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Martial Arts Winners

June 29, 2016
Martial Arts Winners

The Azle Martial Arts & Karate for Kids competition team attended the American Taekwondo Association’s Southern U.S. District Championships. Competing were: (l-r) Don May (District Champion in Traditional Weapons); Wendell McCuller; and Tyler Miltner (2nd in Combat Weapons and 3rd in Sparring). Victoria Coleman (not pictured) won the title of District Champion title in Combat Weapons.

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Seals excels at FB camp

June 29, 2016
Seals excels at  FB camp

Daniel Seals

Daniel Seals was one of two linebackers from the Dallas area chosen to compete for a berth on the under-14 national football team.
At the Dallas camp, 350 young athletes competed and only a pair of linebackers were picked with Seals being the only one in the U-14 range.
Seals, an incoming Azle Junior High seventh grader, will join brother Ken Seals, an AHS freshman quarterback, at Canton, Ohio July 19 for a weeklong competition.… Read the rest

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Azle team off to Series

June 29, 2016
Azle team off to  Series

Headed to the World Series are: (front, l-r) Kalee Vasquez, Trista McDougall, Kat Ray, Eli Rios, Angelina Ray; (middle) Tori Pugh, Cierra Martinez, Shelbie Dillard, Stormie Siefkas, Abby Garner; (back) Jerry McDougall, Brenda Vasquez, Jennifer Garner, Stephen Barnard, Matt Baker. Not pictured: Kenzie Morgan, Ashlyn Carlile. The team is hosting a car show fundraiser at Stinger Field Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Ami Baker at wreckingcrewsoftballteam@yahoo.com for details.

The Wrecking Crew, an all-Azle under-12 Pony League softball team, is headed to the World Series.
After playing in sectional and regional tournaments, the Crew was a Director’s Choice to play in the elite event.… Read the rest

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Four for the 4th

June 29, 2016
Four for the 4th

How Independence Day traditions began

BY JULIE WALDOCK
Independence Day is right around the corner and while many people may have mastered backyard grilling, there’s still plenty to learn about your July 4th favorites.

Fireworks
When most people think of the Fourth, the first thing to come to mind is fireworks.
While everyone loves the bright lights and patterns that they produce, many people have no clue where they come from.
Li Tian, a Chinese monk, is credited with the invention of firecrackers about 1,000 years ago. He is said to have filled a piece of bamboo with gunpowder and thrown it into the fire.… Read the rest

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Music in the Park – Twice as Good

June 29, 2016
Music in the Park – Twice as Good

Music lovers got a two-fer from Music in the Park last weekend. On Friday, June 24 the Chinatown Band played. The next night, Canta Rhythm & Brass hit the Central park amphitheater stage.
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Two Decades of Service

June 29, 2016
Two Decades of Service

Cpl. Billy Thomson of the Azle Police Department, left, was honored during the Azle city council meeting June 21 with a certificate presented by Mayor Alan Brundrett for 20 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Azle. Thomson has been in law enforcement for 31 years.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Follow The Flag 2016 here July 4

June 29, 2016
Follow The Flag 2016 here July 4

Thousands marvel annually when the fireworks light up the sky above Central Park for Follow The Flag. Once again this year, every aspect of the event is free. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Annual city celebration free

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Where in the world can a family come to a beautiful public park to celebrate their patriotism and their faith on Independence Day – and enjoy free parking and admission, free Christian entertainment, free food and drinks, and one of the largest, most spectacular professional fireworks displays around, also for free?
The answer: The 24th Annual Follow The Flag celebration in Central Park, 263 W.… Read the rest

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Civic leader, activist Presnell laid to rest

June 29, 2016
Civic leader, activist Presnell laid to rest

Jon Presnell was the Azle Area Chamber of Commerce’s Man of the Year in 2007. He died June 22 and was buried at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

BY EDWIN NEWTON
Jon Presnell made a big first impression.
It wasn’t just his robust 6 foot, 3 inch frame. It was the way he approached his friends – new and old – with a handshake and a smile that exuded confidence in the person he was and the people he served.
Presnell, 83, passed away June 22 after a brief illness.
His loss had many in the Azle community reflecting on the life of a man who had done so much to make his community a better place to live.… Read the rest

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Follow The Flag 2016 here July 4

June 29, 2016
Follow The Flag 2016 here July 4

Thousands marvel annually when the fireworks light up the sky above Central Park for Follow The Flag. Once again this year, every aspect of the event is free.              Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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Athletic Hall of Fame to induct 4

June 22, 2016
Athletic Hall of Fame to induct 4

Chas Skelly competes in his gold medal match in 2003 in Austin. Azle’s first wrestling champ, he will be inducted in the Hall of Fame Oct. 22. Photo by Paula Campbell

Skelly, Holder, Porter, and girls hoops ‘80 team

by Mark K. Campbell
The second class for the Azle Athletic Hall of Fame has been selected.
Three individuals and the first-ever team will be inducted on the high school campus Oct. 22.
Voted in by the committee after reviewing scores of applications were Pat Holder, Chas Skelly, Terry Porter, and the 1980 Lady Hornet basketball team.
Holder was a multi-sport star for the Hornets in the 1960s.… Read the rest

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