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Scouts Take Aim on Shady Grove Park

June 22, 2016
Scouts Take Aim on Shady Grove Park

Most of Shady Grove Park was closed to the public June 20-23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.for the Boy Scouts of America Silver Star North District gathering where scores attended. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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AHS Road Work

June 22, 2016
AHS Road Work

The north side of the Azle High School parking lot – on the new gym side – gets a facelift. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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AISD ponders bond package

June 22, 2016
AISD ponders bond package

Kent Durham, chairman of the bond committee, made the group’s recommendation to Azle ISD trustees June 20. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Moving 2 elementaries in $59.5 million proposal

by Mark K. Campbell
Normally, the big news coming out of a school board meeting would be that a new band director had been hired.
But that revelation took a back seat to a presentation suggesting the board considered calling a $59.5 million bond package.
Trustees heard from Kent Durham, chairman of the 2016 Long Range Facility Planning Committee.

Durham spelled out the committee’s decision that more money is needed for expansion and it’s needed soon.… Read the rest

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AHS Principal Robinson resigns

June 22, 2016
AHS Principal Robinson resigns

Sam Robinson speaks at what turned out to be his final graduation ceremony with Azle High School June 2.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Just as Azle Independent School District announced the news it has hired a new band director for Azle High School comes the resignation of the school’s principal, Sam Robinson.
Robinson, who has served in the Azle ISD for 10 years, said on Monday that several factors prompted his resignation on Monday, June 13.
“I really want to continue my education in pursuit of my PhD,” Robinson said, adding that he can complete the requirements in about a year at a full-time pace.… Read the rest

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Great Bales of Fire

June 22, 2016
Great Bales of Fire

The Briar/Reno Volunteer Fire Department responded to a brush fire call June 21 in the 2000 block of Jay Bird Lane. Approximately 35-40 large bales of hay had ignited and about an acre of a nearby field was scorched as well. Units from Parker County ESD 1, the Azle Fire Department, and Tarrant County ESD 1 were on scene to assist. Photo by Natalie Gentry

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Azle’s Latest Grads

June 22, 2016
Azle’s Latest Grads

With this class of graudates June 20, the number of students earning degress from the Hornet Academy rose to 296. A full auditorium at AHS lauded the grads.        Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Scott takes SFA hoops job

June 15, 2016
Scott takes SFA hoops job

Kayla Scott

by Mark K. Campbell
A former Lady Hornet is making waves at universities.
Kayla Scott, AHS Class of 2008 where she was a basketball and soccer standout, has been hired as the director of basketball operations at Stephen F. Austin University.
At the Nacogdoches college, Scott will “be involved in nearly all facets of the Ladyjack program,” said women’s head coach Mark Kellogg.
Among Scott’s new duties: team travel, scheduling, on-campus recruiting visits, and equipment management.
Scott goes to SFA from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.
There, she was an assistant coach – primarily coaching guards and perimeter players – and helped the Aggies to a program-best 12-4 record in the Lone Star Conference and CU’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 13 years.… Read the rest

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Shafer earns elite berth

June 15, 2016
Shafer earns elite berth

Azle’s Causen Shafer earned a place on a select team in Dallas that will compete for a national title.

Causen Shafer, an incoming freshman at Azle High School, was one of just four baseball players who was selected for an elite team.
After hitting three home runs and turning in a fast 60-yard sprint time in a Dallas tryout, Shafer, 14, was picked for a position on a USSA All-American team.
That squad will compete against other 14U Midwest Region teams and will vie for a national title at the All-American Games slated for Aug. 7-13 at ESPN Wild World Sports facility in Orlando, Florida.… Read the rest

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Roundball Fun at AHS

June 15, 2016
Roundball Fun at AHS

Hoops camp fun at Azle High School included drills, workouts, and an occasional behind the back pass. New boys basketball coach James Crafton led the camp with help from other Azle coaches.
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Local students from Springtown, Azle, and Poolville cash in at Parker County Livestock Show

June 15, 2016
Local students from Springtown, Azle, and Poolville cash in at Parker County Livestock Show

The winners of the inaugural PCLIA calf scramble represented most of the area schools June 7. Seven calves were up for grabs each night.

BY NATALIE GENTRY
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Many local students enjoyed success at the annual Parker County Livestock Improvement Association Youth Fair.
At this year’s June gathering, these Azle, Springtown, and Poolville students were included in the stock show auction.
Winners, as listed in the auction catalog, included:

Crops
Emery Lang, Poolville FFA, 1st, Kale;
Evan Lang, Poolville FFA, 2nd, Cuke;
Parker Hawkins, Poolville FFA 3rd, Potato.… Read the rest

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