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From queen to president?

February 22, 2017
From queen to president?

Alejandrina Guzman of Azle and Micky Wolf of San Antonio are candidates for president and vice president of the University of Texas.… Read the rest

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One fine day

February 15, 2017

Pay warrants by Feb. 25 or face arrest

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
If you have an outstanding warrant due to an unpaid traffic citation (or for other reasons), the Great Texas Warrant Roundup is your opportunity to take care of it without risking arrest.
Representatives of law enforcement and courts from more than 300 jurisdictions across Texas have combined efforts to host the 2017 Great Texas Warrant Roundup to be held Saturday, March 4.
The Roundup is designed to target thousands of defendants with traffic, parking, city ordinance, penal code and higher charge warrants from participating jurisdictions.
It’s believed to be the largest joint operation of its kind with arrests expected to continue for several days.… Read the rest

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Azle ISD a leader in new cleaning technology

February 15, 2017
Azle ISD a leader in new cleaning technology

Chris Sides, director of product development for E-Mist, showed the Azle ISD board of trustees how his company’s technology disinfects surfaces at the Feb. 6 meeting of the board. Photo by Christina Derr

BY CHRISTINA DERR
It happens every year like clockwork.
Kids who were seemingly healthy through the three months of summer vacation come home within a few weeks of the start of school with their noses dripping like a leaky sink.
As the school year gets closer to Christmas Break, even nastier ailments such as strep throat, the flu, and stomach bugs make an appearance.
All illnesses are caused by one thing: pathogens – pathogens that can live on surfaces in school campuses from days to months, and in rare cases, even years.… Read the rest

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Parker Co. Pct. 1 constable charged with felony

February 15, 2017
Parker Co. Pct. 1 constable charged with felony

 

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Less than two months after being sworn in as constable for Parker County’s Pct. 1, Charlie Hunt has been charged with a third-degree felony.
After an investigation led by the Texas Rangers, a warrant for the arrest of the 43-year-old was issued by the 43rd District Court in Weatherford.
On Monday, Feb. 13 Hunt turned himself into the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and was booked into the Wise County Jail on a charge of Continuous Violence Against Family.
Hunt posted $15,000 bond and was released later the same day.
This is not the first time that Hunt has faced family violence related charges.… Read the rest

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Historic Azle home built in 1900 destroyed

February 8, 2017
Historic Azle home built in 1900 destroyed

The home suffered damage not just from flames, but from smoke, water, and foam, as well. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Mishio family devastated by total loss

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A historic home – among the oldest in the area – just outside the Azle city limits suffered a total loss after a fire Sunday afternoon, Feb. 5.
The home in the 1700 block of Scotland Avenue belonged to the Mishio family; Dr. Matt Mishio, chiropractor with Brace Chiropractic and Wellness Center on Azle’s Main Street, lived in the home, although he was not there when the fire started.
“It was built in 1900, and the family that built it moved into it in 1901,” Mishio said at the scene.… Read the rest

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Safe at home

February 8, 2017
Safe at home

Crime rate plunges over three years

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Violent and property crimes in the city of Azle have dropped substantially over a three-year period, according to Police Chief Rick Pippins.
Based on Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Part 1 offenses – which include violent crimes like aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery, as well as property crimes like arson, burglary, larceny/theft, and motor vehicle theft – the city has seen a decrease of 27.53 percent since 2013, Pippins reports.
“These are Index Crimes, or UCR Part 1 crimes reported each year to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),” Pippins said.… Read the rest

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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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