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Burglary conviction upheld on appeal

March 4, 2015
Burglary conviction upheld on appeal

Guilty verdict, 18-year sentence stand

by Carla Noah Stutsman
The conviction for burglary and resulting 18-year sentence of an Azle man by a Parker County jury has been upheld by the Texas Second Court of Appeals.
Jerry Shad Robbins, 53, was convicted and sentenced on June 11, 2014 for the second-degree felony in the 43rd District Court in Weatherford.
Robbins appealed the court ruling the same day, and the appellate court issued its opinion affirming the trial court’s judgment on Feb. 26.… Read the rest

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Local ballots for May locked in

March 4, 2015

Some expected to cancel elections; Reno tax hike to be considered

by Carla Noah Stutsman
If “I” is for “incumbent,” then the “I’s” have it where the city of Azle, the Azle Independent School District (AISD) and the town of Lakeside are concerned.
That’s because only the incumbent in each seat up for election in those entities has filed for a place on the ballot.… Read the rest

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What a weekend!

February 25, 2015
What a weekend!

Well, what a Thursday-Saturday! On Thursday, Feb. 19, the Lady Hornet softball team began a tournament in Brock where Azle would go 6-0 and win by a combined score of 85-1. That effort shot AHS up to No. 2 in the state in 5A. On Friday, the Lady Hornet basketball team defeated Burleson in the Area round – the first time a girls hoops team had won two playoff games in decades. Then, on Saturday, Feb. 21 came an Azle first: Two wrestlers won gold at the state tourney in Garland. First, sophomore Lauren Dale went unbeaten in the 138-pound class.

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B.J. Clark dies

February 25, 2015
B.J. Clark dies

B. J. and Betty Clark are pictured above in February 2012 after B. J. was selected the People’s Choice for Favorite Hometown Hero. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Former councilman, businessman, philanthropist, community supporter leaves large legacy

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Bobby Joe Clark – known fondly to most people around Azle as simply “B. J.” – died Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, at Azle Manor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Azle.… Read the rest

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Hanger, 9 Mile TxDOT projects accelerated

February 25, 2015

Jacksboro Highway early beneficiary of Prop I

by Carla Noah Stutsman
At long last, there is good news about three construction projects that will virtually complete the 10-mile stretch of highway between Azle and Lake Worth known as State Highway 199 or the Jacksboro Highway.
According to State Representative Charlie Geren, the three projects are now included in the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) proposed projects for years 2, 3 and 4 of Proposition I.… Read the rest

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Top 24:Azle youth advances on American Idol

February 25, 2015
Top 24:Azle youth advances on American Idol

Trevor Douglas, who lives just outside Azle, is in American Idol’s Top 24. He performs at The Fillmore in Detroit tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 25 on Fox. Photo credit Jeff Neira / FOX. © 2015 FOX Broadcasting Co.

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Trevor Douglas – who made it to the Top 24 on Fox’s American Idol last week – has been flying under Azle’s radar, it seems.… Read the rest

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Perfect Valentine?

February 18, 2015
Perfect Valentine?

Michael White, 18, of Azle, shows off the chocolate fallow deer he harvested Feb. 14 courtesy of the Texas Chapter of the Outdoor Adventure Foundation and Droptine Ranch. Azle PD Corporal Pat Bovea, left, and retired Azle Lt. Lee Blaisdell, right, took White on the surprise hunt.

Disabled Azle youth bags four-legged ‘chocolate’

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Michael White was excited to learn that Corporal Patrick Bovea and retired Lieutenant Lee Blaisdell wanted to take him hunting over the Valentine’s Day weekend.… Read the rest

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Spring Versus Winter

February 18, 2015
Spring Versus Winter

Typical late winter Texas weather continued as bluebonnets dared to begin growth only to have Old Man Winter give them an icy sheen.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Tour, Hornet Academy grads highlight AISD meeting

February 18, 2015
Tour, Hornet Academy grads highlight AISD meeting

by Carla Noah Stutsman
The Azle Independent School District’s Board of Trustees had a long but fruitful meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16.
The gathering began with a special called meeting for the purpose of touring ongoing construction at Azle High School.
Rains earlier in the day made it impossible – well, maybe not impossible, but really messy – to tour the future Career and Technology Education (CATE) Center due to extremely muddy conditions.… Read the rest

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All-time greats sought: Nominations soon to open for AHS’ best athletes

February 18, 2015

by Mark K. Campbell
Think you have seen some incredible athletes at Azle High School?
Then give them a nomination.
The first-ever class of the Azle ISD Athletic Hall of Fame will begin accepting nominations during the month of March.
Among the categories considered:
• athlete
• coach
• supporter
• team
• trainer/manager
Individual nominees must have been graduated from Azle High School for at least 10 years.
Teams must be at least a decade beyond their “greatest accomplishment.”… Read the rest

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