Azle is seeking two new firefighters.
Applicants must take a physical test and a written exam, both on Friday, May 6 at 9 a.m. at 900 Lakeview Drive.
Hopefuls will work full-time with a first-year salary earning potential of $46,720.
All applicants must be certified as a firefighter through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and an EMT-Paramedic through the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Also required: a unique application, 18 years of age, a high school diploma or GED, and a Class B Texas Driver’s License.
Call 817-444-7093 for info.… Read the rest
An Azle man in a Mustang led various agencies on a high-speed chase that ended with his arrest as well as a woman from Springtown.
The episode began when Springtown police were called to assist Wise County Sheriff’s deputies with a chase that dipped into Springtown late Thursday, March 31.
According to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin, Deputy James O’Bannon attempted to detain a red Ford Mustang on Farm Road 2048 around 11 p.m. that evening for speeding 70 to 80 miles per hour (mph) in a 35-mph zone.
O’Bannon called for a pursuit when the vehicle fled and was joined by two other Wise County deputies and a patrol sergeant.… Read the rest
AHS kids have skills.
The Azle High School automotive technology class had another stellar year, bringing home honors from the Skills-USA Texas state contest in Corpus Christi March 31-April 3.
In electrical component remanufacturing, the team of Brody Brewster, Zane Cordell, Cody Curtis, Chase Frechette, Wyatt Garrett, Asa Phillips, Brian Prentis, and Brandon Piercy received superior ratings and blue ribbons for their entries.… Read the rest
The Azle News took highest honors at the annual North and East Texas Press Association’s awards.
At the ceremony in Longview April 9, the News tallied more points in several categories to take the coveted Sweepstakes honor.
The News out-pointed runner-up Mount Vernon Optic Herald 900 to 600.
Carla Noah Stutsman earned several honors for her 2015 work, the year contested.
She took the top award based on body of work, the Journalist of the Year.
Judges noted: “[She] flushes out stories, conveys emotion well, her copy flows well, and she develops a narrative that makes the reader feel they are there.”
Stutsman also won a plaque for a pair of News Photos – of a wreck and a fire.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Beginning around the first of June, Azle citizens will see better police coverage due to a change to the Azle Police Department’s deployment of patrol officers.
Police Chief Rick Pippins explained to the city council that the department has, for many years, used a deployment that was once common but is “not, by far, the most efficient way to deploy forces.”
The 8-hour shift has been abandoned by many departments in favor of longer ones – but fewer workdays – and it’s proven successful.
Currently, patrol officers in Azle are deployed on three 8-hour shifts, and typically work five days each week for a total of 80 hours per two-week pay period.… Read the rest