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Blue Bell for a Blue Ribbon School

November 30, 2016
Blue Bell for a Blue Ribbon School

Cross Timbers Elementary is better by a country mile compared to most U. S. schools. That’s why the AISD elementary won a coveted national Blue Ribbon award. Representatives of Blue Bell Ice Cream, with help from Cross Timbers faculty and staff, pass out ice cream to eager students. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Christmas on Main Street event arrives here Sat.

November 30, 2016
Christmas on Main Street event arrives here Sat.

You can see Santa several times during Azle’s annual Christmas event. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle’s Main Street will once again be transformed into a Christmas wonderland this Saturday, Dec. 3, for Christmas on Main Street.
Presented by the Optimist Club of Azle, Azle Women’s Business Association (AWBA), the Azle News, Friends of the Azle Historical Museum, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, Fidelity National Title, and the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce, the family-friendly event runs from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
This year, as always, Main Street will be filled with merchandise vendors as live musical entertainment and other performances occur.… Read the rest

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Investigation of Reno mayor’s activities continues

November 30, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The investigation into whether Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes improperly used a city credit card and/or took a city tax exemption for personal use continues.
When the Reno council met in October, it instructed Joe Polino, city administrator/director of public safety to investigate the situation and bring his findings back to the council at its Nov. 21 meeting.
Following an executive session on Nov. 21 – from which Stokes exited after about 15 minutes, leaving the others to discuss the matter out of her presence – council reconvened in open session.
That’s when Polino publicly stated that the investigation was still ongoing and he had nothing to report at the time.… Read the rest

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They’re going to Disney World!

November 30, 2016
They’re going to Disney World!

Azle’s Cheer and Hornet Muscle team celebrates its first place win in the Game Day Division at the North Texas Regional UCA Championship.

Azle Cheer, Hornet Muscle wins regional championship

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle Cheer and Hornet Muscle team scored another win over the Thanksgiving Break, bringing home the first place trophy in the Game Day Division from the North Texas Regional UCA Championship.
Azle Cheer went up against 12 other teams from across North Texas, including the 2016 UCA National Champions.
The win qualifies the AHS team to compete at UCA Nationals at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida Feb.… Read the rest

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Four from Azle Hurt in 730S Head-On Crash

November 30, 2016
Four from Azle Hurt in 730S Head-On Crash

Four members of an Azle family were injured in a head-on crash on FM 730 South Monday, Nov. 21 about 6 p.m. According to the accident report, a grey 2007 Ford Escape driven by 23-year-old Zechariah Keith Schmidt of Fort Worth was southbound when it attempted to pass in an unsafe manner, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, where it struck a black 2010 Ford F150 head on. Bryan Jon-Peter Meyer, 42, Lisa Ann Meyer, 43, a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy, all of Azle, were taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle for evaluation of their injuries.

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Road projects in area could begin in 2017

November 21, 2016

Parker County transportation bonds already planned for issuance

BY CHRISTINA DERR
With the approval of the 2016 Parker County Transportation bond by Parker County voters, the county commissioners court is wasting no time in the process of issuing the bonds and beginning the projects.
George Williford, a financial consultant with First Southwest, presented his recommended schedule for bond sales at the Nov. 14 commissioners court meeting.
Williford recommended two bond sales, one to take place in February 2017 and another issuance two years later in February 2019.
Each sale will be $38.1 million, or 50 percent of the total approved amount of $76.2 million.… Read the rest

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Angels in waiting

November 21, 2016
Angels in waiting

The Angel Tree at the Azle Memorial Library is still loaded with kids’ Christmas requests. Photo by Christina Derr

Deadline for Lions Club project Dec. 6

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Only two weeks remain for area residents to make a difference in a child’s life by adopting an angel from one of more than 20 Angel Trees put up by the Azle Lions Club all over town.
Adopting an angel is easy to do – simply pick one from an Angel Tree located at schools and businesses across the area. Fulfill that angel’s Christmas list to the best of your ability.… Read the rest

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Here comes Santa Claus!

November 21, 2016
Here comes Santa Claus!

Christmas on Main Street slated Dec. 3

There’s still time to enter your organization or group’s float for the 2016 Azle Christmas Parade Dec. 3. These kids enjoyed riding in the parade last year on the Cookie Express. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman


Once the Thanksgiving feast has been cleaned up, the Christmas season officially begins for most of us.
But the Optimist Club of Azle, Azle Women’s Business Association (AWBA), the Azle News, Friends of the Azle Historical Museum, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, Fidelity National Title, and the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce have been hard at work for weeks preparing for Azle’s annual Christmas on Main Street.… Read the rest

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Life times two

November 21, 2016
Life times two

Harold Dewayne Ferguson

Parker County speeder had 13 prior felony convictions

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A Springtown man has been given two sentences of life in prison for charges of evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance.
Harold Dewayne Ferguson, 58, led Parker County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase through northern Parker County on July 7, 2015.
The chase reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour.
Ferguson pleaded guilty to the felony charge of evading arrest with a vehicle and chose to have a jury decide his punishment.
After the trial concluded Wednesday, Nov. 16, jurors deliberated for approximately 20 minutes before they returned with the life sentence.… Read the rest

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Jacksboro Highway Geyser

November 21, 2016
Jacksboro Highway Geyser

A water main break in the 3400 block of East Hwy. 199, just west of Jaybird Lane, sent water as high as the overhead power lines around 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. LaJunta Fire Department’s Engine 51 and Springtown Fire Department’s Engine 48 responded to the scene. Photo by Christina Derr

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