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Road Failure Closes Hwy. 199 Access Road

April 20, 2016
Road Failure Closes Hwy. 199 Access Road

A road failure and resulting void beneath the roadway – caused by recent heavy rains – has forced the indefinite closure of the eastbound Hwy. 199 service road at Normandy Ave. in Azle.
“This is not normal – I’ve never seen this before,” said TxDOT Asst. Area Engineer Aureliano Flores, adding that it’s possible there’s a sinkhole concentrated around the roadway.
Traffic on Hwy. 199 is not affected at this time, but the service road will be closed to through-traffic until further notice.
“The safety of the traveling public is our top priority,” Flores said.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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Azle officers support PD’s switch to four ‘mirrored’ shifts

April 13, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Beginning around the first of June, Azle citizens will see better police coverage due to a change to the Azle Police Department’s deployment of patrol officers.
Police Chief Rick Pippins explained to the city council that the department has, for many years, used a deployment that was once common but is “not, by far, the most efficient way to deploy forces.”
The 8-hour shift has been abandoned by many departments in favor of longer ones – but fewer workdays – and it’s proven successful.
Currently, patrol officers in Azle are deployed on three 8-hour shifts, and typically work five days each week for a total of 80 hours per two-week pay period.… Read the rest

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Revolution! Servolution, 6 Stones hope to unite partners to improve city, help residents

April 13, 2016
Revolution! Servolution, 6 Stones hope to unite partners to improve city, help residents

Servolution team members tore off a dilapidated porch from Catherine Davis’ house, then built her a new one, while others made her flower beds spring fresh.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Jason Malewiski didn’t think twice as he pulled the t-shirt over his head one Wednesday evening before heading to church.
When his pastor at The Church at Azle, Chad Geeslin, saw the Servolution logo on the t-shirt and asked what it was, Malewiski explained the concept, and how he saw it used in Oklahoma City.
“We need that here,” was Geeslin’s reply.
Fast-forward 2-and-a-half years.
Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett attended a meeting of the Tarrant County Mayors’ Association in September 2015 at which a group called 6 Stones made a presentation.… Read the rest

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City bid blunder results in roadwork delay

April 13, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In her 20-year career as a city secretary, Norma Zenk says she’s never, ever seen it happen.
But on March 17, when the City of Azle was scheduled to publicly open bids for proposed roadwork on Wells Burnett Road, Zenk was ill and could not come to work.
Her illness resulted in two other city employees much less familiar with the bidding process having to work in her stead.
In the process, they missed a bid that was later found, right where Zenk had put it the previous day.
Ironically, she had placed a box of Kleenex on top of the envelope to ensure it stayed put.… Read the rest

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Top chef!

April 13, 2016
Top chef!

Exchange student Lucasz Laskus (left) – with AISD culinary instructor Michael Urbanek – won state in a cooking competition.

Azle exchange student wins state cooking challenge

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Polish exchange student Lucasz Laskus has taken part in a variety of activities while at Azle High School.
The cherry on top might be the honor he just won at the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state cooking competition.
Vying in the “mystery basket” event in Dallas, Laskus’ creation was deemed the best of the batch.
AHS culinary instructor Michael Urbanek said the competition is similar to the TV reality cooking show Chopped where chefs are challenged to incorporate unusual ingredients into their meals.… Read the rest

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Man dies after alleged beatings by parolees

April 6, 2016
Man dies after alleged beatings by parolees

Arrested men lived in home south of town contracted by parole board, owner says

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A 68-year-old, wheelchair-bound man who was allegedly beaten repeatedly by two men he lived with died March 31 at a skilled nursing facility in Lake Worth.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet ruled whether Alan Abraham Meisel’s death was a result of injuries resulting from those beatings.
Two men – Jack Russell Ryder, 63 and James Glendon Duke, 55 – accused in the beatings were arrested.
Authorities will wait for the medical examiner to rule on the cause of Meisel’s death before deciding whether to pursue additional charges against the two men.… Read the rest

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Two killed in ‘Bay house fire

April 6, 2016
Two killed in ‘Bay house fire

Azle Fire Marshal Kenny Wilson, left, watches as Lt. Kevin Briggs and his ATF-trained K9 partner Taylor search for signs of accelerants for training purposes following a fire that took the lives of an elderly couple Monday morning. Photo by Carla Noah Stustman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A man and woman believed to be in their 70s were killed in the wee hours of Monday morning, April 4, in a fire that quickly consumed their mobile home in Pelican Bay.
By 4 p.m. April 5, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner had not released the identities of the two victims.
Azle Fire Marshal Kenny Wilson said he and other members of the Tarrant County Fire and Arson Investigation Task Force have determined the fire started on one side of the home’s kitchen, but have not zeroed in on a cause yet.… Read the rest

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Reno contracts approved unseen; finals contain changes not discussed

April 6, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It’s just never a good idea to approve or sign a contract without reading it.
At its monthly meeting March 21, the Reno city council voted to authorize the mayor and staff to enter into “updated” contracts with its city administrator/public safety director and its city attorney.
Those contracts were to be drawn up by the city’s attorney, Walt Leonard, from existing contracts, with only minor modifications to update and to delete obsolete provisions, according to discussions during the meeting.
Council member John Basham repeatedly stated his position that he would not be comfortable approving a contract he had not seen, but Leonard and Mayor Pro Tem Bonnie Black insisted that Leonard could and should be trusted to make the two simple changes.… Read the rest

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Wreck Injures 5, shuts down Hwy. 199 lanes

April 6, 2016
Wreck Injures 5, shuts down Hwy. 199 lanes

Gregory Thompson and a woman believed to be his niece, 16-year-old Samantha Green, cling to each other as they lay on the shoulder of Hwy. 199 awaiting transport to a Fort Worth hospital after their van rolled after being clipped.   Photos by Carla Noah Stustman

This SUV crashed and rolled on Hwy. 199, ejecting driver Jessica Lee Williams who was flown to a Fort Worth hospital by CareFlite. Photo by Carla Noah Stustman

CareFlite lands on Hwy. 199 to transport ejected driver

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The westbound lanes of Hwy. 199 were closed near Stewart Street and CareFlite landed there after a two-vehicle crash injured five people Friday afternoon, April 1.… Read the rest

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Boom town

March 30, 2016
Boom town

New houses, like these at Golden Pond off South Stewart Street, are springing up and the city is working on streets like Golfers Way and Kerry Lane as Azle continues to make improvements all over town. Photos by Mark K. Campbell and Carla Noah Stutsman

With all the housing starts, road repairs, and new businesses, Azle is changing daily

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Just about everywhere you look in Azle, there’s work being done.
Roadways are being resurfaced, homes are going up, and new businesses are beginning to take shape.

New home construction
Greg Mitchell, development services manager for the city of Azle, says there are about 44 active permits for new residential construction right now inside the city.… Read the rest

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