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Christmas on the Square

| December 18, 2014
Christmas on the Square

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‘Stomach bug’ strikes school district

| December 18, 2014

Attendance rate dips 5 percent on Dec. 15

By Natalie Gentry
The Springtown Independent School District experienced an elevated number of students and teachers out with “a stomach bug” last Friday Dec. 12 and Monday Dec. 15.
Superintendent Mike Kelley noted that while any number of viruses or bacteria could be causing these illnesses (characterized by inflammation in the stomach and intestines), the district administration and medical personnel believe there is likely a virus behind … Read the rest

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SMS evacuated after note found

| December 18, 2014

by Natalie Gentry
A bomb scare had Springtown Middle School under evacuation Dec. 2.
An Emergency Response Team (EMRT) comprised of Springtown police and school officials searched the campus after a note was found in one of the boys restrooms.
SMS administration evacuated the building at approximately 1:30 p.m. so that the EMRT could complete their search and sweep of the campus, according to Springtown Police Lieutenant Curtis Stone.… Read the rest

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A Culinary Christmas

| December 18, 2014
A Culinary Christmas

Springtown High School students demonstrate skills at holiday event

By Natalie Gentry
Room 129 at Springtown High School (SHS) was abuzz with activity Friday, Dec. 12 as Kristi Hulme and the Culinary Arts students treated family and faculty to delicious finger foods during the fifth annual “Culinary Christmas.”
The event gives third and fourth year Culinary students a chance to demonstrate their prowess in the kitchen and provides guests with tasty treats to enjoy.… Read the rest

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WBAP reporter, two others injured in head-on crash on FM 51

| December 11, 2014
WBAP reporter, two others injured in head-on crash on FM 51

By Natalie Gentry
Farm Road (FM) 51 was shut down for more than an hour Friday evening, Dec. 5 following a head-on collision that sent two people to John Peter Smith (JPS) Hospital in Fort Worth via separate air ambulances.… Read the rest

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In the aftermath:

| December 11, 2014

REACT volunteers assist victims of abuse and assault to find help

By Natalie Gentry
Kim Chilcutt and Karen Ewell of Parker County’s Responding to Every Assault and Crisis Team (REACT), a victim centered organization developed to assist those who have been affected by trauma and violent crime, spoke at the weekly Springtown Optimist Club meeting Dec. 9.
REACT works closely with law enforcement officials to provide victims with information regarding their rights, needs, case follow-up, … Read the rest

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City to host farewell reception for Krey

| December 11, 2014
City to host farewell reception for Krey

By Natalie Gentry
The City of Springtown will host a reception for outgoing City Administrator Mark Krey from 3:30-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19.
The event will be held in the Municipal Court Annex building at 200 North Main Street.
Krey’s time with the city has been called one of progress and growth.
Among the many projects Krey has coordinated are the completion of the new water treatment plant, the reconstruction and resurfacing of approximately half … Read the rest

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Santa’s Lap

| December 11, 2014
Santa’s Lap

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Hughes named new city administrator

| December 4, 2014
Hughes named new city administrator

Pro-Tem Smith will act as mayor

by Natalie Gentry
Doug Hughes has served the City of Springtown as mayor for almost eight years now.
That will soon change.
The City Council voted to hire Hughes as the new city administrator at the Nov. 20 regular council meeting.
The City advertised the open position on the Texas Municipal League job opening website beginning at the end of September following the notice of resignation of Mark Krey.… Read the rest

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SISD sells Refunding Bonds

| December 4, 2014
SISD sells Refunding Bonds

Change will save taxpayers more than $2.5 million

By Natalie Gentry
Two and a half million-plus in savings.
That’s what the Springtown Independent School District (SISD) achieved when it successfully sold its Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2014 to refund a portion of its outstanding Unlimited Tax School Building and Refunding Bonds, Series 2005-A at a lower interest rate.
At the Aug. 25 meeting, the SISD Board of Trustees adopted a Parameters Order authorizing the … Read the rest

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