Breaking News and Updates

SMS students briefly evacuated the building at approximately 1:30 p.m. after a bearing failed in an exhaust fan motor over the gymnasium, causing smoke to trigger the fire alarm.  Power to the fan motor was turned off, and the Springtown Fire Department soon gave the “all clear” for students to return to class.… Read the rest

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Suspects in Jan. 8 home invasion sought

The Springtown Police Department is attempting to locate two male suspects in relation to a home invasion that occurred in the 400 block of North Avenue C on Jan. 8. The men were dressed in masks and coveralls and were driving a silver SUV — possibly a Isuzu Rodeo. Police say at least one of the men was injured during a struggle with the homeowner.  Anyone with information should call the Springtown Police Department at … Read the rest

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Front Page News

Road repairs OK’d by county for 2015

PC Commissioners Court approves fixing Knob, Veal Station among others

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Approval of allocation of state grant funds to each precinct for repair and construction of roads was the main focus of the Parker County Commissioners Court at the regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 21.
Precinct 1 projects include repairs on Knob Road from the Springtown city limits to Thomas Road and on Veal Station Road from FM 51 to Old Springtown Road.… Read the rest

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ESD 1 working on PPC ratings

March decision could lower insurance rates

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Could lower insurance rates be coming?
Parker County Emergency Services District (ESD) 1 officials met with the Insurance Services Office (ISO) to provide data supporting updated Public Protection Class Ratings (PPC) for the area.

What is a PPC rating?
According to ISO’s website, to help establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties, insurance companies need reliable, up-to-date information about a community’s fire-protection services. … Read the rest

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Working in perfect harmony

Working in perfect harmony

SISD Fine Arts Director J.B. Perry and teachers strive to balance programs

BY NATALIE GENTRY
There was a time when fine arts programs seemed to be a thing of the past.
In the early 2000’s, many school districts across the nation were drastically downsizing or completely eliminating the arts in response to budget cuts.
Luckily, Springtown Independent School District (SISD) wasn’t one of those districts.… Read the rest

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Wreck after chase deadly

Local man crashes in Wise County

By Natalie Gentry
Jerry Easterwood, 35, of Springtown died in a one-car accident after running his vehicle off Farm Road 718 near Newark in Wise County at approximately 8:49 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16.
According to Trooper Jackson Bridgeman of the Texas Department of Public Safety  (DPS), he was southbound on FM 718 when he was passed by a 1994 Pontiac Firebird –   driven by Easterwood – speeding in the … Read the rest

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Sports

Porcupines split two District 8-4A clashes

Porcupines split two District 8-4A clashes

by Mark K. Campbell
The Springtown basketball squad bounced back from a loss at Decatur to handily spank Castleberry.
At the Eagle gym Jan. 23, a slow start hampered SHS; Springtown trailed 24-13 after the first eight minutes.
The game was closer from there, but the Porcupines could not make up the difference, falling 70-55.
Dawson Meek and Kaleb Chesney both scored 14 points. Trent Partain had 9 and Kruz Dominguez 8 in the loss.… Read the rest

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Ladies third in hoops race

Ladies third in hoops race

Dauenhauer pours in 56 points in two-game span

by Mark K. Campbell
After one road loss, the Lady Porcupine basketball squad motored to River Oaks and got back on the winning track.
Springtown headed to Decatur and fell to the No. 24 in Texas Lady Eagles 48-34.
SHS got off to a slow start and trailed 13-4 after one period.
For the game, the Lady Porcupines offense was fueled by senior Brooklyn Dauenhauer. She scored … Read the rest

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Porcupine Wrestling

Porcupine Wrestling

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Movie Man

Beloved British movie adaptation bears seeing

Beloved British movie adaptation bears seeing

The Movie Man’s master plan for this week was to see another Best Picture nominee.
But things just didn’t work out, so he headed to a kids movie instead.

About the film
Paddington is a British movie based on a book famous for generations (especially over there). The cute critter in the red hat and blue coat has charmed children for decades.
After all, this is a book that star Hugh Bonneville referred to as … Read the rest

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