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Sand Sculpters

August 2, 2017
Sand Sculpters

Competitors tried their hands at sandcastle building Saturday, July 29 at Twin Points Park during the Tarrant Regional Water District’s Sand Sculptors Extravaganza. Photo by Christina Derr

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Hunt out on bond again

August 2, 2017

Stiffer conditions issued for Pct. 1 constable 

BY CHRISTINA DERR
After 68 days in the Parker County Jail, Parker County Pct. 1 Constable Charlie Hunt posted bond for the third time and was released July 26.
Hunt, who has been arrested three times since February related to the charge of continuous violence against the family and subsequent offenses, was rearrested in May after prosecutors presented the court evidence that Hunt continued to have repeated contact with his victim in direct violation of his bond conditions.
For his third release, Hunt was required to post $100,010 bond and had new bond conditions set.… Read the rest

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Walk on

July 26, 2017
Walk on

The 4,500 linear feet of sidewalk will benefit not only Walnut Creek students but AHS runners as well.

Long sidewalk approved near future Walnut Creek Elementary

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Azle Independent School District is the first school district to receive a safe travels grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).
AISD Assistant Superintendent Todd Smith said the NCTCOG grant program has as its purpose creating safe travels, and that the district pursued the grant under the title “Safe Travels to School.”
In conjunction with the City of Azle, Azle ISD officials filed an application for the matching grant this February and learned they were awarded the funds last month.… Read the rest

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‘Back the Pack’ gearing up

July 26, 2017

Purchase of all 2017-18 school supplies nearing

The annual Back the Pack event – a backpack sale that contains all necessary school supplies for the upcoming school year – will offer parents three chances to purchase the packs.
The first arrives on the Azle ISD’s centralized registration day, Thursday, Aug. 3 at Azle Junior High.
A second chance comes Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Azle Lions Club Building at 412 Commerce Street, across from the post office from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
A third opportunity to buy packs is Saturday, Aug. 12 – in the midst of the annual tax-free weekend – from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.… Read the rest

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More charges against Hunt

July 26, 2017

This time Parker constable charged in Tarrant Co.

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Additional criminal charges against Parker County Pct. 1 Constable Charlie Hunt have been filed in Tarrant County.
Hunt, who remains in the Parker County Jail on the third-degree felony charge of continuous abuse against the family, will now also face the charge of unlawful installation of a tracking device.
The bond for the Tarrant County charge has been set at $2,500.
The unlawful installation of a tracking device is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.
Hunt was already facing two to ten years in state prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the domestic violence charge.… Read the rest

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Digging Up Main Street

July 26, 2017
Digging Up Main Street

If you’re headed to Main Street any time in the near future, plan some extra time. The Texas Department of Transportation is busy “milling” – tearing up – the pavement to prepare for a new overlay. Various lanes will be closed with work scheduled from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Work should be completed by next week “weather permitting” – scattered showers are predicted with temperature “real feels” soaring well above 100 degrees for the next several days. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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AISD budget proposed at $49.6 million

July 19, 2017

Approval vote on one of two options Aug. 21

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The board of trustees of the Azle Independent School District held a special meeting Saturday, July 15 to discuss options for the 2017-18 budget.
AISD Director of Finance Monica Miller presented the board with two options for the budget each with a set of special requests from different departments around the district.
Miller stated both budgets were calculated on an expected 50-student increase in the district’s average daily attendance – a factor used to estimate the amount of revenue the district can expect to receive from the state.
Using 50 students, Miller said, was conservative because the district recently heard a presentation from a demographer that predicted an increase of 148 students for the 2017-18 school year.… Read the rest

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Reno gun issue probe slated

July 19, 2017
Reno gun issue probe slated

Vote splits on investigators

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In a split vote, the Reno city council, during its July 17 meeting, directed its embattled city administrator and director of public safety, Joe Polino, to head an investigation into Mayor Pro Tem Bonnie Black’s alleged possession of a shotgun found inside an unlocked Reno police vehicle.
Polino termed it a “potentially criminal investigation.”
Black herself made the motion; council members John Basham and Larry Trammell voted against it, while Ken Parnell and Billie Steele voted for the measure.
Black cast the deciding vote in favor of the action, even after it was pointed out to her that public policy in the state of Texas “bars public officials from casting a deciding vote in a matter concerning an issue in which the official has a direct, personal interest.”
The council, in a separate measure, agreed that a new police chief – whose name has not yet been officially released pending a background check, but who is expected to be on the job around the middle of August – will conduct an audit of the police department’s property room.… Read the rest

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Help yourself…and police

July 19, 2017
Help yourself…and police

This map details the boundaries of Azle PD’s new 911 system, an app called SirenGPS which can be dowloaded free.

Become pro-active with technology, safe zones

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A few recent events have prompted the Azle Police Department to remind citizens of several ways you can help them – and, in turn, they can help you.

A/C thefts on the rise
It’s the peak of summertime, and that also means it’s prime time for thefts of air-conditioners.
So far this year, three air-conditioner units were stolen from an apartment complex, three from an Azle church, and most recently, two were stolen from Red’s Burger House plus a third from its neighbor on Main Street, Maid to Sparkle.… Read the rest

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Don’t worry, be app-y

July 12, 2017
Don’t worry, be app-y

Lt. Bill Russell said the new 911 app will allow for quicker responses by emergency personnel.

APD’s 911 GPS app can find you almost immediately ‘within 10 feet’

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The Azle Police Department wants you to download an app – one that could get help to you quicker than ever.
It’s called SirenGPS and is available free for iPhone and Android users.
When activated, the app uses your phone’s GPS to allow emergency personnel – fire, police, and/or medical – to pinpoint your location to within 10 feet.… Read the rest

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