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Heads Up!

January 13, 2016
Heads Up!
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Lady Hornet Lauren Harvick (21) heads a ball in the opening match of the Azle soccer tournament against Cleburne. Azle finished second overall. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Debt free at last!

January 6, 2016
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Cross Timbers Golf Course paid off early

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Almost 10 years early, the city of Azle has paid off the oft-controversial Cross Timbers Golf Course
According to Assistant City Manager Lawrence Bryant, the final payment of $365,000 was actually wired a day earlier than planned – on Dec. 21.
The final payment was comprised of $285,000 due in August 2016 and another $80,000 due in August 2017; the early payment of the total amount saved taxpayers about $9,487 in interest.
The City began the early retirement of outstanding debt related to Cross Timbers Golf Course in June 2009.… Read the rest

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In the books: 2015 Year in Review

January 6, 2016
In the books: 2015 Year in Review
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BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Another year, another series of crazy, unexpected events in our small Texas town.

Eagle Mountain Lake was 10 feet down in mid-March. By the middle of May water was being released. The lake was closed several times in 2015 because of varying water levels.       Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

January
Icy conditions greeted 2015.
The finalists for the police chief job were whittled to three: Rick Pippins, Bill Russell, and Carrie West. Pippins, from Odessa, was selected by month’s end.
Townsfolk pitched in to help the Mowrey family who lost their home in a fire.… Read the rest

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Lemin Lauded As He Leaves

January 6, 2016
Lemin Lauded As He Leaves

Lemin retires after 20 years with city of Azle

Longtime City Manager Craig Lemin accepts a certificate proclaiming Jan. 4 “Craig Lemin Day” from Mayor Alan Brundrett. City council member Paul Crabtree presents Lemin – who began his career with the city of Azle as a police lieutenant – a framed print depicting police uniforms in America.
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Open carry

December 29, 2015

APD chief addresses new law that goes into effect Jan. 1

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Texas will become the 45th state to allow open carry of a handgun in some form when its License to Carry (also known as Open Carry) law goes into effect Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.
Specific laws and restrictions vary from state to state.
In Texas, the eligibility for License to Carry (LTC) is the same as for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) – to become licensed, an individual must be at least 21 years old with no felony convictions, no Class A or Class B misdemeanor convictions within the last five years or two within the last 10 years.… Read the rest

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Central Park designated as a Monarch Waystation

December 29, 2015
Central Park designated as a Monarch Waystation

Migrating Monarch butterflies, like this beauty, will soon be enticed to stop by Azle’s Central Park. Photo by Paula Campbell

First park in Texas to be recognized

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Often called the King of Butterflies, the Monarch butterfly’s migration path brings scads of the gold and black beauties right through Azle and the surrounding area each year.
Now, thanks to the hard work and diligence of the Parker County Master Gardeners, and specifically David McClellan, Azle’s Central Park has been designated a Monarch Waystation by the Monarch Joint Venture.
According to McClellan, Central Park is the first park in the state of Texas to receive this recognition.… Read the rest

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Kindnesses bring merry Christmases

December 29, 2015
Kindnesses bring merry Christmases

There was a disturbance in the Force that not even Darth Vader (aka Memorial Library employee Ben Brown) could stop when Lions Club member Chad Reese stopped by to pick up Angel Tree gifts.

Once again, the generosity of Azle area residents have made the lives of many needy in the area much happier.
Every person on Angel Trees spread across town – more than 1,025, according to Lions Club President Curren McLane – all enjoyed a merry Christmas because caring local folks went the extra mile.
All on the substantial list received toys and clothing.
The 8th annual Church Challenge helped the Community Caring Center feed more than 50 families.… Read the rest

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You May Pass: South Stewart Street Bridge Finally Open

December 22, 2015
You May Pass: South Stewart Street Bridge Finally Open

The Texas Department of Transportation opened the South Stewart Street Bridge late in the day Wednesday, Dec. 16. Residents, golfers, and church-goers who have had to drive extra miles due to construction detours since July are ecstatic to have traffic restored to the bridge.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Christmas Sass

December 22, 2015
Christmas Sass

Fans got a treat between basketball games when Boswell came to Azle Dec. 15. The Emerald Dazzlers performed a Christmas routine – and they got help from little talents like Hadley Heron who were not shy about dancing on the hardwood. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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A good tax year

December 22, 2015
A good tax year

Except for Lakeside and Pelican Bay which are down from 2014

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Across Texas, taxing districts received 2015 sales tax revenue that represents an average 3.55 percent increase compared with 2014 revenues. That’s in spite of statewide downturns in sales tax revenue in both November and December.
Locally, only the town of Lakeside and the city of Pelican Bay recorded shortfalls from 2014 to 2015.
Riding the wave of a 1 percent sales tax increase, the city of Reno saw a 35.07 percent increase in sales tax revenue for calendar year 2015 with $115,685 compared with $85,647 in 2014.… Read the rest

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