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Former Azle High wrestler dies in Poolville wreck

August 24, 2016

In single vehicle accident

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A former Azle High School student and wrestler was fatally injured in a one-vehicle accident Saturday, Aug. 20 near Poolville.
Troy Conrad Frechette, 18, who most recently lived in Springtown, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident in the 2100 block of Poolville Cut-Off Road at 9:59 p.m.
According to Sgt. Richard Hunter, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Frechette was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup south on Poolville Cut-Off around 9:30 p.m. when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. The front left portion of the pickup struck a telephone pole.… Read the rest

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Vaughan competes in Rio Olympics

August 17, 2016
Vaughan competes in Rio Olympics

Shelbi Vaughan, who calls Azle home, achieved the pinnacle of her sport when she competed in the women’s discus competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Vaughan was one of three women representing Team USA in the event.
Inclement weather delayed the scheduled start Monday, Aug. 15.
All throwers competed in “qualifications” to earn berths in the following day’s finals.
In what could be just the first of many Olympics, Vaughan finished 29th with a throw of 53.33 meters (175 feet).
She did not advance to the finals; no American woman did.
The event was won by Sandra Perkovic from Croatia who threw 69.21 meters.… Read the rest

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Hero: Herring revives boy, 3, via CPR after near-drowning

August 17, 2016
Hero: Herring revives boy, 3, via CPR after near-drowning

Recently CPR certified, Jake Herring literally saved the life of 3-year-old Jack Hart July 30, after the boy was pulled – lifeless – from a swimming pool. Photo courtesy Heather Herring

Herring revives boy, 3, via CPR after near-drowning

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
“We never, ever thought this would happen to us – we are not neglectful parents.”
That’s what Khala Hart, a neonatal nurse at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, said two weeks after her 3-year-old son, Jack, was pulled – lifeless – from a swimming pool at a birthday party, on July 30.
Even though she’s highly-trained and experienced in lifesaving measures, Hart and her husband, Chad, had a hard time performing CPR on their own child.… Read the rest

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Reno mayor pro tem calls for Stokes’ resignation

August 17, 2016

Hunter to mayor: ‘I call for you to resign immediately’

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Eric Hunter, mayor pro rem for the city of Reno, stunned citizens and employees alike when he stepped to the mic during the Citizen Participation portion of the monthly city council meeting Monday, Aug. 15 and called for Mayor Lynda Stokes to resign immediately.
Hunter’s request comes on the heels of a decision by Parker County Commissioners Court to terminate its agreement for police dispatch services with the city effective Sept. 30.
Reading from a prepared statement, Hunter said:
“I’ll start with a quote from Senora Roy: ‘Doing the right thing is not always easy, and it’s not always popular, but isn’t it enough that it’s right?’
“Earlier I spoke to the mayor regarding the future of this city, and currently our future does not look bright.… Read the rest

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Head-on Wreck on 730 North

August 17, 2016
Head-on Wreck on 730 North

Charles David Graves, 52, of Azle, was critically injured Sunday, Aug. 14 about 2 p.m. when the southbound red 2003 Honda Accord he was driving drifted into the northbound lane in the 12200 block of FM 730 North, striking a northbound 2012 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Brian Todd Blair, 47, of Boyd. Blair’s pickup then struck a southbound black 2014 Honda Accord driven by Jose Fortunato Castellano, 53, of Azle. Graves went to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth via CareFlite air ambulance; Blair and Castellano each walked away with minor injuries. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

After using the Jaws of Life to cut the car door open, Azle FD Acting Lt.

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AISD calls $59.5M bond election for Nov.

August 17, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Enrollment in the Azle Independent School District has increased by 450 students over the last five years, and the district’s demographer projects an influx of 750 additional students over the next five years.
With several campuses already busting at the seams, a Long Range Facility Planning Committee was formed to study the situation and make recommendations to the district.
The committee was comprised of citizens, business and community leaders, including Jeff Anderson, Brian Barone, Bill Blackman, John Cooke, Alicia Dale, Jacki Drolet, Kent Durham, Randy Eagleton, David Geary, Ken Haas, Clint Hall, Tyler Harden, Marsha Hardin, Roddy Murr, Steve Parker, Kristie Reger, Celeste Schocke, Alan Thomas, Rob Waller, Bryan Weaver, and Barry Wendell.… Read the rest

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Rio!

August 10, 2016
Rio!

Vaughan receives Olympic-sized send-off

by Mark K. Campbell
Shelbi Vaughan has competed in some big track meets.
She has thrown in Austin at state, been a multiple-NCAA champion for Texas A&M, and competed in several countries.
Now she has reached the greatest stage for her sport of discus – the Olympics.
Vaughan was given a rowdy send-off by family and friends Friday, Aug. 5 as she headed to DFW Airport to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
Many stood on the Stewart Street Bridge in 100-degree heat to wave American flags and cheer as the athlete, with an array of emergency vehicles leading the way, passed underneath in an open vehicle, waving an unfurled flag of her own.… Read the rest

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Bracing for expansion

August 10, 2016
Bracing for expansion

AISD Supt. says city growing in leaps and bounds – and that means more students

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Open enrollment began for the Azle ISD 2016-17 school year and the numbers kept rising.
That’s what Superintendent Ray Lea told Azle Rotary Club members Aug. 4.
Lea said, “We have 350 new students; I have never seen this kind of interest.”
Even factoring in that around 100 students leave the district annually, the AISD is without question growing, he noted.
Lea said that when he first arrived, there had been years of Azle losing more students than they had gained.
“That has changed,” he said.… Read the rest

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Volleyball Season Begins at Azle High

August 10, 2016
Volleyball Season Begins at Azle High

Lady Hornet Shaylyn Wise, a sophomore, swats a ball past a Decatur Lady Eagle in the season opener for both at the AHS gym Aug. 9. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Volunteers big part of dept.’s success

August 10, 2016
Volunteers big part of dept.’s success

Hundreds of hours donated to keeping parks clean

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
At the Aug. 2 city council meeting, members heard from Superintendent Kyle Culwell that Azle’s public service department had a good year.
Improvements and expansions were noted in multiple areas dating from Oct. 2015 – all from a department consisting of just a superintendent, a supervisor, and three maintenance workers.

The department’s reach
Park personnel oversee and maintain a variety of areas, including 87 acres spread over four parks.
The primary parks are:
Ash Creek Park is 31 acres, Azle’s largest.
Central Park covers 27 acres, houses an amphitheater.… Read the rest

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