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Wildfire Training

January 20, 2016
Wildfire Training
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All that smoke you saw in the Reno area Sunday afternoon did come from a fire – but it was carefully set and controlled as part of the third annual North Texas Wildfire Academy sponsored by Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center and Texas A&M Forest Service. Participants in the class were taught to cut a fire line with hand tools on property owned by the Yates family. Then, against a stiff northwesterly wind, they learned and practiced back burning with torches in a large pasture. Azle native and longtime firefighter Eddy Wood is an instructor for the Academy.

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In service to others

January 20, 2016
In service to others
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Members of the Outreach of Love Church participated in the “Love Your City” campaign last fall by serving as volunteers at the Sting Fling and the Wild West Festival.

Outreach of Love Church launches campaign to give back to communities

BY NATALIE GENTRY
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” -1 Peter 4:10-11

In times when the evening news is packed with instances of selfishness and intolerance, the Outreach of Love Church (OLC) in Springtown made the decision to go into local communities in the spirit of service to others.… Read the rest

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Azle Actress in Weatherford Play

January 20, 2016
Azle Actress in Weatherford Play
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Azle actress Cynthia Daniels (left) plays a crucial role as one of three cousins in Last Round-up of the Guacamole Queens. The play’s first performance at Weatherford’s Theater Off the Square is Friday, Jan. 29; it runs weekends through Sunday, Feb. 14 at the stage at 114 North Denton Street.

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AHS FFA sixth at state

January 20, 2016
AHS FFA sixth at state

Placing sixth in a state FFA event – with adviser Allison Wicker – were (l-r) Zoe Martin, Abigail House, Abigail Bates, Tara Sheets, Jack Kortokrax, Mikenzie Pruitt, and Will DeShazo.

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
A seven-member team of Azle Future Farmers of America just missed the finals at a state event.
Azle FFA finished sixth at the semifinals of the Junior Chapter Conducting Contest.
Adviser Allison Wicker told the AISD school board Jan. 18 that the sixth place finish was just one off from qualifying for the finals.
Still, the AHS representatives – first year ag students Abigail Bates, Tara Sheets, Jack Kortokrax, Abigail House, Zoe Martin, Mikenzie Pruitt, and Will DeShazo – topped scores of many other groups in the junior parliamentary procedure contest.… Read the rest

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CT’s Top Spellers

January 20, 2016
CT’s Top Spellers

Sarae Perez (left) won the Cross Timbers Elementary School’s annual spelling bee Jan. 15. The runner-up was Allison Wright.

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A head start on college

January 20, 2016
A head start on college

Counselors Laurie Wheeler (left) and Heather Huffaker direct the dual credit program. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

AISD ‘dual credit’ program benefits many

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
How would you like to leave Azle High School as a graduating senior and know you’d already earned as many as 30 hours toward a college degree?
That’s an option many AHS 12th graders are enjoying today thanks to Azle ISD’s dual credit program.
Working with Tarrant County College, students – mostly seniors and juniors – can take classes online; others are taught by AHS instructors.
Success means credits at TCC or other universities.… Read the rest

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Azle wins inaugural UIL Spirit competition

January 20, 2016
Azle wins inaugural UIL Spirit competition

Coach Melissa McPherson and assistant coach Cassie Sheriff raise the state champ plaque, eliciting shouts of joy from the Azle High School cheerleaders. AHS won the first competition conducted at the University of Texas at Arlington.

AHS cheerleaders claim first-ever Spirit state championship

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Azle High School Varsity co-ed cheerleaders made history Jan. 15, winning the inaugural UIL Spirit State Championship in their division.
The cheerleaders are coached by Melissa McPherson and assistant coach Cassie Sheriff.
The competition was held on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington Jan. 13-16.
“The UIL wanted an event that allowed cheerleading teams to compete by doing exactly what they do on Friday nights and the state championship showcased what traditional cheerleading is all about – leading the crowd!” McPherson said.… Read the rest

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Azle wins inaugural UIL Spirit competition

January 20, 2016
Azle wins inaugural UIL Spirit competition

Coach Melissa McPherson and assistant coach Cassie Sheriff raise the state champ plaque, eliciting shouts of joy from the Azle High School cheerleaders. AHS won the first competition conducted at the University of Texas at Arlington.… Read the rest

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Azle High girls, boys soccer squads shine in own tourney

January 13, 2016
Azle High girls, boys soccer squads shine in own tourney

Lady Hornet Kara Moore (14) battles a Cleburne Lady Jacket in the tourney opener. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
For the most part, the Azle soccer tournament enjoyed fine weather. And plenty of AHS athletes turned in superior performances.
The girls reached the championship match.
In pool play, the Lady Hornets beat the Cleburne JVA 2-0 and tied last year’s champion Alvin 0-0. Thanks to those two shutouts, Azle won the pool.
Taylor Trower scored in the Cleburne game off an assist by Meagan McNew.
In bracket play, AHS topped Canyon Randall 2-1 with Kayce Moore getting her fourth goal of the season; she had a hat trick of 3 in the season opener earlier against Fort Worth Trimble Tech.… Read the rest

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Azle wrestlers compete at state site near Houston

January 13, 2016
Azle wrestlers compete at state site near Houston

Hali Davis (top) reached the championship match at a jam-packed tournament northwest of Houston; the Cy-Fair facility will host the state event Feb. 19-20. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Two Lady Hornets reach finals in elite event

by Mark K. Campbell
Several Azle High School wrestlers got a peek at the state venue when AHS ventured to Cy-Fair ISD – northwest of Houston – for a crowded tournament.
“The tourney was good and the largest yet to happen in Texas,” coach Chris Allen said.
Seven girls wrestled and three placed.
Two – Hali Davis (128 pounds) and Lauren Dale (138) – reached the gold round; both fell.… Read the rest

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