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Out Again

May 11, 2016
Out Again

Second baseman Rayne Cottle makes the play here against Aledo, but, for the third year in a row, the Ladycats eliminated Azle’s softball team from the postseason. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Heroin found on gas pump napper

May 11, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A suspicious situation reported to Azle police turned into a drug bust involving black tar heroin.
According to police, officers were dispatched to the Valero gas station and convenience store in the 400 block of Northwest Parkway about 5:30 a.m. May 6 to check on a suspicious situation.
When officers arrived, they found a vehicle near the gas pumps and a man slumped over in the driver’s seat.
The vehicle was running, but the man’s head was resting on the steering wheel.
Officers knocked on the window several times before the driver woke up and opened the door.… Read the rest

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Voters OK Azle charter changes

May 11, 2016

Most incumbents retain seats

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It seemed like a giant undertaking, but voters in the city of Azle got the big picture, approving each of the 17 proposed amendments to the city’s charter on Election Day, May 7.
The amendments – the first to Azle’s charter since 1990 – generally brought the document into alignment with state law, which take precedence in case of a conflict.
Here’s a breakdown of the vote:
Proposition 1, Boundary Changes: Yes 221, No 46
Proposition 2, General Powers: Yes 212, No 48
Proposition 3, Mayor: Yes 215, No 54
Proposition 4, City Council: Yes 255, No 21
Proposition 5, City Council Meetings: Yes 257, No 18
Proposition 6, Investigations by Council: Yes 180, No 84
Proposition 7, Municipal Judge: Yes 247, No 27
Proposition 8, City Attorney: Yes, 237, No 32
Proposition 9, Department of Health and Sanitation: Yes 172, No 99
Proposition 10, City Departments: Yes 198, No 65
Proposition 11, Elections: Yes 240, No 24
Proposition 12, Property Development: Yes, 159, No 99
Proposition 13, Preparation and Submission of Budget: Yes 246, No 21
Proposition 14, Taxation: Yes 233, No 31
Proposition 15, Power to Issue Indebtedness: Yes 204, No 50
Proposition 16, Amending the Charter: Yes 213, No 42
Proposition 17, Corrections: Yes 207, No 61

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Longtime school board member Sam Merck retained his seat in Place 5 with a total of 382 votes.… Read the rest

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Springtime Football

May 4, 2016
Springtime Football

It’s early May and high school football doesn’t officially kick off until late August. But pigskins are flying around Hornet Field right now. Annual spring drills began May 2 with head coach Devon Dorris readying another batch of Hornets.                     Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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‘Bay delay?

May 4, 2016

Sources say police arrived too late to save Davis

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The community was stunned two weeks ago to learn of the murder of 74-year-old Catherine Davis in Pelican Bay.
The beloved widow had appeared – beaming with joy – a few weeks earlier in Azle News after the Servolution ministry team demolished her front and back porches and built new ones for her home.
But the News has now learned the police response to Davis’ calls for help on the morning of April 18 was delayed.
To what exact degree and for what reason have not yet been confirmed, but two independent reports say police first arrived on scene almost an hour after Davis’ first call for help.… Read the rest

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Eagle Mountain Open Again

May 4, 2016
Eagle Mountain Open Again

Whether you’re a family enjoying some tube time, gassing up at Augie’s Sunset Cafe, or an unfortunate Mallard with a badly broken wing, an obvious limp, and a white shadow, Eagle Mountain Lake was the place to be May 3. Enjoying all-time high water levels for this time of year, the crown jewel of Azle and other area lakes are beginning the 2016 season full instead of at a deficit. That will become very important when temperatures soar over the summer months. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Election Day is Saturday, May 7

May 4, 2016

Early voting ended Tuesday

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Election Day looms Saturday, May 7 for local cities and school districts.
Early voting ended Tuesday, May 3; because the Azle News goes to press each Tuesday afternoon – just before early voting ends – we are providing early voting numbers through Monday, May 2.
In the city of Azle’s charter election, 83 people voted early in person, and 59 voted by mail, for a total of 142 early votes through Monday.
A total of 226 people had voted early by the end of Monday in the Azle ISD election, with 113 votes cast in person and 113 by mail.… Read the rest

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Early voting continues through May 3

April 27, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Early voting in local Joint General and Special Elections began Monday, April 25 and continues through May 3 in advance of Election Day, Saturday, May 7.
Voters in both Azle and Pelican Bay may vote early at the B.J. Clark Community Center, Room 4, 603 Southeast Parkway, in Azle on the following dates and times:
• Wednesday, April 27-Friday, April 29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Saturday, April 30, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
• Sunday, May 1, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
• Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
You can also vote early at any Tarrant County early voting location if you live in Tarrant County.… Read the rest

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Road worrier

April 27, 2016
Road worrier

With much of the road blocked off, TxDOT workers continue to try to figure out why a section of the Hwy. 199 access roadway buckled; right now, no answer has been gleaned. Photos by Carla Noah Stustman

Southeast Parkway collapse, deterioration has officials scratching heads

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The situation in the eastbound lanes of the 1600 block of Southeast Parkway continues to worsen daily as TxDOT engineers scramble to identify the nature and scope of the cause and figure out how to resolve it.
State Representative Charlie Geren visited the site daily last week, maintaining constant contact with TxDOT officials.… Read the rest

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Reno citizens speak, council listens: RV Park denied

April 27, 2016
Reno citizens speak, council listens: RV Park denied

Reno citizens line up to sign up to speak at a public hearing Monday evening. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Citizens of Reno filled the city’s council chambers Monday evening to overflowing.
Most showed up well-mannered but well-armed with questions and information about a zoning change request.
That request was made by Ricky Nelson to facilitate an RV park and Bluegrass festival in the 700 block of Jay Bird Lane.
Before the meeting began, citizens lined up for a chance to sign up to speak at a public hearing to allow citizen input into the proposed zoning change.… Read the rest

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