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Wreck hurts 3 from Azle

July 6, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Three Azle area residents were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Decatur Friday, July 1.
According to a report in the Wise County Messenger, Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins, said the wreck occurred on FM 51 North at the U.S. 380 overpass just before noon Friday.
A Toyota passenger car driven by Candice Becker, 17, of Azle, exited the highway, but ran the stop sign at FM 51 North.
It was “T-boned” by a Dodge pickup driven southbound by Caroline Cowdrey, Hoskins noted.
The car rolled off the roadway, coming to rest against several trees on the southeast side of the intersection.… Read the rest

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Car crash causes power interruption

July 6, 2016
Car crash causes power interruption

Workers from Frontier Communications – formerly Verizon – try to untangle a mess of wires after a vehicle struck a metal electrical box in the 400 block of Commerce Street. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Phones, internet disrupted nearby

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A single vehicle accident in the 400 block of Commerce Street resulted in a power outage that affected a large portion of Azle Wednesday, June 29.
It was the second similar accident in the same block in as many weeks.
According to the accident report, a red 2016 Ford Mustang driven by 19-year-old Tyler Wayne Morgan of Azle was southeast-bound about 11:20 p.m.… Read the rest

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Thousands attend Independence Day celebration

July 6, 2016
Thousands attend Independence Day celebration

 

Scenes from a celebration: Paul Brownback, pastor of The Abbey Church and president of the Azle Ministerial Alliance, was honored with the fifth annual Lew Shaffer Award during Follow The Flag. Presenting the award were past honorees Glyn Murphy, Ray Ivey, and Rouel Rothenberger, Jr., along with David and Danielle Shaffer. Lew Shaffer continues to gain strength in a Fort Worth rehabilitation facility following a bout with pneumonia. It’s the first time he and wife Sandy have ever missed Follow The Flag since its inception; First Baptist Church served several thousand free hotdogs; Dmitri Caver and Jeremiah’s Call energized the crowd with Gospel music; as always, the fireworks display wowed the crowd; glow sticks and necklaces lit up the grounds at Central Park as patrons waited for the fireworks to begin.                        Photos by Carla Noah StutsmanRead the rest

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PC dispatch fulfilling requirements, contrary to Reno mayor’s statements

June 29, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Officials with the city of Reno have made much ado about their displeasure with the performance of the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, with which the city contracts for dispatch services for the Reno Police Department (PCSO).
Mayor Lynda Stokes has complained publicly on several occasions about dispatchers “treating Reno citizens like trash” and that deputies do not answer calls inside the city when no Reno officer is on duty.
During the Reno city council meeting Monday, June 20, Stokes said the Briar-Reno Volunteer Fire Department had to request police assistance from Pelican Bay and Tarrant County in order to get PCSO to respond to a hit-and-run accident that occurred while Reno was without a police officer on duty.… Read the rest

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Follow The Flag 2016 here July 4

June 29, 2016
Follow The Flag 2016 here July 4

Thousands marvel annually when the fireworks light up the sky above Central Park for Follow The Flag. Once again this year, every aspect of the event is free. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Annual city celebration free

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Where in the world can a family come to a beautiful public park to celebrate their patriotism and their faith on Independence Day – and enjoy free parking and admission, free Christian entertainment, free food and drinks, and one of the largest, most spectacular professional fireworks displays around, also for free?
The answer: The 24th Annual Follow The Flag celebration in Central Park, 263 W.… Read the rest

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On revitalizing a city

June 29, 2016
On revitalizing a city

All smiles after the approval of a 380 Agreement by the Azle city council are (front, l-r) Matt McClure and Paige McClure with Servolution TCAA; and (back) Troy Austin with 6 Stones, Jason Malewiski of Servolution TCAA, Azle City Manager Tom Muir, Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett, and Brian Cramer of 6 Stones. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Azle, Servolution, 6 Stones unite to transform this town

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Crawl, walk, run.
Jason Malewiski says it all the time.
Now Malewiski, who leads Servolution TCAA (which stands for The Church at Azle) believes his organization is walking, and he can hardly wait to run.… Read the rest

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Civic leader, activist Presnell laid to rest

June 29, 2016
Civic leader, activist Presnell laid to rest

Jon Presnell was the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s Man of the Year in 2007. He died June 22 and was buried at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

BY EDWIN NEWTON
Jon Presnell made a big first impression.
It wasn’t just his robust 6 foot, 3 inch frame. It was the way he approached his friends – new and old – with a handshake and a smile that exuded confidence in the person he was and the people he served.
Presnell, 83, passed away June 22 after a brief illness.
His loss had many in the Azle community reflecting on the life of a man who had done so much to make his community a better place to live.… Read the rest

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AISD ponders bond package

June 22, 2016
AISD ponders bond package

Kent Durham, chairman of the bond committee, made the group’s recommendation to Azle ISD trustees June 20. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Moving 2 elementaries in $59.5 million proposal

by Mark K. Campbell
Normally, the big news coming out of a school board meeting would be that a new band director had been hired.
But that revelation took a back seat to a presentation suggesting the board considered calling a $59.5 million bond package.
Trustees heard from Kent Durham, chairman of the 2016 Long Range Facility Planning Committee.

Durham spelled out the committee’s decision that more money is needed for expansion and it’s needed soon.… Read the rest

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Reno ruckus repeat as accusations fly

June 22, 2016

‘No decency and no shame’ at council meeting

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A local adage proved itself yet again Monday evening, June 20: there’s no such thing as a boring meeting of the Reno city council.
From stop signs placed at the direction of the mayor almost a month prior to being authorized by the council, to the same mayor laughingly recalling the time she asked the city attorney if the city of Reno could secede from Parker County, to the city’s public safety director and administrator formally calling out an elected city council member for having “no decency and no shame,” there was not a dull moment.… Read the rest

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AHS Principal Robinson resigns

June 22, 2016
AHS Principal Robinson resigns

Sam Robinson speaks at what turned out to be his final graduation ceremony with Azle High School June 2.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Just as Azle Independent School District announced the news it has hired a new band director for Azle High School comes the resignation of the school’s principal, Sam Robinson.
Robinson, who has served in the Azle ISD for 10 years, said on Monday that several factors prompted his resignation on Monday, June 13.
“I really want to continue my education in pursuit of my PhD,” Robinson said, adding that he can complete the requirements in about a year at a full-time pace.… Read the rest

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