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Cross Timbers Ele. up for national honor

September 28, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle ISD Superintendent Dr. Ray Lea and Cross Timbers Elementary Principal Dee Gilley are planning to vote early in the Presidential Election slated for Nov. 8.
That’s because they – along with one teacher from Cross Timbers – stand a chance of being in Washington, D.C. Nov. 7-8 (Election Day is Nov. 8) to receive what may be the most significant award ever earned by a school in the Azle Independent School District.
Cross Timbers was named a finalist for the 2016 National Blue Ribbon School awards in January; the winners will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 28 – just hours after the Azle News is printed.… Read the rest

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Hankering to Honk for the Hornets

September 28, 2016
Hankering to Honk for the Hornets

In Saginaw, Azle superfan Dickie Glaze fires off the near-deafening air-horn whenever AHS scores. He did it twice early last Friday, but that was it as Boswell won the huge rivalry Take the Lake game, blanking the Hornets in the second half. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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COs OK’d

September 28, 2016

City issues certificates of obligation for new city hall, police department

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle city council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20, approved the issuance of $9,010,000 in Certificates of Obligation (COs) to fund construction of a new facility to house City Hall and the Azle Police Department.
The move comes just two weeks after the council authorized the purchase of 14.02 acres on the west side of Main Street, where the new facility will be constructed.
Sara Bedford, representing First Southwest, a division of Hilltop Securities, told the council the city’s AA credit rating – “you should be very proud of that, especially for a town of this size” – allowed underwriters to solicit competitive bids nationwide.… Read the rest

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Reno council OKs deep pay cuts for mayor, attorney, others while creating reserve fund

September 21, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Is the tide beginning to turn in the city of Reno?
In a display of unity not often seen, council members, led by Billie Steele, cut numerous expense items and added more than $30,000 into a reserve fund during a called budget work session Monday evening, Sept. 19.
Mayor Lynda Stokes first updated the council on the status of an agreement with the Blue Mound Police Department for dispatch and jail services.
The contract price for an annual agreement will be $31,800, Stokes told the council, but it will also require some investment in equipment like a base station, radios for officers as well as $2,400 per year for tower rental to facilitate the changes.… Read the rest

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Man shot, killed while hunting in Parker County

September 21, 2016

Behaj owned Frenki’s Capriccio restaurant in Azle

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The owner of Azle’s Frenki’s Capriccio restaurant has died after an alleged hunting accident.
Gentjan Behaj, of Fort Worth, was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound at 6:44 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at an Azle hospital, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
The fatal injury was the result of an alleged accidental shooting, which occurred south of Springtown on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
The medical examiner has not yet concluded a manner of death.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene in the 400 block of Rider Lane in rural Parker County and found the victim lying on the ground at a hunting site.… Read the rest

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Azle ISD: Student growth means bond necessary

September 21, 2016
Azle ISD: Student growth means bond necessary

BY CHRISTINA DERR
With continued and projected growth comes the need for expansion of the Azle ISD.
That’s why members of the Azle ISD are out pitching the Nov. bond proposal everywhere.
Superintendent Dr. Ray Lea announced at the Sept. 19 AISD board of trustees meeting that current enrollment is up to 6,332 students – 6,354 including the 22 students at the district’s Hornet Academy.
“We continue to grow, we are adding students almost every day,” Lea said.

Bond presentations
Ahead of the Nov. 8 bond election, a political action committee, Classrooms For Kids, has been formed in support of the $59.5 million bond package.… Read the rest

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Access Roadway Work Continues

September 21, 2016
Access Roadway Work Continues

Work continues on the Hwy. 199 access road as fall approaches – even though with the recent end of summer heat wave, it’s hard to believe autumn is near. Workers toil on, but the project is clearly many weeks away from completion. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Patriotic Students

September 14, 2016
Patriotic Students

Each week, the vociferous student cheering section heads out to Azle varsity football games and roots with a theme. On Sept. 9, the teenagers chose patriotism and ventured to Crowley to cheer on the Hornets dressed in red, white, and blue.    Photos courtesy Azle Sports Photography… Read the rest

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Area man charged with sexual assault

September 14, 2016
Area man charged with sexual assault

Online solicitation of 14-year-old victim also alleged

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A 34-year-old man Parker County man is in jail after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.
Bruce Lee McKinney, who lives in northern unincorporated Parker County but has an Azle mailing address, was arrested by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies Sept. 6 on warrants for online solicitation of a minor as well as sexual assault of a child.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Azle News, McKinney, on at least two occasions, allegedly assaulted the teen inside his home in the spring of this year.
He is also accused of sending graphic photos of himself to the victim’s cell phone.… Read the rest

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A 9/11 thank you

September 14, 2016
A 9/11 thank you

A vacant table place was set by Servolution to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Servolution serves first responders

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Members of Servolution Network stayed up all night Saturday smoking brisket and sausage, while others cooked up mashed potatoes, green beans, gravies, sauces, appetizers, and special desserts.
A total of seven churches’ members participated in planning and pulling off the second annual First Responders Banquet at The Church at Azle Sunday evening, Sept. 11.
More than 60 first responders – many with families in tow – attended the event. Some who were on duty were called away but returned when they were able.… Read the rest

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