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Midway Wreck

April 13, 2016
Midway Wreck

A woman was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after crashing into a structure in the 6800 block of Midway Road near Oak Valley Lane Thursday, April 7 around 1:45 p.m. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Top Hospital Volunteer

April 13, 2016
Top Hospital Volunteer

Diana Burks, volunteer at Texas Health Azle, was presented with the Helping Hands Award by Texas Health CEO Barclay Berdan. The award honors volunteers who are committed to quality and service, inspire other volunteers, and demonstrate care, compassion and concern for others. A seven-year volunteer, Burks volunteers in two different areas of the hospital and also serves on the Auxiliary Board. She is team-oriented and helps out wherever she is needed.

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Azle hiring two new firefighters

April 13, 2016

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

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City Proclamations

April 13, 2016
City Proclamations

Mayor Alan Brundrett, right, proclaimed the week of April 10-16 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in Azle. Pictured accepting his proclamation are Azle Police Department telecommunicators: (l-r) Somer Vaccarella, Courtney Allen, Beverly Simants, Dana Dowdle, Kirsten Smith, Angelque Scott, and Michelle Abramski.

To celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16, in the city of Azle, the staff of the Azle Memorial Library accepts a proclamation from Mayor Alan Brundrett, right. Pictured with the Mayor are (l-r): Head librarian Curren McLane, Megan Treseder, Ben Brown, Liz Cameron, and Nancy Novak. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Azle man arrested after high-speed chase

April 13, 2016
Azle man arrested after high-speed chase

Raymond Wayne Herfkens

BY NATALIE GENTRY
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

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Big-time Skills: Auto tech shines at state

April 13, 2016
Big-time Skills: Auto tech shines at state

Showing off the hardware they earned at SkillsUSA state competition are (l-r): Cody Zdyb, Brody Brewster, Zane Cordell, Cody Curtis, Wyatt Garrett, Asa Phillips, Brian Prentice, Joshua Daniels, Robert Kennedy, Harland Tunnell, and Wyatt Cross. Not pictured, Chase Frechette, Brandon Piercy, and Austin Williams.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
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

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News No. 1 in contest

April 13, 2016

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

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Scouts Honor Geren

April 13, 2016
Scouts Honor Geren

The Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America, honored State Representative Charlie Geren with its 2016 Community Leadership Award at its annual awards dinner April 7 at the Lightcatcher Winery. David Rico and Elaulas Cristiano of the Longhorn Council look on as Geren accepts the award from Lee Barrett, Scoutmaster, Troop 243. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Azle officers support PD’s switch to four ‘mirrored’ shifts

April 13, 2016

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

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Taking the Oath

April 13, 2016
Taking the Oath

The newest addition to the Azle Police Department, Officer Manuel Lujan (right), took the oath of office during the regular meeting of the Azle city council April 5. Lujan accepts his certificate from Mayor Alan Brundrett who administered the oath.

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