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Simmons Chamber Citizen of the Year

February 4, 2015
Simmons Chamber Citizen of the Year

By Mark K. Campbell
Scores of folks ventured down a red carpet Jan. 31 for the 55th Azle Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet.
A slew of honors were handed out, among them the top award, the Bright Star Citizen of the Year.
That elite nod was claimed by Nate Simmons for “grateful appreciation for outstanding service and dedication rendered to the community of Azle.”… Read the rest

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One shade of grey for AHS Drama Dept.

February 4, 2015
One shade of grey for AHS Drama Dept.

The great Oz came through!
For three years, the Azle High School Drama Department and Drama Boosters have been raising money to purchase a new, professionally-built UIL Competition Grey Set and – thanks to the huge success of the drama department’s December production of The Wizard of Oz, that goal has finally been reached.
You may be asking: What is a “Grey Set?”… Read the rest

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A Wily White Wonder

January 28, 2015
A Wily White Wonder

Photographer Natalie Gentry spied this pure white squirrel – presumably an albino – in Reno chowing down on its winter food cache and scurrying along a field Jan. 16. “I knew I had to shoot it (with my camera that is),” she said. On Jan. 21, she finally got the chance, although the wily white wonder did not like her getting out of her vehicle; the critter quickly scampered off.             Photos by Natalie Gentry… Read the rest

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Solo Cup Fundraiser

January 28, 2015
Solo Cup Fundraiser

Auctioneer Kent Meyerhoeffer (with microphone) and AHS Head Football Coach Devon Dorris share a laugh during the Azle Education Foundation’s Red Solo Cup BBQ Bash fundraiser held Jan. 24 at The Orchard. AISD Director of Operations Todd Smith shows off a guitar autographed by country music star Toby Keith before its auction at the event.                                         Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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Uptown funk

January 28, 2015

City uses eminent domain for sewer easements

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Utter the words “eminent domain” and just watch the hair stand up on the necks of everyone within earshot.
Stories of sweet elderly people fighting to keep a home they’ve lived in for decades from becoming a super sports stadium instantly come to mind.
But the fact is, eminent domain has its place to protect the good of the community.… Read the rest

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Pippins named new APD Chief

January 28, 2015
Pippins named new APD Chief

Rick Pippins
… Azle Police Chief expected to begin work in early March

Odessa captain makes his way to Azle for March start

By Carla Noah Stutsman
The city of Azle will soon welcome a new Chief of Police.
After naming Captain Rick Pippins of the Odessa Police Department the “lone finalist” for the position, City Manager Craig Lemin said Monday, Jan. 26, that Pippins was offered the position and has accepted.… Read the rest

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Special Crimes Unit halts organized drug ring

January 21, 2015
Special Crimes Unit halts organized drug ring

Azle, ‘Bay PDs part of expansive roundup

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Since July, investigators with the Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit (W-PC SCU or unit) have been working to shut down an organization that distributed large amounts of methamphetamine into parts of Tarrant, Parker, Wise, and Palo Pinto counties, into Oklahoma and possibly even into Louisiana and Arkansas.
Information obtained during that investigation led investigators to believe the drugs were being distributed from a location in Sansom Park as well as in Pelican Bay.… Read the rest

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Drums over Azle

January 21, 2015
Drums over Azle

AHS drumline debuts new program Jan. 29

by Carla Noah Stutsman
The Azle High School Indoor Drumline will reveal its highly anticipated 2015 competition show, Up in the Air, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the main gym at the school.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The AHS Indoor Drumline holds the title of 2014 Texas State Champion, and returns to Dayton, Ohio to compete in the WGI, International World Championships April 9-11.… Read the rest

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Recycle Blaze

January 21, 2015
Recycle Blaze

A recycle truck emptied a bin at Azle Elementary Monday, Jan. 19 about 8:45 a.m., but with the sun in the driver’s eyes, the truck’s scoop clipped overhead electrical lines, shutting off power to the school and numerous homes, businesses, and churches. Worse, sparks from the electrical lines caught the truck’s contents on fire. The driver was able to move the vehicle away from the campus and dump his entire load in the middle of Church Street, where it blazed until Azle Fire Department personnel arrived to snuff the flames.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Wildfire Training

January 21, 2015
Wildfire Training

Azle native and longtime firefighter Eddy Wood served as an instructor for the second annual North Texas Wildfire Academy sponsored by Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center and Texas A&M Forest Service. About 80 firefighters – some from as far away as Canada – participated in classroom and field training to learn to fight fire without water. Firefighters with all levels of experience learned the use of specific hand tools as well as techniques like burnouts to remove fuel. Hands-on training was conducted Jan. 16 at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. On Jan. 18, live fire training was conducted in a large hayfield and tank on Boyd Road, just below and west of the bridge across Walnut Creek.

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