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Talking road projects

Talking road projects

Parker County Judge Mark Riley was one of many local officials on hand to answer questions about the FM 51 project at the TxDOT public meeting. Photo by Christina Derr

Officials meet with public about future projects

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Numerous local officials including Parker County Judge Mark Riley, Parker County Pct. 1 Commissioner George Conley, and Springtown Mayor Tom Clayton were on hand Tuesday, Aug. 15 when TxDOT held a public meeting at the Springtown Senior Center.
TxDOT officials brought preliminary plans for the improvements to the roadway from Pojo Road to Hwy. 199.
Residents and stakeholders were given their first looks at preliminary plans for the improvements and were able to ask questions of both TxDOT and local officials.… Read the rest

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SISD teachers welcomed with luncheon, speech

SISD teachers welcomed with luncheon, speech

SHS alumna Carrie Wilkerson, now an internationally known motivational speaker, returned for the second year in a row as the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce and Springtown Pastoral Fellowship’s annual new teacher luncheon. Photo by Christina Derr

Springtown High grad Wilkerson back to pump up newcomers

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The 48 newest members of the Springtown ISD faculty were treated to lunch and gifts at the Springtown Chamber of Commerce and Springtown Pastoral Fellowship’s annual new teacher luncheon Thursday, Aug. 10.
Held at Oak Knoll Ranch, the luncheon was catered by Shinola’s Texas Cafe. In addition to lunch, the new teachers and administrators were given bags full of goods donated by local businesses as a welcome gift.… Read the rest

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Reno red flag

Impromptu executive session called

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It could have been the most productive meeting of the Reno city council in a couple of years.
The council hired a new police chief [see Page 4A], declared a plat to be approved, moved an election for the Walnut Creek Regional Municipal Development District from November 2017 to May 2018, amended its gas well fee schedule, adopted the 2017 Edition of the National Electrical Code, and authorized the purchase of at least one pair of boots annually for water department personnel.… Read the rest

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Mayor gets cell phone despite council’s denial

Clayton insists purchase is making him ‘more productive’

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Unfunded and unapproved.
Springtown Mayor Tom Clayton is in possession of a city-provided cell phone that is just that, and has been for five months.
Not only does the city not provide a cell phone for any other elected official, when in the past Clayton had sought council approval for one, he failed to gain it on two separate occasions.
The first attempt came shortly after his election in 2015. At the regular meeting of the council that May, Clayton asked the council to approve his being issued a cell phone that would be paid for out of city funds.… Read the rest

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Sports

Volleyball underway with first tourney in Denton

by Mark K. Campbell
Once again, the Lady Porcupine volleyball team began play before school started.
This season, Springtown (2-3) has been on the road early.
SHS opened at Graham Aug. 8 and lost to the Lady Blues 1-3.
Jazzmyne Mannin began 2017 with a strong outing, killing a team-high 12 balls and digging out 12 more.
Jordan Babcock killed 6 balls and blocked one as did Peyton Yates.
Charisma Jones’ 22 digs was tops for the Lady Porcupines; Addison Farris added 14 more.
The first tournament sent Springtown to Denton where SHS went 2-2.
In pool play, the Lady Porcupine squad got its first win decisively in the ACS Nike/Denton Ryan tourney over Roosevelt, 25-3, 25-8, 25-8.… Read the rest

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The Pads Are On!

The Pads Are On!

After the four-day “acclimation” practice period required by the UIL, the Porcupines donned pads and got down to business. Springtown athletes were split up all over the practice field with coaches intently watching and directing activities. The first scrimmage of the season sends SHS to Sanger Friday, Aug. 18. The JV and freshmen play at 6 p.m. with varsities set for 7.
Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Football 2017 begins with non-contact

Football 2017 begins with non-contact

by mark k. campbell
Porcupine football players began preparing for the 2017 season in earnest early Monday morning, Aug. 7.
That was the first day the UIL said teams could start practicing.
Springtown began conditioning in shorts and helmets that day.
The date for donning full pads is Friday, Aug. 11 – the first day for contact practices.
Because the Porcupines play in 4A, Springtown will have two scrimmages; 6A and 5A schools that conducted spring drills can participate in just one scrimmage.
SHS’ first scrimmage is on the road in Sanger Friday, Aug. 18.
The first time the Porcupines play in the SISD stadium is Thursday, Aug.… Read the rest

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Movie Man

Horror movie universes now tying together

Horror movie universes now tying together



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