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Groundbreaking

April 26, 2017
Groundbreaking

TJ Machine & Tool broke ground on a $3.5 million expansion/consolidation facility at 11220 FM 730 South in a ceremony April 5. Formerly a family-run business, TJ Machine & Tool was established in Azle in 1971 by TJ and Billie Wright. Canerector, Inc., a family-owned Canadian business, acquired TJ Machine in 2014 leaving it as an independent division. TJ Machine has been operating out of five different locations around Azle after out-growing its main plant facility. This expansion/consolidation plan will add 38,000 square feet to the current location of 20,000, allowing all operations to be relocated to the new location on 730 South in early 2018.

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The Scouts’ Enola

April 26, 2017
The Scouts’ Enola

Boy Scout Troop 147 attended a “Water World”-themed Spring Camporee at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch. One of the events was to plan, lash, build, and float a raft. The troop placed first in the raft building competition with The Enola. Scouts also competed in events such as geocaching, cooking, water purification, lashing, wet fire starting, a war canoe tug-of-war, and more. Pictured with The Enola are Tobey Keil, Marshall Frank, Assistant Scoutmaster Patrick Bryant, Bryce Farris, Ethan Hodges, Travis Westbrook, Joseph Jolly, Dylan Hamilton, Mathew Dahl, Teddy Foster, Brandon Graeber, Ryon Keil, Clayton Coe, Sam Graeber, Mac Foster and Scoutmaster Charlie Martin.

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Forte honors band shines

April 26, 2017
Forte honors band shines

The Forte Junior High honors band celebrates perfect scores at UIL competition April 11 at Saginaw High School.

 Group earns straight 1s at UIL event

The Forte Junior High honors band received a perfect score of straight “1s” when the band competed at the district UIL music competition April 11.
The honors band is comprised of seventh and eighth graders who competed at Saginaw High School, director Ben Eades said.
“The band undergoes a rigorous process learning the music with many hours of preparation for the competition,” director Renee Cantrell said.
“We are all extremely proud of the students and the hard work that earned them this prestigious honor.”
Band members include:
Tony Acevedo, Zach Allen, Brianna Bartlett, Nikolas Birkeland, Emily Blackwell, Jacob Burton, Morgan Cain, Robert Caney, Jhonathan Carmane, Paige Childress, Collin Clark, Cole Cline, Celsea Colley, Monti Collins, Jesse Crowley, Isaiah Davidson, Josie Davidson, Ian Deel, Andrea Duran, Elizabeth Feldman, Steven George;
Gaelyn Gibson, Brianna Gonzales, Jessica Green, Haley Guerrero, Aksel Hiros, Alyssa Holland, Samuel Holmes, Makenlee Holmelsy, Jasmine Howard, Katie Ingram, Chase Lazamana, Logan Malewiski, Rebekah Mclaughlan, Jaden Mello, Maria Nava-Plata, Rosa Nava-Plata, Leah North, Riley Norton, Edwin Pacheco, Tori Patton, Genna Peyton, Robert Philips;
Nicholas Portales, Charles Ramon, Austin Redd, Angelina Rivera, Vivi Sandoval, Erika Shaver, Ranger Sprabary, Bonnie Thomas, Kelen Totty, Laney Upshaw, Emma Walker, Kaela Westrup, Madeline Wilder.… Read the rest

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Dunn group’s top teacher

April 26, 2017
Dunn group’s top teacher

Jordan Dunn

For its inaugural Masonic Lodge Teacher of the Month, Azle’s lodge chose Jordan Dunn of Hoover Elementary.
Dunn is in her second year at Hoover and is the dyslexia and Grand Central Station teacher.
She believes she has found her “teaching home” at the elementary, she said.
Dunn arrived in Texas in 2008 from South Jersey.
Before becoming a teacher, she worked as a zookeeper for the Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd and at the Dallas Zoo.
At the latter, she worked with primates, tigers, and otters for three years.
She received a bachelor of arts in psychology with a minor in animal behavior from the University of New Hampshire.… Read the rest

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AHS foursome lauded by club as top students

April 26, 2017
AHS foursome lauded by club as top students

The Azle Rotary Club honored a quartet of Azle High School seniors as the April Students of the Month. Receiving certificates were (l-r) Brendan Marchand, Sarah Idell, Brooke Ashmore, and Josh Suratt. All plan on contiuding their educations at Texas colleges.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
A quartet of Azle High School seniors were picked as the Rotary Club’s Students of the Month.
Lauded at a meeting were Brooke Ashmore, Sarah Idell, Joshua Surratt, and Brendan Marchand.
Ashmore, daughter of Steve and Shauna Ashmore, plans on attending Texas Woman’s University after graduating from AHS.
She is a four-year member of the Dazzlers dance team, serving as a first lieutenant as a twelfth grader.… Read the rest

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In Service

April 26, 2017
In Service

Kristin Lynn Sutton, Azle High School Class of 2015, graduated basic military training and will attend the Air Force’s tech school for security forces at Lackland AFB in San Antonio. Sutton is the daughter of Dennis and Karrie Sutton of Azle and Damien and Shelley Raines of Lake Worth.… Read the rest

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Blessing Box Blessing Local Folks

April 26, 2017
Blessing Box Blessing Local Folks

There are Blessing Boxes around town – enclosed, protected constructions that anonymously helps out anyone in need – replenished by those with plenty. This one is at the Lions Club entrance at 412 Commerce Street, just down from the post office. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Minor Injury in Wreck Near High School

April 26, 2017
Minor Injury in Wreck Near High School

One person received minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident in the 1200 block of Boyd Road Tuesday morning, April 25. Further details were not available by press time.                     Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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Softball ladies in thick of crowded playoff race

April 19, 2017
Softball ladies in thick of crowded playoff race

Happy Lady Hornets await Katelyn Harris after she belted a home run against Saginaw. Azle is fighting for a playoff berth with two games remaining. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

Only 2 district games remain

by Mark K. Campbell
Just as AHS’ head softball coach Tracy Tadlock said as 7-5A play began, the district race is one where everybody is beating everybody.
Azle splitting two 7-5A games has kept that trend going. With two games remaining in district play, Azle (6-6 in district) is one of six teams just one game apart.
Only four teams advance to the playoffs so the final two games will determine everything.… Read the rest

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Promising Quarterback Leaves for Weatherford

April 19, 2017
Promising Quarterback Leaves for Weatherford

Ken Seals, Azle’s starting quarterback as a freshman last fall, has transferred to Weatherford. An Honorable Mention All-District pick in 2016, Seals took the reins of the Hornets early last season. Before and after, he won multiple state and national QB competitions and played on multiple all-star teams. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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