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
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
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
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.
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
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
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