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A Musical First: All-City Junior High Bands

February 1, 2017
A Musical First: All-City Junior High Bands

Members of the Azle Junior High and Forte Junior High bands combined to create the All-City Junior High Band Friday, Jan. 27.

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Almost finished

February 1, 2017
Almost finished

After months of work, the collapsed section of the Hwy. 199 access road at Normandy Ave. will have at least one lane open by week’s end, according to State Representative Charlie Geren. RIGHT: A worker tinkers with a radio link above Boyd Road. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

Roadwork nearing completion

A stretch of Hwy. 199 service road – closed since its collapse last April – will open soon.
State Representaitve Charlie Geren said Texas Department of Transportation officials notified him that the section in the 1600 block of Southeast Parkway should be open in early February – one lane, at least.… Read the rest

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Azle represented at Trump’s inauguration

January 25, 2017
Azle represented at Trump’s inauguration

In D.C.: Waiting for their turn in the inaugural parade with their original Vietnam choppers are Azle’s Ray Ivey with fellow pilots Jerry Seago and Bobby Perdue

Residents witness the fanfare of the 45th president’s installation

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Thousands of people poured into Washington, D.C. – including some from Azle.
Here are three stories of local folks at President Trump’s Jan. 19 inaguguration.

Ivey and the parade
Ray Ivey says he has lived a lifetime of improbable situations.
Another in a long string took place last week when Ivey and his wife Ruth traveled to Washington, D.C. so Ray could participate in the inaugural parade for President Donald J.… Read the rest

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Winner!

January 25, 2017
Winner!

Dr. Jessica Brace Payne was exuberant to learn her practice, Brace Chiropractic and Wellness Center, was named Business of the Year by the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Azle Chamber honors businesses, individuals

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Festivity hung in the air Thursday evening, Jan. 19, when members and guests of the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce gathered to honor some remarkable people and businesses.
The biggest highlight of the evening was saved for last when the late R.D. and Loretta Montgomery were named Citizens of the Year by the Chamber.
First, with Hogye Hogle as emcee, attendees enjoyed a meal provided by Bumblebee Occasions and perused silent auction items.… Read the rest

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Candidates emerge during filing period, all incumbents now

January 25, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
With local elections for most local cities, schools, and other political subdivision holding elections May 6, many incumbents have filed for places on their respective ballots.
Those seeking to run for office may file an application for a place on the ballot through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 for most political subdivisions.
Those who wish to file as a write-in candidate may do so until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Early voting ahead of Election Day will take place from Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2.
As in every year, a number of places on city councils and the Azle ISD board of trustees will expire in May.… Read the rest

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Passion leads Helm to teach unique Outdoor Adventures

January 25, 2017
Passion leads Helm to teach unique Outdoor Adventures

Lisa Helm, coach and teacher at AHS, instructs the Outdoors Adventures class. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle High School class gaining popularity

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Lisa Helm likes being active and outdoors.
In fact, it’s her “passion” – and she wants to share all the positives of being outside with her Azle High School students.
Helm, a former standout Lady Hornet and collegiate athlete, heads Outdoor Adventures at AHS.
Getting it started
Helm said she kept badgering school leadership to get the program started.
Finally, she got the okay in the 2015-16 school year.
“It took eight years to get the class going,” Helm said.… Read the rest

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Peden Road Fire Destroys Homes

January 18, 2017
Peden Road Fire Destroys Homes

Dry conditions and high winds fueled a fire that destroyed two mobile homes in the 7000 block of Peden Road Jan. 11. A ban on all outdoor burning was issued for all of Tarrant County on Jan. 10. At right, Azle Fire Department Lt. Steve Lemming pulls down a burned wall. Above, Azle firefighter Robert Chapman takes a moment to cool down after fighting the fire. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Hail to the chief!

January 18, 2017
Hail to the chief!

 

Azleites Ivey, Roberson to attend  Inauguration Day in D.C.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Millions of Americans will be glued to screens of all sizes Jan. 20 to watch the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
Azle will be well-represented in Washington, D.C. that day.
Ray Ivey, president of Azle’s Municipal Development District and former director of administration of the Azle Independent School District, has been invited to participate in the Inaugural Parade.
An Army veteran – he served as an aviation maintenance officer as well as Test and Experimentation Command Chief of Staff – who flew helicopters in Vietnam, Ivey was invited by his old friend and former trainer Jerry Seago to participate in the parade with members of the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association.… Read the rest

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Going All Out

January 18, 2017
Going All Out

Lady Hornet Brooke Phillips stretches to steal a ball from a visiting Northwest Lady Texan. Before the game, Azle players honored varsity coach Mitzi Marquart for her 500th victory. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Cheer teams 2nd at state

January 18, 2017
Cheer teams 2nd at state

Azle High School’s Cheer and Hornet Muscle squad brought home the silver medal in the 2017 UIL Spirit State Championships held Jan. 10-12 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Photo courtesy Gracie Spencer, AHS Yearbook staff

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle Cheer and Hornet Muscle didn’t repeat its state championship at the 2017 UIL Spirit State Championships.
Instead, the group from Azle High School brought home the silver medal.
The Hornet cheer squad earned the state championship last year in the inaugural UIL Spirit event.
This time around, 6A Lewisville High School edged the Hornets by 2.1 points in final competition in the 5A-6A Large Coed division of the UIL Spirit State Championships, which took place at the Fort Worth Convention Center Jan.… Read the rest

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