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District play begins Friday

September 21, 2016
District play begins Friday

 

Boswell Take the Lake rivalry game opens 6-5A

Freshman quarterback Ken Seals will get his first taste of a rivalry atmosphere at Boswell Friday. The Take the Lake game is the first in 6-5A. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
With the exception of two teams, Azle’s fellow district mates did not exactly light up the non-district W column – and that’s good news for the Hornets.
“Except for Aledo and Northwest, there are not a lot of quality wins in our district,” AHS head coach Devon Dorris said.
While both the Bearcats and Texans are off to 3-0 starts, only Saginaw Chisholm Trail at 2-1 is above .500 – and the Rangers faced especially weak foes.… Read the rest

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Racers ready for push toward district

September 21, 2016
Racers ready for push toward district

Hornets Carson Leatherwood (37) and Haygen Holbrooks (32) are crucial links in Azle’s cross country efforts to reach the elite air of the state meet in Round Rock in October. District is Oct.21 in White Settlement. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The highly-anticipated 2016 cross country season – with the boys squad state-ranked and full of veterans – resumes Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Metroplex Challenge.
Coach Keith Boenisch will take the teams back to “The Buff” in Haltom City where Azle first ran successfully back on Aug. 26 in the Cowtown Challenge.
After that comes the final two meets – at Keller Oct.… Read the rest

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Vying for a Victory

September 21, 2016
Vying for a Victory

The Lady Hornet volleyball varsity team remained winless in 6-5A despite strong efforts from players like defensive specialist Katelyn Brothers. Coach Elizabeth Snyder said, “The past two district matches have not gone as we would like, but the girls have learned a lot from the losses. They are learning they need to work together more and fight the entire night for every point. I’m proud of their determination and dedication.” Azle plays at Boswell Sept. 23 and at Eaton Sept. 27. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Daring to follow the uncertain path

September 21, 2016
Daring to follow the uncertain path

Bethany Pigott and her husband, Justin, are the campus directors for the University of Texas chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The couple is pictured with their two children, Abby and Eli. Photo courtesy Bethany Pigott

From Springtown to Mississippi to Florida to UT-Austin, Pigott believes

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When Bethany Workman Pigott graduated from Springtown High School in 2005, and at several points down the road, she thought she knew what her future held.
Pigott learned that plans have a way of changing.
Pigott said, “Change always precedes growth, and we do not know how God wants us to grow.”

Jump-starting FCA
Pigott initially became involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) as a student-athlete at Bridgeport Middle School.… Read the rest

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Back to Main Street

September 21, 2016
Back to Main Street

Eventually, this open expanse on Main Street will become the new Azle City Hall and police headquarters. All offices and staff currently in the B.J. Clark Community Center will move here. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Azle council approves purchase of land for city hall, PD

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
If all goes according to plan, Azle City Hall and the Azle Police Department will be moving to Main Street within the next few years.
The Azle city council voted Sept. 6 to authorize the purchase of two properties in the 500 block of Main Street.
One parcel is a vacant, wooded 13.87 acre tract; the other is 0.15 acres and includes a building which the city intends to demolish before construction on the complex commences.… Read the rest

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Engagement

September 21, 2016
Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Chris McNeill are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jordan McNeill, to Jeremy Lee Dudley, son of Debbie Dudley and the late Randy Dudley of Milledgeville, Georgia. The bride-elect, a 2012 graduate of Azle High School, is a nurse practitioner in private practice in Fort Worth. The prospective groom, a graduate of Georgia College and State University, will complete graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary May 2017. The couple will exchange vows Feb. 25, 2017 at Travis Avenue Baptist Church.

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Late Summertime Fishing

September 21, 2016
Late Summertime Fishing

Anglers return to the dock after an outing on Eagle Mountain Lake. With temperatures near 100 and a “real feel” of well over that, hitting the lake remains a popular pastime as summer winds down. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Azle ISD: Student growth means bond necessary

September 21, 2016
Azle ISD: Student growth means bond necessary

BY CHRISTINA DERR
With continued and projected growth comes the need for expansion of the Azle ISD.
That’s why members of the Azle ISD are out pitching the Nov. bond proposal everywhere.
Superintendent Dr. Ray Lea announced at the Sept. 19 AISD board of trustees meeting that current enrollment is up to 6,332 students – 6,354 including the 22 students at the district’s Hornet Academy.
“We continue to grow, we are adding students almost every day,” Lea said.

Bond presentations
Ahead of the Nov. 8 bond election, a political action committee, Classrooms For Kids, has been formed in support of the $59.5 million bond package.… Read the rest

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Access Roadway Work Continues

September 21, 2016
Access Roadway Work Continues

Work continues on the Hwy. 199 access road as fall approaches – even though with the recent end of summer heat wave, it’s hard to believe autumn is near. Workers toil on, but the project is clearly many weeks away from completion. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Rootin’ Tootin’ Rowdies

September 21, 2016
Rootin’ Tootin’ Rowdies

The Rowdies – an Azle High School cheering group – will take their show on the road to Saginaw when Azle faces rival Boswell in the annual Take the Lake game Friday.                 Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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