The cold, dry air, dry vegetation, and gusty winds of winter often bring an unwelcome guest – wildfires. Because that’s where we are, on Jan. 10, the Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court approved an Outdoor Burning Ban for Tarrant County for 90 days.
“Tarrant County is under imminent threat of severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from the threat of wildfires,” said Tarrant County Fire Marshal Randy Renois. “Therefore, all outdoor burning in Tarrant County is prohibited.”… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A 23-year-old Springtown man who attended Azle High School was killed in an early-morning, one-car accident Dec. 31 near the western shore of Lake Worth.
Coby Ray Whitaker was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 8:31 a.m., although a spokesperson for the Fort Worth Police Department said the actual time the crash occurred is unknown, since there were no witnesses.
The spokesperson said Whitaker was driving a black 2007 Toyota Tundra pickup northbound in the 3500 block of Silver Creek Road approaching Watercress Drive when the vehicle left the roadway toward the east at a bridge.… Read the rest
• Tony Ray Snow, 58, of Reno, was arrested Dec. 28 in the 900 block of Boyd Road and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), third or more. Snow was transferred to the Tarrant County jail, where he remained at press time Jan. 3 in lieu of $15,000 bond on the charge. He is also held without bond for a parole violation.
• Clinton Matthew Padgett, 26, of Azle, was arrested Dec. 31 at the corner of FM 730 South and West Main Street and charged with DWI with a blood alcohol concentration greater than 0.15.… Read the rest
Officers with the Azle Police Department arrested the following individuals during the period from Dec. 11-24:
• Bryan Keith Norris, 56, of Azle, was arrested Dec. 12 in the 1100 block of Southeast Parkway and charged with displaying a wrong, fictitious or obscured license plate, expired license plate displayed-registration, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, less than two ounces, and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, one to four grams, a second-degree felony. Norris was transferred to the Tarrant County jail Dec. 13. He posted $1,500 bond for the marijuana charge and $7,500 bond for the manufacturing/delivery charge and was released from the Tarrant County jail Dec.… Read the rest
BY JACKIE ‘JJ’ JOY
Take a deep breath: 2017 is knocking on the door. Open carefully to see what is coming your way. Some things will be old, some will be new. Choose carefully what you focus on in 2017.
One of the good places to put your focus is the Azle Senior Center. While we are about to celebrate 31 years of service, we are always renewing our commitment to the seniors of Azle and the surrounding areas. There are changes in the wind and we are anticipating growth and increased measures of partnership. Just call 817-444-0070 to reserve a meal and become a part of what is happening.… Read the rest