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Revolution! Servolution, 6 Stones hope to unite partners to improve city, help residents

April 13, 2016
Revolution! Servolution, 6 Stones hope to unite partners to improve city, help residents

Servolution team members tore off a dilapidated porch from Catherine Davis’ house, then built her a new one, while others made her flower beds spring fresh.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Jason Malewiski didn’t think twice as he pulled the t-shirt over his head one Wednesday evening before heading to church.
When his pastor at The Church at Azle, Chad Geeslin, saw the Servolution logo on the t-shirt and asked what it was, Malewiski explained the concept, and how he saw it used in Oklahoma City.
“We need that here,” was Geeslin’s reply.
Fast-forward 2-and-a-half years.
Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett attended a meeting of the Tarrant County Mayors’ Association in September 2015 at which a group called 6 Stones made a presentation.… Read the rest

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Top chef!

April 13, 2016
Top chef!

Exchange student Lucasz Laskus (left) – with AISD culinary instructor Michael Urbanek – won state in a cooking competition.

Azle exchange student wins state cooking challenge

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Polish exchange student Lucasz Laskus has taken part in a variety of activities while at Azle High School.
The cherry on top might be the honor he just won at the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state cooking competition.
Vying in the “mystery basket” event in Dallas, Laskus’ creation was deemed the best of the batch.
AHS culinary instructor Michael Urbanek said the competition is similar to the TV reality cooking show Chopped where chefs are challenged to incorporate unusual ingredients into their meals.… Read the rest

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Heckuva Hurdlin’ Hornet

April 13, 2016
Heckuva Hurdlin’ Hornet

In the prelims at the District 5-5A Track and Field Championships in White Settlement April 11, Azle’s Conrad Reinhard blew away the competition. Following the finals April 12, six AHS athletes advanced to the regional meet. BOYS: Taylor Trower, Katy O’Dell, Kaylie Peters, Marisah Mata; and BOYS: Reinhard, Christian McGill. Alternates are Haddasah Marquart, Mata, McGill, Chase Slack, and the girls 4×400 team.                 Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Softball ladies post 2 more wins

April 6, 2016
Softball ladies post 2 more wins

Lady Hornet catcher Katelyn Harris is not only receiving a new pitcher, but is on a hitting tear, going 5-for-8 with 6 runs scored and 3 RBI. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Ledbetter steps up to post 5-5A mound victories

by Mark K. Campbell
When your ace gets injured, it can be a blow, certainly.
That’s what happened to the Lady Hornet softball team – but that didn’t keep Azle (20-6, 7-1) from winning two more 5-5A games without standout Samantha Bradley.
Quick starts in opening innings led to victories over Wichita Falls Rider, 10-4, and Boswell, 14-6. The winning pitcher in both games was sophomore Brooke Ledbetter.… Read the rest

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Hornet drop a pair in district

April 6, 2016
Hornet drop a pair in district

The baseball Hornets continued through district play, facing Rider and Boswell.
And Azle (6-14, 1-5) got in a non-district clash as well.
At home, Rider topped the Hornets 9-1.
Coach Stephen Smith said a highlight for AHS was the relief from Alex Newton. The senior threw 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits while fanning 2.
At the plate, Donny Nay doubled and Trey Ramos had a hit and scored the Azle run; he also stole a base.
At Boswell, a 4-run fifth inning put the Hornets ahead 4-2. But the Pioneers answered to rally for the win.
Ramos tripled and had 3 RBI.… Read the rest

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Champion Cowgirl

April 6, 2016
Champion Cowgirl

Azle High School cowgirl Kylee Scribner, a freshman, competed in the Region III Texas High School Rodeo Association’s finals. She was the runner-up in the first barrels go round and won the second outing with the fastest time of the weekend. In poles, she was ninth in the first go-round and won the second. For the season, she was crowned the champion in barrels, pole bending, and Rookie Cowgirl. She won two saddles, four buckles, $1,238, and a jacket. She will compete at state June 6-11 at Abilene.

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Final pre-district track tune-up a toughie in Keller

April 6, 2016
Final pre-district track tune-up a toughie in Keller

Hornet Gamble Moore jumps here, but, in Keller, it was as a hurdler that he won a bronze medal in the junior varsity 110-meter race. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Annual 5-5A meet in Aledo April 11-12

by Mark K. Campbell
In the final track meet before the district gathering, Azle coaches Keith Boenisch and Melody Dennis took their athletes to Keller March 31.
There, a variety of talented teams tested AHS athletes.
Hurdler Conrad Reinhard continued to stand out on the boys varsity.
He won the 110-meter race in 15.16 seconds. Reinhard added a bronze with a time of 40.67 in the 300 distance.… Read the rest

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Azle Junior High Track Victors

April 6, 2016
Azle Junior High Track Victors

Azle Junior High School boys track teams – eighth grade (above) and seventh grade  – both won the North Texas Athletic League Zone 1 championships at Saginaw Chisholm Trail’s track. Next up: The NTAL finals at Pocupine Stadium in Springtown conducted April 5 (results not available at press time).

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Too many pinwheels…

April 6, 2016
Too many pinwheels…

Each of these pinwheels on the Parker County Courthouse lawn represent a confirmed child abuse incident from 2015; there are 442 pinwheels. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

442 on the Parker County Courthouse lawn represents confirmed child abuse cases from 2015

by Natalie Gentry
The lovely blue pinwheels spinning in the springtime breeze on the courthouse lawn are a stark reminder of a terrible scourge.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and on April 8, Texans “Go Blue” to raise awareness and focus on child abuse prevention.
At the Parker County courthouse in Weatherford, 442 pinwheels stand – one for each of the 442 abuse cases the county saw in 2015.… Read the rest

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FW SWAT Visits Azle

April 6, 2016
FW SWAT Visits Azle

Residents in the Ranchoaks Addition off Tenderfoot Trail were startled and some were even alarmed Friday, April 1, when the Fort Worth Police Department’s SWAT team showed up to conduct an operation. The incident began with the Department of Public Safety as part of a warrant roundup, according to DPS spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel. When troopers had an indication there might be a problem, they called the FWPD SWAT team, which was on standby, for help. In the end, the person they were trying to round up was not on the premises. Photo courtesy Doug Penneman

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