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New water system now online in Azle

August 16, 2017
New water system now online in Azle

Azle Public Services Director Rick White holds the new “radio-read” water metering system that has almost entirely replaced the old one. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

High tech upgrade gives customers 24/7 access

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
If you’ve ever wondered about your water usage, you’re in luck.
The new system being installed throughout Azle will give customers multiple ways to keep track of their water intake – even down to the hour.
Almost every water meter in the city has been upgraded to the EyeOnWater system that includes a new monitoring attachment to the old meter and a battery-powered sensor that keeps track of every drop.… Read the rest

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‘Peace’ in Reno leads to concern

August 16, 2017

Impromptu executive session raises red flag

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It could have been the most productive meeting of the Reno city council in a couple of years.
The council hired a new police chief [see Page 3A], declared a plat to be approved, moved an election for the Walnut Creek Regional Municipal Development District from November 2017 to May 2018, amended its gas well fee schedule, adopted the 2017 Edition of the National Electrical Code, and authorized the purchase of at least one pair of boots annually for water department personnel.
There was even live entertainment provided by City Administrator Joe Polino, who grabbed the hand of Walt Leonard, city attorney, and sang “Kumbaya.”
The song was in response to Mayor Pro Tem Bonnie Black’s declaration that she and Mayor Eric Hunter have entered into a “peace treaty.”
But it all went south when – as council members contemplated adjourning the meeting – it was announced the council would convene into executive session for the second time Monday evening, Aug.… Read the rest

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West Nile Virus mosquito found in area north of Azle

August 16, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Ground spraying was conducted Monday night, Aug. 14, north of Azle after a mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).
Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) confirmed the presence of WNV in a sample collected near the intersection of Moran Road and North Court; ground spraying was concentrated in that area.
The location is one of three areas in Tarrant County where positive samples were confirmed to contain the virus.
The others were on Kella Court in far north Fort Worth, and Corral Drive in the Keller area.
The Kella Court location was also sprayed Aug.… Read the rest

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Classic Send-Off

August 16, 2017
Classic Send-Off

The lengthy funeral procession that led from Lakeside to Azle’s Ash Creek Baptist Church for Butch Patterson Aug. 9 included several vintage automobiles and trucks. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Music in the Park Splits for the Summer

August 9, 2017
Music in the Park Splits for the Summer

Azle’s popular Music in the Park’s finale at Central Park with Poo Live Crew had folks dancing the aisles – and kids dancing on the stage. The popular Poo Live Crew was inked to open the series in June but weather cancelled that appearance. So the party band came back Aug. 4 to send the series off with keytars and Michael Jackson. Photos by Mark K. Campbell

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Longtime Azle businessman dies

August 9, 2017
Longtime Azle businessman dies

Patterson spent 71 years running multiple places including the Red Top Cafe 

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The man known as Azle’s longest- running businessman died Saturday, Aug. 5.
Orvil Lee “Butch” Patterson, 87, arrived in Azle 71 years ago in 1946 and had been an active member of the Azle business community ever since.
At the time, the then-16 year old – who said he chose Azle because it was “the big city” compared to his native Poolville – went to work at a service station on Azle’s Main Street.
Within a few years, Patterson and a partner opened Patterson & William’s Auto Repair Shop that was also located on Main Street.… Read the rest

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Minor Damage as Summertime Thunderstorm Rolls Through

August 9, 2017
Minor Damage as Summertime Thunderstorm Rolls Through

A classic summer thunderstorm roared in on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 6 dumping not only a couple of inches of rain that flooed roadways but taking down some trees with high winds. City crews were on the road quickly to begin the cleanup.              Photos by Christina Derr… Read the rest

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Variances OK’d by council

August 9, 2017
Variances OK’d by council

Cement trucks will begin pouring at 4 a.m. twice weekly at the rising Walnut Creek Elementary constuction site. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Early morning concrete pouring approved

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Azle City Council granted a handful of variances to three construction sites throughout the city at its Aug. 1 meeting.

Early construction starts
The construction site of the new Azle Elementary School campus on Lakeview Drive was granted two of the exceptions.
The first – also given to the construction site of the future Walnut Creek Elementary School – allows concrete work to begin at the locations at 4 a.m.… Read the rest

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Big road changes ahead

August 2, 2017

Bond money fixing several streets, intersections

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Major roadways in and out of Azle are currently seeing major improvements through TxDOT projects.
In addition to the complete overhaul of Hwy. 199 that has commuters limited to 40 miles per hour when traveling between Wells Burnett Road and FM 1886, TxDOT is currently working on repairing the highway’s frontage road near its intersection with FM 730 and making repairs to the pavement along Main Street.
The number of local roadwork sites will only continue to grow as projects funded by the 2016 Parker County Transportation Bond get underway during the next two years.… Read the rest

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Bust breaks up huge drug ring

August 2, 2017

Group collected $100,000 monthly in Parker County

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Over four pounds of methamphetamine, 14,000 grams of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), $14,000 in cash, and four firearms were recovered when a “multi-county drug ring” involving more than a dozen individuals was broken up in July.
A Parker County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) investigation uncovered a criminal organization they say was responsible for the distribution of over $100,000 in drugs throughout Parker County in one month’s time.… Read the rest

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