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Road projects in area could begin in 2017

November 21, 2016

Parker County transportation bonds already planned for issuance

BY CHRISTINA DERR
With the approval of the 2016 Parker County Transportation bond by Parker County voters, the county commissioners court is wasting no time in the process of issuing the bonds and beginning the projects.
George Williford, a financial consultant with First Southwest, presented his recommended schedule for bond sales at the Nov. 14 commissioners court meeting.
Williford recommended two bond sales, one to take place in February 2017 and another issuance two years later in February 2019.
Each sale will be $38.1 million, or 50 percent of the total approved amount of $76.2 million.… Read the rest

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Angels in waiting

November 21, 2016
Angels in waiting

The Angel Tree at the Azle Memorial Library is still loaded with kids’ Christmas requests. Photo by Christina Derr

Deadline for Lions Club project Dec. 6

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Only two weeks remain for area residents to make a difference in a child’s life by adopting an angel from one of more than 20 Angel Trees put up by the Azle Lions Club all over town.
Adopting an angel is easy to do – simply pick one from an Angel Tree located at schools and businesses across the area. Fulfill that angel’s Christmas list to the best of your ability.… Read the rest

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Here comes Santa Claus!

November 21, 2016
Here comes Santa Claus!

Christmas on Main Street slated Dec. 3

There’s still time to enter your organization or group’s float for the 2016 Azle Christmas Parade Dec. 3. These kids enjoyed riding in the parade last year on the Cookie Express. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman


Once the Thanksgiving feast has been cleaned up, the Christmas season officially begins for most of us.
But the Optimist Club of Azle, Azle Women’s Business Association (AWBA), the Azle News, Friends of the Azle Historical Museum, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, Fidelity National Title, and the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce have been hard at work for weeks preparing for Azle’s annual Christmas on Main Street.… Read the rest

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Life times two

November 21, 2016
Life times two

Harold Dewayne Ferguson

Parker County speeder had 13 prior felony convictions

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A Springtown man has been given two sentences of life in prison for charges of evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance.
Harold Dewayne Ferguson, 58, led Parker County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase through northern Parker County on July 7, 2015.
The chase reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour.
Ferguson pleaded guilty to the felony charge of evading arrest with a vehicle and chose to have a jury decide his punishment.
After the trial concluded Wednesday, Nov. 16, jurors deliberated for approximately 20 minutes before they returned with the life sentence.… Read the rest

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Jacksboro Highway Geyser

November 21, 2016
Jacksboro Highway Geyser

A water main break in the 3400 block of East Hwy. 199, just west of Jaybird Lane, sent water as high as the overhead power lines around 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. LaJunta Fire Department’s Engine 51 and Springtown Fire Department’s Engine 48 responded to the scene. Photo by Christina Derr

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Seeing red

November 16, 2016

Tarrant, Parker vote Republican

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Tarrant County went decidedly red in the General Election held Nov. 8, with 51.76 percent favoring Donald J. Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who took 43.12 percent of Tarrant County votes.
Texas as a whole voted for Trump over Clinton by a margin of 52.41 percent to 43.29 percent.
Likewise, U.S. Representative District 12 Kay Granger was returned to her post by a total vote of 69.41 percent over Democrat Bill Bradshaw, who had 26.84 percent of the vote.
Tarrant County went for Granger over Bradshaw 65.01 percent to 31.20 percent.
Granger’s district covers all of Parker County, the western half of Tarrant County, and the southeast portion of Wise County.… Read the rest

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Angels among us here

November 16, 2016

Azle Lions Club Angel Trees spring up all over town

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Right here in Azle, there are children who won’t have Christmas unless you help.
If we all do our part – one angel at a time – these children can see for themselves the very spirit of Christmas.
It’s easy.
Just adopt an angel from one of many Angel Trees placed in schools and businesses all over town.
Pick out the angel you want, and fill that angel’s Christmas list to the best of your ability.
Then place your gifts in a bag – unwrapped – and return them to the Azle Memorial Library, 333 W.… Read the rest

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Not treading water

November 16, 2016
Not treading water

You can often find Azle High School coach Lisa Helm and her three-legged canine companion Maverick out kayaking on area waters. Photo courtesy Lisa Helm

AHS coach Helm a kayak expert

by Mark K. Campbell
She caught the big one – and the long one.
Lisa Helm, an Azle High School coach, competed in a bass tournament on Lake Bastrop. But there was a little more to it than that.
Anglers had to fish out of kayaks.
Helm, a veteran on the water, won the women’s division of the tourney and claimed not only a trophy but a Vibe Skipjack 90 kayak with accessories.… Read the rest

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Bonds pass in Azle ISD and Parker Co.

November 9, 2016

School construction, security OK’d; transportation bond will also impact area

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
and CHRISTINA DERR
Voters in the Azle Independent School District overwhelmingly approved a $59.5 million bond package that will fund construction of two new elementary schools and provide security enhancements to every campus.
The measure passed by a margin of 69.52 percent to 30.48.
In early voting, 7,459 voters or 68.95 percent approved the proposition, while 3,359 or 31.05 percent voted against it.
On Election Day, 2,237 voters – 71.49 percent – voted in favor of the proposition; 892 voters or 28.51 percent voted no.
The results are considered unofficial until votes are canvassed at 8 a.m.… Read the rest

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Eats and beats

November 9, 2016
Eats and beats

Music fans can enjoy grub from food trucks at next summer’s Music in the Park program. Photo by Julie Waldock

Music in the Park to add food trucks

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It’s a nationwide trend, and it may be coming to Music in the Park – at least for a trial season.
Members of the city of Azle’s Special Events Advisory Board (SEAB), which produces the wildly popular Music in the Park summer concert series in Central Park on Friday nights each June and July, asked the council to approve the addition of food trucks to the event for the 2017 season at the Nov.… Read the rest

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