Carter named to Star-Telegram 1st Team
by Mark K. Campbell
Two senior Lady Hornets won more accolades for their 2016 performances.
Samantha Bradley repeated as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team Player of the Year.
Infielder Bailee Carter landed on the First Team.
Bradley put up impressive numbers again in ‘16, winning 17 games – despite nursing along an ankle injury – and helping Azle advance deep into the playoff.… Read the rest
Three Azle High School Fishing Team members vied at the top event in Texas – Colby Williams, Ricky Talmage, and Brett McDonald.
The latter had the most success as McDonald reeled in a 5.60-pound largemouth bass at Toledo Bend Reservoir.
Sponsor/captain Larry Mackey said over 200 boats – with a pair of anglers each – vied at state with over $70,000 being awarded in scholarships.
McDonald’s catch placed Azle 117th out of 179 teams; 792 bass were caught overall.… Read the rest
At the Dallas camp, 350 young athletes competed and only a pair of linebackers were picked with Seals being the only one in the U-14 range.
Seals, an incoming Azle Junior High seventh grader, will join brother Ken Seals, an AHS freshman quarterback, at Canton, Ohio July 19 for a weeklong competition.… Read the rest
How Independence Day traditions began
BY JULIE WALDOCK
Independence Day is right around the corner and while many people may have mastered backyard grilling, there’s still plenty to learn about your July 4th favorites.
When most people think of the Fourth, the first thing to come to mind is fireworks.
While everyone loves the bright lights and patterns that they produce, many people have no clue where they come from.
Li Tian, a Chinese monk, is credited with the invention of firecrackers about 1,000 years ago. He is said to have filled a piece of bamboo with gunpowder and thrown it into the fire.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Where in the world can a family come to a beautiful public park to celebrate their patriotism and their faith on Independence Day – and enjoy free parking and admission, free Christian entertainment, free food and drinks, and one of the largest, most spectacular professional fireworks displays around, also for free?
The answer: The 24th Annual Follow The Flag celebration in Central Park, 263 W.… Read the rest
Jon Presnell made a big first impression.
It wasn’t just his robust 6 foot, 3 inch frame. It was the way he approached his friends – new and old – with a handshake and a smile that exuded confidence in the person he was and the people he served.
Presnell, 83, passed away June 22 after a brief illness.
His loss had many in the Azle community reflecting on the life of a man who had done so much to make his community a better place to live.… Read the rest