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Sound of Springtown advances to Area

| October 23, 2014
Sound of Springtown advances to Area

SHS band earns 1st division rating

by Natalie Gentry
The Sound of Springtown earned a first division rating from all three judges at the University Interscholastic League Region 7 Marching Contest on Saturday, Oct. 18 in Glen Rose.
The superior performance earned the band a trip to Area Competition this Saturday, Oct. 25 at Gupton Stadium in the Cedar Park – Leander ISD.

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Hip to be Square

| October 23, 2014
Hip to be Square

First Square Deal deemed a success

by Natalie Gentry
The inaugural Square Deal fundraiser on Oct. 18 was a hit.
According to Tabernacle committee member and Square Deal coordinator David Ward, the event was a success.
“It may not have been super crowded, but we exceeded our financial goals and expectations for the Tabernacle Fund, and that’s what it was all about.” Ward said. “For a first year, we did really well.”… Read the rest

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SHS choir students move on

| October 23, 2014

By Natalie Gentry
Twenty-two Springtown High School choir students competed at the second level of All-State auditions Saturday, October 11.
Nineteen of these students were selected for All-District and All-Region choirs.
In addition, senior Emily Mitchell was chosen to advance to the Pre-Area round.
Students selected for the All-Region choir included seniors Mitchell, Taylor Myrick, and Mistian Whitehead;  juniors Cera Dyson and Ema Mathers; and sophomores Taylor Teague and Cody Swanson.… Read the rest

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Lady Porcupine

| October 23, 2014
Lady Porcupine

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Early voting ongoing locally

| October 23, 2014

Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election began Monday, Oct. 20, and ends Friday, Oct. 31.
Voters statewide will decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment “providing for the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads.”
Republican incumbent Phil King faces Democratic challenger Matthew Britt for State Representative, District 61.… Read the rest

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SISD prepared to combat illnesses

| October 16, 2014

Ebola, Enterovirus outbreak concerns addressed through proactive policies

By Natalie Gentry
America has watched with barely contained horror as a second case of the lethal Ebola virus was confirmed in Dallas and as Enterovirus D-68 has swept through the Midwest sending hundreds of children to hospitals.
However, the Springtown Independent School District (SISD) says that the school system has protocols in place designed to prevent or eliminate the spread of infectious illnesses.… Read the rest

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Woman sentenced in 32-year-old crime

| October 16, 2014
Woman sentenced in 32-year-old crime

Mathis given 10 years’ probation for niece’s death

Decades later, justice was served in the death of a young child.
Teena Jolene Mathis, 55, of Springtown was sentenced Monday to 10 years’ probation after pleading guilty to the murder of her 15-month-old niece 32 years ago.
According to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, Mathis reached an agreement with prosecutors who contend that she beat the child – Heidi Page – at Mathis’ Fort Worth … Read the rest

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30 years:

| October 16, 2014
30 years:

Sanger man bound for prison for molesting 7 year old

A 42-year-old Sanger man pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 30 years in prison in Weatherford Oct. 7.
James Burt Opitz was accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl on numerous occasions in 2012 and 2013 in northern Parker County near Springtown.
The plea bargain took place in the 43rd District Court with Judge Craig Towson presiding.… Read the rest

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Square Deal fundrasier here Sat.

| October 16, 2014
Square Deal fundrasier here Sat.

By Natalie Gentry
The Square Deal is poised to provide Springtown families with a plethora of activities on Saturday Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Although entry to the event is free, a $5 donation to the Tabernacle fund will provide patrons with a wrist band that allows for additional access to activities.
Advance purchase of the wrist bands can be made at City Hall.… Read the rest

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Sound of Springtown golden in Glen Rose

| October 16, 2014
Sound of Springtown golden in Glen Rose

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