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Back on the Gridiron

August 16, 2017
Back on the Gridiron

Hornet Billy Copeland reaches for a pass during Azle’s four-day “acclimation” period as prepartions began for the 2017 football season.  Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Coaching hires complete 2017-18 AISD staffs

August 9, 2017
Coaching hires complete 2017-18 AISD staffs

New coach Tanner Street helps a camper try on a new Hornet jersey. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Some former student-athletes return home to Azle

by Mark K. Campbell
The 2017-18 Azle ISD coaching staff is set.
Athletic Director Becky Spurlock said 12 new faces will be directing Azle’s athletes this school year.… Read the rest

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Golf donation big for AHS

August 9, 2017
Golf donation big for AHS

Former PGA pro Robert Landers presents a check for the AHS golf program to coach Bob Gilbreath (right) and AD Becky Spurlock. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Rebuilding a program can take some time – and sometimes money.
The latter was taken care of when former golf professional Robert Landers presented the Azle High School golf program with a check for $12,645.
Head coach Bob Gilbreath and Athletic Director Becky Spurlock accepted the check Aug. 3 on the AHS campus.
Most of the money came from an annual benefit tournament for the sport headed by Landers.
That May tourney was supplemented by a generous additional donation, booting the final tally to over $12,000 – well beyond the $7,000 and $6,000 fundraising totals from the two previous years.… Read the rest

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Hornet Wrestler Signs with University in Plainview

August 9, 2017
Hornet Wrestler Signs with University in Plainview

Standout Hornet wrestler Cutter Cox signs to continue his athletic career with Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas. With him at the Aug. 2 signing are parents Tiffany and Ricky Cox. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Summer Camp Season Ends with Football

August 9, 2017
Summer Camp Season Ends with Football

Coaches old and new helped young Hornets learn football basics in the indoor facility at the annual camp. This year’s group got to try on the brand spankin’ new uniforms supplied by Under Armor. A second evening session instructed older athletes. For the high school Hornets, the season begins Aug. 14 with contact drills starting Aug. 18. Azle scrimmages at Burleson Aug. 25.                  Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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The story of Springtown’s mass lynching

August 9, 2017
The story of Springtown’s mass lynching

All the Hill women but one – Nance – are buried in unmarked graves in Springtown Cemetery. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Conclusion: Burials but no funerals

What came before:
Dusky Hill and her family of six daughers were hated by Springtown residents in 1872.
Dusky’s eldest daughter, Nance, ran with a rough crowd, including Porter, a “black sheep” from Weatherford.
With Porter and four other men, Nance’s group paused on the street where a man was killed in cold blood.
The quintet fled, but a posse caught up with them, hanging Nance and piling the men up below her swinging feet.Read the rest

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OSU Grads

August 9, 2017
OSU Grads

Shelby Danielle Gillean (right), a 2013 Azle High School graduate, graduated from Oklahoma State University summa cum laude on May 13 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. Caston Lee Warchesik (left), a 2013 AHS grad, graduated from OSU the same day with a bachelor of science degree in business administration management with a minor in marketing. Gillean is the daughter of Denise Gillean and the late Danny Gillean and the granddaughter of Royce and Mary Baker. Warchesik is the son of Lee and Dawn Warchesik.

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Chambers Mix it Up

August 9, 2017
Chambers Mix it Up

Members of the Azle, Springtown, Weatherford, Decatur, and Bridgeport chambers of commerce met for an ice cream social mixer July 27. Held at Still Waters Retreat of Texas, dozens of chamber members from the tri-county area networked. Photo by Christina Derr

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Webster Claims Top Award

August 9, 2017
Webster Claims Top Award

Longtime Azle resident John Webster was awarded the International Country Gospel Music Association’s 2017 Male Horizon Award last month for his contribution to country gospel music. Webster has performed many gospel music shows here, and throughout the Metroplex and has worked in the music ministry for 28 years.

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Dancing Queens (and Kings)

August 9, 2017
Dancing Queens (and Kings)

When Poo Live Crew invited kids in the Music in the Park audience to come onstage and dance and play instruments, they got a big response.         Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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