By Carla Noah Stutsman
In spite of the usual warnings leading up to New Year’s Eve, one thing is clear: Some people are going to drink and drive.
Azle police officers arrested four of them – likely only a fraction of those navigating the roadways after imbibing – all within a period of two hours and 20 minutes in the wee hours of Jan. 1.… Read the rest
Assembled residents, gunfire, and ice bucket challenges highlighted 2014
By Mark K. Campbell
As the second part of 2014 arrived, Azle saw a wide variety of good and not so good events.
Azle’s annual Fourth of July celebration, Follow the Flag, drew record crowds to Central Park and surrounding venues. Former AISD administrator Ray Ivey received the Lew Shaffer Award.
A 13-year-old Springtown boy who was at a friend’s house near Briar recovered from a gunshot in the abdomen when a rifle discharged as it was removed from a cabinet. They had hoped to shoot a snake.… Read the rest
An Azle man was shot and killed Sunday evening, Dec. 21 during an altercation between two men.
Former Azle Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Bettis was shot several times.
Azle police were dispatched to a disturbance at 620 South Stewart Street at 5:54 p.m.
According to Interim Police Chief Darrell West, the initial 911 call reported a verbal altercation between Benny Aulvry Rogers and Bettis.… Read the rest
If you’re planning to celebrate the New Year with a little bubbly – or any other alcoholic beverage – make sure you have a plan to get home safely.
The Texas Department of Transportation reminds motorists that law enforcement will be out in force on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in an effort to reduce crashes and discourage drunk driving.… Read the rest
AHS grad a former local cop
by Carla Noah Stutsman
For the second time in less than 10 years, members of the Azle High School Class of 1985 have learned that a classmate has been sentenced to death for multiple murders.
On Feb. 27, 2006, a Tarrant County jury sentenced Stephen Dale Barbee to death for the Feb. 19, 2005 murder of Lisa Underwood, 34, and her 7-year-old son, Jayden, at their Fort Worth home. Underwood was seven months pregnant at the time of her murder.… Read the rest
by Mark K. Campbell
“Literacy is correlated to poverty.”
That’s what Lester Meriwether told Azle Rotarians Dec. 18 at the group’s weekly meeting.
Meriwether is the executive director of the non-profit Literacy ConneXus, an organization that focuses on getting books into young children’s hands.
The Books for the Border and Beyond program began in 2008 in Eagle Pass, part of Fort Worth Western Hills Baptist Church’s outreach program.… Read the rest
by Carla Noah Stutsman
We all know that scenic shortcut from Lakeside, around the west side of Lake Worth, and on into the White Settlement area.
But we’ll have to kiss it goodbye – until next summer, that is.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), in partnership with the City of Fort Worth, began work on the Silver Creek bridge reconstruction project Dec. 1.… Read the rest