RSSFront Page

Hopefuls continue to file in area elections

February 10, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Applications continue to trickle in for the May 7 elections in local municipalities and school districts. The deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot is at 5 p.m. Feb. 19.

City of Azle
At its Feb. 2 regular meeting, the Azle city council officially called for a special election for the purpose of amending the city Charter as well as for a general election for the offices of Places 1, 2 and 5 of the city council.
A Charter Review Commission appointed Nov. 3, 2015 by the council, with direction from the city’s legal counsel, has proposed 17 amendments to the existing Charter; most of the amendments simply bring the Charter into compliance with state law in areas where the two conflict and remove obsolete language.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

CTE program at AHS prepares students for careers

February 10, 2016
CTE program at AHS prepares students for careers

The Career and Technical Education program at Azle High School created and published a 24-page, color catalog to help students select a career path.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
She’s an Azle native, a graduate of Azle High School – where she was a cheerleader as well as Miss Azle High School – and she retired after 40 years of teaching in 2011, with 39 of those years spent in Azle.
Just two years later, in 2013, she came back to AHS on a part-time basis.
But Dr. Suzanne (Lawler) Murr is no longer retired.
She’s back at AHS as Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), and she has a mission: to help every student find his or her career path and progress as far as possible down that path by the time they graduate.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

First Pitch Saturday at AHS

February 10, 2016
First Pitch Saturday at AHS

The annual First Pitch Saturday arrived Feb. 6 at the Jim Bob Nation diamonds on the high school campus; it’s the official kickoff of the softball and baseball seasons at AHS. An alumni game – former Hornet Marshall Lehr takes a swing – and scrimmages – softball Lady Hornet pitcher Brooke Ledbetter throws with teammate Samantha Bradley at first base – were sandwiched around vendors and a food collection for the Community Caring Center.                   Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Mardi Paws arrives Feb. 20

February 10, 2016
Mardi Paws arrives Feb. 20

This one-of-a-kind sculpture created by Azle Mayor Alan Brundett will be auctioned off at Mardi Paws. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
What better name for a fun event that benefits the animals at the Azle Animal Shelter than…Mardi Paws?
In the tradition of the big annual party in New Orleans, members of the Azle Animal Shelter Humane Association (AASHA) are making final plans for Mardi Paws, slated for 6-10 p.m. Feb. 20, at Vance Godbey’s, 8601 Jacksboro Highway.
Hosted by WFAA Senior Reporter Jim Douglas and presented by AASHA, XTO Energy, and “God Blest Us,” the event promises an evening of food, entertainment and fun – including both live and silent auctions, as well as a skit presented by the Azle High School drama department.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

UIL realignment: Aledo rejoins Azle with 2 Northwest schools

February 3, 2016
UIL realignment: Aledo rejoins Azle with 2 Northwest schools

Azle head football coach Devon Dorris said the future foes for the Hornets’ in the newly-created district is a good mix. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
You’d think landing in a new district with a perennial football power and a school that dropped from 6A would not be a great thing.
You’d be wrong.
When the University Interscholastic League announced its biennial district realignment at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, Azle found itself joined with mighty Aledo – a six-time state football champion – and Northwest, dropping from 6A.
Still, the new district where Azle will reside for two years beginning this fall – 6-5A – contains plenty of familiar foes and historical rivals.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

“Showing and Telling”

February 3, 2016
“Showing and Telling”

Sneak preview!

Azle High School’s Indoor Percussion Ensemble , JV, and varsity Winterguard (left) performed in a “Show and Tell” preview for friends and family, Jan. 28 in the Fine Arts gym. Viewers were treated to the JV Winterguard’s performance, “These Flowers are Coming Up Wild;” Varsity Winterguard’s competition show “Gardens of Stone;” and Percussion Ensemble’s competition show “Limitless: Live Unbound.” All three groups are ready for competition season, which began Jan. 30. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

Read the rest

Continue Reading

You’ve got mail

February 3, 2016
You’ve got mail

Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes

Letter from Reno mayor muddies issues more

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle News continues to look into a bevy of “red flag” situations that have come to light during public meetings of the Reno city council as well as from information that appears on that city’s web site, www.cityofrenotx.com.
Now, in a letter to officials with the city of Azle, the Parker County Attorney and its District Attorney as well as to the News and a Weatherford newspaper dated Jan. 25, Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes takes aim at what she calls “allegations, misrepresentations and refusals to face facts or his own lack of knowledge” on the part of Reno council member John Basham.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Races taking shape in local city and school races

February 3, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Local races are beginning to shape up as the deadline to file an application for a place on the ballot approaches at 5 p.m. Feb. 19.

City of Azle
Three places on the Azle city council expire in May. Each is a two-year term and council members are elected at large.
So far, all three incumbents have filed to defend their seats as well as one challenger.
• Place 1: Incumbent Dr. William Chambers has filed for re-election and faces a challenge from Crime Control and Prevention District board member Mike Masters.
• Place 2, David McClure, incumbent, has filed for re-election
• Place 5, Incumbent Rouel Rothenberger has filed for re-election

Azle ISD
The Azle ISD has three seats, each with a three-year term, up for election at large.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Annual book fair slated at AHS Sat.

February 3, 2016
Annual book fair slated at AHS Sat.

Hanging with the Hornets – Book Buzz on tap

By Carla Noah Stustman
Azle ISD students in grades 2 through 5 will have the opportunity to “hang out” and read with student leaders from Azle High School Saturday, Feb. 6, at the AHS Indoor Practice Facility.
That’s when the Azle ISD will host its Second Annual Hanging with the Hornets – Book Buzz reading festival.
Student leaders from the state champion AHS Cheerleading squad, Marching Green Pride, AHS Drama,  Hornet and Lady Hornet athletes as well as students from the Career and Technical Education program and the STEM/Robotics team will spend time hanging out and reading with the younger students.… Read the rest

Continue Reading

Azle council talks juvenile curfew

January 27, 2016

Implementation expenses high

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
As requested by the city council, Azle Police Chief Rick Pippins looked into the idea of establishing a juvenile curfew in the city and presented his findings during the regular meeting Jan. 19.
Armed with facts and figures, Pippins told the council he looked at the idea from several different angles:
• Is it legal?
• Is it feasible?
• Will it enhance public safety?
• Will it benefit the community?
Pippins noted that such an ordinance could impact the rights given under the 1st, 4th, 9th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.… Read the rest

Continue Reading