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First Day of School, Aug. 24, 2015

| August 27, 2015
First Day of School, Aug. 24, 2015

As usual on the first day of school, traffic backed up on Main Street from Hwy. 199 past First Baptist Church with parents taking children to classes. Superintendent Mike Kelley said things get back to normal just a few days later.   Photos by Mark K. Campbell

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Old West reenactments always a crowd favorite

| August 27, 2015
Old West reenactments always a crowd favorite

 

Looks like trouble’s about to commence at a former Wild West Festival.          Photo by Carla Noah Stutsman

 

 

BY NATALIE GENTRY
Chuck wagons, bank robbers, and saloon girls, oh my!
The events and entertainment of the 31st Annual Springtown Wild West Festival are aimed at providing the community a taste of an era that defined the state in many ways.
And what could be more representative of the Texas … Read the rest

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Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program kicks off again

| August 27, 2015
Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program kicks off again

Brookshire’s ExtraPoint program has returned for 2015 with the opportunity to win up to $10,000 for SHS; new rule changes even the playing field.                                                                       Photo by Natalie GentryRead the rest

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PC judge wins award

| August 27, 2015
PC judge wins award

Weatherford attorney Tom Vick presents the Outstanding Jurist award to Judge Graham Quisenberry Aug. 10.          Photo courtesy Texas Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

 

Presiding judge in the 415th District Court in Parker County, Graham Quisenberry, was recognized Aug. 10 at the annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers dinner in San Antonio.
This organization is considered the preeminent organization of family lawyers in the nation.… Read the rest

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Escaped sex offender found dead in South Carolina

| August 27, 2015
Escaped sex offender found dead in South Carolina

Escaped registered sex offender Brent Allen Jozefkowicz was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 

By Natalie Gentry
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Brent Allen Jozefkowicz, 48, a registered sex offender who escaped from a Fort Worth halfway house Aug. 4, was found dead in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The report says the Myrtle Beach Police Department informed Texas DPS that Jozefkowicz was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted … Read the rest

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Local musician up for Dove Award

| August 27, 2015

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A local Christian artist is once again up for a Dove Award.
Andrew Greer graduated from Azle High School in 2000.
His holiday album All is Calm, All is Bright, Songs of Christmas is nomiated for Christmas Album the Year by the Gospel Music Association.
Greer also performs on the album with a slew of Christian artists.
Other nominees in that category include:… Read the rest

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Pairs from Azle, Springtown, and Poolville indicted

| August 27, 2015
Pairs from Azle, Springtown, and Poolville indicted

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
A Parker County grand jury met Thursday, Aug. 20, in Weatherford to consider evidence in several criminal cases as presented by the Parker County District Attorney’s office.
The grand jury handed down 40 indictments against 34 defendants.
Among those, two live in Azle, two in Springtown and two in Poolville.
• Amanda Glee Lefan, 27, of Azle, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 3, 28-200 grams, … Read the rest

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Increased enforcement on roadways underway

| August 27, 2015

Officers patrolling over Labor Day

It started Aug. 21 and runs through Sept. 7.
That’s the stretch – over the Labor Day holiday – where Texas law enforcement agencies are cracking down on drunk drivers.
Last year over the same period, 21 people were killed and 42 seriously hurt in 338 alcohol-related accidents.
Many communities are implementing “no-refusal” which means law enforcement officials can obtain blood samples from suspected drunk drivers and motorcyclists.… Read the rest

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Expert vet says that West Nile Virus is not going away

| August 27, 2015
Expert vet says that West Nile Virus is not going away

An expert on mosquito-borne diseases, veterinarian Shelley Stonecipher told Springtown Optimists that West Nile Virus is here to stay.             Photo by Mark K. Campbell

 

Prevention only the alternative to stopping the disease

 

By Mark K. Campbell
“Endemic.”
That’s what the West Nile Virus is in Texas.
“That means it will never go away,” said Shelley Stonecipher, a zoonosis control veterinarian for the Department of Health Services.… Read the rest

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Road Remains Rocky

| August 27, 2015
Road Remains Rocky

If you play golf at Azle’s Cross Timbers GC, work on the Stewart Street Bridge is progressing, but the detour down FM 730 South remains.                 Photo by Mark K. CampbellRead the rest

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