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Man who dropped his drawers tased twice, arrested

| April 28, 2016
Man who dropped his drawers tased twice, arrested

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Justin Ray Johnson, 23, of Hudson Oaks was arrested by Springtown police for disorderly conduct/indecent exposure and resisting arrest, search, or transport April 17.
Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Ash Terrance in Springtown at approximately 2:30 a.m. April 17 in response to a call about a naked man in the front yard of a home.
Upon arrival, officers found Johnson, wearing only a pair of blue boxers.
Johnson – whose nickname is Twinkie according to jail records – began to remove his boxer shorts as they pulled up in front of the house and reportedly resisted police when they attempted to arrest him.… Read the rest

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Local early voting continues until May 3

| April 28, 2016

Voting OK anywhere in the county

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Early voting for the May 7 General Election began Monday, April 25 and will run through May 5.
Voters who live in Reno and Springtown will decide seats for both city councils as well as one place on the Springtown Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Vote anywhere in PC
Parker County’s Dec. 16 acceptance to the Countywide Polling Place Program by the Texas Secretary of State means voting just got a lot easier.
While the primary early voting site for Parker County voters has always been the Courthouse Annex kitchen in Weatherford, participation in this program means that Parker County residents can now cast their vote at any polling place in the county.… Read the rest

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Proposed RV Park, music festival hits sour note in Reno

| April 28, 2016
Proposed RV Park, music festival hits sour note in Reno

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Citizens of Reno filled the city’s council chambers Monday evening to overflowing.
Most showed up well-mannered but well-armed with questions and information about a zoning change request.
That request was made by Ricky Nelson to facilitate an RV park and Bluegrass festival in the 700 block of Jay Bird Lane.
Before the meeting began, citizens lined up for a chance to sign up to speak at a public hearing to allow citizen input into the proposed zoning change.
Nelson addressed the concerned citizens.
“I don’t want a regular RV park, that’s why I’m going for Bluegrass. It won’t be every night, it will mostly be on weekends, and it will shut down about 10 p.m.,” he told the crowd.… Read the rest

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Eagle Mountain Closed to Boat Traffic

| April 28, 2016
Eagle Mountain Closed to Boat Traffic

Regular rains – especially in the Lake Bridgeport watershed where water is released downstream – engorged Eagle Mountain Lake which, at press time April 27, remains closed to all boat traffic.   Photo by Natalie Gentry

Off the water!

EML closed to all boats, more rain predicted, and Lake Bridgeport release continues

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Eagle Mountain Lake closed to recreational boat traffic at 6 p.m. April 20 due to high water levels and remained closed at press time Tuesday.
At 649.25 feet Tuesday morning, April 19, EML was just 0.15 feet above its pool elevation of 649.10 feet mean sea level (msl).… Read the rest

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No more ballot blues

| April 21, 2016

New program allows for voting anywhere in Parker County

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Voting just got easier.
That’s thanks to Parker County’s acceptance by the Texas Secretary of State of its Countywide Polling Place Program on Dec. 16, 2015.
Now voters can vote anywhere in the county – whether casting ballots early or on Election Day.
The successful pilot election in November 2015 paved the way for Parker County Commissioners Court to approve participation in the program in all future elections.
What that means for registered Parker County voters is they may now vote at any Parker County polling place in any election contracted with the Parker County Elections Office during early voting as well as on Election Day.… Read the rest

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Missing Mineral Wells teen found hurt but alive in rain-gorged ravine in Azle

| April 21, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Where was she?
Desperate, they called the Springtown Police Department – and lots of other area departments – multiple times.
Their daughter was missing in the dead of night in the midst of a savage rainstorm.
Eventually, a Mineral Wells family’s worst nightmare became a reality Sunday in an Azle ravine.
Yet, it could have been even worse if not for a man who just happened to walk by.
Missing daughter
The parents of an 18-year-old woman began calling area police departments Sunday morning in search of information about their daughter, who had not come home after attending a high school prom with a date.… Read the rest

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No Injuries in School Bus Collision

| April 21, 2016
No Injuries in School Bus Collision

None of the 35 students on board were injured when an SUV slid into the rear of a Springtown ISD school bus Monday afternoon, April 18 on a rain-slickened Hwy. 199 at Jay Bird Lane. According to Superintendent Mike Kelley, the bus did its job of protecting its precious cargo. The SUV didn’t fare as well. Transportation Director Shane Strickland, left, and SISD Mechanics Helper Kurt Cartwright responded to the scene immediately.
Photos by Kim Ware

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Ballot snafu

| April 14, 2016
Ballot snafu

City’s cost to correct election error: over $2K

BY NATALIE GENTRY
A proofreading mistake has turned out to be costly for the City of Springtown.
City officials are working with the Parker County Elections and Voter Registration Office and Hart Intercivic – the ballot printing company – to correct the error that left the two candidates vying for Place 3 on the city council listed in the wrong order.
The drawing for placement on the ballot determined that Dennie Harms’ name should be listed first; however, the sample ballots show incumbent Tony D. Smith’s name first, followed by Harms’.
“It was an honest mistake,” said Springtown City Administrator Doug Hughes.… Read the rest

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Man jailed after knife incident

| April 14, 2016

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Matthew Paul Reiner, 21, of Springtown was arrested April 7 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly slashing his girlfriend’s shoulder with a pocket knife.
Deputies with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle staff at approximately 8:24 p.m. after a 29-year-old female came to the emergency room with a cut to her shoulder.
During the interview with deputies, she reportedly told them her boyfriend, Reiner, slashed her shoulder with a knife.
She also said he was intoxicated.
Reiner did not resist when deputies arrived to arrest him at the house in the 3900 block of Hwy.… Read the rest

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Lovely Local Landscape

| April 14, 2016
Lovely Local Landscape

Fields of wildflowers continue to delight this spring. Just west of town, an expanse of Indian paintbrushes fills a field. Right now along Hwy. 199 drivers see bunches and stretches of pink primrose. And the bluebonnets are still hanging around, too. SEE COMMUNITY FOR FLOWERS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL!               Photo by Misty Shaw… Read the rest

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