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GEM Easter Craft Festival due April 8

March 27, 2017
GEM Easter Craft Festival due April 8

Looking for a fun, family-friendly Easter event?
The 2017 GEM Easter Craft Festival is just the thing.… Read the rest

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Anderson named lone finalist for AISD superintendent

March 25, 2017
Anderson named lone finalist for AISD superintendent

Longtime Azle ISD administrator Tanya Anderson has been named the district’s lone finalist to succeed outgoing Superintendent Dr. Ray Lea.

The AISD board of trustees voted 6-0 Saturday morning to select Anderson.

Anderson has served the district for over a quarter century. She began her career as an elementary teacher and taught for ten years before becoming an administrator.

She began her administrative career at Azle High School as an assistant principal before serving as Liberty Elementary School’s principal.

Following her time at Liberty, she moved to central administration where she was the district’s curriculum director for eight years before being promoted to her current position as the district’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and human resources.… Read the rest

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Join the Blitz

March 22, 2017
Join the Blitz

People of all ages and abilities can volunteer for the 2017 Good Neighbors Spring Blitz. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Do you want to be part of a revitalization effort in Azle?
On Friday and Saturday, April 7-8, the Good Neighbors program – an alliance between Servolution Network, the city of Azle, local businesses, community churches and non-profits who have a heart and desire to Build Community Together – presents its 2017 Spring Blitz.… Read the rest

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It’s Officially Springtime

March 22, 2017
It’s Officially Springtime

With bluebonnets, you know spring has arrived when the Indian paintbrushes begin showing up in yards and roadsides. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Three Azle entities see March sales tax bumps

March 22, 2017
Three Azle entities see March sales tax bumps

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Almost every city and entity locally saw a boost in its monthly sales tax revenue – including Azle.
The city reported a 15.31 percent increase with $198,238 in March, compared with March 2016 revenue of $171,916.
With $648,339 in the first quarter of 2017, the city is up 4.44 percent from first quarter 2016 totals of $620,731.
Azle’s Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) saw $37,438 in March, 20.83 percent more than in March 2016 when it received $30,982.
The CCPD has received $123,100 for the first quarter, 10.39 percent more than this time last year, when it had generated $111,504.… Read the rest

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News earns multiple journalism awards

March 22, 2017
News earns multiple journalism awards

These two photos taken by Carla Noah Stutsman finished first and second in the North and East Texas Press Association News Photo category. The left picture was published in News’ March 16, 2016 edition; the other shot appeared in last year’s May 18 paper.

Paper named tops in its class

Once again, the News has been lauded by its peers as one of the top newspapers in the state.
At the North and East Texas Press Association contest awards ceremony at Sulphur Springs March 18, publisher Kim Ware picked up several honors won by the News.… Read the rest

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Dance benefits AHS MGP band

March 22, 2017

The Azle High School Band will host its annual daddy/daughter dance called Ties & Tiaras from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 24 at Forte Junior High, 479 Sandy Beach Road in Azle.
Admission to Ties & Tiaras is $10 per person and includes food and refreshments.
All ages are welcome, as are daddies and daughters from all areas who want to experience this unique event.
All proceeds benefit the Azle High School Marching Green Pride.… Read the rest

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Ice cold

March 22, 2017

High school could be first ever to offer refrigeration class

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Azle High School is on the verge of being the first high school in the nation to offer a course that would allow students to earn a certification in industrial ammonia-based refrigeration – most commonly used in the food and beverage industry – upon completion.
Similarly to its current HVAC program, the course’s goal would be to provide students with career opportunities immediately upon graduation.
Positions in the field routinely pay between $20 and $35 per hour even at the entry level, said proposed course instructor Marcos Braz and district Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director Dr.… Read the rest

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Riley an SDSU grad

March 22, 2017

Last fall, a man listing Azle as his home city graduated from South Dakota State University.
Adam Joseph Riley earned a Bachelor’s of Science, Education and Human Sciences.
In that semester, students from 30 states and 22 nations earned degrees. SDSU in located in Brookings.… Read the rest

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Reno opts in to proposed regional 9-1-1 district

March 22, 2017

Town joins 141 others in the endeavor

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The city of Reno became the 142nd entity to pass a resolution authorizing the creation of the North Central Texas Regional 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District during its regular meeting Monday, March 20.
Creation of the district will accomplish two important things, according to Mark Brown, 9-1-1 program manager for North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).
First, it will bring between five and 15 percent more funding directly into areas covered by the district for its 9-1-1 program.
Secondly, it will bring about the creation of a board of directors which will set bylaws and decide how 9-1-1 funds will be spent.… Read the rest

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