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First Responders’ Night

March 15, 2017
First Responders’ Night

Hornet baseball players welcome local emergency personnel at Jim Bob Nation’s Field of Dreams ballpark March 7 before the varsity game. Azle hosted the First Responders’ Night where Valerie Zamarripa threw out the first pitch; she is the mother of Patrick Zamarripa, a Dallas police officer killed in the line of duty last summer. AHS coach Stephen Smith had coached Patrick when Smith coached at Paschal High School in Fort Worth. Smith said of the evening, “We had a great showing. Patrick’s mom was touched by all the support she received by the players and parents of Azle. We were honored to show support for all our first responders who help keep us safe and risk their own lives every day.

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Elite Essayists

March 15, 2017
Elite Essayists

Three Azle High School students won scholarship money thanks to their essays in an Azle Optimist Club contest with the theme “Remaining Optimistic While Facing Challenges.” Hadassah Marquart (right) took first and won $500; Chelsea Padgett (left) was second and was awarded $300; and Kayla Karnes earned $200 for her third place finish. Photo courtesy Edwin Newton

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FW benefit to aid city’s Aguilar with cancer costs

March 15, 2017
FW benefit to aid city’s Aguilar with cancer costs

Joel Aguilar

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Joel Aguilar got a second chance at life in January when he received a bone marrow transplant.
But medical bills for the longtime employee of the City of Azle parks department have mounted to the point of being a huge burden.
Red’s Burger House Lakeview, located at 6680 Peden Road in Fort Worth, is hosting a benefit for Aguilar from 3-9 p.m. Saturday, March 18.… Read the rest

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AHS Class Quilts for Kids

March 15, 2017
AHS Class Quilts for Kids

Students taking an advanced fashion design class at Azle High School delivered 40 pillow cases they constructed though the “Stitch-A-Wish” program for children at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. Pictured delivering the pillow cases are: (l-r) Jessica Knighten, Brooke Ashmore, Nicole Elder, Carmen Franco Valles, Marilyn Perez Botello, RaeAnn Ballard, Tiana Oliver, Diana Hubbard, Allyson Finch, Ashly Alston, Baylie Long, and Mikala Martin.

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Hoover squad sweeps meet

March 15, 2017
Hoover squad sweeps meet

Celebrating a big win at Azle High School are Hoover Elementary math and science team members: (front, l-r) Jeremiah Evans and Patrick Pardue; (middle) William Ralph, Scarlet Feemster, Allison Wright, Lelia Barrett, Adan Hernandez; and (back) Jack Clark, Charles Westrup, and Caiden Richardson.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Hoover Elementary’s math and science team swept the competition in its last regular season meet Saturday, March 4, at Azle High School. The team took 1st place in number sense, calculator, mathematics, and science to bring home the 1st place overall trophy.
The Hoover team performed well as individuals, too.
Fifth grade individuals brought home a slew of awards.… Read the rest

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Rotary Speaker Talks War

March 15, 2017
Rotary Speaker Talks War

Lane Beene told Azle Rotary Club members about the extraordinarily difficult task of having a military presence in Afghanistan. From scattered, “almost tribal” clans and cultures to geological extremes of deserts and mountains, America’s military task there is daunting and arduous, Beene, a pilot with 3,500 flying hours and 450 combat missions under his belt, said.

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Missing man found in submerged truck

March 15, 2017
Missing man found in submerged truck

The area where Jim Bob Cook’s body and pickup were discovered submerged under about eight feet of water in an Eagle Mountain Lake marina. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Jim Bob Cook

Discovery comes 30 days after Reno resident last seen

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A body identified as missing person Jim Bob Cook, as well as Cook’s Ford pickup, were recovered from Eagle Mountain Lake Wednesday evening, March 8.
Cook, 56, of Reno, was reported missing in mid-February. He was reportedly last seen on Feb. 8 at Frenki’s Capriccio & Sports Bar in the 1000 block of Boyd Road in Azle.… Read the rest

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Shattered Dreams shows teens consequences of bad choices

March 15, 2017
Shattered Dreams shows teens consequences of bad choices

Scores of students, parents, and officials gathered at Azle High School to watch the mock accident, one component of the biennial Shattered Dreams program. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Making good choices.
That’s what the Shattered Dreams program is all about.
Funded by the Azle Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) and organized by members of the Azle Police and Fire Departments in cooperation with Azle ISD officials, Shattered Dreams is presented at Azle High School in odd-numbered years in an effort to show teens the benefits of making good choices versus the potentially-deadly results bad choices can bring about.… Read the rest

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Azle man on Parker County Most Wanted list

March 15, 2017
Azle man on Parker County Most Wanted list
Two area individuals are on the Parker County Crime Stoppers Most Wanted list – and one is from Azle.
Hugo Saldana-Muniz, 30, is wanted on motions to revoke probation for prior felony charges.… Read the rest

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Missing man found in submerged truck

March 15, 2017
Missing man found in submerged truck

An aerial view of the location where a missing man’s body and pickup were discovered submerged in about eight feet of water in a local marina. Google Earth image… Read the rest

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