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Reno council OKs deep pay cuts for mayor, attorney, others while creating reserve fund

September 21, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Is the tide beginning to turn in the city of Reno?
In a display of unity not often seen, council members, led by Billie Steele, cut numerous expense items and added more than $30,000 into a reserve fund during a called budget work session Monday evening, Sept. 19.
Mayor Lynda Stokes first updated the council on the status of an agreement with the Blue Mound Police Department for dispatch and jail services.
The contract price for an annual agreement will be $31,800, Stokes told the council, but it will also require some investment in equipment like a base station, radios for officers as well as $2,400 per year for tower rental to facilitate the changes.… Read the rest

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Man shot, killed while hunting in Parker County

September 21, 2016

Behaj owned Frenki’s Capriccio restaurant in Azle

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The owner of Azle’s Frenki’s Capriccio restaurant has died after an alleged hunting accident.
Gentjan Behaj, of Fort Worth, was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound at 6:44 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at an Azle hospital, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
The fatal injury was the result of an alleged accidental shooting, which occurred south of Springtown on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
The medical examiner has not yet concluded a manner of death.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene in the 400 block of Rider Lane in rural Parker County and found the victim lying on the ground at a hunting site.… Read the rest

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Azle ISD: Student growth means bond necessary

September 21, 2016
Azle ISD: Student growth means bond necessary

BY CHRISTINA DERR
With continued and projected growth comes the need for expansion of the Azle ISD.
That’s why members of the Azle ISD are out pitching the Nov. bond proposal everywhere.
Superintendent Dr. Ray Lea announced at the Sept. 19 AISD board of trustees meeting that current enrollment is up to 6,332 students – 6,354 including the 22 students at the district’s Hornet Academy.
“We continue to grow, we are adding students almost every day,” Lea said.

Bond presentations
Ahead of the Nov. 8 bond election, a political action committee, Classrooms For Kids, has been formed in support of the $59.5 million bond package.… Read the rest

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Access Roadway Work Continues

September 21, 2016
Access Roadway Work Continues

Work continues on the Hwy. 199 access road as fall approaches – even though with the recent end of summer heat wave, it’s hard to believe autumn is near. Workers toil on, but the project is clearly many weeks away from completion. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Patriotic Students

September 14, 2016
Patriotic Students

Each week, the vociferous student cheering section heads out to Azle varsity football games and roots with a theme. On Sept. 9, the teenagers chose patriotism and ventured to Crowley to cheer on the Hornets dressed in red, white, and blue.    Photos courtesy Azle Sports Photography… Read the rest

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Area man charged with sexual assault

September 14, 2016
Area man charged with sexual assault

Online solicitation of 14-year-old victim also alleged

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A 34-year-old man Parker County man is in jail after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.
Bruce Lee McKinney, who lives in northern unincorporated Parker County but has an Azle mailing address, was arrested by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies Sept. 6 on warrants for online solicitation of a minor as well as sexual assault of a child.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Azle News, McKinney, on at least two occasions, allegedly assaulted the teen inside his home in the spring of this year.
He is also accused of sending graphic photos of himself to the victim’s cell phone.… Read the rest

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A 9/11 thank you

September 14, 2016
A 9/11 thank you

A vacant table place was set by Servolution to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Servolution serves first responders

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Members of Servolution Network stayed up all night Saturday smoking brisket and sausage, while others cooked up mashed potatoes, green beans, gravies, sauces, appetizers, and special desserts.
A total of seven churches’ members participated in planning and pulling off the second annual First Responders Banquet at The Church at Azle Sunday evening, Sept. 11.
More than 60 first responders – many with families in tow – attended the event. Some who were on duty were called away but returned when they were able.… Read the rest

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Getting Ready for the Big Race

September 14, 2016
Getting Ready for the Big Race

A Sting Fling highlight – the annual Weiner Dog Derby – got underway a little late because of morning rains, but the dogs eventually made it to the track. Sting Fling again had some weather woes; however, the event still was deemed a success despite a delayed start. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Leaps and bounds

September 7, 2016
Leaps and bounds

If AISD growth continues as predicted, expect the award-winning Marching Green Pride – here performing at halftime of the Keller Timber Creek game Sept. 2 – to expand as well. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle ISD enrollment up 189 students from last year

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Officials with the Azle Independent School District (AISD) are well aware of growth within its boundaries in the recent past, and they’re doing all they know how to prepare for the growth that’s projected in the next five to ten years.
Even so, they were surprised when student enrollment jumped from 6,153 at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year to 6,342 this year – an increase of 189 students.… Read the rest

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Wrecks Are Scary

September 7, 2016
Wrecks Are Scary

The driver of a Ford Windstar (left) involved in a three-vehicle collision Sept. 1 comforts her young son while a paramedic holds the woman’s daughter. Firefighters from LaJunta Fire Department (above) check on the drivers of a Ford Fusion and Cadillac sedan after the collision. Photos by Christina Derr

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