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There goes the sun: Rare eclipse visible Aug. 21

| August 17, 2017
There goes the sun: Rare eclipse visible Aug. 21

First ‘Great American Eclipse’ in 99 years

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When the skies turn dark next week, it won’t be the doing of mythological figures, but a biennial celestial event.
Next Monday, for the first time in nearly a century, the United States will be the exclusive site of a total solar eclipse.
For just shy of three full minutes on Monday, Aug. 21, many Americans will witness a complete blocking of the sun as the moon orbits between it and us.
Unfortunately for area residents, the closest location that will actually experience a total eclipse is in Missouri.

Around here
Locally, viewers can expect to experience more than three-quarters – 79.6 percent, to be exact – of the sun being blocked when the moon travels between it and the Earth.… Read the rest

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Rare: Our wet August this year

| August 17, 2017
Rare: Our wet August this year

A storm moves toward Springtown from the west Saturday, Aug. 5. Already this month, more than twice the usual amount of rain for August has fallen – with the month just half over. Photo courtesy Paula Campbell

Final total could be among highest ever for our driest month

by Mark K. Campbell
If this August seems rainier than normal, you’re right.
August is traditionally Texas’ hottest and driest month.
But this year is proving to be different.
For many of us, it’s already rained more than last August’s substantial 4.42 inches.
Officially in 2017, rainfall at DFW Airport has been 3.21 inches.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

| August 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, Parker, and Wise County jails on felony and DWI charges during Aug.4-Aug. 14.

Tarrant County
Rigoberto Ramirez-Rodriquez, 39, of Azle, was arrested Aug. 4 by Mansfield Police officers and charged with driving while intoxicated, his third or more, a third-degree felony. He was also the subject of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security detainer. He remained in jail as of press time with no bond set.
Brandi Cheri Cartwright, 38, of Azle, was arrested Aug. 5 by Bedford Police officers and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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The story of Springtown’s mass lynching

| August 11, 2017
The story of Springtown’s mass lynching

Conclusion: Burials but no funerals

What came before:
Dusky Hill and her family of six daughers were hated by Springtown residents in 1872.
Dusky’s eldest daughter, Nance, ran with a rough crowd, including Porter, a “black sheep” from Weatherford.
With Porter and four other men, Nance’s group paused on the street where a man was killed in cold blood.
The quintet fled, but a posse caught up with them, hanging Nance and piling the men up below her swinging feet.
Dusky knew the posse was coming for her entire family; two more daughters were soon caught and hung with the rest of the women on the run.Read the rest

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Local Arrests

| August 11, 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, Parker, and Wise County jails on felony and DWI charges during July 20-Aug. 6.

Tarrant County
Russell Scott Freeman, 30, of Azle, was arrested July 31 by Pelican Bay Police officers and charged with theft of property, valued less than $2,500, a state jail felony; possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, 4-200 grams, a second-degree felony; two counts of failure to identify as a fugitive from justice, a Class A misdemeanor; and two counts of driving while license invalid, a Class B misdemeanor.… Read the rest

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Five locals indicted in FW

| August 11, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth Aug. 3-4, five local individuals were indicted on various felony charges.
• Christy J. Seaton, 42, of Azle, was indicted Aug. 3 on a charge of prostitution, her third more such charge, a state jail felony.
• Roger Dale Spikes, 40, of Springtown, was indicted Aug. 4 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams a third-degree felony.
• Jennifer Kay Thornton, 45, of Azle was indicted Aug. 4 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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The story of Springtown’s mass lynching

| August 3, 2017
The story of Springtown’s mass lynching

While some versions of Nance Hill’s story – including this one – say that Hill and her gang were hung near the Wichita-Clay County line, others tell a different tale. The story of her death printed in the 1974 book Famous Court Trials of Montague County says that an inquest into her death performed in Montague County revealed she was discovered by W. A. “Bud” Morris near this portion of Denton Creek between the present day towns of Bowie and Montague. Photo by Christina Derr

Part II: A posse rides for vengence

What came before:
Dusky Hill and her family of six daughers were hated by Springtown residents in 1872.… Read the rest

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Parker County jury indicts 12 from area

| August 3, 2017
Parker County jury indicts 12 from area

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When the Parker County grand jury convened in July 27, 12 local individuals – eight from Springtown, three from Azle, and a Poolville man – were indicted on various felony charges.
• Thomas Matthew Henson, 50, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.
• Lauren Paige Hulsey, 20, of Springtown, was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.
• William Gene Baker, Jr., 25, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Eight indicted in Tarrant Co.

| August 3, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth during the last week in July, eight local individuals were indicted on various felony charges.
• Thomas Russell Landers, 53, of Azle, was indicted July 25 on a charge of driving while intoxicated, felony repetition, a third-degree felony.
• Basil McCurry, 24, of Azle, was indicted July 25 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
•Tammy Lyn Woodruff, 54, of Azle was indicted July 25 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.… Read the rest

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Wildflower class

| August 3, 2017

The Cross Timbers Chapter of the Native Plant Society will offer “Growing Wildflowers” by a pair of master naturalists Thursday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cherry Park Community Center 313 W. Davis St. in Weatherford.
The duo – Troy and Martha Mullens – will discuss how August is the right time to begin bringing natural landscapes to your property.
Topics include: soils, shade, sun, seasonal interest, drought resistance, size, and color.
Discussions will also cover using natives in landscaped yards or gardens.
There is more info at npsot.org/CrossTimbers.… Read the rest

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