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‘Ski Jump’ closed after truck strike

March 9, 2016
‘Ski Jump’ closed after truck strike

Rebar juts out from the bottom of the “Ski Jump” after a truck carrying a 15 foot, 5 inch crane tried to pass under the 15-1 bridge.

Hwy. 199 closed for hours, causing massive traffic jam

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Not too many things can frustrate several entire communities like having the main thoroughfare to and through them shut down for hours.
That’s what happened Wednesday afternoon, March 2 when a semi-truck carrying large excavating equipment struck the Loop 344 overpass, more commonly known as the Ski Jump around 2:45 p.m.
As large chunks of concrete rained from underneath the bridge onto the westbound main lanes of Hwy.… Read the rest

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Runoffs slated May 24 in several key primary races

March 9, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The primary elections March 1 settled many questions but left quite a few unanswered, as well.
Runoff elections are slated for May 24, and voters in Azle – whether they live in Parker County or Tarrant County – still have choices to make.
U.S. Representative District 12, Kay Granger, was unopposed for the Republican nomination, but faces Bill Bradshaw, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination, in the November general election.
District 12 encompasses all of Parker County and portions of both Tarrant and Wise counties.

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Voters will decide three important county races in the runoff election.… Read the rest

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Crazy for Patsy Cline

March 9, 2016
Crazy for Patsy Cline

Forever Young, comprised of Kip and Dale Young, presented “A Tribute to Patsy Cline” March 5 at the Azle Senior Center. The tribute marks 53 years since the famed singer’s death, and doubled as a fundraiser for the Senior Center. Above, Kip.. er, Patsy… croons a love song to an appreciative gentleman.

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Two Reno officers resign

March 2, 2016

PD back to 8 hour daily coverage

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Around-the-clock police protection in Reno ground to a halt over the past couple of weeks as two of the city’s police officers tendered their resignations.
Officers Ted Gerardi and Jim Greenwell each resigned, according to Mayor Lynda Stokes.
That leaves only Chief Hank Pope and two additional officers in the department.
“Ted came out of retirement to work for us and his wife asked him to retire again,” Stokes said.
“Officer Greenwell simply left for a better opportunity and we can’t fault him for that.”
So, for the time being, the Reno Police Department is dropping back to an 8-hour per day schedule, although officers will be paid overtime for any extended shifts, Stokes said.… Read the rest

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First Zika virus case confirmed in Tarrant County

March 2, 2016

By Carla Noah Stutsman
While West Nile virus remains a concern, it’s the Zika virus that has taken over headlines – and now, Tarrant County has identified the first imported case of Zika virus in the county with a positive sample tested in TCPH’s North Texas Regional Laboratory.
In a report released Thursday, Feb. 25 officials said the patient traveled to a Caribbean country with known local transmission of the disease.
No other health information was released to protect the identity of the patient.
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.
The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).… Read the rest

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‘Weird the Beard’

March 2, 2016
‘Weird the Beard’

Silver Creek Elementary PE Coach Trey Shearer will do almost anything to promote physical fitness at his school. He created a unique fundraiser – “Weird the Beard” – to raise funds for Silver Creek’s field day and 5K run coming up April 29. Students, faculty and staff voted for which color Coach Shearer would dye his beard, and Assistant Coach Jennifer Funderberk, a certified cosmetologist, first bleached the beard then applied permanent hair dye. Coach Shearer wore the pink beard for a week, and said he didn’t mind the bizarre looks and giggles he received. “It’s all for the kids, and it’s a privilege and blessing to support my school, encourage health and fitness, and make fun memories for the kids,” Shearer said.

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Tracked by His Shadow

March 2, 2016
Tracked by His Shadow

Hornet Aric Brazell is closely followed by his shadow while competing in the Ben Davis Relays in at Brewer High School Feb. 25. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Last minute exits

March 2, 2016

Candidates withdraw from races in Azle, Lakeside

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It’s not unusual for cities to cancel elections when there are no uncontested races.
In fact, such cancellation can save a city several thousand dollars.
What is somewhat unusual is for a candidate to sign up to run for office but later withdraw the application.
What’s even more unusual is when it happens in neighboring cities – like Azle and Lakeside, for instance.
The ink was barely dry on last week’s Azle News when word came that Tommy Jay Roberts, candidate for Place 1 on the Town of Lakeside council, had withdrawn from the race, leaving incumbent Don Pitts unopposed.… Read the rest

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Tense standoff in Reno ends in man’s death

February 24, 2016
Tense standoff in Reno ends in man’s death

This unassuming farmhouse in central Reno was the site of a three-hour standoff in which the suspect was killed by tactical officers Feb. 18. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Parker County Special Ops team called in

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A man is dead following a three-hour standoff Feb. 18 in the very heart of Reno.
The deceased is identified as Ronnie Lee Padron, 32, of Reno.
According to a press release issued by Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, Reno police responded to the 100 block of West Reno Road about 7:15 p.m. after members of the Briar-Reno Volunteer Fire Department reported a man was shooting a gun in an unknown direction from a house directly across the street from the Reno fire hall.… Read the rest

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Mardi Paws raises $48K

February 24, 2016
Mardi Paws raises $48K

During a real “awwwww” moment shared by the crowd, Azle city council member Lee Barrett assumes a special shade of red as his wife Shareen thanks him for the leather jacket he won during the live auction at Mardi Paws Feb. 20. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Animal shelter fundraiser

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Great Cajun food, a room full of people anxious to help the Azle Animal Shelter, and more laughs than a barrel of monkeys.
That may best describe Mardi Paws, the fundraising event hosted by the Azle Area Shelter Humane Association (AASHA) Feb. 20 at Vance Godbeys.
According to event co-chair Rhonda Braudis, the event raised $48,700 – after expenses – to go toward AASHA’s capital campaign to help build Phase II of the new animal shelter facility, as well as provide critical veterinary services for animals at the shelter.… Read the rest

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