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Tracked by His Shadow

March 2, 2016
Tracked by His Shadow

Hornet Aric Brazell is closely followed by his shadow while competing in the Ben Davis Relays in at Brewer High School Feb. 25. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Last minute exits

March 2, 2016

Candidates withdraw from races in Azle, Lakeside

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It’s not unusual for cities to cancel elections when there are no uncontested races.
In fact, such cancellation can save a city several thousand dollars.
What is somewhat unusual is for a candidate to sign up to run for office but later withdraw the application.
What’s even more unusual is when it happens in neighboring cities – like Azle and Lakeside, for instance.
The ink was barely dry on last week’s Azle News when word came that Tommy Jay Roberts, candidate for Place 1 on the Town of Lakeside council, had withdrawn from the race, leaving incumbent Don Pitts unopposed.… Read the rest

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Tense standoff in Reno ends in man’s death

February 24, 2016
Tense standoff in Reno ends in man’s death

This unassuming farmhouse in central Reno was the site of a three-hour standoff in which the suspect was killed by tactical officers Feb. 18. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Parker County Special Ops team called in

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A man is dead following a three-hour standoff Feb. 18 in the very heart of Reno.
The deceased is identified as Ronnie Lee Padron, 32, of Reno.
According to a press release issued by Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, Reno police responded to the 100 block of West Reno Road about 7:15 p.m. after members of the Briar-Reno Volunteer Fire Department reported a man was shooting a gun in an unknown direction from a house directly across the street from the Reno fire hall.… Read the rest

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Mardi Paws raises $48K

February 24, 2016
Mardi Paws raises $48K

During a real “awwwww” moment shared by the crowd, Azle city council member Lee Barrett assumes a special shade of red as his wife Shareen thanks him for the leather jacket he won during the live auction at Mardi Paws Feb. 20. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Animal shelter fundraiser

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Great Cajun food, a room full of people anxious to help the Azle Animal Shelter, and more laughs than a barrel of monkeys.
That may best describe Mardi Paws, the fundraising event hosted by the Azle Area Shelter Humane Association (AASHA) Feb. 20 at Vance Godbeys.
According to event co-chair Rhonda Braudis, the event raised $48,700 – after expenses – to go toward AASHA’s capital campaign to help build Phase II of the new animal shelter facility, as well as provide critical veterinary services for animals at the shelter.… Read the rest

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As sales tax revenues rise, Azle up 11.34 percent

February 24, 2016
As sales tax revenues rise, Azle up 11.34 percent

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
With the single exception of Parker County, all municipal taxing entities in the area show an uptick in sales tax revenue for the month of February as compared with February 2015.
The city of Azle recorded revenue of $251,722 in February, up 7.69 percent from $233,740 in February 2015. In the first two months of 2016, the city has received $448,814, up 11.34 percent from $403,096 for the same two-month period in 2015.
Azle’s Crime Control and Prevention District realized revenue in the amount of $47,190 in February, up 9.37 percent from $43,190 in February 2015. Year-to-date revenue of $80,522 is 6.02 percent more than in the first two months of 2015, when it received $75,944.… Read the rest

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A vigil for a friend

February 24, 2016
A vigil for a friend

A large crowd of friends and family were joined by APD officers Chance Kidd, Alex Kuenzle, and Richard Martinez  Feb. 18 in Central Park to remember Cassidy Michelle Zips in a candlelight vigil. Zips, an 18-year-old senior at Azle High School, was killed Feb. 15 in a horrific accident north of Peden Road on FM 730 North.          Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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Making the grade

February 17, 2016
Making the grade

Dr. Ray Lea, Azle ISD superintendent, congratulates Hornet Academy graduate Alexis Adams who, with 35 classmates, received her high school diploma Feb. 16. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Hornet Academy graduates 36, highest number ever 

by Mark k. Campbell
Before hundreds of family and friends – as well as instructors and the school board – 36 students received their high school diplomas from the Hornet Academy Feb. 16.
At the Azle High School auditorium, Academy Principal Susan Adams read the names aloud and the students climbed to the stage to accept their hard-earned document from Azle ISD Superintendent Dr. Ray Lea.… Read the rest

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AHS teen killed in violent crash

February 17, 2016
AHS teen killed in violent crash

The driver of a Ford SUV was pronounced dead at the scene of a horrific crash on FM 730 North, north of Peden Road, Feb. 15. Two people in a Ford pickup escaped with minor injuries.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A fiery crash north of Peden Road on FM 730 North left one person dead, two with minor injuries, and a family and community shattered.
Although the Tarrant County Medical Examiner has not released the identity of deceased, family members have publicly identified her as 18-year-old Cassidy Michelle Zips, a senior at Azle High School.
The accident occurred about 5:45 p.m.… Read the rest

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Local man shot dead by police at west FW motel

February 17, 2016
Local man shot dead by police at west FW motel

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A man who has lived in both the Azle and Springtown areas was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Fort Worth Feb. 12.
David Glen Watson, 53, was a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred in Cresson Feb. 7.
Watson’s driver’s license lists an address on Lelon Lane in Springtown; but he has also lived at addresses on FM 730 South just outside Azle and in Sunset, according to court documents.
A warrant for Watson’s arrest for aggravated robbery was issued in Hood County.
Officers with the U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force attempted to arrest Watson outside the Landmark Lodge Motel in the 7500 block of Camp Bowie West Boulevard Friday afternoon about 4:20.… Read the rest

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The News turns 50 years old

February 17, 2016
The News turns 50 years old

Feb. 17, 1966: On this date 50 years ago, The Tapawi Banner became The Azle News.
The area has had a series of newspapers dating as far back as 1887, including the Citizen in the 1930s, the Globe in the mid-1950s, and the Sun in 1960.
The full story of the history of the paper will be published in our annual Area Guide which will be inserted into your Feburary 24 News (along with the Spring Heritage magazine).
The News is proud to have been here for half a century – here’s to 50 more years.… Read the rest

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