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Rio!

August 10, 2016
Rio!

Vaughan receives Olympic-sized send-off

by Mark K. Campbell
Shelbi Vaughan has competed in some big track meets.
She has thrown in Austin at state, been a multiple-NCAA champion for Texas A&M, and competed in several countries.
Now she has reached the greatest stage for her sport of discus – the Olympics.
Vaughan was given a rowdy send-off by family and friends Friday, Aug. 5 as she headed to DFW Airport to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
Many stood on the Stewart Street Bridge in 100-degree heat to wave American flags and cheer as the athlete, with an array of emergency vehicles leading the way, passed underneath in an open vehicle, waving an unfurled flag of her own.… Read the rest

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Bracing for expansion

August 10, 2016
Bracing for expansion

AISD Supt. says city growing in leaps and bounds – and that means more students

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Open enrollment began for the Azle ISD 2016-17 school year and the numbers kept rising.
That’s what Superintendent Ray Lea told Azle Rotary Club members Aug. 4.
Lea said, “We have 350 new students; I have never seen this kind of interest.”
Even factoring in that around 100 students leave the district annually, the AISD is without question growing, he noted.
Lea said that when he first arrived, there had been years of Azle losing more students than they had gained.
“That has changed,” he said.… Read the rest

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Volleyball Season Begins at Azle High

August 10, 2016
Volleyball Season Begins at Azle High

Lady Hornet Shaylyn Wise, a sophomore, swats a ball past a Decatur Lady Eagle in the season opener for both at the AHS gym Aug. 9. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Volunteers big part of dept.’s success

August 10, 2016
Volunteers big part of dept.’s success

Hundreds of hours donated to keeping parks clean

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
At the Aug. 2 city council meeting, members heard from Superintendent Kyle Culwell that Azle’s public service department had a good year.
Improvements and expansions were noted in multiple areas dating from Oct. 2015 – all from a department consisting of just a superintendent, a supervisor, and three maintenance workers.

The department’s reach
Park personnel oversee and maintain a variety of areas, including 87 acres spread over four parks.
The primary parks are:
Ash Creek Park is 31 acres, Azle’s largest.
Central Park covers 27 acres, houses an amphitheater.… Read the rest

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On the hunt

August 3, 2016
On the hunt

With a Pikachu peeking over his shoulder at Central Park, Austin Tong has reached level 17 in Pokemon Go. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

APD hosts Pokemon Go safety event in park

by Mark K. Campbell
Kids and adults are out there at all hours in all sorts of places in and around town.
So, the Azle Police Department decided to go pro-active and help citizens “catch ‘em all” while being safe.
Saturday, July 30, APD hosted a Pokemon Go safety event at the Azle Memorial Library and Central Park.
Officer Loren Hearn said the paperwork passed out to participants was well received.… Read the rest

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Team Takedown: Fort Worth SWAT and Azle PD Snare Vehicle Theives

August 3, 2016
Team Takedown: Fort Worth SWAT and Azle PD Snare Vehicle Theives

Azle Police received information July 27 of a possible stolen vehicle at a home in the 100 block of Avondale Avenue in Azle. After officers located a car matching the description of the vehicle, officers attempted to make contact with the residents. However, there was no response. A search and seizure warrant was granted and Azle officers, in conjunction with Fort Worth SWAT, executed the warrant at the address. Two arrests were made in conjunction with the warrant, and the stolen vehicle was recovered at the location.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Dogs attack, kill calves

August 3, 2016
Dogs attack, kill calves

Several calves were injured and one killed by dogs July 27 between Azle and Springtown. Some dogs from the pack remain at large. Photo courtesy Parker County Sheriff’s Office

BY NATALIE GENTRY
A “pack” of dogs killed a calf and injured two others Sunday, July 27 around 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Longhorn Drive between Azle and Springtown.
Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers responded to the call when the homeowners reported one of the calves died following the mauling in an enclosed round pen where the calves were kept.
Dogs are known to run loose in the area in a pack of two to six, but it isn’t known where they live or if they are strays.… Read the rest

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Youth Football Camp

August 3, 2016
Youth Football Camp

Young athletes kicked off their football season with the annual Hornet camp. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Use it or lose it so they used it

August 3, 2016

How AISD spent its one-time drilling tax bonus

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Last school year, Azle ISD had $2.5 million extra to spend.
And the district poured that money into its employees and upgrading schools.
Finance Director Monica Miller addressed trustees July 25 to speak on the proposed 2016-17 budget.
Before that, however, she listed some of the ways that the Trinidad Drilling “one-time lag” tax revenue of $2.5 million helped the AISD.
Every employee received a three percent raise.
Four new school buses were purchased for $353,082.
Also bought was a new Special Education bus for $93,000 and a “mini-bus” for Cross Timbers Elementary for $49,975.… Read the rest

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On the hunt

August 3, 2016
On the hunt

With a Pikachu peeking over his shoulder at Central Park, Austin Tong has reached level 17 in Pokemon Go. Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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