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Community in Schools program a success curbing drop-outs

May 25, 2016

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Jamie Westbrook has 25 years in social work and has spent 10 of those at Forte Junior High.
There, she oversees the Communities in Schools (CIS) program that focuses on keeping kids in school.
CIS is the largest drop-out prevention program in America, Westbrook said.
The days of “pushing college” to students are over. Now there are trade school options and that’s part of the strategy that helps keep seventh and eighth grade kids in school, she noted.
In Azle, CIS began 11 years ago with a single employee at the high school.
The program has grown, and Westbrook – who is not an AISD employee but gets half of her pay covered by the district which also provides her with workspace – works with junior high counselors.… Read the rest

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City Proclamations

May 25, 2016
City Proclamations

City council proclamations for May:  Public Works; Emergency Services; Motorcycle Awareness.  Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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Neither Fast Nor Furious

May 25, 2016
Neither Fast Nor Furious

Longtime Azle resident Benny Walker was cutting the grass when a News photographer stopped nearby to get some shots of the sunken service road. Walker good-naturedly quipped “if you came to get a picture of somebody working… here I am!” Then he drove away on his John Deere mower. Photo by Carla Noah Stustman

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Tittle’s writing skills earn VFW scholarship

May 25, 2016
Tittle’s writing skills earn VFW scholarship

Essay winner Samantha Tittle accepts a check from VFW Quartermaster Bill Wyser.

Azle’s Samantha Tittle competed in the annual Voice of Democracy essay contest sponsored statewide by the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Among 2,174 entries writing on the theme “My Vision for America,” the AHS senior finished 12th.
She won $3,000 for that effort and, on May 18, the Azle VFW added another $1,000 to her winnings.
Tittle, who played several sports at AHS and was a member of the student council, National Honor Society, and other groups, has been accepted at Texas A&M where she will major in biomedical sciences.… Read the rest

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City Awards

May 25, 2016
City Awards

Sgt. Bob Spohn is the Azle Police Department’s Supervisor of the Year; with him are Police Chief Rick Pippins (left) and Mayor Alan Brundrett. Photo by Carla Noah Stustman

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Senior Spotlight

May 25, 2016

BY JACKIE “JJ” JOY
At the Azle Senior Center, located at 605 Southeast Parkway in Ash Creek Park, we like to celebrate life.
Shirley Roland has a new great-grandson. The Joys have a new great-niece as well. It is exciting to see our heritage continue.
Tom Horn recently returned from a long road trip of more than 4,000 miles. He took the famous and historic Route 66 and traveled to the state of Washington. He returned with stories of his adventures. Welcome home, Tom.
Those participants who are signed up to receive pet food need to be aware that it will be given out on Wednesday or the day it is delivered to the Center.… Read the rest

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Local women earn college degrees

May 25, 2016

Three Azle residents have earned bachelor’s degrees from separate universities.
Emily Ditmore graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor of science degree in forensic science as well as a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice-general criminal justice as a part of the spring 2016 class, which included 2,102 students.
Sierra Skye Gordon graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler and was awarded a bachelor of science degree in health studies during a spring 2016 commencement on May 6 and 7.
Brittany Elder graduated from UMass Dartmouth with an undergraduate degree from the College of Arts and Sciences during the commencement ceremony held in May at UMass Dartmouth.… Read the rest

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Rotary speaker talks Stock Show

May 25, 2016
Rotary speaker talks Stock Show

Publicity Manager Matt Brockman told Rotarians about the future of the Stock Show. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Plenty of generations of folks from Azle – youth and adults – have made the trip annually to the Fort Worth Stock Show.
Whether showing animals or competing in the rodeo, local cowboys and cowgirls are more than familiar with the complex in the Cowtown cultural area.
However, things are changing over there, Matt Brockman, publicity manger of the Stock Show, told the Azle Rotary Club May 19.
The wintertime event is always growing and the 2016 show broke the attendance record, Brockman said.… Read the rest

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Engagement

May 25, 2016
Engagement

Jack and Jeanie Watson of Azle are happy to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Faith Watson, to Jeffrey Wun-Lee Yee. The couple will exchange vows July 28, 2016. “We believe they are God’s choice for one another and we pray for His blessing and guidance as they begin their lives together,” the Watsons said.

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Free summer meal program dates set

May 25, 2016

Azle ISD Food Service will again sponsor the Seamless Summer Meal Program that provides free meals for children 1-18 over the summer months.
Dates, meals and times differ.

Azle High School
At AHS, 1200 Boyd Road, breakfast and lunch will be available every Thursday from June 9 through Aug. 11.
Breakfasts will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Lunches will be available from 11:30 a.m. until noon.

Pelican Bay Park
Lunch only will be available Monday-Thursday from 11:30-noon from June 6 through Aug. 11.
Pelican Bay Park is located at 1300 Pelican Circle.

Hoover Elementary
From Monday, June 6 to Wednesday, June 22, the school at 484 Sandy Beach Road will offer breakfasts and lunches.… Read the rest

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