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Senior Spotlight

February 1, 2017

BY JACKIE ‘JJ’ JOY
Are you aware there are two ways most people learn about the Azle Senior Center located at 601 Southeast Parkway in Ash Creek Park?
One is by reading this article in the Azle News.
But the number one way most hear about us is by word of mouth. While we are trying to make our presence known, we rely mostly on the testimony of you, the people.
What has drawn you to our center?
Is it the nutritional meals served five days a week?
Or perhaps the games, exercises, Bible study, fellowship with others your age, or any one of other fun activities we provide?… Read the rest

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AISD 7th annual Science Fair winners ‘better and better’

February 1, 2017
AISD 7th annual Science Fair winners ‘better and better’

For the seventh consecutive year, on Jan. 26, the Azle Independent School District hosted its annual Kindergarten-4th Grade District Science Fair.
First place winners from each of the district’s five K-4 campuses were interviewed by judges from the medical field, industry, and students from the Azle High School robotics class.
“Students apply the steps of the scientific method to their projects,” Assistant Superintendent Tanya Anderson said.
“Each year, the quality of the students’ projects gets better and better as their understanding of the scientific method also gets better and better.”
The K-4 Science Fair is a part of Azle ISD’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) program.… Read the rest

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Oh, Deer!

February 1, 2017
Oh, Deer!

Rae and Russell Holland, although stunned, sprang into action when a yearling doe burst through the glass storm door of their home into their living room about 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20. They corralled the young deer and Rae called 911 while Russell immobilized the creature until Azle police arrived. The doe was set free and immediately ran toward the front door of a home across the street before darting off into the woods.

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Students land on college honors lists

February 1, 2017

Several college students attending universities placed on elite scholastic lists.
Colson Blair, AHS Class of 2012, has been named to the President’s List for the Fall 2016 semester at the University of North Texas.
Only students who have earned a 4.0 grade-point average with a course load of 12 or more hours during the semester are awarded this distinction.
Blair will graduate from UNT in May with a bachelor of science degree in geography with a certification in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Three Azleites were named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s List at McMurry University in Abilene.
Steven Mendell, Mason Mendell, and Javier Mejia Escalante were recognized for their scholastic efforts.… Read the rest

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AHS seniors picked as club’s top Jan. students

January 25, 2017
AHS seniors picked as club’s top Jan. students

At the presentation of certficiates for January’s top students were (l-r) AHS Principal Randy Cobb, Dohyuk Kim, Emily Baumann, and Optimist Club President Linda Williams.

Baumann, Kim lauded by Optimists

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The Azle Optimist Club recognized Emily Baumann and Dohyuk Kim as its January Students of the Month.
Baumann is the daughter of Mark Baumann and sits No. 20 out of the Class of 2017’s 366 members with a grade point average of 101.22.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and has taken numerous Advanced Placement courses.
Baumann is a member of the AHS Choir – and its secretary – and has been a colorguard performer.… Read the rest

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Cross Timbers’ Top Singers

January 25, 2017
Cross Timbers’ Top Singers

These third and fourth grade Cross Timbers Elementary students were selected for the 2017 All City Honor Choir: (front, l-r) Valencia McClung, Emersyn Anderson, Mackenzie Hadley, David Greene, Reese Jeter, Reagan Williams, Brianna Ayala; (center) Nathan Barnes, Jailee Childress, Cameron McDowell, Michael Henson, Katlyn Johnson, Molly Meyer, Destiny Brune, Jadyn Brammer; (back) Valerie Wiley (music teacher), Abbeygayle Petty, Alexandra Bovino, Chaz Woolsey, Evan Stockton, Berlyn Degen, Olivia Williston, Libertie Cardwell. Auditions were held Jan. 3 for 4th through 6th grades and Jan. 5 for 3rd grade. The selected students will rehearse every Tuesday in January and February with other students from all elementary schools in Azle ISD.

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Police Blotter

January 25, 2017

Officers with the Azle Police Department arrested the following individuals during the week of Jan. 15-21:
• James Kagabines, 53, of Azle, was arrested Jan. 15 in the 600 block of Tracy Drive and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). Kagabines was also charged with possession of marijuana less than two ounces. He posted $6,000 bond for the DWI charge and $1,000 for the marijuana charge and was released from the Azle jail Jan. 16.
• Judy McSwain Miller, 60, of Azle, was arrested Jan. 18 in the 900 block of Kimbrough Road and charged with DWI. She was transferred to the Tarrant County jail, where she remained Jan.… Read the rest

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Senior Spotlight

January 25, 2017

BY SUE TURNIPSEED
The Azle Senior Center on Friday, Jan. 20 shined the spotlight on its council officers for the year 2017.
The following officers were installed by Azle City Manager Tom Muir and Azle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Kyle Culwell: Lonnie Smith, president; Jackie Cooper, vice president; Sue Turnipseed, secretary/treasurer; Mike and Jeannie Ballard, volunteer chair; Barbara Bagwell, nutrition chair; Billy Dycus, media technician.
The center operates with more than 20 volunteers and one paid staff director.
It is open five days a week from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with a meal being served at noon to those who reserved a meal the day before.… Read the rest

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Four AHS seniors honored by Azle club

January 18, 2017
Four AHS seniors honored by Azle club

The Azle Rotary Club honored four high school students as the Students of the Month (l-r) Tyler Ruelas, Hunter Breton, Averie Womack, and Jonathan Monds.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The first meeting of 2017 for the Azle Rotary Club brought a crowd – including four Azle High School students.
That AHS quartet was lauded as the club’s top students of the month for January.
The foursome: Tyler Ruelas, Hunter Breton, Jonathan Monds, and Averie Womack.
Ruelas, son of Maureen Ruelas, is a member of the National Honor Society and Peer Assistance & Leadership (PAL).
Since his tenth grade year, Ruelas has been on the student council.… Read the rest

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Tommy Allsup dies at 85

January 18, 2017

Richie Valens coin-flip survivor lived, worked in Azle

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Tommy Allsup, besides being a Grammy-winning musician, had a world-renowned claim to fame: He “lost” a famous coin-toss with Richie Valens for a seat on an ill-fated Cessna on Feb. 3, 1959 while on a concert tour.
Allsup died Jan. 11 in a Springfield, Missouri hospital from complications of hernia surgery at the age of 85.
Valens, along with J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and legendary rock ‘n’ roller Buddy Holly were killed when that plane crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa.
The loss of the three stars was immortalized in Don McLean’s 1971 anthem, “American Pie.”
The song’s lyrics speak to “the day the music died,” a phrase that has come to represent the tragedy.… Read the rest

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