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
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
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
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
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
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
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