First time ever for SHS
Two Springtown High School singers were named to the All-State Choir Saturday, Jan. 7.
Seniors Taylor Teague and Ryan Stephens landed on the prestigious choir after their performances at the Area round of auditions.
Stormie Pritchett and Noah Duvall also represented Springtown at the auditions.
Teague received third chair and Stephens received first chair.
SHS choir director Denise Johnson said this is the first time Springtown has placed more than one student in an All-State Choir.
Teague and Stephens are also only the fourth and fifth students in SHS history to be named to an all-state choir.… Read the rest
Three others are alternates
Three members of the Sound of Springtown earned berths on the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) 4A All-State Band, and another three members were named All-State alternates.
Jacob Matthews, percussion; Noah Rayos, bass clarinet; and Noah Gilstrap, trombone, earned a chair in the all-state band after their performance at the area auditions Saturday, Jan. 7.
For Matthews, a senior, this is his third consecutive year to receive the honor. An achievement that SHS band director Chris McLellan said is very rare.
Matthews will receive the All-State 3-Year scholarship from the Texas Association of Small School Bands, as well as three $100 scholarships from TMEA.… Read the rest
BY CHRISTINA DERR
The cause and manner of death for a man who led multiple law enforcement agencies on a car chase through southern Jack and western Parker counties has been determined.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner has ruled that the manner of death for William Berry, 51, was suicide caused by a gunshot wound to the head.
Berry was discovered dead after he allegedly fled from Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Parker County Sheriff’s deputies last November.
The chase, which resulted in a brief standoff, concluded in the 2700 block of Hwy. 199, just west of Springtown.
While Springtown Police officers were not involved directly in the chase or resulting standoff, they did assist the other agencies by closing the highway at Pojo Road.… Read the rest
Elections for local municipalities, school districts, and other political subdivisions will be held May 6.
The filing period for applications for ballot places opens Wednesday, Jan. 18 and runs through 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 for most political subdivisions.
Individuals wishing to run as an official write-in candidate have until 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21 to file.
Ahead of the local general elections, early voting Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2, and the general elections will take place Saturday, May 6.
The following terms for places on city councils and the Springtown ISD board of trustees will expire in May:
Residents of Springtown ISD will elect two board members to the district’s board of trustees in the May 6 election:
Place 4, currently occupied by Jody Lowery, board secretary
Place 5, currently occupied by Amy Walker, board president
City of Springtown
Residents of Springtown will elect a mayor, as well as two council members:
Mayor, currently occupied by Tom Clayton
Place 2, currently occupied by Harold Buffington
Place 4, currently occupied by Robert E.… Read the rest
A new program aimed at getting more fathers involved with students and in the classroom has started at Goshen Creek Elementary School.
Nikki Wiens, parent liaison at GCES, started the program – known as HERO DADS – because she said she believes getting dads, grandpas, uncles, stepdads, foster dads, and community leaders involved on campus will have a positive impact on students.
Beginning the first day back from Christmas Break, students were greeted by Bikers Against Child Abuse.
Throughout the first week, visitors included firefighters from the Springtown Volunteer Fire Department, Superintendent Mike Kelley, Assistant Superintendent Shane Strickland, Director of Finance Gary Shaw, and members of the SHS boys’ basketball team.… Read the rest
Moseley recalls filming SHS football in the 1970s-80s
BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
Today, via the miracle of the digital age, it’s possible to watch a football game minutes after it concludes.
That was not the case for decades.
Optimist Club President Laurie Moseley told the group about his adventures as a volunteer filming Porcupine football back in the late 1970s, early 1980s.
He said he toted his WWII – yes, WWII camera – to a variety of gridirons through the years.
Sometimes he had to climb a pole, he said. Often, he found himself atop a space-challenged press box.
Even at the old Porcupine Stadium where the rooftop was the only place to perch cameramen.… Read the rest
No students or staff were injured after a Springtown ISD bus was involved in a vehicle accident Monday, Jan. 9.
SISD Director of Student Services Micheal Chavez said, “On Monday morning, SISD received a radio call from a Goshen Creek Elementary bus that it had been involved in an accident.
“The bus was performing a regular stop in the eastbound lane of Hwy. 199 at approximately 6:30 a.m.”
The accident occurred in the 7900 block of West Hwy. 199, approximately seven miles west of Springtown.
Chavez added that the bus was in compliance with state laws and local policies while performing its pick up.… Read the rest
Taxpayer money in Reno moving through various accounts
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Taxpaying citizens of Reno will soon begin repaying $200,000 – plus interest – borrowed to construct and repair roads and streets.
More than half of the net proceeds from those limited tax notes, however, have been transferred to the city’s general fund in recent months, where it was used to fund payroll and other general operating expenses the city, according to city documents.
Discussion at the Aug. 15, 2016 city council meeting at which the council authorized issuance of the tax notes provided an early tip-off to the eventual use of proceeds to keep the city running until ad valorem tax revenue began filtering in during December.… Read the rest
The Klassy Kloggers of Weatherford. seen here at Springtown’s annual Christmas on the Square, performed Dec. 22 at the White Settlement Senior Center Christmas party. The performers were: (front, l-r) Marilyn Penton, Kay Byron, and Jeannie May; (back) Shirley Anderson, Pauline Burnett, Marilyn Phillips, Jewelletta Stovall, Kay Crumley, and Ms. Senior Parker County Carolyn Simmons.