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Talking road projects

| August 17, 2017
Talking road projects

Parker County Judge Mark Riley was one of many local officials on hand to answer questions about the FM 51 project at the TxDOT public meeting. Photo by Christina Derr

Officials meet with public about future projects

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Numerous local officials including Parker County Judge Mark Riley, Parker County Pct. 1 Commissioner George Conley, and Springtown Mayor Tom Clayton were on hand Tuesday, Aug. 15 when TxDOT held a public meeting at the Springtown Senior Center.
TxDOT officials brought preliminary plans for the improvements to the roadway from Pojo Road to Hwy. 199.
Residents and stakeholders were given their first looks at preliminary plans for the improvements and were able to ask questions of both TxDOT and local officials.… Read the rest

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SISD teachers welcomed with luncheon, speech

| August 17, 2017
SISD teachers welcomed with luncheon, speech

SHS alumna Carrie Wilkerson, now an internationally known motivational speaker, returned for the second year in a row as the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce and Springtown Pastoral Fellowship’s annual new teacher luncheon. Photo by Christina Derr

Springtown High grad Wilkerson back to pump up newcomers

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The 48 newest members of the Springtown ISD faculty were treated to lunch and gifts at the Springtown Chamber of Commerce and Springtown Pastoral Fellowship’s annual new teacher luncheon Thursday, Aug. 10.
Held at Oak Knoll Ranch, the luncheon was catered by Shinola’s Texas Cafe. In addition to lunch, the new teachers and administrators were given bags full of goods donated by local businesses as a welcome gift.… Read the rest

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Reno red flag

| August 17, 2017

Impromptu executive session called

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
It could have been the most productive meeting of the Reno city council in a couple of years.
The council hired a new police chief [see Page 4A], declared a plat to be approved, moved an election for the Walnut Creek Regional Municipal Development District from November 2017 to May 2018, amended its gas well fee schedule, adopted the 2017 Edition of the National Electrical Code, and authorized the purchase of at least one pair of boots annually for water department personnel.… Read the rest

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Mayor gets cell phone despite council’s denial

| August 11, 2017

Clayton insists purchase is making him ‘more productive’

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Unfunded and unapproved.
Springtown Mayor Tom Clayton is in possession of a city-provided cell phone that is just that, and has been for five months.
Not only does the city not provide a cell phone for any other elected official, when in the past Clayton had sought council approval for one, he failed to gain it on two separate occasions.
The first attempt came shortly after his election in 2015. At the regular meeting of the council that May, Clayton asked the council to approve his being issued a cell phone that would be paid for out of city funds.… Read the rest

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Storm damages town

| August 11, 2017
Storm damages town

City Hall phones lines knocked out

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Severe weather that blew through Springtown and the surrounding areas Sunday, Aug. 6 caused wind damage, downed numerous trees, flooded streets, and left the area without power for several hours.… Read the rest

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Henderson Earns Highest FFA Honor

| August 11, 2017
Henderson Earns Highest FFA Honor

Springtown FFA member Raynee Henderson was awarded the Texas FFA’s highest honor – the Lone Star FFA Degree – at the 89th Annual Texas FFA Convention in Corpus Christi in July. The Lone Star FFA Degree is given to students who have received a Chapter Degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, completed at least four semesters of agricultural science above a ninth-grade level, have shown a commitment to FFA through involvement, and who have demonstrated leadership skills.

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Local author Marrs dies

| August 11, 2017

Book on President Kennedy assassination was the basis for popular JFK movie

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Famed author and Springtown resident Jim Marrs died Aug. 2 after suffering a heart attack at his home.
Following his 1966 graduation from North Texas State – now known as the University of North Texas – the Fort Worth native began a career in journalism, working for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.… Read the rest

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Water price cap for seniors OK’d by council

| August 3, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
An idea that Springtown city council member Richelle Pruitt presented at the group’s June 22 meeting was approved by the full council July 27.
Pruitt had asked the council to consider giving the city’s senior citizen water customers a rate cap on their monthly bills.
When she first introduced the idea it was tabled to allow her to discuss the idea with the city’s Director of Finance Denise Taylor to estimate how much revenue would be lost in the event if approved.… Read the rest

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Parker drug ring busted

| August 3, 2017

Guns and money also confiscated

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A Poolville man was one of 15 individuals who have been arrested after a Parker County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) investigation uncovered what they have deemed a “multi-county drug ring” responsible for the distribution of over $100,000 in drugs throughout Parker County in one month’s time.
Coty Franks, 27, was arrested July 26 by PCSO deputies after a months-long investigation into him and more than a dozen other individuals by the Weatherford/Parker County Special Crimes Unit.… Read the rest

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Kelley fills vacant council position

| August 3, 2017
Kelley fills vacant council position

City Secretary Jhanna Bogan (right) swore in Michele Kelley to the recently vacated Place 2 seat on the Springtown City Council Thursday, July 27 after she won appointment on a 3-1 vote by the council. Her appointment will last until May 2018 when Place 2 will be up for election. Photo by Christina Derr

She is immediately sworn in and seated

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Michele Kelley is the newest member of the Springtown City Council.
Kelley was one of three candidates present at the Thursday, July 27 seeking the Place 2 seat vacated by Harold Buffington.… Read the rest

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