BY CHRISTINA DERR
When a group claiming to “fight child abuse in public schools” erected a billboard just east of Springtown in the 1900 block of Hwy. 199, they ignited a firestorm of controversy that again brought national media attention to town.
The billboard read “Never be hit in school again. Exercise your religious rights.” And appeared Wednesday, March 15.… Read the rest
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The city of Reno became the 142nd entity to pass a resolution authorizing the creation of the North Central Texas Regional 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District during its regular meeting Monday, March 20.
Creation of the district will accomplish two important things, according to Mark Brown, 9-1-1 program manager for North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).
First, it will bring between five and 15 percent more funding directly into areas covered by the district for its 9-1-1 program.
Secondly, it will bring about the creation of a board of directors which will set bylaws and decide how 9-1-1 funds will be spent.… Read the rest
by Mark K. Campbell
Once again, Springtown High School’s most consistent athletic program, shone at the state event.
Five Lady Porcupines qualified for the elite powerlifting meet in Waco March 17.
Among the 87 teams competing, Springtown finished fifth overall – a mere two points from third place, coach Missy Castro said.
Two Lady Porcupines took second.… Read the rest
by Mark K. Campbell
Fans at the Porcupine diamond St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, saw first-year coach Josh Ward win his opening district game.
Springtown (1-1 in 7-4A) rallied with four runs in the sixth inning and beat visiting Benbrook, 6-3.
Timely hitting in that late inning secured the win, the coach recalled.
Batting safely in the crucial frame were Austin Sexton, Christian Whitaker, Easton Wells, and starting pitcher Kaleb Chesney.… Read the rest
Many Springtown High School athletes headed for the popular Spring Break track meet – the Possum Kingdom Relays in Graham.
A slew of Porcupines turned in fine times in advance of the annual POJO Relays slated for Saturday, March 25.
SHS competed in the “Big School” division with 5A and 6A athletes.
The varsity 4×200-meter relay squad of Trey Apell, Tre Steen, Austin Chenault, and Aaron Foster took the gold in 1 minute, 33.07 seconds.
A second gold medal went to high jumper John Johnson who cleared six feet.
In other field events, Wriley Russell (discus, 136-5), Lane Hill (long jump, 20-6.25), and Kyle Lunsford (pole vault, 10-0) earned bronze medals.… Read the rest