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Preparing for the worst

| December 1, 2016
Preparing for the worst

SPD holds active shooter training at SHS

BY CHRISTINA DERR
It is on the list of worst nightmares for every parent – an active shooter in their child’s school.
In an effort to prepare for the possibility that such a tragedy could strike here, Springtown Chief of Police Tony Motley organized an active shooter training seminar for his force.
Motley and several of his officers spent nine hours at SHS being trained by instructors from Texas Tactical.
Head instructor Tommy Taylor is a veteran of the United States Army and has over two decades of military and civilian law enforcement experience.… Read the rest

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New dual credit expansion starts in 2017-18 year

| December 1, 2016

Students can earn even more college credits while at SHS

BY CHRISTINA DERR
SpringForward, a dual credit program organized by Springtown High School Dean of Students Brittney Chavez, was unanimously approved by the Springtown Independent School District Board of Trustees Monday, Nov. 21.
The program will allow SHS students to earn college and high school credit simultaneously and is set to begin in the 2017-18 school year.
Chavez cited a study which shows students perform better in their collegiate endeavors when they have completed dual credit courses in high school.
Conducted by the ACT research organization, the study examined first-year college students at four different state universities in Texas.… Read the rest

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Reno mayor’s activities still under scrutiny

| December 1, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The investigation into whether Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes improperly used a company credit card and/or took a city tax exemption for personal use continues.
When the Reno council met in October, it instructed Joe Polino, city administrator/director of public safety to investigate the situation and bring his findings back to the council at its Nov. 21 meeting.
Following an executive session on Nov. 21 – from which Stokes exited after about 15 minutes, leaving the others to discuss the matter out of her presence – council reconvened in open session.
That’s when Polino publicly stated that the investigation was still ongoing and he had nothing to report at the time.… Read the rest

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Multi-agency high-speed chase ends in driver’s death

| November 22, 2016

 Gunshot wound was self-inflicted

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A standoff with law enforcement secondary to a police chase ended when the suspect committed suicide the evening of Saturday, Nov. 19.
The chase began in rural Parker County and involved Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Parker County Sheriff’s deputies.
Springtown Police officers provided assistance to the other two agencies as the chase neared Springtown city limits.
The chase came to an end in the 2800 block of West Hwy. 199 causing the roadway to be closed while the incident was resolved.
SPD was notified that the chase was headed toward their jurisdiction around 8:45 p.m.… Read the rest

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Annual Christmas on the Square returning Dec. 10

| November 22, 2016
Annual Christmas on the Square returning Dec. 10

Look for Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and take a picture Saturday, Dec. 10 at Christmas on the Square. Photo by Natalie Gentry

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Springtown is gearing up for its 23rd Annual Christmas on the Square.
The festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Springtown Square.
Santa Claus will make a pre-Christmas Eve appearance so that children in attendance can take a photo with him. There will be no charge for sitting with Santa, but parents and grandparents should bring their cell phones or cameras to capture the pictures.
Other activities that will be available for children include a petting zoo, pony rides, and bounce houses.… Read the rest

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The streak continues

| November 22, 2016
The streak continues

The driver of this vehicle was killed July 16, 2012, in an accident on FM 51 north of Springtown. Two teenage passengers were seriously injured. Speed was cited as a factor in the wreck.

Someone has died every day for over 16 years on Texas roadways

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Monday, Nov. 7 marked the 16th anniversary of daily fatality accidents on Texas roadways.
Every day since Nov. 7, 2000, someone has been killed in a motor vehicle accident in Texas.

Long, deadly streak
During that 16-year period over 55,000 people, or approximately 10 people every day, have lost their lives on Lone Star roadways.… Read the rest

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Springtown Remembers and Honors Veterans

| November 22, 2016
Springtown Remembers and Honors Veterans

At the annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11, those gathered heard prayers from local pastors, songs by the Springtown High School choir, and messages from Mayor Tom Clayton and guest speaker Lt. Col. James T. Castleman. Above: County Judge Wayne Hayes  and Rupert Harrell fold Old Glory.                Photos courtesy Tom Clayton… Read the rest

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Bridge project will impact downtown access

| November 17, 2016
Bridge project will impact downtown access

Other roadwork gets green light in Springtown

The current bridge over Walnut Creek will be replaced as part of a $12 million TxDOT project scheduled to begin in 2018. That means rerouting of traffic will divert visitors from the primary access to downtown and the Square/Tabernacle. Photo by Christina Derr

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Growth is never painless, especially when that growth involves roadway construction.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has several projects on the horizon – both in the near and distant futures – that will impact Springtown residents at home and as they commute into the Metroplex.

FM 51 North
A project that will affect most – if not all – residents and businesses in Springtown will be the FM 51 project that includes a complete replacement of the bridge over Walnut Creek.… Read the rest

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Keep saying thanks, says vet

| November 17, 2016
Keep saying thanks, says vet

Small gestures can make a big difference, notes Iraqi veteran

Retired Senior Airman Brandon Byers, an amputee, encourages civilians to thank military veterans. Photo by Christina Derr

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When it comes to honoring veterans, retired Senior Airman Brandon Byers had two pieces of advice: never give up and always give it your all.
Byers, who was the keynote speaker at the Springtown 4-H Veteran’s Day ceremony, Tuesday, Nov. 15, is a United States Air Force veteran of the war in Iraq.
It was there, in 2006, that Byers was severely wounded when an explosive-formed projectile hit his vehicle.
He received injuries to both hands and his left leg in the incident.… Read the rest

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Leader of the Band

| November 17, 2016
Leader of the Band

Sound of Springtown drum major Garrison Trichel keeps the band working to support the football team when the Porcupines faced Alvarado in bi-district in Granbury Nov. 11. SHS fell in the contest.         Photo by Mark K. Campbell… Read the rest

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