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‘Hickey Hollow’ repairs underway

| July 31, 2014
‘Hickey Hollow’ repairs underway

Smith Road should be upgraded by Labor Day

by Mark K. Campbell
It sucks when a road you travel is messed up and that’s the case with Smith Road, aka “Hickey Hollow.”
A low-water crossing that has been troublesome for years won’t be much longer, County Commissioner George Conley said.
Long a hangout for generations of Springtown and Parker County teens, the isolated area has suffered decades of damage.… Read the rest

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Council considers comprehensive future plan

| July 31, 2014
Council considers comprehensive future plan

Town’s housing, roads pros and cons discussed

By Natalie Gentry
The Springtown City Council saw a preview of the draft for the first part of the city’s comprehensive plan update during its July 24 meeting.
Tim Glendening, from Public Management, Inc. presented the draft, which covered population, housing, land use, street system, thoroughfare system, and economic development.
The plan is designed to look forward approximately 20 years in order to consider all of these factors … Read the rest

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Like a rolling stone

| July 31, 2014
Like a rolling stone

SISD teacher, participated in a summer geology and mining workshop

By Natalie Gentry
Springtown Intermediate science teacher, Wendy Kennedy isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
And it’s a good thing because from July 14-18 Kennedy joined other science teachers from around the state at a summer mining workshops hosted by the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA).
The hands-on workshop proved that science never sleeps – even during the summer.… Read the rest

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Honk-y cat

| July 31, 2014
Honk-y cat

Springtown resident’s highway feline rescue story wins writing contest

by Natalie Gentry
She’s the cat’s meow.
Springtown resident Priscilla “PJ” Drew was chosen as one of nine winners of a driver story contest hosted by Sylectus, a business unit of Omnitracs Canada Inc. at the 2014 Expedite Expo in Wilmington, Ohio.
The company recognized drivers across the U.S. and Canada for their exceptional story submissions in the Humanitarian, Uplifting, and Humorous categories.… Read the rest

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Springtown Police test bicycle patrol

| July 24, 2014
Springtown Police test bicycle patrol

by Natalie Gentry
Springtown residents can see the newest addition to the police department if they visit the city’s parks and SplashPad.
Officer Frank Carroll might be riding through as one of the public places he could pass by on his department-issued mountain bike this summer.
Carroll, the Springtown ISD school resource officer (SRO) and juvenile investigator, is the proverbial guinea pig for the PD’s bicycle unit.… Read the rest

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Local man key in Parker becoming Texas’ 4th ‘Purple Heart County’

| July 24, 2014
Local man key in Parker becoming Texas’ 4th ‘Purple Heart County’

Springtown’s Rupert Harrell, a veteran, wanted to see his fellow former warriors recognized for their service.
A Vietnam vet and Purple Heart recipient, Harrell, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Post 1513 out of Tarrant County, brought forth the idea for a proclamation to make Parker a “Purple Heart County.
He was successful.
On Monday, July 28 at 10 a.m., the county’s Commissioner’s Court will indeed declare Parker a Purple Heart … Read the rest

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Rains helps EML inch up

| July 24, 2014
Rains helps EML inch up

Wet El Niño predicted to emerge in coming months

by Carla Noah Stutsman
More than two inches of rain fell locally Thursday, July 17, but frankly, we got the short end of the rainfall stick that day.
That’s not bad news, however, since the lion’s share of the wet stuff – in some places more than eight inches – fell northwest here, in the Eagle Mountain Lake (EML) watershed.… Read the rest

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Delay of water bills remains a mystery

| July 24, 2014

By Natalie Gentry
The City of Springtown has experienced an unusually large amount of feedback stating that water bills are not arriving to customers in a timely manner.
“I took them to the post office at about 8:30 a.m. July 1,” City Secretary Jhanna Bogan said.
The Epigraph didn’t receive its bill until July 14 and Bogan said several other customers reported not receiving theirs until then as well.… Read the rest

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Springtown pilot is sky high

| July 17, 2014
Springtown pilot is sky high

Crump given FAA’s highest honor

by Natalie Gentry
“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.”Read the rest

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Four-time deportee arrested for molesting Springtown child

| July 17, 2014
Four-time deportee arrested for molesting Springtown child

A known criminal alien, identified as Israel Andrade, 35, was arrested by Parker County Sheriff’s investigators early Saturday morning, July 12, after a woman called 9-1-1 to report her daughter had been sexually fondled by a stranger who broke into her home.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said deputies responded to the scene in Springtown, where Andrade was reported to have forced his way in to the residence through a bedroom window just before 6 … Read the rest

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