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Springtown PD Given Nine Rifles by Azle PD

| February 9, 2017
Springtown PD Given Nine Rifles by Azle PD

Azle Chief of Police Rick Pippins, right, congratulates Springtown Chief of Police Tony Motley after the Azle PD transferred nine M16-A1 rifles to the Springtown PD Thursday, Feb. 2. The Azle PD acquired the rifles from the Defense Logistics Agency via the 1033 Program administered by the State of Texas. When the Azle PD recognized it had a surplus of the weapons, a number of them were returned to the DLA; however, Motley expressed to Pippins that the Springtown PD had a need for nine of them. The rifles will be used by the Springtown PD’s Rapid Response Team. “These weapons will strengthen our department by allowing us to respond to certain situations where we have to ‘hold the fort’ until backup arrives,” Motley said.… Read the rest

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Challenger files for council seat

| February 9, 2017

The first challenger to an incumbent has filed for a place on the ballot for Place 4 on the Springtown City Council while both incumbents for the Springtown Independent School District Board of Trustees remain unopposed.

City of Springtown
Mayor Tom Clayton and Councilmember Harold Buffington have filed for election and are currently set to run unopposed.
Place 4 incumbent Mayor Pro Tem Robert Wilson has been challenged for his seat by Richelle Pruitt.

Springtown ISD
Since the filings by incumbents Amy Walker, board president, and Jody Lowery, board secretary, the school district has received no additional applications.
Springtown ISD and the city of Springtown will hold joint elections in the case that challengers arise for incumbents in both entities.… Read the rest

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2021?!

| February 2, 2017
2021?!

FM 51 Bridge project set for 2018 might be rerouted 3 years

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Springtown city officials received word earlier this month that the Texas Department of Transportation may possibly delay the FM 51 Bridge project an additional three years from 2018 to 2021.
“I don’t know if it is good news, bad news, or what, but they may be pushing this project out to 2021,” City Administrator Doug Hughes said.
Mayor Tom Clayton went further, “How it was explained to me was they move monies around and that our project for ‘18 is on the list of things to do for ‘21.… Read the rest

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Racing to Springtown

| February 2, 2017
Racing to Springtown

UIL picks SISD athletic complex for 2A regional track meet

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Springtown – namely Porcupine Stadium – will be home to the 2017 UIL 2A Region II track and field competition.
Each of the 32 regional track meets throughout the state each spring hosts over 200 athletes in addition to coaches and fans.
District Athletic Director Brian Hulett said at the December SISD board of trustees meeting, “Word got around that we have a nice facility and do a good facility and we do a good job running track meets, and they (UIL) asked us to host a regional track meet.”
Hulett said the elite facility was a big draw for UIL to designate Springtown as a regional meet site.… Read the rest

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Issues arise at museum

| February 2, 2017

Springtown Legends undergoes substantial shake up

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A Jan. 27 meeting of the Springtown Legends Museum officers brought about many changes for the facility – settling some issues and leaving others in limbo.
After opening the meeting, President Gloria Elam announced her resignation from the museum, effective immediately.
Damon Liles, who had been the museum’s vice-president, will assume Elam’s duties as the new president.
Elam cited health issues and time commitments to other historical projects and committees throughout Parker County as the reasons for her leaving.
Liles thanked Elam for her years of service to the museum and said he would happily accept the position of president, but added that he does not have the time to commit to the museum with the dedication that Elam showed during her tenure as president.… Read the rest

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Chase ends with arrest

| February 2, 2017
Chase ends with arrest

Multi-agency search leads to capture

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A Springtown remains in the Parker County Jail after he allegedly led Springtown Police officers on a high-speed chase.
SPD officers responded to a possible burglary in progress at a residence in the 300 block of North Main Street around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30.
The individual who called 911 reported to officers that a white male was attempting to force entry into a home.
Officers arrived to find Bryce Howard Reed, 36, attempting to flee the scene in his pickup truck.
It was then that Reed allegedly fled south on North Ash Street at a high rate of speed.… Read the rest

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School Board Is Appreciated

| January 26, 2017
School Board Is Appreciated

In honor of School Board Appreciation Month, Superintendent Mike Kelley, several teachers, and various SISD student groups presented the SISD board of trustees with gifts and words of gratitude. This year’s theme for the celebration was “All-Star Board Members.” Here the trustees hold up personalized shirts gifted to them by students. (l-r) Jay Grubis, Secretary Jody Lowery, Vice President Larry Don Carter, President Amy Walker, Rick Beall, and Damon Liles.     Photo by Christina Derr

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SPD lauds its best

| January 26, 2017
SPD lauds its best

At annual awards ceremony

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Three officers and a local business were honored by Springtown Chief of Police Tony Motley at the Jan. 19 meeting of the Springtown city council.
The Dog House, a local pet salon and kennel, was honored for their work in partnership with the department during its Tickets for Toys holiday program.
Tickets for Toys collects toys, clothing, and other items for children of families in need through voluntary donations and accepting donations as payment of fines for certain Class C misdemeanor offenses.
While presenting Tracey Napier and Tommy Eldridge, owners of The Dog House, with their certificate, Motley thanked the owners for spearheading the program every year.… Read the rest

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Council denounces planned property tax cap

| January 26, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The Springtown City Council adopted a resolution denouncing legislative efforts to further cap the amount of taxes municipalities can collect through ad valorem property taxes.
The resolution – which was adopted by the council at its Jan. 19 meeting – opposes “the legislative imposition of a revenue cap and legislative interference with local services.”
One argument of the resolution against such a cap is that cities across the state collect just 16 percent of property taxes levied throughout the state, while public school districts account for 55 percent.
Comptroller’s reports from 2012 and 2013 show the amount collected by cities in Texas rose 3.61 percent while school district tax revenue increased at a rate of 7.72 percent.… Read the rest

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Carroll trial starts Jan. 30

| January 26, 2017

The trial of a former Student Resource Officer (SRO) with the Springtown Police Department, who was charged with indecency with a child with sexual contact, is set to begin Monday, Jan. 30
Frank Carroll, 39, who worked as an officer with SPD from 2009 to 2015, was arrested Feb. 26 after being indicted on the charge earlier that month.
Carroll is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student during the time he was assigned as the SRO to SISD and was released on $30,000 bond the day of his arrest.
The second-degree felony charge stems from a 2012 incident that first came to light in December 2015 when the school district was notified of the alleged misconduct.… Read the rest

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