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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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Follow The Flag attracts hundreds

July 12, 2017
Follow The Flag attracts hundreds

Sipe honored with Shaffer Award

As America was marking its 241st birthday July 4, Azle’s Follow The Flag celebration turned a quarter of a century.
For 25 years, beginning in 1992 at Son Shine Ministries, the event has brought thousands of attendees together to celebrate America’s birthday.
This year was no different as folks poured into Azle’s Central Park, despite the usual July heat, to enjoy free food, drinks, and entertainment – all leading up to a massive fireworks show.… Read the rest

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Shoe drive helps buy service dog

July 12, 2017
Shoe drive helps buy service dog

Amy Sands, manager at Azle’s ProCuts at 200 Park Place, is collecting shoes for a program that helps purchase service dogs. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
We all have our favorite shoes.
Most of us also have shoes that don’t fit, shoes we never wear for one reason or another, or even shoes we just don’t like.
Here’s how you can help 13-year-old Emma Lasater of Mansfield, who suffers from a rare condition called hemiplegic migraines, and needs a service dog to help with daily living.
Just give your shoes to her – at a drop-off place in Azle.… Read the rest

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Chaos over gun issue

July 12, 2017

Reno meeting legitimacy questioned

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The first of two July meetings of the Reno city council lasted fewer than five minutes.
But no one left, and discussions continued for more than an hour after Mayor Eric Hunter declared the meeting over.
An agenda item to adopt a Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) required that a two-thirds “super-majority” – in this case four of the five council members – be present at the meeting in order to establish a quorum.
With council members John Basham out sick and Larry Trammell at work, Hunter ended the meeting immediately after roll call.… Read the rest

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Child drowns in La Junta

July 5, 2017

Resuscitation efforts unsuccessful

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A 14-month-old child died Thursday afternoon, June 29, in La Junta as a result of an accidental drowning.
Marcus David Sampson was pronounced dead at 3:10 p.m. at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
His death was ruled an accidental drowning in a pond by that agency.… Read the rest

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Six chosen for Hall of Fame

July 5, 2017

Four men, two women in third class

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The class for the third induction of Azle ISD Athletic Hall of Fame has been locked in.
Set to be enshrined with the elite group of Azle’s top athletes:
• Jay LaFlair – a football and baseball standout who played many years of pro baseball
• Bobby Gathright – Class of 1978, a multi-sport star with exceptional basketball skills
• Amy Parten – Class of 1989, a four-year volleyball and basketball letterman who went on play four years of volleyball at Central Oklahoma
• Brent Hargrove – Class of 1978, a football and track star who finished his gridiron career as a captain of the UTA squad
• Gary Rodriguez, Class of 1994, a baseball and football who went on to play minor league baseball for several teams
• Kim Davenport Hale – Class of 1986, a three-year letterman in three sports: basketball, track, and volleyball and a cheerleader; played volleyball at Tarleton State University… Read the rest

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