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Heavy Rain

August 20, 2014
Heavy Rain

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Cap’n Morgan retires from PCSO

August 20, 2014
Cap’n Morgan retires from PCSO

Longtime Parker County Sheriff’s Office Captain Mike Morgan retired Friday, Aug. 15, after serving more than 35 years in law enforcement career.
Morgan began his stint in 1979 with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, earning his way through the ranks and retiring as captain of the PCSO Patrol Division and Weatherford-Parker County Special Operations Group.
Sheriff Larry Fowler presented Morgan with a plaque and thanked him for his lengthy and honorable service.… Read the rest

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Tuba Time at AHS

August 20, 2014
Tuba Time at AHS

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Phillips named Tarrant Elections Administrator

August 20, 2014

The Tarrant County Elections Commission appointed a new Elections Administrator Aug. 14. Frank Phillips, previously the Elections Administrator for Denton County, will be sworn in Aug. 19.
Phillips attended Texas Woman’s University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1999. He became a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator in 2008.
He has served as the Denton County Elections Administrator since December 2009 and has worked for Denton County for 18 years.… Read the rest

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Highland Circle Grass Fire

August 13, 2014
Highland Circle Grass Fire

A grass fire in the hilly terrain between Highland Circle and Highland Drive Aug. 7 required equipment from the La Junta, Springtown and Reno Volunteer Fire Departments to subdue the flames. Photos by Natalie Gentry… Read the rest

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Here comes the boom

August 13, 2014

City Council considers a “tax increment reinvestment zone” to stimulate economic growth

By Natalie Gentry
David Pettit of David Pettit Economic Development, LLC addressed the Azle City Council at the council meeting Aug. 5 about possible economic development through the implementation of a tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ).
A TIRZ is a tool the City can use to publicly finance needed improvements to infrastructure and buildings within a designated area, and is funded through new construction and investment, or through the annual appreciation of real property.… Read the rest

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Tarrant County budget contains no tax increase

August 13, 2014

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court was presented with a balanced budget proposal Monday, Aug. 11, which would maintain the current tax rate.
The total proposed budget is $540,300,901 with a tax rate of 26.4 cents per $100 valuation.  Tarrant County taxes on a home with a value of $100,000 would be $264.
During Monday’s hearing, the Commissioners Court voted to increase merit-based salaries from 2.5 percent to 3 percent – matching the increase in the FY2014 budget.… Read the rest

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Kiosk highlights earthquake activity awareness

August 13, 2014
Kiosk highlights earthquake activity awareness

Visitors to the Azle Memorial Library, 333 W. Main Street, will find a new, interactive earthquake exhibit that will pique the interest of children and adults interested in learning about our active Earth.
The Active Earth Kiosk is an interactive computer-based educational tool that provides information about plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.
The Active Earth Kiosk is made available to the city of Azle through Southern Methodist University’s Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, and Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS).… Read the rest

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Most Tarrant, Parker cities see rise in sales tax revenue

August 13, 2014
Most Tarrant, Parker cities see rise in sales tax revenue

Azle is one exception

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced Aug. 6 that state sales tax revenue in July was $2.34 billion, up 6.3 percent compared to July 2013.
“The growth in sales tax revenues reflected strength in both business and consumer spending,” Combs said. “The increase was led by remittances from the construction, services, and oil and natural gas-related sectors, as well as from retail trade and restaurants. Fiscal year-to-date, state sales tax collections are now up 5.3 percent.”… Read the rest

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Library sees 1 millionth patron

August 13, 2014

When it opened in March 2009, it was heralded as the most beautiful building ever built in Azle.
Just five years later, the Azle Memorial Library continues to be that and so much more.
During the month of July, the crown jewel of Azle was visited by its millionth patron – it’s averaged more than 19,000 patrons per month since opening its doors.… Read the rest

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