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Wild Flower Quiz

| April 20, 2017
Wild Flower Quiz

Photos by Mark K. Campbell

Wildflower answers

1. Bluebonnet
2. Showy evening primrose (or “buttercup”)
3. Indian paintbrush
4. Dandelion
5. Prairie verbena
6. Wine cup
7. Downy paintbrush
8. Tickseed
9. Indian blanket (or Firewheel)
10. Wild onion
11. Coreopsis
BONUS: The flower on the top of the front page? Grape hyacinth… Read the rest

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Reno, Springtown sales tax revenue down in April

| April 20, 2017

Azle’s drop due to audit collections

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Sometimes there’s more to the story than just the amount of money allocated to a taxing entity in a given month.
It can be confusing, to say the least. April’s allocations are a good example.
On its face, it appears the cities of Azle, Springtown and Reno each received less in April 2017 than they did in April 2016; every other taxing entity in the area saw an increase.
We drilled deeper to see if that was really the case.
We found that in April the Azle’s current period collections was $173,040 – slightly more than in April 2016, when current period collections were $172,931.… Read the rest

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Tarrant Co. indicts 8 from the area

| April 20, 2017

A Tarrant County grand jury indicted eight residents from Azle and Springtown on felony charges:
• David Eugene Stewart, 57, of Azle, was indicted April 10 on a charge of failure to comply with sexual offender registration, a third-degree felony.
• David W. Elser, 57, of Azle, was indicted April 10 on a charge of injury to a child, elderly, or disabled person with intent of bodily injury a third-degree felony.
• Patrick Moore Cheatham, 29, of Springtown, was indicted April 12 on a charge of theft of services valued $1,500-$20,000 a state jail felony.
• Jordan Markus Doyle, 26, of Azle, was indicted April 12 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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He is not here! For he has risen, just as He said! Matthew 28

| April 13, 2017
He is not here! For he has risen, just as He said! 					                   Matthew 28

Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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PC grand jury indicts 5 from area

| April 13, 2017
PC grand jury indicts 5 from area

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Two Azle residents and three from Springtown were among the individuals indicted on criminal charges when a Parker County grand jury met April 6 in a Weatherford courtroom.
The grand jury considers evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s office to decide if there is enough evidence to continue to trial.
Among those indicted are:
• Brian Marshall Hopwood, 24, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony. Hopwood was also indicted on a separate second-degree felony: indecency with a child with sexual contact.
• Crystal Ann Vargas, 38, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, less than five items, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

| April 13, 2017

The following individuals who list addresses in the Azle and/or Springtown areas were arrested by various law enforcement agencies on felony charges and booked into the Tarrant, Parker, and Wise County jails during the week of April 3-10.

Tarrant County
Dillon Ray Flores, 24, of Azle, was arrested April 4 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with burglary of a habitation, second-degree felony. He posted $5,000 bond and was released April 7.
Katelyn Paige Elmore, 21, of Poolville, was arrested April 5 and charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony. She remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $30,000 bond.… Read the rest

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Tarrant indicts three

| April 13, 2017

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth April 5-7, three men from Azle were indicted:
• Mason Rene Turner, 22, was indicted April 5 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
• Jerry Lynn Nettles, 45, was indicted April 6 on a charge of driving while intoxicated, felony repetition, a third-degree felony.
• Leslie Gilley, 29, was indicted April 7 on a charge of possession of marijuana four ounces-five pounds, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Cleaning Up Parker County

| April 13, 2017
Cleaning Up Parker County

Commissioner George Conley said about 1,350 vehicles poured into the Parker County Pct. 1 barn during the April 1 clean up.                           Photos by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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Dumping ground

| April 6, 2017
Dumping ground

In both Azle and Springtown – these boxes are in the 500 block of East Hwy. 199 – piles of “donations” sit out in all kinds of weather. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Some local donation boxes are far more than eyesores

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Are they donation boxes or dumping grounds?
Are the donated goods really used to help the needy, or are the boxes quick money-makers for unknown corporations?
As neighborhood donation boxes have increased in popularity over the last several years, so has the number of questions surrounding their maintenance and purpose.
Damaged furniture, stained mattresses, rain-soaked boxes, and other items most would call trash – and that can be legally defined as such – have some asking if area containers designed to recycle clothing and household items aren’t being used by some for a criminal purpose: illegal dumping.… Read the rest

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Veal Station Cemetery honored by state group

| April 6, 2017
Veal Station Cemetery honored by state group

Veal Station Cemetery, final resting place of several prominent Parker County residents, has been named a Historic Texas Cemetery.

It’s now a registered Texas graveyard

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Veal’s Station Cemetery – known today as Veal Station Cemetery – has been named for a unique honor by the Texas Historical Commission.
The country graveyard is now legally recorded as a Historic Texas Cemetery.
Veal Station qualified by being at least 50 years old and being documented as “significant.”
The cemetery is the resting place of Parker County pioneers like William Woody and Civil War veterans Moses Tucker and Ezra Clark, noted Janice Smith, chair of the Parker County Historical Commission.… Read the rest

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