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Guzman breaks 2 glass ceilings with UT victory

March 29, 2017
Guzman breaks 2 glass ceilings with UT victory

Azle’s Alejandrina Guzman is the first differently-abled and first Latina student body president at the University of Texas at Austin. She won a runoff race to secure the elite position.

AHS grad is 1st differently-abled, Latina student body president

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
After the votes were tallied for a second time, an Azle High School graduate had handily won a high-ranking student position at the University of Texas at Austin.
Alejandrina Guzman of Azle was elected student body president at UT following a runoff election March 8-9.
Guzman and her running mate, Micky Wolf of San Antonio, led voting in the initial election March 1-2 with 4,098 votes or 39.11 percent.… Read the rest

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Azle Boy’s Pig No. 1 in Houston

March 29, 2017
Azle Boy’s Pig No. 1 in Houston

Forrest Fisher, a sixth grader at Hoover Elementary and a member of Wise County 4-H, competed at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show where his spotted barrow was named breed champion. The pig later sold for $49,000 – “a once-in-a-lifetime win.” Photo courtesy Courtney Kuriger

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Azle finances deemed to be in tip-top shape

March 29, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The city of Azle is in fine financial shape.
Citizens can rest assured of that fact as a financial accounting award and the city’s annual audit report tout that Azle is, indeed, on solid monetary ground in numerous areas.… Read the rest

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AISD Superintendent Lea announces June retirement

March 22, 2017
AISD Superintendent Lea announces June retirement

Dr. Ray Lea instituted the Hornet Academy that has helped scores of students graduate. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY CHRISTINA DERR
After nearly nine years at the head of the Azle Independent School District – and over four decades as an educator – Dr. Ray Lea announced that he would retire from education and the district, effective June 30.
The AISD board of trustees voted 6-0 to formally accept Lea’s retirement Monday, March 20 at the conclusion of their monthly meeting.… Read the rest

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It’s aces at Cross Timbers

March 22, 2017
It’s aces at Cross Timbers

Cross Timbers Golf Course professional Keith Harris said current improvements to the course have helped turn its reputation around. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Golf course popularity skyrocketing

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
“There are some misconceptions about our golf course.”
Keith Harris, the golf professional at Azle’s Cross Timbers Golf Course, has seen the links improve its reputation.… Read the rest

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Hold on to your (hard) hats!

March 22, 2017
Hold on to your (hard) hats!

Dirt is being moved at the Legacy Oaks – an assisted living center – construction site on Southeast Parkway, north of Avondale Avenue. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Development on the rise in Azle; population could explode

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Strong growth in the city of Azle and along the so-called Northwest Corridor that generally runs along Hwy. 199 has long been predicted.
The time is at hand.… Read the rest

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A Close Call for an AISD Bus

March 22, 2017
A Close Call for an AISD Bus

It was close, but the school bus in the photo above narrowly escaped being involved in this crash in the 500 block of North Stewart Street Monday, March 20 at 7:52 a.m. Azle police were dispatched to an accident involving a school bus, but Azle ISD Maintenance Director Randy Spiker arrived and quickly determined the bus was not impacted; the bus and its precious cargo went on its way. A young girl in one of the passenger vehicles was treated at the scene for a minor seat belt injury. One driver was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way. The other was cited for not having a driver’s license.

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Missing man found in submerged truck

March 15, 2017
Missing man found in submerged truck

The area where Jim Bob Cook’s body and pickup were discovered submerged under about eight feet of water in an Eagle Mountain Lake marina. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Jim Bob Cook

Discovery comes 30 days after Reno resident last seen

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A body identified as missing person Jim Bob Cook, as well as Cook’s Ford pickup, were recovered from Eagle Mountain Lake Wednesday evening, March 8.
Cook, 56, of Reno, was reported missing in mid-February. He was reportedly last seen on Feb. 8 at Frenki’s Capriccio & Sports Bar in the 1000 block of Boyd Road in Azle.… Read the rest

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Shattered Dreams shows teens consequences of bad choices

March 15, 2017
Shattered Dreams shows teens consequences of bad choices

Scores of students, parents, and officials gathered at Azle High School to watch the mock accident, one component of the biennial Shattered Dreams program. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Making good choices.
That’s what the Shattered Dreams program is all about.
Funded by the Azle Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) and organized by members of the Azle Police and Fire Departments in cooperation with Azle ISD officials, Shattered Dreams is presented at Azle High School in odd-numbered years in an effort to show teens the benefits of making good choices versus the potentially-deadly results bad choices can bring about.… Read the rest

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Azle man on Parker County Most Wanted list

March 15, 2017
Azle man on Parker County Most Wanted list
Two area individuals are on the Parker County Crime Stoppers Most Wanted list – and one is from Azle.
Hugo Saldana-Muniz, 30, is wanted on motions to revoke probation for prior felony charges.… Read the rest

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