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Council denies zoning change for hay business

April 29, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Following a public hearing during the April 21 Azle city council meeting at which two neighbors voiced opposition to a proposed zoning change, the council voted against the change.
Although the zoning change was recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission, a motion made by Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jones and seconded by council member David McClure failed by a vote of 3 to 4.
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Early voting now underway, continues through May 5

April 29, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Early voting for the General Election to be conducted May 9 began Monday, April 27 and runs through Tuesday, May 5.
Locally, the cities of Azle, Reno and Pelican Bay are holding elections; the town of Lakeside, the city of Sanctuary and the Azle Independent School District have each canceled elections this year since no candidates in those races are opposed.
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Relay For Life

April 29, 2015
Relay For Life

Bad weather moved the annual Relay For Life event from Central Park to Azle High School. That didn’t hamper activities or enthusiam on April 24. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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SMU: Wells cause of earthquakes

April 22, 2015
SMU: Wells cause of earthquakes

The Newark East fault zone clearly runs adjacent to injection wells linked to a swarm of earthquakes here in 2013-14. Photo courtesy SMU report

Injection and extraction along ancient fault lines to blame

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A team of scientists led by Southern Methodist University (SMU) researchers released its findings Tuesday, April 21, regarding a series of earthquakes in the Azle, Reno, and Briar area from November 2013 through January 2014.
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Teen cyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run on FM 730 N

April 22, 2015
Teen cyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run on FM 730 N

The somber sight of a teenager’s shoe still sitting on the shoulder of FM 730 North marked the site where a bicyclist was struck in a hit-and-run accident April 15. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle Police Department is asking for help from the public to identify the driver and/or vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident that occurred at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 in the 12100 block of FM 730 North.
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Open book, open door

April 22, 2015
Open book, open door

Police Chief Rick Pippins came to Azle from Odessa and said he is happy to be here. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

New APD Chief Pippins talks shop with Rotary

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The trip from the tiny town of Tye all the way to Azle – by way of Odessa – took more than 30 years for Rick Pippins.
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Big Fire, Big Loss

April 22, 2015
Big Fire, Big Loss

Multiple 911 calls directed firefighters from across the area to this residential structure fire in the 7400 block of Elman Lane Wednesday, April 15. The first units on scene found the attic of the home very heavily involved, Tarrant County Deputy Fire Marshal Keith Ebel said. No one was in the home at the time, and Ebel said the damage was so severe there is no way to determine where or how the fire started. He does not suspect foul play, but did say he expects the home to be declared a total loss. Firefighters from Azle, Briar-Reno, LaJunta, Parker County ESD 1, Boyd, Lake Worth, Silver Creek, and Eagle Mountain battled the blaze with help from the River Oaks VFD, which brought its air truck.

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Lightning cause of minor AHS fire

April 22, 2015
Lightning cause of minor AHS fire

Azle Fire Marshal Kenny Wilson provided this photo of a perforated flexible gas line he believes was damaged by a lightning strike and later caused a small fire on the roof of Azle High School’s Annex Building.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A small flash fire on the roof of the Annex building necessitated the evacuation of Azle High School for about 45 minutes Monday morning, April 20.
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Just looking out for each other, and customers

April 15, 2015
Just looking out for each other, and customers

Brookshire’s employees keep cool during armed robbery

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Mark Laudenheimer was asleep when the phone rang.
The store manager of Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy located at 511 N. Stewart St. in Azle says he could barely wrap his head around what he was told.
“It’s after 10 at night, you’re asleep and you find out your store has just been robbed,” Laudenheimer said. “So many things go through your head – and it’s not about the money, it’s not about the things in the store – I was just worried about human life. Was everybody okay?”
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AHS drumline 16th at World competition

April 15, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
“They knew they’d just turned in the performance of a lifetime.”
That’s the reason one mother of a member of the Azle High School Indoor Drumline gave for emotional tears that flowed freely Friday morning, April 10, from the group in Ohio outside the University of Dayton arena where they had just competed.
They were hours away from finding out their score, or where they would place in the World Championship competition they’d worked so hard to reach.
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