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Supermoons!

November 16, 2016
Supermoons!

Nov. 13-14 were big days for lunar lovers. The rare supermoon – when the full moon’s orbit takes it nearest to Earth – visited. Above is moonrise on Nov. 13 and below is moonset on the morning of Nov. 14.
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Library Gala 2016

November 16, 2016
Library Gala 2016

Curren McLane, director of the Azle Memorial Library, chaired the 2016 Gala and served as emcee, as well.

Jim Wilkes is one happy bidder after winning one of the top live auction items at the Azle Memorial Library Gala. In fact, everyone at his table was pretty happy about it, including: (seated, l-r) Jay and Kay Ward, Becky and Jim Wilkes; and (standing, l-r) auction spotters Karen Propp, Vickie Moore, and Jessica Brace Payne.

Friends and patrons of the Azle Memorial Library arrived at The Orchard dressed in “after 5” attire for the biennial Azle Memorial Library Gala Nov. 12. The event raises funds that help the library with everything from books to programs to technology.Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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Hufstedler speaks at UNT

November 16, 2016
Hufstedler speaks at UNT

Longtime home economics teacher Kathy Hufstedler, now retired, spoke at a breakfast honoring the Golden Eagles of UNT.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Longtime, now-retired Azle High School home economics teacher Kathy Hufstedler was the keynote speaker at an annual breakfast honoring the Golden Eagles – the graduating class from 50 years ago – at the University of North Texas (UNT) Saturday, Nov. 5.
As part of its annual Homecoming celebration, UNT honors those who graduated a half-century earlier and one member of that class is chosen to speak about the changes he or she witnessed while studying at UNT and since.… Read the rest

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Cross Timbers Blue Ribbon Award

November 16, 2016
Cross Timbers Blue Ribbon Award

Dee Gilley (left) principal at Cross Timbers Elementary, Shannon Bernsen (right) Cross Timbers teacher, and Azle ISD Superintendent Dr. Lea (not pictured) traveled to Washington, D.C. Nov. 6-8 where they accepted one of just 329 National Blue Ribbon School awards for 2016 from the U.S. Department of Education. In celebration of the award, Azle ISD will host a Cross Timbers Elementary National Blue Ribbon Award pep rally at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Azle High School gym.

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Walnut Creek Principal Honored

November 16, 2016
Walnut Creek Principal Honored

Jessica Hanson (middle), principal at Walnut Creek Elementary, received an award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an organization that is part of the U.S. Department of Defense. Hanson was recommended for this award by Jamie Austin (right), kindergarten teacher at Walnut Creek. Austin is a member of the National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan last spring. Hanson ensured a smooth transition for the students in Austin’s class during her tour. Leon Tribble, representative from the ESGR said, “Ms. Hanson is a true patriot who went above and beyond to ensure that Ms. Austin’s job would be there upon her return.”

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Engagement

November 16, 2016
Engagement

Rev. and Mrs. Fred Himstedt, III of Cleveland, Georgia and formerly of Azle, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Lynne Himstedt to Clinton James McCarty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Douthit of Waco. The couple will be wed at 4 p.m. Dec. 22, 2016, at Memory Lane Event Center in Dripping Springs. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Azle High School and a 2009 graduate of Baylor University with a degree in art history. The groom is a 2003 graduate of Vanguard College Preparatory School in Waco. He also studied music at McLennan Community College.

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Ribbon Cutting

November 16, 2016
Ribbon Cutting

The Azle Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Service First Mortgage during the company’s grand opening Nov. 8. Service First Mortgage is located at 328 W. Main St., Suite 7, and Cristina Calk, its senior loan officer, may be reached at 817-406-0290 or by emailing ccalk@servicefirstmtg.com. Service First Mortgage is a full-service mortgage lending entity at the top of production and customer satisfaction in Texas, Arizona and Florida. According to its website, Service First Mortgage is passionate about enriching the communities it serves and empowering its customers with the responsible financial management knowledge to promote smart financial habits.

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Not treading water

November 16, 2016
Not treading water

You can often find Azle High School coach Lisa Helm and her three-legged canine companion Maverick out kayaking on area waters. Photo courtesy Lisa Helm

AHS coach Helm a kayak expert

by Mark K. Campbell
She caught the big one – and the long one.
Lisa Helm, an Azle High School coach, competed in a bass tournament on Lake Bastrop. But there was a little more to it than that.
Anglers had to fish out of kayaks.
Helm, a veteran on the water, won the women’s division of the tourney and claimed not only a trophy but a Vibe Skipjack 90 kayak with accessories.… Read the rest

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Benefit Bidding

November 16, 2016
Benefit Bidding

All eyes are on Scott Rector as bidding intensifies during the biennial Azle Memorial Library Gala Nov. 12 at The Orchard. Photo by Carla Noah Stustman… Read the rest

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Lady Hornet wrestlers eyeing state title

November 9, 2016
Lady Hornet wrestlers eyeing state title

Hali Davis won the state tournament last February as a sophomore. She returns to help lead a talented, experienced Lady Hornet team. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Veterans and talented newcomers highlight 2016-17 Azle squads

by Mark K. Campbell
The Azle wrestling team is already recognized as one of the top programs in the state.
Last year, sophomore Hali Davis won gold at state and the Lady Hornet squad finished fourth overall.
Coaches Monica Allen and Chris Allen think the Azle girls have a shot at the state team title, No. 2 in AHS history.
Both varsities are poised to shine, Chris Allen noted.… Read the rest

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