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Four AHS seniors honored by Azle club

January 18, 2017
Four AHS seniors honored by Azle club

The Azle Rotary Club honored four high school students as the Students of the Month (l-r) Tyler Ruelas, Hunter Breton, Averie Womack, and Jonathan Monds.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The first meeting of 2017 for the Azle Rotary Club brought a crowd – including four Azle High School students.
That AHS quartet was lauded as the club’s top students of the month for January.
The foursome: Tyler Ruelas, Hunter Breton, Jonathan Monds, and Averie Womack.
Ruelas, son of Maureen Ruelas, is a member of the National Honor Society and Peer Assistance & Leadership (PAL).
Since his tenth grade year, Ruelas has been on the student council.… Read the rest

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Tommy Allsup dies at 85

January 18, 2017

Richie Valens coin-flip survivor lived, worked in Azle

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Tommy Allsup, besides being a Grammy-winning musician, had a world-renowned claim to fame: He “lost” a famous coin-toss with Richie Valens for a seat on an ill-fated Cessna on Feb. 3, 1959 while on a concert tour.
Allsup died Jan. 11 in a Springfield, Missouri hospital from complications of hernia surgery at the age of 85.
Valens, along with J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and legendary rock ‘n’ roller Buddy Holly were killed when that plane crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa.
The loss of the three stars was immortalized in Don McLean’s 1971 anthem, “American Pie.”
The song’s lyrics speak to “the day the music died,” a phrase that has come to represent the tragedy.… Read the rest

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Hwy. 199 Access Might Open in Feb.

January 18, 2017
Hwy. 199 Access Might Open in Feb.

Work is progressing on the roadway in the 1600 block of Southeast Parkway. Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Val Lopez said the section of the service road is expected to reopen to traffic sometime during the month of February, weather permitting. The roadway has been closed since mid-April 2016, when drainage problems caused it to collapse. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Abbey Church Damaged

January 18, 2017
Abbey Church Damaged

Partners at The Abbey Church in the 10400 block of Jacksboro Highway were stunned and saddened Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, when it was discovered someone had driven a vehicle through the church’s front entrance the night before. Here, Kyle Parks surveys the damage. Church leaders determined that nothing was stolen from the building. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Police Blotter

January 18, 2017
Police Blotter

Oren Arlen Peters

Officers with the Azle Police Department arrested the following individuals during the weeks of Jan. 1-14:
• Brandy Marie Pointer, 37, of Azle, was arrested Jan. 3 in the 100 block of Northwest Parkway and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). She was also the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant. Pointer posted $5,000 bond and was released from the Azle jail Jan. 4.
• William F Vangelder, 40, of Azle, was arrested Jan. 6 in the 100 block of Dwight Drive and charged with assaulting a family member by choking, a third degree felony. He posted $7,500 bond and was released from the Azle jail Jan.… Read the rest

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Donating to Help Others

January 11, 2017
Donating to Help Others

Dr. Jessica Brace (center) and staff members Lisa Wilder (left) and Rachel Brown delivered over 200 pounds of food to Inasmuch Food Pantry, donations made by patients and staff. Sue Miller, pantry director, said, “They have helped us remember that no matter your politics, religion, race, ethnicity, or lifestyle, this community cares and responds to need.” To donate to Inasmuch, call Miller at 817-444-2303.

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Senior Spotlight

January 11, 2017

BY SUE TURNIPSEED
Goodbye to 2016 and hello to the New Year 2017 and the new things desired in our lives! Some may be found at the Azle Senior Center located in the B. J. Clark Community Center at 601 Southeast Parkway.
If you desire to learn about computers, play games, start a self-improvement exercise program, or put puzzles together, call 817-444-0070 and see what is offered that interests you.
The Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 p.m.-2 p.m. A Matter of Balance class will begin Jan. 26 and you need to sign up now.
Cold weather is here, so, if the weather is bad, be sure check the school closings before getting out to come to the Center.… Read the rest

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Roll Over on Nine Mile Bridge

January 11, 2017
Roll Over on Nine Mile Bridge

The driver of the pickup above was not injured when it spun out of control in the S-curve on Nine Mile Bridge Road around 1:30 p.m. Jan. 5. A Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputy did appear to have business to conduct with the man, however; the deputy was seen placing the driver into his patrol vehicle. Whether or not the man was arrested or simply detained for a while was not available at press time.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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AHS duo lauded by club

January 11, 2017
AHS duo lauded by club

At the Optimist Club’s December Students of the Month presentation are (l-r) AHS Principal Randy Cobb, Brittany Leonard, Carson Leatherwood, and President Linda Williams.

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Brittany Leonard and Carson Leatherwood were chosen as the Tex-Anne and Texan of the Month for December by the Azle Optimist Club.
Leonard, daughter of Kyle and Shawnie Leonard, plans on majoring in history at Brigham Young University.
She is No. 18 among the 366 seniors in the AHS Class of 2017 with a GPA of 101.5.
Leonard has been involved in a number of AHS Drama Club productions since she was a freshman.… Read the rest

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Ballot filing: Jan. 18-Feb. 17

January 11, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Local cities, schools, and other political subdivision will hold elections May 6.
The first day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Wednesday, Jan. 18.
The filing period runs through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 for most political subdivisions.
Those who wish to file as a write-in candidate may do so until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Early voting ahead of Election Day will take place from Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2.
As in every year, a number of places on city councils and the Azle ISD board of trustees will expire in May.… Read the rest

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