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Hall of Fame banquet Saturday

October 19, 2016

A limited number of seats remain for the second Azle ISD Hall of Fame induction banquet set for Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.
Athletic Director Scott Anderson said tickets are $25 and available at his office on the Azle High School campus near Hornet Field until 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20.
This year’s inductees include the 1980 girls basketball team, state wrestling champion Chas Skelly, all-around athlete Pat Holder, and Olympic pole vaulter Terry Porter.
A catered meal will be followed by the presentation of the inductees in the AHS gym.… Read the rest

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Hammer time

October 19, 2016
Hammer time

It took a pair of Taser shots to slow and apprehend Cody Byron Cox last December. On Oct. 14, he was sentenced to 12 years in a Texas penitentiary. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Double Tased, hammer-wielding man who fled police gets 12 years

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An Azle man was sentenced to 12 years in the Texas penitentiary Friday, Oct. 14, as a result of a crime spree last December.
Cody Byron Cox, now 32, was sentenced in the 297th District Court in Tarrant County following a plea agreement in which two of six charges against him were dismissed.… Read the rest

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And the Winner Is…

October 19, 2016
And the Winner Is…

Nominees for Azle High School 2016 Homecoming Queen are seniors (l-r) Kayla Karnes, Kaitlyn Ford, Mattie Bovea, and Lauren Coker. The winner will be announced at halftime of the football game. SEE THE ENTIRE COURT ON PAGE 5A! Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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More ruckus in Reno

October 19, 2016

Bellowing and Bible questions highlight latest meeting

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In a voice that rose at times to a near-caterwaul, Reno’s city administrator and director of public safety Joe Polino again took council member John Basham to task during the Oct. 10 city council meeting.
The outburst came during a discussion about whether to move the official city email to a service that meets or exceeds the state and federal Records Retention laws for public information.
During the discussion, Basham suggested the council consider moving its email to Google’s G Suite, which he said is currently used by the U.S.… Read the rest

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Fightin’ Fire

October 12, 2016
Fightin’ Fire

Firefighters from the Azle Fire Department arrived at Albertson’s and quickly doused a flaming pickup in a handicap parking place in the store’s parking lot Monday afternoon, Oct. 10. Seconds before this photo was taken, the pickup was fully ablaze and a small explosion – possibly a tire blowing out – sent onlookers running for cover. The fire was the second at an Azle grocery store in two days; an arson fire closed the local Walmart for several days. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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A town without a…Walmart

October 12, 2016
A town without a…Walmart

Restoration crews and Walmart employees are working diligently to restore the Azle store to a safe environment after an alleged arson fire early Sunday morning. Walmart officials anticipate the store will reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Arson fire shuts down store for days

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A fire in the sporting goods department of the Azle Walmart has forced the store’s closure as employees and contractors work to remove damaged goods and make the store safe and operational.
Azle Fire Marshal Kenny Wilson said a Walmart employee called 911 at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Oct.… Read the rest

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Blitz!

October 12, 2016
Blitz!

Volunteers, including (l-r) Azle City Manager Tom Muir, Barbara Shupp, Richie Fenn, and Barbara Pace, are hard at work during the Neighborhood Blitz. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Good Neighbors, Servolution Network spruce up Azle homes

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
“It’s like living in an ant hill.”
That’s how Terry Horne described what happened at his modest home on Dunaway Lane Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8, when an army of Servolution Network volunteers arrived to tackle much-needed repairs.
Servolution Network volunteers – about 165 in all – descended on five homes inside the Azle city limits where they repaired and/or replaced rotted wood, siding, roofing, leaky plumbing and soffits, fixed drainage problems, painted, and spruced up landscaping.… Read the rest

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Azle PD not clowning around

October 12, 2016

Chief Pippins responds to clown craze

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle Police Chief Rick Pippins, in response to clown-related incidents – some threatening – across the nation and even locally, issued the following statement on Oct. 7.

A message from the Chief of Police:
Across the country for the past several weeks various individuals have been appearing in clown costume at a variety of locations.
The purpose of these appearances is to create public fear and to cause a response by emergency services.
What they are seeking is notoriety and “buzz,” on social media and the news in order to gratify their need for attention, and for their own entertainment at the expense of others.… Read the rest

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Azle’s ‘Voice’

October 5, 2016
Azle’s ‘Voice’

The Voice contestant Austin Allsup when he visited the campus Sept. 29. Allsup’s daughter Allie is a student in Cooper’s class and the duo performed a song together. On the TV show, Allsup is a member of country singer Blake Shelton’s team. Photos by Christina Derr

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It’s all in the ‘sauce’

October 5, 2016
It’s all in the ‘sauce’

The faculty and staff at Cross Timbers Elementary – with Principal Dee Gilley center front – are largely responsible for the campus’ selection as a 2016 Blue Ribbon School.

Cross Timbers lands prestigious national award

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Dee Gilley calls it a “culture.”
Dr. Ray Lea calls it a “secret sauce.”
Whatever you call it, Cross Timbers Elementary has it, and it’s earned the school a 2016 Blue Ribbon of Distinction.
The Cross Timbers campus learned it had received the coveted Blue Ribbon status – awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to the best-of-the-best each year since 1985 – Wednesday morning, Sept.… Read the rest

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