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Football magazine slots Azle out of postseason

June 28, 2017
Football magazine slots Azle out of postseason

Coaches watch spring drills (above) with Hornets competing for jobs to become part of a 2017 squad. Photos by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The annual summertime release of Texas Football magazine makes playoff predictions on over 1,400 high school teams.
This year, the Hornets got little love from the publication.
Azle got pegged seventh out of the eight-team District 6-5A, well out of the playoffs.
The top four teams qualify for the postseason, divided up into divisions I and II based on attendance numbers.… Read the rest

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Teenage car racer 3rd on Indianapolis track

June 28, 2017
Teenage car racer 3rd on Indianapolis track

Azle’s John Vining and his racing team competed and placed third in the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitatonal in Indianapolis in a 15-year-old Monte Carlo.

Vining, 18, one of youngest to reach podium

by Mark K. Campbell
An 18 year old drove a 15 year old to a third place finish.
John Vining, an Azle High graduate, competed at his family’s home state of Indiana – at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to be exact – and finished third.
Racing in the SVAR Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Vining reached the Saturday race after taking sixth in a race the prior day.… Read the rest

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Preparing for the human flood

June 28, 2017
Preparing for the human flood

Economic Development Council of Parker County Chairman Jim Eggleston is making the rounds, pitching the organization and its goals. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Parker Co. population expected to reach over 450,000 by 2050

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
There is a stampede coming to Parker County,
So, reasoned many business community members, the county might as well get ready for it.
That mindset has led to the formation of the Economic Development Council of Parker County (EDCOPC).

Folks are coming
County growth is expected to explode – from 116,927 in 2010 to 193,700 in 2035.
That’s an increase of 66 percent, making Parker, according to Chairman Jim Eggleston, a partner at Eggleston, King LLP/Attorneys in Weatherford.… Read the rest

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Mother of Reno infant found drowned arrested

June 28, 2017
Mother of Reno infant found drowned arrested

Cheyenne Summer Stuckey

Woman distracted by Facebook

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The mother of a Reno infant who drowned in a bathtub last week was on Facebook during the incident, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).
Cheyenne Summer Stuckey, 21, of Reno, was arrested Wednesday, June 21, by Parker County Sheriff’s investigators.
Charged with injury to a child, Stuckey posted the required $50,000 bond and was released from the Parker County jail June 23, according to jail records.
A press release from PCSO said deputies were initially called to the 1500 block of East Reno Road on June 13 to assist the Reno Police Department in investigating the death of 7-month-old Zayla Hernandez.… Read the rest

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Return of the tremors! Earthquake rattles Reno

June 28, 2017
Return of the tremors! Earthquake rattles Reno

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Just when area residents were becoming comfortable that earthquakes here might be a thing of the past…the earth shook again.
A magnitude 2.8 earthquake, centered in the 800 block of South Reno Road, shook homes in the area at 5:52 p.m. Wednesday, June 21.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website, 117 people registered on the “Did You Feel It” portion of the site.
A swarm of earthquakes – 30 of them over a 60-day period – from Nov. 5, 2013 through Jan. 28, 2014, garnered national attention.… Read the rest

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Follow The Flag on tap here July 4

June 28, 2017
Follow The Flag on tap here July 4

Event celebrating 25 years

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
You can call it the gift that just keeps on giving.
Follow The Flag – the Christian, patriotic celebration of America’s Independence Day hosted annually in Central Park, 263 W. Main St., by the Azle Ministerial Alliance (AMA) – celebrates its 25th year from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4.
The event still features the five principles it was founded upon in 1992, when Son Shine Ministries first hosted the event on its properties: family, fellowship, food, fun and fireworks.
But don’t forget one more thing: it’s free.
That means free parking and admission, free Christian entertainment, free food and drinks, and one of the largest, most spectacular professional fireworks displays around – also free.… Read the rest

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Oaks Fall So Schools Can Rise

June 28, 2017
Oaks Fall So Schools Can Rise

Dirt work and the clear-cutting of trees on two properties slated for new Azle schools – Azle Elementary on Lakeview Drive and Walnut Creek Elementary (above) on Stribling Drive North – have changed the landscape significantly. The two new schools, funded by a $59.5 million, voter-approved bond package, are expected to be completed in time for the 2018-2019 school year.      Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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Delving into Azle’s football history an iffy affair

June 21, 2017
Delving into Azle’s football history an iffy affair

The Hornet team that tallied the most victories, 11, in Azle history was the 2014 squad that won district and two playoff games. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Especially when it’s online

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
History is tricky.
Recent events are easy to uncover in this age of digital preservation.
But go back a few decades and discovering specific facts becomes more daunting.
Documents that can verify statements are not always easy to come by.
High school annuals can be a wealth of information – if you can find one and/or it has what you’re looking for in it.
Websites, even if lovingly tended and researched, are questionable.… Read the rest

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All-State Second Baseman

June 21, 2017
All-State Second Baseman

Accolades continue for Hornet Ryan Lehr. Last month, the junior was named the district Newcomer of the Year. Now Lehr has been chosen as a First Team 5A All-State second baseman. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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How she got the picture: Summer edition

June 21, 2017
How she got the picture: Summer edition

Sometimes you gotta be in the right place at the right time – then look elsewhere

by Mark K. Campbell
Full disclosure: This photo has run in the paper before.
Taking it was a total fluke, a case of simply turning around.
My wife Paula, who shot this photo, and I were facing west one steamy summer late afternoon a few years ago.
The sky was curious, swirly and orange with the sun dropping behind distant trees.
But capturing the shot traditionally in ever-fading light was proving to be difficult.
Like a mountain or canyon, it looked a lot better in person than through the viewfinder.… Read the rest

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