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AISD saves $4 mil on bonds

February 8, 2017

Interest rate drop the reason

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A savings of over $4.4 million and a credit rating upgrade.
The Azle Independent School District Board of Trustees heard what can only be described as good news for all stakeholders at its Feb. 7 meeting.
Trustees listened to the district’s financial advisors about the recently issued Series 2017 Bonds – the bonds that will fund projects from the $59.5 million bond package approved by voters last November – that sold at an interest rate lower than what was planned for during the bond election.
An original interest rate of 4.25 percent was factored into planning for the increase in ad valorem tax rates to fund the bond repayment.… Read the rest

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Hornet Academy Graduation

February 8, 2017
Hornet Academy Graduation

Azle ISD’s Hornet Academy graduated 25 students Monday, Feb. 6. The academy gives students aged 20 to 25 a “non-traditional” opportunity to earn a high school diploma. Soon to be graduates listen as AISD Board of Trustees President Bill Lane gives the ceremony’s congratulatory remarks. (RIGHT): A brand new graduate shakes hands with Board Vice President Erik Loeffelholz while Trustee Sam Merck and President Bill Lane also offer congratulations.             Photos by Christina Derr… Read the rest

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Fundraiser benefits AISD to tune of $91,000

February 1, 2017
Fundraiser benefits AISD to tune of $91,000

Kent Meyerhoeffer severed as auctioneer at the Azle Education Foundation’s annual Red Solo Cup fundraiser. The live auction portion of the evening raised $36,000 of the total $91,000 raised at the Jan. 28 event. Photo by Christina Derr

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Azle Education Foundation (AEF) brought in over $91,000 at its annual Red Solo Cup fundraiser.
The event – held at the The Orchard the evening of Saturday, Jan. 28 – included a live auction which raised $36,000.
Bidders competed for seven packages including the use of the Hornet Field skybox and reserved parking for the 2017 football season and two custom, hand-crafted, stained-glass panels of the Azle mascot Buzzy.… Read the rest

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Candidates filing slowly but surely for local offices

February 1, 2017

Reno mayor challenged

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Candidates for local offices are slowly trickling in for area council and school board races.
Most local cities, schools, and other political subdivisions will hold elections May 6, and those who wish to run for office may file an application for a place on the ballot through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.
Anyone seeking to file as a write-in candidate may do so until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Early voting ahead of Election Day will take place from Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2.
If there are no contested races in a political subdivision, the entity can cancel its election, thereby saving taxpayers the cost of an unnecessary election.… Read the rest

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A Musical First: All-City Junior High Bands

February 1, 2017
A Musical First: All-City Junior High Bands

Members of the Azle Junior High and Forte Junior High bands combined to create the All-City Junior High Band Friday, Jan. 27.

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Almost finished

February 1, 2017
Almost finished

After months of work, the collapsed section of the Hwy. 199 access road at Normandy Ave. will have at least one lane open by week’s end, according to State Representative Charlie Geren. RIGHT: A worker tinkers with a radio link above Boyd Road. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

Roadwork nearing completion

A stretch of Hwy. 199 service road – closed since its collapse last April – will open soon.
State Representaitve Charlie Geren said Texas Department of Transportation officials notified him that the section in the 1600 block of Southeast Parkway should be open in early February – one lane, at least.… Read the rest

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Azle represented at Trump’s inauguration

January 25, 2017
Azle represented at Trump’s inauguration

In D.C.: Waiting for their turn in the inaugural parade with their original Vietnam choppers are Azle’s Ray Ivey with fellow pilots Jerry Seago and Bobby Perdue

Residents witness the fanfare of the 45th president’s installation

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Thousands of people poured into Washington, D.C. – including some from Azle.
Here are three stories of local folks at President Trump’s Jan. 19 inaguguration.

Ivey and the parade
Ray Ivey says he has lived a lifetime of improbable situations.
Another in a long string took place last week when Ivey and his wife Ruth traveled to Washington, D.C. so Ray could participate in the inaugural parade for President Donald J.… Read the rest

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Winner!

January 25, 2017
Winner!

Dr. Jessica Brace Payne was exuberant to learn her practice, Brace Chiropractic and Wellness Center, was named Business of the Year by the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Azle Chamber honors businesses, individuals

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Festivity hung in the air Thursday evening, Jan. 19, when members and guests of the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce gathered to honor some remarkable people and businesses.
The biggest highlight of the evening was saved for last when the late R.D. and Loretta Montgomery were named Citizens of the Year by the Chamber.
First, with Hogye Hogle as emcee, attendees enjoyed a meal provided by Bumblebee Occasions and perused silent auction items.… Read the rest

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Candidates emerge during filing period, all incumbents now

January 25, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
With local elections for most local cities, schools, and other political subdivision holding elections May 6, many incumbents have filed for places on their respective ballots.
Those seeking to run for office may file an application for a place on the ballot through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 for most political subdivisions.
Those who wish to file as a write-in candidate may do so until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Early voting ahead of Election Day will take place from Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2.
As in every year, a number of places on city councils and the Azle ISD board of trustees will expire in May.… Read the rest

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Passion leads Helm to teach unique Outdoor Adventures

January 25, 2017
Passion leads Helm to teach unique Outdoor Adventures

Lisa Helm, coach and teacher at AHS, instructs the Outdoors Adventures class. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle High School class gaining popularity

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Lisa Helm likes being active and outdoors.
In fact, it’s her “passion” – and she wants to share all the positives of being outside with her Azle High School students.
Helm, a former standout Lady Hornet and collegiate athlete, heads Outdoor Adventures at AHS.
Getting it started
Helm said she kept badgering school leadership to get the program started.
Finally, she got the okay in the 2015-16 school year.
“It took eight years to get the class going,” Helm said.… Read the rest

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