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Porcupines return to home school district

| July 21, 2016
Porcupines return to home school district

SHS grads Micheal and Brittney Chavez, along with their sons Bryce, left, and Blu, are returning to SISD as transportation director and SHS dean of students respectively.

by Natalie Gentry
Two more Porcupine alums are returning to the Springtown Independent School District (SISD).
Micheal Chavez is returning to take the helm as the director of transportation with the district, while Brittney Chavez née Rhodes will be the new dean of students at Springtown High School (SHS).
“We’re extremely excited to return to Springtown,” Brittney said. “There is something uniquely special about getting to help kids from your hometown find their own success.”
Both are both 2004 graduates of SHS who attended SISD campuses all 13 years.… Read the rest

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SMS duo earns national silver

| July 21, 2016
SMS duo earns national silver

SMS students (l-r) Jesus Najera and Leigha Davis-Ray brought home silver medals in the Environmental Ambassador category at the National FCCLA Leadership conference for their trash clean up project called “Springtown Pick-up.” Photo courtesy SISD

SMS students take second at FCCLA Nationals

By Natalie Gentry
Leigha Davis-Ray and Jesus Najera, students in Springtown Middle School’s (SMS) Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter, returned from the 2016 FCCLA National Leadership Conference sporting silver medals.
The conference was in San Diego, California, July 2-7.
The duo prepared and completed a STAR project in the Environmental Ambassador category.
Davis-Ray and Najera planned and carried out a trash clean-up project called “Springtown Pick-up.”
They presented the information and encouraged others to come out and help clean up the Springtown City Park.… Read the rest

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Little League soccer sign-ups arrive July 23 at Brookshire’s

| July 21, 2016
Little League soccer sign-ups arrive July 23 at Brookshire’s

The new season of Little League soccer begins Sept. 1.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Springtown Soccer Association (SSA), a youth soccer league that serves Springtown and surrounding communities, will have a booth set up at Brookshire’s in Springtown, Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for residents who would like to sign up.
The SSA offers soccer to boys and girls in U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18 age groups.
For purpose of league play, the age of a player shall be his or her age on Dec. 31 of the current soccer year.
The current soccer year begins Sept.… Read the rest

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Missing man found safe after Silver Alert

| July 21, 2016

by Carla Noah Stutsman
A 77-year-old Azle man who went missing Thursday morning, July 14 was found safe and reunited with family members Friday morning, July 15.
Loyad Frederick Scott, who has a medical history that includes dementia and Alzheimers Disease, was reported missing by his wife shortly after midnight Thursday when she found her husband gone along with the couple’s 2014 Subaru Forester.
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office issued a Silver Alert for Scott.
Citizens reported seeing Scott at an Azle bank, prompting Azle police to comb the city of Azle looking for him Thursday afternoon.
Then Lake Worth Police Department was notified of a sighting at a gas station on Azle Avenue.… Read the rest

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In memory of Maness

| July 14, 2016

Former city employee and long-time resident died suddenly July 4

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The City of Springtown joined the Haslet city council and staff in expressing sorrow at the news of Haslet Finance Director Debbie Maness’ sudden and unexpected death of natural causes July 4.
During her 30-plus year career in local government, Maness held positions with the cities of Springtown, Forest Hill, and Watauga in addition to Haslet.
“Here in Springtown, our deepest sympathy goes out to the Maness family for their loss,” said Springtown City Administrator Doug Hughes.
Maness will be remembered fondly by both current and past co-workers
“Debbie was a kind, God-fearing, hard-working, woman whom many respected,” City of Springtown Human Resource Coordinator Carol Blackwood said.… Read the rest

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Clowning Around

| July 14, 2016
Clowning Around

At the weekly summer library program conducted at the city’s courthouse annex on Main Street, Tharpo the Clown provided a bevy of laughs to the gathered kids and adults. Next up Thursday, July 14 at 1 p.m. is the popular Critterman who brings a wide variety of animals that viewers can get up close and personal with.      Photos by Mark K. Campbell

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New PD chief hire nearing?

| July 14, 2016

Florida applicant promising, says mayor

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Almost four months after former police Chief Ed Crowdis stepped down, Springtown still hasn’t found a replacement.
However, the Springtown city council says it has found a promising applicant.
According to Springtown Mayor Tom Clayton, a majority of the council has agreed to offer the position to a 22-year-police veteran from Florida.
“He responded to our request for applications for the police chief position,” Clayton said.
“The offer is tentative based on a complete background check, drug and psychological testing, and a review of his HR file from the current department he works at.”
In addition the applicant will have to complete the mandatory Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) course and pass the final exam from the same course.… Read the rest

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Rehydrate Help

| July 14, 2016
Rehydrate Help

The promotion at Brookshire’s to provide electrolyte replacement drinks to emergency personnel continues as the heat of summer settles upon us.   Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Town’s sales tax revenue rises above July ‘15 statistics

| July 14, 2016
Town’s sales tax revenue rises above July ‘15 statistics

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
For most entities in the area, sales tax revenue is up for July as compared with July 2015.
And that includes Springtown where numbers are up from the same time period last year.
The city of Springtown received July revenue of $100,803 – 15.19 percent more than its July 2015 revenue of $87,506. The city is up 10.11 percent from 2015 year-to-date revenues of $603,893, with $664,993 logged so far in 2016.
Both Parker County and Pelican Bay’s numbers are off.
Parker County’s July revenue is $586,476, 8.61 percent more than July 2015 revenue of $539,940. But the county continues to rebound from earlier losses.… Read the rest

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Getting a clear view of city politics

| July 7, 2016

Council buys equipment to stream meetings
by Mark K. Campbell
Transparency is the political catchphrase of the day, but Mayor Tom Clayton wants citizens to know that’s what they can expect from city hall.
After discussing purchasing equipment at its June 23 meeting, the Springtown council pulled the financial trigger and things are now being put into place for electronic streaming of meetings.
City hall will use Granicus technology – the company made a pitch in June – and all meetings will be videoed and streamed beginning with the July 28 gathering, hopefully, Clayton said.
If things aren’t ready to go by then, the initial streamed meeting will come August 25, he said.… Read the rest

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