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Azle to pay off Cross Timbers GC on Dec. 22

November 23, 2015
Azle to pay off Cross Timbers GC on Dec. 22
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Azle’s Cross Timbers Golf Course will become debt free Dec. 22, 9-1/2 years ahead of schedule with $1.8 million saved on interest. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Merry Christmas, Azle: From the city.
The citizens of Azle will receive a Christmas gift this year that’s been a long time coming – but not nearly as long as it might have been.
Rather than wait until August 2016 as planned, city leaders at the Nov. 17 regular city council meeting voted to call the remaining debt – a total of $365,000 – for Cross Timbers Golf Course on Dec.… Read the rest

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Gas switch causes heartburn for area drivers

November 23, 2015
Gas switch causes heartburn for area drivers
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Matt Malla (right) says business has been down since a Douglass Distributing driver accidentally switched unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel at his Shell station. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Supplier footing all repair bills after diesel, gasoline tanks filled incorrectly

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It’s happened only one other time in 10 years, but it happened in Azle after 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7.
A driver for Douglass Distributing got his hoses mixed up and accidentally pumped unleaded gasoline into the diesel tank and diesel fuel into the unleaded gasoline tank at the Kwik Stop/Shell gas station located at 455 Northwest Parkway – across Central Avenue from Jack in the Box.… Read the rest

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Bond, school bond: Azle ISD OKs voter survey to check public’s pulse

November 18, 2015
Bond, school bond: Azle ISD OKs voter survey to check public’s pulse
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School board member Jeff Edwards plays a video game designed entirely by Silver Creek Elementary fourth grader Cole Webb.                                   Photo by Mark K. Campbell

 

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The Azle ISD student population is growing.
And it’s increasing at such a rate that already limited space is going to become further cramped in the near future.
With that in mind, on Nov. 17 at its regular meeting, school board trustees authorized a community survey by Fort Worth’s VLK Architects to contact a variety of voters to discern their attitude concerning a school bond.… Read the rest

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Chaos in Reno

November 18, 2015

Council meeting erupts into shouting match

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Most of the agenda for the Nov. 16 regular Reno city council meeting seemed tame enough: approval of some reports, discussion and/or action about holiday activities, a food drive, and storage facilities.
But a couple items – one addressing “a change of policy requested by Councilman [John] Basham, regarding ordinances for codification” and another item addressing a dispatch and jail contract – promised to be enlightening, at the very least.
It was more like an explosion.… Read the rest

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Ghost Spiders in the Sky

November 18, 2015
Ghost Spiders in the Sky

Have you spied the wispy filaments wafting through the air, day and night, lately? Sorry arachnophobics, but those flimsy gossamer floaters are spider webs “ballooning.” Those silken threads hold tiny spiders migrating to new climes. Small spiders – spiderlings – climb as high as they can, emit silk from their abdomens, and eventually catch a breeze, blowing to new areas where competition hopefully won’t be so great. Some travel for a few feet, some for miles.                          Photos by Mark K. Campbell

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Azle chef in Food Network competition

November 18, 2015
Azle chef in Food Network competition

Chef Joseph Koons

 

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
He’s worked with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto in Waikiki, Hawaii, and he’s prepared meals for the likes of Tiger Woods, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Phil Mickelson.
Chef Joseph Koons now lives in Azle, and he’s looking for support from the community he now calls home as he embarks on his newest adventure as a semi-finalist on the Food Network show Chopped.
Finalists are selected by votes – up to four per day per person – and voting runs from Nov. 24-Dec. 12.
And, while all votes must be cast via social media, the exact procedure will be announced by the Food Network shortly before voting begins.… Read the rest

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Azle housing group thanks Tarrant officer

November 18, 2015
Azle housing group thanks Tarrant officer

Bob Campbell of Ranchoaks Addition Phase II (third from left) presents a plaque of appreciation to Tarrant County Deputy Paul Brinkman as Deputy Chief Jay Six (far left) and Sgt. Cloyd Polk (far right) look on.                                                 Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

 

Azle housing group thanks Tarrant officer

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
They gathered to say thanks.
Members of a committee formed to enforce the reservations, restrictions, and covenants in Ranchoaks Addition Phase II (RAPII), along with other residents in the area, gathered in a private home Nov.… Read the rest

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TRC disses SMU study, approves well permits

November 11, 2015

Texas Railroad Commission says study ‘hypothesized’

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In a final hearing Nov. 3, Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) members unanimously voted to allow XTO Energy and EnerVest to retain permits for injection wells they operate in the Reno area.
A scientific study conducted by Southern Methodist University (SMU) researchers concluded that the most likely cause of a swarm of more than 30 earthquakes in the Azle and Reno areas from November 2013 to January 2014 was related to oil and gas activity in the area.
That study pointed to high volumes of wastewater injection combined with saltwater (brine) extraction from natural gas wells in the area as the most likely cause of the earthquakes.… Read the rest

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Veterans honored at Azle High School

November 11, 2015
Veterans honored at Azle High School

At the final football pep rally of the year Nov. 6, students and adults took time to honor and recognize local veterans. Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Search down to quartet

November 11, 2015

For new Azle city manager

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle city council reconvened in regular session following an executive session Nov. 3 and authorized Mayor Alan Brundrett to begin negotiating with “qualified candidates” for the position of city manager for the city of Azle.
Craig Lemin, who has served in that capacity since February 2004, announced last June that he will retire no later than Jan. 8, 2016.
At a June 16 meeting, the city had hired Strategic Government Resources (SGR) – one of the top three local government search firms in the nation – to recruit candidates and to assist in the search and hiring of a new city manager.… Read the rest

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