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Simants Signs with North Dakota University

November 16, 2016
Simants Signs with North Dakota University

Azle’s Jessica Simants, with parents Ron and Beverley Simants, signs to play golf for Minot State University in North Dakota. A multiple district champion, Simants inked her letter before a cheering crowd at AHS Nov. 9. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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ACS Standout Signs Softball Letter

November 16, 2016
ACS Standout Signs Softball Letter

Lady Crusader BaiLee Islas, daughter of Kevin and Donna Russell, signs a four-year scholarship to Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell. A pitcher for a select team, Isla maintains a 4.0 average and is No. 1 in her ACS class. With her are ACS Athletic Director Gary Rushing (left) and THESA softball coach Dallas Burk.

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World Championship No. 4

November 16, 2016
World Championship No. 4

Karen Kovach (right) earned her third and fourth World jujitsu titles – open and division – in San Francisco after defeating UFC fighter Sarah Kaufman in a submission triangle choke. Kovach teaches at The GEM where UFC fighter Montana Stewart trains as well as student Mason Woodward who just won his first World title.

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A good run

November 16, 2016
A good run

Vera Beck is a longtime patient at Northwest Physical Therapy, where she sees owner and physical therapist Tom Reid at each visit. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Reid’s Northwest Physical Therapy celebrates 30 years in Azle

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Tom Reid’s eyes lit up as he removed a large book from a package on his desk.
“Vestibular rehabilitation,” he sighed with a certain awe, patting the book with a skilled hand. “I’m going to learn about it.”
After providing physical therapy services for patients in Azle, Springtown, and the surrounding area since 1986, Reid says he still learns something new every day, and he enjoys every minute.… Read the rest

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Supermoons!

November 16, 2016
Supermoons!

Nov. 13-14 were big days for lunar lovers. The rare supermoon – when the full moon’s orbit takes it nearest to Earth – visited. Above is moonrise on Nov. 13 and below is moonset on the morning of Nov. 14.
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Library Gala 2016

November 16, 2016
Library Gala 2016

Curren McLane, director of the Azle Memorial Library, chaired the 2016 Gala and served as emcee, as well.

Jim Wilkes is one happy bidder after winning one of the top live auction items at the Azle Memorial Library Gala. In fact, everyone at his table was pretty happy about it, including: (seated, l-r) Jay and Kay Ward, Becky and Jim Wilkes; and (standing, l-r) auction spotters Karen Propp, Vickie Moore, and Jessica Brace Payne.

Friends and patrons of the Azle Memorial Library arrived at The Orchard dressed in “after 5” attire for the biennial Azle Memorial Library Gala Nov. 12. The event raises funds that help the library with everything from books to programs to technology.Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest

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Hufstedler speaks at UNT

November 16, 2016
Hufstedler speaks at UNT

Longtime home economics teacher Kathy Hufstedler, now retired, spoke at a breakfast honoring the Golden Eagles of UNT.

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Longtime, now-retired Azle High School home economics teacher Kathy Hufstedler was the keynote speaker at an annual breakfast honoring the Golden Eagles – the graduating class from 50 years ago – at the University of North Texas (UNT) Saturday, Nov. 5.
As part of its annual Homecoming celebration, UNT honors those who graduated a half-century earlier and one member of that class is chosen to speak about the changes he or she witnessed while studying at UNT and since.… Read the rest

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Cross Timbers Blue Ribbon Award

November 16, 2016
Cross Timbers Blue Ribbon Award

Dee Gilley (left) principal at Cross Timbers Elementary, Shannon Bernsen (right) Cross Timbers teacher, and Azle ISD Superintendent Dr. Lea (not pictured) traveled to Washington, D.C. Nov. 6-8 where they accepted one of just 329 National Blue Ribbon School awards for 2016 from the U.S. Department of Education. In celebration of the award, Azle ISD will host a Cross Timbers Elementary National Blue Ribbon Award pep rally at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Azle High School gym.

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Walnut Creek Principal Honored

November 16, 2016
Walnut Creek Principal Honored

Jessica Hanson (middle), principal at Walnut Creek Elementary, received an award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an organization that is part of the U.S. Department of Defense. Hanson was recommended for this award by Jamie Austin (right), kindergarten teacher at Walnut Creek. Austin is a member of the National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan last spring. Hanson ensured a smooth transition for the students in Austin’s class during her tour. Leon Tribble, representative from the ESGR said, “Ms. Hanson is a true patriot who went above and beyond to ensure that Ms. Austin’s job would be there upon her return.”

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Engagement

November 16, 2016
Engagement

Rev. and Mrs. Fred Himstedt, III of Cleveland, Georgia and formerly of Azle, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Lynne Himstedt to Clinton James McCarty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Douthit of Waco. The couple will be wed at 4 p.m. Dec. 22, 2016, at Memory Lane Event Center in Dripping Springs. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Azle High School and a 2009 graduate of Baylor University with a degree in art history. The groom is a 2003 graduate of Vanguard College Preparatory School in Waco. He also studied music at McLennan Community College.

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