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‘Suicide’ Lane Meets Its End

| August 3, 2017
‘Suicide’ Lane Meets Its End

The “suicide” lane is finally no more. The confusing turn lane on Hwy. 199 has been replaced and was opened for traffic on July 27. An array of signs helps drivers get the hang of the improved roadway that had challenged vehicles for years. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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City position still a hot topic

| August 3, 2017

Hunt on for new administrator; 18 have already applied

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Springtown City Council voted unanimously to grant City Secretary and Interim City Administrator Jhanna Bogan the use of additional city equipment, but an effort to provide her with more monetary compensation failed.… Read the rest

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More charges against Hunt

| July 27, 2017

This time Parker Co. constable charged in Tarrant Co.

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Additional criminal charges against Parker County Pct. 1 Constable Charlie Hunt have been filed in Tarrant County.
Hunt, who remains in the Parker County Jail on the third-degree felony charge of continuous abuse against the family, will now also face the charge of unlawful installation of a tracking device.
The bond for the Tarrant County charge has been set at $2,500.… Read the rest

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Council decisions loom large for city

| July 27, 2017

Open seat appointment, executive discussion will alter board, direction

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Springtown City Council plans to take up for consideration or action several items at its July 27 meeting that could have a substantial impact on the city and its future.
Among the 15-item business agenda is the possible acceptance of Place 2 Council member Harold Buffington’s resignation and the appointment of a person to fill that vacancy.… Read the rest

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Elementary schools boundary moved

| July 27, 2017
Elementary schools boundary moved

Superintendent Kelley: Expect other changes in the future because of growth

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Springtown Independent School District board of trustees voted 6-0 Monday, July 24 to move one portion of the boundary line for the Reno Elementary and Springtown Elementary attendance zones.… Read the rest

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Porcupine PAC 2017

| July 27, 2017

Political Action Committee will discuss SISD election with public

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The public will have a chance to address the Springtown Independent School District board of trustees regarding the budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year Monday, Aug. 28.
The board voted Monday, July 22 to make the required public hearing part of its regular August meeting.
The budget process for the district this year is different from usual due to the pending tax ratification election (TRE).
SISD Chief Financial Officer Gary Shaw said that in a typical year, the board would adopt a budget first, and then a tax rate to fund that budget.… Read the rest

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SISD STAAR tests results: Math, reading up

| July 20, 2017
SISD STAAR tests results: Math, reading up

Writing and social studies dip as preliminary numbers arrive

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Districts across the state are getting their first looks at their students’ performances on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests taken this past spring.
However, comparing the numbers to last year’s marks isn’t apples to apples.
The recently released figures include the scores of students who did not receive a full year’s instruction at an SISD campus.
SISD Superintendent Mike Kelley said, “Students who were not ours (enrolled in SISD) on the Fall Snapshot Date (in late Oct. 2016) but did test with us in the spring are included in the current percentages.”
Kelley said when the official Texas Academic Performance Report is released by the Texas Education Agency this fall, those students will not be included.… Read the rest

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Up Close and Personal with Springtown Police

| July 20, 2017
Up Close and Personal with Springtown Police

At the Springtown Courthouse Annex, Resource Officer Foster Marshall demonstrated and displayed the variety of equipment that police work requires. The program marked the end of the library summer series. Photos by Christina Derr

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SPD nabs fleeing man

| July 20, 2017
SPD nabs fleeing man

Byron Williamson

Motorcyclist charged with 3 felonies after chase

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A 45-year-old Springtown man is facing three felony charges for evading arrest and drug possession after he allegedly fled from Springtown Police officers Wednesday, July 12.
Byron Williamson was traveling on his motorcycle in the 1100 block of South Main Street in Springtown when officers attempted to stop him for having no head lamp.… Read the rest

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Driver in Wreck Near FM 51/Hwy. 199 Runs Away

| July 20, 2017
Driver in Wreck Near FM 51/Hwy. 199 Runs Away

While this driver was being tended to by first responders, the driver of the other car involved in this two-vehicle accident just east of the intersection of Hwy. 199 and FM 51 the morning of Tuesday, July 18 had fled the scene of the crash on foot, according to SPD Chief of Police Tony Motley. The driver’s disappearance prompted a brief search in the Springtown Park and Walnut Creek by SPD officers and Parker County Sheriff’s deputies. Parker County ESD 1 Engines 48 and 51, as well as LifeCare EMS, responded to the crash. No additional details were available as of press time.

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