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Man’s death under review

| December 1, 2016

After fatal standoff with law enforcement

BY CHRISTINA DERR
At the request of the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Rangers are investigating the death of William Berry.
The 51-year-old was found dead at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 19 after a standoff with law enforcement.
The confrontation came at the end of a police chase which originated in Jack County and came to an end in the 2700 hundred block of Hwy. 199, just west of the Springtown city limits.
The Springtown Police Department was notified of the chase while it was in progress and shut down the highway at Pojo Road to assist the other agencies involved, which included Parker County Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers.… Read the rest

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All Senior Angels Adopted!

| December 1, 2016
All Senior Angels Adopted!

The tree at the Springtown Area Chamber of Commerce is wonderfully bare of senior angel requests. Almost 60 local senior citizens will have a merry Christmas. Gifts and/or money should be returned to the Chamber office by Dec. 9. Volunteers are still needed for the project. Call 817-220-7828.                             Photo by Christina Derr

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Band Directors Lauded

| December 1, 2016
Band Directors Lauded

SISD band directors were honored by Superintendent Mike Kelley at the board of trustees meeting, Nov. 21: (l-r) Cheyenne Rodriguez, sixth grade band and SHS color guard director; Scot McPhetridge, SHS assistant band director; Alexis Wells, SMS assistant band director; Chris McLellan, SISD director of bands; Robin Hidrogo, SMS band director. Photo by Christina Derr

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Man charged after rollover

| December 1, 2016

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Springtown man has been charged with two offenses after a rollover crash that occurred just after 7 p.m. Nov. 14.
The accident occurred in the 12800 block of FM 730 South.
According to the accident report, Rene Christian Jasso, 19, of Springtown, was the driver of a black 2003 Nissan Xterra headed north on FM 730 South.
The Xterra drove off the road, onto a grass median, became airborne as it crossed a creek, landing on the other side on a dirt embankment.
The momentum caused the Xterra to flip upside down onto its roof.
Jasso and his passenger, 21-year-old Juan Antonio Garcia, were each transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth with serious injuries.… Read the rest

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A Helping Hand

| December 1, 2016
A Helping Hand

Sonic manager Michael Mastropoll (left) hands First Baptist Church Springtown Associate Minister John Miller a check for $610 to go toward the church’s Thanksgiving Basket ministry. Sonic donated 10 percent of its Nov. 10 sales to the program.

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Heaven sent

| November 22, 2016
Heaven sent

Rain barrels can catch and keep scores of gallons of water for yard and other use. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Capturing rainwater conserves water for the future

BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Even in drought-like years, inches and inches of rain falls here.
Taking efforts to capture that water can benefit not only yourself but your fellow Texans – future generations of them.
The number of gallons dropping from the sky is startling.
A Bowie man, Byron Barton, has partnered with the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (UTGCD) for a rainwater collection event.

Texas water concerns
There is not enough water available for all Lone Star State residents.… Read the rest

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Fleeing man loses shoes, drugs

| November 22, 2016

SPD helps PCSO capture Springtown man

BY CHRISTINA DERR
A 31-year-old Springtown man was arrested Nov. 17 after he tripped and allegedly dropped the drugs in his possession as he attempted to flee from Parker County Sheriff’s deputies.
Aubry John Bivens was charged with evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction, a state jail felony.
Bivens was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, penalty group one, one to four grams, a third-degree felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit, deputies initiated a traffic stop at approximated 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 17 in the 800 block of East Hwy.… Read the rest

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SPD’s Tickets for Toys underway

| November 22, 2016

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Tickets for Toys is back.
The Springtown Police Department in conjunction with local businesses is conducting a toy drive for families in need.
Donations of unwrapped toys, new clothing, winter coats, and shoes will be accepted through Dec. 20 at the following locations:
• Springtown Police Department.
• The Dog House pet salon
• Pinnacle Bank
• Taco Time #1
• Taco Time #2
• Moss Rehab
• On the Square Guns and Ammo
• Springtown Chamber of Commerce
•Springtown City Hall
In addition to the donation locations, toys will be collected by the police department as payment for some Class C misdemeanor fines.… Read the rest

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3,400 by 600

| November 22, 2016
3,400 by 600

SMS FCCLA students organized a food drive that brought in over 3,400 food items which will be donated to various local food banks. Photo courtesy Springtown Middle School Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America

SMS breaks food item goal by 400

Springtown Middle School’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) collected over 3,400 food items during their Second Annual Food Drive to Fight Hunger in Our Community.
The food drive team included Sarah Sayles, Samantha Starkey, Katherine Emmert, McKenzie Hern, and Kaylee Downing.
Over 600 SMS students and faculty participated in the drive.
“We have seen a need in our community and wanted to help make a difference for those less fortunate than us,” said Emmert.… Read the rest

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SPD chief Motley ‘jailed’

| November 22, 2016
SPD chief Motley ‘jailed’

Springtown Chief of Police Tony Motley traded his police uniform for an inmate’s uniform Wednesday, Nov. 16 in an effort to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Photo courtesy Springtown PD

As part of  a Parker County fundraiser

Citizens have no cause for concern as Police Chief Tony Motley’s arrest was for a good cause.
After he heard a warrant had been issued for his arrest in conjunction with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Motley turned himself into the Palo Pinto Sheriff’s Posse Building where he was held until he either raised funds for his bond or served his time.… Read the rest

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