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The trick to bringing dinosaur tracks to life

| May 18, 2017
The trick to bringing dinosaur tracks to life

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Perspective is an important thing.
That is true in many areas, but when you are trying to capture an image of something – almost anything – it is an essential element.
If you fail to include perspective, your picture may still be worth a thousand words, but it won’t say just what you want it to.
And failing to include perspective is just what I did when I ventured into Walnut Creek to document the recently discovered dinosaur tracks last Tuesday.
I first heard about the prints Monday, but it wasn’t until the following day that I found myself in the creek bed looking for them.… Read the rest

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Another photograph that didn’t make the cut

| May 18, 2017
Another photograph that didn’t make the cut

True, it’s hard to tell how big this dinosaur print actually is – perspective, perspective, perspective. Photo by Christina Derr

BY Mark K. Campbell
When shooting in the wilderness – like Springtown’s Walnut Creek – the camera looks at things differently than the eye.
Perspective is needed; otherwise, the viewer can’t tell how big something is.
So you find the dino print and look around for something that acknowledges its size.
Sticks could work; a yardstick would’ve been ideal. While there’s lots of junk in the creek at times, there was no yardstick.
So, I used my foot.
Except that it stirred up the funk in the track – plus my reflection is in the picture.… Read the rest

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Sales tax: up, down, all around

| May 18, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
May sales tax revenue is all over the map.
Some area taxing entities are up, some are down, and some are mixed as compared to May 2016.
For example, the city of Azle and both its special purpose district – the Municipal Development District (MDD) and the Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) – saw May revenue lower than in May 2016, but remain above 2016 year-to-date levels.
That’s unlike Parker County and the cities of Springtown and Pelican Bay, with May revenues in excess of that they received in May 2016. All are also above 2016 year-to-date levels.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

| May 18, 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 May 5-14.

Tarrant County
Zachary Joe Arriaga, 24, of Azle, was arrested May 11 by White Settlement Police officers and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony. He remained in jail as of press time in lieu of $15,000 bond.
Bo Landon Cox, 34, of Azle, was arrested May 11 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 2, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Safe Boating Week May 20-26

| May 18, 2017
Safe Boating Week May 20-26

Few things are more pleasant then being on Eagle Mountain Lake in springtime. But boating can be hazardous; life jackets should be worn. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Unique events planned nationwide

Annually, hundreds of people lose their lives in boating incidents – and most of them could still be alive today if they had worn life jackets.
That number is 84 percent.
Safe Boating Week runs May 20-26, and it again focuses on education.
Boating responsibly reduces tragedies.
This year’s Safe Boating Week motto is “Wear it!” – highlighting the importance of not just having a life jacket in the boat but literally wearing it.… Read the rest

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Four men indicted in Tarrant County

| May 18, 2017

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth May 10 and 11, three men – one each from Azle, Springtown, and Lakeside — were indicted on various felony charges.
• Donald Loyd Golliday, 40, of Azle, was indicted May 10 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.
• Cody Alan Fithian, 29, of Springtown, was indicted May 11 on a charge of driving while intoxicated, felony repetition, a third-degree felony.
• Jacob Andrew Lazo, 26, of Lakeside, was indicted May 11 on a charge of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, 5-10 items, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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PC property values leap double digits

| May 11, 2017
PC property values leap double digits

Certainly Parker County is lovely, but it will cost you more in property taxes to enjoy bucolic vistas like this. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Upset property owners crash website in effort to protest latest appraisals

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Some Parker County residents found themselves in a state of sticker shock after receiving their latest property appraisals from the Parker County Appraisal District (PCAD).
Residents around the county were recently mailed the district’s annual valuation of property, which is used to calculate the amount of ad valorem taxes each property owner will pay various taxing entities such as city and county governments, school districts, and special purpose districts.… Read the rest

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Four indicted in Parker County

| May 11, 2017
Four indicted in Parker County

William Gene Baker, Jr.

Jeffrey Michael Casey

Eric Brant Grupe

Joel Elliott Scheumack

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
An Azle man, a Reno man, and two Springtown men were listed among 50 indictments handed down by a Parker County grand jury May 4.
The grand jury heard evidence in criminal cases presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s Office.
• Jeffrey Michael Casey, 48, of Azle, was indicted on a charge of theft of property $2,500-$30,000, a state jail felony.
• William Gene Baker, Jr., 24, of Reno, 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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Tarrant indicts 6

| May 11, 2017

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth during the first week of May, four Azle and two Springtown men were indicted on various felony charges.
After considering evidence presented by the Tarrant County District Attorney, the grand jury found in the following criminal cases that there was enough evidence to charge these defendants formally:
• Trae Buchanan, 24, of Springtown, was indicted May 2 on a charge of possession of controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.
• Eric Gerald Steele, 57, of Azle, was indicted May 2 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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Outlaw from Azle sought

| May 11, 2017
Outlaw from Azle sought

Danny Lawrence Outlaw, Jr.

Parker County Crimestoppers has released their most recent Most Wanted List, and it includes an Azle man.
Danny Lawrence Outlaw, Jr., 47, is sought by authorities on a charge of criminal mischief.
He is described as having brown hair and eyes, being 5-foot 8-inches tall, and weighing approximately 200 pounds.
The list of eight also includes three individuals who were last known to be residing in the Weatherford area. The entire list can be viewed at http://www.pccs.tips/.
Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 cash reward for tips – which can remain anonymous – that lead to the arrest of Outlaw or any of the other seven wanted individuals.… Read the rest

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