Front Page Archived – The Azle News https://azlenews.net Your Trusted Community News Source Azle, Texas Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:42:39 -0800 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 https://azlenews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/cropped-Sailboat-Favicon-512-1-32x32.png Front Page Archived – The Azle News https://azlenews.net 32 32 Ash Creek Park mosquito tests positive for WNV https://azlenews.net/front-page/ash-creek-park-mosquito-tests-positive-for-wnv/ Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:19:31 +0000 http://azlenews.net/?p=17697 BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
One tiny mosquito.
It may not sound like much, but when it’s collected in an Azle park and it tests positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) – well, it’s disconcerting, to say the least.
The city of Azle participates in the WNV testing program with Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH).
City officials were notified Wednesday, Aug. 5, that a mosquito sample collected at Ash Creek Park had tested positive for the virus.
Consequently, that park and the surrounding area along Twilight Drive and Dusk Avenue were sprayed for adult mosquitoes Friday night, Aug. 7 into the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 8.

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Seth Darnell Day https://azlenews.net/archived/front-page-archive/seth-darnell-day/ Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:18:53 +0000 http://azlenews.net/?p=2932 The family of Seth Darnell, including (l-r): his father, John Darnell, mother, Denise Darnell and brother Jared Darnell, accept a proclamation from State Representative Charlie Geren from Azle police officer Chance Kidd. Geren issued the proclamation to honor of the life of 2006 Azle High School graduate, who lost his battle to bone cancer but left a legacy of service and love. Denise Darnell was presented with an American flag that flew over the Texas Capitol in honor of her late son by an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety just moments earlier. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman
The family of Seth Darnell, including (l-r): his father, John Darnell, mother, Denise Darnell and brother Jared Darnell, accept a proclamation from State Representative Charlie Geren from Azle police officer Chance Kidd. Geren issued the proclamation to honor of the life of 2006 Azle High School graduate, who lost his battle to bone cancer but left a legacy of service and love. Denise Darnell was presented with an American flag that flew over the Texas Capitol in honor of her late son by an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety just moments earlier.
Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman
Azle chiropractor Dr. Randy Mask addresses a small crowd at Azle’s Shady Grove Park Saturday afternoon, June 22, for Seth Darnell Day. The event was attended by friends both old and new, city and school officials in addition to Darnell’s family.
Azle chiropractor Dr. Randy Mask addresses a small crowd at Azle’s Shady Grove Park Saturday afternoon, June 22, for Seth Darnell Day. The event was attended by friends both old and new, city and school officials in addition to Darnell’s family.
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Bovea, VanderKaay receive prestigious Optimist award https://azlenews.net/archived/front-page-archive/bovea-vanderkaay-receive-prestigious-optimist-award/ Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:17:22 +0000 http://azlenews.net/?p=2929 Cpl. Patrick Bovea, left, and Officer David VanderKaay, right, show off the Respect For Law Enforcement  awards they received from Weatherford/Parker County Optimist Club.   Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman
Cpl. Patrick Bovea, left, and Officer David VanderKaay, right, show off the Respect For Law Enforcement awards they received from Weatherford/Parker County Optimist Club. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Described by their superior officer as “always busy working on something, but never too busy to assist in any other area when they are asked to do so,” Azle police officer David VanderKaay and Cpl. Patrick Bovea were surprised to learn they’d been awarded the Optimists International’s Respect For Law Enforcement Award.
Given by the Weatherford/Parker County Optimist Club, the award was presented in a May 9 ceremony.
Azle police Lt. Darrell West nominated the duo – both School Resource Officers – for the award.
“These two officers work side by side on a daily basis, always exhibiting a high moral character and work ethic. Both have been and continue to be involved in numerous aspects of policing including Juvenile law, the First Offender Program, Success With Every Azle Teen (S.W.E.A.T.), Police Explorers Post 203, Alcohol and Tobacco Law enforcement.
“Additionally, they are involved in numerous Azle ISD functions including security for sporting events and the Shattered Dreams Program geared toward the prevention of underage drinking and Driving While Intoxicated.” West wrote in his nomination letter.
“Both these officers handle the day-to-day incidents that occur within our school system and are still able to attend to the various other tasks mentioned above,” West continued. “Cpl. Bovea and Officer VanderKaay are assets to the department and the community in which they serve. I believe that they are both deserving of the recognition of this award.”

