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Claws come out at council meeting over animal permits

March 11, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A group of livestock owners, upset over having to pay an annual $25 permit fee as well as some wording in the city of Azle’s animal control ordinance, came to City Hall prepared for a fight.
That’s not what they got.
During the regular city council meeting March 3, several individuals in the group objected to the idea of paying an annual permit fee.… Read the rest

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Winter strikes Azle again!

March 11, 2015
Winter strikes Azle again!

A couple of inches of snow on Thursday, March 5 cancelled Azle ISD schools for the third time this winter. The white stuff, like this accumulation Ash Creek (above) mostly melted by nightfall, with an assist by city worker Rodger Cathey (below) who sent icy chunks flying off Central Park sidewalks.
MORE PHOTOS ON 5A! Photos by Mark K. Campbell

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Whizzing in a winter wonderland!

March 4, 2015
Whizzing in a winter wonderland!

The weatherman got it right Feb. 27 when 2 to 4 inches of snow fell in the area. School was postponed again and local folks poured outside to enjoy the precipitation – like this sledder at Shady Grove Park. And finding a picnic table at the park was no problem, either.
Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Weather slowing AISD construction

March 4, 2015
Weather slowing AISD construction

Days being lost to icy conditions

by Mark K. Campbell
Students and teachers aren’t the only ones who get days off when a bad weather day is declared.
Ice and snow has hampered the erection of the two new buildings going up at Azle High School – the competition gym and the CATE, the Career and Technology
Education building.
AISD Director of District Operations Todd Smith said that because workers are toiling on masonry or concrete work at this stage of construction, that cold weather puts some of those workers at ease, too.… Read the rest

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Shares and prayers

March 4, 2015
Shares and prayers

Area launches social media campaign to help find missing teen

By Natalie Gentry
Many in the area – and some far from here – harnessed the power of social media this week in an effort to help find a missing teenager.
Parker County Sheriff’s investigators sent out information requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing woman Destiny “DeeDee” Deana Montes Tuesday, March 3.… Read the rest

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Burglary conviction upheld on appeal

March 4, 2015
Burglary conviction upheld on appeal

Guilty verdict, 18-year sentence stand

by Carla Noah Stutsman
The conviction for burglary and resulting 18-year sentence of an Azle man by a Parker County jury has been upheld by the Texas Second Court of Appeals.
Jerry Shad Robbins, 53, was convicted and sentenced on June 11, 2014 for the second-degree felony in the 43rd District Court in Weatherford.
Robbins appealed the court ruling the same day, and the appellate court issued its opinion affirming the trial court’s judgment on Feb. 26.… Read the rest

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Local ballots for May locked in

March 4, 2015

Some expected to cancel elections; Reno tax hike to be considered

by Carla Noah Stutsman
If “I” is for “incumbent,” then the “I’s” have it where the city of Azle, the Azle Independent School District (AISD) and the town of Lakeside are concerned.
That’s because only the incumbent in each seat up for election in those entities has filed for a place on the ballot.… Read the rest

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What a weekend!

February 25, 2015
What a weekend!

Well, what a Thursday-Saturday! On Thursday, Feb. 19, the Lady Hornet softball team began a tournament in Brock where Azle would go 6-0 and win by a combined score of 85-1. That effort shot AHS up to No. 2 in the state in 5A. On Friday, the Lady Hornet basketball team defeated Burleson in the Area round – the first time a girls hoops team had won two playoff games in decades. Then, on Saturday, Feb. 21 came an Azle first: Two wrestlers won gold at the state tourney in Garland. First, sophomore Lauren Dale went unbeaten in the 138-pound class.

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B.J. Clark dies

February 25, 2015
B.J. Clark dies

B. J. and Betty Clark are pictured above in February 2012 after B. J. was selected the People’s Choice for Favorite Hometown Hero. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Former councilman, businessman, philanthropist, community supporter leaves large legacy

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Bobby Joe Clark – known fondly to most people around Azle as simply “B. J.” – died Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, at Azle Manor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Azle.… Read the rest

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Hanger, 9 Mile TxDOT projects accelerated

February 25, 2015

Jacksboro Highway early beneficiary of Prop I

by Carla Noah Stutsman
At long last, there is good news about three construction projects that will virtually complete the 10-mile stretch of highway between Azle and Lake Worth known as State Highway 199 or the Jacksboro Highway.
According to State Representative Charlie Geren, the three projects are now included in the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) proposed projects for years 2, 3 and 4 of Proposition I.… Read the rest

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