derting, Brady Carlson and Grace Villalpando tied an AHS record when all four were named to the Texas All-State Band Jan. 10. Just once before, in 2009, did so many AHS students earn spots in the band.

by Carla Noah Stutsman
The Azle High School band program repeated history over the past weekend when four of its members were named to the Texas All-State Band.… Read the rest

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Swearing In

January 14, 2015
Swearing In

Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett, right, congratulates Azle’s newest police officer, Angel Perez, following a swearing-in ceremony during the city council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Eyeing Icy Walnut Creek

January 14, 2015
Eyeing Icy Walnut Creek

Ice has remained on parts of Walnut Creek for most of this chilly New Year. What’s the story behind this photo? See and read more on Page 1B!
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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City employee health coverage returns to former carrier

January 14, 2015

by Carla Noah Stutsman
One of the most impactful decisions the city of Azle faces annually is selecting a health insurance plan for its employees.
This year, according to City Manager Craig Lemin, that process was made “especially joyous” by the ever-increasing regulations contained within the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as “Obamacare.”
It was also compounded by the city’s decision last year to move to a partially self-funded policy administered by RHA, a third-party administrator.… Read the rest

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