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Memorial Day Observance to be held Saturday

| May 23, 2017
Memorial Day Observance to be held Saturday

This year’s Memorial Day Observance slated for Saturday, May 27.

The solemn event will again take place at the Springtown War Memorial beginning at 10 a.m.

This year, the memorial wreath will be presented by Linda Wells in memory of U.S. Army private Nathaniel Winifred who was killed in action Nov. 26, 1944.… Read the rest

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SISD personnel awards, board meeting tonight at SHS

| May 22, 2017
SISD personnel awards, board meeting tonight at SHS

Tonight, in addition to its regularly scheduled meeting, the Springtown ISD board of trustees will participate in retirement and award ceremonies for SISD faculty and staff.

At 6 p.m. in the Springtown High School cafeteria, a retirement reception will be held for those staff members who will be entering retirement at the end of the school year.

Immediately after that event at 6:30 p.m., the annual personnel awards ceremony will take place at the same location.

Either at 7:30 p.m. or immediately following the conclusion of the ceremony, the board will take up its agenda items in the high school’s library.… Read the rest

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Riding to the Finals

| May 18, 2017
Riding to the Finals

Team roper Hugo Escobar II (left) and Jordan R. Garcia, a chute dogger, will compete at the North Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals. Photo courtesy Mary Sela Escobar

Two Porcupines in rodeo among NTHSRA best

by Mark K. Campbell
A pair of Springtown cowboys is preparing for the last event of the North Texas High School Rodeo Association’s 2016-17 season.
Jordan R. Garcia and Hugo Escobar II both qualified for the NTHSRA Finals with top 15 finishes over the circuit.
Garcia, a senior, sits 15th in chute dogging with 235 points, including 42 points – a fifth place effort – in a late-season Board of Directors rodeo.… Read the rest

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Netters claim special state tennis honors

| May 18, 2017

SHS octet Academic All-State

by Mark K. Campbell
Several Porcupines and Lady Porcupines were lauded for their efforts during the 2016-17 tennis season.
Landing on the Elite Academic All-State squad were two boys – Connor Kelley and Garrison Trichel.
The Elite team is the highest Academic All-State honor.
Named to the Second Team were Cody Swanson and Cyrus Naal.
Honorable Mention went to Jacob Matthews.
Three Lady Porcupines earned places on the exclusive roster.
Ashton Weaver was named to the Second Team while Adrienne Easter and Ashley McKown were Honorable Mention.
To be named Academic All-State, athletes had several areas of their academics examined.… Read the rest

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Sports camps begin May 30

| May 18, 2017
Sports camps begin May 30

Campers enjoy last year’s volleyball camp conducted by SHS head coach Leighann Strickland. This year’s camp is slated to begin May 30. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Volleyball kicks of summer camps for youth

Registration is wide open for 2017 summer camps.
Camp season starts May 30 with volleyball.
Already participants can register with an online application available at www.springtownisd.net.
Click on Our Schools, then Springtown High School, then Athletics. Camp info is on the right-hand side with POJO Maker details, too. Fee information can be found there.
Youth camps include football, volleyball (regular and an elite camp), boys and girls basketball, wrestling, softball, and baseball.… Read the rest

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Aiming for State

| May 18, 2017
Aiming for State

Springtown’s varsity 7-on-7 football team will make its first effort to secure a berth at the state tournament when the Porcupines travel to Midlothian for its first SQT – state-qualifying tournament – Saturday, May 20. A top two finish locks down a trip to College Station June 29-30 for the state event. SHS will have multiple qualifying chances including one Saturday, May 27 when Brock joins with Springtown to host an SQT. Historically, Porcupines have reached the elite tournament state gathering. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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The trick to bringing dinosaur tracks to life

| May 18, 2017
The trick to bringing dinosaur tracks to life

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Perspective is an important thing.
That is true in many areas, but when you are trying to capture an image of something – almost anything – it is an essential element.
If you fail to include perspective, your picture may still be worth a thousand words, but it won’t say just what you want it to.
And failing to include perspective is just what I did when I ventured into Walnut Creek to document the recently discovered dinosaur tracks last Tuesday.
I first heard about the prints Monday, but it wasn’t until the following day that I found myself in the creek bed looking for them.… Read the rest

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Another photograph that didn’t make the cut

| May 18, 2017
Another photograph that didn’t make the cut

True, it’s hard to tell how big this dinosaur print actually is – perspective, perspective, perspective. Photo by Christina Derr

BY Mark K. Campbell
When shooting in the wilderness – like Springtown’s Walnut Creek – the camera looks at things differently than the eye.
Perspective is needed; otherwise, the viewer can’t tell how big something is.
So you find the dino print and look around for something that acknowledges its size.
Sticks could work; a yardstick would’ve been ideal. While there’s lots of junk in the creek at times, there was no yardstick.
So, I used my foot.
Except that it stirred up the funk in the track – plus my reflection is in the picture.… Read the rest

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Sales tax: up, down, all around

| May 18, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
May sales tax revenue is all over the map.
Some area taxing entities are up, some are down, and some are mixed as compared to May 2016.
For example, the city of Azle and both its special purpose district – the Municipal Development District (MDD) and the Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) – saw May revenue lower than in May 2016, but remain above 2016 year-to-date levels.
That’s unlike Parker County and the cities of Springtown and Pelican Bay, with May revenues in excess of that they received in May 2016. All are also above 2016 year-to-date levels.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

| May 18, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies and booked into the Tarrant, Parker, and Wise County jails on felony and DWI charges during May 5-14.

Tarrant County
Zachary Joe Arriaga, 24, of Azle, was arrested May 11 by White Settlement Police officers and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $15,000 bond.
Bo Landon Cox, 34, of Azle, was arrested May 11 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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