Now that the new surface is atop the back parking lot at AHS – which will provide more room for those attending events at the new gym – it was time for striping the blacktop. This worker focused on a red string being stretched a long distance by a workmate on Aug. 9.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell
Vaughan receives Olympic-sized send-off
by Mark K. Campbell
Shelbi Vaughan has competed in some big track meets.
She has thrown in Austin at state, been a multiple-NCAA champion for Texas A&M, and competed in several countries.
Now she has reached the greatest stage for her sport of discus – the Olympics.
Vaughan was given a rowdy send-off by family and friends Friday, Aug. 5 as she headed to DFW Airport to fly to Rio de Janeiro.
Many stood on the Stewart Street Bridge in 100-degree heat to wave American flags and cheer as the athlete, with an array of emergency vehicles leading the way, passed underneath in an open vehicle, waving an unfurled flag of her own.… Read the rest
AISD Supt. says city growing in leaps and bounds – and that means more students
BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Open enrollment began for the Azle ISD 2016-17 school year and the numbers kept rising.
That’s what Superintendent Ray Lea told Azle Rotary Club members Aug. 4.
Lea said, “We have 350 new students; I have never seen this kind of interest.”
Even factoring in that around 100 students leave the district annually, the AISD is without question growing, he noted.
Lea said that when he first arrived, there had been years of Azle losing more students than they had gained.
“That has changed,” he said.… Read the rest
Hundreds of hours donated to keeping parks clean
BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
At the Aug. 2 city council meeting, members heard from Superintendent Kyle Culwell that Azle’s public service department had a good year.
Improvements and expansions were noted in multiple areas dating from Oct. 2015 – all from a department consisting of just a superintendent, a supervisor, and three maintenance workers.
The department’s reach
Park personnel oversee and maintain a variety of areas, including 87 acres spread over four parks.
The primary parks are:
Ash Creek Park is 31 acres, Azle’s largest.
Central Park covers 27 acres, houses an amphitheater.… Read the rest
Last week’s story about Ken Seals monitored his continued quarterbacking success from youth to junior high to this year, his first at Azle High School.
But there’s another exceptional QB in the AISD pipeline.
Jacob Lee joined Seals as a winner at the Texas State QB competition.
An incoming eighth grader, Lee guided the seventh grade Hornets to an undefeated season in 2015.
At the QB competition, he faced a deep group of athletes and won his age division in the final round.… Read the rest