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A Close Call for an AISD Bus

March 22, 2017
A Close Call for an AISD Bus

It was close, but the school bus in the photo above narrowly escaped being involved in this crash in the 500 block of North Stewart Street Monday, March 20 at 7:52 a.m. Azle police were dispatched to an accident involving a school bus, but Azle ISD Maintenance Director Randy Spiker arrived and quickly determined the bus was not impacted; the bus and its precious cargo went on its way. A young girl in one of the passenger vehicles was treated at the scene for a minor seat belt injury. One driver was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way. The other was cited for not having a driver’s license.

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Missing man found in submerged truck

March 15, 2017
Missing man found in submerged truck

The area where Jim Bob Cook’s body and pickup were discovered submerged under about eight feet of water in an Eagle Mountain Lake marina. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Jim Bob Cook

Discovery comes 30 days after Reno resident last seen

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A body identified as missing person Jim Bob Cook, as well as Cook’s Ford pickup, were recovered from Eagle Mountain Lake Wednesday evening, March 8.
Cook, 56, of Reno, was reported missing in mid-February. He was reportedly last seen on Feb. 8 at Frenki’s Capriccio & Sports Bar in the 1000 block of Boyd Road in Azle.… Read the rest

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Shattered Dreams shows teens consequences of bad choices

March 15, 2017
Shattered Dreams shows teens consequences of bad choices

Scores of students, parents, and officials gathered at Azle High School to watch the mock accident, one component of the biennial Shattered Dreams program. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Making good choices.
That’s what the Shattered Dreams program is all about.
Funded by the Azle Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) and organized by members of the Azle Police and Fire Departments in cooperation with Azle ISD officials, Shattered Dreams is presented at Azle High School in odd-numbered years in an effort to show teens the benefits of making good choices versus the potentially-deadly results bad choices can bring about.… Read the rest

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Azle man on Parker County Most Wanted list

March 15, 2017
Azle man on Parker County Most Wanted list
Two area individuals are on the Parker County Crime Stoppers Most Wanted list – and one is from Azle.
Hugo Saldana-Muniz, 30, is wanted on motions to revoke probation for prior felony charges.… Read the rest

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Dog fetched from storm drain

March 8, 2017
Dog fetched from storm drain

Azle police officer Mike Johnson affectionately checks Lorelei out before handing her over to an anxious family.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Azle police and fire depts. team up for rescue

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A family from Lumberton who spent the night in Azle while traveling is overjoyed to have their French bulldog, Lorelei, back after she fell into a storm drain at Walmart Saturday morning.
Azle police officer Mike Johnson entered the drain system near the bottom of a retention pond and crawled more than 100 feet to try to reach the errant pup – but the drain led him to the wrong area.… Read the rest

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So it begins

March 8, 2017
So it begins

Stars mark future overpasses on Hwy. 199. Construction will run for at least two years with traffic diverted.

Hwy. 199 construction to run until 2019

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
On your mark.
Get set.
Slow down!
Yet again, the commute between Azle and Lake Worth will slow to 40 miles per hour as main lane traffic is diverted to the frontage roads.
It’s all in preparation for the next phase of construction on Jacksboro Highway between Western Center Boulevard and Nine Mile Bridge Road.
The $46.3 million project will improve safety and mobility on a key thoroughfare in Northwest Tarrant County, completing a five-mile section of Hwy.… Read the rest

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Outstanding in its field

March 8, 2017
Outstanding in its field

Azle PD is 138th Texas agency to earn “recognized” status for best practices

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle Chief of Police Rick Pippins, shortly after arriving in Azle two years ago, said he was encouraged by the support of the community for its police department.
It turns out the Azle PD is also viewed favorably by a much more critical group of its own peers – the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) Law Enforcement Recognition Program.
The Azle Police Department was notified on March 1 it had achieved the award “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” from the TPCA.
The department is the 138th agency in the state of Texas to be so recognized.… Read the rest

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Car Vs. Tree

March 8, 2017
Car Vs. Tree

A woman escaped with minor injuries and a very frightened Chihuahua after losing control of her car on a rain-slickened Silver Creek Road Saturday, March 4. The car crashed through a homeowner’s fence and into a large tree. Passersby and family members at the home came to the woman’s aid since her doors were blocked preventing her from exiting the car until police and firefighters arrived. The accident report was not available at press time. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Azle ISD AD leaving

March 8, 2017
Azle ISD AD leaving

Scott Anderson, AISD athletic director, turned in his paperwork to retire June 30.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Anderson retiring in June

by Mark K. Campbell
After 32 years teaching and coaching in the Azle ISD – eight of them as the district’s athletic director – Scott Anderson is vacating the position.… Read the rest

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Two State Champions!

March 1, 2017
Two State Champions!

Azle athletes shone at the annual state wrestling tournament. Two Lady Hornets won gold medals and two boys claimed bronze medals. Alexis Hanna jumps into the arms of 5A Girls Coach of the Year Monica Allen while boys coach Chris Allen smiles. Hali Davis, a junior, won her second consecutive state championship. Photos by Mark K. Campbell

Davis, Hanna earn gold

by Mark K. Campbell
Eight competing Azle athletes vied at the state wrestling tournament and five brought home medals – two golds, two bronzes, and a fourth place.
Plus one other athlete missed a shot at fifth place by a single match.… Read the rest

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