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SISD prepared to combat illnesses

| October 16, 2014

Ebola, Enterovirus outbreak concerns addressed through proactive policies

By Natalie Gentry
America has watched with barely contained horror as a second case of the lethal Ebola virus was confirmed in Dallas and as Enterovirus D-68 has swept through the Midwest sending hundreds of children to hospitals.
However, the Springtown Independent School District (SISD) says that the school system has protocols in place designed to prevent or eliminate the spread of infectious illnesses.… Read the rest

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Woman sentenced in 32-year-old crime

| October 16, 2014
Woman sentenced in 32-year-old crime

Mathis given 10 years’ probation for niece’s death

Decades later, justice was served in the death of a young child.
Teena Jolene Mathis, 55, of Springtown was sentenced Monday to 10 years’ probation after pleading guilty to the murder of her 15-month-old niece 32 years ago.
According to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Mathis reached an agreement with prosecutors who contend that she beat the child – Heidi Page – at Mathis’ Fort Worth … Read the rest

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30 years:

| October 16, 2014
30 years:

Sanger man bound for prison for molesting 7 year old

A 42-year-old Sanger man pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 30 years in prison in Weatherford Oct. 7.
James Burt Opitz was accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl on numerous occasions in 2012 and 2013 in northern Parker County near Springtown.
The plea bargain took place in the 43rd District Court with Judge Craig Towson presiding.… Read the rest

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Square Deal fundrasier here Sat.

| October 16, 2014
Square Deal fundrasier here Sat.

By Natalie Gentry
The Square Deal is poised to provide Springtown families with a plethora of activities on Saturday Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Although entry to the event is free, a $5 donation to the Tabernacle fund will provide patrons with a wrist band that allows for additional access to activities.
Advance purchase of the wrist bands can be made at City Hall.… Read the rest

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Sound of Springtown golden in Glen Rose

| October 16, 2014
Sound of Springtown golden in Glen Rose

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Angelic Acrobatics

| October 9, 2014
Angelic Acrobatics

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Burn Ban in place for Parker County

| October 9, 2014
Burn Ban in place for Parker County

By Natalie Gentry
An emergency burn ban – declared by Parker County Judge Mark Riley – was issued Oct. 8 in Parker County because of an elevated risk of wildfires due to drought conditions.
The ban took effect at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 and will last for seven days, expiring at 11 a.m. on Oct. 15.
This decision comes less than 24 hours after Tarrant County issued a burn ban, reaffirming the widespread drought … Read the rest

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Hickey Hollow project plagued by thefts

| October 9, 2014
Hickey Hollow project plagued by thefts

By Natalie Gentry
Crews working on the Hickey Hollow Bridge can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.
The project on Smith Road has experienced a number of setbacks, including a three-week wait on concrete and a series of thefts.
“We’ve had a couple of batteries stolen out of the vehicles,” County Commissioner for Precinct 1, George Conley said.
According to Conley, these thieves did more damage than simply taking the batteries … Read the rest

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Square Deal arrives Oct. 18

| October 9, 2014
Square Deal arrives Oct. 18

by Mark K. Campbell
Expect the Springtown Square to be crowded Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
That’s the hope of the Friends of the Tabernacle committee, anyway.… Read the rest

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City Administrator Mark Krey to resign at year’s end

| October 2, 2014
City Administrator Mark Krey to resign at year’s end

By Natalie Gentry
Springtown City Administrator Mark Krey tendered his resignation at the Sept. 25 city council meeting.
Krey closed the meeting by providing Mayor Doug Hughes and each council member with a copy of the letter stating that his last day as a city employee will be Dec. 31.… Read the rest

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