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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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Oklahoma earthquake rattles Azle, North Texas

September 7, 2016

Regulators there shut down 37 disposal wells in tremor’s wake

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It’s been almost three years since a swarm of earthquakes shook the area around Azle, Springtown, and Reno at a rate of one every other day.
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advised the Texas Railroad Commission to pay careful attention in regulating wastewater injections from oil and gas operations out of concerns the injections can cause earthquakes.
Early Saturday morning, Sept. 3, the phrase “here we go again” entered the minds of many.
But the shaking felt across North Texas was from a 5.6 magnitude tremor centered nine miles northwest of Pawnee, Oklahoma – between Enid and Tulsa – at 7:02 a.m.… Read the rest

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Farewell to Summer (Unofficially)

September 7, 2016
Farewell to Summer (Unofficially)

Labor Day is the unoffical end of summer – the meteorological beginning of fall is Sept. 1 – around here and plenty of folks took advantage of the sunny weather to head out on blue Eagle Mountain Lake one more time. Photo by Carla Noah Stustman

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Football 2016 Kicks Off

August 31, 2016
Football 2016 Kicks Off

Running back Davion Jones (34) scoots around the end, leaving a shoe behind. Azle lost late to Grapevine. Photos courtesy Azle Sports Photography

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Duo charged in beating of elderly man indicted

August 31, 2016
Duo charged in beating of elderly man indicted

Victim’s death ruled ‘natural’ by Tarrant County Medical Examiner

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two men accused of beating a 68-year-old, wheelchair-bound man in a home for parolees were indicted by a Parker County grand jury Aug. 25.
James Gendon Duke, 56, and Jack Russell Ryder, 64, were each indicted on a charge of injury to a child, elderly, or disabled person.
Both Ryder and Duke have been in the Parker County jail since they were arrested and charged March 10. Each is held on $20,000 bond on the charge, but they are also held with no bond for violating parole.
The victim, Alan Abraham Meisel, died March 31 – less than a month after the alleged beatings took place – at a skilled nursing facility in Lake Worth; however, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner ruled his death was due to natural causes, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and pneumonia.… Read the rest

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Black hole?

August 31, 2016
Black hole?

Three vehicles, traveling at highway speed or greater, have taken the ride shown in the above view since February. TxDOT is working on safety improvements to prevent it from happening again.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

After 3 accidents, TxDOT to add guardrails to eastbound Hwy. 199 at Boyd Road

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
When something bizarre happens, people tend to chalk it up to chance, bad luck, even karma.
When the same, bizarre thing happens again five months later, they may shake their heads and wonder what the odds are.
When it happened a third time, less than two weeks after the second incident, Azle Police Chief Rick Pippins knew something had to be done.… Read the rest

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