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Off the water!

April 27, 2016
Off the water!

Warm spring weather beckons boaters, but they can’t get on EML right now. Photo by Natalie Gentry

EML closed to boats; more rain predicted

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Eagle Mountain Lake closed to recreational boat traffic at 6 p.m. April 20 due to high water levels and remained closed at press time Tuesday.
At 649.25 feet Tuesday morning, April 19, EML was just 0.15 feet above its pool elevation of 649.10 feet mean sea level (msl).
By noon on April 20, it had risen to 650.03 or 0.93 feet above elevation and officials at Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) say it reached 650.95 over the weekend.… Read the rest

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Beneficiary of Servolution project found murdered

April 20, 2016
Beneficiary of Servolution project found murdered

Catherine Davis was ecstatic just a few weeks ago when Servolution members replaced her front and back porches and spruced up her flower beds. The beloved widow was murdered in her home Monday, April 18, by a man she rented a room to.

Davis helped others when she was in need herself

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Less than a month ago, Catherine Davis appeared in The Azle News when Servolution volunteers replaced the front and back porches on her mobile home; she even wrote a letter to the editor thanking members of the Servolution team for transforming her home.
But Monday, April 18, Servolution’s leader, Jason Malewiski got the devastating news that Davis had been murdered in her home.… Read the rest

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Trapped!

April 20, 2016
Trapped!

This is the site where an 18-year-old Mineral Wells woman spent much of Sunday, trapped inside her wrecked car as storms and torrential rains pounded the area. Photo by Carla Noah Stustmanl

Teen survives frightening car crash, violent storm, rushing water in ravine

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Mineral Wells family’s worst nightmare became a reality Sunday in Azle.
But it could have been even worse if not for a man who just happened to walk by.

Missing daughter
The parents of an 18-year-old woman began calling area police departments Sunday morning in search of information about their daughter, who had not come home after attending a high school prom with a date.… Read the rest

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Seals top QB again in Dallas

April 20, 2016
Seals top QB again in Dallas

Ken Seals, an Azle Junior High eighth grader, was named Outstanding Champion in the Nike Dallas Cowboys QB/WR Challenge overseen by former pro Terrence Wheatly and Baylor’s Ryan Roberts.

by Mark K. Campbell
Ken Seals, one of three Azle Junior High School athletes to participate, won the Nike Dallas Cowboys QB/WR Challenge.
The all-day competition also included eighth grade Hornets Jacob Lee, a quarterback, and wide receiver Shiwoo Lee.
Seals, a regular winner in a variety of youth quarterback competitions, out-shone more than 70 other QBs in a contest judged on accuracy throws from the pocket, throwing on the run, timed quick release, deep bucket throws, and long balls.… Read the rest

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Road Failure Closes Hwy. 199 Access Road

April 20, 2016
Road Failure Closes Hwy. 199 Access Road

A road failure and resulting void beneath the roadway – caused by recent heavy rains – has forced the indefinite closure of the eastbound Hwy. 199 service road at Normandy Ave. in Azle.
“This is not normal – I’ve never seen this before,” said TxDOT Asst. Area Engineer Aureliano Flores, adding that it’s possible there’s a sinkhole concentrated around the roadway.
Traffic on Hwy. 199 is not affected at this time, but the service road will be closed to through-traffic until further notice.
“The safety of the traveling public is our top priority,” Flores said.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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Azle officers support PD’s switch to four ‘mirrored’ shifts

April 13, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Beginning around the first of June, Azle citizens will see better police coverage due to a change to the Azle Police Department’s deployment of patrol officers.
Police Chief Rick Pippins explained to the city council that the department has, for many years, used a deployment that was once common but is “not, by far, the most efficient way to deploy forces.”
The 8-hour shift has been abandoned by many departments in favor of longer ones – but fewer workdays – and it’s proven successful.
Currently, patrol officers in Azle are deployed on three 8-hour shifts, and typically work five days each week for a total of 80 hours per two-week pay period.… Read the rest

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Revolution! Servolution, 6 Stones hope to unite partners to improve city, help residents

April 13, 2016
Revolution! Servolution, 6 Stones hope to unite partners to improve city, help residents

Servolution team members tore off a dilapidated porch from Catherine Davis’ house, then built her a new one, while others made her flower beds spring fresh.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Jason Malewiski didn’t think twice as he pulled the t-shirt over his head one Wednesday evening before heading to church.
When his pastor at The Church at Azle, Chad Geeslin, saw the Servolution logo on the t-shirt and asked what it was, Malewiski explained the concept, and how he saw it used in Oklahoma City.
“We need that here,” was Geeslin’s reply.
Fast-forward 2-and-a-half years.
Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett attended a meeting of the Tarrant County Mayors’ Association in September 2015 at which a group called 6 Stones made a presentation.… Read the rest

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City bid blunder results in roadwork delay

April 13, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In her 20-year career as a city secretary, Norma Zenk says she’s never, ever seen it happen.
But on March 17, when the City of Azle was scheduled to publicly open bids for proposed roadwork on Wells Burnett Road, Zenk was ill and could not come to work.
Her illness resulted in two other city employees much less familiar with the bidding process having to work in her stead.
In the process, they missed a bid that was later found, right where Zenk had put it the previous day.
Ironically, she had placed a box of Kleenex on top of the envelope to ensure it stayed put.… Read the rest

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Top chef!

April 13, 2016
Top chef!

Exchange student Lucasz Laskus (left) – with AISD culinary instructor Michael Urbanek – won state in a cooking competition.

Azle exchange student wins state cooking challenge

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Polish exchange student Lucasz Laskus has taken part in a variety of activities while at Azle High School.
The cherry on top might be the honor he just won at the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state cooking competition.
Vying in the “mystery basket” event in Dallas, Laskus’ creation was deemed the best of the batch.
AHS culinary instructor Michael Urbanek said the competition is similar to the TV reality cooking show Chopped where chefs are challenged to incorporate unusual ingredients into their meals.… Read the rest

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Man dies after alleged beatings by parolees

April 6, 2016
Man dies after alleged beatings by parolees

Arrested men lived in home south of town contracted by parole board, owner says

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A 68-year-old, wheelchair-bound man who was allegedly beaten repeatedly by two men he lived with died March 31 at a skilled nursing facility in Lake Worth.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet ruled whether Alan Abraham Meisel’s death was a result of injuries resulting from those beatings.
Two men – Jack Russell Ryder, 63 and James Glendon Duke, 55 – accused in the beatings were arrested.
Authorities will wait for the medical examiner to rule on the cause of Meisel’s death before deciding whether to pursue additional charges against the two men.… Read the rest

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