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Out quick

August 24, 2016
Out quick

The (wet) Birdville champs: (l-r) Haygen Holbrooks, Trevor McIntire, Brandon Wolfe, Cody Drolet, Carson Leatherwood, and Julian Hernandez.

Boys cross country squad shines early

State-ranked Azle proved worthy of such accolades at the first cross country meet of the season.
At a soggy Tarrant County College Northwest campus course, the varsity Hornets – ranked No. 18 in 5A – beat all comers over 3200 meters.
The win was what is likely to be the first of many for the talented boys squad that returned every runner but one from last year’s district champions.
Coach Keith Boenisch said, “Our first race of the year went really well.… Read the rest

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Another Tourney Looms

August 24, 2016
Another Tourney Looms

After another series of matches, the Lady Hornet volleyball team – including senior captain Rachel Kay – faced Springtown Aug. 23 (results not available at press time). Next is tournament No. 3 at Euless Trinity Aug. 26-27.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Scenes from a Scrimmage

August 24, 2016
Scenes from a Scrimmage

In a scrimmage wisely moved up because of expected poor weather, Azle faced Burleson at Hornet Field Friday, Aug. 19. The regular season opens there this Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Grapevine.

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Back To School

August 24, 2016
Back To School

Damon Cook eyes the entrance to Liberty Elementary as he heads to his first day of Pre K.
Photo by Natalie Gentry

Cheyenne Gray is ready for the first day of fourth grade, arriving at Walnut Creek Elementary School with her mom, Chelsa Gray.
Photo by Christina Derr

No first day qualms for Pre K student Caleb Whitlock as he leads the way into Liberty Elementary. Photo by Natalie Gentry

Becky Compton and first grader Zoey Compton arriving for the first day of the new school year at Walnut Creek Elementary School. Photo by Christina Derr

Natalie White almost dances her way across the road as she heads to her first day of Pre K3 at Reno Elementary.

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Dazzlers celebrate 20 years

August 24, 2016
Dazzlers celebrate 20 years

The 2016-2017 Emerald Dazzlers Drill Team: 1st Lt. Brooke Ashmore; Secretary Kelsi Bernsen; Senior Lt. Leona Brune; Moriah Carrizales; Junior Lt. Taylor Cobb; Historian Skylar Collins; Isabelle Crabtree; Jennifer De La Cerda; Junior Lt. Tallie Feldmen; Manager Sydney Glenn; Ana Gomez; Alexa Guadiana; Bricky Guiffre; Vice President Kaycee Hickman; Jorden Hooper; Payton Hoskins; President Chyanne Hull; Captain Kayla Karnes; Treasurer Dahlia Kautz; Yolany Lopez; Mariah Markham; Manager Zoe Martin; Alexus Martinez; Marlenn Martinez; Rachel McGee; Candy Mesta; Stacie Moore; Manager Halen Morris; Chaplain Hannah Morrison; Destiny Otparlik; Junior Lt. Jill Pace; Daisy Rivera; Manager Vanessa Shay; KenLeigh Spivey; Manager Caitlin Thomas; Sydney Thomason; Raychel Velasquez; and Alyssa Westrup.

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Addressing Rotarians

August 24, 2016
Addressing Rotarians

Two Azle High School juniors, Grant Johnson (left) and Trey Walcott attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards under the sponsorship of the Azle club. Both named a game called “Promises, Promises” as most memorable from the Denton experience. In the game, teams are given countries – each with specific strengths and weaknesses – and are tasked with trading assets to see that all countries get what they need.                                                  Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Counts earns Master’s

August 24, 2016
Counts earns Master’s

Austin Counts

Austin Counts, AHS Class of 2005, earned a Master of Science degree from Tarleton State University.
He graduated summa cum laude from the Stephenville college Aug. 6.
Counts was selected as the 2016 Computer Information Systems/Marketing outstanding graduate.
The son of Rondal and Aelanda Counts, Austin was a member of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business.… Read the rest

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Rockin’ the AISD

August 24, 2016
Rockin’ the AISD

Tanya “Just a Small Town Girl” Anderson, aka AISD assistant superintendent, led hundreds in Journey’s popular “Don’t Stop Believin'” at the district’s convocation Aug. 19. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Convocation kicks off school year for teachers, school employees

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Oooo, we’re halfway there
Oooo, living on a prayer.

The auditorium at Azle High School rocked as almost every teacher, administrator, and employee in the Azle Independent School District sang loudly and danced to the beloved Bon Jovi anthem.
The district’s annual convocation began Friday, Aug. 19, with employees browsing dozens of booths manned by Azle-area businesses and organizations in support of the ISD and its employees.… Read the rest

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Chamber’s popular Sting Fling here Sept. 10

August 24, 2016
Chamber’s popular Sting Fling here Sept. 10

Kids of all ages enjoy the Sting Fling Carnival – it’s one of several popular activities returning to the annual festival.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
School has started, football season looms, and the anticipation of fall weather is everywhere.
That means it’s time for the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s biggest fundraiser of the year – Sting Fling 2016.
This year the event is set for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 with events in Central Park and at 404 Main Place, and vendor booths along Main Street.
Calling the festival a celebration of Azle, Chamber Director Shelia Pippins says folks will notice some changes to this year’s Sting Fling.… Read the rest

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Rare August Downpours

August 24, 2016
Rare August Downpours

A late summer series of storms brought unseasonably cool temperatures to the area. As usual, the roadway on Industrial Avenue flooded. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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