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News No. 1 again

July 26, 2017

Journalists were impressed with News reporter Carla Noah Stutsman.
By winning numerous first place plaques, Stutsman helped the News take the top prize – the Sweepstakes award – at the West Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.
Stutsman was named the Journalist of the Year.
In addition, her 2016 reporting on the Reno political situation claimed the coveted “Special Coverage” plaque.
A judge said, “I applaud Stutsman’s coverage of Reno’s council – especially the mayor. Well done.”
Stutsman also took first in Photography and News Writing.
Editor Mark Campbell earned plaques in Column Writing, Editorials, and Feature Writing.
Azle also won General Excellence and Advertising and took second in Sports.… Read the rest

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New Rotary Club President

July 19, 2017
New Rotary Club President

The new Azle Rotary Club president is Karen Dickson (right), the city’s economic development director. After receiving the gavel from outgoing President Debra Jenkins, Dickson addressed the group, outlining her goals for the next year. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Azle High teacher attends elite event

July 19, 2017

In June, an Azle High School teacher was selected to attend a prestigious professional development gathering.
Mary Heath, who teaches English at AHS, participated in “Writing Texas,” which took place from June 20-23.
“Writing Texas” drew 44 Texas teachers to the University of Houston campus for three-and-a-half days of presentations and seminars.
Heath expressed a deep appreciation for the faculty and their respective fields.
“Each of the professors and professionals that presented offered unique aspects of teaching their genre. I plan to incorporate the primary source materials they discussed to offer my students more unique and up-to-date pieces to study,” she said.… Read the rest

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US. Top 10

July 19, 2017
US. Top 10

Avery North became the first-ever Azle High School Future Business Leader of America student to place in the top 10 nationally. The sophomore qualified in three events – journalism, MOS Word, and MOS Excel – but could only compete in one category, according to contest rules. She chose MOS Excel and finished tenth at the national FBLA event held at Anaheim, California.

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Hwy. 199 Wreck Injures One

July 19, 2017
Hwy. 199 Wreck Injures One

A woman whose car struck the Ford sedan pictured above Monday, July 17 was transported to Texas Health Azle with minor injuries. Two women in the Ford were uninjured, and said the accident happened when a pickup stopped in the middle of the roadway in the 1600 block of West Hwy. 199 so its occupants could pick up items that had fallen off their truck. The injured woman could not see the stopped pickup and struck the Ford when she tried to stop suddenly. The occupants of the pickup fled the scene immediately after the accident, the uninjured women said.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Police Blotter

July 19, 2017

Officers with the Azle Police Department arrested the following individuals during the weeks of June 25-July 16:
• Douglas Reece Danford, 18, of Azle, was arrested July 4 in the 12500 block of FM 730 South for an Azle PD arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 2, one to four grams in a drug free zone. He posted $2,500 bond and was released from the Azle jail July 5.
• Terry Joseph Rogers, 41, of Azle, was arrested July 9 in the 1100 block of North Stewart Street and changed with driving while intoxicated (DWI), his second such charge.… Read the rest

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Azle ISD to host centralized registration

July 19, 2017

Immunizations, if needed, will be available on site Aug. 3

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle Independent School District will host Centralized Registration day from 7:30-11 a.m. and from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Azle Junior High School, 201 School Street in Azle.
The one-day event will allow parents of students from pre-K through eighth grade an opportunity to register their students and access a variety of services in one location.
Parents must prove residency within the district by bringing a Texas driver’s license or state-issued ID, as well as a utility bill, voter registration card, sworn statement by parent or guardian, or a contract of sale or lease that matches the ID.… Read the rest

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Hamm honored by Azle Masons

July 19, 2017
Hamm honored by Azle Masons

Laura Hamm

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Laura Hamm, a teacher at the Azle ISD’s Hornet Academy, has been selected as Teacher of the Month by Azle Masonic Lodge #601.
Hamm and her husband of 33 years are the parents of two sons and grandparents of “a 5-year-old angel.”
They’ve lived in the community for more than 35 years.
Hamm has been an educator for 23 years – 13 of them in the Azle ISD.
“I have very high expectations for my students, and treat each with the respect that they should be given,” Hamm said, adding that her current campus is one of the most rewarding at which she has worked.… Read the rest

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Didn’t There Used to be a Wooded Area Here?

July 12, 2017
Didn’t There Used to be a Wooded Area Here?

Scores of deer that used to roam the heavily-treed area in the 1200 block of Lakeview Drive have been looking for the woods. In August 2018, the new Azle Elementary will open its doors here. Photo by Eugene Bonds

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Electric Blues in the Park

July 12, 2017
Electric Blues in the Park

On July 7, Texas Flood, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band, gave hundreds of Music in the Park attendees plenty of electric blues to groove to. This Friday, July 14 at Central Park, 263 West Main St., Vintage Vibes will play, offering “an array of rock ‘n’ roll chart toppers, swing, rockabilly, rhuytm and blues, and country swing.” The show begins at 8 p.m. and free water is provided. Patrons can bring their own coolers, chairs, and blankets; however alcohol is not permitted. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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