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Standoff ends in death of Reno man

| February 25, 2016
Standoff ends in  death of Reno man

This unassuming farmhouse in central Reno was the site of a three-hour standoff
in which the suspect was killed by tactical officers Feb. 18. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A man is dead following a three-hour standoff Feb. 18 in the very heart of Reno.
The deceased is identified as Ronnie Lee Padron, 32, of Reno.
According to a press release issued by Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, Reno police responded to the 100 block of West Reno Road about 7:15 p.m. after members of the Briar-Reno Volunteer Fire Department reported a man was shooting a gun in an unknown direction from a house directly across the street from the Reno fire hall.… Read the rest

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Filing period over

| February 25, 2016

Primary early voting continues

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Feb. 19 was the last day to file an application for a place on the ballot in area school and city general elections.
Now that all applications are in, here’s what local ballots will look like in May.

Springtown ISD
There is only one contested race in the Springtown Independent School District election.
Two newcomers are running for Place 1; Rick Beall and Rusty Brawner have both filed for the position. Incumbent Mike Ray did not file to defend his seat.
Damon Liles is unopposed in Place 2 as incumbent Keith Springfield chose not to run for re-election.… Read the rest

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VFDs Snuff Wildfire

| February 25, 2016
VFDs Snuff Wildfire

Fast-acting firefighters quelled a rural grass fire that started around 4:50 p.m. Feb. 20 at the intersection of Three Skillet Road and Bullion Road just west of Springtown (in Wise County). Springtown, Cottondale, and Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Departments were on scene and prevented the fire – the cause of which is currently unknown – from jumping the road and damaging homes nearby. Photo by Misty Shaw

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Earning a Silver Medal at State

| February 25, 2016
Earning a Silver Medal at State

Porcupine Sam Lund became the first Springtown High School wrestler to win a silver medal at the state wrestling tournament in Cypress. Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Heritage Magazine Spring 2016

| February 25, 2016

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Area Guide 2016

| February 25, 2016

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February 25, 2016

| February 25, 2016

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Matters of the heart

| February 18, 2016
Matters of the heart

Tale of a cardiac incident a warning for all women

Kathy Baker, from Azle, says did not know she was having heart attack symptoms last summer. Photo by Misty Shaw

BY NATALIE GENTRY AND MISTY SHAW
February is Heart Health Month, and Feb. 5 was National Wear Red Day to raise awareness for women’s heart health – because heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women nationwide.
While many people may think of heart disease as predominantly a male issue, it kills more women each year than breast cancer, stroke, and car accident combined.
Heart attack signs and symptoms vary between men and women.… Read the rest

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I want to believe: The curious sky thingie

| February 18, 2016
I want to believe: The curious sky thingie

What is that?”
A black streak was angling down from the sky to the west of Weatherford on Sunday afternoon. You see sunbeams shoot through clouds all the time, but they are not dark.
“Maybe a plane crashed. Look up the streak – there’s a contrail and…”
A contrail! I have decades of knowledge on conspiracy theories and paranormal activity; I was voted “Most Likely to See a UFO” in high school. (Really. And I have.)
Conspiracy theorists believe that contrails (also known as chemtrails) are a method the government uses to secretly control us by dropping weird drugs on us.… Read the rest

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‘How do I love thee?’

| February 18, 2016
‘How do I love thee?’

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
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