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Seeing red

November 16, 2016

Tarrant, Parker vote Republican

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Tarrant County went decidedly red in the General Election held Nov. 8, with 51.76 percent favoring Donald J. Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who took 43.12 percent of Tarrant County votes.
Texas as a whole voted for Trump over Clinton by a margin of 52.41 percent to 43.29 percent.
Likewise, U.S. Representative District 12 Kay Granger was returned to her post by a total vote of 69.41 percent over Democrat Bill Bradshaw, who had 26.84 percent of the vote.
Tarrant County went for Granger over Bradshaw 65.01 percent to 31.20 percent.
Granger’s district covers all of Parker County, the western half of Tarrant County, and the southeast portion of Wise County.… Read the rest

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Angels among us here

November 16, 2016

Azle Lions Club Angel Trees spring up all over town

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Right here in Azle, there are children who won’t have Christmas unless you help.
If we all do our part – one angel at a time – these children can see for themselves the very spirit of Christmas.
It’s easy.
Just adopt an angel from one of many Angel Trees placed in schools and businesses all over town.
Pick out the angel you want, and fill that angel’s Christmas list to the best of your ability.
Then place your gifts in a bag – unwrapped – and return them to the Azle Memorial Library, 333 W.… Read the rest

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Not treading water

November 16, 2016
Not treading water

You can often find Azle High School coach Lisa Helm and her three-legged canine companion Maverick out kayaking on area waters. Photo courtesy Lisa Helm

AHS coach Helm a kayak expert

by Mark K. Campbell
She caught the big one – and the long one.
Lisa Helm, an Azle High School coach, competed in a bass tournament on Lake Bastrop. But there was a little more to it than that.
Anglers had to fish out of kayaks.
Helm, a veteran on the water, won the women’s division of the tourney and claimed not only a trophy but a Vibe Skipjack 90 kayak with accessories.… Read the rest

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Bonds pass in Azle ISD and Parker Co.

November 9, 2016

School construction, security OK’d; transportation bond will also impact area

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
and CHRISTINA DERR
Voters in the Azle Independent School District overwhelmingly approved a $59.5 million bond package that will fund construction of two new elementary schools and provide security enhancements to every campus.
The measure passed by a margin of 69.52 percent to 30.48.
In early voting, 7,459 voters or 68.95 percent approved the proposition, while 3,359 or 31.05 percent voted against it.
On Election Day, 2,237 voters – 71.49 percent – voted in favor of the proposition; 892 voters or 28.51 percent voted no.
The results are considered unofficial until votes are canvassed at 8 a.m.… Read the rest

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Eats and beats

November 9, 2016
Eats and beats

Music fans can enjoy grub from food trucks at next summer’s Music in the Park program. Photo by Julie Waldock

Music in the Park to add food trucks

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It’s a nationwide trend, and it may be coming to Music in the Park – at least for a trial season.
Members of the city of Azle’s Special Events Advisory Board (SEAB), which produces the wildly popular Music in the Park summer concert series in Central Park on Friday nights each June and July, asked the council to approve the addition of food trucks to the event for the 2017 season at the Nov.… Read the rest

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Homicide ruled in death of ‘Genti’

November 9, 2016

Case under review by Parker Co. D.A.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle community was shocked and grieved when it learned that Gentjan “Genti” Behaj, 42, died in what authorities termed a “hunting incident” Sept. 13.
Behaj owned and operated Frenki’s Capriccio & Sports Bar, a popular eatery in Azle.
Now, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner has ruled Behaj’s death a homicide – the result of a shotgun wound to the back.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident – which involved a friend of Behaj who accompanied him on the hunting excursion in the 400 block of Rider Lane, southwest of Azle off Veal Station Road.… Read the rest

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Auto-Pedestrian Accident

November 9, 2016
Auto-Pedestrian Accident

A 43-year-old area man was struck by a passing vehicle as he attempted to cross five lanes of traffic on Boyd Road on foot Tuesday, Nov. 1. Geoffrey Dunn was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital by CareFlite air ambulance with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The accident report says Rhonda Cantrell Daniel, 49, of Azle, at the wheel of a northbound 2000 Dodge Caravan, applied her brakes and swerved to keep from hitting Dunn but was unsuccessful. No charges were filed, but the reports notes that Daniel failed to control her speed, while Dunn, a pedestrian, failed to yield the right-of-way to vehicles.

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‘Bay’s robbery suspect arrested

November 9, 2016

In N. Richland Hills

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Pelican Bay has been arrested, according to PBPD Chief Robert Porter.
Caleb Anthony Rothlis, 23, was suspected in an aggravated robbery that occurred about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the 1800 block of Pelican Drive North.
Porter asked for help from the public to locate Rothlis, who had not been found at any of the addresses associated with him.
Ironically, a simple traffic stop led to Rothlis’ arrest by North Richland Hills police Friday, Nov. 4 for the PBPD warrant. He was transported to the Blue Mound jail, where he was booked in per procedure.… Read the rest

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Melee at the polls

November 2, 2016

Misinformation about Texas Voter ID law leads to fracas

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An incident at a local early voting location left some a little shaken, but it also provides an opportunity for potential voters to educate themselves on current Texas’s photo ID laws.
According to Azle Chief of Police Rick Pippins, officers were called to the Azle Masonic Lodge #601, located at 257 West Main Street, shortly before noon on Saturday, Oct. 29 in reference to a disturbance.
The Azle Masonic Lodge is an early voting location for Parker County residents.
Pippins said a man appeared there to vote early, but a verbal altercation between the man and election officials ensued over whether or not the man was required to present a photo ID in order to cast a ballot.… Read the rest

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Andrews murder trial slated for Nov. 7

November 2, 2016

Husband accused of beating wife to death with hammer

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Mark Phelps Andrews, 45, – accused of beating his wife in the head with a hammer as she slept in the couple’s rented home in the 600 block of Dunaway Lane Jan. 8 – is set to stand trial for murder in a Tarrant County courtroom Nov. 7.
Andrews called 911 at 4:37 a.m. that day to report he had returned home from a planned trip to WinStar Casino in Oklahoma to find his wife, 42-year-old Doris Jean Andrews, dead in bed, bludgeoned as she slept.
The couple’s recently-adopted 9-year-old daughter was asleep in another bedroom in the house, as were a live-in nanny and her husband.… Read the rest

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