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Name change

March 22, 2017
Name change

Always decked out in his Azle green – as here at Richland High School at AHS’ first meet of the 2017 season back in February – former coach Donnie Ostermann will now have his name attached to a meet he conducted for decades, the Hornet Relays. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Annual track meet now known as the Donnie Ostermann Hornet Relays

by Mark K. Campbell
After training generations of local track athletes, retired AISD coach Donnie Ostermann is receiving a unique accolade for all those years.
The annual Hornet Relays – which Ostermann oversaw and directed for decades – will now be known as the Donnie Ostermann Hornet Relays.… Read the rest

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District play underway for Azle baseball

March 22, 2017
District play underway for Azle baseball

Ryan Lehr went 5-for-5 in two District 6-5A games. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The start of the “games that matter” – district contests – sent the hardball Hornets on the road twice as 6-5A play began.
Azle (6-7, 0-2) lost at Aledo and Saginaw.
Against the Bearcats March 14, the hosts got a 6-1 win despite a solid start by Tyler Lehr, Azle coach Stephen Smith said.
“He pitched six great innings,” the coach recalled.
Lehr permitted just three hits, fanned four, and allowed no earned runs.
Ryan Lehr had the hot Hornet bat, going 3-for-3 and knocking home Azle’s only run in the final frame.… Read the rest

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AHS softball falls in Saginaw

March 22, 2017
AHS softball falls in Saginaw

Lady Hornet Rayne Cottle runs down a fly ball. Azle sits 1-3 early in District 6-5A play. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

The Azle High softball team dropped to 1-3 in district play after 12-5 loss at Saginaw over Spring Break.
The Lady Hornets leapt out to a 3-0 lead after half an inning, but the Lady Rough Riders answered with five runs.
AHS tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning, however it was too little, too late.
At the plate, Lady Hornet Logan Graham belted out three hits. Rayne Cottle had an RBI.
Even with the slow start, things are far from lost for Azle.… Read the rest

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Azle Junior High Track

March 22, 2017
Azle Junior High Track

The Azle Junior High School boys track teams shone at Bridgeport; the seventh grade squad won its meet and the eighth graders finished second.

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Taking the time to take the picture is just one part of the final process

March 22, 2017
Taking the time to take the picture is just one part of the final process

by Mark K. Campbell
So I was drinking coffee early one spring morning last year, ambling down the sidewalk at our little abode on a hill in Parker County.
The sun was coming up as I moseyed, ending up near a raised bed that we had planned on replacing for many years.
Each spring, garlic begins rising from that bed. It keeps growing taller and taller, capped with what always looked to me like Russian “onion domes.”
I thought they were cool – especially when the tops began bending every which way – so I squatted down to give a height perspective and took several shots with my cell phone.… Read the rest

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It’s Officially Springtime

March 22, 2017
It’s Officially Springtime

With bluebonnets, you know spring has arrived when the Indian paintbrushes begin showing up in yards and roadsides. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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News earns multiple jounalism awards

March 22, 2017
News earns multiple jounalism awards

Paper named tops in its class

Once again, the News has been lauded by its peers as one of the top newspapers in the state.
At the North and East Texas Press Association contest awards ceremony at Sulfur Springs March 18, publisher Kim Ware picked up several honors won by the News.
Among the first place plaques were two for photography.
A pair of Carla Noah Stutsman’s pictures won first and second in the News Photo category – shots of a man who had been Tased and a solemn shot of local officers at a police memorial, respectively.
Judges said, “Clean composition and good expression.”
Stutsman also placed second in News Writing and took third in the race for Journalist of the Year.… Read the rest

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AHS duo places at state

March 22, 2017
AHS duo places at state

AHS math and science team members who competed at the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) State Meet include: (front, l-r) Shawn Kim, Jenna Conner, Marlee Mazza, Sarah Wilson, Jennifer Wang, and Skylar Ingram; and (back) Ryan Thatcher, Ainsley McDonald-Boyer, Byron Anderson, Annie Cole, Davin Hill, and Brandon Burton.

The Azle High School math and science team competed at the annual Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) State Meet Saturday, March 18 in San Antonio.
While team efforts didn’t produce any trophies, individuals fared well, providing a base upon which the team can build, the team’s advisor Shayna Reasoner said.… Read the rest

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‘Machine Gun Preacher’ to speak at The Church at Azle Mon., March 27

March 22, 2017
‘Machine Gun Preacher’ to speak at The Church at Azle Mon., March 27

Machine Gun Preacher Sam Childers with his Angels of East Africa. He will speak at The Church at Azle March 27. Photo courtesy All Hands United International

Former biker now rescues African kids

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Sam Childers used to live a violent lifestyle as an addicted, hardcore biker.
Then God “turned his mess into his message.”
Childers will speak at The Church at Azle, located at 1801 S. Stewart St., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 27.
The free event is open to the general public.
Childers will share his true life story, which was made into a major motion picture, Machine Gun Preacher, starring prominent actor Gerard Butler.… Read the rest

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Rotary Honors AFD Lt.

March 22, 2017
Rotary Honors AFD Lt.

At the March 16 Azle Rotary Club meeting, Azle Fire Department Lieutenant John Behm (left), here with Chief Will Scott, was awarded the club’s Vocational Service Excellence Award. Behm, who began his career in Azle in 1991 as a dispatcher, was lauded for his “compassion, kindness, and sincerity” as a public servant.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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