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Mayor’s Christmas Winners

January 13, 2016
Mayor’s Christmas Winners

Mayor Alan Brundrett conducted a contest via Facebook for the best-decorated residence and commercial business in Azle over the Christmas holidays. During the city council meeting Jan. 5, he awarded the Azle Mayor’s Residential Christmas Display award to Edward and Margaret Nagel for their display on Inland Circle in Oak Harbor Estates. The Azle Mayor’s Commercial Christmas Display award went to Marie Kisner at Ain’t That Something on West Main Street.… Read the rest

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Bomb scares posed no threat

January 13, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A perceived threat to blow up a school bus and possibly a school turned out not to be a threat, after all.
Azle police were called to Cross Timbers Elementary about 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 after receiving a report that a minor child on that bus had threatened to blow it up.
In an abundance of caution, the bus was evacuated.
Police identified potential witnesses, including the bus driver and several students on the bus.
Finding nothing illegal or dangerous on the bus, it was allowed to proceed on its route, according to a press release issued by Azle Police Department the same day.… Read the rest

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Sales taxes revenues still up

January 13, 2016
Sales taxes revenues still up


by Carla Noah Stutsman
With the exception of the town of Lakeside, every area city saw an uptick in sales tax revenue in January as compared with January 2015.
The city of Azle realized a 16.37 percent increase, with $197,356 compared with $169,356 in January 2015.
However, $30,287 of the city’s January revenue comes from audit collections. Without those collections, the city would have fallen slightly behind.
Azle’s Crime Control and Prevention District was up 1.63 percent with $33,332 in January compared with $32,797 in January 2015.
It’s Municipal Development District showed a 1.29 percent increase with $30,988 compared with $30,593 in January 2015.… Read the rest

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Four from AHS named top students by Rotary

January 13, 2016
Four from AHS named top students by Rotary

The January Azle Rotary Club Students of the Month are (l-r) Kristarah Graham, Katherine Jobe, Zach Boemer, and Kyle Pflug. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
At the Jan. 7 Azle Rotary Club meeting, four AHS seniors were selected as the January Students of the Month.
That quartet: Kyle Pflug, Zach Boemer, Kristarah Graham, and Katherine Jobe.
Pflug, son of Garry Pflug, said he hopes to eventually achieve a degree in network security after graduating Azle High School this spring.
He said instructors Billy Mitchell and Pamela Jungman were teachers that know him well.
Pflug, ranked No. 36 in the Class of 2016, said scholastically he is strongest in numbers, grammar, and technology.… Read the rest

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Senior Spotlight

January 13, 2016

BY SUE TURNIPSEED
Are you a member of the Azle Senior Center, which meets each weekday in the B J Clark Community Building Monday through Friday from 9-2 p.m.?
If not, if you are over 60 years old, the Center is here for you so come join the group as they have fun, fellowship and food.
The hot meal is served at noon for a voluntary contribution of $2. Sign up for a meal by calling 817-444-0070 by 11:30 a.m. the day before you eat and one will be ordered for you.
Come early and play dominoes or stay after lunch and take part of the afternoon activities.… Read the rest

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Senior Spotlight

January 6, 2016

BY JACKIE ‘JJ’ JOY
Wow!
The year has come to an end and the New Year is off and running.
For instance, if you enjoy playing bridge, we have a group that meets on Fridays at 9 a.m.
Just come to room 7 of the B. J. Clark Annex Building, located adjacent to the Azle Senior Center at 603 Southeast Parkway.
We are in the Ash Creek Park complex in Azle.
The week before New Year’s Day was relatively quiet.
The weekly activities went on as usual: manicures, computer classes, exercise classes, games, fellowship…all leading to FUN.
New Year’s was toasted on Dec.… Read the rest

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PC deputy Montgomery lauded by feds

January 6, 2016
PC deputy Montgomery lauded by feds

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler (left) presents Sgt. Ricky Montgomery with an award from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County Sheriff’s deputy has earned a certificate of joint commendation for his contribution to an extensive investigation which led to the arrest and federal conviction of 73 Aryan Brotherhood of Texas leaders and gang members from 2009 to 2014.
Sgt. Ricky Montgomery was recognized Jan. 5 for his exceptional and meritorious service as a member of the Multi-Agency Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Task Force and Operation Wheel Alignment by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).… Read the rest

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Woman who killed then dumped a nursing dog sentenced in Parker County

January 6, 2016
Woman who killed then dumped a nursing dog sentenced in Parker County

Humane Society reward offer brings forth vital information

By Carla Noah Stutsman
A woman who shot her nursing dog before dumping its body – and the dog’s 10 pups – in the 100 block of Raley Road in the Springtown area was sentenced in a Parker County courtroom Dec. 18, 2015.
Tammy Green Douglas, 45, will serve 60 days in the Parker County jail and pay a $1,000 fine as a result of a plea agreement reached Dec. 18, 2015.
She was booked into the jail Dec. 28, 2015 to begin serving her sentence for the charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals, a Class A misdemeanor.… Read the rest

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Shots From 2015

January 6, 2016
Shots From 2015

The Marching Green Pride impressed, filing into the refurbished Hornet Field Aug. 21 to debut their 2015 program to friends and families. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

For the first time ever, Central Park flooded when Tropical Storm Bill poured down inches of rain, sending Ash Creek roaring out of its banks. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle coaches and fans leapt with delight when Hornet Justin Scarbro pinned a foe he had never beaten to win the gold wrestling medal at state. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

In February, Eagle Mountain Lake was more than 10 feet down; by year’s end, the lake would be closed a few times because of high water.

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Fowler, Barnard club’s top students

December 29, 2015
Fowler, Barnard club’s top students

President Edwin Newton (left) and VP Brian Rogers awarded Tyler Barnard and Lauren Fowler certificates.

Tyler Barnard and Lauren Fowler, both seniors at Azle High School, were selected by the Optimist Club of Azle as Young Texan and Young Tex-Anne for December.
Lauren Fowler has maintained a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) throughout high school while holding a leadership position in Robotics class, taking Pre-AP Spanish III, and being a cheerleader.
She says her strengths include being good at staying on task and not procrastinating. Her weakness, she says, is that she’s not good at taking tests.
But Fowler’s greatest strength is her natural leadership ability.… Read the rest

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