by Mark K. Campbell
Kids and adults are out there at all hours in all sorts of places in and around town.
So, the Azle Police Department decided to go pro-active and help citizens “catch ‘em all” while being safe.
Saturday, July 30, APD hosted a Pokemon Go safety event at the Azle Memorial Library and Central Park.
Officer Loren Hearn said the paperwork passed out to participants was well received.… Read the rest
A “pack” of dogs killed a calf and injured two others Sunday, July 27 around 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Longhorn Drive between Azle and Springtown.
Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control Officers responded to the call when the homeowners reported one of the calves died following the mauling in an enclosed round pen where the calves were kept.
Dogs are known to run loose in the area in a pack of two to six, but it isn’t known where they live or if they are strays.… Read the rest
How AISD spent its one-time drilling tax bonus
BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Last school year, Azle ISD had $2.5 million extra to spend.
And the district poured that money into its employees and upgrading schools.
Finance Director Monica Miller addressed trustees July 25 to speak on the proposed 2016-17 budget.
Before that, however, she listed some of the ways that the Trinidad Drilling “one-time lag” tax revenue of $2.5 million helped the AISD.
Every employee received a three percent raise.
Four new school buses were purchased for $353,082.
Also bought was a new Special Education bus for $93,000 and a “mini-bus” for Cross Timbers Elementary for $49,975.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Runaway Bay man died Monday from injuries he suffered in an accident in the 11500 block of FM 730 North Sunday afternoon, July 24.
Samuel Smith, 31, died at 3:11 p.m. Monday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he was being treated for his injuries, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.… Read the rest
Parker County commissioners sever dispatch services with Reno
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In a unanimous vote, the Parker County Commissioners Court Monday, July 25, terminated the agreement for dispatch services between Parker County and the city of Reno.
The termination becomes effective Sept. 30.
Addressing the situation, County Judge Mark Riley explained that the county has three contracts with municipalities in the county; one is with Aledo for law enforcement services, and a second, for dispatch services, is with Hudson Oaks.
“Aledo pays for the cost of two deputies; Hudson Oaks is for dispatch services, and both of those are working fine,” Riley told the court.… Read the rest
Nicky Lane Kelton, 46, of the Springtown and Azle areas, pleaded guilty Thursday, July 21 to possessing 120 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, evading arrest with a vehicle, and two bail jumping cases.
Kelton was sentenced to 25 years in prison by 415th District Judge Graham Quisenberry.
According to Assistant District Attorney Abby Placke, who prosecuted the case for the state, the sentence stems from an incident on July 4, 2015, when a Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy saw Kelton run a red light on Highway 199 between Springtown and Azle.
After fleeing from the deputy and crashing into a tree, Kelton got out of the vehicle and attempted to throw away a large plastic bag full of methamphetamine, which was later recovered.… Read the rest