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Padilla, Hopkins top AHS Class of 2016

May 25, 2016
Padilla, Hopkins top AHS Class of 2016

Both Valedictorian Kelbi Padilla and Salutatorian Tyler Hopkins spent all of their school days in the Azle ISD. The duo is going separate ways collegiately, but both will major in biology fields at Texas A&M and Baylor, respectively. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Both spent entire scholastic careers in AISD

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The 2016 Azle High School valedictorian and salutatorian are complete products of the Azle ISD, where they both attended school from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Although Valedictorian Kelbi Padilla and Salutatorian Tyler Hopkins didn’t meet until their paths first crossed at Azle Elementary – the historic Rock School – they’ve been “friendly” ever since.… Read the rest

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APD takes lead in Police Officer Memorial service

May 18, 2016
APD takes lead in Police Officer Memorial service

Azle police officers Alex Kuenzle, left, and Tim Davis, right, flank a Texas Ranger at a wreath during a Police Officers Memorial service Monday, May 16, at Azleland Memorial Park.  PHOTOS BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In honor of Police Officer Memorial Day and National Police Week, the Azle Police Department took the lead in a memorial service Monday, May 16, at Azleland Memorial Park in Reno.
Azle police were joined by Texas Rangers from Company B, Department of Public Safety troopers, Reno police officers, deputies with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, and Parker County Constables.
Special recognition was given to Texas Ranger Bobby Paul “Bob” Doherty, who was killed in the line of duty in February 1978 while serving a warrant in Argyle.… Read the rest

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Lane lambasts court’s ruling

May 18, 2016
Lane lambasts court’s ruling

Bill Lane, school board president, did not mince words while discussing his disappiontment with a Texas Supreme Court ruling. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

AISD president says it will hurt the school district and city

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
It was a typical school board meeting for most of the evening of May 16.
After canvassing the recent election votes, one of the winners was current board president Bill Lane.
A chance came to address the crowd – and Lane certainly did.

The court decision
The May 13 ruling by the Texas Supreme Court – read about it on the second Editorial page on 9A – flew in the face of every lower court ruling, said Lane, a lawyer.… Read the rest

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Reno backtracks on annexation

May 18, 2016
Reno backtracks on annexation

Recieving the oath of office from City Administrator Joe Polino are (l-r) Bonnie Black, Billie Gay Kirchner Steele, and Ken Parnell. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Mayor addresses multiple complaints

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
With very little fanfare, the Reno city council Monday night repealed two ordinances it enacted in November 2015.
Both ordinances annexed one-half mile strips of state roadways; one on FM 730 North and another on State Highway 199.
Reno City Attorney Walt Leonard told the council the problem with the ordinances is that they were based upon incorrect maps.
“If you annex partially incorrectly, it’s pretty much all wrong,” Leonard told the council.… Read the rest

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Twin Points Park is new and improved

May 18, 2016
Twin Points Park is new and improved

The swimming area at the reborn Twin Points Park is all rebuilt and can accommdate hundreds of swimmers. The Tarrant Regional Water District facility will throw open the gates May 27-29, Memorial Day weekend. Photo by Natalie Gentry

Expansive Grand Opening set for Memorial Day weekend

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
For decades, it was “the” place to be on Eagle Mountain Lake – whether you lived in Azle, elsewhere around the lake, or pretty much anywhere in the Metroplex.
But Twin Points Resort closed in 2007 after Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) decided not to renew its contract with longtime operators Bobby and Darlia Hobbs.… Read the rest

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Fatal Fall on Main Street

May 11, 2016
Fatal Fall on Main Street

A 64-year-old man identified as an employee of Frontier Communications – which recently bought out Verizon – died after falling more than 15 feet onto a concrete parking lot while working on overhead communication lines in the 200 block of Main Street May 10. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has identified the man as Douglas Domback, who suffered a severe head injury. Azle Fire Department paramedics as well as a Parker County ESD 1 crew in the area responded, along with Azle Police. Domback  was taken to the helipad at Texas Health Azle, from which a CareFlite air ambulance transported him to Texas Health Fort Worth, where he was pronounced dead.                      Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Two men injured in late-night crash

May 11, 2016

Motorcycles smash head-on 

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two men were seriously injured shortly after midnight May 8 in a head-on collision between two motorcycles.
According to an accident report filed by Azle police, the crash occurred in the 300 block of Wells Burnett Road in a sharp curve in the roadway.
Robert Hale Kasner, 51, of Bridgeport, was westbound on Wells Burnett on a red 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he failed to give half the roadway to an oncoming motorcycle, according to the report.
That eastbound motorcycle, a green 2014 Kawasaki, was piloted by Jeremy Richard Summers, 41, of Azle.… Read the rest

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Out Again

May 11, 2016
Out Again

Second baseman Rayne Cottle makes the play here against Aledo, but, for the third year in a row, the Ladycats eliminated Azle’s softball team from the postseason. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Heroin found on gas pump napper

May 11, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A suspicious situation reported to Azle police turned into a drug bust involving black tar heroin.
According to police, officers were dispatched to the Valero gas station and convenience store in the 400 block of Northwest Parkway about 5:30 a.m. May 6 to check on a suspicious situation.
When officers arrived, they found a vehicle near the gas pumps and a man slumped over in the driver’s seat.
The vehicle was running, but the man’s head was resting on the steering wheel.
Officers knocked on the window several times before the driver woke up and opened the door.… Read the rest

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Voters OK Azle charter changes

May 11, 2016

Most incumbents retain seats

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It seemed like a giant undertaking, but voters in the city of Azle got the big picture, approving each of the 17 proposed amendments to the city’s charter on Election Day, May 7.
The amendments – the first to Azle’s charter since 1990 – generally brought the document into alignment with state law, which take precedence in case of a conflict.
Here’s a breakdown of the vote:
Proposition 1, Boundary Changes: Yes 221, No 46
Proposition 2, General Powers: Yes 212, No 48
Proposition 3, Mayor: Yes 215, No 54
Proposition 4, City Council: Yes 255, No 21
Proposition 5, City Council Meetings: Yes 257, No 18
Proposition 6, Investigations by Council: Yes 180, No 84
Proposition 7, Municipal Judge: Yes 247, No 27
Proposition 8, City Attorney: Yes, 237, No 32
Proposition 9, Department of Health and Sanitation: Yes 172, No 99
Proposition 10, City Departments: Yes 198, No 65
Proposition 11, Elections: Yes 240, No 24
Proposition 12, Property Development: Yes, 159, No 99
Proposition 13, Preparation and Submission of Budget: Yes 246, No 21
Proposition 14, Taxation: Yes 233, No 31
Proposition 15, Power to Issue Indebtedness: Yes 204, No 50
Proposition 16, Amending the Charter: Yes 213, No 42
Proposition 17, Corrections: Yes 207, No 61

Azle ISD
Longtime school board member Sam Merck retained his seat in Place 5 with a total of 382 votes.… Read the rest

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