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Volleyball underway with first tourney in Denton

| August 17, 2017

by Mark K. Campbell
Once again, the Lady Porcupine volleyball team began play before school started.
This season, Springtown (2-3) has been on the road early.
SHS opened at Graham Aug. 8 and lost to the Lady Blues 1-3.
Jazzmyne Mannin began 2017 with a strong outing, killing a team-high 12 balls and digging out 12 more.
Jordan Babcock killed 6 balls and blocked one as did Peyton Yates.
Charisma Jones’ 22 digs was tops for the Lady Porcupines; Addison Farris added 14 more.
The first tournament sent Springtown to Denton where SHS went 2-2.
In pool play, the Lady Porcupine squad got its first win decisively in the ACS Nike/Denton Ryan tourney over Roosevelt, 25-3, 25-8, 25-8.… Read the rest

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The Pads Are On!

| August 17, 2017
The Pads Are On!

After the four-day “acclimation” practice period required by the UIL, the Porcupines donned pads and got down to business. Springtown athletes were split up all over the practice field with coaches intently watching and directing activities. The first scrimmage of the season sends SHS to Sanger Friday, Aug. 18. The JV and freshmen play at 6 p.m. with varsities set for 7.
Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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My spear is bigger than your tomahawk

| August 17, 2017
My spear is bigger than your tomahawk

There’s a funny, quick moment in a great movie you’ve probably never seen that is about to become apropos.
The movie is Woody Allen’s Love and Death from 1975, a film I’ve seen about 30 times.
In it, through a comedy of errors, Allen’s coward has become a hero, and he is decked out in formal military attire – including a sheathed sword way too long for his dinky frame – at a high-class, upper crust party.
He bows toward a woman and his weapon boinks the posterior of another woman standing behind him, prompting Allen to say, “Oops, I just goosed that woman.”
That phrase is about to become much more common come Sept.… Read the rest

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Grandpa Culwell of Parker County, Texas: Part 1

| August 17, 2017
Grandpa Culwell of Parker County, Texas: Part 1

Ethel B. Tackitt wrote about her family and early Parker County.

Thomas and Eliza (Jones) Culwell came from Arkansas to Texas in the 1840s and settled in Collin County. He was a good farmer in Arkansas and the rich lands of Texas were a source of delight to his industrious spirit.
His mother and two brothers, as well as other members of his family also came as was the custom in the early settling of Texas. Families looked well to the protection of one another and usually moved in groups.
Love and kindred was a very pronounced trait in the Culwell family.… Read the rest

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Not innocent: But I refuse to be part of the problem

| August 17, 2017
Not innocent: But I refuse to be part of the problem

I got up with a heavy heart Monday, Aug. 14.
I’m experiencing an inner compulsion to speak to the ugliness and evil of racism, in light of the weekend events in Virginia.
I want to be clear in identifying evil without being guilty of self-righteous finger-pointing and name-calling. I want to speak the truth in love and honor Christ.
I want to call the people of God to BE the Body of Christ publicly and display an accurate and mature reflection of the character of Jesus.
In my work as a coach, if someone was to tell me, “I want to say…” I would ask that person, “So what’s preventing you from saying just that?”
So, here’s what I want to say and I’m going to say it:
Racism is evil and sinful, no matter the source.… Read the rest

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Confessions of someone who hates summer

| August 17, 2017
Confessions of someone who hates summer

You summer lovers are nuts.
Sure, there are fun summertime activities – swimming, beach trips, backyard barbecuing, etc. – but the pure hellishness brought on by the summer heat negates any of that.
When I ask most of the should-be-mental-patients who claim summer is better, most say it’s better merely because they don’t like to be cold.
Fair point. I don’t care to be very cold myself, and that’s why God invented sweaters, jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, and so on.
Conversely, there are only so many articles of clothing you can take off in a civilized society without risking jail time.… Read the rest

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Abbott signs 3 bills; few likely to reach desk in final week

| August 17, 2017
Abbott signs 3 bills; few likely to reach desk in final week

Three bills reached Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk last week, with the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature set to expire Aug. 16.
Abbott signed all three into law on Aug. 11:
• Senate Bill 5, increasing criminal penalties for voter fraud, by Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and sponsored in the House by Dan Huberty, R-Kingwood;
• Senate Bill 20, the “sunset bill” that extends the life of the Texas Medical Board and several other healthcare-regulating state boards, by Van Taylor, R-Plano, and sponsored in the House by Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock; and
• Senate Bill 60, relating to the funding of those revived healthcare boards, also by Taylor and sponsored by Gonzales.… Read the rest

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There goes the sun: Rare eclipse visible Aug. 21

| August 17, 2017
There goes the sun: Rare eclipse visible Aug. 21

First ‘Great American Eclipse’ in 99 years

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When the skies turn dark next week, it won’t be the doing of mythological figures, but a biennial celestial event.
Next Monday, for the first time in nearly a century, the United States will be the exclusive site of a total solar eclipse.
For just shy of three full minutes on Monday, Aug. 21, many Americans will witness a complete blocking of the sun as the moon orbits between it and us.
Unfortunately for area residents, the closest location that will actually experience a total eclipse is in Missouri.

Around here
Locally, viewers can expect to experience more than three-quarters – 79.6 percent, to be exact – of the sun being blocked when the moon travels between it and the Earth.… Read the rest

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Rare: Our wet August this year

| August 17, 2017
Rare: Our wet August this year

A storm moves toward Springtown from the west Saturday, Aug. 5. Already this month, more than twice the usual amount of rain for August has fallen – with the month just half over. Photo courtesy Paula Campbell

Final total could be among highest ever for our driest month

by Mark K. Campbell
If this August seems rainier than normal, you’re right.
August is traditionally Texas’ hottest and driest month.
But this year is proving to be different.
For many of us, it’s already rained more than last August’s substantial 4.42 inches.
Officially in 2017, rainfall at DFW Airport has been 3.21 inches.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

| August 17, 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 Aug.4-Aug. 14.

Tarrant County
Rigoberto Ramirez-Rodriquez, 39, of Azle, was arrested Aug. 4 by Mansfield Police officers and charged with driving while intoxicated, his third or more, a third-degree felony. He was also the subject of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security detainer. He remained in jail as of press time with no bond set.
Brandi Cheri Cartwright, 38, of Azle, was arrested Aug. 5 by Bedford Police officers and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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