BY CHRISTINA DERR
In today’s society, when most people are constantly on the lookout for the next opportunity, very few can say they have spent their entire 45-year career working for one employer.
Even fewer can say they have spent that amount of time in public service – dedicated to the education and well-being of the students in their hometown.
Both, however, are true for Springtown Independent School District (SISD) Assistant Superintendent Mike Gilley.… Read the rest
Rain stays away but not crowd at Wild West Festival
BY CHRISTINA DERR
They prayed for clear skies, and those prayers were answered.
The 32nd annual Wild West Festival took place Saturday, Sept. 17, with almost no interference from the weather.
Springtown Chamber of Commerce director, Amy Walker, said, “Everybody in this city was praying for no rain. We prayed, prayed, and prayed for no rain. And we did not get any rain, but we said next year we need to be a little bit more specific with our prayers.”
After some forecasts called for as high as a 90 percent chance of rain Saturday morning, organizers were happy to have a dry, albeit warm, festival.… Read the rest
BY CHRISTINA DERR
The owner of Azle’s Frenki’s Capriccio restaurant has died after an alleged hunting accident.
Gentjan Behaj, of Fort Worth, was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound at 6:44 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at an Azle hospital, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
The fatal injury was the result of an alleged accidental shooting, which occurred south of Springtown on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
The medical examiner has not yet concluded a manner of death.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene in the 400 block of Rider Lane in rural Parker County and found the victim lying on the ground at a hunting site.… Read the rest
by Mark K. Campbell
The Lady Porcupines are queens of the volleyball court these days.
Springtown (18-6, 4-0) swept two more district foes to securely lock down the top spot in 5-4A in the first round of play.
Sent reeling this time were Castleberry and Kennedale.
At River Oaks Sept. 20, SHS won easily 25-14, 25-12, 25-11 over Castleberry.
Working on ball control and consistency in practice paid off in the Lady Lion victory.
Coach Leighann Strickland said, “We did well.… Read the rest
The Springtown cross country teams impressed in another meet, this time at Jacksboro Sept. 17.
The boys continue to be led by sophomore Christopher Hoselton.
Coach Ernest Mims said, “He has evolved into a leader and champion for the Porcupines.”
Hoselton now has consecutive top 10 finishes after taking seventh in Jacksboro.
Three Lady Porcupines finished that high: Julie Plumlee 7, Kaylee Greenwood 8, and Meleah Pineda 10.
The girls won their division.
Next up was a Poolville meet on Sept. 21; results were not available at press time.… Read the rest
The junior varsity volleyball team has been busy.
First, the SHS JV (15-2, 4-0) popped Castleberry on the road 25-13, 25-21 behind the play of Hayley Carter, Charisma Jones, and Bailey Harmon.
On Sept. 17, the JV began play in a Brock tournament.
SHS opened with district rival Benbrook and won 25-15, 25-6.
Carli Haugen and Madison Smith both had 3 kills while Carter served 4 aces.
Next game a slugfest with Peaster that Springtown finally won 25-16, 14-25, 25-17.
Coach Hannah Adams said, “It’s always a great game when we play Peaster.”
Jones dug out 20 balls while Owens had 15 and Harmon 12 digs.… Read the rest