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Two killed in ‘Bay house fire

April 6, 2016
Two killed in ‘Bay house fire

Azle Fire Marshal Kenny Wilson, left, watches as Lt. Kevin Briggs and his ATF-trained K9 partner Taylor search for signs of accelerants for training purposes following a fire that took the lives of an elderly couple Monday morning. Photo by Carla Noah Stustman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A man and woman believed to be in their 70s were killed in the wee hours of Monday morning, April 4, in a fire that quickly consumed their mobile home in Pelican Bay.
By 4 p.m. April 5, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner had not released the identities of the two victims.
Azle Fire Marshal Kenny Wilson said he and other members of the Tarrant County Fire and Arson Investigation Task Force have determined the fire started on one side of the home’s kitchen, but have not zeroed in on a cause yet.… Read the rest

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Reno contracts approved unseen; finals contain changes not discussed

April 6, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It’s just never a good idea to approve or sign a contract without reading it.
At its monthly meeting March 21, the Reno city council voted to authorize the mayor and staff to enter into “updated” contracts with its city administrator/public safety director and its city attorney.
Those contracts were to be drawn up by the city’s attorney, Walt Leonard, from existing contracts, with only minor modifications to update and to delete obsolete provisions, according to discussions during the meeting.
Council member John Basham repeatedly stated his position that he would not be comfortable approving a contract he had not seen, but Leonard and Mayor Pro Tem Bonnie Black insisted that Leonard could and should be trusted to make the two simple changes.… Read the rest

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Wreck Injures 5, shuts down Hwy. 199 lanes

April 6, 2016
Wreck Injures 5, shuts down Hwy. 199 lanes

Gregory Thompson and a woman believed to be his niece, 16-year-old Samantha Green, cling to each other as they lay on the shoulder of Hwy. 199 awaiting transport to a Fort Worth hospital after their van rolled after being clipped.   Photos by Carla Noah Stustman

This SUV crashed and rolled on Hwy. 199, ejecting driver Jessica Lee Williams who was flown to a Fort Worth hospital by CareFlite. Photo by Carla Noah Stustman

CareFlite lands on Hwy. 199 to transport ejected driver

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The westbound lanes of Hwy. 199 were closed near Stewart Street and CareFlite landed there after a two-vehicle crash injured five people Friday afternoon, April 1.… Read the rest

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Boom town

March 30, 2016
Boom town

New houses, like these at Golden Pond off South Stewart Street, are springing up and the city is working on streets like Golfers Way and Kerry Lane as Azle continues to make improvements all over town. Photos by Mark K. Campbell and Carla Noah Stutsman

With all the housing starts, road repairs, and new businesses, Azle is changing daily

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Just about everywhere you look in Azle, there’s work being done.
Roadways are being resurfaced, homes are going up, and new businesses are beginning to take shape.

New home construction
Greg Mitchell, development services manager for the city of Azle, says there are about 44 active permits for new residential construction right now inside the city.… Read the rest

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Maybe the injection wells were the problem

March 30, 2016
Maybe the injection wells were the problem

New report says wastewater can cause quakes

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has, for the first time in its history, identified the potential for damage from both human-induced and natural earthquakes.
Human-induced…as in wastewater disposal from oil and gas production.
After the Azle area experienced a swarm of 30 earthquakes in about 60 days, from November 2013 to January 2014, the Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) held show-cause hearings at which two disposal well operators in the area presented evidence they were not responsible for contributing to seismicity.
In a statement, the TRC said “as a result of those highly technical, scientific hearings, it was determined they [disposal well operators] were not [responsible for the Azle earthquakes].”
Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett pointed out the irony that while the USGS now provides risk assessments for induced earthquakes for 2016, the TRC maintains there is no such thing.… Read the rest

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Azle’s Yanda sisters are arthritis walk honorees

March 30, 2016
Azle’s Yanda sisters are arthritis walk honorees

Azle sisters Stella and Cambria Yanda are the youth Walk to Cure Arthritis honorees.

Two Azle sisters, Stella Yanda and Cambria Yanda, have been named the Youth Honorees of the North Texas 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis event taking place on May 21 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Stella and Cambria, both diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, are outspoken advocates of the Arthritis Foundation and have long supported its mission to conquer the disease and help those affected by arthritis find everyday victories.
The Walk to Cure Arthritis is the Arthritis Foundation’s signature, nationwide event that raises funds to find a cure and champion the fight against arthritis.… Read the rest

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Defense on the Pitch

March 30, 2016
Defense on the Pitch

Hornet defender Austin Fugate (9) helps out keeper Austin McCash (1) as a Grapevine player tries to score on Azle during the bi-district clash. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Texas chain saw massacre avoided when Azle-area attacker arrested

March 23, 2016
Texas chain saw massacre avoided when Azle-area attacker arrested

Phillip Ashley Redwine II

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An Azle-area man remains in the Parker County jail in lieu of $20,000 bond after he allegedly assaulted a woman with a chainsaw.
According to the arrest report, Parker County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 100 block of Cedar Creek Drive in the Shangri La Addition, south of Azle.
There, a 40-year-old woman said her husband, Phillip Ashley Redwine II, 32, was intoxicated and tried to leave the residence in a vehicle, which caused an argument between the two.
The woman told deputies Redwine choked her with his forearm while she was inside her vehicle, but she was able to free herself, and Redwine went into the home they share.… Read the rest

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City icon dies at 98

March 23, 2016
City icon dies at 98

Vancil Trammell left his mark on Azle

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Much like the mortar and stone he so lovingly worked with, Vancil Trammell was a part of the very foundation of Azle.
“Tram” died March 19, at the age of 98, but his dedication to the community of Azle left fingerprints that can never be erased.
With his wife Audrey, Tram arrived in Azle about 1939.
The couple met while Tram was driving a Fort Worth Transit bus, and for their dates, he’d pick Audrey up at a bus stop near her home. She’d ride the route with him, and he’d drop her back off at her stop so she could walk back home.… Read the rest

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More discord at Reno meeting

March 23, 2016

Mayor Pro Tem to councilman: ‘Bite me!’

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
For the first time in months, the agenda for the Reno city council meeting for March 21 listed no opportunity to discuss or take action against council member John Basham.
But Reno officials found a way – once again – to show little regard for the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Mayor Lynda Stokes pulled a police department report as well as an administration report from the consent agenda to allow Public Safety Director/City Administrator Joe Polino and City Attorney Walt Leonard to address a litany of issues regarding Basham in front of those gathered for the meeting.… Read the rest

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