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The race is on

| March 26, 2015

Area elections swing into high gear as early voting inches closer

BY NATALIE GENTRY
With the window to file for a place on the ballot well behind us, each local council or board must move forward with the election process.

Unopposed races
For Springtown ISD and Sanctuary, the next step will be to begin the cancellation procedures as each incumbent in their races is unopposed.… Read the rest

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Garden of Hope taking applications for spring

| March 26, 2015
Garden of Hope taking applications for spring

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Garden of Hope community garden is accepting gardener registration for the 2015 growing season.
In addition to the 4×8-foot raised beds offered last year, 10×15 garden plots are a new option for gardeners.
The decision to add the plots was made after several gardeners found the raised beds too small for all the different plants they want to try.
All plots and beds are irrigated.… Read the rest

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Pancake Supper

| March 26, 2015
Pancake Supper

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Briar-Reno VFD purchases ‘new’ firetruck from River Oaks FD

| March 26, 2015
Briar-Reno VFD purchases ‘new’ firetruck from River Oaks FD

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Briar-Reno Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) recently purchased a 1990 Spartan fire engine.
The purchase was made via auction from the River Oaks Fire Department for just under $10,000.
Despite its age, the vehicle is deemed in good condition with only 1,800 miles and 300 hours on the pump.
It was also equipped with scene lights, a generator, and a booster hose.… Read the rest

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What a difference a week makes!

| March 19, 2015
What a difference a week makes!

Back on March 5, man, beast, and bird were hunkered down, enduring another late winter snowfall. A week later, spring began bursting out with plants and trees blooming everywhere – including this peach blossom. Despite our recent drought, the area is more than 2 inches above its usual rainfall totals so far in 2015.
Photos by Paula Campbell

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Deep water

| March 19, 2015
Deep water

As new GM, Shaw stresses importance of groundwater
BY NATALIE GENTRY
“Water is the driving force of all nature.”
-Leonardo da Vinci

As the new general manager for the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (UTGCD), Springtown resident Doug Shaw brings a vast array of experience to the table that will assist the UTGCD as it continues to manage the area’s groundwater.… Read the rest

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Moose mess-up

| March 19, 2015

Springtown man fined $2,000 for failure to ‘salvage meat’ following hunt in Alaska
BY NATALIE GENTRY
Donald Lamont of Springtown pleaded guilty Wednesday, March 10 in Aniak, Alaska District Court to charges of failure to salvage all edible meat and transport of moose antlers from a kill site before all meat had been salvaged.
Lamont was charged after he killed a moose in Alaska, but left much of the meat to rot.… Read the rest

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Reno council douses VFD fee; it’s now voluntary once more

| March 19, 2015
Reno council douses VFD fee; it’s now voluntary once more

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Reno City Council voted unanimously to strike the public safety fee from the city water bill and reinstate the voluntary Fire Department donation option that was previously offered.… Read the rest

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400 Wins

| March 19, 2015
400 Wins

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Walls of Honor

| March 12, 2015
Walls of Honor

Two homemade signs find homes at Legends Museum

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Memorials, like Springtown’s War Memorial at the corner of Walnut Creek Drive and Lake Drive, serve as more than just a way to pay homage to war heroes.
They also send important messages to future generations of who we are today and what values we hold dear.
While the War Memorial – dedicated in November of 2011 – is the most current and permanent … Read the rest

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