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AISD honors long-serving, retiring teachers, employees

June 8, 2016
AISD honors long-serving, retiring teachers, employees

Teachers of the Year from each campus within the Azle ISD include (front row, l-r): Denise Fuller, Azle High School; Charlean Roberts, Cross Timbers Elementary; Jennifer Asay, Walnut Creek Elementary; Julie Smith, Liberty Elementary; and Cheri Smith, Hoover Elementary; and (back row): Tyler Porter, Azle Elementary; Christen Moody, Silver Creek Elementary; Christina Starnes, Forte Junior High; Amanda House, Eagle Heights Elementary; and Kate Byars, Azle Junior High.

Tyler Porter of Azle Elementary (left) and Christina Starnes of Forte Junior High were named the Teachers of the Year and snared $1,000 from the Azle Education Foundation.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Honoring the many teachers and employees who work daily with students, the Azle Independent School District hosted the annual Azle ISD Employee Awards Ceremony June 2 in the Azle High School auditorium.… Read the rest

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From rainouts to rainbows: Cancellation results in two ‘bonus’ weekends in Central Park

June 8, 2016
From rainouts to rainbows: Cancellation results in two ‘bonus’ weekends in Central Park

Water stands on the amphitheater stage just hours before the scheduled launch of this year’s Music in the Park June 3. That performance by the Santana tribute band Soul Sacrifice was bumped to June 25, a Saturday. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Movie Grease will tie-in with 1950’s Oldies group

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
We all know the promise of the rainbow, and after all the rainy weather we’ve had, the cloud over both Music and Movie in the Park has dissipated, giving way to more fun than fans thought they could have.
Central Park was standing in water Friday, June 3 and with a 50 to 60 percent chance of more rain later in the day,
Special Events Advisory Board members and Parks Superintendent Kyle Culwell made the decision to cancel the opening act – Soul Sacrifice – for Music in the Park that evening.… Read the rest

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AHS student’s project lauded at science fairs

June 8, 2016
AHS student’s  project lauded at science fairs

AHS student Ainsley McDonald-Boyer showcased her dyslexia diagnosis project at the regional, state, and international level. Photo by Julie Waldock

Simpler dyslexia test praised at multiple competitions

BY JULIE WALDOCK
She lived it.
After being diagnosed with dyslexia in seventh grade, Azle student Ainsley McDonald-Boyer began to notice firsthand the ways in which undiagnosed dyslexic students could struggle in school.
Boyer said the problem held “personal meaning” for her so she set out to help others with this issue.
Boyer, an AHS sophomore, designed and developed a diagnostic test which evaluates different processes inside the brain in order to help detect dyslexia.… Read the rest

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Hwy. blues

June 1, 2016
Hwy. blues

Water led to the Normanday roadway collapse. The Hwy. 199 access road will requrire substantial breakdown and repair. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Engineer talks roadway collapse, highway plans, Ski Jump repairs

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Positive changes are coming to the Jacksboro Highway, aka Hwy. 199 – but like all good things, those changes will take time.
Brian R. Barth, district engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) spoke about the upcoming changes, as well as the roadway failure in the 1600 block of Southeast Parkway, at the Azle Rotary Club meeting May 26.

Collapse of service road
“So let’s talk about this little issue on Normandy,” Barth said.… Read the rest

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Another sour note

June 1, 2016
Another sour note

Dimas Delgado is gone after one year in Azle following his abrupt May 23 resignation. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

For the 2nd year in a row, Azle needs a new band director

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Once again, Azle ISD finds itself in search of a band director for Azle High School.
Dimas Delgado – hired just last July to lead the Marching Green Pride and other band programs after the unexpected exit of Shawn and Kim Murphy and Richard Kearnes – tendered his resignation Monday, May 23, according to AISD Superintendent Dr. Ray Lea.
Delgado’s resignation was effective immediately, Lea added, saying he appreciated Delgado’s service to the district.… Read the rest

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Twin Points opens with a bang

June 1, 2016
Twin Points opens with a bang

Officials from Tarrant Regional Water District cut the ribbon on the newly-resurrected Twin Points Park at Eagle Mountain Lake Saturday, May 28. Visitors – including the first 50 cars loads that enjoyed free entry – witnessed the long-delayed return of the popular park that now includes a boat ramp, sand beach, a pier, and a variety of picnic tables and vending machines. Fireworks heralded the opening each evening of the Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Music in the Park returns Friday

June 1, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle’s Music in the Park summer concert series kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday, June 3 in the Central Park amphitheater.
Soul Sacrifice – a tribute to Carlos Santana – will take the stage at 8 p.m. to bring a little Latin love to concert-goers.
The lineup for the season includes:
• Little Skynyrd on June 10
• Revolution 9 on June 17
• Chinatown Band on June 24
• Thunder Road on July 1
• 4 Ever Young on July 8
• Monkey Love on July 15
• Infinite Journey on July 22
And the grand finale event for 2016 will take place July 29, when King George: A Tribute to George Strait appears July 29.… Read the rest

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Heroes honored by Church on the Hill

May 25, 2016
Heroes honored by Church on the Hill

Pastor Tom Kolb – or just “Pastor T” – is the pit master at The Church on the Hill.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
16 briskets
4 pork tenderloins
4 cases jalapeño sausage
2 cases chicken breasts
14 gallons Pastor T’s Million Dollar Beans
8 gallons potato salad
5 gallons cole slaw
10 gallons BBQ sauce
That’s what it took for The Church on the Hill (formerly West Parkway Baptist Church) to feed military veterans, city employees, firefighters, paramedics, police officers – and their families – during the church’s annual Honoring Our Heroes event May 21-22.
Now in its third year, the event drew a light lunch crowd Saturday, but between 4-11 p.m., Pastor Tom Kolb says the public servants and their families came steadily to partake of the barbecue fare.… Read the rest

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Restroom hubbub a non-issue in Azle ISD

May 25, 2016

Superintendent Lea says measures already in place at every campus

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Nationwide, the debate rages after the president issued a directive that schools must allow transgender students to use the restroom of the gender with which they identify.
In Azle, however, the point is virtually moot, according to Dr. Ray Lea, superintendent of the Azle Independent School District.
Also highlighted by recent actions, first in North Carolina and then in the Fort Worth ISD, the question of bathroom usage has raised the ire of people on both sides of the issue.
“We have procedures in place at each campus in the district for this type of situation as well as others,” Lea said.… Read the rest

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Highway Access Road Collapse Getting Worse

May 25, 2016
Highway Access Road Collapse Getting Worse

As a section of roadway in the 1600 block of Southeast Parkway (Hwy. 199 service road) continues to sink deeper by the week, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says the agency’s staff is close to completing plans for the replacement of the retaining wall. That wall has moved significantly toward the main lanes of the highway due to pressure from the sinking roadway. The job will go out to bid in June with construction starting soon after, the spokesperson said. The 1600 block of Southeast Parkway remains closed to through traffic for the foreseeable future. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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