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Oberg prevails in ‘Bay https://azlenews.net/archived/front-page-archive/oberg-prevails-in-bay/ Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:36:35 +0000 http://azlenews.net/?p=2824 by Carla Noah Stutsman
In a rehash of the May 11 election for Place 4 on the Pelican Bay city council held Saturday, June 15, at the city hall, incumbent Glen Oberg has retained his seat.
In the original election, Oberg and his challenger Tish Allen each received 54 votes.
According to state law, four options exist in such a case.
First, each candidate had the choice to withdraw from the race, but neither Oberg nor Allen did that.
The second option is for the tied candidates to cast lots, but neither liked that choice, either.
Failing the first two options, the third option – a recount – was ordered, which confirmed the original 54-54 tie.
The fourth and final option was to hold a special election.
According to city secretary Terri Anthony, official results of the special election – which cost the city of Pelican Bay an estimated $10,000 – show Oberg with 77 votes defeating Allen, who garnered 63 votes.

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‘Bay election still unresolved https://azlenews.net/archived/front-page-archive/bay-election-still-unresolved/ Wed, 22 May 2013 16:06:27 +0000 http://azlenews.net/?p=2269

Of three city council seats that were to have been decided in the May 11 general elections in Pelican Bay, one had a clear winner, one was decided by a single vote, and the third ended in a tie.

In the race for Place 1, incumbent Bill Morley easily defeated his opponent, Sabra Swaim, 79 votes to 29.

In the Place 4 race, incumbent Glen Oberg and challenger Tish Allen each received 54 votes.

According to city secretary Teri Anthony, the law for Type 1 General Law cities like Pelican Bay is clear when a tie is declared.

There are four options.

First, each candidate is given the option to withdraw from the race. Neither Oberg nor Allen chose that.

The second option is for the candidates to agree to cast lots. The candidates did not agree, although which candidate or candidates didn’t like that idea was not made public.

Option three is an automatic recount of the votes cast in the election. That recount occurred at city hall Monday morning, May 20 with no change in results. The candidates remain tied at 54 votes each.

The fourth and only remaining answer to Pelican Bay’s dead heat dilemma is to hold a second election, Anthony said.

“That’s been scheduled for June 15 at city hall,” Anthony said.

Anthony estimates that election will cost the city of Pelican Bay about $10,000 – money that could have been saved if the candidates had agreed to cast lots.

Monday’s recount did not cost the city anything because the election ended in a bona fide tie. Anthony said.

In the race for Place 5, incumbent Robin Finstad retained her seat by just one vote. Finstad garnered 52 votes to challenger Joe Bologna’s 51 votes. Marshal Daniel, a third candidate in the race, received 5 votes.

Although one vote is all it takes for Finstad to reclaim her seat, a recount was requested in that race, as well, putting two seats in unresolved status in Pelican Bay.

According to Anthony, the recount in the Place 5 race was scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 beginning at 1 p.m.

The Azle News waited as long as it could for an outcome from that recount, but it was not forthcoming in time for this week’s deadline.

Check www.azlenews.net for the results as soon as they become available.

Because it was requested by a candidate, the cost of that recount must be borne by the requesting candidate, she added.

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Azle man drowns in Possum Kingdom https://azlenews.net/archived/front-page-archive/azle-man-drowns-in-possum-kingdom/ Wed, 22 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 http://azlenews.net/?p=2268 An Azle man died Tuesday evening at Possum Kingdom Lake in what authorities are describing as an apparent accidental drowning, the Mineral Wells Index reported.

Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Shawn Humphries said Jose Juan Garcia, 35, was at the location in the Gaines Bend subdivision on a work assignment with a number of other individuals.

At one point, Humphries said, the construction worker decided to take a swim nearby.

“He was working with friends and went swimming off a boat ramp at the place they were working,” Humphries said.

Garcia became distressed, Humphries added, explaining both his colleagues and the resident homeowner promptly came to his aid.

The homeowner, Humphries explained, quickly donned SCUBA gear and jumped in the lake to retrieve Garcia.

Efforts by those at the scene and, upon their arrival, EMS workers, were ultimately unsuccessful, Humphries said.

Humphries said Garcia’s official time of death is listed as 6:58 p.m. Tuesday.

“We requested an autopsy,” he noted. “We do that in accidental deaths so there are no questions that arise later.”

He confirmed Garcia’s body was transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.

According to a Gaines Bend spokesperson, Garcia drowned inside the Hell’s Gate basin, where he estimated the depth could be as much as 100 feet or greater.

