New Teen Challenge Director has over 30 years of experience in ministry
by Julie Waldock
With the drug epidemic on the rise throughout America, Teen Challenge Azle and their new director Greg Ambroson are stepping up to help.
Teen Challenge is a faith-based drug and alcohol addiction recovery program.
The residential 12-month program aims to help drug-addicted men, women, and adolescents across America to begin a new, healthier lifestyle.
The Azle Men’s program offers male individual and group mentoring, as well as vocational, academic, and spiritual education.
“We try to do everything we can to prepare them for life after Teen Challenge.” Ambroson said.… Read the rest
Infinite Journey, a Journey tribute band, rocked Azle Central Park last week with their high energy hits. This week, King George, a George Strait tribute band, will play the last concert of this years’ Music in the Park. they take the stage Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m.
Photos by Julie Waldock
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
What could be better for a small business owner than an opportunity to showcase their products and/or services to 800-plus people in a two-hour time frame?
The Azle Independent School District provides just such an opportunity when it hosts a vendor fair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Azle High School.
That’s when Azle ISD employees will gather for the district’s annual Convocation.
During the lunch break, teachers, aides, staff, faculty and other employees will browse vendor booths.
It’s the perfect opportunity for businesses who support the ISD employees to offer their wares and services.… Read the rest
Calm Reno council addresses city matters
BY CARLA NOAH STUSMAN
For the first time in 10 months, there were no items on the agenda for the July 18 meeting of the Reno city council taking aim at council member John Basham.
Basham was the only member of the council not in attendance – the remainder dealt with the business at hand with only a fraction of the usual histrionics.
Four agenda items related to the newly-reinvented Planning and Zoning Commission.
But two specific agenda items will have direct impacts on Reno citizens.
Council approves tax notes
The council voted to approve the issuance of $170,000 in tax notes – plus an additional $30,000 in fees to issue those notes – for road repairs.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle Fire Marshal Kenny Wilson says a curling iron accidentally left on is to blame for a blaze that caused significant damage to a home in the 200 block of Porter Drive Sunday afternoon, July 24.
A neighbor called 911 at 5:38 p.m. to report smoke coming from the home.
Firefighters with Azle Fire Department arrived at 5:43 p.m. and were met with a plume of thick, black smoke that could be seen for miles.… Read the rest
Overlooking the southern end of Eagle Mountain Lake stand two homes where adventurous artist Elva Parker and hard-working hostess Alice Doss – neighbors and friends for almost 50 years – live.
Born July 2, 1923 in Lewistown, Montana, Elva Parker spent her early childhood in Chicago, where her father attended dental school.
Her parents then moved her and her three brothers to Longview, Washington where she went to high school.
In 1967 she settled in Fort Worth. She attended the University of North Texas and majored in art and journalism.… Read the rest
Just three months into a six month “interim period,” Shelia Pippins has been named executive director of the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce.
When Pippins agreed to take the job on an interim basis in March, she asked the Chamber board to give the new relationship six months before making a final decision.
It only took half that time for everyone to agree that Pippins fits the Azle Chamber like a glove.… Read the rest
by Carla Noah Stutsman
You may not know Azle resident Jim Davis.
But if you’ve lived around the Azle or Saginaw areas and had to call 911, he may have been the guy who came to your rescue.
While Dallas – the entire world, really – was still reeling from the ambush and assassination of five law enforcement officers on July 7, paramedic Jim Davis, his partner Dalton Terrell, and eight other people lived a nightmare that went largely unnoticed by local news outlets.
Hit-and-run… times 2
Davis, 54, worked for the Azle Fire Department from 1994 to 2001; he’s been with the Eagle Mountain Fire & EMS since 1997, and also works other part time jobs in addition to his full-time job at a Fort Worth plasma center.… Read the rest