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Tropical Depression Floods Park

June 24, 2015
Tropical Depression Floods Park

Rain began falling early June 17 and didn’t stop as Tropical Depression Bill arrived. For the first time ever, Ash Creek boiled out of its banks and flooded Central Park. The park closed soon after and remains so at press time. Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Bridge out!

June 17, 2015
Bridge out!

After years of false starts, the South Stewart Street Bridge will be demolished June 18. The completion date is 2016.   Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Stewart St. span over Ash Creek to come down June 18

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It didn’t happen on schedule, but South Stewart Street was closed to through traffic Tuesday, June 16 as preparation begins to replace the bridge over Ash Creek.
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Snakes Alive!

June 17, 2015
Snakes Alive!

Kids got hands-on – and heads-on – snake experience at the library when the Wildlife on the Move program visited and enthralled scores of youngsters (and parents) June 16.    Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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It ain’t us

June 17, 2015

XTO Energy, EnerVest deny fault in quakes

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two companies summoned to show cause why their disposal wells should not be shut down are intent on diminishing the findings of scientists who studied a swarm of earthquakes in the Azle and Reno areas.
A spate of 30 tremblors shook the area during a 60-day period from November 2013 through January 2014.
XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp., and EnerVest were each called to testify before the Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) in the wake of a scientific, peer-reviewed paper published by the researchers led by Southern Methodist University scientists.… Read the rest

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Texas Legislature passes thousands of new laws

June 17, 2015

BY NATALIE GENTRY
While the open carry measures and abortion limits have drawn a lot of attention in this year’s Texas Legislature, they are only two of the almost 5,500 new laws that have passed.
Lawmakers rejected thousands more.
Some of the new laws on the books once Governor Gregg Abbott approves them include:
Fireworks: Until now, fireworks could only be bought in the 10 days before New Year’s Eve, Cinco de Mayo, and the Fourth of July.
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Eagle Mountain, Shady Grove Park open again

June 10, 2015
Eagle Mountain, Shady Grove Park open again

This barricade and all others came down Tuesday, June 9 when Eagle Mountain Lake was reopened to boat traffic after hundreds of thousands of gallons of water was released. Shady Grove Park was also reopened entirely. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Water levels had forced closures

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It’s not often in North Texas that people get excited about how many days we’ve gone without rain.
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A Monster of a Festival

June 10, 2015
A Monster of a Festival

Folks attending the first Main Street Arts Festival & Tour saw plenty of singers, artists, and authors
while enjoying a bevy of food from a variety of vendors. Especially eye-catching was Audrey – the
man-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors – created especially for the event by Alan Brundrett, who
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Golf and kids

June 10, 2015
Golf and kids

Robert Landers, Azle’s former golf pro, told Rotarians about his desire to see that children get clubs free to interest them in the sport. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Landers still all about helping kids get into the sport BY MARK K. CAMPBELL If a kid doesn’t have a golf club and wants to learn the sport, Robert Landers will hook him or her up. Speaking to the Azle Rotary Club June 4, the former Senior PGA Tour player said he currently has 5,000 clubs in his barn – sticks he often refurbishes and remakes into clubs suitable for use.
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AISD honors its best and retirees

June 10, 2015
AISD honors its best and retirees

Seventeen AISD employees – mostly teachers – retired and were honored at an assembly June 1 at Azle High School. Pictured: (l-r) Cathy Ostermann, Patricia Ballew, John Darnell, Cynthia Eastin, Royal Ward, Sandra Carter, Jane Greer, and Deborah Heath. Not pictured: Janet Dewey, Richard Sturm, N. Denise Harper, Marian Pfennig, Martha Reddin, Patricia Westbrook, Thressa Kiest, Todd Urbanek, and Dawna McColl.

Members of the faculty, staff and administrators with the Azle Independent School District were honored in an assembly Monday, June 1 at Azle High School.
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Attacker shot dead by Tarrant deputy

June 3, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A man who brutally attacked his younger brother, mother, and grandmother with a knife was shot and killed by a Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputy Monday, June 1, in Timberlake Estates.
Kamal Hisham Dajani, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident at 11:41 p.m. according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Dajani’s mother and grandmother were each airlifted to John Peter Smith Hospital for treatment of serious, possibly critical injuries.
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