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Azle ISD Showcase to be a ‘science fair on steroids’ https://azlenews.net/archived/front-page-archive/azle-isd-showcase-to-be-a-science-fair-on-steroids/ Wed, 15 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 http://azlenews.net/?p=2156 This year’s Azle ISD Showcase – where “the best of Azle ISD is on display” – arrives Thursday, May 23.

Every grade level and every subject matter will be illustrated from 6-8 p.m. throughout Azle High School.

The free event will offer over 170 exhibitors, including a Gold Card booth for the 2013-14 school year and a Fuel-Up Play 60 booth where a Dallas Cowboy is slated to be a special guest.

Among the classes in which AISD students will display demonstrations: science, math, English/language arts/ social studies, foreign language, and career and technology.

Children can enjoy hands-on activities.

Musical performances by high school, junior high, and elementary students are scheduled.

Technology exhibits and art work will be displayed.

A food court will also be open.

Remote parking will be available at Forte Junior High.

Students will be on hand to answer questions about their exhibits at the Showcase, referred to as “a science fair on steroids.”

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AHS set for big events as year winds down https://azlenews.net/archived/front-page-archive/ahs-set-for-big-events-as-year-winds-down/ Wed, 08 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 http://azlenews.net/?p=2016 The Azle High School Class of 2013 will finish May in a flurry of activities.

First comes the annual AHS Top Ten Dinner.

Azle’s very best students, parents and guardians, AISD hierarchy, and select teachers assemble at the prestigious Petroleum Club in downtown Fort Worth Monday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.

There, after a lavish meal, AHS’ highest-ranking students deliver heartfelt missives to their most inspiring instructors.

On Thursday, May 16, the annual AHS Awards Night is slated for the high school auditorium beginning at 6:30.

The Senior Prom runs from 6:30-11:30 at The Orchard on Saturday, May 18.

Then comes the day so many students have longed for, graduation.

Once again, Azle High’s graduates will assemble at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

This year’s ceremony is set to begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 30.

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Elections slated for Saturday https://azlenews.net/archived/front-page-archive/elections-slated-for-saturday/ Wed, 08 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 http://azlenews.net/?p=2009

Early voting ended Tuesday, May 7 in advance of general elections slated for Saturday, May 11 around Texas.

Locally, a number of contested races will be decided along with propositions in Azle, Lakeside, and for Parker County Emergency Services District One.

Incumbent Mayor Alan Brundrett, Mayor Pro Tem Bill Jones in Place 3, and Paul Crabtree in Place 4 each ran unopposed and will retain their respective seats.

In Place 6, Jeffrey Wise did not defend his seat, so voters will elect either Damon Bethurum or Lee Barrett to represent them at large.

Voters who live in the portion of Azle that lies within Tarrant County will also decide for or against the following proposition:

“Authorizing the creation of the Azle Municipal Development District and the imposition of a sales and use tax at the rate of one-half of one percent for the purpose of financing development projects beneficial to the district.”

In the Azle Independent School District Board of Trustees election, Sam Merck in Place 5, board president Bill Lane in Place 6, and vice president Jeff Edwards in Place 7 are all unopposed and will retain their respective seats.

But the list of contenders for Place 1 is long. Former AISD board member Erik Loeffelholz was appointed to fill the seat until a special election could be held. Loeffelholz is running to fill the remainder of the term – about a year – along with challengers Bernadette Roquemore, Warren Smith, Thomas Kisner, and Clifton McDonnel.

In the town of Lakeside Mayor Pat Jacob and Amy Robinson in Place 4 are unopposed in their bids for reelection.

Place 5 is up for grabs, though, and voters will choose between Richard Dennis, Bill Mohr, and Charles Hamilton.

Voters will also give an up or down vote on the following proposition:

“The adoption of an additional sales and use tax within the city at the rate of one-fourth of one percent to be used to reduce the property tax rate; and the adoption of a ‘Type’ B sales and use tax for the benefit of a Texas Development Corporation Act (the ‘Act’) Type B Corporation at the rate of one-half of one percent to be used for any and all purposes provided or allowed by applicable provisions of the Act, as it may be amended from time to time, including Chapters 501 and 505 of the Texas Local Government Code, including but not limited to all projects authorized by the Act (including, but not limited to for infrastructure relating to water supply facilities, sewer facilities, and water conservation programs), and the maintenance and operations expenses for any of those projects; and the adoption of a local sales and use tax in the Town of Lakeside at the rate of one-fourth of one percent to provide revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.”

Voters in the city of Pelican Bay will decide three contested races for their city council.

