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Dickey’s BBQ to host fundraiser for Dallas PD families

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit of Springtown will host a fundraiser Wednesday, July 13 from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. for the families of the Dallas Police officers who were killed in the line of duty July 7. Twenty percent of all proceeds that day will go to the Boots and Badges charity which helps the families of fallen service members, police officers, and firefighters. Dickey’s also accepts donations to the charity in general at any time.… Read the rest

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SEF golf tourney a hit

Despite some serious Texas heat, 84 golfers ventured out on Azle’s Cross Timbers Golf Course to raise money for the Springtown Educational Foundation.
The 17th annual event – with 1 p.m. tee times when it was 96 degrees – was won by Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley, Curt Kelley, Garrett Kelley, and Ryan Hancock.
That quartet fired a 52 over the 18 holes.
A second team tied for first but ended up second – SISD board member Jody Lowery, Tony Beck, Tim Horton, and David Vaughn.
Third place with a 53 went to Bob White, Zack Bellenger, Bernie Killman, and David Risinger.… Read the rest

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Porcupines return to home school district

Porcupines return to home school district

SHS grads Micheal and Brittney Chavez, along with their sons Bryce, left, and Blu, are returning to SISD as transportation director and SHS dean of students respectively.

by Natalie Gentry
Two more Porcupine alums are returning to the Springtown Independent School District (SISD).
Micheal Chavez is returning to take the helm as the director of transportation with the district, while Brittney Chavez née Rhodes will be the new dean of students at Springtown High School (SHS).
“We’re extremely excited to return to Springtown,” Brittney said. “There is something uniquely special about getting to help kids from your hometown find their own success.”
Both are both 2004 graduates of SHS who attended SISD campuses all 13 years.… Read the rest

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SMS duo earns national silver

SMS duo earns national silver

SMS students (l-r) Jesus Najera and Leigha Davis-Ray brought home silver medals in the Environmental Ambassador category at the National FCCLA Leadership conference for their trash clean up project called “Springtown Pick-up.” Photo courtesy SISD

SMS students take second at FCCLA Nationals

By Natalie Gentry
Leigha Davis-Ray and Jesus Najera, students in Springtown Middle School’s (SMS) Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter, returned from the 2016 FCCLA National Leadership Conference sporting silver medals.
The conference was in San Diego, California, July 2-7.
The duo prepared and completed a STAR project in the Environmental Ambassador category.
Davis-Ray and Najera planned and carried out a trash clean-up project called “Springtown Pick-up.”
They presented the information and encouraged others to come out and help clean up the Springtown City Park.… Read the rest

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Little League soccer sign-ups arrive July 23 at Brookshire’s

Little League soccer sign-ups arrive July 23 at Brookshire’s

The new season of Little League soccer begins Sept. 1.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Springtown Soccer Association (SSA), a youth soccer league that serves Springtown and surrounding communities, will have a booth set up at Brookshire’s in Springtown, Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for residents who would like to sign up.
The SSA offers soccer to boys and girls in U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18 age groups.
For purpose of league play, the age of a player shall be his or her age on Dec. 31 of the current soccer year.
The current soccer year begins Sept.… Read the rest

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Missing man found safe after Silver Alert

by Carla Noah Stutsman
A 77-year-old Azle man who went missing Thursday morning, July 14 was found safe and reunited with family members Friday morning, July 15.
Loyad Frederick Scott, who has a medical history that includes dementia and Alzheimers Disease, was reported missing by his wife shortly after midnight Thursday when she found her husband gone along with the couple’s 2014 Subaru Forester.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office issued a Silver Alert for Scott.
Citizens reported seeing Scott at an Azle bank, prompting Azle police to comb the city of Azle looking for him Thursday afternoon.
Then Lake Worth Police Department was notified of a sighting at a gas station on Azle Avenue.… Read the rest

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Sports

Success

Success

Wrapped doors like these in the Multi-Purpose Center stress that success doesn’t come without hard work. Photos by Mark K. Campbell

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Fall sports sending SHS athletes all over the area

Fall sports sending SHS athletes all over the area

by Mark K. Campbell
Gas up the car if you want to watch some football or volleyball once the school year begins at Springtown High School.
Major fall sports football and volleyball are both going to put some miles in to face foes.
(The cross country schedule has not been solidified as of press time.)

Football
On one hand, the Porcupines enjoy a home and away schedule for the entire season, so there’s always a break. Trips are planned for Stephenville, Gainesville, and Kennedale – the latter a District 5-4A rival.
The good news is that the potentially longest trip – to Vernon – is not only a home game but Homecoming.… Read the rest

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Just 2 summer camps remain

by Mark K. Campbell
Two summer camps remain.
A football camp for older Porcupines – grades 7-9 – is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 25-28.
The cost is $50.
The annual Elite volleyball camp returns July 28-30 for grades 9-12 at the high school gym from 2-7 p.m.
Taught by outside expert coaches Julie Green and Hollie Huston – both with past Springtown ties – the fee is $125.
Info on remaining camp and the Elite Volleyball camp is at www.springtownisd.net.… Read the rest

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Some movies should never be remade. Period.

Some movies should never be remade. Period.



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