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Food pantry beefs up security after illegal dumping

| July 23, 2015
Food pantry beefs up security after illegal dumping

Neighbor to Neighbors Executive Director Gladys Lackey arrived at the food bank Saturday July 18 to find garbage and items not acceptable by the food pantry illegally left on the site.

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Gladys Lackey, executive director at Neighbor to Neighbors Food Bank (N2N) in Springtown has had enough of the illegal dumping that has plagued the food pantry in the past.… Read the rest

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Harmses enshrined in Pork Hall of Fame

| July 23, 2015
Harmses enshrined in Pork Hall of Fame

Mary and Melton Harms were inducted into the Texas Pork Producers Association’s Hall of Fame in Kerrville July 11.

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Melton and Mary Harms were enshrined in the Texas Pork Hall of Fame July 11.
The couple, and a slew of relatives, accepted the award in Kerrville at the Texas Pork Producers Association’s banquet.

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Now that’s backup

| July 23, 2015

A trio of agencies answer SPD request for assistance

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Calls have come in to the office wondering why units from multiple law enforcement agencies were gathered in the Brookshire’s parking lot on the evening of Monday, July 20.
According to Lt. Curtis Stone of the Springtown Police department, an SPD officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.
When the occupants became argumentative and uncooperative the officer requested that dispatch notify another … Read the rest

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SISD addresses insurance, subs, meal policies

| July 23, 2015

BY NATALIE GENTRY
With the beginning of another school year looming – Monday, Aug. 24 – Springtown ISD continues to gear up.

Insurance premiums rise
SISD Superintendent, Mike Kelley announced that the school board has revised district pay scales in an effort to offset the increased cost of insurance coverage.
“Full-time teachers will see a $1,200 increase above last year’s salary,” Kelley said. “And previously anticipated raises for full-time paraprofessionals were doubled to a total … Read the rest

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Rep. King on roads, guns, border security

| July 16, 2015
Rep. King on roads, guns, border security

Phil King

 

By Mark K. Campbell
“Every state wants to be us.”
That’s what Representative Phil King told Springtown Optimists at the group’s July 14 meeting.
He said that Texas, for the eleventh year in a row, was the “best business state” despite near-constant run-ins with the federal government.
“All the major problems facing Texas today are generated by the federal government,” King said. “Austin is not Washington.”… Read the rest

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Monumental war looming?

| July 16, 2015
Monumental war looming?

Work on this Confederate statue on the east lawn of the Parker County courthouse began 100 years ago.           Photo by Mark K. Campbell

 

With flags being removed nationwide, are Confederate monuments next? County says it’s not worried

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Many counties in Texas have a Confederate War monument/memorial – including Parker County.
It’s on the east lawn in downtown Weatherford.
And it’s going to stay there.… Read the rest

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Super senior

| July 16, 2015
Super senior

Eddy Swanzy, second from right, won two bronze medals at the Senior Olympics in Minnesota July 9.

 

Springtown’s Swanzy earns 2 bronze medals in Sr. Games

He’s a medal man now.
Eddy Swanzy brought home two medals from the National Senior Games conducted at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota.
He earned two bronze medals, in the pole vault and long jump.… Read the rest

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County Clerk issues first gender-neutral marriage license

| July 16, 2015

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Despite some hubbub in other counties following the approval of same-sex marriages, Parker County officials had no concerns following the edict.
Delays in acquiring the proper paperwork prevented the Parker County Clerk Jeanne Brunson from issuing gender-neutral marriage licenses June 26 – the day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriages legal in all states.
However, she announced Thursday, July 2 that Parker County had issued its first same-sex marriage license.… Read the rest

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Police debunk attempted child abduction story

| July 9, 2015

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Springtown police have concluded that a recent post on a social media website claiming that an attempted child abduction took place in Springtown this past weekend is not true.
The rumor circulated throughout the city and online, authorities said, prompting several anxious parents to call the police asking what happened.
“Officers investigated the incident and determined the situation involved a child who was mad at a parent and got out of the … Read the rest

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City seeking FEMA aid for storm damage

| July 9, 2015
City seeking FEMA aid for storm damage

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The City of Springtown is still working to get continued funding for damage caused by storms that ripped through the area in early May.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) visited the city in June to determine if the damage was significant enough to warrant federal aid.
According to Springtown Mayor Tom Clayton, the FEMA personnel gave the city high marks for documentation of the damage.… Read the rest

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