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Azle’s National Day of Prayer

May 10, 2017
Azle’s National Day of Prayer

Nate and Jennifer Simmons of Azle join others in prayer; Cassandra Weaver of The Abbey Church sings “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” and “The Prayer”; Diane Gardener of Lakeside Church of God leads “The Star-Spangled Banner”; Chad Geeslin, far right, pastor of The Church at Azle, asks for help “rattling the heavens” in prayer for Azle schools as (l-r) Greg Ambrosen of Teen Challenge, Josh Tollison, pastor at Lighthouse Harbor Church, Ken Leemon of First United Methodist Church, and Carla Stutsman of the Azle News look on.                                Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman and Christina Derr… Read the rest

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Summer meal program set

May 10, 2017

Free lunch, breakfast available through AISD

The Azle ISD is sponsoring the Seamless Summer Meal Program that provides free meals for all children ages 1 through 18.
Meals are served Monday through Thursdays at these locations:

Cross Timbers Elementary
831 Jackson Trail
June 7-29.
Breakfast: 7:15-8:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11-noon.
Lunch will be served on one Friday, June 9

Azle Elementary
301 Church Street
Hoover Elementary
484 Sandy Beach Road
Azle Junior High
201 School Street
Forte Junior High
479 Sandy Beach Road
June 12-21.
Breakfast: 7:15-8:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11-noon.
Azle High School
1200 Boyd Road
June 12-Aug. 10.
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Azle resident honored by Tennessee university

May 10, 2017

East Tennessee State University inducted an Azle resident as an Outstanding Alumni.
Major (Ret.) Jodi Sluss Tekell graduated from ETSU in 1983 after participating in ROTC at the university.
Entering the military as a second lieutenant, Tekell’s career involved being an Army helicopter pilot and flight instructor.
She worked at bases in Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and South Korea, eventually attaining the rank of major and serving as an aviation officer and deputy inspector general.
Tekell became the first female helicopter instructor at Flight Safety/Bell Helicopter and trained forces from Israel, Norway, Chile, Spain, and the U.S. to name a few.
She earned a slew of awards and honors including badges for parachutist and expert marksmanship.… Read the rest

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Talking Disaster Help at Rotary

May 3, 2017
Talking Disaster Help at Rotary

Brian Glenn returned to the Azle Rotary Club and gave the group an update on the ShelterBox program that aids during disasters worldwide. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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APD: Lock your vehicle, hide valuables

May 3, 2017

Arrests spur warnings

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The arrests of two men – one from Azle, the other from Boyd – in early April has prompted Azle police to remind citizens to hide the valuables and lock their vehicles.
The two were located April 2 by Azle officers working the midnight shift after a caller reported seeing two men going through vehicles on Oak Chase Court in Azle.
One of the men had a woman’s purse inside his pants, detective Sgt. Kevin Rogers said. Information inside the purse led police to the victim’s address nearby.
The men are suspected of burglarizing multiple vehicles that night – all of which were unlocked, Rogers said.… Read the rest

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New Azle AD from Keller

May 3, 2017
New Azle AD from Keller

Becky Spurlock comes to Azle after years of success in the Keller ISD. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Spurlock is district’s first female athletic director

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Becky Spurlock knows she’ll get asked about being Azle ISD’s first female athletic director.
“I get that,” she said.
Spurlock said she hopes people will get past that soon enough.
“They’ll see how the program is run, how they’ll be supported – not male or female,” she said.
Before accepting the Azle job, Spurlock checked out the district as much as Azle ISD checked her out.
When current AISD athletic director Scott Anderson retired effective June 30, the call went out for his replacement.… Read the rest

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Green Scene is here May 7

May 3, 2017

The biennial Green Scene 2017 Garden Tour arrives Sunday, May 7.
Garden gates will open at noon at Deer Cove Event Center, 224 South Pearson Lane.
Two food plates will be available for $3 to $7 – salads or bratwurst – and can be eaten out on the terrace amid Deer Cove’s art, garden areas, and fountains.
Tickets are $15 each to tour the six local gardens that encompass sun, shade, and native and non-natvie plants.
Tickets can be purchased at the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce (in person and online), Queen Bee’s Garden, and at Deer Cove (on day of tour, cash or check only).… Read the rest

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Police Blotter

May 3, 2017
Police Blotter

Barry Mort York

Officers with the Azle Police Department arrested the following individuals during the week of April 23-29:
• Barry Mort York, 47, of Azle, was arrested April 26 in the 700 block of Boyd Road and charged with possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1, one to four grams – a third degree felony. He was also the subject of two Lake Worth PD warrants. York was transferred to the Parker County jail, where he posted $10,000 bond and was released April 29.
• Nicole Dawn McKinney, 20, of North Richland Hills, was arrested April 26 in the 400 block of Southeast Parkway and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).… Read the rest

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Double your CCC donation during May

May 3, 2017

Charitable foundation will match all contributions made during the month

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Throughout calendar 2016, more than 24,000 people received food, clothing, help with utility payments, and other services from Azle’s Community Caring Center (CCC) – about double the 12,460 families the Center served in 2012.
During May, the CCC is asking for help so it can continue to provide vital services to those in need who live within the boundaries of the Azle Independent School District.
A local charitable foundation will match – dollar for dollar – all contributions made to the CCC during May.
You can help the CCC maximize this generous grant by making a donation online at https://give.church/jo5i09k, by text at 817-406-3008, or by mailing your check to Azle Community Caring Center, 317 Commerce Street, Azle, TX 76020.… Read the rest

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Liberty Elementary Music Program

May 3, 2017
Liberty Elementary Music Program

Liberty Elementary first graders performed their music program, “A Happy, Healthy Me,” for students and their families April 20. The program featured music from the Quaver Music Curriculum purchased with grant money awarded to music teacher Karin Youngblood by the Azle Education Foundation.

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