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SISD board approves budget, tax rate

| August 28, 2014
SISD board approves budget, tax rate

2014-15 taxes drop 3 cents per $100 in property value

by Natalie Gentry
Following the first day of school for students, the Springtown Independent School District (SISD) Board of Trustees met to discuss the new school-year’s budget.
District Chief Financial Officer, Gary Shaw led a public hearing during which he explained the process of establishing a tax rate sufficient to fund an assortment of education-related expenses.… Read the rest

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Tractor Parking

| August 28, 2014
Tractor Parking

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Low H2O

| August 28, 2014
Low H2O

Dwindling levels in Lake Bridgeport lead to emergency raw water pump placement

By Natalie Gentry
In order to address the critically low lake levels on Lake Bridgeport, both the Walnut Creek Special Utility District (SUD) and the Brazos Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. have employed the North Richland Hills engineering firm of E.S. & C.M., Inc. to design emergency raw water pumping facilities.
The problem with a severe low lake level is that the existing selection … Read the rest

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The heat is on

| August 28, 2014
The heat is on

Man found unconscious off Hwy. 199

by Natalie Gentry
As temperatures again soar to the usual August levels with temperatures topping 100 degrees. area residents need to take caution when out in the heat.
North Texas summers are notoriously hot and first responders from the Parker County ESD 1 are accustomed to responding to heat-related calls during this time of year.… Read the rest

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One injured in 2-car accident

| August 28, 2014
One injured in 2-car accident

By Natalie Gentry
One person was injured Wednesday Aug. 20 in a motor vehicle accident in the 2700 block of Jay Bird Lane, according to Reno police.
The crash occurred when a blue Nissan Versa driven by Shelly Plumlee, 29, of Azle, was heading north on Jay Bird when the vehicle entered the southbound lane and struck a white Ford F150.… Read the rest

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Longtime local pastor dies

| August 21, 2014
Longtime local pastor dies

‘Encourager’ Conway a fixture around Springtown

by Mark K. Campbell
If you were in Springtown very long at all, you ran into Johnnie Conway.
Sadly, that won’t happen anymore.
The pastor of Hilltop Family Church, Conway died on the morning of Aug. 19.
Visitation is slated from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 with funeral services set for Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. Both events take place at Hilltop, 1227 Old Cottondale Road.… Read the rest

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Water Main Break

| August 21, 2014
Water Main Break

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Suspected Parker Co. package thief arrested

| August 21, 2014
Suspected Parker Co. package thief arrested

Investigators from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office recovered a large amount of property reported stolen in a theft case.
Sheriff Larry Fowler said Jerry Lynn Weeks, Jr., 34, of Weatherford was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 13.
The case was initially reported late last week, when a victim stated a package had been stolen from his property off of FM 920.… Read the rest

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Chamber welcomes 41 new teachers to SISD

| August 21, 2014
Chamber welcomes 41 new teachers to SISD

by Natalie Gentry
The Springtown Chamber of Commerce devoted much of the luncheon Aug. 14 to recognizing the Springtown Independent School District’s (SISD) newest educators.
SISD Superintendent Mike Kelley introduced the principals from each campus, who in turn announced new faculty members at their schools.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this school year,” Kelley said. “This group is a terrific mix of new and experienced teachers who have new and exciting ideas to contribute.”… Read the rest

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Where there’s a Will (Spiekerman) there’s a way

| August 14, 2014
Where there’s a Will (Spiekerman) there’s a way

By Natalie Gentry
Four-year-old Springtown resident William Spiekerman has been busy his entire life.
Born six weeks early, Will was sent to Cook Children’s Medical Center with multiple organ failure.… Read the rest

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