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Drowned FWPD officer a Springtown resident

| August 27, 2015
Drowned FWPD officer a Springtown resident

Harlan Tray Whitworth
Photo courtesy Fort Worth Police Association

 

Whitworth remembered for 25 years in law enforcement

 

A Fort Worth police officer from Springtown died Friday, Aug. 21 in Ardmore, Oklahoma while scuba diving.
Harlan Tray Whitworth, 49, drowned at Lake Murray.
According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Whitworth and three other divers were at the Lake Murray Steel Towers.
Whitworth was trying to retrieve an anchor he had found … Read the rest

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Farewell to Summer…Almost

| August 27, 2015
Farewell to Summer…Almost

As summer vacation draws to an end many in Springtown head outside to soak in the sun. Now that school has begun, Springtown’s SplashPad will be closed during the week; however, there is still time to visit the park on weekends until it closes for the season after Labor Day weekend.     Photo by Natalie GentryRead the rest

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SISD 2015-16 budget approved

| August 27, 2015
SISD 2015-16 budget approved

SISD Financial Officer Gary Shaw explains the planning of the 2015-16 school budget and tax rate during the school board meeting Aug. 24.
Photo by Natalie Gentry

 

Total okayed: $34 million

 

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Following the first day of school for students, the Springtown Independent School District (SISD) Board of Trustees met Aug. 24 to discuss the new school year’s budget.
District Financial Officer Gary Shaw explained the process of establishing a tax … Read the rest

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Springtown, La Junta VFDs among local grant recipients

| August 27, 2015
Springtown, La Junta VFDs among local grant recipients

Fire Chief Stephen Watson

 

Funds to help enhance firefighter safety

Seven volunteer fire departments in the area are among 86 departments across Texas receiving $145,000 from Texas Mutual Insurance Company, a policyholder-owned company, to improve their safety through the Firefighter Safety and Training Grant Program.
Departments receiving grants in Parker, Wise, and Palo Pinto counties include Springtown, La Junta, Mineral Wells, Peaster, Cool-Garner, Aledo, and Newark.… Read the rest

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Gunfight A-brewin’

| August 27, 2015
Gunfight A-brewin’

Marshal Chance Medley and Deputy Barnaby face off against a couple gunslingers at the 2014 Wild West Festival. See Page 3A for new 2015 Wild West Festival information.                   Photo by Natalie GentryRead the rest

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Reno man charged in stabbing murder

| August 20, 2015
Reno man charged in stabbing murder

Floyd Levi Nunley

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Floyd Levi Nunley, 49, of Reno was arrested Monday, Aug. 17, and charged with murder in the stabbing death of Shane Allen Veselka, 40, of Fort Worth.
According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, Veselka died at approximately 5:33 p.m. that evening at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Azle due to stab wounds of the chest and abdomen.… Read the rest

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Manhunt results in felony charges

| August 20, 2015
Manhunt results in felony charges

Gerald Wayne Hammons

Man flees into Springtown Park

BY NATALIE GENTRY
A Springtown manhunt involving law enforcement officers from multiple agencies searching for an escapee stretched into the evening hours of Thursday, Aug. 13.
At approximately 5:25 p.m. that evening, Gerald Wayne Hammons, 18, of Springtown was being transferred from the Springtown Police Department (SPD) holding facility to the Parker County Jail.… Read the rest

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Council works on 2015-16 budget

| August 20, 2015

Vehicles, raises, and street repairs pondered

BY NATALIE GENTRY
The Springtown City Council has attended two workshops as they shape the upcoming year’s budget.

Tax rate
“We are conservatively estimating sales tax revenue to be up 10 percent for fiscal year 2015-16 over 2014-15,” said Kim Mathis, the Springtown finance manager.
This increase will result in approximately $104,000 in additional sales tax revenue.
“As property values for the most part have increased in the city, … Read the rest

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The giver

| August 20, 2015
The giver

Even though he died a year ago, the dynamic personality of Pastor John Conway still can be felt in town. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

A year after his death, Pastor John Conway still remembered for his dedication

BY NATALIE GENTRY
One year ago Aug. 19 the city of Springtown rippled with shock when John Conway, pastor of the Hilltop Family Church, suddenly died.… Read the rest

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Porcupines Getting Ready for 2015

| August 13, 2015
Porcupines Getting Ready for 2015

Porcupines battle for the ball during two-a-days. Springtown will host Sanger Friday, Aug. 14 in the first of two scrimmages before the season opener at Decatur Aug. 14.                    Photo by Mark K. CampbellRead the rest

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