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Construction focused on technology center

July 8, 2015
Construction focused on technology center

A worker insulates the brickwork on one of the exterior walls of the new gym at Azle High School.         Photo by Mark K. Campbell

 

Building should be ready for school start but new gym won’t be

 

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The working areas around the new Career and Technology Education center (CTE) and the rising competitive gym have gone from muck to dust thanks to the relenting of steady rains.
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Running for Veterans

July 8, 2015
Running for Veterans

Donna Randall displays her pride in the U.S. July 3 as she jogs down West Main Street. She runs with Red, White, and Blue – an organization dedicated to connecting American veterans to their communities through physical and social activity.                Photo by Natalie GentryRead the rest

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Azle ready to celebrate this weekend

July 1, 2015
Azle ready to celebrate this weekend

Fastlane, an Eagles tribute band, entertained hundreds June 26 at the Central Park amphitheater. This Friday, Aurora Bleu plays jazz and blues. The next day, thousands will fill the park for Follow The Flag. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Concert, Follow The Flag will draw thousands to Central Park

by Mark K. Campbell
The lake is full, the park is cleaned up, the musicians are coming, and the fireworks are ready.
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Latest Azle sales tax numbers top state average

July 1, 2015
Latest Azle sales tax numbers top state average

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It was mostly good news for local entities, tax-wise, including Azle.
The city showed the smallest increase, but still beat the statewide average for June.
Its June revenue of $183,337 is up 8.26 percent from $169,339 in June 2014, and its year-to-date revenue of $1,108,206 is up 5.60 percent from 2014 YTD totals of $1,049,384.
Azle’s Crime Control and Prevention District saw June revenue of $36,822, up 12.79 percent from June 2014 revenue of $32,646. That puts the district up 8.63 percent for calendar 2015 with $211,258 compared with $194,464 through June 2014.
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Town Hall Meeting No. 1

July 1, 2015
Town Hall Meeting No. 1

Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett converses with an Azlewood resident during the Town Hall meeting. Citizens were given the opportunity to address council, city management, and department heads at the June 23 meeting at Azle Junior High. A second Town Hall gathering is set for July 21 at Forte Junior High, 479 Sandy Beach Road. MORE PHOTOS ON 2A! Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Top firefighters offer safety tips for safe July 4th

July 1, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle Fire Chief Will Scott and Fire Marshal Kenny Wilson want everyone to have a safe, enjoyable and legal Fourth of July celebration.
To that end, they remind us all that the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks are prohibited within the city limits of Azle.
Members of the Azle Fire Marshal’s office will be out to enforce the fireworks ordinance during the upcoming days.
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Locals Turn Out to Welcome Home a Wounded Warrior

June 24, 2015
Locals Turn Out to Welcome Home a Wounded Warrior

Hundreds lined the route to welcome injured soldier Laramie Dockery home June 23. Social media got the word out fast that a motorcade was bound from Dallas’ Love Field to Reno. Soon, townsfolks – including A.J. Latta, Anna Latta, little Saylor Peterson and Leslie Stowe – mobilzed and cheered despite the heat as the vehicles passed. Photos by Mark K. Campbell and Natalie Gentry… Read the rest

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City manager Lemin to retire

June 24, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
“Tomorrow will not be different than today. We still have a lot of work to do around here and I want to focus on that for now.”
Longtime Azle City Manager Craig Lemin spoke those words during the city council meeting June 16 when he formally announced his plans to retire from the position effective Jan. 8, 2016.
Lemin insists there’ll be no “lame duck” period, since there is much he hopes to accomplish over the next six months.
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Parker Grand jury returns no-bill in Bettis death

June 24, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The man who killed an Azle businessman and former president of the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce will not face criminal charges.
A Parker County grand jury returned a “no-bill” in the shooting death of Bradley Clayton “Brad” Bettis, 40, after reviewing evidence in the case Thursday, June 18.
Azle police were called to the 600 block of South Stewart Street at 5:54 p.m. that day because of a verbal altercation between the two men.
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Follow The Flag returns July 4

June 24, 2015
Follow The Flag returns July 4

A stunning Azle sight: Follow The Flag’s fireworks extravaganza above the Azle Memorial Library. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN Like Buzzy, the Jacksboro Highway, Eagle Mountain Lake and Music in the Park, Follow The Flag is etched into the history of Azle.

The Azle Ministerial Alliance’s (AMA) annual, Christian and patriotic celebration of America’s independence is on tap from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 4. That’s when Azle’s Central Park will host thousands for live, Christian entertainment, free food and drink and one of the largest fireworks displays around – set to patriotic music. With a nod to America’s freedom, this year’s event boasts free admission, free bottled water provided by Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy, free iced tea provided by Chicken Express, free hot dogs provided by First Baptist Church of Azle, free snow cones provided by Lighthouse Harbor Church and The Abbey Church, and free cotton candy provided by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.… Read the rest

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