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Plans ready for new schools

April 19, 2017

Trustees hear from architects

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Changes are a-comin’.
Progress toward two new elementary school campuses and improvements at the district’s other schools financed by the $59.5 million 2016 bond package continue.
Project architects from VLK Architects, Inc. presented a timeline for the construction process to the Azle ISD board of trustees at their April meeting Monday, April 17.… Read the rest

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Egg Drop in Azle

April 19, 2017
Egg Drop in Azle

Thousands of eggs were snatched up in a hurry after a helicopter dropped them onto the football field at The Church At Azle April 12. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Herring receives Community Builder Award

April 19, 2017
Herring receives Community Builder Award

Robert “Bob” Herring, automotive technology teacher and SkillsUSA sponsor at AHS, was honored with the Masonic Lodge’s Community Builder Award April 15 by Azle Lodge #601. Pictured are: (l-r) Herring’s wife, Susan; Herring; his mother, Sue Herring; and Azle Worshipful Master Chad Gilley. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

From local Masonic Lodge

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
For 32 years, Robert F. “Bob” Herring has taught automotive technology to Azle High School students, while mentoring them to overcome challenges and become productive citizens.
Azle Masonic Lodge #601 honored Herring Saturday, April 15 with its Community Builder Award, designed to recognize outstanding non-masons who make the communities they live in stronger.… Read the rest

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Seals drops out of AISD race

April 12, 2017

Election still must be held

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Citing family circumstances, candidate for Azle ISD Board of Trustees Place 2 Robert Seals said he supports an additional term for his opponent, Clay Doyle.
“At this time, my family is facing some decisions that prevent me from being able to fully commit to the obligations of the school board,” Seals said by email Tuesday, April 11.… Read the rest

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Explosive device investigated in Briar man’s death

April 12, 2017

Lake blast shook houses

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A man whose body was recovered from Eagle Mountain Lake may have died as a result of an explosion, according to Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) police.
The body has been positively identified as that of Douglas Robert Hodgson, 64, of Briar.
Hodgson was reported missing March 29 after last being seen leaving the Fort Worth Anglers Club at 6614 Sandy Beach Road in a boat.
TRWD Police now say they believe Hodgson – whether accidentally or intentionally – caused the detonation of an explosive device of unknown origin on the night of his disappearance.… Read the rest

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Hunt out on bond

April 12, 2017

PC constable released April 7

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Parker County Pct. 1 Constable Charlie Hunt is out of jail on bond again after it was ordered that his bond be reinstated.
On Thursday, April 6, after the case against Hunt for continuous violence against the family was presented to the grand jury, the group voted to indict Hunt on the third-degree felony charge.… Read the rest

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City launches new mobile app

April 12, 2017
City launches new mobile app

Available on App Store and Google Play

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Whether you want to see what the Azle city council will do at its next meeting, look for a job with the city, find the phone number for Cross Timbers Golf Course or the Azle Memorial Library, or even just pay your water bill, now “there’s an app for that.”… Read the rest

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Aiding a Biker

April 12, 2017
Aiding a Biker

Miraculously, the rider of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the photo above had only scrapes, cuts, and bruises following an accident Friday afternoon, April 7, on FM 730 South just north of Veal Station Road. A Silver Creek VFD medic patched the rider up on the spot. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Bus driver fired

April 5, 2017

For ‘improper communication with a student’

BY CHRISTINA DERR
After officials with the Azle Independent School District received reports one of its bus drivers had improper communications with a student, that bus driver was fired, and the allegations were turned over to law enforcement.
James “Jim” Gregori was terminated from employment with the district early last week, AISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Human Resources Tanya Anderson confirmed.
“The administration received a report that a bus driver was having email communications with a student.
“We immediately terminated the bus driver, and the police were contacted,” Anderson said.
Anderson added that the district intends to fully cooperate with the Azle Police Department’s investigation of Gregori.… Read the rest

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Spring weather brings damage, heavy rains

April 5, 2017
Spring weather brings damage, heavy rains

Fallen trees took down power lines on March 29 as storms with wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour smashed into the area. Many in the Castle Hills neighborhood suffered damage while hundreds lost power. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Two weather events very different

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The area took a one-two punch last week, as strong thunderstorms borne on wind gusts upwards of 80 miles per hour struck early Wednesday morning, March 29, followed by torrential rains early Sunday, April 2.
At first light Wednesday, twigs and small limbs were strewn upon lawns, structures, and roadways across town.… Read the rest

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