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Lance awarded scholarship

July 1, 2015
Lance awarded scholarship

Jacob Lance, a graduate of Azle High School, will receive a scholarship for attending Northwestern Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2015.

Jacob Lance, an Azle High School graduate, has been awarded a scholarship to attend Northwestern Oklahoma State University during the 2015-2016 academic year.
He will receive the Freshman Incentive scholarship, funded through the Alva economic development sales tax incentive.
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Senior Spotlight

July 1, 2015

by Sue Turnipseed
The Azle Senior Citizens meet at B J Clark Community Center Monday thru Friday beginning at 9 a.m.  Come by to get your July calendar and enjoy the cool air.
The computer classes are teaching new skills to the ones who attend on a regular basis.  One student stated that now when she takes a picture with the telephone she can transfer the picture to the computer which was a new skill.  Come and join the class and learn something new.
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Renken on Dean’s List

July 1, 2015

Azle graduate Timothy Renken earned a place on the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Dean’s List.
The metallurgical engineering student maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 hours of classes.
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Crabtree earns Boy Scouts leadership honor

June 24, 2015
Crabtree earns Boy Scouts leadership honor

Pictured with 2015 Azle Community Leadership Award honoree Paul Crabtree are: (l-r) Elaulas Cristiano, district executive for Longhorn Council; David Rico, field director of Western Service Area Longhorn Council; Crabtree; and Michael Wright, director of finance, Longhorn Council.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America presented the first ever Azle Community Leadership Award to Paul Crabtree during an event at Deer Cove June 18.
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Maker, Prather VFW winners

June 24, 2015
Maker, Prather VFW winners

Eddy Prather, Azle High School world history teacher and head boys basketball coach, was named the Azle VFW Post 2137 2015 Teacher of the Year.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2137 awarded four important annual awards recently.
Madisn Maker, 17, of Azle, won VFW Post 2137’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Award.
Young American Creative Patriotic Art is a contest that gives art students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to compete for up to $10,000 for college.
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Motorcycle leads officers on wild 120 mph chase

June 24, 2015

Chase starts in Springtown, ends in Azle

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A high-speed motorcycle pursuit ended in a fender-bender that sent the motorcyclist to the hospital.
At about 12:20 a.m. June 13, Springtown Police officer Clayton Morris noticed a motorcycle on North Main Street running 39 miles per hour in a posted 30 mph zone.
Morris turned around on North Main but said in a report that the cyclist looked at him and “hit the gas.”
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Azle Library part of honored system

June 24, 2015
Azle Library part of honored system

Azle Memorial Library Director Curren McLane entertained the city council with puppets while accepting yet another honor for the library. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Parker County Library Association has won the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ (NCTCOG) Regional Cooperation Award for 2015.
Each city on the nomination – including Azle, Springtown, Mineral Wells, and Weatherford – will receive an award
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Briar-Reno VFD chief aiming big

June 24, 2015
Briar-Reno VFD chief aiming big

Shannon Smithers is getting the word out that he is focusing on making the Briar-Reno VFD as well-trained and professional as possible. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Smithers to oversee 3 departments

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
“I don’t want us to be a traditional volunteer fire department.”
That’s what Chief Shannon Smithers said about the Briar-Reno VFD.
And soon, a second hyphen will be added when the Pelican Bay VFD joins Briar and Reno.
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News picks up state honors

June 24, 2015

At the annual Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, the Azle News earned several awards.
The News won one first place plaque. A pair of editorials written by Editor Mark K. Campbell was deemed best in the category.
The 2014 editorials were written during the swarm of earthquakes and after the conviction of a sexual offender.
Judges said “The strong emotional writing style, along with strong structure and constructive argument style, made these submissions model editorials.”
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O’Bannon graduates from USAF basic training

June 24, 2015

A 2014 Azle High School graduate has finished Air Force basic training.
Air Force Airman Collin S. O’Bannon graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Airman O’Bannon completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles, and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
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