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Local man captured after police chase

| June 8, 2017
Local man captured after police chase

Suspected of stealing at Azle Walmart

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A Springtown man was arrested after he allegedly fled from Springtown Police officers.
Dustin N. Marter, 30, was arrested in the early morning hours of Friday, June 2 after he led SPD officers on a car chase through a Springtown neighborhood.… Read the rest

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SHS graduates 205 at Porcupine Stadium

| June 1, 2017
SHS graduates 205 at Porcupine Stadium

Brand new graduates gathered diplomas in hand as they waited their turn to have their official graduation portrait taken.

Thousands attend ceremony on a warm evening

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Despite a heat index that had reached 110 degrees earlier in the day, thousands of family, friends, and other loved ones packed Porcupine Stadium Friday, May 26 to cheer on the 205 graduating members of Springtown High School’s Class of 2017.
By the start of the 8 p.m. ceremony, the sun had set behind the western stands, and a breeze made the night bearable.… Read the rest

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A little ‘dabs’ will do ya:

| June 1, 2017

Sheriff’s deputy’s Hwy. 199 bust recovers ‘dabs’ – street slang for THC

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A Springtown man is facing first-degree felony drug charges after law enforcement discovered over 45 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in his possession.
Christopher Michael Townsend, 23, was arrested May 25 after a deputy with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office discovered the drugs in a backpack allegedly belonging to Townsend.
According to a probable cause affidavit, a deputy ran an electronic check of a Toyota in the 4300 block of East Hwy. 199.… Read the rest

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Annual event solemn

| June 1, 2017
Annual event solemn

Linda Wells presents the memorial wreath at Springtown’s Memorial Day Observance in honor of her uncle, Private Nathaniel Winifred Smith, who was killed in action while serving with Army’s 80th Division Nov. 26, 1944. Photo by Christina Derr

Memorial Day Observance here May 27

BY CHRISTINA DERR
The city of Springtown honored lost servicemen and women and their families at its annual Memorial Observance Saturday, May 27. The event was held on the grounds of Springtown’s War Memorial.… Read the rest

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Hunt arrested again

| May 25, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Embattled Parker County Pct. 1 Constable Charlie Hunt finds himself again behind bars for the third time in as many months.
Hunt, who was initially arrested in February and charged with felony domestic violence was arrested for a second time in March after evidence was provided to the Parker County District Attorney’s Office that Hunt had not only been in contact with his victim but that he had attempted to place a GPS tracking device under her car outside a Lake Worth business.… Read the rest

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Man who fled law enforcement gets prison time

| May 25, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A 32-year-old Springtown man has been sentenced to four years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to running from police.
Aubry John Bivens was arrested Nov. 17, 2016, after deputies with the Parker County Sheriff’s Office stopped the vehicle in which Bivens was a passenger due to its unconfirmed insurance status.
After obtaining permission to search the vehicle, deputies recovered a pipe that contained methamphetamine in the car’s glove compartment.
When deputies attempted to arrest Bivens, he fled on foot.… Read the rest

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SISD bumps up teacher salaries

| May 25, 2017

Almost 5 percent on average

BY CHRISTINA DERR
As governmental entities across the area begin the process of compiling their budgets for FY 2017-18, one of the largest items up for consideration are salary costs.
The Springtown ISD board of trustees voted unanimously at its May meeting Monday, May 22 to adopt a new salary schedule.
The new schedule features an average increase of 4.84 percent across all years of experience.… Read the rest

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SHS’ top students also good friends

| May 25, 2017
SHS’ top students also good friends

Chanae Pitts-Richardson (left) is the Class of 2017 valedictorian; Connor Kelley is the SHS salutatorian. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Pitts-Richardson and Kelley went through SISD together

BY CHRISTINA DERR
For the Springtown High School Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian, a special bond with each other is something that has helped propel them to the tops spots of their graduating class.
For the last four years, Valedictorian Chanae Pitts-Richardson and Salutatorian Connor Kelley have been the top two students in their class, but their friendship began long before high school.
The duo said they have been close friends since they began their educations.… Read the rest

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‘Quota’ question sparks clashes at meeting

| May 18, 2017

Mayor Pro Tem Harms debates with City Manager Hughes over topic

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A discussion about possible amendments to the city budget for the FY 2016-17 turned contentious at several points during the May 15 meeting of the Springtown City Council.
Amending an entity’s budget at this stage in the fiscal year is not an uncommon occurrence.
It can occur when expenditures or revenues are higher or lower than expected, or when a governing body sees fit to move funds from one allocation to another.
The main topic of discussion for these proposed amendments was the former.
In several areas of the city’s budget, revenue to date has been lower than what was planned for.… Read the rest

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Avoid Barrelling Over Workers

| May 18, 2017
Avoid Barrelling Over Workers

The protective traffic barrels are up in both directions as work on the Hwy. 199 “suicide lane” continues full-tilt. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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