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Martin set to lead Marching Green Pride

July 20, 2016
Martin set to lead Marching Green Pride

Aaron Martin is the new band director at AHS.

by Natalie Gentry
Azle High School has a new band director heading into the 2016-17 school year.
Aaron Martin, a 1994 Granbury High School grad, has been named to the position and is preparing to oversee his first band camp with his new students.
“I’m excited to be a part of Azle,” said Martin. “When I was in high school in Granbury we competed against them at area contests, and it was always bittersweet to see Azle because they were a good band, but they were also tough competition.”
After high school, Martin attended Tarleton State University and majored in music education.… Read the rest

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Missing Azle man found safe

July 20, 2016

by Carla Noah Stutsman
A 77-year old Azle man who went missing in the wee hours of Thursday morning, July 14 was found safe and reunited with worried family members early Friday morning, July 15.
Loyad Frederick Scott, who has a medical history that includes dementia and Alzheimers Disease, was reported missing by his wife after she awoke shortly after midnight to find her husband gone in the couple’s 2014 Subaru Forester.
A Silver Alert was issued for Scott.
Scott was reportedly seen at an Azle bank Thursday afternoon; Azle police searched to no avail.
Then a report came in to the Lake Worth Police Department Scott was seen at a gas station on Azle Avenue.… Read the rest

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Headed to Rio

July 13, 2016
Headed to Rio

Former Lady Hornet Shelbi Vaughan took the silver in the Olympic Trials; she will compete in Rio. Photo courtesy Shelbi Vaughan

Shelbi Vaughan will represent America in Olympics

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Shelbi Vaughan is bound for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The Azle resident – who grew up here and says much of her family still lives in the area – qualified for the most elite of athletic competitions.
After throwing the discus in several countries, Vaughan will now venture to Brazil where, in Rio de Janeiro, she earned a berth on the U.S.A. Olympic team.
Her success at the Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon on July 2 capped an already successful career.… Read the rest

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Woman thwarts attacker

July 13, 2016
Woman thwarts attacker

Avoids kidnapping in Shady Grove Park

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, Azle police received a report of an attempted abduction that occurred at Shady Grove Park.
The female victim, who managed to get away from her would-be abductor, was examined on the scene by local medical personnel but declined transport.
Police on Tuesday were looking for a suspect described as a white male in his early 20s with a heavy-set build, and long, dark scraggly hair.
The suspect was wearing a blue t-shirt with writing on it, longer khaki shorts, and white or gray tennis shoes.… Read the rest

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Storm stirs trouble on Eagle Mt.

July 13, 2016
Storm stirs trouble on Eagle Mt.

Tarrant Regional Water District law enforcement officers arrive to check out an unmanned boat reported by other boaters on Eagle Mountain Lake during a sudden storm July 9. Photo courtesy Jamie Stepich

A near drowning and 10 boat accidents caused by sudden wind

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle got about 83 drops of rain Saturday, July 9.
But a sudden, strong thunderstorm that split apart as it approached Azle before starting to collapse pounded the area with winds of 35-45 mph and gusts of up to 50 mph.
Those winds wreaked havoc on unsuspecting boaters on Eagle Mountain Lake.
It was around 4:30 p.m.… Read the rest

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Praying for Emergency Personnel

July 13, 2016
Praying for Emergency Personnel

Scores of concerned citizens turned out in July heat to pray area emergency personnel the day after a sniper killed five police officers in Dallas July 7. Police Chief Rick Pippins addressed the gathering with APD Chaplain Glyn Murphy praying afterward. Photos by Mark K. Campbell and Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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Plane dive-bombs holiday revelers on lake

July 13, 2016
Plane dive-bombs holiday revelers on lake

Airplane video Used with permission from Jeremy Klapprodt

Another airplane video Used with permission from Natalie Stephens

 

This is the plane that zoomed multiple times low over Eagle Mountain Lake.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A fun July Fourth afternoon took a frightening turn for many boaters and tubers on Eagle Mountain Lake when a single-engine aircraft dropped just above the water’s surface, “dive-bombing” some watercraft.
Azle Police Department telecommunicators – who also dispatch calls for Tarrant Regional Water District’s law enforcement division – began receiving 911 calls from boaters and residents along the shores of the lake about 5 p.m.… Read the rest

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Toddler drowns, 2 others revived

July 6, 2016

In separate incidents

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A holiday weekend family get-together turned deadly Sunday night when an 18-month-old boy drowned in a swimming pool west of Azle.
Two other children – a one-year-old and a two-year-old, both girls – were pulled from Eagle Mountain Lake and a residential swimming pool respectively in separate near-drowning incidents over the holiday weekend, as well.
Bradley Chasteen’s family was celebrating the Independence Day holiday at a home in the 100 block of Finneyoaks Lane when the boy was discovered unresponsive in the pool.
According to Danie Huffman, public information officer for the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, emergency personnel arrived at the scene to find family members performing CPR on the child.… Read the rest

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Wreck hurts 3 from Azle

July 6, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Three Azle area residents were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Decatur Friday, July 1.
According to a report in the Wise County Messenger, Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins, said the wreck occurred on FM 51 North at the U.S. 380 overpass just before noon Friday.
A Toyota passenger car driven by Candice Becker, 17, of Azle, exited the highway, but ran the stop sign at FM 51 North.
It was “T-boned” by a Dodge pickup driven southbound by Caroline Cowdrey, Hoskins noted.
The car rolled off the roadway, coming to rest against several trees on the southeast side of the intersection.… Read the rest

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Car crash causes power interruption

July 6, 2016
Car crash causes power interruption

Workers from Frontier Communications – formerly Verizon – try to untangle a mess of wires after a vehicle struck a metal electrical box in the 400 block of Commerce Street. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Phones, internet disrupted nearby

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A single vehicle accident in the 400 block of Commerce Street resulted in a power outage that affected a large portion of Azle Wednesday, June 29.
It was the second similar accident in the same block in as many weeks.
According to the accident report, a red 2016 Ford Mustang driven by 19-year-old Tyler Wayne Morgan of Azle was southeast-bound about 11:20 p.m.… Read the rest

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