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Town leader dies

| February 4, 2016
Town leader dies

Bragg served on several groups that made Springtown improvements

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Cliff Bragg, owner of Cliff’s Goodyear and an active community member, died Feb.1.
Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 5, at White’s Funeral Home from 5-7p.m.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Azle.
Mayor lauds Bragg
Those who knew him describe Bragg as a vital member of the community who was involved in the town’s activities.
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No big moves from UIL

| February 4, 2016

Biennial realignment has little effect on SISD

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The University Interscholastic League’s biennial rearranging of Texas high schools can be an earthquake sometimes.
This time around it was mainly just a rumbling for Springtown.
But that doesn’t mean a few things didn’t get shaken about a bit.
Springtown will keep some familiar foes once 5-4A begins play next fall.
Those recognizable faces: Kennedale, Lake Worth, Castleberry, and Fort Worth Diamond Hill-Jarvis.
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Homeless with homework

| February 4, 2016
Homeless with homework

School districts partner up to guarantee homeless students can attend school

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Homeless – for many, the word evokes pictures of people in tattered clothing huddled around a small fire burning in a rusty 50-gallon barrel.
While this situation is all too real for many people who find themselves without a place to live, the image isn’t always accurate for homeless school-age children.
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Fire destroys Suncrest Drive home

| February 4, 2016
Fire destroys Suncrest Drive home

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Trucks from Springtown, La Junta, and Poolville Volunteer Fire departments responded to a residential structure fire call Jan. 28 just before 8 a.m. in the 100 block of Suncrest Drive in Springtown.
Parker County Fire Marshal Kurt Harris determined the cause of the fire was electrical.
There were significant flammables and combustibles inside the mobile home which made getting the fire under control difficult.
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Mayor’s letter addresses Reno’s hot issues

| February 4, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Epigraph continues to look into a bevy of “red flag” situations that have come to light during public meetings of the Reno city council as well as from information that appears on that city’s web site, www.cityofrenotx.com.
Now, in a letter to officials with the city of Azle, the Parker County Attorney and its District Attorney as well as to the Epigraph and a Weatherford newspaper dated Jan. 25, Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes takes aim at what she calls “allegations, misrepresentations and refusals to face facts or his own lack of knowledge” on the part of Reno council member John Basham.… Read the rest

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Springtown man wins $1 million Powerball prize

| January 28, 2016

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Springtown’s Jordan L. Crittenden claimed a Powerball prize worth $1 million for the Jan. 13 drawing.
Crittenden missed winning the massive $1.5 billion jackpot by one number.
His Quick Pick matched all five of the white ball numbers including 4, 8, 19, 27, and 34, but not the red Powerball – 10.
Crittenden purchased his ticket at Horizon #1 located at 104 North Highway 287 in Decatur.
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Ch-ch-changes

| January 28, 2016
Ch-ch-changes

Biennial UIL realignment arrives Feb. 1

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL

Everyone will know by 9:05 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1.
Then the scrambling begins.
The University Interscholastic League reshuffles Texas schools into classifications, regions, and districts every two years.
And that’s about to occur again.
Determining how the UIL will assemble the puzzle of all those schools – some far flung – will be divulged Monday.
Trying to guess where Springtown will end up is nigh impossible.
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Man arrested for setting car on fire with girlfriend inside

| January 28, 2016
Man arrested for setting car on fire with girlfriend inside

Said she was ‘going to die tonight’

Charles Eugene Franklin

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Parker County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Charles Eugene Franklin, 50, of North Richland Hills, in Springtown Jan. 18 after he set his girlfriend’s car on fire while she was inside.
According to the probable cause affidavit, deputies responded to a call in the 100 block of Hyde Away Lane in Springtown at approximately 8:20 p.m.
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Caring for Cassidy

| January 28, 2016
Caring for Cassidy

This ball of gray, cinnamon, and white has found a permanent home after being thrown from a moving car in Springtown in December.                      Photo by Natalie Gentry

Disabled kitten thrown from a moving vehicle finds a new home

BY NATALIE GENTRY
(Note: Due to the sometimes sensitive nature of fostering abused and neglected animals, the names of foster families have been withheld.)
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Day 1 sees 4 file for SISD places

| January 21, 2016

A trio of trustees’ positions open

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Springtown Independent School District (SISD) is preparing for upcoming elections in May.
SISD conducts trustee elections by “place” and a candidate must select which place they will run for.
This year, three full three-year term places will be open on the ballot.
Terms expiring this year are that of Mike Ray (Place 1), Keith Springfield (Place 2), and Jay Grubis (Place 3).
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