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News earns several state, national awards

July 6, 2016

The News won multiple awards in a pair of journalism contests.
At the annual Texas Press Association contest, the News collected a pair of first place plaques.
Reporter Carla Noah Stutsman took the top spot in news writing. Judges commented: “Clear, concise writing and proof that news writing doesn’t have to be dry. Very well done.”
Stutsman’s entries were about an Azle police officer’s leap into Eagle Mountain Lake to rescue a man and a story about Reno’s political issues.
The other first place award went to Editor Mark K. Campbell for editorials about gunfire in Reno near a school and the Azle Athletic Hall of Fame.… Read the rest

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The Sound of Music in the Park

July 6, 2016
The Sound of Music in the Park

Thunder Road brought some Bruce Springsteen to Central Park for the weekly Music in the Park series July 1. This Friday, July 8 4 Ever Young brings some 50s sounds to the amphitheater stage. The next day, the movie Grease will be presented. Following 4 Ever Young, only three more weeks remain for the series: Monkey Love on July 15, Infinite Journey on July 22, and a George Straight tribute, King George, for the finale July 29. No alcohol is permitted at Central Park but food and seats are okay.
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Police Blotter

July 6, 2016

A 23-year-old Reno woman was arrested July 13 in the 500 block of Northwest Parkway for a warrant for theft of service $750-2,500. She was transferred to the Tarrant County jail where she posted $3,000 bond and was released June 15.
Cody Wayne Henderson, 36, of Azle, was arrested June 14 in the 800 block of Boyd Road and charged with possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, 1-4 grams. The charge is a third-degree felony. Henderson posted $3,000 bond and was released from jail June 15.
A 36-year-old man was arrested June 14 in the 600 block of Hwy.… Read the rest

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Music in the Park – Twice as Good

June 29, 2016
Music in the Park – Twice as Good

Music lovers got a two-fer from Music in the Park last weekend. On Friday, June 24 the Chinatown Band played. The next night, Canta Rhythm & Brass hit the Central park amphitheater stage.
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Construction on failed roadway, Hwy. 199 imminent, say officials

June 29, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two updates, one provided by Azle Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jones, who serves on the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition board, and another provided by State Representative Charlie Geren, provide insight into two highway projects important to Azle citizens.
Jones said he’s been advised by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) officials that bidding on the Jacksboro Highway/Hwy. 199 main lanes project from Hanger Cutoff Road/Tenderfoot Trail to Nine Mile Bridge Road will take place in August.
Once a contractor is selected, a groundbreaking event is expected to take place in October, with construction beginning in earnest shortly thereafter.… Read the rest

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Fireworks not legal in city, on TRWD land

June 29, 2016

With Independence Day quickly approaching, Azle Fire Marshal Kenny Wilson reminds citizens of the dangers – and illegality in places – of fireworks.
The city of Azle has an ordinance in place that prohibits the sale, possession, and discharge of fireworks inside the city limits, and a similar ordinance is in place on property owned by Tarrant Regional Water District, Wilson said.
“There are many professional fireworks displays across the area – Follow The Flag right here in Azle is among the best of them.
“We recommend taking advantage of those and letting the professionals handle what can be a very dangerous undertaking,” he saud,
Officers with the Azle Fire Marshal’s office will be on patrol on July Fourth; fines for fireworks violations can be as much as $200 per violation.… Read the rest

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Two Decades of Service

June 29, 2016
Two Decades of Service

Cpl. Billy Thomson of the Azle Police Department, left, was honored during the Azle city council meeting June 21 with a certificate presented by Mayor Alan Brundrett for 20 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Azle. Thomson has been in law enforcement for 31 years.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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On revitalizing a city

June 29, 2016
On revitalizing a city

All smiles after the approval of a 380 Agreement by the Azle city council are (front, l-r) Matt McClure and Paige McClure with Servolution TCAA; and (back) Troy Austin with 6 Stones, Jason Malewiski of Servolution TCAA, Azle City Manager Tom Muir, Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett, and Brian Cramer of 6 Stones. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Azle, Servolution, 6 Stones unite to transform this town

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Crawl, walk, run.
Jason Malewiski says it all the time.
Now Malewiski, who leads Servolution TCAA (which stands for The Church at Azle) believes his organization is walking, and he can hardly wait to run.… Read the rest

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Animal Antics at the Library

June 22, 2016
Animal Antics at the Library

Kids thrilled at the critter performances – that sometimes required some comedic coaxing – at the Azle Memorial Library Tuesday, June 21. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Operation Dry Water at EML

June 22, 2016

Nationwide initiative highlights dangers of drinking, boating

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
In advance of the busy – and sometimes deadly – July 4th weekend, Tarrant Regional Water District’s Law Enforcement Division will step up patrols on Eagle Mountain Lake this weekend – June 24-26 – as part of a nationwide initiative to heighten awareness and enforcement of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities.
It’s called Operation Dry Water, and it’s coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
Locally, boaters can expect to see a few more officers on the water during peak boating times, but there’s no reason to stay home, according to David Geary, reservoir manager for Eagle Mountain Lake.… Read the rest

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