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Hostess, artist are 50-year friends, neighbors

July 20, 2016
Hostess, artist are 50-year friends, neighbors

Elva Parker and Alice Doss have been neighbors and friends for almost 50 years.
Photo by Julie Waldock

by Julie Waldock
Overlooking the southern end of Eagle Mountain Lake stand two homes where adventurous artist Elva Parker and hard-working hostess Alice Doss – neighbors and friends for almost 50 years – live.

Elva Parker
Born July 2, 1923 in Lewistown, Montana, Elva Parker spent her early childhood in Chicago, where her father attended dental school.
Her parents then moved her and her three brothers to Longview, Washington where she went to high school.
In 1967 she settled in Fort Worth. She attended the University of North Texas and majored in art and journalism.… Read the rest

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It’s official! Pippins is now Chamber Director

July 20, 2016
It’s official! Pippins is now Chamber Director

After serving as interim director for the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce for three months, Shelia Pippins has accepted the position on a permanent basis.

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Just three months into a six month “interim period,” Shelia Pippins has been named executive director of the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce.
When Pippins agreed to take the job on an interim basis in March, she asked the Chamber board to give the new relationship six months before making a final decision.
It only took half that time for everyone to agree that Pippins fits the Azle Chamber like a glove.… Read the rest

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Azle man, partner injured in hit-and-run

July 20, 2016

by Carla Noah Stutsman
You may not know Azle resident Jim Davis.
But if you’ve lived around the Azle or Saginaw areas and had to call 911, he may have been the guy who came to your rescue.
While Dallas – the entire world, really – was still reeling from the ambush and assassination of five law enforcement officers on July 7, paramedic Jim Davis, his partner Dalton Terrell, and eight other people lived a nightmare that went largely unnoticed by local news outlets.

Hit-and-run… times 2
Davis, 54, worked for the Azle Fire Department from 1994 to 2001; he’s been with the Eagle Mountain Fire & EMS since 1997, and also works other part time jobs in addition to his full-time job at a Fort Worth plasma center.… Read the rest

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Celebrating Eagle Crest

July 20, 2016
Celebrating Eagle Crest

Tony Towles crooned several classic tunes July 14 for residents during the 18th anniversary of Eagle Crest Villa.

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Changing the face of Azle

July 20, 2016

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Businesses in Azle have a new opportunity to spruce up their appearance by renovating or restoring the exterior signage, awnings, lighting and/or commercial building facades.
The city of Azle and the Azle Municipal Development District (MDD) recently established the Facade and Signage Improvement Program (FSIP) to provide technical and financial assistance to property owners or business tenants who wish to update or upgrade the signage or facade of their business.
The FSIP is designed to impact properties in need of revitalization, resulting in the improved exterior, visibility and presentation of a business.
It’s not intended to subsidize corrections to building code violations that prolong the life of a commercial property.… Read the rest

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Sales tax revenues climb

July 20, 2016
Sales tax revenues climb

by Carla Noah Stutsman
With the exception of Pelican Bay, sales tax revenue for all taxing entities in the area are up for July as compared with July 2015.
Pelican Bay’s July revenue of $1,517 is 8.67 percent less than the $1,661 it collected in July 2015. Still, the city is only down by 0.28 percent for the year to date, with $10,751 on the books for 2016. In the first seven months of 2015, the city had received $10,781 in sales tax revenue.
Parker County’s July revenue is $586,476, 8.61 percent more than July 2015 revenue of $539,940. But the county continues to rebound from earlier losses.… Read the rest

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Local volunteer fire departments receive funds

July 20, 2016

By Natalie Gentry
Four area volunteer fire departments recently received contributions from XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
The Reno, Silver Creek, Springtown and Poolville Volunteer Fire Departments each received a generous contribution from the oil company, along with 19 others around North Texas.
XTO has contributed $46,000 to 23 fire departments and one police department this year.
“XTO would like to thank the emergency responders for the great work they do for North Texas,” said Keith Carwile, vice president, XTO Energy Fort Worth Division. “These organizations share our common goal in the relentless pursuit of safety.”
“These organizations, many of which are staffed by volunteers, play an extremely important role in providing emergency response services to North Texas,” Carwile said, “We understand the challenge these organizations have working with tight budgets, and we are pleased to provide some assistance to help them continue to provide important services.”
So far in 2016, XTO has contributed $201,000 to 84 emergency response organizations throughout Texas.… Read the rest

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Azle man gets 16 years after high-speed chase

July 20, 2016
Azle man gets 16 years after high-speed chase

George Wayne Brown, Jr.

An Azle man was sentenced to serve 16 years in the state penitentiary after leading law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit in January.
George Wayne Brown, Jr., of Azle, is accused of fleeing state troopers Jan. 24, resulting in a pursuit that spanned 28 miles and reached speeds up to 100 mph in northern Parker County and southern Wise County.
Brown chose to have a Parker County jury determine his punishment after pleading guilty to evading arrest with a vehicle July 11.
43rd District Judge Craig Towson presided over the trial.
The offense occurred after a trooper attempted to pull Brown over for speeding.… Read the rest

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New officers installed

July 20, 2016
New officers installed

Azle Masonic Lodge #601 installed new officers for 2016-17. They are: (top, l-r) Chaplain Chad Reece, Treasurer Claude Conwell, Steward Joe Bryan, Steward James Smith, Tyler Sam Horsman; (bottom) Magician Doug Burt, Sr. Warden Steve Todd; Worshipful Master Chad Gilley, Junior Warden Chuck Harrison, Marshall Bobby Hobbs, Secretary Stan Laxton. Not present: Master of Ceremonies Clint Hall and Senior Deacon Steve Silva.

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Senior Spotlight

July 20, 2016

by Sue Turnipseed
Last Friday, those at the Azle Senior Center which meets in the B. J. Clark Community Center every weekday, learned that Jackie Joy has been selected to be director of the Center. She graduated from Azle High School and is a long-time resident of Azle.
The ones going on the bus trip to Kiowa July 21 look forward to a full day of fun and fellowship. The bus leaves at 9 a.m. and will return sometime around 7 p.m.
Lonnie Holt has been in rehab and plans to be back playing dominoes this week. Polly Mears is ill and we wish her a speedy recovery.… Read the rest

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