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City administrator resigning position

| June 22, 2017
City administrator  resigning position

Doug Hughes

Hughes has also served as mayor

by Mark K. Campbell
After years serving Springtown citizens, City Administrator Doug Hughes is resigning.
Hughes, who has also served as mayor, will have his severance package discussed at the city’s next council meeting, Thursday, June 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Also on the meeting agenda is “consideration and/or action” on finding an interim city administrator to replace Hughes.
The outgoing administrator said he did not want to comment on his exit until after the council meeting.… Read the rest

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Reno 7 month old drowns in bathtub

| June 22, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The Reno Police Department and Parker County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the drowning death of an infant Tuesday, June 13.
According to a press release issued by Reno Mayor Eric Hunter, Reno police responded to a call of a child fatality at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle that evening.
The infant, a 7-month-old female, had been taken to the hospital from the 1500 block of East Reno Road following a drowning incident.
Although no cause or manner of death has yet been released, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office has identified the child as Zayla Hernandez of Reno.… Read the rest

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Epigraph 2nd in state contest

| June 22, 2017

At the annual Texas Press Association June 17 Better Newspaper Contest, the Epigraph finished second in its division.
The paper placed in five categories and won a trio of first place plaques.
Reporter Christina Derr claimed two of them.
She won the Column Writing competition and the Feature Writing category – the latter in part thanks to a story on the retirement of SISD’s Mike Gilley.
Judges lauded her “good story telling” and use of “topical issues.”
Mark K. Campbell won Editorial with pieces on SISD Superintendent Mike Kelley and Donald Trump.
Campbell also finished second in Feature Photo and third in Sports Coverage.… Read the rest

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SFD Responds to House Fire

| June 22, 2017
SFD Responds to House Fire

One person was transported to a hospital by LifeCare ambulance as a result of a mobile home fire in the 200 block of Bryon Drive Friday morning, June 16. Parker County ESD1 firefighters from La Junta, Silver Creek, and Springtown fire departments responded to the blaze. Photo by Christina Derr

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Citizens push back after Reno walkout

| June 22, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Reno city hall was packed with citizens Monday night, June 19, in response to a walkout at the previous Monday’s meeting by a quorum of the city council.
Mayor Pro Tem Bonnie Black and council members Billie Steele and Ken Parnell walked out of the June 9 meeting, leaving no quorum to do city business, following a motion by Black to move items up on the agenda.
When, early in the June 19 meeting, Black again asked to move specific items ahead of the Citizen Presentation portion, she was shouted down by citizens.
But Steele seconded the motion, and Walt Leonard, city attorney, supported voting on it.… Read the rest

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Local man arrested for child assault

| June 15, 2017
Local man arrested for child assault

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A Springtown man is facing three felony charges stemming from an alleged Sept. 2016 sexual assault of a child.
Bobby James Boater was arrested June 9 by Wise County Sheriff’s deputies after three warrants for his arrest were issued by the Wise County Justice of the Peace No. 2.
The 52-year-old has been charged with two counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact and one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, second- and first-degree felonies, respectively.
He remained in the Wise County Jail as of press time June 14 in lieu of $350,000 bond – $100,000 each for the indecency charges and $150,000 for the charge of aggravated sexual assault.… Read the rest

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Reno council meeting ends when trio walks out

| June 15, 2017

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Three Reno city council members walked out of a Monday, June 12 council meeting, leaving an unfinished agenda and a chamber full of citizens scratching their heads in bewilderment.
They also left representatives from two separate law enforcement agencies that were there to make presentations to the council.
Mayor Pro Tem Bonnie Black insisted upon making a motion as soon as the pledges were said and before newly-elected Mayor Eric Hunter could begin the Mayor’s Announcements portion of the meeting.
Black’s motion – to move two replat approvals as well as the citizen presentation section to the beginning of the meeting – was unusual.… Read the rest

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Hwy. 199 project speeding along

| June 15, 2017
Hwy. 199 project speeding along

Expansion of roadway about 1/8th complete

Work on the Hwy. 199 project is tooling right along; however, the completion date is now sometime in 2019, according to mangers of the expansion. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
The headache so many suffer through several times a week – driving up and down Hwy. 199 between Azle and Lake Worth – is not ending any time soon.
But it is making steady progress, according to Scott Cooner, the “mobility coordinator” of the project.
His job is to keeping traffic moving along safely while Flatiron Construction crews work on the Jacksboro Highway expansion.… Read the rest

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Gunfire erupts when drug deal goes bad

| June 8, 2017
Gunfire erupts when drug deal goes bad

One shot, one man arrested in dead of night

Cody Joop Cudd, Jr.

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A 23-year-old man was left with non-life-threatening injuries after he was allegedly shot in the back of the head following an attempted drug deal gone wrong.
According to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3 in the 5000 block of East Hwy. 199 in Springtown.… Read the rest

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Youth calls in house blaze

| June 8, 2017
Youth calls in house blaze

Substantial damage on Carter Road

This home in the 100 block of Carter Road caught fire shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, June 1. Firefighters from Parker County Emergency Services Districts 1 and 8 responded to the fire which was believed to have started in the master bedroom. Photo by Christina Derr

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A fire that is believed to have started in the master bedroom of a home in the 100 block of Carter Road shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday, June 1 did not cause any injuries despite significantly damaging the home.… Read the rest

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