by Carla Noah Stutsman
Businesses in Azle have a new opportunity to spruce up their appearance by renovating or restoring the exterior signage, awnings, lighting and/or commercial building facades.
The city of Azle and the Azle Municipal Development District (MDD) recently established the Facade and Signage Improvement Program (FSIP) to provide technical and financial assistance to property owners or business tenants who wish to update or upgrade the signage or facade of their business.
The FSIP is designed to impact properties in need of revitalization, resulting in the improved exterior, visibility and presentation of a business.
It’s not intended to subsidize corrections to building code violations that prolong the life of a commercial property.… Read the rest
by Carla Noah Stutsman
With the exception of Pelican Bay, sales tax revenue for all taxing entities in the area are up for July as compared with July 2015.
Pelican Bay’s July revenue of $1,517 is 8.67 percent less than the $1,661 it collected in July 2015. Still, the city is only down by 0.28 percent for the year to date, with $10,751 on the books for 2016. In the first seven months of 2015, the city had received $10,781 in sales tax revenue.
Parker County’s July revenue is $586,476, 8.61 percent more than July 2015 revenue of $539,940. But the county continues to rebound from earlier losses.… Read the rest
By Natalie Gentry
Four area volunteer fire departments recently received contributions from XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
The Reno, Silver Creek, Springtown and Poolville Volunteer Fire Departments each received a generous contribution from the oil company, along with 19 others around North Texas.
XTO has contributed $46,000 to 23 fire departments and one police department this year.
“XTO would like to thank the emergency responders for the great work they do for North Texas,” said Keith Carwile, vice president, XTO Energy Fort Worth Division. “These organizations share our common goal in the relentless pursuit of safety.”
“These organizations, many of which are staffed by volunteers, play an extremely important role in providing emergency response services to North Texas,” Carwile said, “We understand the challenge these organizations have working with tight budgets, and we are pleased to provide some assistance to help them continue to provide important services.”
So far in 2016, XTO has contributed $201,000 to 84 emergency response organizations throughout Texas.… Read the rest
George Wayne Brown, Jr., of Azle, is accused of fleeing state troopers Jan. 24, resulting in a pursuit that spanned 28 miles and reached speeds up to 100 mph in northern Parker County and southern Wise County.
Brown chose to have a Parker County jury determine his punishment after pleading guilty to evading arrest with a vehicle July 11.
43rd District Judge Craig Towson presided over the trial.
The offense occurred after a trooper attempted to pull Brown over for speeding.… Read the rest
by Sue Turnipseed
Last Friday, those at the Azle Senior Center which meets in the B. J. Clark Community Center every weekday, learned that Jackie Joy has been selected to be director of the Center. She graduated from Azle High School and is a long-time resident of Azle.
The ones going on the bus trip to Kiowa July 21 look forward to a full day of fun and fellowship. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. and will return sometime around 7 p.m.
Lonnie Holt has been in rehab and plans to be back playing dominoes this week. Polly Mears is ill and we wish her a speedy recovery.… Read the rest
Eagle Mountain Marina is taking part in a program that aids military families.
Folds of Honor provides scholarships to the families of fallen or wounded soldiers.
Eagle Mountain Marina’s parent company Suntex Marinas is donating three percent of its July sales from all of its 29 locations to Folds of Honor.
The marina at 6500 Wells Burnett Road is joined by two other Suntex Marinas on the lake, Harbor One and Lake Country Marinas, in the fundraising.
Folds of Honor was created in 2007; Suntex Marinas has been involved with the charity since 2012.… Read the rest
Azle Rotary Club members heard Kent Durham talk July 14 about a proposed school bond election. Among the details of the $59.5 million bond are moving two elementary schools, expanding another, improving campus security district-wide, and moving AISD administration to the Rock Elementary School. The goal is to get the bond on this November’s election.… Read the rest