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Elementary school teacher arrested twice resigns

December 9, 2015
Elementary school teacher arrested twice resigns
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Sheila J. Rollins

She continued teaching at Cross Timbers after indictment for felony DWI

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
An Azle elementary school teacher who had been arrested twice since August and ordered to undergo a mental examination resigned Dec. 9.
Sheila J. Rollins continued to teach first grade at Cross Timbers Elementary despite being indicted for Driving While Intoxicated with a passenger under 15 years old in the vehicle.
That is a felony.
Rollins officially resigned her teaching position Dec. 9, according to Tanya Anderson, Azle ISD assistant superintendent of curriculum and human resources.… Read the rest

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Christmas On Main Street sure to become tradition

December 9, 2015
Christmas On Main Street sure to become tradition
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Among the many activities at 404 Main Place for Christmas on Main Street was the Snow Globe Photo op.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Downtown Azle was busier than Santa and all the elves Saturday, Dec. 5.
Christmas on Main Street – the first one ever presented by the Azle Women’s Business Association – was deemed a huge success by those who came out to shop, eat festival food, watch, or participate in the many activities the event provided.
Vendor booths lined both sides of the roadway, and no one seemed to be the least bit bothered by temporary stop signs manned by Azle police officers.… Read the rest

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Santa!

December 9, 2015
Santa!
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Santa saw lots of happy children at the first-ever Christmas on Main Street Dec. 5  Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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FW woman killed in Lakeside crash

December 9, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A 29-year-old Fort Worth woman died at the scene of a two-car accident in Lakeside Wednesday evening, Dec. 2.
The deceased has been identified as Brittany Bowhay by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
According to Terry Grisham, spokesperson for Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, Bowhay was a passenger in a red 4-door passenger car that was southeast-bound on the Jacksboro Highway service road.
A gray 2-door passenger car had crossed the overpass westbound on Confederate Park Road and came to a 3-way stop.
As the gray car proceeded into the intersection, it was struck in the passenger-side door by the red car.… Read the rest

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Christmas on Main Street arrives Saturday

December 2, 2015
Christmas on Main Street arrives Saturday

Members of the Azle Optimist Club – (l-r) Edwin Newton, Nate Simmons, Paul Crabtree, Brian Rogers, Jack Scott, and David Klements – erected this year’s city Christmas tree at the museum at 124 West Main Street; the tree will be lit at dusk Saturday, Dec. 4 as part of the Christmas on Main Street celebration.

Free event runs from noon until early evening and includes city tree lighting

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
This year’s Christmas on Main Street will be like no other.
The traditional tree lighting and bike giveaway return but so do other unique opportunities to bring cheer to the holiday season, such as:
• a blacksmith demonstration
• a tacky sweater contest
• impromptu caroling groups
• a community singalong at the Christmas tree at 5 p.m.… Read the rest

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‘Be Heard’

December 2, 2015
‘Be Heard’

After victorious outings against Northwest Eaton and Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt Nov. 24, Azle wrestlers – wearing “Be Heard” t-shirts  –assembled outside the gym to release balloons in remembrance of former Hornet Dammion Heard. After a prayer, Azle Coach Chris Allen spoke, mentioning the importance of not taking anyone for granted. Heard died under mysterious circumstances last April in Colorado where he wrestled for Western Colorado and was a rising star. After the brief ceremony at the high school, green balloons were released and floated away on the stout south breeze.                     Photos by Mark K.Read the rest

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Double trouble

December 2, 2015
Double trouble

2 kidnappers, 2 cases, 2 locations on Knob Hill Road

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two separate kidnapping cases ended with arrests during the week of Thanksgiving.
Ironically, although the two cases don’t appear to be related, the arrests were both made at locations on Knob Hill Road in unincorporated Parker County by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies.

Devilish first case
Deputies arrested Darrell Kent Burnsed, age 61, of Azle, on Nov. 23 on a Parker County warrant for aggravated kidnapping.
Burnsed remained in the Parker County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond Dec. 1 for the first-degree felony charge.
He is also held on a motion to adjudicate guilt on a charge of possession of marijuana, 5-50 pounds.… Read the rest

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Lake Closed…Again

December 2, 2015
Lake Closed…Again

Early in 2015, Eagle Mountain Lake was closed due to lack of water. Then came the massive spring rains which also shut down the lake. Now once again, EML has been closed, starting Nov. 28 after big precipitation over Thanksgiving capped the rainiest November ever.                       Photo by Mark K. CampbellRead the rest

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TRWD officers investigating thefts from boats

December 2, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Most people call them “lake patrol officers” – those cops on boats who issue citations for things like having too few personal flotation devices on your boat, or for a lack of proper lighting, or even for boating while intoxicated.
Police officers with the Tarrant Regional Water District’s (TRWD) Law Enforcement Division (LED) do, in fact, carry out those duties.
They’re also highly-trained and skilled – not only as police officers, but as public safety divers, marine accident investigators, and have received specialty training in environmental law, active shooter response, asset and personnel protection.
And right now, officers are investigating a rash of thefts from boats.… Read the rest

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A tale of 6 cities

November 23, 2015
A tale of 6 cities

Local municipalities compared

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
With annual municipal elections coming up next May and the associated filing period for those who are considering a run for elected office, we at The Azle News and Springtown Epigraph thought we’d do a comparison of the six cities in our coverage area.
We’ll compare and contrast the types of cities in our coverage areas – the cities of Azle, Springtown, Reno, and Pelican Bay as well as the towns of Sanctuary and Lakeside – provide information about how much elected officials are paid in each city/town.
We’ve obtained information from publicly available web sites as well as from responses to open records requests to each of the six cities in the comparison.… Read the rest

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