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AHS seats 4 in All-State Band

January 14, 2015
AHS seats 4 in All-State Band

Azle High School band students (l-r): Mackenzie Austin, Jacob Derting, Brady Carlson and Grace Villalpando tied an AHS record when all four were named to the Texas All-State Band Jan. 10. Just once before, in 2009, did so many AHS students earn spots in the band.

by Carla Noah Stutsman
The Azle High School band program repeated history over the past weekend when four of its members were named to the Texas All-State Band.… Read the rest

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Swearing In

January 14, 2015
Swearing In

Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett, right, congratulates Azle’s newest police officer, Angel Perez, following a swearing-in ceremony during the city council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Eyeing Icy Walnut Creek

January 14, 2015
Eyeing Icy Walnut Creek

Ice has remained on parts of Walnut Creek for most of this chilly New Year. What’s the story behind this photo? See and read more on Page 1B!
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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City employee health coverage returns to former carrier

January 14, 2015

by Carla Noah Stutsman
One of the most impactful decisions the city of Azle faces annually is selecting a health insurance plan for its employees.
This year, according to City Manager Craig Lemin, that process was made “especially joyous” by the ever-increasing regulations contained within the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as “Obamacare.”
It was also compounded by the city’s decision last year to move to a partially self-funded policy administered by RHA, a third-party administrator.… Read the rest

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Finalists in search for police chief down to three

January 7, 2015
Finalists in search for police chief down to three

Decision expected by Feb. 1

By Carla Noah Stutsman
The quest to name a new Chief of Police for the city of Azle is nearing its completion with the selection of three finalists for the position.
Since former chief Randy Reed’s abrupt retirement in May 2014, the Azle Police Department has operated under the leadership of Interim Chief Darrell D. West.
A 24-year-plus veteran of the Azle PD, West was the ranking lieutenant in the department when he was asked to fill in as chief on June 4.… Read the rest

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Azle PD arrests 4 drunk drivers on New Year’s Eve

January 7, 2015

By Carla Noah Stutsman
In spite of the usual warnings leading up to New Year’s Eve, one thing is clear: Some people are going to drink and drive.
Azle police officers arrested four of them – likely only a fraction of those navigating the roadways after imbibing – all within a period of two hours and 20 minutes in the wee hours of Jan. 1.… Read the rest

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Year in review: Part 2

January 7, 2015
Year in review: Part 2

Assembled residents, gunfire, and ice bucket challenges highlighted 2014

By Mark K. Campbell
As the second part of 2014 arrived, Azle saw a wide variety of good and not so good events.

July
Azle’s annual Fourth of July celebration, Follow the Flag, drew record crowds to Central Park and surrounding venues. Former AISD administrator Ray Ivey received the Lew Shaffer Award.
A 13-year-old Springtown boy who was at a friend’s house near Briar recovered from a gunshot in the abdomen when a rifle discharged as it was removed from a cabinet. They had hoped to shoot a snake.… Read the rest

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Businessman dies in shooting incident Former Chamber President Bettis known for supporting Azle

December 30, 2014
Businessman dies in shooting incident Former Chamber President Bettis known for supporting Azle

Brad Bettis

by Carla Noah Stutsman
An Azle man was shot and killed Sunday evening, Dec. 21 during an altercation between two men.
Former Azle Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Bettis was shot several times.
Azle police were dispatched to a disturbance at 620 South Stewart Street at 5:54 p.m.
According to Interim Police Chief Darrell West, the initial 911 call reported a verbal altercation between Benny Aulvry Rogers and Bettis.… Read the rest

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Patrols out in force this New Year’s

December 30, 2014

If you’re planning to celebrate the New Year with a little bubbly – or any other alcoholic beverage – make sure you have a plan to get home safely.
The Texas Department of Transportation reminds motorists that law enforcement will be out in force on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in an effort to reduce crashes and discourage drunk driving.… Read the rest

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The year in review, Part 1:

December 30, 2014
The year in review, Part 1:

Activists poured into Azle to encourage local residents to head to Austin to protest the earthquake swarm in early 2014. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

2014 was earthshaking – literally – for Azle

by Mark K. Campbell
The earthquakes that rattled the Azle area in late 2013 hung around in 2014 – and brought with it a swarm of activists.… Read the rest

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