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CERT-ainly vital

| July 2, 2015
CERT-ainly vital

Kit Marshall is the Community Emergency Response Team director and says Parker County’s team is strong thanks to a great volunteer turnout.        Photo by Mark K. Campbell

 

 

Trained county volunteers prove essential during emergencies

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
If you want to get Kit Marshall’s hackles up, try telling her that Parker County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members are “just volunteers.”
She told Springtown Optimist Club members, “That really gets me going. … Read the rest

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Summertime!

| July 2, 2015
Summertime!

The Springtown SplashPad offers more than locals a place to cool off. On a scorching June 30, Alex Pyle (left) from Dallas and (l-r) siblings Link and Jubilee Stotler from Weatherford take refuge under a water bubble. The SplashPad will be open July 4. Tickets are $3 for city residents (definition: if you pay your utility bill at City Hall) and $5 for everyone else, non-residents. Park hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday … Read the rest

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Up and up

| July 2, 2015
Up and up

Springtown monthly sales tax take up 20.28 percent from 2014

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
This year has been plenty good for Springtown – and most other entities – in 2015.
The city of Springtown’s June sales tax revenue of $85,176 is up 12.80 percent compared with $75,508 in June 2014; with $516,387 for the year so far, it’s up 20.28 percent from $429,320 through June 2014.… Read the rest

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Ward Welding: In Springtown for decades

| July 2, 2015
Ward Welding: In Springtown for decades

Clarence Ward stands in front of the building that housed his blacksmith shop in the 1930’s. Ward Welding is one of the oldest continually operating businesses in Springtown.     Photo corurtesy Ward Welding

 

BY NATALIE GENTRY
A Springtown business has been around for almost 80 years.
WestAir, also known as Ward Welding, hosted the June 17 Chamber luncheon with an open house.
The event celebrated WestAir’s 45th anniversary and recognized the history of the local … Read the rest

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Science!

| June 25, 2015
Science!

“Dangerous” Edison, as he is known to the kids, had the crowd in awe with his hands-on scientific “experiments” and science emporium at the Springtown Public Library on June 18. Here, Kendall Riley helps with a messy demonstration.    Photo by Natalie Gentry… Read the rest

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Big rain washes out bridge, strands residents

| June 25, 2015
Big rain washes out bridge, strands residents

The creek below Saddle Ridge Court, engorged with several inches of rain, rose and washed out the Wise County bridge, cutting off several families west of Springtown June 17.

The expanse was eventually repaired the next day, using a railroad tanker car with the ends cut off. Then residents could finally quit calling folks on the other side of the hole and return to taking care of their own needs again.Photos by Carla Noah … Read the rest

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Horse loose on Jacksboro Highway causes 2 accidents

| June 25, 2015

A horse on the Jacksboro Highway was the catalyst for a pair of nocturnal wrecks June 23.
Springtown police were dispatched to one accident in the 1400 block of West Hwy. 199 at approximately 9:36 p.m.
An investigation revealed that a 57-year-old Springtown woman was traveling westbound in a tan 1996 Toyota Camry.
The Toyota struck a locally-owned horse that had escaped the owner’s control and wandered out onto the highway.… Read the rest

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Some Springtown ISD STAAR testing results out of sight

| June 25, 2015

SHS numbers up in all categories, but improvement areas remain

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Springtown Independent School District’s (SISD) most recent STAAR scores provided some very encouraging news for students and staff.
“Results showed that the hard work put in over the last twelve months paid off in measurable ways,” said Mike Kelley, SISD Superintendent.
“Obvious jumps can be seen on the two writing tests – our fifth grade scores climbed 12 percent and our … Read the rest

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Tropical Storm Bill Passes Through

| June 18, 2015
Tropical Storm Bill Passes Through

The widening of Walnut Creek keeps getting delayed by massive rainstorms. After most days in May brought precipitation, some progress was made (below) as early June was dry and the creek flowed placidly. However, Tropical Storm Bill brought several inches of rain on Wednesday, June 17 and again work stopped when the creek escaped its banks once more at FM 51 (above).Read the rest

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Hot pursuit

| June 18, 2015

Motorcycle leads SPD, Azle officers on 120 mph chase

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A high-speed motorcycle pursuit ended in a fender-bender that sent the motorcyclist to the hospital.
At about 12:20 a.m. Saturday, June 13, Springtown Police officer Clayton Morris noticed a motorcycle on North Main Street running 39 miles per hour in a posted 30 mph zone.
Morris turned around on North Main but said in a report that the cyclist looked at him … Read the rest

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