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Satanic group’s billboard draws national attention

| March 23, 2017
Satanic group’s billboard draws national attention

This billboard caused quite the ruckus when erected; after flapping in the breeze a few hours after its erection, is has now been repaired and still stands at 1961 East Hwy. 199. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Aim taken at SISD spanking policy, Springtown residents

BY CHRISTINA DERR
When a group claiming to “fight child abuse in public schools” erected a billboard just east of Springtown in the 1900 block of Hwy. 199, they ignited a firestorm of controversy that again brought national media attention to town.
The billboard read “Never be hit in school again. Exercise your religious rights.” And appeared Wednesday, March 15.… Read the rest

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It’s a Long Fly to Center…

| March 23, 2017
It’s a Long Fly to Center…

A long fly to centerfield barely evades Lady Porcupine Haley Praytor. Springtown went on to beat visiting Benbrook on St. Patrick’s Day. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Reno opts in to proposed regional 9-1-1 district

| March 23, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The city of Reno became the 142nd entity to pass a resolution authorizing the creation of the North Central Texas Regional 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District during its regular meeting Monday, March 20.
Creation of the district will accomplish two important things, according to Mark Brown, 9-1-1 program manager for North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).
First, it will bring between five and 15 percent more funding directly into areas covered by the district for its 9-1-1 program.
Secondly, it will bring about the creation of a board of directors which will set bylaws and decide how 9-1-1 funds will be spent.… Read the rest

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SPD Officer Gets Federal Training in D.C.

| March 23, 2017
SPD Officer Gets Federal Training in D.C.

Springtown Police Officer Matt Thomas (third from left) traveled to Washington, D.C. earlier this month to participate in federally-sponsored training that instructed law enforcement officers from across the country in bicycle patrol.

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Wanted!

| March 17, 2017
Wanted!

Springtown woman on PC Most Wanted list

By Christina Derr
Two area individuals are on the Parker County Crime Stoppers Most Wanted list – and one is from Springtown.
Kari Lyn Ludington is wanted on a motion to revoke probation for a previous charge of possession of a controlled substance in Penalty Group 1, less than one gram, a state jail felony.
The 31-year-old was initially arrested by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies in January 2015 and pled guilty to the charge seven months later.
She was sentenced to three years of probation and 180 hours of community service.
Ludington is described as 5-3 tall, weighing approximately 125 pounds.… Read the rest

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Probation given after guilty plea in gunfire case

| March 17, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A Springtown man who was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he fired a gun at two visitors to his home has pled guilty to the charges.
Jeremy Mark Brillhart, 44, pleaded no contest to the second-degree felony charges Tuesday, March 7 in Parker County’s 43rd District Court in Weatherford.
The charges stemmed from a Sept. 20, 2016 incident at Brillhart’s home during which he was accused of firing a weapon at a mechanic and the mechanic’s wife whom he had asked to come work on a few of his vehicles.
Brillhart claimed that the two entered his home without permission.… Read the rest

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Missing man found in lake

| March 17, 2017
Missing man found in lake

Cook discovered in submerged truck 30 days after being reported missing

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A body identified as missing person Jim Bob Cook, as well as Cook’s Ford pickup, were recovered from Eagle Mountain Lake Wednesday evening, March 8.
Cook, 56, of Reno, was reported missing in mid-February. He was reportedly last seen on Feb. 8 at Frenki’s Capriccio & Sports Bar in the 1000 block of Boyd Road in Azle.
According to a press release from the Azle Police Department, Cook’s vehicle was located on sonar by Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) police.
The pickup was submerged in about eight feet of water near a marina in the 6500 block of Wells Burnett Road.… Read the rest

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Man with child porn indicted

| March 17, 2017

Poolville’s Elser counts number 10

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A 29-year-old Poolville man was indicted on 10 child pornography-related charges Thursday, March 9.
The Parker County grand jury indicted David Nathaniel Elser on eight counts of possession with intent to promote child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography – second- and third-degree felonies, respectively.
Elser was initially arrested Dec. 21, 2016 by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies on charges of possession with intent to promote child pornography, and online solicitation of a minor, a third-degree felony.
He has remained in the Parker County Jail since last December in lieu of $45,000 bond.… Read the rest

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Annual chamber banquet lauds top citizens, groups

| March 9, 2017
Annual chamber banquet lauds top citizens, groups

The Man of the Year was Joe Coyle; he later picked up another honor for Brandon Conway who was chosen as the Chamber Member of the Year at the annual banquet March 4. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Springtown Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet Saturday, March 4.
For the second year in a row, the event took place at Oak Knoll Ranch and was catered by Vance Godbey’s.
A dessert bar was provided to guests by Woody Creek Barbeque, Shinola’s, and Howell’s Café which Chamber Director Amy Walker called a “huge hit.”… Read the rest

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Wreck causes serious injury

| March 9, 2017
Wreck causes serious injury

This car was one of two vehicles involved in a major accident on FM 51 South Thursday, March 2. The driver was transported by air ambulance to JPS Hosptial in Fort Worth with serious injuries. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

Nine-year-old boy also hurt on FM 51 South

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A two-vehicle collision Thursday, March 2 left one driver with life-threatening injuries.
The accident occurred on FM 51 South, just south of the highway’s intersection with West J. E. Woody Road.
According to witnesses, the vehicle that sustained the most damage in the crash was driven by a man who was reportedly unresponsive at the scene.… Read the rest

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