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Almost finished

February 1, 2017
Almost finished

After months of work, the collapsed section of the Hwy. 199 access road at Normandy Ave. will have at least one lane open by week’s end, according to State Representative Charlie Geren. RIGHT: A worker tinkers with a radio link above Boyd Road. Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

Roadwork nearing completion

A stretch of Hwy. 199 service road – closed since its collapse last April – will open soon.
State Representaitve Charlie Geren said Texas Department of Transportation officials notified him that the section in the 1600 block of Southeast Parkway should be open in early February – one lane, at least.… Read the rest

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Fundraiser benefits AISD to tune of $91,000

February 1, 2017
Fundraiser benefits AISD to tune of $91,000

Kent Meyerhoeffer severed as auctioneer at the Azle Education Foundation’s annual Red Solo Cup fundraiser. The live auction portion of the evening raised $36,000 of the total $91,000 raised at the Jan. 28 event.     Photo by Christina Derr… Read the rest

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Swim team advances 9 to regional meet

January 25, 2017
Swim team advances 9 to regional meet

Competing for Azle at district were: Emma Ritchmond, Rebekah Riley, Taylor Bresnahan, Bao Tu Pham, Miguel Gonzales-Briones, Ricky Trapp, Brian Hasler, Jack Kortokrax, and (not pictured) Stella Yanda.

Bresnahan breaks school record

by Mark K. Campbell
A slew of Azle swimmers earned regional berths after stellar district efforts – including one that set a new AHS mark.
The record that fell was the girls 50-yard freestyle. It’s now owned by Taylor Bresnahan, a sophomore, who finished in 27.51 seconds.
She placed third in the 100 freestyle and was joined by fellow tenth grader Brian Hasler who took second in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle.… Read the rest

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Hoops ladies get late victory

January 25, 2017
Hoops ladies get late victory

Happy Lady Hornets celebrate their win at Chisholm Trail: (l-r) Harli Wilbanks, Naudia Smith, Brooke Phillips, and Breeona Cannon. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

by Mark K. Campbell
To remain in the district basketball race, Lady Hornet coach Mitzi Marquart impressed on her squad the importance of defeating Chisholm Trail in Saginaw Jan. 20.
Azle (2-5 in district) did just that, beating the hosts 33-30
“Our ladies fought hard for this win from the jump ball to the last buzzer,” the coach said.
Savannah Johnson paced AHS with a double-double – 14 points and 10 rebounds. Breeona Cannon netted 9 points; she grabbed 7 rebounds.… Read the rest

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Boys drop 2 in 6-5A

January 25, 2017
Boys drop 2 in 6-5A

 

by Mark K. Campbell
Boswell and state-ranked Chisholm Trail topped Azle (1-6 in district) in recent basketball outings.
At home against the Pioneers Jan. 17, AHS fell 51-32.
Zack Kent had a nice night with 11 points.
Max Miller scored 7 and Dylan Gibson netted 5 points in the loss.
A slow start hampered the Hornets, scoring just 12 first period points.
Chisholm Trail, No. 18 in 5A, beat Azle 66-27.
CJ Overstreet and Kent led scorers with 6 points each.
Payton Vaughn had 5 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist and a steal.

Hornet Zack Kent puts a shot up in Saginaw during Azle’s clash with Chisholm Trail.

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Seals helps USA to victory

January 25, 2017
Seals helps USA to victory

Azle freshman varsity quarterback Ken Seals started as the USA demolished Canada in the International Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Photo courtesy Azle Sports Photography

Hornet quarterback Ken Seals helped the USA Under-16 National Team demolish their Ontario, Canada counterparts 63-0 in International Bowl VIII played at AT&T Stadium Jan. 17.
The blowout game stood 42-0 at halftime.
As QB, Seals, who started for America, went 2-for-4 for 27 yards, the longest completion being 16 yards. That hook-up converted a third-and-9 near midfield.
Seals also held on some PATs.
The USA squad, playing the final game of the night at the home of the Cowboys, scored a trio of defensive touchdowns.… Read the rest

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Local school districts give the state an F

January 25, 2017
Local school districts give the state an F

Dr. Ray Lea, here presenting a Hornet Academy graduate with his diploma, said the new grading system is “designed to denigrate public schools.” Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle, Springtown ISDs join 362 others in condemning ‘work-in-progress’ A-F ratings system

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Azle and Springtown school districts have joined the fray.
When the Texas Education Agency released its “work in progress” A-F ratings for every public school district in the state on Jan. 4, over 160 school boards had adopted resolutions opposing the system in advance.
After the release of the ratings that number jumped to more than double.
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AHS seniors picked as club’s top Jan. students

January 25, 2017
AHS seniors picked as club’s top Jan. students

At the presentation of certficiates for January’s top students were (l-r) AHS Principal Randy Cobb, Dohyuk Kim, Emily Baumann, and Optimist Club President Linda Williams.

Baumann, Kim lauded by Optimists

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The Azle Optimist Club recognized Emily Baumann and Dohyuk Kim as its January Students of the Month.
Baumann is the daughter of Mark Baumann and sits No. 20 out of the Class of 2017’s 366 members with a grade point average of 101.22.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and has taken numerous Advanced Placement courses.
Baumann is a member of the AHS Choir – and its secretary – and has been a colorguard performer.… Read the rest

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Cross Timbers’ Top Singers

January 25, 2017
Cross Timbers’ Top Singers

These third and fourth grade Cross Timbers Elementary students were selected for the 2017 All City Honor Choir: (front, l-r) Valencia McClung, Emersyn Anderson, Mackenzie Hadley, David Greene, Reese Jeter, Reagan Williams, Brianna Ayala; (center) Nathan Barnes, Jailee Childress, Cameron McDowell, Michael Henson, Katlyn Johnson, Molly Meyer, Destiny Brune, Jadyn Brammer; (back) Valerie Wiley (music teacher), Abbeygayle Petty, Alexandra Bovino, Chaz Woolsey, Evan Stockton, Berlyn Degen, Olivia Williston, Libertie Cardwell. Auditions were held Jan. 3 for 4th through 6th grades and Jan. 5 for 3rd grade. The selected students will rehearse every Tuesday in January and February with other students from all elementary schools in Azle ISD.

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Azle represented at Trump’s inauguration

January 25, 2017
Azle represented at Trump’s inauguration

In D.C.: Waiting for their turn in the inaugural parade with their original Vietnam choppers are Azle’s Ray Ivey with fellow pilots Jerry Seago and Bobby Perdue

Residents witness the fanfare of the 45th president’s installation

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Thousands of people poured into Washington, D.C. – including some from Azle.
Here are three stories of local folks at President Trump’s Jan. 19 inaguguration.

Ivey and the parade
Ray Ivey says he has lived a lifetime of improbable situations.
Another in a long string took place last week when Ivey and his wife Ruth traveled to Washington, D.C. so Ray could participate in the inaugural parade for President Donald J.… Read the rest

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