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SISD saves $1.2 mil

| April 13, 2017
SISD saves $1.2 mil

Via fifth bond refunding in five years

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A bond refunding decision made last November led to a sale that will net district taxpayers a savings of over $1.2 million.
Coupled with previous bond refunding sales, the total savings garnered over the last five years will top $11 million.
At its November meeting, the Springtown ISD board of trustees adopted a Parameters Bond Order authorizing the sale of its Series 2017 Refunding Bonds (which refunded the existing Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2007 at a lower interest rate) if the deal met certain parameters.… Read the rest

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SISD students rake in competition awards

| April 13, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Hundreds of students from Springtown High School and Middle School participated in multiple competitions over the last week, with many bringing home impressive hardware.… Read the rest

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Family of teen won’t pursue incident

| April 13, 2017

Woman will not be prosecuted on felony charge
BY CHRISTINA DERR
Citing the victim’s family’s preference not to pursue prosecution, the Parker County District Attorney’s Office has opted to close the felony case against Springtown resident Ashley Renee Moore.
Moore, 28, was arrested by Springtown Police officers March 15 and charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.… Read the rest

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Clay shoot bigger than ever

| April 13, 2017
Clay shoot bigger than ever

The Springtown Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual clay shoot fundraiser at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds in Decatur April 7. Eighteen teams participated in the event that raised money for chamber activities including its scholarship fund. Photo by Christina Derr

Chamber event deemed a success

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Springtown Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual clay shoot fundraiser Friday, April 7 at Fossil Pointe Sporting Grounds in Decatur.
For the third year in a row, the winning team hailed from Pinnacle Bank.
That squad won the team competition with a score of 409.
The top three individual placers were all separated by one point each.… Read the rest

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Hunt out on bond once again

| April 13, 2017

PC constable released from county jail April 7

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Parker County Pct. 1 Constable Charlie Hunt is out of jail on bond again after it was ordered that his bond be reinstated.
On Thursday, April 6, after the case against Hunt for continuous violence against the family was presented to the grand jury, the group voted to indict Hunt on the third-degree felony charge.
Following his indictment, a hearing was held the same day on the issue of his bond which had previously been set at $15,000 and revoked after evidence was presented to the court that Hunt had violated its conditions.… Read the rest

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Parker County constable jailed without bond

| April 6, 2017
Parker County constable jailed without bond

Hunt violated all bond conditions, says district attorney

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Parker County Pct. 1 Constable Charlie Hunt has been arrested and is being held without bond after he allegedly violated the conditions of his bond stemming from a February arrest.
Hunt, who was initially arrested Feb. 13 after he was accused of continuous domestic violence, was released on $15,000 bond the same day.
That bond came with conditions – those conditions being that Hunt have no contact with the victim in the case, stay at least 200 yards from the victim, commit no additional criminal offenses, and report to the Parker County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) as required.… Read the rest

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Tabernacle a ‘Great Place’

| April 6, 2017
Tabernacle a ‘Great Place’

The Springtown Tabernacle was named as one of Texas’ Great Public Spaces for 2017 by the American Planning Association. The landmark – which recently underwent substantial renovations – will be the site of a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony April 22. Photo by Christina Derr

Building wins award from Texas group

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Springtown’s Tabernacle has won another award.
The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association has designated the Tabernacle as one of its Great Public Spaces of Texas for 2017.
“The Springtown Tabernacle is a space that has served as the spiritual and cultural heart of the community for over 80 years,” said Lori Schwartz, chair of the Great Places in Texas selection committee.… Read the rest

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Tossin’ the Shot

| April 6, 2017
Tossin’ the Shot

Jesse Springfield unleashes a throw. The SHS senior won the shot put at the Eagle Relays in Decatur. Several other Springtown athletes shone, too. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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A prayer meetin’

| April 6, 2017
A prayer meetin’

A prayer rally at Springtown’s Tabernacle Monday, April 3 was attended by residents representing many area churches. Prayers were led by several local ministers and 95-year-old Pearl Henderson. Photo by Tootie Hall

Churches meet at Tabernacle for ecumenical event

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Individuals representing churches from all over the Springtown area gathered together the evening of Monday, April 3 to join each other in prayer for the city.
The ecumenical event was attended by well over 100 citizens and filled the Tabernacle’s seating capacity.… Read the rest

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Survey says…

| March 30, 2017
Survey says…

Next school year calendar chosen; SISD officially a District of Innovation

BY CHRISTINA DERR
After seeking public input through online surveys, Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley presented the SISD board of trustees with the proposed 2017-18 calendar at the board’s March meeting Monday, March 27.
The calendar up for consideration most closely resembled the Calendar “D” option given to citizens earlier in the month.
The only difference being that the proposed calendar contained one less instructional day and an additional inservice day for teachers at the end of the first week of school.
Kelley said members of the District’s Instructional Advisory Committee (DIAC) felt that a shorter week and a staff-only day at the end of the first week of school was appropriate.… Read the rest

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