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Teen killed in wreck

Vehicle hit pole on Poolville Cut-Off Road

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A one-vehicle accident Saturday, Aug. 20 near Poolville killed a Springtown teenager.
Troy Conrad Frechette, 18, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident in the 2100 block of Poolville Cut-Off Road at 9:59 p.m.
According to Sgt. Richard Hunter, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Frechette was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup south on Poolville Cut-Off around 9:30 p.m. when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway.
The front left portion of the pickup struck a telephone pole.
A 16-year-old female passenger in Frechette’s pickup was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth with non-life-threatening injuries.… Read the rest

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Expert: Residents carrying water bill load

Expert: Residents carrying water bill load

Says businesses pay less than what it costs to serve them 

New Springtown Police Chief Tony Motley told the council that the city needs a radio upgrade; SPD cannot currently communicate with any nearby local PDs. Photo by Christina Derr

BY CHRISTINA DERR
According to Springtown Mayor Tom Clayton, clean, safe, and reliable drinking water should be the city’s top priority for the coming fiscal year.
At the Aug. 20 meeting at Springtown City Hall, Clayton and the council were shown a Utility Rate Study presentation by Dan Jackson of Willdan Financial Services.
According to Jackson, Springtown’s residential water and wastewater customers are paying more than their fair share of costs.… Read the rest

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ESD1 taxed by ESD8’s lack of response

ESD1 taxed by ESD8’s lack of response

Board plans meeting to seek solutions, remedy

Parker County ESD1 Chief Stephen Watson discussed concerns at the ESD1 meeting Aug. 22. Photo by Natalie Gentry

BY NATALIE GENTRY
It’s common knowledge that firefighters are a hardworking crew who dedicate a considerable amount of time keeping our communities safe.
However, at the Parker County Emergency Services District 1 Board meeting Monday, Aug. 22 ESD1 Chief Stephen Watson informed the board that units from ESD1 are having to compensate for limited or no response – on a significant scale – to calls in another district.
“In the last 18 months the Parker County Emergency Services District 1 (ESD1) has responded to 98 calls from ESD8 – 54 of which were considered single company incidents,” Watson said.… Read the rest

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School bell rings Aug. 22

School bell rings Aug. 22

Mike Kelley lauds the dedication of Janet Moss while awarding her a pin for 35 years of service in Springtown. Photo by Natalie Gentry

Convocation gears up SISD personnel

BY NATALIE GENTRY
There was plenty to cheer about at the annual Springtown Independent School District (SISD) convocation Aug. 15.
After an introduction by SISD Superintendent Mike Kelley, Dr. Hal Kinkeade of First Baptist Church gave the invocation, asking for guidance for teachers and administrators in their endeavors during the coming school year and for protection for the students and their parents as well.
Student council president Conner Kelley lead those assembled in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge.… Read the rest

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Sports

Football year begins at home Friday night

Football year begins at home Friday night

Decatur coming to Porcupine Stadium

by Mark K. Campbell
Getting in some contact with an opponent proved to be tough for the football Porcupines as both scrimmages suffered from weather woes.
But that won’t stop the arrival of the first game of the year at home against Decatur Friday, Aug. 26 at 7:30 at Porcupine Stadium.
About those scrimmages…
A trip to Alvarado suffered from storms.
Coach Brian Hulett said, “Once again, the weather didn’t cooperate and we got stuck in several delays that caused all of our teams to lose some scrimmage time.”
Still, every squad managed to hit the gridiron for a while.… Read the rest

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Ladies sweep Azle

Ladies sweep Azle

SHS wins consolation at volleyball tournament

Lady Porcupine Jordan Babcock scores over an Azle athlete at the Springtown gym during SHS’ sweep of the Lady Hornets Aug. 22. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Peyton Yates (9) had four assists against Azle at the SHS gym Aug. 23. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Coming off her All-Tournament selection in Glen Rose, Lady Porcupine Ashton Weaver (left photo) redirects a Lady Hornet effort at the net. Teammates Karlee Eddy (11) and Karrah Cooper (4 ) watch Jazzmyne Mannin (10) blast a ball past two Azle blockers; Mannin had 6 kills in the match.

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Volleyball ladies 2nd in Grandview tournament

Volleyball ladies 2nd in Grandview tournament

Among over 100 submissions, Ashton Weaver was named to the Texas Association of Volleyball Coaches Preseason Team.

By Mark K. Campbell
The good thing about volleyball tournaments is that you play a lot of matches in a condensed time period.
So when Springtown (5-3) headed off to Grandview, the Lady Porcupines enjoyed plenty of court time.
SHS went undefeated in pool play on Aug. 12.
The tourney opened with a 25-13, 25-15 win over Dallas Life Oak Cliff.
Standouts included Ashton Weaver with 12 kills, Jordan Babcock with 1.5 blocks, Karrah Cooper with 7 digs and Sydney Farris with 12 assists.… Read the rest

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Movie Man

Offbeat animated Kubo too deep for children

Offbeat animated Kubo too deep for children



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