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Road repairs OK’d by county for 2015

| January 29, 2015

PC Commissioners Court approves fixing Knob, Veal Station among others

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Approval of allocation of state grant funds to each precinct for repair and construction of roads was the main focus of the Parker County Commissioners Court at the regularly scheduled meeting Jan. 21.
Precinct 1 projects include repairs on Knob Road from the Springtown city limits to Thomas Road and on Veal Station Road from FM 51 to Old Springtown Road.… Read the rest

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ESD 1 working on PPC ratings

| January 29, 2015

March decision could lower insurance rates

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Could lower insurance rates be coming?
Parker County Emergency Services District (ESD) 1 officials met with the Insurance Services Office (ISO) to provide data supporting updated Public Protection Class Ratings (PPC) for the area.

What is a PPC rating?
According to ISO’s website, to help establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties, insurance companies need reliable, up-to-date information about a community’s fire-protection services. … Read the rest

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Working in perfect harmony

| January 29, 2015
Working in perfect harmony

SISD Fine Arts Director J.B. Perry and teachers strive to balance programs

BY NATALIE GENTRY
There was a time when fine arts programs seemed to be a thing of the past.
In the early 2000’s, many school districts across the nation were drastically downsizing or completely eliminating the arts in response to budget cuts.
Luckily, Springtown Independent School District (SISD) wasn’t one of those districts.… Read the rest

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Wreck after chase deadly

| January 22, 2015

Local man crashes in Wise County

By Natalie Gentry
Jerry Easterwood, 35, of Springtown died in a one-car accident after running his vehicle off Farm Road 718 near Newark in Wise County at approximately 8:49 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16.
According to Trooper Jackson Bridgeman of the Texas Department of Public Safety  (DPS), he was southbound on FM 718 when he was passed by a 1994 Pontiac Firebird –   driven by Easterwood – speeding in the … Read the rest

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Nocturnal blaze consumes home

| January 22, 2015
Nocturnal blaze consumes home

Cause: Accidental

By Natalie Gentry
Firefighters from area departments were dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 300 block of Eagles Way in Springtown on the night of Jan. 15.
According to Parker County Emergency Services District 1 investigator Eric Vinson, an accidental fire began in the rear of the home and units were dispatched at approximately 10:12 p.m.
Personnel from Springtown, La Junta, Central, Poolville, Salt Creek, and Cottondale Volunteer Fire Departments fought … Read the rest

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Miss and Mr. SHS

| January 22, 2015
Miss and Mr. SHS

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PC Special Crimes Unit shuts down organized drug ring

| January 22, 2015
PC Special Crimes Unit shuts down organized drug ring

by Carla Noah Stutsman
Since July, investigators with the Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit (W-PC SCU or unit) have been working to shut down an organization that distributed large amounts of methamphetamine into parts of Tarrant, Parker, Wise, and Palo Pinto counties, into Oklahoma and possibly even into Louisiana and Arkansas.… Read the rest

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

| January 15, 2015
Baby, It’s Cold Outside

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Axed!

| January 15, 2015

Residents fight off home invasion with a hatchet

By Natalie Gentry
Springtown police are searching for two suspects involved in a violent home invasion that occurred Jan. 8.
According to Sergeant Shawn Owens, the officer who responded to the 911 call, two unidentified men entered a house in the 400 block of North Avenue C at approximately 8:46 p.m.
The intruders gained entry to the home through an unlocked backdoor and attempted to rob the … Read the rest

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SPD focused on body cameras

| January 15, 2015

Additional personnel, another vehicle targeted, too

By Natalie Gentry
Following their most successful Tickets for Toy drive in December, the Springtown police department is now focused on the year ahead.
“We want everyone to know that the toy drive was a big success in part because of the generosity of many local businesses,” Springtown Police Chief Ed Crowdis said. “Now we’re looking at 2015 and the year’s goals.”… Read the rest

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