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Engagement

September 21, 2016
Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Chris McNeill are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jordan McNeill, to Jeremy Lee Dudley, son of Debbie Dudley and the late Randy Dudley of Milledgeville, Georgia. The bride-elect, a 2012 graduate of Azle High School, is a nurse practitioner in private practice in Fort Worth. The prospective groom, a graduate of Georgia College and State University, will complete graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary May 2017. The couple will exchange vows Feb. 25, 2017 at Travis Avenue Baptist Church.

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Police Blotter

September 21, 2016

Officers with the Azle Police Department arrested the following individuals during the period from Aug. 28-Sept. 17:
•A 21-year-old man was arrested Aug. 28 in an unspecified block of Denver Trail and charged with possession of marijuana, less than two ounces. He posted $1,000 bond and was released from jail Aug. 29.
•Nathan C. Long, 22, address unknown, was arrested Sept. 1 in the 700 block of Timberoaks Drive and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), his second such charge. He posted an appearance bond and was released from the Azle jail Sept. 2.
•A 44-year-old man was arrested Sept. 1 in the 400 block of Northwest Parkway and charged with driving with an invalid driver’s license.… Read the rest

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Late Summertime Fishing

September 21, 2016
Late Summertime Fishing

Anglers return to the dock after an outing on Eagle Mountain Lake. With temperatures near 100 and a “real feel” of well over that, hitting the lake remains a popular pastime as summer winds down. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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National Night Out here Oct. 4

September 21, 2016

Neighborhood hosts sought

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Across the nation, National Night Out is observed in August, but Texas police departments mostly opt for a cooler date.
The Azle Police Department will join hundreds of others across the state in observing National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Azle PD is seeking host families for this event.
If you are interested in hosting the event in your neighborhood please contact Sgt. K. Rogers at krogers@cityofazle.org.
The police department will provide hot dogs and buns, chips, and drinks for each host house to serve.
Officers will be present to answer any questions you or your neighbors may have regarding crime in the area, crime prevention, and assist in starting Neighborhood Watch meetings.… Read the rest

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AISD fares well in 2016 Accountability report

September 21, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has released its 2016 Accountability Ratings and Distinctions for school district and individual campuses across the state, including results for the Azle ISD.
Like last year, Azle earned 11 Distinctions, although they were distributed differently in 2016.
Azle High School earned a Distinction for Academic Achievement in Science, while two AISD elementary schools each earned five Distinctions.
Both Cross Timbers Elementary and Liberty Elementary claimed Distinctions for Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA; Academic Achievement in Math; Top 25 percent Student Progress; Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps; and Post-secondary Readiness.
According to AISD Assistant Superintendent Tanya Anderson, five is the highest number of Distinctions any campus with a grade configuration of Pre-K-4 can receive.… Read the rest

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Senior Spotlight

September 21, 2016

BY JACKIE ‘JJ’ JOY
It was so nice to meet so many of you at Sting Fling.
Congratulations to Gerry Lewis for winning the trimmer in our raffle, which was donated by Sue Turnipseed. Robin White won the beautiful ornamental hummingbird that was generously donated by Ed’s Machines. Mary Waits was very excited when she heard she had won the beautiful sapphire necklace donated by Barbara Reed.
All the proceeds benefit the Azle Senior Center located at 601 Southeast Parkway.
We have had a great response from folks wanting to go to Kiowa Casino. Our next trip will be Thursday, Oct.… Read the rest

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Rain doesn’t dampen Sting Fling 2016

September 14, 2016
Rain doesn’t dampen Sting Fling 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Sting Fling 2016 started with a flash and a bang – actually, it was thunder and lightning – that caused some cancellations and delays, but by noon Saturday, Sept. 10, the skies over Azle began to clear.
Like Munchkins after Dorothy’s house landed on the Wicked Witch of the East, Azleites began to emerge until their numbers swelled into the thousands.
The Color Fling 5K and the Sting Fling Parade both had to be canceled due to dangerous lightning in the area, and the Weiner Dog Derby was delayed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Otherwise, the event went off beautifully, with cooler-than-usual weather.… Read the rest

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City, MDD launch websites

September 14, 2016

The City of Azle Economic Development Department announced the launch of its two new websites: AzleAbsolutely.com and AzleSites.com.
The new websites are made possible by the City of Azle and the Azle Municipal Development District (MDD), a seven-member political subdivision of the State of Texas and the City of Azle, created in accordance with Chapter 377 of the Texas Local Government Code.
The district was created for the purpose of generating economic development and growth opportunities within the boundaries of the district.
AzleAbsolutely.com is a comprehensive economic development tool dedicated to providing corporate executives, site selection consultants, and local businesses with information about the city’s economic climate, incentives, and resources for doing business in the city.… Read the rest

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Grandparents Day

September 14, 2016
Grandparents Day

Azle Manor resident Bonnie McFarland gets some love from Silver Creek Elementary students Landrie Lain and Paizlee Gray during a field trip to the school for Grandparents Day.

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Four high-ranking seniors lauded by Rotary Club

September 14, 2016
Four high-ranking seniors lauded by Rotary Club

The four exceptional Azle High School seniors selected as the September Rotary Students of the Montha are: (l-r) Chelsea Padgett, Mattie Bovea, Seth Bell, and Trevor McIntire. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
With school resuming, so too does the monthly Rotary Students of the Month honors.
For September, the quartet of seniors earning certificates is Seth Bell, Trevor McIntire, Mattie Bovea, and Chelsea Padgett.
Bell, son of Kevin and Denise Bell, is a top notch athlete and scholar.
He sits No. 14 out of the 400 in the Class of 2017.
Bell is a confident public speaker who has won the FFA creed speech award four times.… Read the rest

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