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Free wheelin’

| February 23, 2017
Free wheelin’

Donations get paralyzed dog, Sophie, a wheelchair

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When Angie Carter was referred to The Dog House in Springtown, she assumed it was because they were good dog groomers, but the service she received was more than she could have ever expected.… Read the rest

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Hoops kids set to pour into town

| February 23, 2017

For fundraiser

By Mark K. Campbell
If you see lots of children in basketball gear in town in the next few days, it’s because of the Springtown Showdown.
The event, set for Thursday-Friday, Feb. 23-25, is a dual fundraiser for Project Celebration 2017 and the Springtown Education Foundation.… Read the rest

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Miss winter?

| February 23, 2017
Miss winter?

Warmest Feb. ever might be a prelude to sizzling spring, summer

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The weather lately sure has had people asking “What happened to winter?”
If it has seemed unseasonably warm, that’s because it has been.… Read the rest

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Springtown, Reno looking at elections

| February 23, 2017

No challengers in SISD

The filing deadline for both places on the ballot and write-in candidates has passed, and it appears only the city of Springtown will have to hold an election.
Elsewhere the election has the potential to be canceled in the city of Sanctuary while the city of Reno has nine candidates vying for three seats.… Read the rest

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Woman arrested for assaulting Parker Co. deputy

| February 16, 2017
Woman arrested for assaulting Parker Co. deputy

Most genital-directed kicks failed, one did not

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A Springtown woman is facing up to 10 years in prison after allegedly kicking a Parker County Sheriff’s deputy in the genitals.
Deputies were initially dispatched Wednesday, Feb. 8 to the home of Gracey Maranda Kay Mort, 23, in the 200 block of Vista Valley Court in Springtown for a domestic disturbance.
When they arrived, deputies discovered a 66-year-old woman who claimed that Mort had attacked her by “holding her down and choking the breath out of her causing pain and injury.”
The deputies observed visible marks on the victim’s neck coinciding with her claims.… Read the rest

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No students hurt in SISD bus accident

| February 16, 2017
No students hurt in SISD bus accident

Baseball team returning from scrimmage

BY CHRISTINA DERR
No one was seriously injured when a Springtown school bus was hit by a vehicle running the red light at the intersection of Pojo Road and Hwy. 199 Friday, Feb. 10.
The bus – full with baseball players and coaches – was returning from a scrimmage against Decatur late that evening.
At around 8 p.m., the bus struck a red Nissan four-door sedan that was traveling westbound on Hwy. 199 after the sedan failed to stop at the red light at the highway’s intersection with Pojo Road.
The driver of the bus, all student-athletes, and coaches were evaluated at the scene by first responders and deemed unharmed.… Read the rest

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PC Pct. 1 constable charged with felony

| February 16, 2017
PC Pct. 1 constable charged with felony

A former Springtown cop, Hunt surrendered to Wise Co. authorities

Charlie Hunt

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Less than two months after being sworn in as constable for Parker County’s Pct. 1, Charlie Hunt has been charged with a third-degree felony.
After an investigation led by the Texas Rangers, a warrant for the arrest of the 43-year-old was issued by the 43rd District Court in Weatherford.
On Monday, Feb. 13 Hunt turned himself into the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and was booked into the Wise County Jail on a charge of Continuous Violence Against Family.
Hunt posted $15,000 bond and was released later the same day.… Read the rest

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Committee lays out 12 exemptions

| February 16, 2017

‘District of Innovation’ veers away from Texas Education Code in areas like student discipline, behavior

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The shape of Springtown’s District of Innovation is now more clearly defined.
The DOI Steering Committee published its Local Innovation Plan (LIP) to the public Feb. 8.
The plan outlines 12 areas where exemptions to the Texas Education Code (TEC) will be sought.
It also cites the relevant portions of the code and provides the reasoning behind why the steering committee felt new policies allowed under those exemptions will work to better educate and facilitate local students.
Probationary contracts
This would provide for the district to be exempt from TEC 21.102(b) which mandates that a “contractual ‘probationary’ period be limited to only one year if the person has been employed as a teacher in public education for at least five of the previous eight years.”
Under the code, individuals who have not taught in public school for at least five of the prior eight years, the one-year probationary contract can be renewed twice for a total of three probationary years.… Read the rest

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Tabernacle OK’d as a Texas Historic Landmark

| February 9, 2017
Tabernacle OK’d as a Texas Historic Landmark

State-approved marker coming to Springtown

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A landmark in Springtown has received a designation from the Texas Historical Commission.
THC designated the Tabernacle as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – of which there are over 3,600 across the state.
This designation will allow the structure to be marked with a plaque known as a Historical Marker.
Lynnette Cen, the manager of THC’s Historical Programs Division, confirmed the approval of the designations early this week.
Cen added that other Parker County sites granted historical markers are Campbell Memorial Hospital (for a subject marker), Harmony Cemetery in Weatherford, and Battern Cemetery in Dennis.… Read the rest

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High times end here

| February 9, 2017

Duo caught with over 400 grams of drugs, get multiple felony charges

Two Springtown residents face enhanced first-degree felony charges after they were discovered in possession of more than 400 grams of a controlled substance.
Alexandria Reynolds, 47, and Glenn Edward Reynolds, 50, were arrested by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies earlier in February.
Alexandria, arrested Feb. 3, faces charges three felony charges:
• Possession of marijuana, between four ounces and five pounds, a state jail felony
• manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 2, more than 400 grams, an enhanced first-degree felony
• engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony.… Read the rest

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