Old Springtown newspaper found under Tabernacle monument
BY NATALIE GENTRY
Breaking news – 82 years old!
A small piece of history was discovered May 24 as worked continued on the Tabernacle restoration project.
When the monument located on the west side of the Tabernacle was moved to allow for new sidewalks, the contractors found what looked to be an old folder.
Inside that folder was what remained of an old newspaper.
Although the folder crumbled when it was moved along with most of the paper as well, enough of the text was left to tell that it was a copy of the Springtown Journal from 1934.… Read the rest
Things to know about the SHS ceremony
BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Thousands of people will file into Porcupine Stadium to honor the Springtown High School Class of 2016 on Friday, May 27 at 8 p.m.
Here are some tips to help you better enjoy the ceremony.
Arrive early but not too early. Gates open one and a half hours before the event begins, at 6:30 p.m. No one is allowed in the facility before then.
The north parking lot is for graduates only. If any spaces remain after 7:20, the general public can park there.
Shuttles will be available.… Read the rest
BY NATALIE GENTRY
Springtown – and hundreds of others – lost.
The Texas Supreme Court ruled unanimously May 20 that although the state’s school funding system is “ossified” and desperately needs to be updated it is, in fact, constitutional.
This decision marks a defeat for more than 600 school districts – including Springtown – that had been fighting for years for change.
“Our complaint focused on the fact that current funding formulas did not adequately provide support for the ‘general diffusion of knowledge’ required by Texas’ Constitution,” SISD Superintendent Mike Kelley said.
A district court in Austin – presided over by Judge John Dietz – decided in 2014 that the districts’ attorneys had successfully argued a “general diffusion of knowledge” could not be consistently achieved because:
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by Mark K. Campbell
Eight Lady Porcupines landed on the District 8-4A All-District softball roster.
Two girls earned “superlatives” – special mentions that are considered First Team picks.
Kaitlyn Hill, an All-State player last year, was named the district’s Offensive Most Valuable Player.
She batted a stunning .724 with 21 hits, 9 of them doubles. Hill added 7 RBI and scored a team high 18 runs.
Elaina Garcia, a sophomore, was selected as the Defensive MVP. She made just one error in the field; at the plate she hit whopping .611.
Three other Lady Porcupines were named to the First Team: senior infielder Ekko Hurst and pitcher Kayla White and sophomore outfielder Haylee Klein.… Read the rest
by Mark K. Campbell
Summer camps begin May 31.
That’s when young volleyball athletes will find themselves on the SHS gym floor.
Coach Leighann Strickland will direct incoming 4-9 graders from 9-11 a.m. on that day through June 3.
The cost is $50. As with all camps, each child after the first one pays half-price for the same camp, excluding the Elite Volleyball Camp.
Girls basketball is the next camp. It is set for June 6-9 for grades K-9.
Running from 1-3 p.m., the hoops camp, also at the SHS gym, costs $50.
On June 6, the multi-week fitness camp POJO Maker begins.… Read the rest
Springtown’s lone representative at the state track meet was senior Kylie Hornback.
Heading into Austin May 13, she had the eighth best throw among nine 4A competitors.
She finished seventh at state.
Hornback’s best throw was her fourth of six which sailed 37 feet, 2.25 inches.
During the 2016 season, she had just missed breaking the school record of 38-0.5 inches held by Callie Shipp since 1993.
Hornback did have one throw shatter that mark earlier this year but barely scratched on the toe board.