On a day that ended up being near-perfect, Azle baseball and softball squads hit the diamonds for the first time this season. First Pitch Saturday on Feb. 7 featured softball scrimmages – where the Lady Hornets excelled – as well as baseball practices and an alumni game. It was the initial outings for squads that are looking forward to memorable seasons, including freshman bunter T.J. Fugate and softball slugger Sarah Brown.… Read the rest
AHS auditorium, stadium upgrades likely soon
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
More seats for plays and programs in the auditorium and additional room to roam at Hornet Field are on tap for Azle High School.
Since the AHS campus first opened in the 1990-91 school year, its auditorium has only seen the most minor of updates, like the replacement of drapes and carpet.
As seats have become dilapidated, they’ve been used for parts to repair others in better shape, but now, the first few rows of seating are gone.… Read the rest
By Mark K. Campbell
Scores of folks ventured down a red carpet Jan. 31 for the 55th Azle Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.
A slew of honors were handed out, among them the top award, the Bright Star Citizen of the Year.
That elite nod was claimed by Nate Simmons for “grateful appreciation for outstanding service and dedication rendered to the community of Azle.”… Read the rest
The great Oz came through!
For three years, the Azle High School Drama Department and Drama Boosters have been raising money to purchase a new, professionally-built UIL Competition Grey Set and – thanks to the huge success of the drama department’s December production of The Wizard of Oz, that goal has finally been reached.
You may be asking: What is a “Grey Set?”… Read the rest
Photographer Natalie Gentry spied this pure white squirrel – presumably an albino – in Reno chowing down on its winter food cache and scurrying along a field Jan. 16. “I knew I had to shoot it (with my camera that is),” she said. On Jan. 21, she finally got the chance, although the wily white wonder did not like her getting out of her vehicle; the critter quickly scampered off. Photos by Natalie Gentry… Read the rest
Auctioneer Kent Meyerhoeffer (with microphone) and AHS Head Football Coach Devon Dorris share a laugh during the Azle Education Foundation’s Red Solo Cup BBQ Bash fundraiser held Jan. 24 at The Orchard. AISD Director of Operations Todd Smith shows off a guitar autographed by country music star Toby Keith before its auction at the event. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest
City uses eminent domain for sewer easements
by Carla Noah Stutsman
Utter the words “eminent domain” and just watch the hair stand up on the necks of everyone within earshot.
Stories of sweet elderly people fighting to keep a home they’ve lived in for decades from becoming a super sports stadium instantly come to mind.
But the fact is, eminent domain has its place to protect the good of the community.… Read the rest
By Carla Noah Stutsman
The city of Azle will soon welcome a new Chief of Police.
After naming Captain Rick Pippins of the Odessa Police Department the “lone finalist” for the position, City Manager Craig Lemin said Monday, Jan. 26, that Pippins was offered the position and has accepted.… Read the rest
Azle, ‘Bay PDs part of expansive roundup
by Carla Noah Stutsman
Since July, investigators with the Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit (W-PC SCU or unit) have been working to shut down an organization that distributed large amounts of methamphetamine into parts of Tarrant, Parker, Wise, and Palo Pinto counties, into Oklahoma and possibly even into Louisiana and Arkansas.
Information obtained during that investigation led investigators to believe the drugs were being distributed from a location in Sansom Park as well as in Pelican Bay.… Read the rest