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Community gathers to pray

May 11, 2016
Community gathers to pray

 

On annual National Day of Prayer

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
More than 170 community members and leaders attended the Azle Ministerial Association’s (AMA) annual National Day of Prayer luncheon Thursday, May 5 at 404 Main Place.
The event was held in conjunction with hundreds, if not thousands, like it across the nation. This year’s theme, Wake Up America, emphasized the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name.
To highlight that theme, Isaiah 58:1(a) was chosen as the scripture for the event: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.… Read the rest

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Leeth earns top CAP honor

May 11, 2016
Leeth earns top CAP honor

Winning the General Billy Mitchell Award was AHS senior Cadet 2nd Lt. Andrew Leeth (center) with Major Bill Wyser (left) and Lt. Col. Ray Twa.

Also promoted to 2nd Lt.

An Azle High School senior received a high honor from the Civil Air Patrol.
Andrew Leeth, part of Azle Composite Squadron TX 456, was given the General Billy Mitchell Award and was promoted to Cadet 2nd Lieutenant on April 19.
Leeth, a senior and son of James and Lori Leeth of Azle and Kenny and Dayna White of Colorado, was awarded the honors at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2137.… Read the rest

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Partners with paws

May 11, 2016
Partners with paws

Sharron Schmitt visited the Azle Rotary Club with Ella, a dog she rescued and who is now one of the top therapy dogs she uses throughout the area. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Azle woman trains therapy dogs that bring comfort and hope to those in need

BY MISTY SHAW
“Those who teach the most about humanity aren’t always humans.” ~ D. L. Hicks

The unconditional love of a dog – and the seemingly unbreakable bonds we form with them and other animals – is one of life’s little miracles.
That innate canine caring can be a life-changing source of comfort for many people in need, as local dog trainer and pet therapy volunteer Sharron Schmitt can attest.… Read the rest

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Backing the Blue at an Early Age

May 11, 2016
Backing the Blue at an Early Age

Jennifer and Nate Simmons of Azle were dismayed, to say the least, to have to summon the Azle Police Department after discovering someone had broken in to their vehicle Sunday, May 8. The couple’s son Zane, however, was so excited at the prospect of meeting a real, live police officer that he put on his own police uniform for the occasion. Azle Officer David Walter even let Zane sit in his police cruiser and turn on the lights and sirens.

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Fatal Fall on Main Street

May 11, 2016
Fatal Fall on Main Street

A 64-year-old man identified as an employee of Frontier Communications – which recently bought out Verizon – died after falling more than 15 feet onto a concrete parking lot while working on overhead communication lines in the 200 block of Main Street May 10. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has identified the man as Douglas Domback, who suffered a severe head injury. Azle Fire Department paramedics as well as a Parker County ESD 1 crew in the area responded, along with Azle Police. Domback  was taken to the helipad at Texas Health Azle, from which a CareFlite air ambulance transported him to Texas Health Fort Worth, where he was pronounced dead.                      Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Out Again

May 11, 2016
Out Again

Second baseman Rayne Cottle makes the play here against Aledo, but, for the third year in a row, the Ladycats eliminated Azle’s softball team from the postseason. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Fatal Fall on Main Street

May 11, 2016
Fatal Fall on Main Street

A 64-year-old man identified as an employee of Frontier Communications – which recently bought out Verizon – died after falling more than 15 feet onto a concrete parking lot while working on overhead communication lines in the 200 block of Main Street May 10. He suffered a severe head injury. Azle Fire Department paramedics as well as a Parker County ESD 1 crew in the area responded, along with Azle Police. The man was taken to the helipad at Texas Health Azle, from which a CareFlite air ambulance transported him to Texas Health Fort Worth, where he was pronounced dead. The man’s identity had not been released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner by press time Tuesday.… Read the rest

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Lady Hornets pummel Carter-Riverside to set up clash with arch nemesis Aledo

May 4, 2016
Lady Hornets pummel Carter-Riverside to set up clash with arch nemesis Aledo

Logan Graham scored 4 times in bi-district.
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Sammi Tittle went 3-for-6 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI in the sweep of Carter-Riverside. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
Once again, it will be the Lady Hornets versus the Ladycats in the softball postseason.
In the past two years, Aledo has eliminated Azle (28-6) just shy of the Final Four in Austin.
This time around, the squads will battle earlier in the playoffs, the Area round. And, perhaps, this Ladycat team isn’t the juggernaut of previous years; Aledo finished second in its district this season.… Read the rest

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Lady Hornet Quartet Lands on National Team

May 4, 2016
Lady Hornet Quartet Lands on National Team

By virtue of placing in the top three at the state freestyle wrestling tournament, four Lady Hornets – (l-r) Hali Davis, Lauren Dale, Triniti Smith, and Alexis Hanna – earned berths on the national team. Davis, Dale, and Smith won state titles while Hanna finished third in a “tough weight class,” coach Chris Allen said. Dale, at 139 pounds, beat a three-time All-American to win her gold. “All in all, they wrestled well and secured a spot – something they have been working on since a week after the UIL tournament, Allen said. The four Lady Hornets will compete at the national tournament in Fargo, North Dakota this summer.

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Azle splits final two District 5-5A baseball games

May 4, 2016
Azle splits final two District 5-5A baseball games

Azle scored twice with some tricky baserunning against Boswell. With runners on first and third, Hornets foiled Pioneer efforts to get a putout with errant throws like above, allowing AHS runs. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

by Mark K. Campbell
The 2016 Hornet baseball season ended with an extra-inning road victory.
Before that 4-1 triumph at Saginaw, Azle (9-20, 4-10) hosted Boswell on Senior Night.
The Hornets stymied the Pioneers early with some sly baserunning forcing Bos throwing errors, but the visitors went on to win 14-4.
Coach Stephen Smith said sophomore Sam Collins turned in an exceptional inning of relief.… Read the rest

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