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Sheriff’s office requests help in locating missing Springtown girl

Sheriff’s office requests help in locating missing Springtown girl

A missing juvenile has investigators seeking the public’s assistance.

Parker County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking information about 16-year-old Ashley White of Springtown.

One of the girl’s parents contacted the Parker County Sheriff’s Office to report the missing 16-year-old female from the family’s residence in Springtown late Wednesday evening.

There is no Amber Alert at this time for White, because Sheriff’s investigators believe she left the home voluntarily. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

Sheriff’s investigators said they also believe White left her home on her own accord, taking her personal effects with her.

The girl was last seen wearing a dark shirt, black hoodie, and dark pants with tennis shoes.… Read the rest

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Texas school grading system faulty, say many

Texas school grading system faulty, say many

‘Work in progress’ program political, confusing: SISD’s Kelley

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The release of a “work in progress” assessment of Texas school districts has been met with great disdain all across the state – including in Springtown.
SISD Superintendent Mike Kelley said there might be political motives behind the push to reveal the ratings.
He said, “I am convinced that the very sad reality is that some of our politicians are working very hard to undermine public schools and paint them to be as ineffective and inefficient as they possibly can.
“If public schools are deemed ‘failing,’ Lt. Governor Dan Patrick can leverage support for a voucher system he has acknowledged is a priority this legislative session.”

‘Work in progress’
For many years, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has issued school districts and individual campuses one of two distinctions: “met standard” or “needs improvement.”
In 2015 the Texas Legislature voted to reconfigure the methods for the state’s accountability rating system for public schools.… Read the rest

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Locked and loaded

Springtown PD given 2 rifles for Rapid Response Plan

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Springtown Police Department recently accepted the donation of two assault rifles as part of its Rapid Response Plan (RRP).
The two Bushmaster AR-15s were donated by On the Square Guns and Ammo.
The gun dealer also gave SPD two red dot holographic sights.
The total value of the donation was approximately $2,000.
SPD Chief Tony Motley said the donation is an essential part of his department’s plan to respond and contain situations like an active shooter incident until backup agencies arrive.
Motley said that Springtown Mayor Tom Clayton has been instrumental in the formation of the plan.… Read the rest

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Many helped with facelift

Many helped with facelift

Tabernacle upgrades many

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Springtown’s Tabernacle outdates a majority of the city’s residents.
Originally built during the Depression, the structure has recently received more than a few additions, upgrades, and improvements.
A majority of the work was donated – both material and labor – by area businesses and citizens of the town.
The city’s public works department erected new exterior columns, and Diamond B Roofing installed a new roof.
Fort Worth Monument Company moved the structure’s dedication monument; when they did an old Springtown newspaper was found underneath.
Not only was the newspaper discovered, but it was in good enough shape that the story describing the Tabernacle’s original dedication – in 1934 – could be read.… Read the rest

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Local man dies in truck wreck

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A 23-year-old Springtown man was killed in an early-morning, one-car accident Dec. 31 near the western shore of Lake Worth.
Coby Ray Whitaker was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 8:31 a.m., although a spokesperson for the Fort Worth Police Department said the actual time the crash occurred is unknown, since there were no witnesses.
The spokesperson said Whitaker was driving a black 2007 Toyota Tundra pickup northbound in the 3500 block of Silver Creek Road approaching Watercress Drive when the vehicle left the roadway toward the east at a bridge.
The pickup struck three trees and flipped onto its side before coming to rest in a dry creek bed below the bridge.… Read the rest

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Sports

New coaches leading SHS soccer programs

New coaches leading SHS soccer programs

Springtown hosting tournament this weekend

by mark k. campbell
The Springtown High School soccer teams are led by new coaches this year.
David Tannreuther is the boys’ head coach while Katherine Kummerfeld will direct the Lady Porcupines.
Each head coach will act as the assistant for their counterpart.
Tannreuther is in his second year in Springtown ISD, coming over from Northwest Byron Nelson.
When younger as an athlete, he had been a career football player and coach, playing at Texas State in San Marcos.
The 2017 Porcupine team should improve over the 2016 squad, the coach said.
“We have a good core of seniors that have been really accepting of the leadership roles that they were put into early on and just ran with it,” Tannreuther said.… Read the rest

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Ladies drill visiting C’berry

Ladies drill visiting C’berry

by mark k. campbell
With one game left in the first round of 7-4A play, the Lady Porcupines sit 3-2 after splitting games with Mineral Wells and Castleberry.
Bad weather on Jan. 6 cancelled subvarsity games at Mineral Wells, but the varsities played crucial contests.
Springtown started slowly against the Lady Rams and could not recover, eventually losing 65-36.
The hosts bolted out to a 40-15 halftime lead.
Coach Susan Croft said, “We went in knowing the importance of the game and I think the nerves and the fact that we were off our normal routine – we didn’t come out playing up to our ability.”
Zone play in the second half slowed Mineral Wells, Croft recalled, but the Lady Rams began holding the ball.… Read the rest

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Porcupine wrestlers split with Argyle and Boswell

Springtown athletes hit the mats to tangle with Argyle and Boswell in dual bouts.
Against the Eagles, the Porcupines and Argyle ended up dead even in scoring, but Springtown lost the tie-breaker.
Boswell was no problem for the Porcupines in a 42-15 victory.
“I was very proud of the way we competed,” coach Tye Adams said.
Against Argyle, SHS winners included Noah Duvall (113 pounds), Joel Rayos (132), Jabril Cummings (170), Michael Smith (195), Guillermo Pando (220), and Jesse Springfield (285).
Adams said that his squad is battling sickness and grade issues to keep the unit complete and competing.
Springtown hosted Northwest Eaton, Saginaw, and Richland Jan.… Read the rest

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High hype, yes, but La La Land has its moments

High hype, yes, but La La Land has its moments



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