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AISD enrollment up

October 1, 2014
AISD enrollment up

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Enrollment is up in the Azle Independent School District (AISD), and that means a lot more than just more students.
According to AISD Finance Director Monica Miller, it also means more funds coming into the district.
Miller said that at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, 5,902 students were enrolled in the district.
As of this week, a total of 6,131 students are enrolled in the ten campuses that comprise the AISD.… Read the rest

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Showtime in Saginaw!

October 1, 2014
Showtime in Saginaw!

The Marching Green Pride earned Azle and Boswell fans’ applause and cheers when the AHS band performed its new show – The Greatest Show on Turf – in full costume at the Take the Lake game in Saginaw.
The whirling program contained not only an array of dancers and circus performers like a bearded lady, a strongman, and a drum horse, but the traditional skilled Marching Green Pride maneuvers the group is renown for.… Read the rest

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Laundry incident foiled by bystanders, Azle Police

October 1, 2014

by Carla Noah Stutsman
A young boy and his mother were shaken up Sept. 26 after a man attempted to kidnap the boy from a local business.
According to Azle Police Detective Sgt. Kevin Rogers, officers were dispatched to a physical disturbance at the Quick Wash self-service laundry on Industrial Avenue about 6:30 p.m.
While en route to the disturbance, officers learned that a man was assaulting a woman and trying to take her young child.… Read the rest

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Now hiring

September 24, 2014

City seeking APD Chief, development director, others

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Now that the city of Azle has adopted a budget and corresponding tax rate for fiscal year 2014-2015, city administrators are on the hunt for some key leaders to fill vacancies.
The city officially posted job openings for a Municipal Development Director – a recently created position – as well as for a police chief. The chief position was vacated upon the sudden retirement of Randy Reed May 30.… Read the rest

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Ouch!

September 24, 2014
Ouch!

 Rookie officer hurt when suspect flees

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Just about six weeks into the training phase as Azle’s newest cop, Officer Kristen Smith is on light duty waiting for some minor on-the-job injuries to heal; an Azle man is in the Tarrant County jail as a result of causing her injuries.
Donnie Ray Beam, 19, of Azle, was arrested Sept. 17 in the 1700 block of Boyd Road behind Sandy Beach Mart and charged with assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony; evading arrest or detention, a class A misdemeanor; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Low water:

September 24, 2014
Low water:

Twin Points, deepest ramp on EML, shut due to drought

by Carla Noah Stutsman
If you’re still planning that last day of boating or fishing on Eagle Mountain Lake, listen up.
Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) officials announced Monday, Sept. 22, the closure of its Twin Points boat launch.
Touted as the deepest boat launch on the lake, its closure reflects the severity of the ongoing drought with a current water level barely shy of 10 feet lower than its conservation pool level of 649.10.… Read the rest

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Way cool!

September 17, 2014
Way cool!

Sting Fling draws crowd on early fall-like day

by carla noah stutsman
Historically, weather has been a determining factor in crowd size for the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Sting Fling – its biggest fundraiser each year.
Rains have plagued the event for the last several years, forcing it to close early.
This year, the Chamber elected to move the event from the last Saturday in September to the second Saturday in hopes of avoiding the rain.… Read the rest

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Shorty: RIP

September 17, 2014
Shorty: RIP

Wife sentenced to 18 years for killing, burying man in yard

by carla noah stutsman
For more than three years, Neola Robinson slept just 10 feet from the shallow grave where she buried her husband, Pleasant Ervin “Shorty” Robinson after killing him over Memorial Day weekend in 2010.
The 63-year-old Pelican Bay woman was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the murder Monday, Sept. 15, in state district Judge Robb Catalano’s court in Fort Worth.… Read the rest

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‘Bay PD charges man with sex crime

September 17, 2014
‘Bay PD charges man with sex crime

Pelican Bay Police have arrested a 35-year old local man who is charged with indecency with a child.
Police Chief Jason Farris said the man, Charles Robert Odell, initiated an unwanted sexual relationship with a female juvenile. The series of offenses began in 2013 at a Pelican Bay residence.
“Right out of the gate we knew this offense was going to be tough to investigate given the time lapses and the fact all parties involved had moved away from the city,” Farris said.… Read the rest

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WNV positive sample confirmed north of Azle

September 17, 2014
WNV positive sample confirmed north of Azle

Ground spraying conducted to kill mosquitoes

The Tarrant County Public Health Department (TCPH) has confirmed two new West Nile virus (WNV) positive mosquito samples in unincorporated Tarrant County.
One of those samples was collected on East Court off Moran Road just north of Azle.
The other was collected in the opposite corner of Tarrant County near Kennedale New Hope Road.
Ground spraying took place in both areas between 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15 and concluded by 5 a.m.… Read the rest

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