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City manager Lemin to retire

June 24, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
“Tomorrow will not be different than today. We still have a lot of work to do around here and I want to focus on that for now.”
Longtime Azle City Manager Craig Lemin spoke those words during the city council meeting June 16 when he formally announced his plans to retire from the position effective Jan. 8, 2016.
Lemin insists there’ll be no “lame duck” period, since there is much he hopes to accomplish over the next six months.
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Parker Grand jury returns no-bill in Bettis death

June 24, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The man who killed an Azle businessman and former president of the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce will not face criminal charges.
A Parker County grand jury returned a “no-bill” in the shooting death of Bradley Clayton “Brad” Bettis, 40, after reviewing evidence in the case Thursday, June 18.
Azle police were called to the 600 block of South Stewart Street at 5:54 p.m. that day because of a verbal altercation between the two men.
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Follow The Flag returns July 4

June 24, 2015
Follow The Flag returns July 4

A stunning Azle sight: Follow The Flag’s fireworks extravaganza above the Azle Memorial Library. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN Like Buzzy, the Jacksboro Highway, Eagle Mountain Lake and Music in the Park, Follow The Flag is etched into the history of Azle.

The Azle Ministerial Alliance’s (AMA) annual, Christian and patriotic celebration of America’s independence is on tap from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 4. That’s when Azle’s Central Park will host thousands for live, Christian entertainment, free food and drink and one of the largest fireworks displays around – set to patriotic music. With a nod to America’s freedom, this year’s event boasts free admission, free bottled water provided by Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy, free iced tea provided by Chicken Express, free hot dogs provided by First Baptist Church of Azle, free snow cones provided by Lighthouse Harbor Church and The Abbey Church, and free cotton candy provided by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.… Read the rest

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Tropical Depression Floods Park

June 24, 2015
Tropical Depression Floods Park

Rain began falling early June 17 and didn’t stop as Tropical Depression Bill arrived. For the first time ever, Ash Creek boiled out of its banks and flooded Central Park. The park closed soon after and remains so at press time. Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Bridge out!

June 17, 2015
Bridge out!

After years of false starts, the South Stewart Street Bridge will be demolished June 18. The completion date is 2016.   Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Stewart St. span over Ash Creek to come down June 18

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It didn’t happen on schedule, but South Stewart Street was closed to through traffic Tuesday, June 16 as preparation begins to replace the bridge over Ash Creek.
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Snakes Alive!

June 17, 2015
Snakes Alive!

Kids got hands-on – and heads-on – snake experience at the library when the Wildlife on the Move program visited and enthralled scores of youngsters (and parents) June 16.    Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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It ain’t us

June 17, 2015

XTO Energy, EnerVest deny fault in quakes

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two companies summoned to show cause why their disposal wells should not be shut down are intent on diminishing the findings of scientists who studied a swarm of earthquakes in the Azle and Reno areas.
A spate of 30 tremblors shook the area during a 60-day period from November 2013 through January 2014.
XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp., and EnerVest were each called to testify before the Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) in the wake of a scientific, peer-reviewed paper published by the researchers led by Southern Methodist University scientists.… Read the rest

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Texas Legislature passes thousands of new laws

June 17, 2015

BY NATALIE GENTRY
While the open carry measures and abortion limits have drawn a lot of attention in this year’s Texas Legislature, they are only two of the almost 5,500 new laws that have passed.
Lawmakers rejected thousands more.
Some of the new laws on the books once Governor Gregg Abbott approves them include:
Fireworks: Until now, fireworks could only be bought in the 10 days before New Year’s Eve, Cinco de Mayo, and the Fourth of July.
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Eagle Mountain, Shady Grove Park open again

June 10, 2015
Eagle Mountain, Shady Grove Park open again

This barricade and all others came down Tuesday, June 9 when Eagle Mountain Lake was reopened to boat traffic after hundreds of thousands of gallons of water was released. Shady Grove Park was also reopened entirely. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Water levels had forced closures

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It’s not often in North Texas that people get excited about how many days we’ve gone without rain.
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A Monster of a Festival

June 10, 2015
A Monster of a Festival

Folks attending the first Main Street Arts Festival & Tour saw plenty of singers, artists, and authors
while enjoying a bevy of food from a variety of vendors. Especially eye-catching was Audrey – the
man-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors – created especially for the event by Alan Brundrett, who
happens to be the Azle mayor.   Photo by Mark K. CampbellRead the rest

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