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On the hunt

August 3, 2016
On the hunt

With a Pikachu peeking over his shoulder at Central Park, Austin Tong has reached level 17 in Pokemon Go. Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Runaway Bay man dies in motorcycle crash

July 27, 2016
Runaway Bay man dies in motorcycle crash

A Runaway Bay man died about 24 hours after his motorcycle slammed into a pickup that turned in front of him in the 11500 block of FM 730 North Sunday afternoon, July 24. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Man transported via helicopter Sunday but dies Monday

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Runaway Bay man died Monday from injuries he suffered in an accident in the 11500 block of FM 730 North Sunday afternoon, July 24.
Samuel Smith, 31, died at 3:11 p.m. Monday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he was being treated for his injuries, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.… Read the rest

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Rio-bound ‘Throw Princess’ Visits Fans

July 27, 2016
Rio-bound ‘Throw Princess’ Visits Fans

Shelbi Vaughan, 2016 Summer Olympian who will compete in Rio in the discus, ties her signature pink bows onto the pigtails of a young fan during a Meet and Greet event at Azle High School Wednesday, July 20. In a final tune-up before the Olympics, Vaughan won the NANAC Under 23 competiton in El Salvador July 16 with a throw of 187 feet, 8 inches. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Over and out

July 27, 2016

Parker County commissioners sever dispatch services with Reno

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In a unanimous vote, the Parker County Commissioners Court Monday, July 25, terminated the agreement for dispatch services between Parker County and the city of Reno.
The termination becomes effective Sept. 30.
Addressing the situation, County Judge Mark Riley explained that the county has three contracts with municipalities in the county; one is with Aledo for law enforcement services, and a second, for dispatch services, is with Hudson Oaks.
“Aledo pays for the cost of two deputies; Hudson Oaks is for dispatch services, and both of those are working fine,” Riley told the court.… Read the rest

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Area man given 25 years in prison

July 27, 2016
Area man given 25 years in prison

Nicky Lane Kelton

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Nicky Lane Kelton, 46, of the Springtown and Azle areas, pleaded guilty Thursday, July 21 to possessing 120 grams of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, evading arrest with a vehicle, and two bail jumping cases.
Kelton was sentenced to 25 years in prison by 415th District Judge Graham Quisenberry.
According to Assistant District Attorney Abby Placke, who prosecuted the case for the state, the sentence stems from an incident on July 4, 2015, when a Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy saw Kelton run a red light on Highway 199 between Springtown and Azle.
After fleeing from the deputy and crashing into a tree, Kelton got out of the vehicle and attempted to throw away a large plastic bag full of methamphetamine, which was later recovered.… Read the rest

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Chamber President Brian Rogers laid to rest

July 20, 2016
Chamber President Brian Rogers laid to rest

Brian Rogers, left, accepted the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Businessman of the Year award from Nate Simmons.

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Tributes poured in for Azle business owner and supporter of all things Azle Brian Rogers following his death on July 12 at the age of 53.
“Brian was a one-of-a-kind type guy – a caring and generous individual who loved helping people,” his friend Todd Smith said. “He had a way of making you feel like you were the most important person he knew.
“He was always willing to lend a listening ear and offer his advice,” Smith continued.… Read the rest

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Ready For Take-off

July 20, 2016
Ready For Take-off

Todd Gibbons of Azle learned power-assisted hang-gliding in California, but says it takes a lot of practice to get it right. Monday morning, July 18, he was at Ash Creek Park working on his takeoff technique – without power assistance. When cooler temperatures arrive this fall, driving out unpredictable thermals, Gibbons hopes to be in the air above Azle.

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Martin set to lead Marching Green Pride

July 20, 2016
Martin set to lead Marching Green Pride

Aaron Martin is the new band director at AHS.

by Natalie Gentry
Azle High School has a new band director heading into the 2016-17 school year.
Aaron Martin, a 1994 Granbury High School grad, has been named to the position and is preparing to oversee his first band camp with his new students.
“I’m excited to be a part of Azle,” said Martin. “When I was in high school in Granbury we competed against them at area contests, and it was always bittersweet to see Azle because they were a good band, but they were also tough competition.”
After high school, Martin attended Tarleton State University and majored in music education.… Read the rest

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Missing Azle man found safe

July 20, 2016

by Carla Noah Stutsman
A 77-year old Azle man who went missing in the wee hours of Thursday morning, July 14 was found safe and reunited with worried family members early Friday morning, July 15.
Loyad Frederick Scott, who has a medical history that includes dementia and Alzheimers Disease, was reported missing by his wife after she awoke shortly after midnight to find her husband gone in the couple’s 2014 Subaru Forester.
A Silver Alert was issued for Scott.
Scott was reportedly seen at an Azle bank Thursday afternoon; Azle police searched to no avail.
Then a report came in to the Lake Worth Police Department Scott was seen at a gas station on Azle Avenue.… Read the rest

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Headed to Rio

July 13, 2016
Headed to Rio

Former Lady Hornet Shelbi Vaughan took the silver in the Olympic Trials; she will compete in Rio. Photo courtesy Shelbi Vaughan

Shelbi Vaughan will represent America in Olympics

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Shelbi Vaughan is bound for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The Azle resident – who grew up here and says much of her family still lives in the area – qualified for the most elite of athletic competitions.
After throwing the discus in several countries, Vaughan will now venture to Brazil where, in Rio de Janeiro, she earned a berth on the U.S.A. Olympic team.
Her success at the Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon on July 2 capped an already successful career.… Read the rest

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