Sting Fling draws crowd on early fall-like day
by carla noah stutsman
Historically, weather has been a determining factor in crowd size for the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Sting Fling – its biggest fundraiser each year.
Rains have plagued the event for the last several years, forcing it to close early.
This year, the Chamber elected to move the event from the last Saturday in September to the second Saturday in hopes of avoiding the rain.… Read the rest
The Azle Independent School District Board of Trustees, plus Superintendent Dr. Ray Lea, answered the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Azle Junior High stadium. Lea had previously taken the plunge at home after a challenge from his brother-in-law, but when one was issued by board Secretary Shannon Hart and President Bill Lane, Lea extended the challenge to include the entire board. In turn, the AISD board members solicited Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett, the Azle City Council and City Manager, Craig Lemin, and Texas gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest
The annual Texas rite-of-passage for thousands of teenage athletes – two-a-day football practices – is underway on the Azle High School campus. Head coach Devon Dorris said, “Practices have been fairly crisp and sharp for this time of year. Our kids showed up knowing our practice expectations and have been giving great effort.” Dorris said his troops are ready to face an opponent “other than ourselves” and that happens Friday morning, Aug. 22 against Burleson. The freshman and JV teams face their Elk counterparts at 8:30 a.m.… Read the rest
A powerful thunderstorm packing 65 mile-per-hour downburst winds slammed into Azle Saturday, Aug. 16 around 3:15 p.m. The storm dropped more than an inch of rain in some places; it also dropped a few trees, like this one near the corner of W. Main Street and Speer Street. Runoff from the rain filled bar ditches that flow into creeks that run into Eagle Mountain Lake. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest