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Walk on

July 26, 2017
Walk on

The 4,500 linear feet of sidewalk will benefit not only Walnut Creek students but AHS runners as well.

Long sidewalk approved near future Walnut Creek Elementary

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Azle Independent School District is the first school district to receive a safe travels grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).
AISD Assistant Superintendent Todd Smith said the NCTCOG grant program has as its purpose creating safe travels, and that the district pursued the grant under the title “Safe Travels to School.”
In conjunction with the City of Azle, Azle ISD officials filed an application for the matching grant this February and learned they were awarded the funds last month.… Read the rest

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Digging Up Main Street

July 26, 2017
Digging Up Main Street

If you’re headed to Main Street any time in the near future, plan some extra time. The Texas Department of Transportation is busy “milling” – tearing up – the pavement to prepare for a new overlay. Various lanes will be closed with work scheduled from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Work should be completed by next week “weather permitting” – scattered showers are predicted with temperature “real feels” soaring well above 100 degrees for the next several days. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Sand Man

July 26, 2017
Sand Man

Heavy rains overnight on July 24 washed away much of the detail, but sand sculptor Joaquin Cortez was back on top of the pile Monday afternoon. His work will be the centerpiece of the first Sand Sculptors Extravaganza at Twin Points Park Saturday, July 29. A competition of 15 groups is planned at the event which also includes a coin hunt for kids.  Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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Winning Taekwondo Trio

July 19, 2017
Winning Taekwondo Trio

At the 2017 American Taekwondo Association’s World Championships in Little Rock, three members of Azle Martial Arts placed in sparring. Azle’s Jay Glaze (left) took second as did Dillon Jenney (right); Springtown’s Ridge West (center) finished third. Jenney lost to the current world champion from Illinois. AMA instructor Don May, third in the world in 2016-17, finished second place in combat weapons sparring.

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Azle athletes wrestle at nationals

July 19, 2017
Azle athletes wrestle at nationals

Seth Bell (left) and Austin Arredondo competed as part of Team Texas in a nationals event in North Dakota.

Bell, Arredondo part of Team Texas competing in North Dakota

by Mark K. Campbell
A pair of Hornet wrestlers competed at the elite Marines Cadet/Junior National Freestyle Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.
Seth Bell, who earned a scholarship to Emmanuel University in Georgia, and Austin Arredondo hit the mats as part of Team Texas.
Both qualified for the Texas national team in the spring.
Bell and Arredondo finished 1-2 against some of the best wrestlers in America, Azle head coach Chris Allen said.… Read the rest

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At the Elite Volleyball Camp

July 19, 2017
At the Elite Volleyball Camp

Scores of young Lady Hornets learned from a couple of veteran coaches at the annual Elite Volleyball Camp. Conducted in a high school gym – where the air conditioning was struggling to keep up with the summer heat – campers went through intensive drills led by two head coaches with decades of experience in UIL volleyball: Julie Green Coppell and Hollie Hutson Keller Fossil Ridge.
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Special session decisions will make waves here

July 19, 2017
Special session decisions will make waves here

Springtown Superintendent Mike Kelley said the proposed “bathroom bill” is unnecessary to protect student privacy and that any potential issue can be handled at the local level. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

At county, city, and school district levels; annexation, texting on Gov. Abbott’s radar, too

BY CHRISTINA DERR
With Texas’ 85th Legislature beginning a special session July 18, many area leaders have concerns about what effects the outcomes may have on their local governments.
Governor Greg Abbott called for the 30-day special session in June and asked the Legislature to take up a 20-item agenda.
Eleven of those 20 items –many of which were passed by the state senate during the regular biennial session, but could not make it through the state house, or vice versa in the case of House Bill 21 aimed at revamping the state’s school funding system – could have a direct impact on the financing and administration of local government including cities, counties, and especially, school districts.… Read the rest

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New Rotary Club President

July 19, 2017
New Rotary Club President

The new Azle Rotary Club president is Karen Dickson (right), the city’s economic development director. After receiving the gavel from outgoing President Debra Jenkins, Dickson addressed the group, outlining her goals for the next year. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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US. Top 10

July 19, 2017
US. Top 10

Avery North became the first-ever Azle High School Future Business Leader of America student to place in the top 10 nationally. The sophomore qualified in three events – journalism, MOS Word, and MOS Excel – but could only compete in one category, according to contest rules. She chose MOS Excel and finished tenth at the national FBLA event held at Anaheim, California.

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Hwy. 199 Wreck Injures One

July 19, 2017
Hwy. 199 Wreck Injures One

A woman whose car struck the Ford sedan pictured above Monday, July 17 was transported to Texas Health Azle with minor injuries. Two women in the Ford were uninjured, and said the accident happened when a pickup stopped in the middle of the roadway in the 1600 block of West Hwy. 199 so its occupants could pick up items that had fallen off their truck. The injured woman could not see the stopped pickup and struck the Ford when she tried to stop suddenly. The occupants of the pickup fled the scene immediately after the accident, the uninjured women said.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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