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Candidate forum: Reno city council Places 3, 5

April 28, 2016
Candidate forum: Reno city council Places 3, 5

1. Why are you running for office?
2. What can the council do better to make the city of Reno better?
3. Please provide your work and personal background, including skills and knowledge that will make you the right person for the position you seek.
4. What’s good about the city of Reno?
5. What’s the biggest issue facing the city of Reno?

Bonnie Black, candidate for Place 3:
I’m being asked, “Why are you running for office” and “What can the City Council do to make Reno better?” There have been times lately when I asked myself the same questions!… Read the rest

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Candidate forum: Pelican Bay mayoral race

April 28, 2016

1. Why are you running for office?
2. What can the council do better to make the city of Pelican Bay better?
3. Please provide your work and personal background, including skills and knowledge that will make you the right person for the position you seek.
4. What’s good about the city of Pelican Bay?
5. What’s the biggest issue facing the city of Pelican Bay?

Bill Morley, candidate for mayor
1. I am running for re-election to keep the city going in the right direction. In the last two years the city has come a long way.
I believe the citizens of Pelican Bay need someone to continue to work for them without any personal agenda.… Read the rest

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Candidate forum: Azle Independent School District

April 28, 2016
Candidate forum: Azle Independent School District

1. Why are you running for office?
2. What can the council do better to make the Azle ISD better?
3. Please provide your work and personal background, including skills and knowledge that will make you the right person for the position you seek.
4. What’s good about the Azle ISD?
5. What’s the biggest issue facing the Azle ISD?

Sam Merck, candidate for Place 5

1. I have maintained the goal as a trustee to provide the best education, facilities, extra-curricular activities, safe learning environment and technology for students to gain the foundation they need to be able to succeed at whatever they choose to do while keeping a balanced budget along with maintaining the needs of our employees.… Read the rest

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Azle High School Jazz fundraiser slated for May 6

April 27, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
If you love Jazz music and tacos, you’re in for a real treat.
For dessert, you can donate to a worthwhile cause – the Azle High School band program.
Sting Swing 2016 is a celebration of Jazz music, including dinner sponsored and prepared by El Paseo Mexican Restaurant, dancing and donating.
The event runs from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 in the Forte Junior High cafeteria.
Entertainment will be provided by the award-winning Azle High School Jazz Orchestra with special guest, the Forte Jazz Band.
Admission is free.… Read the rest

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Man charged in Pelican Bay murder held in Tarrant Co. jail

April 27, 2016
Man charged in Pelican Bay murder held in Tarrant Co. jail

Just weeks before her murder, a Christian-based group called Servolution led by Jason Malewiski (right) had reparied Catherine Davis’ home.

Bond set at $100,000 for Scifres

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Jonathan Keith Scifres, the 27-year-old man accused of killing 74-year-old Catherine Davis of Pelican Bay, has been transferred to the Tarrant County jail.
Scifres had been held at the Blue Mound jail, where the Pelican Bay Police Department houses its prisoners.
He is accused of killing Davis, from whom he rented a room, and then setting fire to her home.
Scifres’ bond is set at $100,000 for the first-degree felony charge; he is also held in lieu of $640.20 bond on a charge of public intoxication.… Read the rest

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Two Hoover Elementary students medal at state math, science meet

April 27, 2016
Two Hoover Elementary students medal at state math, science meet

Hoover Elementary’s math and science state qualifiers include (front, l-r): Kaytlynn Lemley, Sammy Reyes, and Josie Davidson; and (back): Coach Jackie McDaniel, Phoebe Passmore, Emma Walker, Isaiah Davidson, and Coach Tresa Harris.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Hoover Elementary’s Math and Science Team competed at the TMSCA State Math and Science Team competition in San Antonio April 22-24.
More than 5,000 students competed at the event, with more than 1,700 students in the 5A division with Azle.
The following Hoover students qualified to compete state:
Isaiah Davidson: Number Sense, Calculator, Mathematics, and Science
Josie Davidson: Number Sense, Mathematics, and Science
Emma Walker: Number Sense, Mathematics, and Science
Phoebe Passmore: Number Sense, Mathematics, and Science
Kaytlynn Lemley: Science
Sammy Reyes: Number Sense, Mathematics, Calculator, and Science
Katie Ingram: Number Sense, Mathematics, and Science
Competition was tough but two Hoover students placed in the top 20: Katie Ingram and Kaytlynn Lemley placed 19th in Science earning a medal.… Read the rest

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Cheers!

April 20, 2016
Cheers!

Selected for All-State Cheerleading honors by the Texas Girl’s Coaches Association are: (front, l-r) Lauren Fowler, 5A Academic All-State; Savana Downs, 5A/6A All-Star and 5A All-State; and Andrew Nadin, 5A/6A All-Star and 5A All-State; (back) Toni Barrow, Academic All-State, 5A/6A All-Star and 5A All State; Hannah Rogers, 5A/6A All-Star and 5A All State; and AHS cheer coach Melissa McPherson, 5A/6A Coach of the Year. Not pictured: Ruben Perez, 5A/6A All-Star and 5A All-State.

Six AHS cheerleaders, coach receive state honors

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
After being named State Champions in the first-ever Texas UIL Cheerleading competition, some members of the Azle High School varsity squad – and the team’s coach – continue to rack up awards.… Read the rest

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Early voting runs April 25-May 3

April 20, 2016

Multiple locations available

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Early voting begins Monday, April 25 and goes through May 3 for general and special local elections.
Voters in both Azle and Pelican Bay may cast ballots early at the B.J. Clark Community Center, Room 4, 603 Southeast Parkway, in Azle on the following dates and times:
•Monday, April 25-Friday, April 29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
•Saturday, April 30, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
•Sunday, May 1, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
•Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
To receive a ballot application or for more information, call Tarrant County Elections Administration at 817-831-8683.
Reno voters may vote early at any Parker County early voting site.… Read the rest

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Library book sale looms

April 20, 2016

Everything $1 or less

A chance arrives soon to buy a gently used book, CD, or DVD very cheaply.
Really cheap.
Like a dollar.
Or even less.
A two-day book sale is slated for the Azle Memorial Library, 333 West Main Street.
Day one is Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The final day, Saturday, April 30, has times of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event, benefitting the Azle Library Trust, will be set up at the library’s Community Room.
Only cash or checks with IDs will be accepted.
For more information, call the library at 817-444-7216 or visit azlelibrary.org.… Read the rest

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Farewell to a Longtime Columnist

April 20, 2016
Farewell to a Longtime Columnist

Scores of folks stopped by the News April 14 to say goodbye to J’Nell Pate (left) who has written a weekly column in the paper for almost 48 years. Her column, “Pages from Western History,” will continue to run here, via reprints or the occasional new submission. Soon to marry, Pate said she plans on traveling. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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