Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Texas’ annual sales tax holiday is slated Aug. 5-7.
Shoppers can save money on certain items like most clothing, footwear, school supplies and back packs – about $8 on every $100 spent during the weekend.
“As families all over our state prepare to send their children back to school, we hope folks take advantage of this opportunity to get the supplies they need and save some money in the process,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said.
“As the father of three young children, I know how these expenses can add up. This event provides Texas families with some relief from state and local sales taxes.”
Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.… Read the rest
Tarrant County Public Health identified a 13th imported case of the Zika virus July 27.
That number is the third highest in the state, behind Harris (Houston) County with 24 and Dallas County’s 21, according to texaszika.org on the Texas Department of Health Services website.
So far in 2016, 88 cases have been reported statewide.
In the recent Tarrant case, the victim had traveled to several countries.
So far, the most Tarrant cases – three – have come from people who had visited Honduras and Puerto Rico.
Two cases have come from someone returning from St. Lucia.… Read the rest
New Teen Challenge Director has over 30 years of experience in ministry
by Julie Waldock
With the drug epidemic on the rise throughout America, Teen Challenge Azle and their new director Greg Ambroson are stepping up to help.
Teen Challenge is a faith-based drug and alcohol addiction recovery program.
The residential 12-month program aims to help drug-addicted men, women, and adolescents across America to begin a new, healthier lifestyle.
The Azle Men’s program offers male individual and group mentoring, as well as vocational, academic, and spiritual education.
“We try to do everything we can to prepare them for life after Teen Challenge.” Ambroson said.… Read the rest
Infinite Journey, a Journey tribute band, rocked Azle Central Park last week with their high energy hits. This week, King George, a George Strait tribute band, will play the last concert of this years’ Music in the Park. they take the stage Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m.
Photos by Julie Waldock
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
What could be better for a small business owner than an opportunity to showcase their products and/or services to 800-plus people in a two-hour time frame?
The Azle Independent School District provides just such an opportunity when it hosts a vendor fair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at Azle High School.
That’s when Azle ISD employees will gather for the district’s annual Convocation.
During the lunch break, teachers, aides, staff, faculty and other employees will browse vendor booths.
It’s the perfect opportunity for businesses who support the ISD employees to offer their wares and services.… Read the rest
Calm Reno council addresses city matters
BY CARLA NOAH STUSMAN
For the first time in 10 months, there were no items on the agenda for the July 18 meeting of the Reno city council taking aim at council member John Basham.
Basham was the only member of the council not in attendance – the remainder dealt with the business at hand with only a fraction of the usual histrionics.
Four agenda items related to the newly-reinvented Planning and Zoning Commission.
But two specific agenda items will have direct impacts on Reno citizens.
Council approves tax notes
The council voted to approve the issuance of $170,000 in tax notes – plus an additional $30,000 in fees to issue those notes – for road repairs.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Azle Fire Marshal Kenny Wilson says a curling iron accidentally left on is to blame for a blaze that caused significant damage to a home in the 200 block of Porter Drive Sunday afternoon, July 24.
A neighbor called 911 at 5:38 p.m. to report smoke coming from the home.
Firefighters with Azle Fire Department arrived at 5:43 p.m. and were met with a plume of thick, black smoke that could be seen for miles.… Read the rest