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Night of the Arts to be held this Thursday

| March 21, 2017
Night of the Arts to be held this Thursday

Springtown High School will host its annual Night of the Arts festival Thursday, March 23.

The showcase will feature the goings-on of the district’s fine arts departments including choir, theater arts, bands, and art, among others.

The event will be held at Springtown High School Thursday from 6-8 p.m.… Read the rest

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Council to meet Thursday

| March 20, 2017
Council to meet Thursday

The Springtown City Council will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting for March this Thursday, March 23.

Items up for discussion and/or action by the council include consideration of adopting a 380 program, consideration of an ordinance amending the city’s fee schedule, an update on the transportation projects at Hwy. 199 and FM 51, and several zoning-related items.… Read the rest

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Springtown Chamber 2017

| March 17, 2017

Read the complete Springtown Chmaber 2017 online

 

 

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Disasters: Not if but when

| March 17, 2017
Disasters: Not if but when

Taking advanced precautions essential

Aside from being the mayor of Aledo, Kit Marshall is the Parker County Emergency Management Coordinator; she lectures on disasters regularly. Photo by Christina Derr

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When disaster strikes, most people believe they know the right way to react.
They may have plans in place in case of a fire, flood, tornado, or any of the other natural catastrophes that can come along with living in Texas.
However, when faced with those realities, many soon discover that the maelstrom of the moment presents problems they had previously not considered.
For others, whether by negligence or simple absent-mindedness, one split-second decision can lead to tragedy.… Read the rest

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Counties hand down numerous indictments

| March 17, 2017
Counties hand down numerous indictments

Both Parker and Tarrant County grand juries convened in March to consider evidence in criminal cases.

Bonnie Michelle Combs

David Clayton Ratliff

Parker County
The grand jury handed down 32 indictments; six of those were against Springtown residents. An Azle man, a Reno man, and a Poolville man were also indicted.
• Bonnie Michelle Combs, 35, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.
• Christopher Chance Hargis, 33, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle, a state jail felony.
• Horace R. Long, Jr., 61, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

| March 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 and Parker County jails during the week of March 6-12.

Tarrant County felonies
Alice Adrienne Dulong, 36, of Azle was arrested March 8 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony and contempt of court. She posted $2,800 bond and was released March 10.
Charles Adam Humphreys, 40, of Azle, was arrested March 11 by Fort Worth Police officers and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, four-200 grams, a second-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 2, more than 400 grams, an enhanced first-degree felony; and failure to identify as fugitive with intent to give false information, a Class A misdemeanor.… Read the rest

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Now that’s a big gorilla: King Kong lives again

| March 17, 2017
Now that’s a big gorilla: King Kong lives again

Good ol’ King Kong.
Ever since his arrival way back in 1933, he’s been a cinematic mainstay.
And he’ll be showing up again in 2020.

About the film
That ‘33 King Kong was just another step in the evolution of movies when they were young.
From the amazement of seeing moving pictures a couple of decades earlier, movies had roared forward with detailed plots, tricky camera shots, and involved stories.
King Kong came just two years after Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein freaked out more people than The Exorcist would in 1973.
Instead of using a man in a suit to portray a giant gorilla, the 1933 King Kong utilized stop-motion techniques via small models.… Read the rest

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No, I ‘really’ don’t know what happened

| March 17, 2017
No, I ‘really’ don’t know what happened

The bride said, “Really?”
And not in a you-are-my-hero kind of way but in a voice that rises as it concludes the two syllable word.
“Really?” As in look-what-you’ve-done-now/you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me manner.
She held up a pair of pants that I had just worn to work the day before, having recently commented that they were my favorite pants.
There was a colossal hole in the seat of the pants.
Really.
A hole so big you could shoot a basketball through it, or watch TV with them on your head.
I am hard on clothes, admittedly.
Also I wear them forever. The Bride literally has to distract me to throw something away.… Read the rest

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Physician, heal thyself…from the dreaded FOMO

| March 17, 2017
Physician, heal thyself…from the dreaded FOMO

I have a confession. I suffer from one of the most common diseases in our culture. It is insidious, highly contagious, and terribly debilitating. You may not have heard of it, but I guarantee you know someone who has it, and chances are high that, if you will closely examine yourself, you will see some symptoms, if not a full-blown case.
Some of the symptoms:
1. The inability to say “no” to a request or the need to over-explain or apologize when you must say “no” because you feel guilty every time you say it.
2. A to-do list that gets longer every day, no matter how many things you accomplish because you add two items for every one you check off.… Read the rest

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Some gathered recollections of Southern slaves, Part I

| March 17, 2017
Some gathered recollections of Southern slaves, Part I

These narrative excerpts are a small sample of the wealth of stories recorded in the late 1930s by the Federal Writers’ Project.
The writers of the Slave Narrative Collection in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress usually attempt to reproduce in writing the spoken language of the people they interviewed.
That is what they were instructed to do by the project’s headquarters, the national office of the Federal Writers’ Project in Washington, D.C.
The interviewers were writers, not professionals trained in the phonetic transcription of speech. And the instructions they received were not altogether clear.
Here is what the project’s editor, John Lomax, wrote in one letter to interviewers in 16 states: “I recommend that truth to idiom be paramount, and exact truth to pronunciation secondary,”
Yet he also urged that “words that definitely have a notably different pronunciation from the usual should be recorded as heard,” evidently assuming that “the usual” was self-evident.… Read the rest

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