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A Rare May Respite

May 27, 2015
A Rare May Respite

The storms just keep a-comin’ this May. There was a break in the action briefly over the city library May 19. But soon the clouds returned and the near-record-setting rainfall for the month returned. Eagle Mountain Lake is beyond full and so are local tanks. So much rain has fallen that not only has the years-long drought been banished, but even Lake Bridgeport – which feeds into EML – has reached its normal level after being down more than 24 feet as recently as last month. Water stands in parks and low-lying areas – and more rain is predicted for the month.

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In One End and Out the Other

May 20, 2015
In One End and Out the Other

For more than a week, massive amounts of water have been flowing into the north end of Eagle Mountain Lake at Bobo Crossing off County Road 4868 south of Boyd. Anglers scooped up shad by the tub full for bait; see how they did it on Page 8A. Lesser – but still voluminous – amounts were being pumped from the EML spillway at the south end of the lake downstream to Lake Worth. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Boy feared drowned found safe

May 20, 2015
Boy feared drowned found safe

Fort Worth Marshals, area game wardens, and members of SearchOne Rescue Team search on land and water utilizing sonar for a missing boy. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Lakeside teen was missing 28 hours

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Many feared the worst – that 13-year-old William Cooper had drowned in Lake Worth.
But news came after 9 p.m. Monday night, May 17, that the boy had been found – safe and apparently uninjured – at an Albertson’s grocery store in Lake Worth.
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National Police Officers Memorial Day

May 20, 2015
National Police Officers Memorial Day

Azle Police Chief Rick Pippins and Chaplain Glyn Murphy led a ceremony commemorating National Peace Officers Memorial Day in front of Azle city hall May 15. Pippins shook each officer’s hand and welcomed members of the Azle Fire Department, as well. Cpl. David Poe and Det. Richard Lukowsky lowered the flag to half-mast in honor of those who have given their lives serving and protecting. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Teen killed on 199

May 20, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle police are asking for help from anyone who may have witnessed events that led to the death of a teenage girl on SH 199 after midnight Sunday, May 17.
Savanah Alexandria Moss, 16, was pronounced dead at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth at 2:39 a.m.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office preliminary report attributes the cause of death to blunt force trauma due to a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian collision and secondary overrun.
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Full At Last! Full At Last!

May 13, 2015
Full At Last! Full At Last!

 

Recent rains, with help from a pipeline that brings water from East Texas, have brought Eagle Mountain Lake from 10.5 feet low March 1 to conservation pool level at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Shady Grove Park had several visitors Tuesday morning, including a few people who fished from rocks at the shoreline that were 100 feet from water a few short weeks ago. See Page 3B for a comparsion on how quickly the lake rose in just a month. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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The ‘I’s’ have it:

May 13, 2015

Incumbents win all area elections including Azle and Reno mayors

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The old adage that says “don’t fix what ain’t broke” appears to apply in local politics.
Following the General Election Saturday, May 9, every incumbent in the municipal races in the cities of Azle, Pelican Bay, and Reno, as well as for the Tarrant Regional Water District board, every incumbent will retain their respective seat.
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APD’s Martinez leaps into lake to save man

May 13, 2015
APD’s Martinez leaps into lake to save man

Azle police officer Richard Martinez (standing, holding shirt) watches intently as Azle FD firefighters and medics tend to a fatigued swimmer Martinez had just fished out of Eagle Mountain Lake. Martinez rescued the struggling man who later refused treatment. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
His first assignment as an Azle police officer put him under cover to investigate drug activity at Azle High School in 1989.
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Multi-agency nocturnal water rescue a success

May 13, 2015
Multi-agency nocturnal water rescue a success

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Kenny Chesney anthem pays homage to the sometimes reckless days of youth, proclaiming:
Had no excuses for the things that we’d done,
We were brave, we were crazy, we were mostly young.”
That may be the case for six young people ages 18 to 22 who were rescued from the banks of Walnut Creek near Reno in the wee hours of Monday morning, May 11.
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Azle’s future

May 6, 2015
Azle’s future

Azle city council members: (l-r) Dr. William Chambers, David McClure, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jones and Lee Barrett work on a list of priorities in preparation of the upcoming budget process for the city’s 2015-16 fiscal year during a workshop May 25. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Priorities discussed at annual workshop

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
From economic development to infrastructure and drainage and from facilities to staffing and beautification, members of the Azle city council and key city staff brainstormed about priorities and possibilities during a workshop Saturday, April 25.
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