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Speed limit lowered at site of deadly wreck

December 20, 2016
Speed limit lowered at site of deadly wreck

Where 2 from Azle were killed on a stretch of U.S. 290

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It may seem like a small step, but the deaths of Keith Hoover and Don Corley of Azle, and two Fredericksburg-area teens are already making a difference around the town where a single, tragic accident claimed their lives Dec. 3.
Lisa Snapp, who heads the Highway 290 East Action Alliance in Fredericksburg, reported Monday that the Texas Department of Public Safety will lower the speed limit on U.S. 290 between that town and Stonewall from 70 mph to 60 mph.
The change must be formalized at the next monthly meeting of the Texas Transportation Commission, but is expected to take place near the end of January 2017.… Read the rest

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Happy to be ‘blue’

December 20, 2016
Happy to be ‘blue’

Celebrating Cross Timbers Elementary’s national recognition were (clockwise from top) hundreds of current and former students who arrived through a tunnel of cheerleaders and members of the Marching Green Pride. Above: Dr. Ray Lea (center) watches as School Board President Bill Lane and CTE Principal examine the plaque.

Pep rally celebrates Cross Timbers’ Blue Ribbon status

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The pep rally at Azle High School Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, had all the usual participants – the band, the cheerleaders, the Rowdies.
But the guests of honor at this pep rally were smaller than the Hornet football team.
They were the students, faculty, and staff at Cross Timbers Elementary.… Read the rest

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Azle high senior spreads Christmas joy to special kids

December 20, 2016
Azle high senior spreads Christmas joy to special kids

With help from Santa Alyssa Daws made a lot of people happy this Christmas. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

Every time a gift was opened – and it happened 32 times – cheers were heard from students who received presents thanks to the efforts of AHS senior Alyssa Daws. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Daws – and Santa – delivered gifts to 32 students

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Alyssa Daws was sitting in her second period class at Azle High School several weeks back when she says “Jesus Christ just hit my heart and said I had to do something.”
And boy, did she.… Read the rest

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Deaths spur grassroots action in Hill Country

December 14, 2016

Expanding Facebook group aims to slow traffic on U.S. 290

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
As the Azle community continues to grieve the loss of Don Corley and Keith Hoover in a violent three-vehicle crash on Dec. 3, the Fredericksburg community – where the accident occurred – also mourns teen siblings claimed in the same accident.
Sandra Corley and Carol Hoover, wives of the slain men, and Alan and Sharon Thomas, all of Azle, are still recovering from serious injuries, as is a Johnson City man.
But something else is going on down in the Hill Country, where citizens are stepping up to call attention to the dangerous stretch of U.S.… Read the rest

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We’ve Got Annie!

December 14, 2016
We’ve Got Annie!

Numerous groups at Azle High School – theater, band, choir, and dance – combined to bring the musical Annie to life Dec. 9-11 at the AHS auditorium. The orphans sang about their “hard-knock life.”The struggling townsfolk of “Hooverville” tell their Depression tale.
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Area sees uptick in sales tax revenue over 2015

December 14, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The final sales tax revenue numbers are in for 2016, and while there have been a few “dings” throughout the year, all area cities, special purpose districts, and Parker County ended up ahead of 2015 – with the exception of Pelican Bay.
While the Bay saw a dip in sales tax revenue in 2016 as compared with 2015, it’s a tiny one – less than half of one percent.
The city of Azle and both its special purpose districts saw decreases in sales tax revenue for the month of December as compared with December 2015, but all surpassed 2015 revenues for the year.… Read the rest

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‘Tis the Season

December 14, 2016
‘Tis the Season

As Christmas nears, Azle lights up. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Hill Country accident kills 2, injures 4 from here

December 7, 2016
Hill Country accident kills 2, injures 4 from here

Taken at a Fredericksburg winery the night before a tragic accident claimed the lives of Don Corley and Keith Hoover, this photo includes longtime friends: (l-r) Don Corley, Sandra Corley, Sharon Thomas, Alan Thomas, Carol Hoover, and Keith Hoover. Family members said services for Keith Hoover and Don Corley will not be held until their wives recover from their injuries and return to Azle. Photo courtesy Sharon Thomas

Keith Hoover, Don Corley, Jr. were prominent in the community

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle community is mourning the loss of two men and critical injuries to their wives and another couple in a tragic accident near Fredericksburg Saturday, Dec.… Read the rest

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Board ready to get bond projects going

December 7, 2016

Construction on Walnut Creek and Azle elementaries set to start May ‘17

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Azle Independent School District is moving forward with its 2016 bond projects.
The AISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously Dec. 5 to approve the use of the Construction Manager at Risk method for procurement of a contractor.
The current proposed schedule for construction of the two new campuses for Walnut Creek and Azle Elementary Schools is set to begin in May 2017.
Construction is expected to last approximately one year.
The addition to Silver Creek Elementary is also expected to be completed by the summer of 2018.… Read the rest

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Christmas Joy!

December 7, 2016
Christmas Joy!

Rain outside during Christmas on Main Street didn’t dampen this young man’s spirit. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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