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Electrifying!

| June 22, 2017
Electrifying!

There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm; crouching will not help.

Separating lightning myths and facts

by Mark K. Campbell
Aside from it being one of the most misspelled words in the English language – it’s not “lightening” – lightning is misunderstood in other ways, too.
Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, here are some myths that the organization addresses – as well as confirming some truths.

MYTH Crouch down if you’re caught in a thunderstorm.
TRUTH – Crouching makes you no safer. Flee to a building or hard-topped vehicle. You are not safe anywhere outdoors.… Read the rest

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Parker sheriff: Pets need extra care in heat

| June 22, 2017

Chained pit bull found dead with no water, no shade

The death of a dog found chained to a rock formation and left without shade or water has prompted Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler to make a public service announcement regarding proper summer care for pets.
“Any outdoor animal requires extra care and monitoring due to the extreme Texas heat,” Fowler said.
Sheriff’s Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler added domestic animals require adequate shade, preferably a proper doghouse that is well-ventilated.
“Setting a doghouse in direct sunlight without ventilation in high temperatures is asking for a grim outcome concerning the life of your pet,” Kessler said.… Read the rest

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Local youth succeed at Parker County show

| June 15, 2017
Local youth succeed at Parker County show

Many win, place in annual Weatherford event

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Dozens of area students participated in the annual Parker County Livestock Improvement Association Youth Fair, and many of those saw their efforts pay off when the results were announced.
At this year’s June gathering, these Azle, Springtown, and Poolville students were among the top finishers in their categories:

Showmanship
Market Lamb – Summer Conway, Springtown FFA, 2nd in Junior class;
Payton Jennings, Poolville FFA, 3rd in Junior class;
Camryn Slocum, Springtown FFA, 4th in Senior class;
Seth Bell, Azle FFA, 5th in Senior class.

Market Steer – Kinley Murphy, Poolville FFA, 5th in Junior class.… Read the rest

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Gov. demands action, calls lawmakers back

| June 15, 2017
Gov. demands action, calls lawmakers back

Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 announced a special session of the Texas Legislature to begin on July 18 to address issues that went unresolved during the contentious 140-day regular session that ended May 29.
Abbott explained why he thinks it necessary to order lawmakers back to Austin. “Considering all the successes of the 85th legislative session, we should not be where we are today,” he said. “A special session was entirely avoidable and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session. As governor, if I am going to call a special session, I intend to make it count,” he added.… Read the rest

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Quartet of men indicted in Tarrant County

| June 15, 2017

When the Tarrant County grand jury convened in Fort Worth at the end of May and in early June, four men – two from Azle and one each from Springtown and Pelican Bay – were indicted on various felony charges.
• Russell Scott Freeman, 30, of Azle, was indicted May 31 on a charge of theft of property valued less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions, a state jail felony.
• Shane Edward McDuffie, 34, of Springtown, was indicted June 1 on a charge of driving while intoxicated with felony repetition, a third-degree felony.
• Joshua Wayne Moore, 38, of Azle, was indicted June 6 on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, 4-200 grams, a second-degree felony.… Read the rest

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June sales tax: Sanctuary, ‘Bay rise; Reno drops

| June 15, 2017
June sales tax: Sanctuary, ‘Bay rise; Reno drops

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
When it comes to sales tax revenue, the news couldn’t get much better.
Most area taxing entities saw increases in their June revenue as compared to June 2016.
Two exceptions are the town of Lakeside, with a miniscule decrease, and the city of Reno, where a decrease of almost 9 percent is its smallest in several months.
In contrast, the two smallest cities in the area – Pelican Bay and Sanctuary – are enjoying virtual windfalls, with increases near 200 percent in June.
Pelican Bay’s June revenue of $4,351 represents a 190.18 percent jump compared to the $1,500 it received in June 2016.… Read the rest

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McGone…For Now

| June 15, 2017
McGone…For Now

There once was a McDonald’s on Hwy. 199 in Springtown and there will be again – but there’s not one there now. Where the popular old one is now completely leveled, a shiny new McDonald’s will soon be erected.          Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Local Arrests

| June 15, 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 June 5-11.

Tarrant County
Thomas Eddie Potter, 61, of Azle, was arrested June 5 by Pelican Bay 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 $2,500 bond.
Ronald Lee Teague, 24, of Pelican Bay, was arrested June 6 by Pelican Bay Police officers and charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Making sure kids get fed this summer

| June 8, 2017
Making sure kids get fed this summer

Local, state, federal programs feeding children

BY CHRISTINA DERR
For some children, the only meals they receive during the school year are what they eat at school.
While most kids will spend this summer wondering when they’ll get to go to the pool next, others will worry where their next meal will come from.
In an effort to combat hunger in children when they aren’t able to access the free and reduced lunches that are available to them in the school, several nonprofit organizations and governmental entities across the area, state, and nation are hosting summer programs to ensure that every child has enough to eat.… Read the rest

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Local Arrests

| June 8, 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 30-June 4.

Tarrant County
Timothy Alan Miller, 54, of Azle, was arrested May 31 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony. He posted $1,500 bond and was released June 2.
Roger Dale Spikes, 40, of Springtown, was arrested June 2 by Tarrant County Sheriff’s deputies and charged with possession of controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.… Read the rest

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