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Candidate forum: City of Reno Places 2 and Place 4

| April 27, 2017

Some candidates running for office said their replies did not reach the Epigraph or they never got the questions.
We are running their responses here and including those that met our original deadline.

Skyler R. Gonser, candidate Place 2
1. I am running for office to bring innovative ideas and much needed change to Reno.
2. There are several things. First we need to get a water treatment plant for the city so we can attract businesses. Second we need to figure out a way to attract more businesses to the city. No sales tax would be a great idea to achieve that.… Read the rest

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Poolville crowned state math and science champs

| April 27, 2017

The Poolville Junior High math team is the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association state champions after their team and individual performance at the April 22 contest.
First place performances were turned in by the number sense, calculator, and mathematics teams.
Taking the top spot in those three subjects won Poolville the sweepstakes. Lindsay Junior and Seymour Junior High took second and third in the sweepstakes competition.
An impressive performance by eighth grader Dalton Sprague helped catapult the team to the top spot by placing first as an individual in number sense, calculator, and mathematics.
Another eighth-grade student, Wyatt Thomas, won third in number sense, fifth in calculator, fourth in mathematics, and 13th in science.… Read the rest

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Johnson part of Miss Texas USA pageant

| April 27, 2017
Johnson part of Miss Texas USA pageant

Shayna Johnson

A Springtown native will represent the city at the Miss Texas USA pageant in September.
A lifelong Springtown resident and 2015 graduate of Springtown High School, Shayna Johnson is currently seeking sponsorship for the entrance fees and travel expenses in order to compete in the event.
Through representing Springtown in the three-part event, Johnson will be eligible to win scholarship awards, training opportunities, travel, jewelry, clothing, and other prizes.
Johnson will be judged in equal parts on her performances in the interview, swimsuit, and evening gown portions of the pageant.
Those interested in contributing to Johnson or being a sponsor can contact her at (817) 304-8472 or email her at shaynajohnson1996@gmail.com.… Read the rest

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‘The Voice’

| April 27, 2017
‘The Voice’

If you’ve been to select track meets this year at Porcupine Stadium, you’ve likely heard announcer Bobby E. Moten, Jr. He’s “The Voice,” a public speaker and writer – and public address announcer. He said he motors from Dallas to venues all over the area and region where he makes a living using his velvety voice.
Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Fireworks Sales Didn’t Exactly Boom For San Jacinto Day

| April 27, 2017
Fireworks Sales Didn’t Exactly Boom For San Jacinto Day

The additon of other dates to sell fireworks – Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day, and Memorial Day – aside from July Fourth and around New Year’s has not sparked much interest so far, said Shane Grauman. At his stand a few miles south of Springtown, he said business was slow, but that he expected it to pick up once people recognized the changes made to the state law recently. Grauman said he would reopen his stand May 24 for Memorial Day with part of the proceeds going to Central Community VFD. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

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Ribbon Cuttings

| April 27, 2017
Ribbon Cuttings

M&D Tire and Auto recently celebrated their second annual Customer Appreciation Day Thursday, April 20. M&D’s owners Lynn and Tina Gibson (center) provided a hot dog and hamburger lunch to staff, customers, and Springtown Chamber ambassadors who assisted in the store’s ribbon cutting. M&D Tire and Auto is located at 1010 Hwy. 199 in Springtown and can be reached at (817) 220-7815.

Uniquely Twisted, a gift and antique shop that carries a variety of unique products at reasonable prices, was recently opened by Susan Ingram (center). Also present at the ribbon cutting ceremony was Ingram’s family, friends, and Springtown Chamber ambassadors.

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SMS’ one-act play rakes in cast, tech awards

| April 27, 2017

On April 7 the Springtown Middle School theater cast and crew competed in the UIL One-Act Play contest at Castleberry.
There, Leah Duffy was named to the All-Star Cast.
Kaycee Henderson won the tech award, and Janzen Guzman and Abe Colon were named to the Honorable Mention All-Star Cast.
Other students who participated in the play were Zoe Scott, Sarah Killion, Madison Mock, Zachary McLerran, Clayton Culps, Abby Pannell, Katelyn Gamble, Cassie Sazima, Devin Harlow, Seth Walsh, and Amanda Link.
SMS Theater is under the direction of Aubyn Wood.… Read the rest

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The Tabernacle’s Big Day

| April 27, 2017
The Tabernacle’s Big Day

A long time coming, April 22 was the offical recognition of the Tabernacle’s reopening. Springtown Mayor Tom Clayton (left) proclaimed the Saturday Tabernacle Day in Springtown. Friends of the Tabernacle committee chair Denise Taylor (above, center) recognized other members of the committee for their work in the restoration process of the building. Taylor said the group worked together and with the public for several years to raise funds necessary. The Goshen Creek Elementary School choir (far left) braved an unseasonably cold and windy morning to perform at the rededication. The Tabernacle has also been recoginzed as a “Great Public Space” by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association.… Read the rest

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Early voting now open

| April 26, 2017
Early voting now open

Early voting for the May 6 general election opened Monday at 8 a.m. and will run through Tuesday, May 2.
Early voting hours are as follows:
• April 24 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• April 25 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
• April 26 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• April 27 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
• April 28 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• May 1 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• May 2 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Voting in the general election will take place Saturday, May 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Registered voters in Parker County are eligible to vote at any of the county’s early voting locations which are listed on the county’s website at http://www.parkercountytx.com/DocumentCenter/View/3921.… Read the rest

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Tabernacle event slated for Sat. April 22

| April 20, 2017
Tabernacle event slated for Sat. April 22

The refurbishment of the Tabernacle will be officially recognized with a gathering Saturday, April 22. Everyone who has been involved and any others with interested are welcome to the event. Photo by Christina Derr

Multiple events planned for years-long refurbishment of town landmark

The big day has finally arrived.
The Friends of the Tabernacle will host a rededication ceremony for the awarding-winning structure Saturday, April 22.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the festivities will feature speakers including Mayor Tom Clayton who will make a proclamation.
Two elementary school choirs – from Goshen Creek and Reno Elementary Schools – will perform followed by a presentation of an award from the American Planners Association declaring the Tabernacle a “Great Place.”
A ribbon cutting is also slated.… Read the rest

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