Breaking News and Updates

Officer fired for posting bodycam videos online

Sgt. Shawn Owens, of the Springtown Police Department, was fired and another officer was suspended Wednesday, April 15 after three officer body camera videos were posted to YouTube on April 14. Owens was involved in all three videos. One video showed the unedited arrest of Dylan Waddle last week.

Although the videos were pulled down after 12 hours, Chief of Police Ed Crowdis indicated that action came too late. Crowdis said he hopes this action … Read the rest

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Azle News seeks outside sales person

The Azle News is seeking an experienced outside sales representative to manage advertising accounts and customers.

The right person for this position will be dependable, outgoing and a self-starter; will possess good communications and computer skills; will be able to follow directions; and will have reliable transportation.

The person chosen to fill this important position will receive a salary plus commission and benefits.… Read the rest

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Front Page News

PD chief says safety a concern in arrest

PD chief says safety a concern in arrest

Teenager did not obey officers’ directions

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Springtown social media blew up last week when a story was aired on the nightly news about Dylan Waddle, a 17-year-old junior at Springtown High School, who was arrested and charged with interference after observing a police investigation and refusing to leave when instructed to do so by officers.

The beginning
The entire incident began when several 911 calls came in reporting two guys driving down … Read the rest

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Springtown man arrested for child porn possession

Springtown man arrested for child porn possession

BY NATALIE GENTRY
A 40-year-old Springtown man was arrested April 9 on charges of possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Dallas police were notified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that an image of suspected child pornography had been uploaded from an email account belonging to Springtown’s Hansel Michael Ratliff last November.… Read the rest

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If you build it…

If you build it…

Former administrator says he has proven ideas to get businesses to come to Springtown

 

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Lee Maness has been around – from Springtown to Arizona – and he told the Optimist Club that he has some established ideas to bring businesses here.… Read the rest

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Ready! Set! Go-shen!

Ready! Set! Go-shen!

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Sports

Porcupines tied for first after 1 district round

Porcupines tied for first after 1 district round

by Mark K. Campbell
The visiting Bridgeport Bulls bolted out to an early lead and held on to it for a 6-4 district win over Springtown April 10.
The Porcupines whittled the lead down when trailing 6-0 after one and a half innings.… Read the rest

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19 SHS soccer athletes honored

19 SHS soccer athletes honored

Four ‘superlatives’ earned on District 4-3A pitches

District soccer coaches apparently appreciated the strides made by new coach Trent Davis in the Springtown program.
SHS athletes collected a startling 19 postseason honors for their 2015 play.… Read the rest

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Bridgeport edges Lady Porcupines in wild contest

Bridgeport edges Lady Porcupines in wild contest

The Lady Porcupine softball team will play in the postseason almost certainly.
But finishing third out of 8-4A would be better than fourth, Coach Scott Mann noted.
Springtown lost a woolly game against Bridgeport, 11-8 – a contest where SHS out-hit the Sissies 14-6.… Read the rest

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Movie Man

Man, The Longest Ride is certainly aptly titled

Man, The Longest Ride is certainly aptly titled

Chick flicks will be around forever. While TV networks like Lifetime cater to the same crowd that often devours “bodice-ripper” novels, many women love a full-bore romantic movie, too.

About the film
The Longest Ride is yet another adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel. When The Notebook became such a colossal success, Sparks became a go-to for female-centric books.
Like with every other romantic/dramatic movie, every icky plot trope can be found: a cute meeting; … Read the rest

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