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Azle Rotary Club

July 20, 2016
Azle Rotary Club

Azle Rotary Club members heard Kent Durham talk July 14 about a proposed school bond election. Among the details of the $59.5 million bond are moving two elementary schools, expanding another, improving campus security district-wide, and moving AISD administration to the Rock Elementary School. The goal is to get the bond on this November’s election.… Read the rest

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Chamber President Brian Rogers laid to rest

July 20, 2016
Chamber President Brian Rogers laid to rest

Brian Rogers, left, accepted the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Businessman of the Year award from Nate Simmons.

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Tributes poured in for Azle business owner and supporter of all things Azle Brian Rogers following his death on July 12 at the age of 53.
“Brian was a one-of-a-kind type guy – a caring and generous individual who loved helping people,” his friend Todd Smith said. “He had a way of making you feel like you were the most important person he knew.
“He was always willing to lend a listening ear and offer his advice,” Smith continued.… Read the rest

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Ready For Take-off

July 20, 2016
Ready For Take-off

Todd Gibbons of Azle learned power-assisted hang-gliding in California, but says it takes a lot of practice to get it right. Monday morning, July 18, he was at Ash Creek Park working on his takeoff technique – without power assistance. When cooler temperatures arrive this fall, driving out unpredictable thermals, Gibbons hopes to be in the air above Azle.

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Martin set to lead Marching Green Pride

July 20, 2016
Martin set to lead Marching Green Pride

Aaron Martin is the new band director at AHS.

by Natalie Gentry
Azle High School has a new band director heading into the 2016-17 school year.
Aaron Martin, a 1994 Granbury High School grad, has been named to the position and is preparing to oversee his first band camp with his new students.
“I’m excited to be a part of Azle,” said Martin. “When I was in high school in Granbury we competed against them at area contests, and it was always bittersweet to see Azle because they were a good band, but they were also tough competition.”
After high school, Martin attended Tarleton State University and majored in music education.… Read the rest

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Chamber President Brian Rogers laid to rest

July 20, 2016
Chamber President Brian Rogers laid to rest

Brian Rogers, left, accepted the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Businessman of the Year award from Nate Simmons.… Read the rest

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Hornet Hall of Famer Dorris comes back to Azle

July 13, 2016
Hornet Hall of Famer Dorris comes back to Azle

 

Derek to coach boys track, football with brother Devon

by Mark K. Campbell
Brothers who both have enjoyed success at Azle High School are reunited again.
Derek Dorris is back as a Hornet, joining his head football coach/big brother Devon.
Derek will be the boys head track coach and will also become part of Devon’s gridiron staff.
Athletic Director Scott Anderson said Derek officially fills a receivers coach position but where he eventually lands “will be up to Devon.”
Derek, who was part of the initial class of the Azle Athletic Hall of Fame inducted last October, comes from Duncanville where he regularly led athletes to success at the state meet.… Read the rest

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Elite Volleyball Camp 2016

July 13, 2016
Elite Volleyball Camp 2016

Veteran coaches Hollie Huston and Julie Green put scores of Lady Hornets through a variety of drills at the annual Elite Volleyball Camp conducted at Azle High School.  Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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New AISD leaders hired

July 13, 2016
New AISD leaders hired

Gina Lee

Randy Cobb

Amanda Wimpee

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Three new administrators within the Azle Independent School District are at their new posts getting ready for the 2016-2017 school year.
Assistant Superintendent Tanya Anderson calls each of them “top notch.”
Randy Cobb has been named principal at Azle High School, and brings 34 years of experience leading high school campuses of all sizes to the table.
Cobb has served as high school principal in Chico ISD, Richland High School in Birdville ISD, Nimitz High School in Irving ISD, Everman High School, and Little Elm High School.
Under his leadership, Richland High School earned a National Blue Ribbon designation, which is only awarded to the top schools in the nation.… Read the rest

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Stranger than fiction

July 13, 2016
Stranger than fiction

Richard Donnel Rogers, Jr. and Aaron Ruhlow were seriously injured when the van they were in dropped from Hwy. 199 onto Boyd Road below the overpass. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Van drops from highway to roadway below overpass

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Two men were seriously injured Thursday, July 7, in a bizarre accident that began in the 500 block of West Hwy. 199 but ended up under the overpass in the 500 block of Boyd Road.
Richard Donnel Rogers, Jr., 25, of Fort Worth, was at the wheel of an eastbound white 2014 Ford Econoline van, with Aaron Ruhlow, 30, as his passenger.… Read the rest

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Doo-Wop Tribute Group 4 Ever Young: Great Pretenders

July 13, 2016
Doo-Wop Tribute Group 4 Ever Young: Great Pretenders

While the movie Grease got postponed a second time for its showing in Central Park – maybe Grease isn’t the word – Music in the Park the day before, Friday, July 8, went off without a hitch. Playing 50s doo-wop were 4 Ever Young. This Friday it’s back to rock ‘n’ roll with Monkey Love and their 70s and 80s playlist.
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