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UTA Grad

June 8, 2016
UTA Grad

Ashleigh Conner, AHS Class of 2005, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington in May. She is the daughter of Erik Judge and Alison Jewell.

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Tarrant County property tax deadline nears

June 8, 2016

June 30 last day before collections can begin

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The deadline to pay your 2016 property taxes is June 30, and Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright is urging those who have not yet paid their 2016 property tax bill to do so or to contact his office by that date to set up a payment plan.
“Property owners who elected to pay their 2016 property taxes in half-payments must pay the remaining balance by June 30, as well as, those taxpayers who owe delinquent 2016 taxes,” Wright said.
“By law, if the accounts are not paid in full, or a payment plan is not entered into, by June 30, we must turn them over to our collection attorneys.”
Accounts submitted to collection attorneys will be subject to an additional 15-20% fee, and may end in foreclosure, resulting in the delinquent property being sold at public auction.… Read the rest

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Parker County Arrests

June 8, 2016

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Parker County Jail during the days of May 26- June 5:
Reno Police officers arrested a 50-year-old Springtown woman May 26 for assault causing bodily injury to a family member. She posted her bond of $2,500 and was released from jail May 27.
A 42-year-old Springtown man was arrested May 26 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies on a parole warrant. As of June 7 he remained in jail.
Springtown Police officers arrested a 48-year-old Springtown man May 26 for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 2-A.… Read the rest

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AISD Showcase

June 1, 2016
AISD Showcase

The annual Azle ISD Showcase was again conducted throughout Azle High School with all schools represented. The event highlights hundreds of exhibits created by students of all ages. Photo by Carla Noah Stustman

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APD Promotions, Awards

June 1, 2016
APD Promotions, Awards

Angel Perez is the Police Officer of the Year. Presenting his award is Chief Rick Pippins and Mayor Alan Brundrett. Photos by Carla Noah Stustman

Longtime Azle School Resource Officer Patrick Bovea was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the Azle Police Department Tuesday, May 17. He’ll hit the streets as a shift supervisor in early June. Above, Bovea’s wife, Machele, gives him a congratulatory hug after pinning his Sergeant’s badge on his uniform.

Linda Thomson pins the Corporal’s badge on the uniform of her husband, 31-year law enforcement veteran Billy Thomson. Cpl. Thomson was promoted during the council meeting May 17 and will begin supervising his patrol shift in early June.

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Azle Christian School

June 1, 2016
Azle Christian School

Maria Camila Lopez Burbano
Maria is the daughter of Jesus Lopez and Rocio Burbano of Pasto, Columbia. She was part of the YFU Foreign Exchange program. Her favorite teacher was Miss Warren. After graduation, she plans to attend Pontifica Universidad Javeriana.

John Mark Burress
John Mark is the son of Mark and Susie Burress of Aledo. He played baseball, football, and basketball. He was a class representative. After graduation, he plans to attend college.

Jordan Wayne Davis
Jordan is the son of Misty Davis of Azle. He played football where he was Honorable Mention, basketball, and track. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.… Read the rest

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Summer reading programs kick off at Azle Memorial Library

June 1, 2016

A Summer Reading Kickoff Party June 3 will set the stage for Summer 2016 at the Azle Memorial Library.
Everyone who registers is eligible for a spin at the prize wheel – plus, there will be face painting and cake from 2-4 p.m.
Stop by the Library or log on to www.azlelibrary.org for complete information.

Children’s Summer Reading Club
Children’s Summer Reading Club participants birth through age 12 who read at least five books are eligible to receive a free ticket to the Ringling Brothers Circus, an ice cream treat, and a ticket voucher to the August 14 Texas Rangers baseball game.… Read the rest

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Community in Schools program a success curbing drop-outs

May 25, 2016

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Jamie Westbrook has 25 years in social work and has spent 10 of those at Forte Junior High.
There, she oversees the Communities in Schools (CIS) program that focuses on keeping kids in school.
CIS is the largest drop-out prevention program in America, Westbrook said.
The days of “pushing college” to students are over. Now there are trade school options and that’s part of the strategy that helps keep seventh and eighth grade kids in school, she noted.
In Azle, CIS began 11 years ago with a single employee at the high school.
The program has grown, and Westbrook – who is not an AISD employee but gets half of her pay covered by the district which also provides her with workspace – works with junior high counselors.… Read the rest

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City Proclamations

May 25, 2016
City Proclamations

City council proclamations for May:  Public Works; Emergency Services; Motorcycle Awareness.  Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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Neither Fast Nor Furious

May 25, 2016
Neither Fast Nor Furious

Longtime Azle resident Benny Walker was cutting the grass when a News photographer stopped nearby to get some shots of the sunken service road. Walker good-naturedly quipped “if you came to get a picture of somebody working… here I am!” Then he drove away on his John Deere mower. Photo by Carla Noah Stustman

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