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
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
• 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
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
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
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