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Azle FFA gets top honors at state convention

July 29, 2015
Azle FFA gets top honors at state convention

Pictured attending the Texas FFA State Convention July 13-17 in Corpus Christi are AHS FFA members: (front, l-r) Hannah Lance, Heidi Phillips, Sarah Wagner, and Megan Moreno; and (back) Seth Bell, Austin Hubbard, and Kleg Smith. Photo courtesy Azle High School FFA

The Azle High School FFA Chapter – ranked 38th out of over 1,000 chapters in Texas – was recognized as a gold-level chapter for the esteemed Golden Horizon award in the multi-teacher division at the 87th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 13-17 in Corpus Christi.
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2015: One of wettest years ever

July 29, 2015
2015: One of wettest years ever

A weather station west of Azle shows 48 inches – already a huge total at more than 12 inches above normal – with barely half the year gone. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Ah, the weather – the one topic everyone likes to talk about.
We entered 2015 in the throes of a years-long, dusty drought.
Now, barely six months later, that phenomenon is a distant memory, and we’re trying to dry out.
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Texas Health Azle recognized for quality care

July 29, 2015

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has been recognized by Premier, Inc., for delivering high-quality, cost-effective health care.
The hospital was given the QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare for top performance in six of the seven dimensions of care which include inpatient evidence-based care, cost, safety, mortality, patient experience, and appropriate hospital use.
Texas Health Azle was one of only two hospitals in the national alliance to receive the award.
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Youth Leadership Conference

July 29, 2015
Youth Leadership Conference

Incoming Azle High School seniors Bradley Gibson (left) and Stephanie Ledezma attended the annual gathering of young adults at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference in Wichita Falls. When school resumes, the duo will lead Interact, the Rotary-supported club at AHS.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Senior Spotlight

July 29, 2015

by Sue Turnipseed
Get relief from the summer heat by coming to the Azle Senior Center Monday through Friday each week.
The doors open at 9 a.m.  Get a friend to come with you to have a cool place to visit and have a balanced meal before going home.
The menu for July 31 is hamburgers with peach cobbler for dessert. Salads as a meal are available three days a week. Call 817-444-0070 to reserve a lunch as all lunches are prepared by Valley Foods and delivered to the Center just before lunch.
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National Medal Winners

July 29, 2015
National Medal Winners

Azle High School Class of 2015 graduates Jimmy Fager, left, and Ruby Ariosa – both state-qualifiers in wrestling – took first place in sports nutrition at the Texas Family, Career and Community Leaders of America state competition. The duo went on to FCCLA Nationals in Washington, D.C. July 3-10, where they finished second, earning a silver medal. According to FCCLA advisor Carolyn Schlueter, Fager will leave for Air Force boot camp soon and hopes to attain a spot on the Air Force wrestling team. Ariosa will wrestle for Campbellsville University in Kentucky.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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AISD campuses getting facelifts

July 22, 2015
AISD campuses getting facelifts

Workers place air-conditioning units atop Azle Elementary, finishing off the two-year plan.  Photo by Mark K. Campbell

 

From roofs to paint to major overhauls

 

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The Azle Independent School District is overseeing several projects on numerous campuses this summer.
The high school is exceptionally abuzz with activity.
The major work is being done on the ever-rising Career and Technology Education center (CTE) and the new competition gym.
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Lakeside officer lauded for actions in near-drowning

July 22, 2015
Lakeside officer lauded for actions in near-drowning

Lakeside Police Chief Lee Pitts (left) and Mayor Pat Jacob (right) presented Officer Jennifer Bond with a Lifesaving Award during the Lakeside town council meeting July 9. Bond’s quick reaction to an overheard call to another agency helped save the life of a 9-year-old found at the bottom of a swimming pool. Photo by Kim Ware

 

 

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Lakeside police officer was honored with a Lifesaving Award July 9 during the town council meeting.
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Lions Club back pack sale set for August 1

July 22, 2015

The Azle Lions Club will hold its annual back-to-school back pack sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Lions Club Building located at 412 Commerce Street in Azle.
Back packs filled with grade-specific school supplies for students in grades PPCD through 6 will be available for sale.
The cost for a PPCD/Pre-K/Kindergarten back pack is $45; back packs for 1st and 2nd graders are $50 each; 3rd through 6th grade back packs are $55 each.
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Corrections

July 22, 2015

A story in last week’s News said a teenager who was killed in a traffic accident was ejected from the vehicle. That is incorrect. She was removed by bystanders.
Also, the infant involved was not three months old but five months old.
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