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State may withdraw from fed resettlement program

| September 29, 2016
State may withdraw from fed resettlement program

Texas officials said the state will withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program if the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement does not approve the Lone Star State’s refugee plan by Sept. 30.
In a Sept. 21 letter to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, State Refugee Coordinator Kara Crawford gave official notice of Texas’ intention to withdraw from the program. A news release from the governor’s office said the letter was in response to the federal government’s “unwillingness to approve Texas’ updated state refugee plan, which would require national security officials to ensure that refugees do not pose a security threat to Texas.”
If Texas withdraws, the state’s role in the program would end effective Jan.… Read the rest

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Homecoming heroes: Big 2nd half buries Vernon

| September 29, 2016
Homecoming heroes: Big 2nd half buries Vernon

Porcupines out-score visitors 30-0 in final quarters

by mark k. campbell
Turnovers slowed the Porcupines early, but when the ship got righted, it ran right over visiting Vernon as Springtown (4-1) ended its non-district slate on a winning streak with a 37-17 Homecoming thumping of the Lions.
After falling behind 17-7 after one quarter then playing a scoreless second period, the Porcupines poured on the gas and left Vernon in the dust.
Springtown scored 30 points in the second half – and had another touchdown called back – to win its fourth game in a row.
Regrouping at halftime, there was a curious early third quarter stretch of consecutive plays where SHS blocked a Vernon field goal then threw an interception that was followed by the Lion QB having the snap sail over his head.… Read the rest

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Invincible: Volleyball ladies stellar in 5-4A

| September 29, 2016
Invincible: Volleyball ladies stellar in 5-4A

by mark k. campbell
Dominance.
After skunking Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis and Benbrook, the Lady Porcupine volleyball team made the first round of district 6-0.
Not only that, but Springtown (20-6, 6-0) did not lose a single match in the first trip through 5-4A, going 18-0 in games.
“I’m proud of the girls and that outcome,” coach Leighann Strickland said. “We look good when we’re rolling and taking care of the small stuff.”
In a match delayed 40 minutes on Homecoming night, Diamond Hill finally fell 25-12, 25-8, 25-13, with SHS moving the ball around and keeping control of the game, Strickland said.… Read the rest

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Springtown Middle School

| September 29, 2016
Springtown Middle School

Volleyball
The 8th A (7-1, 4-0) beat Azle 25-16, 25-22.
“They meshed well and played hard,” coach Ashley Watson said.
Marissa Kelly had 13 points, 2 aces, and 0 errors; she also had 6 assists. Rayleigh Farris recorded 2 solo blocks and 5 kills. Kaycee Henderson added a block. Pacing the defense were Shaylee Slate and Kali Flaugher.
Next, the A finished third – out of 26 teams – and reached the Gold Bracket at Chisholm Trail HS.
The A defeated Aledo and Summer Creek in pool play to advance then topped Fossil Hill before falling to Wilson.
Farris was an All-Tournament selection.… Read the rest

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Racers improve at Poolville meet

| September 29, 2016
Racers improve at Poolville meet

Porcupine Wriley Russell out-leaps a Vernon defender for another SHS score. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

One meet remains before district

by mark k. campbell
Venturing out to Poolville for a cross country meet was another positive for the Springtown squads.
The girls finished second out of five teams, trailing only Era.
SHS’ top five varsity scorers all came in under 14 minutes, 40 seconds over the two-mile route.
Julie Plumlee proved to be the fastest Lady Porcupine by over a minute with a time of 13:32, good for fifth place overall.
For the boys, Christopher Hoselton, lauded by coach Ernest Mims as the Porcupine leader, continued to pace the squad.… Read the rest

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Homecoming 2016!

| September 29, 2016
Homecoming 2016!

It was a classic Homecoming: A lovely night, a packed Porcupine Stadium, a royal Queen crowning, mums everywhere – and a Springtown victory over Vernon!

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Optimists honor Canales, Glover

| September 29, 2016
Optimists honor Canales, Glover

Duo named Students of Month

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Two Springtown High School juniors – Karen Canales and James Glover – were selected as the Optimist Club’s Tex-Anne and Texan of the Month for September.
Canales has received multiple awards, both academic and athletic.
She has been on the A-honor roll for years and is taking pre-AP Spanish.
A Lady Porcupine varsity soccer player, Canales has been an Academic All-District selection.
She earned an award from VASE – Visual Art Scholastic Event.
Away from SHS, she is active in her church; she also encourages the Spanish community to become more involved in serving.… Read the rest

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SOS fifth in Plano

| September 29, 2016

Drumline vies in upper division

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Sound of Springtown drumline placed 5th at the Plano Drumline Contest, Saturday, Sept. 24.
As the group did last year at the same competition, the drumline entered a division higher than their class.
In addition to a 5th place award, the drumline received the “Best Bass Line” award from judges.
SHS Band Director Chris McLellan said judges’ comments were very good, and the kids were happy with their performance.
The next competition of the SHS band is Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Midlothian Marching Showcase.
This is the first marching band contest for the entire band this year.… Read the rest

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‘No, I will not step down’

| September 29, 2016

Reno mayor fires back at accusers as credit card confiscated

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Amid attempts by the Reno city council to reduce her salary, suspend use of her city credit card, and curtail city expenditures for food at council meetings and city-sponsored events, Mayor Lynda Stokes took to the offensive early during a meeting of the Reno council Monday, Sept. 26.
Under the “Mayor’s Announcements” agenda item, Stokes spoke at length:
“I’ve wondered how long citizens can listen to negative trash that’s out floating around before it becomes true in their minds. How long do they hear lies, half-truths and innuendos without a response?” Stokes asked.… Read the rest

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Falls major cause of old age injuries

| September 29, 2016
Falls major cause of old age injuries

Physical therapist Dr. Stephanie Parker shared information about the risks of falling, and how to prevent falls, at the Springtown Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Sept. 22. Photo by Christina Derr

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Ahead of National Physical Therapy Month beginning in October, Dr. Stephanie Parker, PT, DPT, a physical therapist at Moss Rehabilitation Center in Springtown, presented facts about age-related muscle loss and fall risks to the Springtown Chamber of Commerce at its Sept. 22 luncheon.
Sarcopenia, or age-related muscle loss, usually begins at age 30, and can account for a 3-to-5 percent loss in muscle mass each decade.
People who are inactive are at a higher risk for sarcopenia.… Read the rest

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