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High speed chase starts here

| June 23, 2016
High speed chase starts here

Springtown man’s pursuit runs through 2 counties

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Springtown man is in custody in the Parker County jail after leading Parker County Sheriff’s deputies on a 20-mile pursuit in a stolen pickup Friday, June 17.
Christopher Paul Pinneke, 35, is charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance. He was also the subject of a Lake Worth PD arrest warrant for reckless driving.
According to a press release issued by Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, Springtown Police alerted deputies that a red pickup was stolen from Kay’s Donut Shop in Springtown.… Read the rest

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One step closer to home

| June 23, 2016
One step closer to home

Debra Wakeland

Wakeland, new Main Street Director in Weatherford, has Springtown roots

BY NATALIE GENTRY
When she accepted the position as the Main Street Director in Weatherford a couple of months ago, Debra Wakeland took one step toward returning home to Springtown.

Work still to do
Previously CEO and president of the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, Wakeland began her new job with an eye to develop communication and a support network between businesses in Weatherford and promote economic growth in the city.
“I want to continue to bring tourism to Weatherford and, by way of proximity, to Springtown,” she said. “Springtown is set for development and I hope to foster communication between the cities and the chambers.”
The Main Street Director is a member of the city of Weatherford’s planning and development department, and provides support to the Main Street advisory board and the Historic Preservation Commission.… Read the rest

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Keeping the ‘Faith’

| June 23, 2016
Keeping the ‘Faith’

Members of the Project Faith Works group “Shingle Eaters” remove layers of shingles from a roof in preparation for new set. Six crews worked on seven homes as part of the project this summer. Photo courtesy Aimee Coplen

Church’s Faith Works project helps needy

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Hilltop Family Church sponsored a community project aimed at those in need through Project Faith Works.
Six crews made up of 6-7 kids and two adults focused on helping residents with repairs to their homes that they had been unable to afford or repair themselves.
The crews spent a week visiting seven homes in Springtown and Bridgeport where they replaced roofs and made other repairs to the exteriors of the homes.… Read the rest

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Rains, mud break water line again

| June 16, 2016

FEMA will help with repair costs

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The recent rains have caused more headaches for the Springtown Public Works Department.
Workers detected a leak in a 10-inch main transmission water line in the middle of Walnut Creek on June 8.
The line provides water from Springtown’s water plant, located in Reno, to Springtown.
According to Springtown City Administrator Doug Hughes, rainfall had saturated the soil near the pipe which caused a ground slide.
The slide put pressure on the water line and caused the break.
Hughes said the two city water wells and Walnut Creek Water Supply were able to provide water to customers over the weekend with very few interruptions in water pressure.… Read the rest

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Working Hard in the Summer Heat for Fall Sports

| June 16, 2016
Working Hard in the Summer Heat for Fall Sports

They get up early and work hard in less than enjoyable conditions, but Porcupines keep arriving at the Multi-Purpose Center to get fitter for fall sports.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Wax on, wax off…and into the creek

| June 16, 2016
Wax on, wax off…and into the creek

Hazmat spill cleaned up at SHS

BY NATALIE GENTRY
After a chemical wax removal solution made its way into the creek in front of Springtown High School (SHS) the Springtown Independent School District (SISD) and the Faulk Company – the district’s custodial company – worked quickly to get the mess contained and cleaned up.
While the sight of hazardous materials (hazmat) crews in and along a creek on the northeast side of the campus may have been worrisome for passers-by, SISD superintendent Mike Kelley assured the community that steps were being taken to fix the problem.
Kelley addressed the issue on the district’s website:
“Earlier this week, campus personnel noticed ‘milky’ water flowing in the creek in front of campus and contacted city officials, assuming that the discoloration might be due to road construction directly in front of the campus,” he said.… Read the rest

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Wings of gold

| June 9, 2016
Wings of gold

SHS graduate Marsh becomes naval aviator

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Montana Marsh, a 2010 Springtown High School graduate, earned his golden wings May 6 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi.
Marsh graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 2014.
Then he was assigned to Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API).
Following successful completion of API, students attend Primary Flight Training, which includes exacting studies, simulator work, and flights in a T-6 Trainer.
Marsh and other students were constantly tested and evaluated.
Each student pilot in the Navy is given an overall score which ultimately determines which type of aircraft they will fly.… Read the rest

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Drunk with a knife

| June 9, 2016
Drunk with a knife

Springtown woman arrested in stabbing of common law husband

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Alyssa Robles, 25, of Springtown was arrested May 30 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon – a second-degree felony – after she allegedly stabbed her common law husband in the elbow with a kitchen knife.
Deputies with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance call in Springtown that morning at approximately 1 a.m.
According to the arrest report, officers reported the victim and his common law spouse had been involved in an argument that turned physical.
Robles had reportedly been drinking heavily and became agitated when the victim and two witnesses tried to get her to go to bed.… Read the rest

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Riders roll into town

| June 9, 2016
Riders roll into town

Approximately 173 cyclists from all over the region gathered for the 7th Annual All-American Bike Rally at Springtown High School June 4. Cyclists could choose from four routes ranging from 6 to 74 miles.
Photo by Natalie Gentry

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Bathroom use not an issue in Springtown ISD

| June 9, 2016

Texas schools stuck in the middle of a new American political battleground

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Springtown school officials can handle this issue just fine on their own, Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley said.
The issue is transgenders’ access to public school restrooms.
School districts have been placed squarely in the middle of the battle between the State of Texas and the federal government over the issue of bathroom access for transgender students.
The debate began to escalate in March when North Carolina passed a law prohibiting trans people from using the bathroom that aligns with gender identity instead of their gender at birth in schools and government buildings.… Read the rest

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