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School board to meet Feb. 27

| February 24, 2017
School board to meet Feb. 27

The Springtown Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold their February meeting next Monday, Feb. 27.

The meeting will begin 7 p.m. in the SISD administration office board room located at 301 East Fifth Street.… Read the rest

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Heritage Magazine Spring 2017

| February 23, 2017

Read the complete Heritage Magazine Winter 2016 online

 

 

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Local Arrests

| February 23, 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 Feb. 13.-Feb. 19.

Tarrant County felonies
Crystal Ann Hall, 36, of Azle, was arrested Feb. 19 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony and illegal dumping, a Class B misdemeanor. She remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $2,500 bond.
Jeremiah Gregory Langen, 27, of Azle was arrested Feb. 19 by Haltom City Police officers and charged with assault causing bodily injury of a family member, second or more within 12 months, a third-degree felony; assault causing bodily injury of a family member, a Class A misdemeanor; resisting arrest, search, or transport, a Class A misdemeanor; and criminal mischief valued $100-$750.… Read the rest

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Speed racer

| February 23, 2017
Speed racer

Azle youth to compete in F4 U.S. Championship

Azle High School freshman Lawson Nagle gets some “seat time” in an F4 car.

An Azle teen who’s been racing karts since he was 8 years old is graduating to race cars.
Lawson Nagel, a 15-year-old freshman at Azle High School, has signed with Miller Vinatieri Leguizamón Motorsports (MVL Motorsports) to do a full season of the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.
The series, designed just for drivers like Nagel who are coming up from karting or quarter midgets, is sanctioned by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro Racing and certified by the International Automobile Federation, which organizes the Formula 1 World Championship.… Read the rest

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Wall isn’t exactly Great, but it looks cool

| February 23, 2017
Wall isn’t exactly Great, but it looks cool

The Movie Man won’t waste time addressing the current fad of railing against the fact that casting directors are not color-blind.
Diversity complaints come too regularly about specific ethnicities not being cast in certain roles, i.e., American Indian actors in Indian roles.
The Movie Man’s stance is let actors act.
So there. Anyway, there’s a white man at the head of a Chinese production, The Great Wall.
It makes sense since it’s the story of a Westerner seeking gunpowder, but the politically correct sorts overlook that.

About the film
There was big hubbub as The Great Wall was under production.… Read the rest

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If you want to work, there’s a job out there

| February 23, 2017
If you want to work, there’s a job out there

Not everyone wants to work.
And those that do – or must – often find themselves in mundane positions not too long after vowing as teenagers that they’d never become their dad/mom and toil for The Man, man.
Well, it’s still possible to find a job that’s out of the ordinary, one where you don’t don the same attire day after day and trudge away from home at dawn, returning at dusk, defeated.
Here are a few you might consider:
Professional shover.
In Japan, people get paid for forcibly shoving more humans into a train that is already bulging at the seams.… Read the rest

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It’s not too early to start working on your 2-minute drill

| February 23, 2017
It’s not too early to start working on your 2-minute drill

Yes, I know football season is over. Baseball season is right around the corner. I will offer my apologies now to any fans of hockey, basketball, soccer, golf, badminton, curling … oh, wait a minute. When I started thinking of other lesser sports, I got carried away. (Please remember I apologized first).
While I have an appreciation for all sports that do not involve style points and judges, there are really only two professional team sports that I pay much attention to. Besides the fact that I only really pay attention to football and baseball as a fan, those two really have the only useful metaphors that I use as a writer.… Read the rest

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John Fletcher’s life in Parker County: Part 3 – The tale of Springtown’s infamous Hill family

| February 23, 2017
John Fletcher’s life in Parker County: Part 3 – The tale of Springtown’s infamous Hill family

The Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940, provides us with manuscripts of the history of American Life. This is an excerpt from a manuscript from John Fletcher who was born in Parker County on Sept. 22, 1868. 

There was a period when everyone knew that the other fellow was branding all the calves he could find, and in order to stay even it was necessary to do likewise. Therefore, the fellows who were present with the best calf crops were the fellows who could hunt and brand calves the best.
During this period there was not much objection to branding calves. Ranchers took the practice as a matter of course, but did object strenuously to fellows taking branded cattle.… Read the rest

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You can’t babysit your own child

| February 23, 2017
You can’t babysit your own child

The other day I heard a man telling his buddy how he could not go somewhere that weekend because he would be “babysitting” his children for his wife.
I hope he didn’t see my eyes roll all the way back in my head or hear the few choice words I muttered under my breath.
Actually, I hope he did, because his statement was just that ludicrous.
For whatever reason, few things annoy me like hearing that come out of a parent’s mouth. Mother or father – but let’s face it, it’s usually fathers.
This is certainly not the first time I’ve heard someone say, with a tone of disappointment, that he had to “babysit” his own kids.… Read the rest

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Brief filed supporting Trump’s immigration order

| February 23, 2017
Brief filed supporting Trump’s immigration order

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a legal brief supporting President Trump’s executive order for an immigration crackdown.
In his Feb. 15 brief with a San Francisco federal appeals court, Paxton defends President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”
The states of Washington and Minnesota filed a complaint in a Seattle federal district court and were granted a nationwide temporary restraining order that blocked key provisions of the executive order regarding Trump’s proposed ban on travelers from several Muslim-majority countries considered to be terrorism hotspots. On Feb. 9, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the temporary restraining order.… Read the rest

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