After victorious outings against Northwest Eaton and Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt Nov. 24, Azle wrestlers – wearing “Be Heard” t-shirts –assembled outside the gym to release balloons in remembrance of former Hornet Dammion Heard. After a prayer, Azle Coach Chris Allen spoke, mentioning the importance of not taking anyone for granted. Heard died under mysterious circumstances last April in Colorado where he wrestled for Western Colorado and was a rising star. After the brief ceremony at the high school, green balloons were released and floated away on the stout south breeze. Photos by Mark K.… Read the rest
Shortly before 1 p.m. – just as schools were releasing students early for the Thanksgiving holiday – the Azle Fire Department was called to Forte Junior High to extinguish a dumpster fire. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered it wasn’t the dumpster at all, but recyclable material inside a Moore Recycling truck that was burning. The truck had to dump most of its load onto the parking lot of the school so the fire could be extinguished. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest
BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The Azle ISD student population is growing.
And it’s increasing at such a rate that already limited space is going to become further cramped in the near future.
With that in mind, on Nov. 17 at its regular meeting, school board trustees authorized a community survey by Fort Worth’s VLK Architects to contact a variety of voters to discern their attitude concerning a school bond.… Read the rest
TxDOT crews were working hand over fist Nov. 10 to lay asphalt and perform finishing touches on the Stewart Street Bridge in advance of rains predicted for Wednesday. Rick White, public services director for Azle, said Reynolds Asphalt and city crews are ready to lay more asphalt from Main Street to the eastern bridge approach, and from the western bridge approach to Silver Creek Azle Road next week. White predicts the newly constructed bridge will be open before Dec. 1. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman… Read the rest
Customers swooped in on local grocery stores when Blue Bell finally returned to shelves Nov. 2 with some patrons taking advantage of the two carton limit. Albertson’s Store Manager Jay Hinkle says there’s plenty of Blue Bell in store freezers, and Texas’ favorite ice cream manufacturer promises daily deliveries to keep the shelves stocked.
Photos by Carla Noah Stutsman
The first ever Azle Athletic Hall of Fame class was inducted Oct. 24 on the AHS campus: (l-r) Derek Dorris, Pat Holder accepting for honoree Chelsa Holder, Wayne Walton, James Casey, Jackie Swaim DiNardo, Dan Mauldin, and Stan Mauldin. Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two wrecks – a near-head-on crash in broad daylight and a rollover in the middle of the night – kept area police and firefighters busy in recent days.
On Friday, Oct. 16, shortly before 2 p.m., Parker County ESD1 firefighters, Sheriff’s deputies and Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers were initially called to the scene of a near-head-on crash in the 12600 block of FM 730 South near Creekwood Ranch Road.… Read the rest
Underground tire fire at site not to blame
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A raging fire consumed a vacant home on Samora Court Wednesday, Sept. 23, and the resulting column of black smoke could be seen for miles around Eagle Mountain Lake.
The home – which sits on a cliff high above the lake – has stood vacant for several years and was recently purchased by a new owner.
That individual had plans to raze the house and dig up a large cache of chopped-up tires and fencing materials that neighbors believe were buried on the property in the 1960s in an effort to prevent erosion.… Read the rest