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Heroes honored by Church on the Hill

May 25, 2016
Heroes honored by Church on the Hill

Pastor Tom Kolb – or just “Pastor T” – is the pit master at The Church on the Hill.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
16 briskets
4 pork tenderloins
4 cases jalapeño sausage
2 cases chicken breasts
14 gallons Pastor T’s Million Dollar Beans
8 gallons potato salad
5 gallons cole slaw
10 gallons BBQ sauce
That’s what it took for The Church on the Hill (formerly West Parkway Baptist Church) to feed military veterans, city employees, firefighters, paramedics, police officers – and their families – during the church’s annual Honoring Our Heroes event May 21-22.
Now in its third year, the event drew a light lunch crowd Saturday, but between 4-11 p.m., Pastor Tom Kolb says the public servants and their families came steadily to partake of the barbecue fare.… Read the rest

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Restroom hubbub a non-issue in Azle ISD

May 25, 2016

Superintendent Lea says measures already in place at every campus

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Nationwide, the debate rages after the president issued a directive that schools must allow transgender students to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify.
In Azle, however, the point is virtually moot, according to Dr. Ray Lea, superintendent of the Azle Independent School District.
Also highlighted by recent actions, first in North Carolina and then in the Fort Worth ISD, the question of bathroom usage has raised the ire of people on both sides of the issue.
“We have procedures in place at each campus in the district for this type of situation as well as others,” Lea said.… Read the rest

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Highway Access Road Collapse Getting Worse

May 25, 2016
Highway Access Road Collapse Getting Worse

As a section of roadway in the 1600 block of Southeast Parkway (Hwy. 199 service road) continues to sink deeper by the week, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says the agency’s staff is close to completing plans for the replacement of the retaining wall. That wall has moved significantly toward the main lanes of the highway due to pressure from the sinking roadway. The job will go out to bid in June with construction starting soon after, the spokesperson said. The 1600 block of Southeast Parkway remains closed to through traffic for the foreseeable future. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Padilla, Hopkins top AHS Class of 2016

May 25, 2016
Padilla, Hopkins top AHS Class of 2016

Both Valedictorian Kelbi Padilla and Salutatorian Tyler Hopkins spent all of their school days in the Azle ISD. The duo is going separate ways collegiately, but both will major in biology fields at Texas A&M and Baylor, respectively. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Both spent entire scholastic careers in AISD

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The 2016 Azle High School valedictorian and salutatorian are complete products of the Azle ISD, where they both attended school from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Although Valedictorian Kelbi Padilla and Salutatorian Tyler Hopkins didn’t meet until their paths first crossed at Azle Elementary – the historic Rock School – they’ve been “friendly” ever since.… Read the rest

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APD takes lead in Police Officer Memorial service

May 18, 2016
APD takes lead in Police Officer Memorial service

Azle police officers Alex Kuenzle, left, and Tim Davis, right, flank a Texas Ranger at a wreath during a Police Officers Memorial service Monday, May 16, at Azleland Memorial Park.  PHOTOS BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In honor of Police Officer Memorial Day and National Police Week, the Azle Police Department took the lead in a memorial service Monday, May 16, at Azleland Memorial Park in Reno.
Azle police were joined by Texas Rangers from Company B, Department of Public Safety troopers, Reno police officers, deputies with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, and Parker County Constables.
Special recognition was given to Texas Ranger Bobby Paul “Bob” Doherty, who was killed in the line of duty in February 1978 while serving a warrant in Argyle.… Read the rest

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Lane lambasts court’s ruling

May 18, 2016
Lane lambasts court’s ruling

Bill Lane, school board president, did not mince words while discussing his disappiontment with a Texas Supreme Court ruling. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

AISD president says it will hurt the school district and city

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
It was a typical school board meeting for most of the evening of May 16.
After canvassing the recent election votes, one of the winners was current board president Bill Lane.
A chance came to address the crowd – and Lane certainly did.

The court decision
The May 13 ruling by the Texas Supreme Court – read about it on the second Editorial page on 9A – flew in the face of every lower court ruling, said Lane, a lawyer.… Read the rest

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Reno backtracks on annexation

May 18, 2016
Reno backtracks on annexation

Recieving the oath of office from City Administrator Joe Polino are (l-r) Bonnie Black, Billie Gay Kirchner Steele, and Ken Parnell. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Mayor addresses multiple complaints

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
With very little fanfare, the Reno city council Monday night repealed two ordinances it enacted in November 2015.
Both ordinances annexed one-half mile strips of state roadways; one on FM 730 North and another on State Highway 199.
Reno City Attorney Walt Leonard told the council the problem with the ordinances is that they were based upon incorrect maps.
“If you annex partially incorrectly, it’s pretty much all wrong,” Leonard told the council.… Read the rest

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Twin Points Park is new and improved

May 18, 2016
Twin Points Park is new and improved

The swimming area at the reborn Twin Points Park is all rebuilt and can accommdate hundreds of swimmers. The Tarrant Regional Water District facility will throw open the gates May 27-29, Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Natalie Gentry

Expansive Grand Opening set for Memorial Day weekend

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
For decades, it was “the” place to be on Eagle Mountain Lake – whether you lived in Azle, elsewhere around the lake, or pretty much anywhere in the Metroplex.
But Twin Points Resort closed in 2007 after Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) decided not to renew its contract with longtime operators Bobby and Darlia Hobbs.… Read the rest

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Fatal Fall on Main Street

May 11, 2016
Fatal Fall on Main Street

A 64-year-old man identified as an employee of Frontier Communications – which recently bought out Verizon – died after falling more than 15 feet onto a concrete parking lot while working on overhead communication lines in the 200 block of Main Street May 10. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has identified the man as Douglas Domback, who suffered a severe head injury. Azle Fire Department paramedics as well as a Parker County ESD 1 crew in the area responded, along with Azle Police. Domback  was taken to the helipad at Texas Health Azle, from which a CareFlite air ambulance transported him to Texas Health Fort Worth, where he was pronounced dead.                      Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Two men injured in late-night crash

May 11, 2016

Motorcycles smash head-on 

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two men were seriously injured shortly after midnight May 8 in a head-on collision between two motorcycles.
According to an accident report filed by Azle police, the crash occurred in the 300 block of Wells Burnett Road in a sharp curve in the roadway.
Robert Hale Kasner, 51, of Bridgeport, was westbound on Wells Burnett on a red 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he failed to give half the roadway to an oncoming motorcycle, according to the report.
That eastbound motorcycle, a green 2014 Kawasaki, was piloted by Jeremy Richard Summers, 41, of Azle.… Read the rest

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