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SHS Grad Speaks to Optimists

| August 17, 2017
SHS Grad Speaks to Optimists

Jessica Thomas, Springtown High School Class of 1995, returned to town to tell the Optimist Club about Junior Achievement. Thomas is the director of education for Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail, Inc. based in Fort Worth. JA teaches students of all ages to learn how to run a business. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Auditions for The Crucible slated

| August 17, 2017

Weatherford’s Theater Off the Square is seeking numerous actors to fill several roles in its upcoming production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Auditions for 20 roles – a couple may be doubled by one actor – are set for Aug. 21-22 at the theater at 114 N. Denton.
One major role – for Abigail – is written for a 17-year-old girl, but the director is seeking an actress of at least 20 because the “intense nature” of the part.
Rehearsals run from early Sept. to mid-Oct.
Performance dates are Oct. 20-Nov. 5.… Read the rest

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Service pens awarded at convocation

| August 17, 2017
Service pens awarded at  convocation

Springtown Intermediate School’s Suzanne Stewart was one of 64 employees to receive a service pen at the SISD convocation Aug. 14. Stewart, here given her pen by SIS Principal Joe Brown, is beginning her 30th year with the district. Photo by Christina Derr

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Sixty-four Springtown ISD employees received service pens for their various terms of dedication to the district at SISD convocation Aug. 13.
Employees were awarded for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years of service.… Read the rest

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Nine New Teachers Get $250 Each

| August 17, 2017
Nine New Teachers Get $250 Each

The nine new teachers to Springtown ISD who are also brand new to the profession were given $250 checks to help with their classroom expenses by Tootie Hall (right) on behalf the Springtown Education Foundation. Photo by Christina Derr

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Engagement

| August 17, 2017
Engagement

Danette Marker and the late Bruce Gregory of Springtown announce the engagement of their daughter Carla Gregory to Gregory Ray. The couple will be married this September in Springtown and plans to honeymoon in Louisiana. Carla graduated from SHS in 2010 and Greg is 2006 graduate of SHS. Following their wedding the couple plans to reside in Springtown.

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New Explorers Post gets $1,000 donation

| August 17, 2017
New Explorers Post gets $1,000 donation

Springtown Police Department Student Resource Officer Foster Marshall (left) and the Springtown Explorers Post #1340 recently accepted a $1,000 donation from the Parker County Hospital District.

Springtown Police Department Student Resource Officer Foster Marshall and the Springtown Explorers Post recently accepted a $1,000 donation of funds and supplies from the Parker County Hospital District.
The post, which was begun in February, is a law enforcement exploring program that offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through hands on training, practical experiences, competition and other activities.
Additionally, Marshall said, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, and good citizenship.… Read the rest

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County eyeing budget options

| August 17, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
Budget discussions continued Aug. 14 for the Parker County Commissioners Court.
The court, which proposed tax rates earlier in August, took up several general fund-related items at that Monday meeting.
At the beginning of August, the court proposed an ad valorem tax rate decrease of 2.8 cents per $100 valuation for the coming tax year.
The court is proposing to adopt at its Aug. 28 meeting a 24.111-cent maintenance and operations rate, a 7.0609-cent debt service rate, and a road and bridge fund rate of 7.848 cents.
The total tax rate for the county is expected to be 39.028 cents per $100 valuation.… Read the rest

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New Reno Police Chief

| August 17, 2017
New Reno Police Chief

Reno City Secretary Ramah Burns administers the oath of office to the city’s new Police Chief Timothy Holzschuh as council members (l-r) Larry Trammell and Ken Parnell look on. Holzschuh, a Lake Worth native, retired from Fort Worth Police Department and served as police chief in Sunray in the Texas panhandle before accepting the Reno position. His first day on the job was Aug. 16. Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

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Yard of the Month

| August 11, 2017
Yard of the Month

The City of Springtown chose Kristina and Clinton Lawyer’s home at 617 North Avenue D as the Yard of the Month for July.

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Council proposes 2017-18 tax rate

| August 11, 2017

BY CHRISTINA DERR
During a budget workshop Saturday, Aug. 5 the Springtown City Council voted on a proposed tax rate for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
The council was given four rate options to finance the city’s maintenance and operations fund ranging between 58 and 61 cents per $100 valuation.
This year’s rollback rate – the mark at which a rate any higher would have to have to be approved by an election – is .62131.
The effective rate – a rate that would generate approximately the same revenue as the 2016-17 rate of .6217 – is .579 due to the recent increase in property valuations.… Read the rest

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