Bill Morley and Sabra Swaim are vying for Place 3, while Tish Allen and Glen Oberg are running for Place 4.

A three-way race is underway for Place 5 with Robin Finstad, Marshal Daniel, and Joe Bologna campaigning for the seat.

In the city of Reno, Mayor Linda Stokes and David Andrews in Place 2 are each unopposed and will retain their seats.

Voters will decide between Keith “Eric” Hunter and Carol Houlihan to fill Place 4.

The city of Sanctuary is not holding an election because Megg Elliott in Place 1, Michelle McCoy in Place 3, and Floyd Galloway in Place 5 are each running unopposed for their respective seats.

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Twin Points opens for ‘sneak peek’ https://azlenews.net/archived/front-page-archive/twin-points-opens-for-sneak-peek/ Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:35:06 +0000 http://azlenews.net/?p=1754 Phase One opens Memorial Day

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Generations sighed in disbelief and disappointment when Twin Points Resort closed for business some seven years ago.
The popular resort on Eagle Mountain Lake wasn’t gone and it certainly wasn’t forgotten.
In fact, it’s been re-graded and painstakingly redesigned in three phases, the first of which is set to open Memorial Day weekend.
This Saturday, April 27, Twin Points will host a free open house for the public to come see what’s been done and to view the ongoing work on phases two and three, set to open in the spring of 2014 and 2015.
Boat owners can also take advantage of complimentary boat safety inspections to ensure their boats are ready for the 2013 summer boating season. You’ll also find out about special rules that apply to Eagle Mountain Lake only.
Information about zebra mussels and other invasive species will also be available at the preview.
Phase One of the project is comprised of a wave attenuator or breakwater, public boat ramp and courtesy dock, launch, ample boat and trailer parking as well as passenger vehicle parking, and a public restroom.
At 100-feet long, the gangway stretching from the boat dock to the parking area is the longest in the state of Texas. It attaches to the flowing boat dock in such a way that it avoids a too-steep-to-walk-on angle, no matter what the lake level is.
And because low lake levels are not unheard of on EML, the ramp at the boat launch is constructed to be useable at extremely low lake levels. For instance, a 30-foot boat should be able to launch at Twin Points even when the lake is 12 feet below its conservation level of 649.10 feet.
The boat launch fee will be $10, paid at an unmanned pay station at the entrance to Twin Points. Parking without a boat launch is $5.
Phase Two will include a new and improved swim beach, concessions building featuring restrooms and family changing rooms, two pavilions for larger gatherings like as family reunions, and several covered picnic tables with grills and sidewalks. The second phase is set to open Memorial Day weekend 2014.
Bringing the project full circle, Phase Three will consist of RV accommodations when it opens in the spring of 2015.
Tarrant Regional Water District, which owns the property, decided not renew its long-term lease of the property with the Hobbs family, who had operated Twin Points for years.
Although most remember the resort as arguably the best place on the lake to swim, hang out or to dock the boat and get a bite to eat, the property Twin Points sits on actually serves a different and absolutely critical purpose in protecting the entire area in a dire flood situation.
As Eagle Mountain Lake Reservoir Manager David Geary explained, during what is often referred to as a “hundred-year flood,” the location is first and foremost an emergency spillway structure. The elevation of the property is designed to hold water to a level of two feet above the dam that holds in the waters of EML
“Once the water tops that two-foot level above the dam, it’s designed to flow over the dam and erode the large rocks on the south side, collapsing it and allowing floodwaters to flow over the property occupied by the Azle Youth Association, down the lowlands and into Lake Worth, thereby saving valuable property and structures around the lake,” Geary explained. “The design of the entire project was carefully planned, down to the angle and placement of the structures to allow the best possible water flow in a flood situation. The entire project is also constructed utilizing quality materials that will provide long life and minimal maintenance.”
Phase One of the project has been accomplished at a cost of $1.5 million, according to TRWD spokesman Chad Lorance with Phase Two projected to cost about $3.5 million.
Geary credits architect/engineer Frees and Nichols for an outstanding design and the TRWD board of directors with the support to get the project going and keep it going. TRWD personnel also manufactured some of the equipment in its metal fabrication shop to cut costs.
“But Tarrant County Precinct 4 Commissioner J.D. Johnson and his crew were indispensable in getting this project done,” Geary said. “That’s ($1.5 million) not a big budget for a facility of this magnitude, and without Commissioner Johnson’s help with the paving and construction it would not have happened. I can’t stress enough how important interlocal cooperation was and is to this project.”

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